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.


Cabernet Sauvignon, the venerable statesman


Rodney Strong

Rodney Strong, 2015 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% alcohol, $20. ★★★★

This is a cab that clearly overdelivers. It has generous fruit — black cherry and black raspberry — with herbs and spicy oak. It has good structure with firm tannins and a nice length.


J. Lohr, 2015 Hilltop, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9%, $35. ★★★★: This is a pretty cab with black raspberry fruit, herbs and spice, and the flavors meld together seamlessly. The cab has good balance, ripe tannins and a lingering finish. It’s well-crafted.

Duckhorn, 2014 Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9%, $98. ★★★★: This is a gorgeous cab with notes of black raspberry fruit, and notes of cinnamon and clove in the mix. It has a soft and supple texture, with ripe tannins. Nice length. Striking.

Cliff Lede, 2015 Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%, $78. ★★★★: This is a striking cab with complex aromas and flavors. It has notes of jasmine, black currant, blackberry, cinnamon and black pepper. The Cliff Lede has bright acidity and great balance. Top rate.

Justin, 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5%, $25. ★★★1/2: This is a savory cab with dried herbs at the forefront, while cherry and black currant fruit play backup. What melds it together is a hint of caramel. Smart.