self portraitGood evening and welcome to Caffeinated Toothpaste, the almost-daily diary strip of Josh Bauman. Perhaps these more or less accurate tidbits will help soothe some of your deep questions.

FAQ – ask away…

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: A little while ago I was working on a weekly assignment from Ivan Brunetti’s “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice.” The assignment was to create a week of daily diary strips using four black and white panels with no title other than the date. I haven’t stopped, though I continue to play with and tweak some of the elements of the strip.

Q: Draw something for me!

A: That’s not quite a question, but sure! I’m available for all sorts of illustration and comic-related freelance work. Shoot me an e-mail and we’ll go from there.

Q: How do you take your coffee?

A: When I’m not mainlining it, black. At home I use either a moka pot or a chemex coffeemaker. I’ve got a few different grinders but my favorite, at the moment, is my Zassenhaus mocha mill.

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