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Prompted By The Garden

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Profile photo of Marcia Richmond Liss Marcia Richmond Liss
In 1982, Marcia Liss began drawing cartoons and continued over the centuries to chronicle the life of Everywoman, as perceived by a suspenders-and tie-wearing cartoon character named, coincidentally, Marcia. Deserving of a 2nd and 3rd look by 2 major syndicates, but not making the final cut at either, a few of the single panels were published by the popular magazine called...uh...hmmm...well, anyway, “Today’s Chicago Woman” named the cartoonist as one of 90 woman to watch in the ‘90’s. Nobody quite knew what they were watching for, but there you have it. When not drawing cartoons, Marcia worked as Development Director for the ACLU of Illinois, raised 2 children (who are now married with kids of their own), and stayed married. She is a very serious person who worried about climate control, gun control and other control issues until she realized she had no control and concentrated instead on getting first row center seats to Liza Minnelli concerts. She currently lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband where she draws cartoons and laughs at her own jokes.

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Characterizations: funny, right on!


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    But I thought talking to plants was good for them. Of course, what do I know? All my plants die! HA! I always love your cartoons, Marcia.

  2. Thanx Marcia, for always showing us the funny, sunny side!

  3. Laurie Levy says:

    LOL! Nothing that grows listens to me.

  4. I read your bio a couple dozen times until I could stop spitting coffee out my nose and then — and only then — that you had drawn a zen koan! Uh… no, a brilliant minimalist reduction of the prompt… oh, jeez. But seriously, I think that if you just had a little more practice with your tonality you wouldn’t hurt them so bad… the trees, that is. They are listening, but only because they have to, because they’re ha ha rooted in place, if you know what I mean wink wink. And then there’s the botanic fetishes thing. Ah, what kind of… never mind. I really dug your cartoon, Marcia.

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