TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Return of Judge Scalia!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Judge Scalia now dispenses his brand of two-fisted justice from beyond the grave.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Inevitable President Trump Reality TV Show

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH President Trump's reality TV show will be tremendous, classy and the best ever, okay?

TOM THE DANCING BUG: How Gavin Smythe Broke Science

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Gavin Smythe, of Chagrin Falls, USA, has an incredible insight that Breaks Science.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Heroic Neurons That Made the Super Bowl Super

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the story is told of the heroic neurons that gave 110% and left it all on the field in Super Bowls past.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Putting Our Children on a Path to Lead

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound shows Li'l Lucky Ducky the path to lead.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. The Dragon With Bitchy Resting Face, & Lots 'n' Lots More

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Percival Dunwoody, Dinkle, Aunt-Man, Doug… AND MORE!

TOM THE DANCING BUG: What Group Should We Really Be Afraid Of?

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH fear and panic rip across the nation when a report reveals that more Americans are shot by toddlers than by Islamic terrorists.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: The Cattle Caliphate Invades Chagrin Falls, USA

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes, of Chagrin Falls, USA, discover their backyard is wanted for the grazing rights of the Cattle Caliphate.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Senior Citizens of Counter-Earth in Kick-Butt Gear

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the elderly folks of Counter-Earth will knock you down.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Thank Goodness for Goodguy-With-A-Gun!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we all trust Goodguy-With-A-Gun to protect us, not because we want to, but because we have to.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: A Long Time Ago, Generations Far Far Away...

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH, the elder and younger Smythes, of Chagrin Falls, U.S.A., make plans to see Star Wars.

What Jules Feiffer taught me about writing for kids


25 years into creating my comic strip “Tom the Dancing Bug,” I’ve just embarked on another venture: writing books for kids. My series of books, The EMU Club Adventures, began in April with Alien Invasion in My Backyard, and the second installment, Ghostly Thief of Time, was released last month.

Now, “Tom the Dancing Bug” is certainly not for kids, but writing for kids was something I’ve always wanted to do. I love kids’ literature and culture, and I love kids; if I’m at a gathering of friends and family, you’ll probably find me laughing it up with the kids.

But as I started this new task, I was kind of worried about whether I could write for an audience that wasn’t me. My comic strip is pretty much what I would want to read – would consciously writing for another audience render the work stilted, off-target, or even pandering?

I once saw Maurice Sendak, one of the very greatest children’s authors ever, tell Stephen Colbert in an interview, “I don’t write for children. I write – and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”

Well, I’ve spent a lot of years showing myself what I write, and it’s usually satirical or absurdist takes on things like income inequality, religion, and the new economy. None of which a kid with any good sense would have any interest in.

As I began my project, I happened to go to a panel discussion of children’s authors at the New York Public Library, because some of my kids’ favorite authors were participating. Read the rest

Have a Very Merry N.R.A. Christmas!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the N.R.A.'s Wayne La Pierre plays Santa Claus, and everybody gets a gun, naughty OR nice!

TOM THE DANCING BUG - War on Christian Terrorism

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH war is declared on Christian Terrorism.

Meet ISIS's Newest Recruits

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we meet ISIS's new recruits, the result of its successful Paris recruitment drive.

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Middle-Aged-Couple-In-Armchairs-Man!!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Percival Dunwoody, Phil Collins, Guy Who Walks into a Bar, and SIGNIFICANTLY MORE!

The Corporatocracy Commands You to Love Your Country

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