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

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

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?

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

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

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!

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...

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!

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

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

Meet ISIS's Newest Recruits

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!!

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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The Ghostly Thief of Time, a book for adventurous kids

Hey, the second book in my kids' book series is out today! It's Ghostly Thief of Time: The EMU Club Adventures, Book Two.

In this thrilling installment, the kids stop arguing about who is the leader of the club long enough to solve a mystery we've all wondered about: Why does time move so slowly at certain times, like right at the end of a school day?

But, as in Book One (Alien Invasion in My Backyard), the answer to this ordinary, mundane mystery is anything but ordinary and mundane. The kids discover ghostly apparitions, time-space conundrums and mysterious technology that force them to try to save themselves, their school, and maybe the world.

Wow, what a nice reaction I got to the first book. It got some wonderful reviews , and kids really seem to love these stories. As Cory said, these books are "for the curious and adventurous," and I hope you have the good fortune to know a kid who is both.

I also hope you'll enjoy a piece Boing Boing will run this week about the differences, and similarities, I've found between creating for adults (Tom the Dancing Bug) and for kids.



You can order Ghostly Thief of Time: The EMU Club Adventures, Book Two on Amazon. Also, for a limited time, you can order both books, signed, sketched & delivered, as a set.

P.S. Here's Ruben on the kidlit inspirations for The EMU Club Adventures. — Ed. Read the rest

Hollingsworth Hound Learns the Truth About Climate Scientists!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound infiltrates a meeting of climatologists, and learns the TRUTH!

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare vs. The Power of Plot Requirements!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Bill Dare's adversary suddenly gains the deadly Power of Plot Requirements!! How can Billy ever win now??

TOM THE DANCING BUG: A Call from the '90s

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythe family of Chagrin Falls receives a phone call from the '90s!

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