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David and Dale were at the 2005 Mocca Art Festival in NYC June 10 and 11th.

A Lesson Is Learned has been nominated in a bunch of categories in 2005 Cartoonists Choice Awards.

Dale has written a review for Mcsweeney’s in their Reviews of New Food section.


Interviewed by Xenex.org, David and Dale reveal their true ugly natures.

Dale has contributed to Ryan North's collaborative web comic project, Whispered Apologies.


Christopher B. Dino has kindly reviewed our comic in his blog, Totally Jawesome.

Here A Lesson Is Learned is discussed in a lively debate over conceptual webcomics.

There is a review of A Lesson Is Learned in The Webcomics Examiner.



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Dale, who writes the comics.

I’m still getting used to writing in a box with animals having tea at the bottom.

I have to say by all accounts Thursday’s launch was a raging sucess, burning through the countryside like an unstoppable monster. The forums, too, are already a percolating pot of discussion and dissent, nothing short of an intellectual renaissance! Soon we’ll
be ready to sell out! As you’ve noticed, some changes have been made. David, in another blinding stroke of genius has added our bodies floating gently, as if on a warm pocket of air and thought, above our posts. And there are new tender buttons for everybody to enjoy, crackers, cheese, and tea, delicious and beautiful. No, no, take as many as you want.

Those of you I have told about this site, yet have not visited and posted in the forums: I am very disappointed in you and we are no longer friends.

Since I’ve been effectively fired from my job at the movies, I think--- well this was how the conversation went:

dale: Can you tell me when I work this week?
employee 1: We can’t give out schedules on the phone.
dale: Well, can the managers tell me?
employee 1: Hold on.
manager 1: This is the manager.
dale: Can you tell me when I work this week?
manager 1: what’s your name?
dale: dale.
manager 1: Do you work here?
dale: Yes.
manager 1: We can’t give out schedules on the phone.
dale: I live very far away.
manager 1: Hold on.
manager 2: This is the manager, how can I help you?
dale: Can you tell me when I work this week?
manager 2: We don’t give out schedules over the phone. You have to come in.
dale: I live very far away.
manager 2: What’s your name?
dale: dale.
manager 2: Do you work here?
dale: yes.
manager 2: You requested off all this week.
dale: No, I didn’t. I requested off for the weekend last weekend; and you gave me off
the whole week. When do I work this week?
manager 2: You’re off this week.
dale: ok.
manager 2: ok.

This conversation is indicative of my ongoing fight with the REAL WORLD. I ‘m always angry with him; and often we argue on the telephone. So, yeah, since, I’m effectively fired from my job, A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible is now my only job. So far, it has cost me 35 dollars to set up. But soon, I’m sure, we’ll climb outta’ the red and in to the black, when you, the reader, start sending me checks in the mail.

In other news, it’s very hot here and I am sweaty in my house.

Oh, this comic, number 2, is the FIRST APPEARANCE of david, a very popular and famous character. For those of you unfamilar with the comics industry this means that very shortly it will be worth THOUSANDS of expensive dollars that are very rich. So make sure to save it on your harddrive and put it up for auction when you need to buy a house or a wife or something.

your pal,


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David, who draws the comics.

Ho conosciuto una ragazza Italiana di Spoleto che si chiama Irene.

Welcome to the second installment of ALILBTDII, notable for preceding all other installments, with the exception of the first. In coming years, it will surely be cited as the episode which paved the way for number three. Episode four will mark the maturation of the series' distinct sensibility, while five will be hailed by most as an unqualified masterpiece, a clear high water mark. Number six will signal the series' decline, marred by excessive swearing, heavy-handed political remarks, and binge drinking. Number seven will in some respects restore the series to its former potency, although long-time readers will still bemoan the absence of that unquantifiable something which made the early episodes so vibrant. Critics will accuse us of cynical complacency, attributed to the quickly-earned notoriety for which we were not emotionally prepared. It will be a ruddy autumn.

This is the first episode with me. I'm at my computer, and Dale's working on the comic, and we have a little conversation. There's a humor element.

I promise we won't refer to the comic in every comic. I'm not saying that this is the last time, but we won't do it every time.

People ask us, "where do you get ideas?" and I usually say, "in the bathtub." The truth is, many of our ideas we steal --- from reality. For example, episode one was a real conversation that happened. Dale remembered it and wrote it down, and then I drew it. This episode is based on an afternoon stroll I enjoyed in the lovely hilltown of Spoleto, Italy with a girl named Irene. Her name has at least one more syllable in Italian than in English, which is one of the benefits of living there. Unfortunately, I don't speak any Italian, except "caldo," which I mainly use to mean "please heat my sandwich." Irene knows some English, but the day we took our walk, she had been up all night studying, and her English wasn't working so well. So we could hardly communicate, but at least thanks to that I don't think we noticed anything unlikeable about each other. Honestly, it was a really nice time --- so thanks, Irene. By the way, Spoleto is totally beautiful, and I recommend everyone go, although not at the same time, because that would ruin it. You've got to get lost and meet strangers.

Since a lot of things about the site, like our menu, aren't done yet, I'll just remind people to please visit our bulletin boards, where you can meet interesting people from all over the world, through the internet.

Feedback is welcome. Expect a lot more, very soon.


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