Progress update, Oct 9!

Whew, it's been a week. I've been in weird places and haven't been able to make a new write up but here we go!

My show is a thing that will be happening, you can check out the Facebook Event Page, Friday, November 2, 2012 from 6-9pm I will be showing select pages from Lawrence's Dairy, Cinema and 100 Days 2012. I will also have books from each on sale at that show, you don't have to buy anything you don't want to but come out by and hang out, it'll be awesome! We can talk comics and art and have a blast together and things will be pretty awesome I hope. 

I'm still honestly terrified of it all. i'm afraid I won't be done in time, I'm afraid that no one will really show up for the show and I'm afraid of people reading my stuff. I'm afraid of judgement and acceptance of my work. I don't generally interact with different groups of friends at the same time, it's usually one environment of friends at a time so it'll be a different thing for me to be the reason for so many different people to interact. Plenty of my friends know one another but I still have friends who are just from different worlds and social circles than others  and it's a rare thing for me to be around so many people.

All that attention, anxiety inducing.

On my progress front, I don't think I've changed much since last week. I was kind of in a bad place and I was trying to get my flier from the last post together and finished, I ended up not working as much  on pages because I wanted to get that done so I can post it. It's printed and as of writing this on Tuesday night, I have the first one hung in Borjo. People seem to like it, so that's cool, that's a thing I like. i like that thing quite a bit. (Still afraid of things)

I have gotten more pages of Cinema penciled, when I get home tonight I'm going to try to finish roughing in those pencils before getting back to 100 Days and getting some of those colored. Lawrence's Dairy is the closest to being done and the coloring aspect of each comic goes the fastest so that's a plus to all of this. I just need references so things look better than my just imagining what shit looks like, that's part of what is taking so long. People references, location references, item references. So much that I want to keep straight, it's a hassle but I will be more proud if it's all the best I can make it and not half assed because I didn't make the effort to find a reference. 

Hmm, I want to continue with my practice from last Sunday's post of expousing my love of podcasts and things so:

Sex Nerd Sandra: It's a weekly sex positive and information podcast. It has humor from the basest of dick jokes to to odd situational jokes. It doesn't take itself too seriously even as serious topics related to sex are discussed and elaborated on. There are great informational episodes discussing the penis, what's common about it and things like that. There are discussions of different type of pleasure and sex that consenting adults can consider. It's about having fun while having sex and making it a better experience and working to get rid of the stigmas around it. Sex is interesting, people will always do it so the more information that people can have to keep themselves safer and healthier the better. Oh, that's a big thing, sexual health and safety. It may be sex positive but in that it's also very encouraging to be safe about it, give it a listen. 

The Moth: stories about life, the human condition, the human experiment and stuff. These are shorter, good to listen to while cooking or washing dishes because they're less of a commitment for a given period of time. What I love about The Moth is that it's all about learning experiences, what was a life changing time in your life? Reflecting on who you are and remembering who you were, what helped change and shape you. Most of the stories are humorous, some are sad but they're almost all about growth and evolution at different times of life. It's not portrayed as  an advice column saying 'if you do this your life will change' it's more 'my life was on this one path but this tragic/amazing thing happened and it started going this way'. Not every change in life is sought out, they're mostly stumbled upon so it's showing just how important experience is to life and living. 

The JV Club: This one is so much fun to listen to. Janet Varney (i know her as Korra's VA) hangs out and chats with women about everything but their careers. She talks about the awkward and horrible high school years and how people have changed. It's kind of all of the information that gets glossed over in normal interviews because the awkward high school years don't always sell. Learning that people were bookish nerds and that they spend their time listing to the hottest NPR radio stations isn't what most people want. Most people want sensation and this show is all about the mundane and having a laugh at how different people once were. The guests are almost exclusively women, I've really enjoyed listening to it. I'm only a few in but I'm sure I'll get all caught up soon. 


Fun addition, remember last week when I promoted One Photo Reviews? I've sent Scott and Dave some e-mails adding my $5 to the conversation, I'm a wordy individual, and i posed a few of my favorite questions and things to consider about movies and they answered in this week's episode. I  had the biggest, dumbest smile on my face when I got that shout out, seriously. If you guys see this, thanks. I said it on twitter but still. I don't get shout out too often so it was cool for me. 

Music i've been into: Always into Adam Warrock, he's released 2 EPs this week, I haven't had the change to get them, but I'm sure I'll dig them. I bought the new Ben Folds Five album and I love it. I wrote this while listening to Movits!: Out of My Head, i'm into this. It's not as jazzy as their first album but it has the same great energy and body rocking abilities.

Well then, party people, I'll have more to say next week and I should be able to announce completed pages next week, a lot of completed pages. I don't have much time to get things done. Last week I had a lot of work down and this week I'm behind. I hope I can get things done. Having had the past 2 days off and writing this now it feels like today's Sunday and not Tuesday. My next progress post will be here in no time. Fuck. 

Last-last thing. My godmother is friggin' amazing and won a Fulbright Scholar Award for her research in chemical engineering. Go read about how fantastic she is


And there are some loud fucks, I have a headache and I don't want to write but I will, for you and whoever else stops by here.

I had a long post about my anxieties and fears but my phone lost it. I don't know if that's a boon or what but it's a thing that happened. I'm afraid that no one will like my stuff and I won't sell any books. I'm afraid that people will like it and I won't have enough books, we'll have to see about that.  I'm afraid I won't finish on time and some other things but right now I'm mostly feeling all right. I have a headache, I don't know if it's caused by a lack of caffeine or because of an antibiotic I'm on, but it sucks. 

My work progress!

100 Days: 2-3 pages inked, all penciled
Cinema: 2-3 pages penciled
Lawrence's Diary: 2 pages done, 3 pages partially colored, 4 other pages partially inked all penciled
I've designed the covers for Lawrence's Diary and Cinema, I'm still working on 100 Days. And I have my poster designed, the facebook event page will be designed and promoted like a motherfucker soon, just wait.

I got a bit of work done on Friday. I had a doctor's appointment with my dermatologist then I kicked it at MacArthur inking pages and listening to podcasts before I saw Looper.

I really liked Looper, I like Rian Johnson's other movies, Brick and The Brothers Bloom, so i was excited. All I knew before the movie is it was a time travel movie and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was young Bruce Willis. I knew nothing about what was supposed to happen so it was really great going in as a blank slate. I've come to understand different things more since seeing it, I'm glad I've had the chance to just sit with the movie and think about it a bit over the past few days.  Go see it, it has heart and shooting. And Paul Dano.

I like actors, shut up, this is my blog!

So, some of the podcasts I listen to, I've wanted to share them. While working this weekend I've gotten through about half of One Photo Reviews, by Scott Davis and Dave Christensen, which I enjoy as a movie podcasts because it had turned out to be less about movie reviews and is more about chatting about the movie experience and about movies. I love movies, I write about movies sometimes and my love of them. My love of movies is almost as pure as my love of comics. Movies! these guys talk about movie experiences and life, it's enjoyable. 

The Gravity Falls Gossiper Podcast by Chris Haley and Eugene Ahn is about Gravity falls and life and stuff. They mostly use the show as a jumping off point to talk about life and relate their childhood to the characters and similar experiences. I for one love Gravity Falls, it's so damn clever and the it's fun to see something where I get the jokes from experience and not because they've seeped into the cultural consciousness like the 70s and 80s have. They're such great little things but the podcast! Man, life is awkward and the awkward of their life is brought up in a 'let's all have a laugh at my past' it's fun. And i've had the chance to meet Eugene, he's raps as Adam Warrock, nicest dude. 

WTF with Marc Maron - I'm nosy and this podcast gets into the nitty-gritty of life and being a performer or whoever he's talking to. It's mostly chatting with comedians so there's a wry dark humor to life. I enjoy it because it humanizes people and hearing about people's lives is fun. I can't explain it, WTF is just a great podcast, it's level, it has it's funny moments and it keeps me entertained as they go over someone's professions and public biographies (to an extent). It's also fun having repeat guests or hearing about past drama that people have moved past. 


That's it for podcasts tonight, I'm subscribed to a few and I listen to at least 5 different ones most weeks. I love listening to them while I work on stuff. I'm bad at listening to my music for too long without changing it so podcasts give me one long thing to enjoy. They set the mood, don't require too much focus and are interesting.

All right, I'll be back next Sunday with another progress update. I have until October 20th to get these sent out, which is a day i'm looking forward to. Mike Birbiglia is coming to the Attcus Theater and I've got my ticket for the show already so I'm looking forward to enjoying that in a few weeks, and I'm sure I'll have some nice things to say. I wonder if he's signing stuff... I'll take my copy of Sleepwalk With Me (the book) in case he is.