Who are Hope & Harry?


Hope and Harry is a semi-autobiographical comic about my family. Hope is a lot like me, except probably better, kinder, and more patient. Harry is a lot like my husband, except not quite as funny or good looking. Hope and Harry have two daughters and a cat just like my husband and I do, and many of the things that happen to them are based loosely on things that actually happen to our kids, their friends, our family friends or more often than I would like to admit, just made up by our family over dinner.

Hope and Harry is a comic that really celebrates the lives of families and the funny and strange things that happen to them. It’s all about busy schedules, unpredictable pets, unexpected catastrophes and the world of children’s imagination. I hope you will stop by for a coffee and a cookie and be ready to listen to Claire and Piper tell you all about their latest adventure.

HandH NY 2019

2018 was a very difficult year for me.  I lost a beloved student to suicide, and I found myself questioning everything I do in my work, and if I do enough to show students that they are important and valued members of our community. I watched my step-father decline over the course of the year and watched my mother struggle with losing him by inches. I had to deal with struggles with my own mental health and the mental health of some of the people I'm closest to.

I made some hard choices, and I struggled with supporting my family emotionally and financially.  And we ended the year in the ER wondering if the debilitating pain in my husband's leg was a blood clot (luckily it was not!)

Yet, I found some deep friendships, enjoyed support from unexpected places.  I got to watch my girls grow into women.  I was lucky enough to have amazing support from my bosses as I struggled this year. I found joy in creative work. I had the most successful comic expo yet and made a bunch of friends there. I saw my parents (who have been divorced for three decades) come together to do something wonderful for my family because they love me and their grandkids more than they disagree with each other.

Will 2019 be better?  Maybe, or maybe not.  But it doesn't matter  2019 will be the next step, for better or for worse.  But the things that I learned this year will sustain me through the next year.  And who knows, maybe next year will be amazing.  I hope it will be.  And I hope it is for you too.

If you want to see the other projects I’m working on you should contribute to my Patreon. I am posting all kinds of stuff there, new paintings, drafts of comics, and drawings from a new project I’m working on.  Patreon supporters also get advanced comics and get exclusive content like my grown-up comic "Mornings with Cletus" which is only available there.  Also, Patreon supporters will get to see all the cool stuff I make just for fun, or to sell at places like Comic Expo.


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