Jim Sizemore

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After a 32-year government career — three years in the military, but most of it spent as a Visual Information Specialist at the Social Security Administration — I took an early retirement in 1988.

Since 1988 I’ve been a freelance cartoonist/illustrator, photographer, writer and teacher. My “gag” cartoons and humorous illustrations have been published in — to name a few examples — Barron’s, Changing Times, Medical Economics, National Enquirer, The Saturday Evening Post, Ski, TV Guide, Wall Street Journal, and Writer’s Digest. My cartoons and illustrations have also been used in posters, books and brochures. A single panel cartoon feature, “Business As Usual,” was self-syndicated nationally for six years.

I’ve taught cartooning to undergrads at Johns Hopkins University, and summer cartooning workshops to middle school children at regional public and private schools, and at the Walters Art Museum. My one hour “Cartooning For Kids” introduction to cartooning program was attended by thousands of children over the fifteen years I presented it at libraries and schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C., and at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

In addition to the cartoons posted on this blog under the tags “Today’s Gag,” “gags,” and “gag cartoons,” you can view an archive of over six hundred of my magazine cartoons, indexed by subject, at CartoonStock.com, and jantoo.com; just click one of the sidebar links to the right of this post.

15 Responses to About

  1. loelbarr says:

    Hi there, Jim. I’m a friend of Jacquie Roland’s; we had lunch today and she raved about you and your blog. I’ve been exploring it for the past hour or so…wonderful! I love your cartoons and your words and your sense of humor. I’m also a compulsive doodler..usually I don’t even know I’m doodling, I just find these scraps of paper lying around with funny little things on them, and figure since the cat can’t draw, I must’ve done it. I’m not exactly a cartoonist, but a “humorous illustrator”…anyway I hope it comes out humorous. I just started a blog, which I hope you’ll visit : loelbarr.wordpress.com, and my website, if you’d like to see my work, is http://www.loelbarr.com. I used to live in the DC area, did a lot of work for the Washington Post. Oh for the good old days when illustrators had work….!
    Bookmarking your blog now, and I’d love to add a link to it on mine, if that’s all right with you.

  2. Jim says:

    Hello Loel? Ms. Barr? Ms. Loelbarr? Not sure which since Jacquie has not made a proper introduction. But I want to thank you for the kind words in any case. (I’ll thank Jacquie for doing the word-of-mouth bit for my benefit, too.) Enjoyed your website, especially the “funny” and “not funny” illustrations. Please do link to my blog, and I’m adding you to my blogroll, too, as a “seriously funny illustrator.”

  3. Jim,

    I too, remember the “old” market burning down. At the time I lived with my grandmother at 1733 light street. Just a block and a half from the old #2 car barn!

    I also sold papers from the same corner!!!! I can’t remember the dealers name but I seem to recall that he was tall (who wasn’t to a 8-year old?) and rather grungy.

    Do you recall (Or, did you do it?)riding the streetcars and hustling papers to the commuters?

    I also worked huckster wagons (Arabbers) and sold produce throughout South Baltimore. We also lived on Battery Avenue just North of Fort Avenue.

    Of course, all of this was well befor the Harbor Place and the gentrification of the Federal Hill area (We lived on Hamburg Street, as well).

    If you think you might care to read some “stuff”, I will (with your permission) send you a few (Very few) clips of some of the stuff that I wrote regarding my years in the area.

    I remember when I used to think the ENOCHPRATTFREELIBERARY was one word!

    Have enjoyed your blog. The photo of the burned out market brought back many memories. I especially remember my grandfather trapping the largest rat that I have ever seen and saying that it was one of the “damn rats” from the market.

    Jake Jakubuwski (Pronounced: JAKE-uh-bus-KEY)

    P.S. You can also Google on Jake Jakubuwski and learn a little more about this Balmer boy.

  4. Jim says:

    Thanks for the wonderful comment, Jake, and taking the time to peruse DoodleMeister. I lived in South Baltimore (various address on Hanover, Light, and William Streets) between 1943 and 1952. Since 2003 I’m back, this time living on Fort Avenue. Love this area. Please do send your South Baltimore memory pieces — I like your writing style (checked out your blog, etc.). Also may ask for your permission to publish one or more, assuming they are not too long and/or you’re willing to submit to a bit of editing. I’m looking for things between 500 to 1,000 words. Hope to hear from you again.

  5. Jim,

    Thanks for the response.

    I spent most of my youth in South Baltimore, Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Marley Park. I was born in Linthicum Heights (1938). Since we’re only a year apart, age wise, I’m sure we travelled many of the same paths.

    Also want to thank you for the interest you expressed in seeing some of my work (Aside from what you may have seen on Google). Primarily, I have written technical and trade related stuff for the locksmith and security industry.

    Regardless, I will send you some of my Balmer stuff in a day, or two. If you find any merit in the stories feel free to use them as you see fit; so long as I have copyright attribution.

    I will send the pieces to your AOL address.

    Jake Jakubuwski

  6. Jim says:

    I’m sure our paths must have crossed at some point, Jake. Who knows, perhaps we competed for the same streetcar on which to sell our papers, went to the same elementary school. Never know. I’ll look for some examples of your Baltimore pieces attached to an e-mail.

  7. Jim,
    Thanks for publishing The Lady in the Red Dress! Also, many thanks for the listing on your BlogRoll. Us “Balmer” boys gotta stick together…
    Regards, Jake

  8. Next time I’m in Baltimore, lunch is on me and we’ll drink a beer to your Dad . . . I remember that Louis/Walcott fight. Great piece you wrote, I enjoyed it. I like your drawing style.
    Your partner in crime, Roy Delgado.

  9. Jim says:

    You get the lunch and I’ll buy the beer, that way we’ll both have a (tiny) tax deduction to claim for 2010. Thanks again for the comments, Roy, and for supporting the blog.

  10. Amber says:

    I have been looking for any pics of the 77th special forces (airborne) from Ft Bragg. Is that the unit you were in? I have a friend who was in that unit, and he told me about when part of it went to Germany then part to Hawaii, and he stayed in NC.

    His birthday is coming up in Feb. and it would be a miracle if I could get any pics of this unit with him in it. He was in the years 53, 54, 55—maybe part of 56.

    He was so proud of his service during this time but has no pics, Is there a site devoted to this unit? Or can Ft Bragg help me in my quest?

  11. Jim says:

    Yes, I was in the 77th Special Forces Group from mid-to-late 1955 to October 1957. The unit within the 77th was, I believe, “FC-2.” My two years plus in the 77th was served in the Smoke Bomb Hill area of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Perhaps our service there overlapped, so tell me the name of your friend. I remember some (but not all) of the guys I served with and have pictures of several of them. Hope I can be of help.

  12. Thanks for visiting my animation blog and leaving those kind comments. I hope you and your grandson have a good time sharing “stuff” together.

  13. Joe Wehberg says:

    I really enjoy your site especially yours and Jake Jakubuwski’s memories of South Baltimore.

    Being a South Baltimore boy myself, I can relate to your memories of growing up in that wonderful neighborhood and I have also written about my experiences there.

    How can I forward my experiences to you?

  14. Jim says:

    Nice to hear from you, Joe. Yes, send me one of your memory pieces, a good draft up to 1,000 words to start. I’ll get back to you on it quickly.

  15. You have blazed a long prolific path. I was glad to read you shared your tremendous talent with children – goodness knows we need more humor in this world. Thank you for yours. :-)

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