One Day in the Antarctic
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I update my bio every once in a while, and here's the newest installment. Also, I am overhauling my website again. If you notice any link errors, please let me know. I need all the help I can get, and this project is turning out to be WAY HUGE. Thanks!
New Bio GENEVIEVE SHAPIRO NEE WILSON CARTOONIST, ESQ. AT LARGE and AT YOUR SERVICE.

The City Chapter:

"Cities I have lived in, and one personal favorite and one unfavorite thing about each. An assignment for my inner teacher. "

Ann Arbor, MI, USA: Plus: Little fairy doors are appearing around town, stashed at sidewalk level in various business. A2 is the kind of place where no one minds if you get down on your face to look in the tiny fanlight windows to inspect the furniture inside the rooms. Minus: Idiots in SUVS waving tribal football flags and choking the streets on game days. But maybe that's just me.

Valle De La Pascua, Venezuela:Plus: Cafe con leche, and sweetbreads in the shape of turtles with candied fruits for eyes (I was a kid then, you can tell, yes?). Minus: rats that can jump as high as the hammock. I've seen it happen.

Dhaka, Bangladesh:Plus: The perfect reflections on the surfaces of water-filled fields and slow rivers. Minus: Fish curry. Egg curry. Curried Fish. Curried Eggs. And curried other stuff too. Sorry, curry lovers.

Chapel Hill, NC, USA:Plus: Killer Kudzu Minus: Killer Kudzu

Cairo, Egypt: Plus: Ropes of jasmine flowers for sale in the streets at intersections. Minus: Pollution

Freiburg, (Then West) Germany:Plus: Cake and coffee at three o'clock for everyone, no exceptions. Minus: Mean old ladies armed with well-made German umbrellas.

Lome, Togo:Plus: Groves of tall trees with bare ground beneath them, making the outdoors feel like a palace full of light. Minus: Roadside zoos.

Columbus, OH, USA: Plus: Studio 35 Cinema on Indianola - double features for cheap, good bar and real food, plus it's a single-screen place with lots of red velvet. The game is to try to identify what the two films you see have in common. I liked to go there alone, and I never got hassled. Minus: Dudes stashing sidearms in my front yard under the bushes, closely pursued by cop cars and helicopters. But maybe that's just me.

Taipei, Taiwan:Plus: Fantastic mountain glens, waterfalls, cliffs, and shorelines. I learned to rappel at Wego school's outdoor program on Yang Ming Shan. Minus: The use of star anise in food.

Boston, MA, USA: Plus:The singing bicycle courier - he only does Top Forty, but he does it while negotiating traffic, so props to him. Minus: well, everyone hates the big dig, so i'll be different and say the fa ct that the trains are underfunded and overcrowded, and yet Bostonians don't see that as a reason to give more money to public transportation. They just go on dumping money into the highways. So, i guess it does come back to the Big Dig after all.

And because you probably need a hug, here's one from me. ****
I went to see the Dynamic Duo at the Emerald Isle in Dorchester on Sunday. It was an extremely fun evening. I think it's hysterical that the smiling Arts mask is upside down. Is it a tragedy? The drinks were great - cheers, Paul! Thanks for the garlic bread too! Chris Tabb (that's him there, more photos coming when i'm not on my way to work or sleep) and Corey Manning hosted several comics, and I thought they did an outstanding job, especially considering the audience (it had me in it). They're quick thinkers - or maybe they just have fast mouths. I'd like to write more about it, but I'm not a good writer, so i'll just put up some more photos later, and suggest that YOU go see them. I think they'll be in Providence in a couple weeks. I know I'll see them again.
Therapy
OK, folks. one more week until the craft fair is over (I've had stage fright for weeks now). and THEN hopefully I will have time again to do the City Cartoons. Thank you to those of you who were kind enough to send complaints about there not being any new toons. Really. I'll get back to the drawing board soon. In the meantime....
Happy All Saints' Day!

For this special occasion I would like to repost a recent illustration, because it's made specially for today: All Saints' Way alley in downtown Boston. Here are some of the signs that you will find there:

"we have bread, salt, butter and potatoes, and we are the happiest women in the world. How good is the Good God."

"Real men love Jesus"

"All from God and all for God."

oh, and Gerard Majella is the saint of pregnant women, and Therese is "Little Flower." If you go now, you'll find the Chinese saints, who were not up when I drew this picture.

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