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Four Panel Friday: SpongeBob Comics – The Paul Karasik and R. Sikoryak team up!

Our SpongeBob theme continues…

The joy of the SpongeBob Comics Treasure Chest is in the variety of writers and artists telling SpongeBob stories in their own style.

Like other “best of” collections it opens up the possibilities of discovering artists and writers you weren’t familiar with.

That said, Paul Karasik and R.Sikoryak’s cartooning skills are SIK!

Both have published notable works – Paul Karasik of How to Read Nancy, and R. Sikorayak’s Terms and Conditions.

But as we know, the pinnacle of any cartoonist’s career is drawing SpongeBob stories.

Note: I’m not sure which of Paul or R.Sikorayak wrote or drew the story, but R.Sikorayak’s homages of old super hero comics appear in every panel.

From: SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest , I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planktons!

By: Paul Karasik and R.Sikoryak

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Thanksgiving with F. Scott Fitzgerald

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

The Great Gatsby

Not your typical Thanksgiving day quote. But F. Scott Fitzgerald’s opening sentence to the Great Gatsby is a timeless maxim.

From: The Great Gatsby

By: F. Scott Fitzgerald


The wonderful names of kung-fu moves in Jin Yong’s A Hero Born

Jin Yong’s novel, A Hero Born, is like one of those bootleg Jackie Chang VHS tapes your best friends uncle gave you wrapped between two covers.

There’s romance and fight scenes, but what has me re-reading pages are the names of the kung-fu moves:

Mischievous Cat Catches the Mouse

Hawk Fights the Rabbit

Autumn Wind Blows the Fallen Leaves

Iron Ox Plows the field

And those are only from Chapter 5…

Sadly, these moves are fictional. No one has uploaded any Hawk Fights the Rabbit instructional videos to YouTube (if you have, email me, NOW). They’re trapped in Jing Yong’s China, a China where kung-fu is magic.

That said, the 8 steps of Ba Duan Jin Taichi share similar names to Yong’s fictional kung-fu moves:

Draw the Bow to Shoot the Vulture

Wise Owl Gazes Backwards

Sway Head Shake Tail

The influence is apparent. Note the references to animals and nature are a constant in both fiction and real life.

From: A Hero Born: The Definitive Edition (Legends of the Condor Heroes, 1

By: Jin Yong

Translated by: Anna Holmwood

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Four Panel Friday: SpongeBob Comics, James Kochalka edition





Yes, the classics should be read, must be read. But in-between reading the classics, SpongeBob Squarepants comics have their place.

Especially SpongeBob Comics written and drawn by James Kochalka.

Sidenote. SpongeBob the show first dropped in 1999!

From: SpongeBob Comics: Treasure Chest

By: James Kochalka


November Jack-O-Lanterns

Abandoned. Lost. Rot

on cobwebbed doorsteps. Their joy,

crumbles to sadness.

Art comics Commonplace Book Drawings writer's inspiration

Seth’s storytelling advice to Noah Van Sciver. And you too, if you’d like…

Write about losers and loners. Don’t get dragged down that road of trying to resist your natural inclinations.


Noah Van Sciver has a YouTube channel.


The prolific cartoonist generously shares his works in progress, conversations with colleagues, and on occasion, words of encouragement.

A few days ago he read a letter of storytelling advice from fellow cartoonist, Seth.


The letter contradicts most storytelling advice you’ve heard.

Keep drawing y’all.


Olive Eyes

You’re full of questions,

I can’t answer. My daughter,

I will let you down.


Early Autumn

No season’s cold bites

my flesh as sweet as Autumn’s

does in September.



Fresh baked Cuban pan.

Raw pork loin chopped on request.

Dinner in thirty.



We’re at odds on all

things, but one. I concede. Your

fall sunsets are best.