The Balding Handbook

The Balding Handbook by David Stern


My very close friend David Stern is suffering loss.  We all have experienced a loss of some form or another.   But for my friend David, it is a loss very close to home.   His HAIR!

So traumatized by this loss of his manliness, David has mourned his hair in form much like the five stages of grieving for a loved one.  He has compiled his journey from pain into a book “The Balding Handbook” hoping to help those of you who are on your own hair loss journey.

An excerpt from the ebook page on Amazon:

“The Balding Handbook” takes you beyond those embarrassing denial moments (hats, combovers, plugs, pieces), keeps you out of jail during that angry second stage, helps you construct a perfect offer to God while you bargain for your hair back, comforts you through the depths of balding depression, and brings you into the light. Of course, you’ll need sunscreen when you get there, but the few extra bucks you shell out to the Hawaiian Tropic® people is a trifle when you consider the incredible life that awaits you after reading this book.

Get one for the bald guy in your group.  Just got home and my copy was in the mail so will be reading it this week.  Thankfully, yours truly has no need for this book other than to laugh at the pain of others (and pray the hair gods stay true and loyal to me).   Soon he might actually do something with all the tshirts I designed for him as well….ahem.


In other news, if you have time, please check out another artist that deserves some love in the web, Dr Faust.    He has a special post for all of you for this time of year. (one I think Androgoth will appreciate)

Finally another webcomic friend, David Higgins of  Greetings from Earth has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his website and also try to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and MS.  Check it out.

For those that haven’t realized it yet, I spent the last several weeks in Australia.  I’ll be posting cartoons inspired by my trip starting Wednesday.

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  1. duncanr says:

    Ha, I long ago resigned myself to looking liking Friar Tuck 😆

    Having an ever-expanding bald patch has never bothered me but I know many friends for whom it’s a big issue.

    While in the past, the ‘comb over’ was the common attempt at concealment, nowadays the fashion for shaved heads has been a blessing for those trying to disguise their follically challenged state !

  2. Bearman, I’m praying for your loss… SOON! That’s right, I’m praying that you will one day experience hair loss 😉

    I actually find it humorous when a man with a head full of hair starts making fun of my head. I usually tell them that they are next. Then they start up about the old wive-stale about their mom’s dad having hair. It’s a myth. I let them know that if they have bald people in their family then there is a chance they will experience hair loss. Then they become silent. And then I laugh an evil, villainous laugh inside my (bald) head. 🙂

  3. Colleen says:

    What do you mean the loss of manliness? Going bald is SOOOO manly. Women only go bald if they are over 70 or have chemo. Men do it naturally. It is caused by too much testosterone. That causes the blood that’s supposed to feed the hair follicles to be diverted to the ‘nads. Yul Brynner! Patrick Stewart! Sean Connery! Hair is girly. Hair is for wussies. Real men don’t need it!

  4. Comedy Plus says:

    Most women never have to deal with this issue. I would hate it too if I were one of the women that have this problem. I say just shave it all of when that happens. I think that bald look is way cool. The combovers look absolutely awful. Are you listening guys?

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  5. DrFaust says:

    thanks for the link up bearman! You are a true gent!

    unfortunately I’m very much in the hair gone camp. For a long time I was in denial and then mourned the loss, however one day when I was walking the street feeling sorry for myself I saw a bald guy in a wheelchair and thought I should probably be thankful for what I have.

    Also my wife is pretty hawt (if I do say so myself) and I’m 99% sure we’ll be together forever, so I don’t need to stress about tackling the dating game with my nude noggin…….that would be soul destroying 🙂

    • Bearman says:

      Well how many years did you have and i never knew you were are artist? BTW, it is time to change your avatar. Oh and you need to send me a new 125×125 banner ad to update my links page.

      Thank god for hot wives.

  6. Tony McGurk says:

    I fail to see why anyone would need such a book!!!

  7. frigginloon says:

    Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi. I hope the good folk Down Under were kind during your visit. Susi Spice and I reserved an extra seat at the restaurant last week on the off chance you would drop in for a chinwag.

    I hear Tony ordered a signed copy of the book 😉

  8. Binky says:

    Real Men lose their hair.
    That’s just the way it is.

  9. Binky says:

    Australia? You lucky dog! I mean bear!

  10. George says:

    One of my greatest fears (besides being a ‘fresh fish at a maximum security prison) is going bald. I whine and complain now because of my ever-increasing amounts of gray hairs, but at least they’re still there and haven’t forsaken me yet. It’s little comfort though. Maybe I need to check this book out.

  11. Bo Lumpkim says:

    I blame my hair loss on all the heart meds I take. I also blame any other failure I have on all the heart meds I take. It really doesn’t matter what happens if you have something to blame it on. BTW I don’t wear the hat to cover my baldness…I wear it to keep my head from gettin’ sunburned.

  12. Deb says:

    I have a full head of hair, but my son began getting a receding hair ling when he was 19 years old. He’s got cul-de-sac now at 35.

  13. Deb says:

    My dad passed with more hair than my son has. Well sorta. My dad’s hair got thin. My son has very thick hair where he has it, and well, you know the rest.
    Have a great Christmas week, Bearman, to you and yours! 🙂

  14. Australia?!
    WHOA! Can’t wait to find out more about it, Bearman!!!

  15. Hair Today? Gone tomorrow!

  16. Love it, I have a couple people I am sending this too, hopefully they will take the joke!

  17. Tony McGurk says:

    Oh, I didn’t realise you were here in Oz. You shoulda travelled south to Tasmania…

  18. Mark Stokes says:

    Talk about the bald truth!

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