notice: Images, photographs, cartoons and text on this website can
only be copied or reproduced with written permission from Stephanie Piro or John
Link to Movies We
had too much snow, which means
I've been staying indoors
with a warm fire and designing
a brand new 2010 cat calendar for all our cat loving friends.
Here's a small preview:
Black cats often get a
bad rap, so, I did one
that celebrates their beauty!
It's tricky to draw
black cats because you want the details of their expressions
to show up. When you see this full size, I think you'll appreciate what
Order them directly from my Cafepress shop.
On the Cover of “The Cartoonist!”
Some people dream of being on the cover of the Rolling
Stone. There was even
a great 70’s song about it. In the cartooning world one of the most
is having your work featured on the cover of the National Cartoonist’s
“The Cartoonist” and I am honored to be this month’s cover girl!
When Frank Pauer, “The Cartoonist”’s
editor, contacted me…I joked that
they must have run out of big names. He was so gracious and professional
when he interviewed me that he was able to take all my babbling about my
career etc and turn it into a fantastic retrospective of my life in
Plus the article is laid out very beautifully and my cartoons look very
in color on the glossy paper. I am thrilled to be a part of this issue. I
all could see it. I am not sure about copyright restrictions reproducing
I’ll post a couple of samples so you can see what an amazing job Frank
Yipes! The month
went by really fast.
Well, here's a brand new book lover design
I just uploaded to my cafepress shop.
This one is for the busy book lover.
Here's a link:
Gads, it's October! I've had
trouble trying to do a blog,
which I will endeavor to conquer eventually, but meanwhile
I have updated the cartoons, yes, I know, it's been a while, so you
will notice summer cartoons mixed in with brand new Halloween
Alas, such is the life of a full time
who needs a life
now and again! Also, rather than dating this site even MORE, I'm going to
with the month, rather than an exact updating date.
Not so good as a daily effort,
but still waaay better than an annual one!
Tomorrow, my interview with my
cartooning girlfriend, Sandra Bell Lundy,
will be up on her Between Friends blog, right here:
This is my second interview,
recently, and both were
interesting and thought provoking to do!
Friday, I had the great pleasure
of doing a cartoon workshop
in Hillsboro, NH, at the Fuller
Library, a fantastic library in
an amazing huge old Victorian house. There were 16 kids signed up
and we did some character development and one of my favorite programs
I call expressionism where I get one kid to make the expression I tell them to
while the partner draws them. Then they switch. There's a lot of laughter, and
at this program, kids becoming friends and asking for phone numbers.
Big thanks to librarian Cathy
Marciniak for inviting me and not giving up
on my crazy schedule!
Yay! Updating the site, finally!!
Even new cartoons!
Check out Scott Nickel's blog
for an interview with yours truly:
He asked some great questions,
so it was enjoyable participating. He'll be doing
interviews with some of the other Chix, so, stay tuned!
We just got back from vacation.
Lots of fun being on the road
and NOT flying since it has become such an ordeal, anyway.
Check out the Chix blog for our
visit with Margaret Shulock, the Tuesday Chick!
We took the Tacoma, and headed
to DC to visit the Divine Ms. Nico
and her equally Divine husband, Jeremiah. We saw a terrific play that
was part of the DC Fringe Festival:
Dizzy Miss Lizzy's Roadside
Revue's production of "The Oresteia",
which had an amazing cast. There was singing, dancing, knife
Check out the Washington Post review
Lots more about
our trip to come!
One of the reasons I've been
behind in posting
on this site is I've been involved in an art project.
I blogged about it on the Chix site, and I will copy it here,
so, here's a link to the Shoe page:
Getting into Shoe Business
Then, I'm off to a library
conference, but then I'm on vacation
and will upload new cartoons!
Yes, I've been
very, very bad. But when you see
What I've been up to... you will be very understanding!
I promise to upload the new
cartoons this week!!!
I've made some mini comics.
Some are mini graphic novels and "Why Ask For The Moon"
and "Perfect Fit" are collections.
These are all hand-made, signed by yours truly
and can be had for a mere $5.00 each (plus $3.50 postage).
So far, these are the ones available:
You can call 603 755 2926 or
e-mail to pay with visa/MC
or order them or pay through Paypal by putting
stephaniepiro@gmail in recipient when you log on.
project is top secret...but all will
be revealed soon!
New cartoons finally posted!
I also took down "Object of Desire" and "Power".
They will soon be available as
in print form.
read about what the fires in Australia
have done to the people and animals in those areas.
You may remember I did a lot of drawings of animals
for the NH SRP, and they were so interesting, and
I enjoyed drawing them so much that I felt I had to try
and help the animals in some small way. I designed a
fundraising button. Click on the image for details:
Inauguration Day, Everyone!
Attending the inauguration!
Jan. 11, 2009
snowing, once again. One has to bundle up and tackle the elements,
one would much rather be curled up reading "Eat, Drink and Be From Mississippi"
that you just snagged from the library, or at least drawing up
some new Chix toons.
On a happier
note, a couple of years
ago, I donated some art, a logo, to a worthy cause, Rochester Reads a literacy
advocacy group based in Rochester, NH. The art was very successful and you
can see it on bumper stickers all over the place and at certain times of the
year as striking banners hanging all over downtown Rochester:
The other day, the
group was nice enough to present me with my very own banner!
Left to right they
are: Pamela Hubbard, Anne May, me,
and Rochester Library Director John Fuchs
Here it is. Pretty cool to have one
to hang up at home!
By the way, I have
a couple of new blogs over on the Chix site:
One about a Little
Black Dress I did yesterday 1 10 09
and the other about Noodler's Ink, a
it features this sharp character who is also below wishing everyone a Happy New
Check out the Chix
site, if you haven't made it a favorite already!
There's lots of fun art and blogs by all the Chix!
January 1, 2009!!!!!
Here's to a fabulous New Year
to all of you, our dear readers!
Eric, New Year's Eve
Spacey on Christmas Day
and Merry Christmas,
Happy Festivus, Kwanzaa and whatever
personal holidays you choose to celebrate!
Here it is, almost 2009!
Lots of updating needs to be done including photos and news
and I promise ( I know, promises are EASY to make...HARD to keep!)
to do a lot of updating, but, here's what you need to know:
we had a MAJOR ice storm here in NH. Losing power in the cold
is an honest excuse for not updating one's website.
If you don't believe me, here's the true story:
Click on the drawing:
wonderful news recently. Two of my Six Chix cartoons that featured cats as the
lead characters have won Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers'
Association! This was a huge surprise, and I am absolutely thrilled to have had
my work honored by the CWA for the second time.
Here's the two
October 27, 2008
Here it is, almost
Halloween. I finally uploaded some new new cartoons
and hope to keep this site a bit more updated in weeks to come.
Sept. 12, 2008
I just got back
Turning the Page Conference
where I learned fundraising advocacy on behalf of the library (along with our
Director, Debbie and Tami my co-worker) and met wonderful librarians from Maine
and NH and took intensive yet fun classes from a variety of Gates facilitators.
I've got lots of new ideas to implement at the library. The highlight was
an absolutely dynamic speaker
who started off the conference on a high note.
Now, back to
September 7, 2008
been busy, busy, busy. I've been creating programs for the library and am about
to head off to a library conference, so have been cartooning like mad before
that happens and in-between and blogging on the Chix blog. New projects are in
development which I'll post about as they happen.
that asked, here is a wedding photo from Nico and Jeremiah's wedding. It was a
perfect day. Everything went as smoothly as possible. Here is the happy couple:
Some more good
news. The card designs I did for American Greetings are now available at Rite
Aid stores and other place under "Women's Humor". Here are a couple of pictures.
So, don't forget if you need a birthday card or a card for your best girlfriend,
please check these out! It would be great to work with AG again, and good sales
is one way to make that happen!!!
And, we are
back from vacation, back from another Woody fest, lots of fun and great music,
as usual with two break-out performers. One, a local boy from Okemah, wrote
remarkable songs, very haunting and beautifully sung. His name is
John Fullbright. Check out his Myspace page. And the others were three young
The Broken Wing Routine. Last year they were buskers at the festival. This
year they were on the bill as people attending the festival were so taken with
them. They did an unrecorded Woody Guthrie song that just gave you the chills.
Check out their Myspace page.
masterpiece now appears on this website
under Literature 101: Moby Dick ll / My Side
Finally, the other side of this immortal tale (tail?)
busy, busy, busy catching up on everything. Lots of work. Blogging on the chix
site. Check out what the chix have to say at
June 21, 2008
beautiful daughter, Nico, is getting married!
I did a couple of tributes to Nico and her husband to be, Jeremiah.
Here are the
Post-Intelligencer: Six Chix
and on the front
page of this website.
I just want to take a moment to wish them the very best
on this wonderful day. The first day of summer.
Good omens for a sunny beginning to a long and happy life together!
The terrific new
SIX CHIX Website
is up and running.
See what all the Chix are up to with lots of art samples
and our own dish-y blog! The blog was quite a challenge,
for me, anyway,but it seems like I'm finally able to post
my rambling thoughts and artwork.
Quite the accomplishment!
A lot going on
since my last posting:
The snow is gone, the garden is planted and
the wedding of the year is
almost upon us!
Yes, Nico and Jeremiah's fabulous event on June 21!
(art by Nico!)
I went to two
incredible showers that Nico's amazing friends threw for her,
the lovely and amazing ladies Liz Bauman in Maryland and Kerri Centrella in
I had a blast at both of them! Thanks for being such wonderful friends and
I gave a presentation at the NHLA
Conference on May 21 and had the best time. Librarians are a terrific group of
people, smart AND fun! A great combination! My presentation wascalled
"Confessions of a Weekend Chick / the Library version" .
Lots about my career as both a cartoonist and a librarian. The audience seemed
to enjoy themselves as much laughter was heard and interesting questions were
(if you'd like me to come do my presentation at your library
contact me at
This was thanks to the wonderful
CHILIS Summer Reading Program Committee who asked me to do the art for this
year's SRP, "G' Day For Reading" the Australian theme, as I've mentioned. Well, the material is out there in the NH
Everything from posters to t-shirts.
If you live in NH, stop by your local library and check it out!
A couple weeks ago two friends and I
attended David Francey's concert in Wolfeboro.
By now you know how much I admire Mr. Francey's work.
More on this here:
David Francey Page
Sad news. Bob Childers passed away.
Shocking to hear this.
He was one of our favorite musicians at the Woody Guthrie Free Festival.
We just saw him and many of the other musicians in January. See news below
about the "Ribbon of
about Bob Childers here:
And happy Easter, too!
A little early this year, but
to celebrate I've uploaded a week of bunny cartoons
into the new dailies I've posted. Hope they show up on the right days.
Every Easter I add a new bunny
cartoon featuring my interpretation
of the intrepid
bunny going door to door with his goodies.
Watch out this week for my "Chix" version of the bunny
link to my latest "Six Chix" Sunday!
(I do my own coloring for the Sundays)
a link to Saturday.
You can see my cartoons on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer site weekly
as well as all the other Chix!
I'm recovering from a cold and
Here's what I've been doing instead of drawing and writing
or snow shoveling etc.
Ok, the Bambi story is now here.
The new cartoons
are all up for those of you who didn't notice.
The other day, during the food fest below, my good friend Mike Lynch asked me if
I'd be willing to do a cartoon about what the first home VCR meant to me, and
that the cartoon would then be posted on his friend's website called
A Hole In The Head. Of
course it meant a great deal, so I drew up a little story, all of which you can
see on the site.
Jan. 15, 2008
night we had the good fortune to attend the
"Ribbon of Highway/Endless Skyway" Woody Guthrie Tribute concert featuring our
favorite performers from the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. The line-up we saw
included Bob Childers who narrated the life of Woody,
and Jimmie LaFave,
the Burns Sisters
,Sara Lee Guthrie
and her husband Johnny Irion and the big surprise,
Radoslav Lorkovic playing accordian and piano.
Here is a link:
Ribbon of Highway/Endless Skyway Tour
If you're lucky enough
to have the tour come to your area...don't hesitate to grab a ticket and be
prepared to have an incredible musical experience and a darn good time!
Nov. 27, 2007
absolutely thrilled to come home last night and find
a fed ex package which contained a CWA MUSE MEDALLION
for my illustrations for "Paws For Thought"!
The Cat Writers' Association is a very distinguished
organization of exceptional professional writers and artists,
so winning an award from the CWA is quite an honor !
Thank you to
all the judges!
And thanks to Anne Leighton, the
This is such a fun and informative book.
It was a pleasure to work on it!
Nov. 3, 2007
I was thrilled
to hear that I won three
Certificates of Excellence
from the Cat Writers' Association!!!
Cartoons for "My Cat Loves Me Naked
And one each
for my illustrations for the two books
"Paws For Thought" and "101 Cool Games for Cool Cats"
A big thank you to the judges for this incredible honor!
We just got back from the
Ohio State Festival of Cartoon Art,
one of the best festivals and best times we've had at an event.
out with old friends, meeting pals from the Wisenheimer and making new friends,
and seeing a variety of interesting speakers, it seemed like the weekend just
Here are some of the fantastic women of cartooning at the OSU weekend:
From left: Sandra Lundy, Jan Elliot, Benita Epstein, Stephanie, Anne Gibbons,
Rina Piccolo, Kim Warp and Deb Peyton.
The highlight of
the weekend has to have been Mike Peters, perhaps the funniest human being on
the planet, a brilliant editorial cartoonist and of course, the creator of
"Mother Goose and Grimm". My cartooning girlfriends, Benita Epstein, Kim
Warp, Rina Piccolo, and I got to meet Mike and he was completely charming and
talked to us at length about our work and then proceeded to tell us and the rest
of our group of friends the most hilarious stories I've ever heard. I wish I
could repeat them here, but really, you would need to track him down and ask him
about the "secret service" story and Macho, and the UN party story, if you are
lucky enough to attend an event where he's speaking.
John got to meet
his favorite cartoonist/author, Ted Rall ("To
Afghanistan and Back" and "Silk Road To Ruin")
and his talk was another
highpoint as was getting to hear and finally meet one of my favorite
cartoonists, Alison Bechdel. I love her drawings and her characters are complex,
funny and political. Her most recent work is the fascinating (and brave!)
graphic memoir "Fun Home".
We also enjoyed Frank Stack, author of "The
Adventures of Jesus",
and Ray Billingsley, creator of "Curtis" who was a marvelous story teller.
This was our
first time attending, but actually the 9th trienniel of the festival.
Many thanks go to the amazing
Caswell and all the
(including "Chix " fan Carol J. Shelton) for organizing this amazing event!
Click here to go to a
page with more photos
new design for book lovers!
This one is for book club members. Wear this to the next meeting
and make everyone else mad with envy! Plus, the name of your book club
or library can be added to the back of most of these shirts
for a small extra charge (blame Cafepress for that!)
Jeremiah were just here for a wedding (Congratulations Brendan),
the Rochester fair, and a barrage of gothic fall photo taking:
The cartoons are updated!
Has it been over a
month since I've updated this site??? Yipes!
How will I ever do a blog?
Well, it sounds like a whole new Six Chix site will be coming your way
complete with a shared blog where each of us will keep you informed of all the
fabulousness we've been up to as Chix. I'll keep you posted for the launch date!
Coming up in October, John and I, and our new neighbor
cartoonist pal, Mike Lynch, will be attending the
Ohio State University Festival
of Cartoon Art.
My good friend, Sandra Bell Lundy, has raved about this event for years,
are finally going to check it out. We'll post about it here, when we
We will be flying out of Pease on Skybus, so, we'll let you know
experience is like, too!
August 18, 1934-August 31, 2007
world received some very sad news last month. Arnold Wagner,
esteemed cartoonist and cartoon historian passed away in August. He was an
member of the professional cartooning board, "The Wisenheimer", of which I've
member for quite a while. He was the most generous person, always there with
or advice to any questions, always supportive if you had a cause you were
He had a wonderful blog called Cartoonology, very commendable, as someone who
considered a blog, he just went ahead and did it.
I had the good fortune to actually meet Arnold and his lovely wife, Connie,
at the San Francisco NCS Reuben Weekend. The Wagners, John and I, Ted Goff,
Peaco Todd and a number of other cartoonists and friends had a wonderful night
together at an Italian Restaurant. It was a night of laughter and good talk with
of the most talented people including Peaco's friends who were in the science
(and did you know you could remove wine stains from jeans with table salt???
Well, you can!).
Arnold and Connie
On the Wisenheimer, Arnold never complained (not all that much, anyway)
his illnesses, and his absences were always noticed by the members.
Arnold was the very heart and soul of the cartooning community,
and he will be greatly missed, but his spirit will always be with us.
Well, we finally
finished printing the tribute cartoon collection
"This Toon is Your Toon" (title by Aussie Nik Scott!). This was a major
and a heck of a lot of work.
Thanks so much to all the cartoonists, whom I believe are all listed in previous
John slaved away, organizing, doing the layouts, writing a fitting introduction,
printing, hand folding each copy and then stapling them. Then we hauled them
down to our best friend Steve Winterton's studio, where he chopped them so they
looked more like REAL books!
Here is what the finished copy looks like:
Our cartoonist pal and
esteemed editorial cartoonist
Tom Stiglich, did the front cover art (and donated the original )
and the back cover cartoon is by also esteemed cartoonist
Malcolm McGookin (also from Australia).
Our plan is to donate the 100 books to the
Oklahoma chapter of the Huntington's Disease charity,
and that they will sell them as a fundraiser at the
Woody Guthrie Festival next week.
And that they will either raffle off or auction off
Tom Stiglich's original of the cover!
Now, for some other
I was chosen by the
NH CHILIS librarians to do all the artwork for
the 2008 Summer Reading Program! This was a great and unexpected honor!
Let me tell you that the snappiest, smartest and most fun people out there are
librarians, and NH has some of the very best. I met with the board for this
project in Concord, NH, and enjoyed getting feedback (and blueberry muffins).
The theme I will be doing art for is"G'day For Reading" an Australian theme, and
Tami LaRock of the Goodwin Library in Farmington, NH, ILL'd some marvelous books
for me, so I've been sketching away, researching all the incredible wildlife in
Australia, many of which I knew about, but the varieties! And the wonderful
Who knew there were more than one type of bandicoot?
Don't you just love the word "wombat"?
I also just did two new designs for my Cafepress shop!
These are especially for book lovers and librarians.
Click on the designs to go to the site:
Hope you like them!
"Fair Game" cartoons are FINALLY updated!
What with all the work I've had lately, plus weeding,
I finally had a chance to update the cartoons and the site, in general!
Hope you enjoy them!
June 13, 2007
I had a
fabulous time in Arlington over Memorial Day weekend with
, Nico, and her fiance Jeremiah.
We tromped around in the heat and saw ALL the DC sites,
the Vietnam tribute wall, the eerie Korean War Memorial,
the huge-er than huge Lincoln statue of the Lincoln Memorial,
the magnificent WWll Memorial,
Where it's all happening
can do it arms
Nico and Jeremiah at WWll Memorial
Plus we got to
see "Pirates of the Caribbean:
At World's End"...and DON'T listen to the critics.
This is a GREAT, intense, non-stop, multi-Johnny Depp experience.
Remember, critics didn't like "Love, Actually" either.
I'm talking to YOU, NY Times critics!
shopped, and ate yummy things.
In other words, a perfect time!
the GODs or Goddesses
I have a quote that's all
over the internet. Who knows how it got there,
but at least I get a credit for it:
"Behind every successful
woman...is a substantial amount of coffee"
I wrote it for the above
coffee design in its original version back in the early 90's.
occasionally asked by people to use that quote,
and recently, I had the delightful experience of being contacted
by Demetria of Athena Coffee
She and her family (including Athena, her beautiful daughter!)
actually grow the coffee they sell, and it is truly incredible coffee.
We LOVED it, and we are very picky coffee connoisseurs!
Here is a link to their site
gorgeous photos of Hawaii and Athena, herself!
I just got the
samples in the mail of the two fabulous books I spent several months
illustrating. They are available in the UK, and I will post ordering info here
as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, here are the covers. Click on
them to see illustration samples!
"Paws for Thought" is by
"101 Cool Games For Cool Cats"
is by Elissa Wolfson
assures everyone the Foot of the Week 151, just posted below, is in fact a shoe,
although it looks more like an inverted bowling pin wearing a wig.
Also in the chart
below, a warm welcome to our first known visitors to the site from Albania, Togo
and Cote D'Ivoire.
We have blocked in
time from May 23-May 29 to get back to work on the cartoon collection in the
spirit of Woody Guthrie, This Toon is Your Toon. The book will be ready
to go to our local, friendly UPS franchise printer in early June, and from
thence to Okehma, OK in July for sale at the 10th annual Woody Guthrie Folk
Festival, with the proceeds going to finance research for a cure for
Sincere thanks to the
30 or so cartoonists from Scotland, Australia, Canada, the United States and the
Dominican Republican for donating a great batch of work. Taken together, the
cartoons are an important graphic statement about the economic, social,
environmental and political state of the planet in 2007, and range in tone from
whimsy to biting satire.
I love fiction.
There's nothing like curling up with a good novel.
The longer the better. So I was inspired to come up with this new design
for my Cafepress shop:
It's available on tees,
sweats, book bags, mugs,
and many other fabulous items!
Woody Guthrie cartoons continue to arrive via e-mail.
Latest contributors are: NYer cartoonist Barbara Smaller, Roy Schneider,
Patricia Storms, Malcolm McGookin , Marek Bennett
and Friday chick, Kathryn Lemieux!
two books I illustrated for authors Ann Leighton (Paws For Thought)
and Elissa Wolfson (Cool Games For Cool Cats) will be released very soon and
will be available in the UK, and hopefully here, before too long. They were a
lot of fun to work on and I think any cat lover would enjoy these terrific
Here are a couple of the illustrations I did for each book:
From "Cool Games for Cool
Two illustrations for
"Paws for Thought"
Check out our updated
A warm welcome to visitors from …
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Virgin Islands (US)
Vatican City State
Papua New Guinea
United Arab Emirates
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
celebration of Farmington Corner 039 - a true story - and as a tribute to the
special internet fraternity who are still making the pilgrimage from afar to read
it, Stephanie has drawn some cartoon feet and boots,
which are being posted weekly:
of the Week: 157
Feet of the Week
No. 1 No.
No. 5 No. 6 No.
18 No. 19.
No. 21 No.
No. 27 No.
No. 31 No.
35 No. 36
No. 50 by guest cartoonist and Tuesday Chick Margaret Shulock
No. 51 No.52
No. 56 No. 57
No. 58 No.
No. 66 No.
No 75 NO. 76
85 Claudia's Stiletto, dropped on the Wisenheimer Board, and found by Rod McKie,
a.k.a. Prince Charming, from Edinburgh, Scotland, one lucky day in July, 2003
Guest Feet of the Week by Canadian cartoonist Sandra Bell Lundy
Her character Kim from Between Friends models Bart Simpson slippers
Nos. 111- 113 by guest cartoonist Teresa Dowlatshahi of
Shoecabbage panel fame.
No. 114 By Brooklyn, New York-based cartoonist Mike
No. 123 (Inspired by Finding
Nemo and seven wet weekends)
No. 134 No.