Cartoons from the Zeitgeist

Over the last year or so my son Tom and I have been collaborating on a big batch of gag cartoons – Tom wrote the ideas in New York City, between working at NYU and doing frequent standup in clubs and bars, and sent them over to me here in Bucks County, where I drew them up when I had time. I’m happy to announce that we’ve finally assembled them into a book titled Zeitgeist Meetup, and we’ll be signing copies at The Mercantile, 444 N. Main Street, Doylestown, on Sunday, December 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tom’s humor has a young, New York-type viewpoint, with some ideas coming from his everyday experiences in the city doing improv comedy, some reflecting his standup style of wordplay and visual puns, and a few short-story cartoons like “Bushwick Self-Defense,” “The In-Convenience Store,” and “The Kool Aid Spectrum.” Our book riffs on lots of topics that are in the ‘zeitgeist’ right now— from food trucks to Bigfoot to crickets to Elvis – all just for fun. We want people to laugh!

Tom has been involved in comedy for over 15 years, leading an improv comedy group when he attended Holicong Middle School and CB East, continuing through college at American University and comedy clubs around Washington DC, and now in NYC.

I’ll also mention that two of my latest New Yorker magazine cartoons have been chosen to be in the “2023 New Yorker Day-to-Day Calendar,” which I’ll have there at the Mercantile on display, and I’ll have some of my humorous holiday greeting cards for sale too, so I hope you can come and say hello!

There is plenty of convenient parking at the Mercantile since it’s right in the Doylestown Shopping Center, in the space where BonTon used to be. The Mercantile is a collaborative store that showcases creative small businesses, so there is a ton of great gift items to browse after you’ve chatted with Tom and me – they have beautiful housewares, accessories, vintage items, baked goods, furniture, jewelry, gifts for men and adorable stuffed animals for kids. There are even places to sit down and have a snack when you’re tired of shopping – you can’t beat that!

Zeitgeist Meetup sells for $12.95, and if you can’t make it on December 11 but you want a copy, just let me know. And if you went to CB East with Tom or were in his improv group, please just stop by to say hi, we’d love to see you!

10 thoughts on “Cartoons from the Zeitgeist

    • Thanks Cathy! I know what you mean – I wish I could see that beautiful scene out your backyard! I’ve admired many of your photos changing with the seasons, and the view is always so lovely.

      • Oh Pat . . thank you . .. Interesting that one of our views has change drastically. A young, formerly Amish, couple bought the house and field and now I stare at a barn that he and his crew built . . and a hen house and a couple cows and a hog . . . and lots of gravel and machinery. I remind myself that it’s people like this that make our country what it is. . . Still, kind’a hard when you sniff animal leavings. 😀

      • oh no! But what was the view you posted just today or yesterday, of a valley with smoke rising (some kind of burning going on) – was the barn in that pic?

      • Ah! That is steam coming from the Farmer’s Equity out our front window! The barn went up in the field behind our house. It was always swaying with grasses and all sorts of wildlife. A bit of a rough transition for us. But as I always say Pat: ” If you don’t like change . . . you’re on the wrong planet.” 😀

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