Friday, January 4th, 2008
Comic Strip to Ask and Look for: The Pajama Diaries
My mother e-mailed to ask if I read a comic called The Pajama Diaries. "A recent strip featured boxes being used by the kids while the actual presents went by the wayside," she said. I’d never heard of it, so I certainly missed the December 25th strip.
TPD’s author, Terri Libenson, was kind enough to e-mail me a copy.
Its message hits at the heart of my Young Children’s Super Fantastic Holiday Gift Guide of Glorious and Ample Proportions, 2007 Edition. Great comic. It would be even better if the parents had bought toys specifically because of the size and shape of the boxes, but I suppose that’s a dad’s perspective.
Libenson told me this particular cartoon was inspired by two incidents in her life:
"I noticed my kids ignored some of their Hanukkah gifts at first (although they’re now warming up to them). Also, we moved last year, and they occasionally make things out of the moving boxes (school desks, forts, etc). So I combined the two ideas because they seemed to mesh well. That happens sometimes…I’ll look through my notes, and suddenly two ideas will seamlessly mold into one cartoon."
The Pajama Diaries is about a work-at-home mother with a husband and two daughters. She has three mommy-friends who represent varying facets of motherhood. One works part-time, another homeschools her kids and the third left a high-profile job to be a stay-at-home-mom.
The name of the strip is derived from the idea that because she works from home, she can work in her pajamas.
The comic’s characters were initially based on Libenson ‘s own life (she has 5- and 7-year-old daughters), but they’ve taken on a life of their own now. Libenson creates the comics on weekdays and writes for American Greetings on weekends.
As a relatively new comic, having launched in 2006, you are invited to ask your local newspaper that it begin carrying The Pajama Diaries.