Cartoonists and authors you may be wild about will converge at the Schulz Museum Saturday, Dec. 9 for “Drawing Strength,” a conversation and book-signing to benefit fire-relief efforts.

Be there to hear and speak with three local literary stars:

• Stephan Pastis, creator of the wildly popular “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip and “Timmy Failure” children’s books.

• Graphic novelist and science writer Brian Fies, whose “Mom’s Cancer” won an Eisner Award and who responded to the loss of his family’s home to the Tubbs inferno with a raw and compelling comic narrative, “A Fire Story.”

• Comic fantasy author Christopher Moore, whose prolific works include “The Serpent of Venice,” “Fool,” “Lamb” and “Sacré Bleu,” and whom Carl Hiassen called “a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”

Tickets are at

I get to moderate the 6 p.m. conversation with Pastis, Fies and Moore. Afterward will be a reception and a signing and draw-a-thon by that trio and also Dave Eggers, Raina Telgemeier and Judd Winick.

Chardonnays that deliver



Chappellet, 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 14.1% alcohol, $35. ★★★★

This is a concentrated and complex chardonnay with a silky texture. It’s got notes of lemon curd, brioche and ripe apple, and yet it’s balanced. Lingering finish. Impressive.


Landmark Vineyards, 2016 Damaris Reserve, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 14.3%, $35. ★★★★: This chardonnay is a standout because of its layered flavors buoyed by bright acidity. It has notes of pear, brioche and honeysuckle, with bright minerality. Finishes crisp.

Gary Farrell, 2015 Olivet Lane, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Chardonnay, 13.6%, $45. ★★★★: A tasty, full-bodied chardonnay with notes of apple, vanilla bean and lemon zest. Nice length.

Robert Mondavi Winery, 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 14.5%, $24. ★★★★: A lovely chardonnay with notes of ripe apple, pear and lemon. Lightly toasted. Full-bodied, yet balanced. Well crafted.

La Crema, 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 13.5%, $23. ★★★1/2: A smart chardonnay with bright fruit and layered flavors. Notes of apple, lemon and mineral, with a hint of caramel on the finish. A steal for the price.