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My older daughter received her first college acceptance letter yesterday, and I’m struck with a combination of feelings; excitement for her,

overwhelming pride, and gob smacked astonishment that I’m going to be the parent of a college kid. Any reasonable person would assume that after writing and drawing about teenagers as long as I have, this would not be my first rodeo. Yet here I sit in the bucking chute with my heart in my throat and flop sweat dripping down into my boots. Hang in there with me. This is going to be an exciting ride. (more…)

Shopping Challenged

Am I the only person who can spend a week in Florence, Italy without finding something to buy?

My daughter and I walked for miles every day past shops full of shoes, suits, ties, leather jackets, scarves, and every plastic iteration of “The David” imaginable. It wasn’t until we found an ancient cavelike shop full of leather-bound sketchbooks that my credit card began to twitch. Oh, she’s a beauty. (more…)

A ZITS Virtual Stocking Stuffer

Here’s a cool idea for you last-minute shoppers. DailyINK has just released a new app for the iPhone, iTouch and the iPad.

Here’s what the PR people have to say about it: “The DailyINK app delivers a free comic every day plus access to samples of all of King Features’ comics. Dozens of strips, panels and editorial cartoons will be featured in “Today’s Comic” and viewable in a seven-day rolling archive. Comics fans, who buy a DailyINK subscription, can browse through King Features’ complete line-up of 90+ daily comic strips, editorial cartoons and exclusive vintage content from our vast library. Subscriptions are available for purchase two ways: $1.99 per month or $19.99 for a full year.” (more…)

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