Morning name: Carla Ventresca

This morning’s name, which I couldn’t immediately place. Turns out I’d posted about her once, as the artist of a cartoon about English teachers. Now more information, and some dog-related cartoons.

From Wikipedia:

Carla Ventresca is co-creator with husband Henry Beckett of the internationally syndicated comic strip On A Claire Day. Starting in October 2007, she became one of the new cartoonists for Parade Magazine. … She also creates greeting cards for American Greetings with husband Henry.

[Completely irrelevant digression. I don’t think I’ve seen anarthrous husband — rather than her husband — used as a prenominal modifier before. Collaborator, rather than her collaborator, yes. Writer, rather than the writer, yes. But a kin term sounds odd to me in this use — maybe not unacceptable, but at least awkward.]

On their joint comic strip:

On a Claire Day was an internationally syndicated comic strip by Creators Syndicate, created by Henry Beckett and Carla Ventresca and launched in 2006. The strip ended its run in print and online on June 14, 2014 to continue on the mobile device service Comikka.

… The strip follows the life of fictional character Claire Bennett, an insecure and naive young woman, who has left her parents’ home to live on her own. She is visited frequently by Sammi, her elegant, financially savvy, and impatient best friend; Jeff, her guy’s guy neighbor, who’s happy working construction and doesn’t understand Claire’s ambition or life issues; her “out there” Oprah-fanatic mom and her “work hard or you’re worth nothing” dad; and the perfect neighbors, Pasha and James, who seem to do everything with an ease and flair Claire can’t achieve or imagine possessing herself. But she managed to settle down in with a life with medical researcher Paul along [with] their dog Bradley and cat Lulu and at the end of the series [they] were engaged. (link)

Three dog-related cartoons:

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