Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Slay & Sleigh

I hear the NRA can't make up their mind whether to endorse hunting Santa's reindeer or arming Santa to protect them. I'm sure it will all work out...
Happy holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Whoa & Woe

Whoa – an exclamation of surprise.
Woe – a feeling of extreme grief.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

J & Jay

Eventually, Homophones, Weakly should be a little desktop reference dictionary, right? (Or at least a dictionary-like app.) As such, I think it would be nice to have at least one entry for each letter of the alphabet. So I took a look through what we've done so far, and was surprised to find that I hadn't done anything starting with J yet.
So here you go.
Now if I can just come up with something for X and Z...

Friday, November 30, 2012

Shameless self-promotion

But watch how I tie it all together...

Believe it or not, posting one black-and-white illustration a week to Homophones, Weakly is not my only job! What, really? I also run a small press, Black Market Books, which endeavors to provide picture books, written and/or illustrated by me, to the world.

Currently, the big project is a comic book series called Woodstalk: 3 Days of Peace, Music, and Zombies. It's a comedy/action comic about the now-forgotten zombie outbreak at Woodstock, as told through the intertwined stories of three groups of survivors – one of which is the band The Zombies.

In all, there will be 32 issues – one for each band that played at Woodstock. That seems huge, I know; but trust me, the issues are short and jam-packed with fun. Issue #1 is available now, and given the homophonic nature of the title Woodstalk I figured I'd better let you all know about it. :)

It is, without a doubt, the most awesome project I've ever been involved with. The story is amazing, the characters are hilarious, and it's immensely satisfying to toy around with a piece of musical history like this. Here's how to take a peek:

Stay updated with Woodstalk on Facebook.
Read the whole thing online for free at Graphicly.
Order a print copy for someone this holiday season, which, y'know, is right now. Only $3.99!

Talk to you again on Sunday!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fairy & Ferry

Dedicated to my son, who is more than a little obsessed with magical creatures AND public transit.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I, Aye, Eye

As the patch-wearing, homophone-loving scourge of the seas Blewbeard the pirate once said, "Aye, I lost an eye."
What to say about this one? "I" is one of the letters of the alphabet, as well as a name you can call yourself when you're in a hurry. "Aye" is some form of affirmative indication or vote. "Eye" is that ball that plugs one of the holes in the front of your head. True, there are also eyes of storms, eyes of needles, and other such uses for eye – but I'm pretty sure they all derive from the round, centrally placed organ in your face with the hole in it that lets light in.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Toe & Tow, Toad & Towed

Two barrels of homophonic grace, aimed straight at your face.
Tonight we take on Tow and Towed. It seemed like a copout to use the tow truck two weeks in a row, so I'm letting you have 'em both tonight. BLAM!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Peer & Pier

Peer – (n.) comrade, companion, a person of similar status to another.  (v.) stare intently and/or secretly.
Pier – (n.) walkway extending out over water, supported by posts.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mince & Mints

-ce – (v.) cut into small pieces.
-ts – (n.) plural form of "mint."

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Conscience & Conscious

Not precisely homophones, I still hear these words used in each other's place in conversation and see them switched from time to time in such literary masterpieces as blog posts, status updates, and user comments. I can understand why – they're tricky to spell, similar in meaning, and also similar in pronunciation. But they're not interchangeable.
Conscience [kon-shence] – (n.) your personal set of morals.
Conscious [kon-shuss] – (adj.) awake, aware, not asleep.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Aisle, I'll, Isle – 100th post!

For some reason, I decided to celebrate Homophones, Weakly's 100th post by stranding two newlyweds on a deserted island. Don't read too much into that, OK?
Aisle – narrow path between two obstructions such as seats in a theater or shelves in a market.
I'll – contraction for "I will."
Isle – small island.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Band & Banned

As in, "You and your armband-wearing, flying-V–playing, synth band get the fuck out of my club!"

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Accept & Except

Accept – (v.) to receive
Except – (prep.) indicates exclusion
"Everyone except Kanye was happy when Taylor Swift accepted the award."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Flavio's choice

I got a really nice email this week from Flavio, a fan of Homophones, Weakly in Brazil. He suggested a pair of words I would usually shy away from: grease and Greece. I don't want to make a habit of including proper nouns on this site; I can't really explain why, it's just an internal rule I try to follow. Like Scrabble, I guess. But Flavio endeared himself to me by actually mocking up the artwork he was hoping I could post. Unfortunately the images he used were pulled from random websites, so I can't ethically post his mockup. But I thought I'd take this opportunity as we approach HW's 100th post to say that I really appreciate all the feedback I've gotten from everyone about this blog. It means a lot to me to see the different ways you all enjoy it. And while I haven't gotten to all of your suggestions yet, please understand that sometimes I have these internal rules I try to follow and don't always bother to explain. And other times, I gotta tell you, you stump me in trying to figure out the best way to approach the drawings (like resinated/resonated, Abe – sheesh! what am I gonna do there?).
Anyhoo, thanks again for all your suggestions and compliments. And, Flavio, this one's for you:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Heal & Heel

With an A – to repair or restore.
With an E – the rear part of the foot.
"Spelling errors are my Achilles' heal."

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vice & Vise

With a C – a habit deemed inappropriate or immoral, often used to describe gambling, drinking, or sexual depravity (or as I like to call it: Tuesday).
With an S – a clamping tool used to hold an object still while it is worked upon.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Coop & Coupe

Coop – a small living space built for birds such as chickens or pigeons.
Coupe – a two-door car with a fixed roof.
One of my all-time favorite jokes: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Because if it had four, it would be a chicken sedan.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Altar & Alter

With an A – (n.) a table or platform used for religious ceremonies and sacrifices.
With an E – (v.) to make something different than it was.

Frankly, though, I hope this doesn't come off like I'm advocating for either side. Maybe I should go back to Olympic themed posts. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mail & Male

I hate to make generalizations about gender, but the fact that I'm basically using restroom signage seems to justify it in this case.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Parish & Perish

With an A – (n.) a local church or church district.
With an E – (v.) to die, spoil, or otherwise become ruined.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Knot & Not

With a K – the hard mass of wood where a branch met the trunk of a tree. Or, the hard mass where a piece or pieces of cord are intertwined. Or, a measure of nautical speed equal to one mile per hour.
Without a K – an adverb used to negate the phrase that it modifies.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Hey, you! Let's do another letter homophone, why not? Why not, indeed... 

Today we tackle one of the very few 4-panel groups (so far, only carrotpear, and teaseon our list.
Hey, U, underrated vowel!
Hey, ewe, female sheep!
Hey, yew, evergreen shrub!
Yeah, I'm talking to you!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Y, amended

Nope. Couldn't live with the cop-out. Here's a better pictograph for Y & Why:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Y & Why

One of the earliest HW posts was for the letter P. Since then, I've shied away from letters-as-homophones. For no good reason. Something about "illustrating" the letter feels like a cop-out to me, but I suppose it's perfectly valid and I should just get over it. 
So it's time to embrace the cop-out! Try this one on for size – the ultimate pictographic shortcut! 

And now that that's over, we can get on with the other letter homophones in dew thyme. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gilt & Guilt

Gilt – (adj.) covered with gold.
Guilt – (n.) having done something wrong, or a feeling of remorse.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ball & Bawl

This must be the same crying kid from A parent & Apparent. Kid needs to shut up and ball, for real.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Vial & Vile

Vial – (n.) small bottle.
Vile – (adj.) repulsive, offensive.

There's also "viol," an antique family of stringed instruments. But I assume anyone writing about those knows how to spell it.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Knows & Nose

As in: "No one knows why Michael Jackson wanted his nose to look like that."

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ordinance & Ordnance

With the i – a rule or law.
Without the i – military weapons and ammunition.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stationary & Stationery

-ary – unmoving, unchanging.
-ery – paper and other writing materials, often personalized. 
"The nice stationery I was supposed to use as thank-you cards when I graduated high school sat stationary in a drawer for many years."

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Role & Roll

What can I say? Indiana Jones is a great role in a great movie. I won't apologize for coming back to him again and again on this blog. :) 

Of course, if you prefer your rolls hot and buttery, we can do that too:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mucous & Mucus

In honor of the last four weeks of sickness around our house.
Mucous – (adj.) describing the cells and tissues that produce mucus.
Mucus – (n.) the slime produced by mucous cells and tissues. Often ending up in a tissue, come to think of it.
This one shouldn't be too hard to remember because -ous is such an obvious adjective suffix, as in "viscous," "infectious,"or, well, "obvious." So even if we can't remember the correct spelling, hopefully we can remember the part of speech we're talking about, can't we?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pair, Pare, Payer, Pear

Pair – two objects.
Pare – cut the peel off, or cut into small slices.
Payer – person who pays.
Pear – world's most overrated fruit.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Afterward & Afterword

-ard – (adv.) time as it extends beyond the end of an event.
-ord – (n.) writing as it extends beyond the end of a story.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Golf & Gulf

What did the square root of sixteen shout while playing golf? "Four!"

An interesting side note on this one: the flags that mark the holes in golf are rectangular – but when people draw them for cartoons or whatever, they're ALWAYS triangular. Seriously, google "golf flag." Every photo that comes up will show a rectangular flag, but every cartoon/illustration will be a triangle. It's bizarre.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Homophones, Weakly's first guest blogger! Harrison, my six-year-old partner in homophony, submitted not only a suggestion, but his very own drawing based on the complicated situation of listening to people pronounce the word Iraq. Is it "eh-" or "eye-," "-rack" or "-rock"? There are lots of possible combinations (not to mention quite a few meanings for "rack" – ahem), so I appreciate the help in sorting it out, Harrison. And I enjoyed reinterpreting your drawings in the HW style.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Arc & Ark

Couldn't make up my mind which pair of drawings to post today. On the one hand, I like the similarity of shapes in this one:

On the other hand, any excuse to run this one again is good enough for me:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bare & Bear

I like this one; a set of homophones that includes three different parts of speech and a pair of homonyms!
Bare – (adj. / v.) uncovered / to uncover.
Bear – (n.) a type of large carnivorous animal. / (v.) to carry.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Avert & Overt

Avert – INDY: Shut your eyes, Marion. Don't look at it no matter what happens.
Overt – BELLOQ: It's beautiful!
Everything about this scene – from the intense power of the Ark, to face-melting Nazis – was totally overt. But Indy and Marion averted their eyes and missed the whole thing.

And no comments about Indy's outfit, please. :) I know he wasn't wearing his usual get-up during this scene; I just wanted to make it obvious who was tied up there, so I went with the iconic hat and whip.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A parent & Apparent

Venturing into new territory today with a word whose homophone is made of two separate words. I know what you're thinking – from here it's only a short, slippery slope to "'scuse me while I kiss this guy." So I promise I'll tread carefully (though I may have to do that one some day; it's too hard to pass up the opportunity to draw a pictograph version of Jimi).