Drink at work: The blog of a cartoonist

Francesco ("Ces") Marciuliano is the author of the comic strip Sally Forth. In his blog, Drink at Work he expounds on whatever tickles his fancy. (Warning: Includes strong language, adult situations, and political views.) Sure, the stories on writing a cartoon are fun, especially when he responds to feedback from readers, and he also has a long series of articles titled Comic Strip Writing 101 (example: Comic Strip Writing 101: It's Not All Pabst and Vicodin), but that's not the best part. No, the best part is the conversations with his father. Here's an except from Conversation number two:

Dad: Marciulianos live much longer than average folks! Look at your Grandpa! He would still be alive today if he hadn't died in that hospital.

Ces: What?

Dad: Y'know, from that spill he took...when he had to go to the hospital. I bet if he didn't fall he would still be around today.

Ces: At age 102?

Dad: See? That's what I'm talking about. Marciulianos live a long time.

Comments (10)
  1. Brian says:

    I really can’t wait until all the Art Buchwalds of the world die off (this guy is that type). It’s weird, but just reading their writing makes me think I smell that stuffy, dungeony, old people odor. And frankly I need to see hard evidence before I believe that anyone reads Sally Forth. Rest their eyes on it before having a stroke, maybe, but actually read it? Nuh-uh.

  2. Rick C says:

    <P>Brian, let me introduce you to The Comics Curmudgeon http://www.comicscurmudgeon.com (which Ces reads). Sally Forth shows up there semi-regularly.</P>

  3. Rick C says:

    Well, that was an interesting little mangle.

    I got the URL wrong, too. Try this instead: http://www.comicscurmudgeon.com

  4. Brian says:

    Rick, I hold you responsible for my wasting most of the afternoon reading that site. Funny stuff.

  5. Rick C says:

    Ces’ wife even modelled Curmudgeon gear recently: http://joshreads.com/index.php?p=328

  6. Toon says:

    So, is there a cartoon of Joe Peterson being unceremoniously fired for Longhorn’s lead-time then?

  7. Jp says:

    That was interesting. I was trying to work out just how somebody capable of being so funny in his blog could be so, well, not as funny in his cartoon. Then I read this entry: http://www.drinkatwork.com/2005/04/serious-suggestion.html

    Ah, it’s a backwards compatibility problem…

  8. Carol says:

    Brian, while I’ll defend to the death your right to say whatever you want, I must respectfully ask that you stop wishing for the death of my husband. Oh, and stop comparing him to Art Buchwald. I would never, EVER consider blowing Art Buchwald.

  9. Josh says:

    Carol, you are so roadside.


  10. Don Roszel says:

    My new best blog. His piece on firecrackers made me cry I laughed so hard.

    Thanks for the referral.


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