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The Week Off.

The title of today's blog doesn't refer to an upcoming break for Garth or myself, nor does it mean there's going to be a week-long delay in comic page updates.  "The Week Off" refers to this week, where my four-year-old son is off from preschool.  It's a scheduled vacation, and it's one I dread every year. I love spending time with my son.  I truly do.  But as he's getting older he's acquiring things like impatience and a vocabulary that lets him be demanding.  And as he gets older we be...

On the Matter of Practice

I've recently taken up competitive shooting as a hobby, and it's left me thinking a lot about what it means to practice. In art and other creative type things, practice usually means “doing the thing a lot.” You make lots of art. Draw lots of things. Make lots of paintings. You get good by doing. But drawing all the time isn't necessarily “practice,” now is it? Practice is studying with your hands. It is a critical and often methodical examination of an activity combined with the repe...