As I write this, I’m gearing up for a busy week. Tomorrow I head south to Illinois to do a cartooning workshop for an elementary school near my hometown. I’ll be meeting with kids in kindergarten up to eighth grade. Looking forward to it. Plus it gives Kim and I an excuse to see the P’s (an affectionate nickname we’ve given our parents.) Plus, if the weather’s decent, it’s an opportunity to steal my Dad’s hose and soap bucket to wash the car, which hasn’t been touched in months. Sunday night we’ll find ourselves in South Milwaukee, where I’ll be talking to about 100 middle and high school kids at a church. I’m excited that they have access to an LCD projector, so I’ll be able to utilize the slideshow aspect of my presentation. The photo of me from sophomore year always goes over well. Almost as well as the senior picture of my Dad. Then next Wednesday I’m back in Madison at Huegel Elementary for the first of three in-depth cartooning workshops made possible by Bucky Badger. That will be with third graders, who may be among my most favorite age group…old enough to get more advanced concepts, but not quite in the pretentious middle school stage. Finally, for those of you in the Madison area, come downtown next Friday between 2:00-4:00 pm and say hi. I’ll be on hand for the grand opening of Twee & Luliloo, a new candy store that’s opening at 218 State Street, next to the Orpheum theater. They will be exclusively carrying the Kim & Jason Jelly Bean cards. Oh, and a lot of old-fashioned candy, too. I’ll be working on some comic strips and scribbling my name on some of the non-edible purchases made by customers. Should be fun.