Hey guys, remember that event I did a couple weeks ago at Labyrinth Books in Princeton? It’s NOW A PODCAST EPISODE of Virtual Memories! Get to hear us talk about how people do or don’t make money at comics, mortality, all things Lynda Barry, the juicy inner life of middle age, and the embarrassing moment I had with Mary Gaitskill.
Like everyone else, I am utterly shocked and horrified by the news of the attacks on Paris. The fact that I was there just weeks ago makes it all the more emotional for me. I couldn’t sleep at all last night, reeling with the fact that the streets I loved and have been pining for are filled with such violence and anguish. I have been thinking of the fates of nearly everyone I interacted with while I was there and hope that they are safe.
I had plans to post more of my travel diary this week, but that seems horribly inappropriate now in light of these events. Instead, I offer this very flawed drawing of The Bastille monument, I passed many times and even used as a marker to locate where we were. It is a symbol of French liberty and often the location for demonstrations and celebrations. Someone on twitter wrote that Paris’ motto is: “Fluctuat new mergitur,” which means: “She is tossed by the waves but does not sink.” I don’t know if this is true, but I want to believe it is.
Paris, my love has been with you before this devastating event, and it flares up brightly and fiercely as the news has come. To the families of the victims, to anyone affected, I hold you in my heart. Hang on.
I am back from traveling and still playing catch up.
Despite the very felt absence of Glynnis Fawkes (we missed you, Glynnis!) Jennifer Hayden and I had a FABULOUS time in Princeton last week. It was one of the best events I’ve done in YEARS, if not EVER. I think I could talk to Jennifer about comics and life in front of people for hours on end! Gil Roth recorded the conversation for his Virtual Memories Podcast, which should be available in the next few weeks–I’ll let you know when it goes live so you can listen to two wisecracking ladies talk about living BIG lives in little boxes.
Right now I am hard at work on illustration and teaching, but really? I am COMPLETELY obsessed with completing the travel diary of my trip. Here I am in a cafe in Paris trying hard to work on an entry. I got a few in while traveling, but found it hindered the experience of being there. So I gave it up in favor of just being in the moment, which I quickly learned is *the* power of travel. I wrote notes and did sketches and then wrote it all out on the plane back. I’ve been drawing and adding entries ever since I got home. My plan is to assemble it all into a little book of its own when I’m done–it’s over 20 pages so far! I’m on a deadline to get it done (I have so much else in the works to do that it’s now or never), so I am hopeful to have it at the printers in the next couple weeks. I promise I’ll get back to regularly scheduled programming soon–I just need a little more time!
See you soon!
Hey all! Just a reminder that I will be at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ tonight! A bummer about the event: Glynnis Fawkes will NOT be there. So it will be just me and Jennifer shooting the autobiographical comics shit with Gil Roth. Please come see me in my jet lagged glory! It will be SO GREAT!