I was psyched to write this a few weeks ago and I've mentally considered and written part of this, mostly I was trying to remember what happened back in January. Not that long ago but still twelve months ago, and a lot has happened.
I started 2012 with a kiss on New Years, the first time that has that has ever happened, a New Years kiss, not kiss in general. It was nice, random and entirely unexpected. I soon returned to my adoptive home of Norfolk, VA to begin my final year of college with painting, drawing studio, digital art and figure. I fell into a rhythm of life, fairly calm and somewhat ready for things. I had a roommate, no job and was content enough with my life. I can't recall anything remarkable happening until the New York trip with the art department. I had so much fun doing the tourist thing, my family never does the tourist thing when we go to New York, it was great to go to the museums. It was fun to go on a trip with people like that and to go on a little city adventure. I got to meet Jonathan Ames, I was so fucking nervous but it was still amazing. I didn't get to say everything I wanted to but for someone like me from Virginia, I don't often get to meet people I like or idolize.
Summer started, I was in senior show and advanced print. I went to so many art shows and local bands, taking my camera to almost every one. It's always fun meeting touring bands like that, intimate shows in basements and apartments. So foreign to my life and so fantastic.
This year I branched out in the podcasts I listen to which has had a positive influence on my life. I listen to Marc Maon, Nerdist, Mental Illness Happy hour, sex Nerd Sandra, Sklarbo County/Country, One Photo Reviews and so many others. The comedy podcasts did of course provide laughs but they also educated me on comedy and introduced me to comedians to look out for and people to try, I've broadened my entertainment past the comedians on TV an I now keep an eye out for people on tour.
I went to my first comedy show with my brothers in august, Godfrey performed in Baltimore and I actually noticed the types of jokes he told and understood now they're different from other comedians. It's weird. The following week I got to see and meet Mike Phirman and Paul and Storm. That was fun, an evening of musical comedy and silliness. It was really special and put my on a high note before I started my final semester of school.
I was taking glassblowing, drawing studio and figure. Glass blowing was scary and amazing, it was really cool to create something like that, it's so communal, as opposed to solitary drawing, it was a tiring and energizing break from my normal. I'm so glad I took that class.
My first big thing from the fall, I got to meet Adam Warrock, MkHill, TribeOne and Jesse Dangerously, they performed with the local Nerdlucks and it was so much fun, a fantastic show. It was cool to meet and chat with someone you know from online, put a real face and interaction to someone. I took so many photos, and i was able to be as enthuiastic as I wanted with no embarassment because everyone else had just as much fun. I hope they tour near enough to me again so I can see them again.
This show as like an appetizer to the following weekend when SPX happened. It was almost magical reality being at Small Press Expo and getting to talk comics. I loved meeting Joe Hunter for the first time in real life, much taller than I expected, that's okay. I made new friends with Phil Khan, Christopher Williams, Lee Cherolis, Jeremy Bentley, Perry, Krishna and a few other cool cats. I got to meet some of my webcomic idols, Danielle Corsetto, ,Yuko Ota, Ananth P...?, Jeph Jacques, Tyson Hesse and i met a bunch of new comic creators and so many fantastically nice people. Darryl Ayo, Sylvian M, Missy Lasko-Glass. The person I internally freaked out meeting was Dean Haspiel, I'm still glad i didn't fangirl freak out. I met Joe Infurnari and missed out on really meeting the Hernandez Brothers of Love and Rockets creation fame. I had a blast, I dream of being on the other side of the table soon, but until then I'm working on some minis to print and give out. So many comics. Delightful!
Back in Norfolk I remember my emotions crashing because of some terrible women's health related politics and then I fell back into going to class and drawing my minis for my senior show.
In glass we had the De La Torre brothers as visiting artists, they were so fantastic to meet, inspiring and in general really fun people. I'm grateful for being able to meet them and watch them work.
I don't remember much of October. I woke up, sat down to draw, cat napped and drew some more. I went to glass because it was different and new, skipped my other classes and got my work done in time for a Hurricane Sandy to roll past the east coast and destroy New York.
It was a weird time. i got my books printed, put on my show and sold my first comics, it was a nerve-wracking experience. I'm glad I've moved past my first show, I'm not sure how much I'm looking forward to any other shows but I survived my first one. November was excited with the presidential election and i moved into December ready to graduate and be done. I was ready to be done with school the night I had my show, I spent a lot of anxious, nervous and creative energy on my show. After it was done, everything felt less pressing. It was nice to end the year with low stress as opposed to the usual high stress finish.
I graduated and I felt no different. I don't know if it hasn't sunken in yet or if so little has changed that I don't notice how different things feel. It kind of feels like a never ending summer, I don't have a job yet so I've been grinding on watching Buffy and renting movies and things for the past few weeks. I've been filling my time with ingesting creations, not creating as much. I'm working and planning new things I just didn't have the drive for a while. I've drawn some gifts I really like for people, that's been cool.
This graduation year was so much better than 2007 when I graduated from high school. Read my post on my educational experiences to see what i mean. My future is blank, I have my dreams and plans for years from today but what I'll be doing in 6 months, no clue. It's kind of exciting, we'll see where things go.