The Falling Down Tour is Set — Come Fall Down With Me (UPDATED AGAIN ON 2/18)

(Good problems to have!  We once again hit the venue capacity for a location — this time in Richmond, Virginia.  New venue information below.)

Get ready to bring beer to your favorite cartoonist!  (Or to me.)

Because the book tour for the latest Pearls treasury, Pearls Falls Fast, is all set.

cropped-falling-down-image-for-blog.jpgTen brand-new cities!  All Pearls tour virgins!

Come hear me yammer about my transition from evil lawyer to kindhearted cartoonist, hear the sordid history of Pearls, see readers’ favorite strips, marvel at the strips that made complainers complain, and watch me slander many of my fellow cartoonists. Afterwards, I shall sign your books (and usually draw a character in each), provided that at least someone brings me beer.

Below please find the “lucky” 10 cities, all destined to have me scrawl Rat on the bathroom wall of one of their fine, local dive bars:

Monday, 3/24           Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA       7:00pm

Tuesday, 3/25          Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM       7:00pm

Thursday, 3/27        Swift Creek Middle School, 3700 Old Hundred Road, Midlothian, VA 7:00 pm

Friday, 3/28              Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd, Charlotte NC                       6:00pm

Saturday, 3/29         WORD Bookstore, 123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ                  4:00pm

Monday, 3/31           A Room of One’s Own, 315 W Gorham St, Madison, WI               6:00 pm

Tuesday, 4/1             Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 7:00pm

Wednesday, 4/2       West Shore UU Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH  7:00pm

Thursday, 4/3          BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX                              7:00pm

Saturday, 4/5            Watermark Books, 4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS                5:00pm

Once again, all apologies to the cities not on the list.  But there’s only one me.  And as  charming as I am, someone has to stay home and draw the strip occasionally.

And for the cities that ARE on the list, come on out and party like it’s 1999, because that’s roughly where I’m still at fashion-wise.

And speaking of fashion, please…wear clothes.

Your almost-favorite cartoonist,



Building Your Own Complaint

Monday’s strip mentioned Queen Elizabeth going to the potty.


Tuesday’s strip mentioned a gay man.



What do you get when you read the Tuesday strip without the Monday strip?  Your very own complaint!



As Rat says in this strip: “My, I hate this comic strip.”  In this case I agree.  Calling gays “Queens” is very offensive to me, as a gay man.  Would you target black people by calling them “big lips”, etc.?  I didn’t think so.




I wonder what other complaints people could come up with if they took each of my strips out of context?

This could get fun.