Okay, I lied! Here’s a comic about this weekend. I realized at several moments while at SPX that I was face to face with the real world of human cartoonists. I have been living virtually among them for a very short time, but I have been admiring and engaging with that IMAGINED world my whole life. Needless to say it was a great experience and a tiring one–one that I will be chewing on for some time.
I will say this: there are SO MANY talented cartoonists out there doing wonderful work. I cannot list them all here (but hope to in the next few days), so I will list only my ROOMMATES who were funny and smart and shared not only space with me (the total stranger among them), but also made me feel welcome. Their work is beautiful and a joy to read. If you don’t know them, you should.
Holy moley people, I did my first “Artist Talk” and man, it was hard and fun. I am here to tell you that standing in front a group of people talking about yourself and your work for 45 minutes is not NEARLY as easy as they make it look at TED. In fact, it’s sort of embarrassing. My husband tells me that I knocked it out of the park. I asked him about 100 times after if he was saying that just because he’s legally obligated by marriage to say so, and he assured me all 100 times that he wasn’t. So I have to trust him on that.
I love that so many people turned out for it and that I got to be part of the Highland Falls Library, a place that has helped make this town home. Thanks to all who came–weren’t the cookies GOOD??
No comic next week, but regular scheduled programming will resume the following week.
I have two comics collections at the printers and I keep finding comics I meant to put in them, like this one! DANG! Ah well. Maybe in another DELUX edition later on. This one feels like the very beginnings of something larger anyway…
Just a reminder to those who are near or near-ish: I am giving a talk on Wednesday at the Highland Falls Library. Cookies have been confirmed. Please come on by!
Man, has this been the WEEK! I have an interview up at the very fine Deign Feaster Blog. I discuss comics, illustration, and mortality! Also: vintage packaging!