On Cartooning

 Posted by on January 1, 2013
Jan 012013

A Hasidic man is angry that someone is cartooning him

It feels like it’s been longer, but it’s been only a year since I took pencil to sharpener and began doodling. It was a New Year’s resolution on the first day of 2012, a particularly warm day; rather unusual weather for the first day of January. I packed hot coffee in a thermos, sandwiches and a shriveling helium balloon that said

Frieda Vizel

Frieda Vizel left the Hasidic community, the Modern Orthodox community and the Formerly Orthodox (OTD) community. She now lives in Pomona and is actively looking for a new community to leave. She deals with the perplexities of the communities she left by drawing cartoons about them, a habit that gets her into an excellent amount of trouble.

  10 Responses to “On Cartooning”

  1. I for one, look forward to your so relevant cartoons. No doubt, not the only one who feels this way. All the best as you go on your merry way.

  2. First, I want to say congratulations on making such an important resolution and sticking to it. I love your cartoons and, obviously, hope you’ll keep drawing and keep sharing them with us.

    Second, as a person who has gone from self-publishing to ‘publishing-publishing’, I cannot imagine doing what I do if I had to wait for some editor to ask me to write this or that. Self-publishing is where you develop your vision and your voice. Publishers and editors will eventually come looking for you (if that’s what you want) because you’ve already got a signature style, a body of work, and an audience.

    If you love creating and reaching people with your work (which it seems you do), then you owe it to yourself to keep on. zol zayn mit hatslokhe un brokhe!

  3. Find yourself a sugar daddy who will enable you to travel the world, learn new languages, and continue with your doodling at the same time. Its the 2013 way of doing things. oh yeah.

  4. Wow! Thanks for sharing your practice doodles with us for the past year.
    I guess you could say this year’s resolution is to find a sugar daddy? But that would sound too much like a request from Santa and not enough like a resolution…oh well, I don’t have any ideas.
    Best of luck though!

  5. Extra points for being a Bill Watterson fan. Let us hope, though, that unlike him, you will keep going….

    Cheers to a doodley new year.

  6. Your uncertainty about where you go from here reminded me of this post by the developer of the WordPress theme you use on this site. Completely unrelated, I know, but the idea of having invested heavily in a project and then for one reason or another choosing to abandon it is similar.

  7. And hey, thank you all for reading (and sharing!) and commenting event when I haven’t been very good with engaging in reader commentary.

    And thank you Shpitzig for running this thing and putting up with what it takes!

    You’re all real friends.


  8. Frieda, Sugar daddy or not, we at least have an obligation to, at the very least, click away on the yellow “donate” button at the top of the page in reciprocation to the very same wires that deliver us the occasional doddle and commentary which we so look forward to!

    We’re all envious of your achievements, and cheer you on in the sidelines and as you reach your milestones. There are no finish-lines, though. There’s no reaching the top; it’s about the climb itself. And, pickle or not, you’re one hell of a climber!

    Keep it up – your shoulders and the good work, that is.

  9. You OK, Shpitz?
    Pursuing other interests?

  10. We’re waiting!

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