Friday, October 9, 2015


It's that time of year again -- hopefully-- and the turn of seasons is finally under way. From all of us fine and furry critters here at Harts Pass Comics, bring on the snow (and nighty night to the Ursus americanus and others of their ilk)!

Friday, October 2, 2015


A polar bear cameo in this week's Harts Pass. Royal Dutch Shell has suspended its arctic drilling exploration in the Chukchi Sea and the polar bears (and sympathetic wolverines) couldn't be happier.

Friday, September 25, 2015


We lost our dog last week... but there is new snow in the mountains and the salmon are spawning in the river.

Friday, September 18, 2015


Do YOU think the Army should be testing Blackhawk Helicopters in the North Cascades? Buzzing hilltops at any hour of the day - selectively/tactically or not - when people and animals alike are already hyper-alert to any helicopter activity being immediately associated with the next serious wildfire? I didn't think so. The wolverines at Harts Pass have done half the work. Share this and spread the word. Print it out, add your own two cents, and send it along the the Department of the Army, Directorate of Public Works by November 3rd. The address is right there on the strip. Get busy people. We made it through literally YEARS of pointless and ongoing war in the middle east without this sort of thing being necessary. Needed for Afghanistan my mustelid butt! Someone needs to learn to leave certain things well enough alone and to leave at least a few unspoiled things still unspoiled. GRRR!!!

Friday, September 4, 2015


A little retro-active publishing here as recent arctic travels put a damper on my computer timeliness - and prevented me from doing a comic for 9/9 :) WIFI certainly exists - and is a much appreciated facet/modern convenience of life above the arctic circle - but nothing was incredibly quick and I left my laptop at home!

To wit, the rain that preceded our Alaska trip DID do a fine job of changing the game for fire activity in the region. Summer will take another good shot at us with hot temps into the Sept. 12-13 weekend, but these cooler and slightly damper weeks have been a blessing.

Friday, August 28, 2015

8.26.15 - For Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler

For those of you farther from home, the three young firefighters remembered above, recently lost their lives while keeping our community safe. Famous is a poem that Tom Zbyszewski, a local kid working summer fires, performed in his state finals for Poetry Out Loud in the spring of 2013. He may also have performed it here at Twisp's Merc Theater, as I swear that I can picture him reciting it.

In any case, it is a fine poem and a worthy tribute (I hope) to the everyday but still heroic efforts that our firefighters and many others make to keep others safe -- even at times at great cost. A humble kind of service that is inherently heroic of course, but never demanding of any particular praise or recognition. Thank you all for your service and rest in peace.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I was humorously a bit swamped by a return from vacation and the consuming nature of a certain illustration project when I finished this strip for August 19. The days have been "off" in a wholly different way since the start of more localized wildfires that same afternoon, and updating the website took a backseat to many other things of an immediate concern. The comic to be posted this coming Friday speaks to our communities continued grrr-attitude and hoped-for resilience.