December 2004


Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this colored cartoon!



Jeez, only 4 more days 'till Christmas! Can you believe it? This is my favorite holiday by far- I love the smells and the way it feels.

Unfortunately, my family decided to get an artificial tree this year, which I'm strongly opposed to because if you can't smell the xmas tree, then what's the point? My dad said we could get some garlands or something and stick it in the tree so it'll stink like the holidays. Well, at least the tree looks like it's real (I made sure we got a high qualitiy fake tree).

Anyway, I'm on "break" until Jan 3rd, but I still have to finish my law school applications (sent out my grad school ones today! woohoo!) and go to work. Hopefully I can get working on that book (found some good publishers), which will include C'est la Vie's first year and some other goodies.

Happy Holidays!



I'm very tired today. I spent almost all of yesterday studying for my German final, which went "ok" today.

Anyway, there are some new banners up, which you can get if you scroll all the way down. Now you can choose from three sizes. Enjoy!



Late update again- sorry about that. Hopefully this will be the last one for a while. I think I've gotten over my jetlag. Anyway today's isn't a double sized Sunday, but I decided to color it, since I'm sure some people have missed my Sundays. I'm hoping that I can get back to my normal routine after I turn in some of these grad/law school applications.

Anyway, I had a great time in New York City. I met with a professor from NYU on Thursday, and he was very nice. The Institute of Fine Arts is in the upper east side of Manhattan, on 5th Ave. and I think 78th- VERY close to the Met. Additionally, the school is in an old 18th century hotel, so it's very swanky and fancy.

NYC is very different from L.A. People there are much more formal (people wearing business suits?! What's up with that?) and seem to not care so much about smoking. My friend told me that people call breaks "smoke breaks," something you'd probably never hear in L.A. You also see people wearing fur coats, another L.A. "no no."

I really like NY- there are a ton of great museums, a lot of wonderful streets and neighborhoods, and I enjoy its busy city feel. My heart is still in Hawaii though.

Enjoy this picture I took in front of the Rockefeller Center. I might put up more interesting NYC pictures in the forum or on here sometime in the future:

I'm really impressed that I was able to get this picture without any other tourists in my way.




Just got back from New York and am so tired that my eyeballs are going to fall out. Will talk more about that later. Sorry for the late update!



Today's cartoon was done by Bob of Area 52, a fellow Sherpian. If it tickles your fancy, go check out his work here.

So I gave my French teacher and another student in my class the URL to my comic... I really hope my French teacher didn't see today's and think this cartoon is about suicide or something. That would be awkward.Oh well, I trust everyone from my French class will peruse the archive and see for themselves.

Anyway yesterday was terrible. First I was late to my French class, which wasn't nearly so bad as to what was to happen next in my German class. I had a native speaker (who happens to be a tutor AND in my class) proof-read the oral report I had written about Mozart. He said he'd give me the paper with the corrections by Friday, which I trusted him to do since his oral report, which consists of a big chunk of your grade, was supposed to be yesterday. Unfortunately he never came, and of course, neither did my corrected oral report. I got his cell phone number and called him... he said he'd e-mail it to me soon with all the corrections. Well it's 12:20 am right now and I still haven't gotten it. My oral report is on Monday and I haven't started memorizing any of it. @#$!

After my German class I went to the library to check my e-mail. While I was there someone stole my cute pencil bag. I'm really upset about that b/c it had my cool sakura micron pens, a really neat silvery pen, and my cute bunny erasers.

Then I went to the bus stop to go home. I stood RIGHT NEXT to the bus stop sign, and the bus went RIGHT PAST me. Because LA public transportation is so terrible I had to wait another 30-40 minutes for another bus to come.

On top of all that I have to take the LSAT this morning. Wish me good luck!




This week is going to be insanely busy for me. I have to make sure that all my grad school applications are sent out, and then I have to start writing my law school personal statement. This is also the last week that I can study for the LSAT, so I'm very worried indeed. I doubt I'll make my target score, which I'll admit was shooting for the moon, but I"ll do my best... If only I had a few more months to prepare. Why did I decide to do this so late in the year?

On top of all that I have to prepare my German oral report on Mozart, which is going to take some work. I'm a little worried because half my class are native speakers, and I've only been learning German since late June.

Anyway, there was no real point in this post except for me to spew out my worries. Wish me good luck everyone- I'm going to need it!





Sorry for the delay in this update! The holiday weekend has made it slightly more difficult for me to update on time.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Mine was full of fresh hayam and canned cranberries.




Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for voting on BuzzComix- C'est la Vie is now ranked at 130!



Last I checked "C'est la Vie" was ranked number 140 on the BuzzComix list! Thanks guys! Let's keep pushing to the top 10! Just remember to vote everyday!

If you haven't done so, swing by the forum and partake in the fun and excitement.

Thank goodness for Thanksgiving. This four day weekend is going to save me.



Hey everyone- sorry today's cartoon is up a little late. I hope the people on sherpa don't mind that the word "ass" is in today's cartoon. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

This particular cartoon got me the most heat from the sororities. They actually printed their letter of concern in the Letters to the Editor section. (Having a letter printed about my cartoon was a goal of mine so I was pretty thrilled). They kept calling me "Babs" and insisting that sorority girls were physically healthy girls with reasonable diets.

Let me get this straight: I know that a good number of sorority girls, dare I say the majoirty, are not calorie counting psychos. One of my best friends, who went to Berkeley, was in a sorority. She's a very bright girl, and eats and exercises like a normal person. (Moreover, a lot of the sorority girls at UCLA aren't always sticks. In fact, a good number of them are pleasently plump.)

Long story short: Lots of girls thought I was saying sorority girls were anorexic in this cartoon. One girl wrote "How dare you perpetuate the stereotype of sorority girls having eating disorders!" I wrote back "If you read my cartoon carefully, you'll notice that I say 'CONTRARY to the image of the stereotypical anorexic sorority girl...' I did however, imply that sorority girls would never get over the stereotype of being stupid."

Ahh that was the most clever response to a hate mail I've ever written during my time at UCLA.

Tomorrow will be a brand new cartoon. Good news: After Christmas, C'est la Vie will resume its Sunday color editions since I'll be completely done with testing! From then on it should be smooth sailing without any reruns.

Thanks to everyone that's been voting on buzzcomix! We've moved all the way up to the 160s since last Sat-Sun (when we were in the 1000s) Remember you can vote once everyday- let's see if we can bring C'est la Vie in the top ten!




Well now that I have all the proper website uploading tools on my computer, there shouldn't be any more problems with getting this site updated on time.

I made some banners for this website today, which I'll probably put up on the site tomorrow or Sunday, so if you want to link me to your site, feel free to use those. Some of you have been asking how they can spread the word about the site, and this is one good way to do that. Other than that, you can just tell all your friends and family to about "C'est la Vie."

Anyway, off to do more work!




Sorry today's cartoon is up so late. Not all of the website files are on my computer, so I rely on another computer to do my updates.Unfortunately last night I didn't have access to that computer because I was at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Downtown LA watching the opera "Carmen." It was very nice.

Today I'm going to see "The Incredibles," since I've heard nothing but good reviews about it (I suppose one shouldn't expect anything less from a Pixar film- though I am skeptical about their movie "Cars") Anyway, let's hope the theater I go to isn't filled with screaming children.

Have a good weekend!




For those of you that haven't dropped by the forum, there's an announcement that Dave Johnson of Dog Complex made the jump from Sherpa to MyComicsPage! Many congratulations to him.

Finally if anyone has any advice for me about law school personal statement writing, please drop me a line at jen_babcock(at) I'm trying to think of a good way to say, "I'm interesting in studying criminal law because it sounds like the least boring thing I could possibly do at law school."

Let's hope November is good to everyone.