Shows an Plans an AHHHH!!!!

Awright, i think I might finally have bigger motivation than guilt to finish this book. 

Next weekend I'll be tabling at the Richmond Zinefest at the Richmond Public Library. I'm going to try to finish my book so I can take preorders for it, but I'll have the original pages to share. 

I applied for Locust Moon in Philly on Halloween, fingers crossed I can show there at the end of October with Hubris of Youth: How to Make Friends and Captivate People in it's printed glory. 

I was accepted into the New Orleans Comic Art Zine fest in November, the weekend after my birthday so I have to figure out how I'm going to get to NO for that. I really want to do it. 

I'm excited. I'm spending so much to go to little one day events, but it's awesome meeting people and getting my books out. I've been tepid about applying for PIX again, but I'll give it another try. If things go well at these few shows, and I get my name out strong enough I might be able to make it to more and other shows. 

I wonder what I'd have to do to set up some kind of show in the Fairfax Co. Public Library system...there are enough DMV creators that I think it could be a great event, but I think I'd rather pimp my wares than run a show, even a small library show.

Intervention Con

Hi, it's been a long, long while since I've taken the time to write anything and it's self promotion. Well, it's my own website, so ehh.


I will be tabling at Intervention Con in Rockville, MD this upcoming weekend, August 14-16. I'm going to power through all three days!

I was assigned to table 72. Where do you think that might be......

I was assigned to table 72. Where do you think that might be......

I will have me old books, 100 Days, Cinema and Lawrence's Diary. In addition to these books, I'm also going to have copies of "Adult", JPDS14 and GNS, my two 2014 sketchbooks, and I will have Warm, my 2015 sketch book. I've been working on the second chapter to Cinema this past year, I won't have sellable copies, but I will have a proof version of the book and will take preorders to mail out when the book is ready. 

I feel like I don't have that many items, but when I lay my stuff out it's more than I think. Every time. I am down to my last few copies of jpds14 and GNS, they will not be reprinted in this form again. 

Assorted sketchbooks for sale

Assorted sketchbooks for sale

Warm is my 2015 sketchbook and features color art along with black and white art.  It will only be printed in 2015, after this year I'll sell whatever copies I have left then it's out of print. My sketchbooks will only be printed between August and December, but feature art from the previous August to the current August. GNS is my 2014 sketchbook.

"Adult" 2014

"Adult" 2014

"Adult" is my 2014 mini about the first time I thought I was an adult. I'm currently not selling it online, I may change that in the future.

100 Days, 2012

100 Days, 2012

My 2012 Mini daily autobio comic

Cinema, 2012

Cinema, 2012

My 2012 book about teens playing paintball

Lawrence's Diary, 2012

Lawrence's Diary, 2012

My 2012 story about a goat transported to a new world. 

decorated canvas panel, 2015

decorated canvas panel, 2015

An example of the canvas panels. each will be decorated with  the little linear abstractions. Some will spell a word, such as this one, others will just be a pattern fill.

Thanks for reading! I hope to see some of you at Intervention this weekend!

Fun fact: I'll draw you something cool if you buy me a red bean bun, custard bun or pineapple bun from the BreadCorner in Rockville.  Not lying, I love these things and want them. I'll happily accept and try anything they make unless there's coconut on it.  I'm not as big a fan of the pork buns, but I'm still down to eat. 

I've Been Quiet

I fell off writing for a while. I meant to do a year in review,  i've done one for 7 years, oh well. 

I've recently been working on the second chapter of Cinema, which has changed to being called Hubris of Youth, the chapter is called How to Make Friends and Captivate People. I'll  be debuting it at PIX next month. 

I applied for Cake and I'm waitlisted. I applied for SPX, now I'm waiting to hear back and now I'm thinking about applying for Intervention, we'll see. I don't have much time to waffle on that. 

I haven't been watching as many movies as I used to, I miss writing about movies and writing essays. I have a new DailySketch project,  it works on a bimonthly schedule. 

I think I'll try to write something here more frequently, I think it was good for me to put my thoughts somewhere and here's a great place to share what I'm doing

It's Okay You Haven't Experienced that Book, TV Show, Comic, Movie, etc

Over the weekend I told my co-workers about watching Silence of the Lambs for the first time and one 43 yo coworker kind of scoffed at my having never seen it and it reminded me how I'm going to stop questioning why people haven't seen a thing I love. It's not fair to them or to me. 

This one coworker seems to vacillate between being impressed with me then being a little bit snide about the fact that I haven't seen things he's seen. Not all of it has been within my realm of interest, hence my having not seen it. 

But, you know, instead of questioning the quality of someone's life for having not watched that movie, or having not seen that show, why not take pleasure in sharing it with them? I mean, I showed my friend Little Shop of Horrors and I was excited the entire time to share the movie with her. I wanted to see her reactions and I just plain had fun. I might have asked why she hadn't seen it, I hope I didn't. 

For every movie, book, comic, TV show, whatever I haven't experienced that someone else has, I've probably experienced an equal number of different movies, books, comics, TV shows and a whole other whatever. I'm trying to be less dismissal of what other people like when they talk about a show or something I don't care about. I mean, I love love love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I love sharing it with people. A lot of people have told me they've heard of it but never seen it, or never seen it all the way through and I just want to be there to show them the entire thing. 

I'd rather rake joy in someone else experiencing something I love for the first time than harshly criticize why thy haven't experienced something. There's a lot of media out there and it's hard enough to experience and enjoy things without someone judging whether or not you've seen it then judging your opinion after. I'm trying hard not to ask why, I'm sure I'll keep failing, but I'm going to try to start asking "would you like to..." and then share the book, movie, tv show whatever if I have it to share. 

Comics and Cons 'n' Work

Oh hey there, I've been quiet. What with having my daily sketch blog and having somewhere where I write on a daily basis this has fallen to the wayside a little. 

This past September I went to SPX like I've done for the past 2 years and it was another fun year where I bought all types of great books and minis. I was an attendee but I still had some sketchbooks that I traded, gave away and sold (to friends) so that's cool. I put together a book of daily sketches and a book of Good Night and Other sketches. It was so much work and I wanted to smash my computer on more than one occasion but I made it, my computer is in one rattly piece and I have a cool thing to take with me places. 

My 'Appearances' tab has updated. I'm going up to Brooklyn Comic Art Fest again this year and celebrating my birthday in NYC with my family. I've also applied to table at PIX - Pittsburgh Indy Comic Expo. It's only one day, but still, I want to have something new to take. 

(This was half written in September, now I'm finishing it at the end of October)

I'm applying for CAKE in Chicago for next year right now. I need to get my newest completed comic "Adult" somewhere to show the judges and I need to have a self portrait, I don't like any of my other ones so I guess I'm drawing a new one :D

Because of the time that's passed from when I started this to when I'm finishing this I jumped over working on "Adult". It's about the first time I thought I was an adult, the quotation marks are part of the title. I wrote and drew "Adult" in just about two weeks for the Richmond Zine Fest, my first time tabling anywhere and I think I did okay. I think I'd do better at a comics show so I'm pretty hopeful about my prospects at PIX and if I get into CAKE then that too. I'm working on new comics to debut at both shows. I want a new Cinema story for PIX, it's roughly 30+ pages. I'm not sure what story I want to draw for CAKE, I'm considering a Close to the Sun story, but I'm not sure yet. Lawrence's Diary is being folded into a world I'm calling Big Myth Playground which has a greater scope than the initial LD world. I'm also thinking about submitting to Filthy Figments which means I'll have 3 different comics drawn in the next few months if I get in. 

We'll see how much work I have ahead of me. I know I'm in PIX so I'm going to focus on that one and get that story written. I'll know if I get into CAKE in January and for FF, I don't remember when they're getting back to people but I have another 3 weeks to submit my application, so I can refine my story and work on some figure work in the meantime. 

I have given myself a lot of goals and ideas on my creative plate. It's a good thing, I really did feel awful for just about all of 2013 because I wasn't really creating much. Even making videos wasn't enough, it wasn't the right type of creating. I need to be drawing and writing to feel at my best.

When I go through periods of depression I question the value of my existence because I'm not making anything. When I don't really draw anything for a while I feel guilty that I'm not drawing. Even now, when I've spent most of the year just doing my Daily Sketches I often felt I could be drawing something more, but I had no goals and poor motivation. I have goals, I have motivation and I have about 4 months to accomplish my first one so I need to step to and get some comics drawn.