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ET Pajama Party

 

Terri Libenson —

Living a living a life out loud…with humor, comic panels and talk balloons.

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Jill Kaplan has ET. And two daughters.  So does Terri Libenson.  In fact theyTerri cropped resized have so much in common you could be forgiven for thinking Terri, the creator of the popular comic strip Pajama Diaries is Jill, her creation.

In an extended interview Terri set us straight. She’s the kid who grew up in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, always drawing.  She’s the one who drew her way into and through the graphics program at Washington University, creating that university’s first independent comics study course.

And where Jill is dominating and her comic husband Rob quiet, in  real life  Terri is a bit introverted and her husband outgoing.

She and Jill do share experiences and hassles but a girl needs a best friend right? And maybe the best is an alter ego that lets her process everyday life into a tension-releasing four-panel comic strip.

terri strips

Back in 2009, suffering severe migraines and ocular light shows, Terri had a blood test that uncovered the cause: essential thrombocythemia.  She had further testing done, discovered she was JAK2 positive. Baby aspirin and anagrelide brought her platelet levels down to where they didn’t interfere with her Type A lifestyle. She also turned to her drawing board and Jill to work out how she felt about things.

The result, a realistic but wryly humorous take on ET, is the first MPN comic strip to go international.   And probably the first thousands of readers heard of ET. (You know her syndicate,  King Features. These are the guys who brought  Blondie and Beetle Bailey to our Sunday comics back in the day Americans got Sunday papers, along with Prince Valiant, Popeye, Hagar the Horrible,  Hazel and all the rest.)

Today, The Pajama Diaries, reaches a couple of hundred newspapersTerris Books sans Batzilla in a daily strip and weekly feature.  Terri and Jill are also on line http://www.pajamadiaries.com and appear in books and compilations.

And if your local paper doesn’t carry the strip, drop an email to the editor.  Might as well support one of our own while lightening up our own days, right?Terris Bat-Zilla

 

 

 

Website: http://www.pajamadiaries.com

Books available from Amazon.com or Terri’s website store

 

 

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Comments on: "ET Pajama Party" (2)

  1. Sonya Keene said:

    I have been wondering the details of Jill’s (Terri’s) symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and this little article answered my questions. I really enjoyed it! Thank you.

  2. I love this. I even look like Jill, got exactly the same disorder…boy can I relate!!!
    Bravo!!!

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