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TONY'S ONLINE TIPS
for Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Happy Monkey

The good news...I landed the gig I wrote about yesterday. It will still be about a year before I can talk about the gig, but I'm extremely happy about it.

Amusingly, in the few hours between when Monday's TOT posted and my writing today's column, a half-dozen guesses as to what this gig is have been e-mailed to me and not one of them is even close. You can all stop now.

Here's the thing. It's not a gig with DC or Marvel, which is what most of the e-mailers were hoping for. When I can talk about it, I bet some of those who wrote me will be disappointed. But, like I said, I'm happy. It's comics. It's fun and fulfilling work for an employer I admire and respect. It pays well. It will allow me to be a bit more choosy about other work I accept. It buys me time to work on personal projects. It moves me closer to being a full-time comics writer again.

The additional good news...the Casa Isabella renovations and repairs continue to move forward and their inherent distractions to my writing are becoming less distracting. In fact, since we have to wait two weeks on the kitchen counter tops that were supposed to arrive and be installed yesterday, there's a chance there won't be any workers here all next week. Fingers crossed.

The semi-bad news...between my Monday meeting with my new boss and the need to clean up the debris from all the Casa Isabella work done over the weekend, it's going to be a couple days before I can get back to writing full-blown TOTs. But I will have something new for you each and every day.

Let's check out today's snacks.

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COMICS IN THE COMICS

Three more guest stars appeared in the concluding episodes of last week's Bob the Squirrel sequence. Here are the strips from April 5-7...

Bob the Squirrel

Bob the Squirrel

Bob the Squirrel

You can enjoy Frank Page's strip daily at:

www.gocomics.com/bobthesquirrel

In Crankshaft, Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers got two more episodes out of the discovery of old comic books in an attic. Here are the strips from April 6 and 7...

Crankshaft

Crankshaft

I wonder how long it will take for those comics to show up in Funky Winkerbean.

Watch for more "Comics in the Comics" in future TOTs.

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TONY POLLS

Most every Tuesday, we have new TONY POLLS questions for your balloting entertainment. This week, we're asking you to cast your votes for the next President of the United States and also to weigh in on the nominees for the 2007 Glyph Comics Awards, awards that "recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color" from the preceding calendar year. You can cast your votes by going to:

www.worldfamouscomics.com/tony/poll

Thanks for spending a part of your day with me. I'll be back tomorrow with more stuff.

Tony Isabella

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