Finally a chance to take a breath....so....
Last weekend, Aaron, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter and I represented our comics gang, SCUBOTCH, at the Stumptown con in Portland. We drove down Friday night for a comic book reading and the Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration at Guapo comics. The whole day and the trip down, Aaron and I were getting nervous because we were both participating in the comic reading, but I was even more so because Jesse Reklaw asked me to also do the award. Andy Hartzell won! I didn't screw it up (i think). My old seattle roommate, Graham ,showed up and so did Courtney and an old friend of Aaron's, Kathleen. The biggest surprise was Tommy Yasuhara, my sister's ex, showing up out of nowhere! Turns out he moved from NYC to Portland not too long ago. It was rad catching up and seeing everybody.
The comic con was a big success. Usually I just look forward to seeing friends and picking up their comics, but now having an actual table, the bunch of us all made a nice chunk of change. Aaron's ET mini was a big seller, and was getting a great response (I can't disclose why, but you should buy the special version and find out). We could see this trip has modivated him a thousand-fold about his work, which is awesome news. Also met up with Daniel and Amy and some cool guys from LA. Peter Bagge called Max his "heir apparent!" and then lost his wallet (which was later found). OHH, and I made a total drunken jackass of myself trying to talk to Al Columbia.
So yeah, other than that... Um, my comic got nominated for an IGNATZ AWARD! WHUT? HERTZAH! OUTSTANDING SERIES! Is that legit? I mean, it's not technically a series yet, is it? I guess the pressure's on to make book 2. But yeah, am I going to win this one? Most likely not... I'm up against comic gods like the Hernandez bros, Richard Sala, Lewis Trondheim/Joann Sfar and one of my personal comix heroes, Dylan Horrocks(!!!). It's an extreme honor to be nominated with such awesome dudes anyway. If you're going to the SPX and feel like voting for me, PLEASE DO! I won't hold it against you if you don't.
SPX is in less than 2 weeks! I was talking it up all year about going, but it creeped up so fast, now I'm on a 24/7 hunt for a cheap ticket flight there. I've said this before, but it's not really for the award( personally stuffing the ballot box) but more to see my east coast friends... Aaron, Alec, Gabby and Liz. They got together without me at MoCCA and if I miss the boat again, I'm going to be miserable the entire weekend thinking of all the fun I'll be missing. Stumptown last weekend was great, and a sad reminder of what I'm going to miss at SPX. ARGH.
UM, fuck. even more news? YEAH! While at stumptown, I was asked by Farel Dalrymple and Jason at Floating World to do an art show November 1st! It's going to be a split show... I can't believe he's into my junk and wanted to team-up. YAY!
And WHAT THE HELL! Like FIVE days after that, I'll be flying to Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia(where Aaron's a sequential alumni) for their annual CAF: Comic Art Forum! While in San Diego I met some students, and and it looks like I'm really going to teach a workshop on mini-comics and stuff! Isn't that an awful idea?!?! I mean, it's great, but I better get over my fear of public speaking really soon. 2 three hour workshop/presentations...
damn, if this doesn't put my fear to rest, I'm hopeless.
All right. That was a long journal entry. I gotta get back to work on stuff. Aaron wants me to walk him to trivia night.