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A Perfect Day

August 4, 2014

A perfect day

I am working hard going through the last nearly 18 months of diary comics trying to assemble some sort of collection to be ready for SPX (hence the older diary entry). Time is dwindling so we’ll see if I can pull it off. One of the main issues is that I have far more than I thought I did. As Graham says “this is a good problem.” Still, it’s teaching me a lot about how my brain works in regards to output and distribution. Mainly, I can be very prolific, but I have this weird squirrel mentality of saving them for some “better” day instead of just putting them out in the world–which is where I want them to be. If I can manage to get this collection together, I am going to start thinking differently in the future about how to get the work out there as it comes instead of hoarding it until I am overwhelmed. In addition to sending them out to magazines and other lit sites, maybe I’ll put out mini comics. My output is changing anyway. I am doing less daily stuff and planning out longer pieces. We’ll see.

As it is, this month is all about preparing for September when an onslaught of work and events are taking place. In addition to attending SPX, I’ll be giving an artist talk at our local library, teaching a comic class to high schoolers, and starting work on two fairly sizable illustration jobs. I am not complaining—this is how I like life to be–but, as the Wicked Witch of the West would day, “these things must be handled DELICATELY.”

  1. Cindy Henning permalink
    August 4, 2014 5:59 pm

    Just finished reading your book “The Artist in the Office”. It was very helpful and inspiring. I teach art full time and sometimes it’s hard to find a balance between teaching art and creating it. Teaching sucks me so dry somedays that I feel I have nothing left over at the end of the day. Thank you for helping me see things differently.

  2. summer permalink*
    August 4, 2014 6:11 pm

    Thanks Cindy!

  3. simone permalink
    August 4, 2014 6:37 pm

    Oh!! I just heard an interview with Mimi Pond and wanted to grab this book–now I will!

  4. summer permalink*
    August 4, 2014 6:46 pm

    It’s SO GOOD. You will not regret it!

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