My friend Mike Lynch, successful magazine cartoonist and fellow Trekkie, whose impromptu calls I'm always delighted to take and whose blog is terrific.
My friend Patricia Storms, whose cartooning and illustrating career really seems to have taken off lately, and it couldn't happen to a nicer person.
My friend Jeff Kinney, whose career as a best-selling author I can actually claim to have witnessed the very start of. It also couldn't happen to a nicer person.
My friend Paul Giambarba, a cartoonist, artist, illustrator, author, art director and much more, with a multi-decade career I can only envy.
My friend Otis Frampton, writer, artist, and creator of Oddly Normal among other great work.
My friend Arnold Wagner, who made my life better until the evening of August 31.
My friend Ronniecat, who started a blog when she suddenly lost her hearing at age 39 and soon branched out to write about anything else that interested her.
My friend Mike Peterson, a career journalist and newspaper editor in Maine, and a cartooning connoisseur.
My friend Sherwood Harrington, an astronomer, traveler, and better writer than he lets on.
My friend and editor Charlie Kochman, who grasps ideas immediately, figures out ways to make them better, and would never do anything to disappoint me in any way ever.
Writer, comics creator, and Hollywood insider Mark Evanier, whose blog is a daily stop of mine.
Annie and Jazz Age cartoonist Ted Slampyak, likewise a regular surfing destination.
Between Friends cartoonist Sandra Bell-Lundy, likewise likewise.
The many artists, writers, comics and cartooning professionals I've gotten to know online, plus a few I've gotten to know in person, including Guy Gilchrist, Stephan Pastis, Michael Jantze and Terry Moore. Thanks for your time.
Annette Street, Professor of Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, La Trobe University, Australia.
My neighbor Larry, who I just discovered reads my blog. Thanks for helping me fish my eyeglass lens out of the storm drain that time, plus for protecting our country. That was good, too.
Martin Mahoney, Jeremy Clowe, and the staff of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Babcock and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City.
People who voted for me in the Eisner Awards in vain.
People who voted for me in the Harvey Awards--not in vain.
Wolfgang Fuchs, who translated my book into German, accepted an award on our behalf, and exchanged some very nice notes with me about it.
People who read my book, and maybe even paid money for it. I don't ever, ever take that for granted. Thank you.
People who read my book and then wrote to tell me about it, themselves, their families, and their stories. Thank you especially.
Everyone else I don't want to embarrass by naming in public but who know who they are.
My wife Karen, who didn't think the preceding sentence applied to her.
My girls, who make me proud.A happy new year to us all!
*I reserve the right to wake up in the middle of the night, slap myself on the forehead crying "How could I have forgotten them?!" and add names to this post at any time. If that's you, I apologize.