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Cambridge, MA bound!

October 19, 2018

ATSS p56

As I type, I am in the midst of packing up for the weekend at MICE in the Cambridge and Somerville area. The Boston area is always a loaded place for me–you can read all about why in ALL THE SAD SONGS! My first time going to MICE two years ago was the trip that started the emotional seeds for this book.  It feels good to think about bringing this book to its heartland.  If you are in the Boston area this weekend, this show is not to be missed! Come on out and say hi!

And in honor of its homecoming, I give you this:

Here’s a page from All the Sad Songs that takes place in a now defunct club, The Kendall Cafe. It was located in Kendall Square, in Cambridge, near MIT. I went to their open mics on Thursdays and saw and played many shows there. One night shortly before I started going to open mics, Elvis Costello spontaneously showed up to play an unscheduled show.  He signed a poster that hung proudly above the booths, along with posters of other local artists that had made it: Aimee Mann, Pete Wolf, among others.

For years afterwards, the club was filled with the sparkly legend of this show—The Kendall was a place Elvis Costello could show up any minute! Who knows what could happen! Nothing like it ever happened while I was there, but one night I showed up for the open mic and a last minute act had been slipped in as the main feature that night. It was my then idol Jennifer Trynin. Her album Cockamamie was a huge album for me and one of the reasons I decided to move to Boston.  She was supposed to be on tour with Paula Cole, but Cole cancelled the tour at the last minute, leaving Trynin and her band without venues to support her new album, Gun Shy Trigger Happy.  The booker at the Kendall Cafe was a longtime supporter of Trynin and offered her the 30 minute slot that kicked off the night. When I found out I almost fainted! I embarrassed myself thoroughly by fawning at her feet. I was in HEAVEN when her band kicked into gear just 5 feet away from where I sat. That night she dedicated her song “Writing Notes” to me, one of my favorite “Heartbreak” songs that appear in the songlist at the end of Section 5 of All The Sad Songs.  Honestly, it’s THE song of that whole time for me. Listening to it right now, brings me to tears because no song describes better how I felt during that time.

So many stories, people! I may make a few more this weekend! Come on by and be part of it!

Tonight! Tonight!

October 18, 2018

reading tonight

New Paltz & Boston Here I Come!

October 15, 2018

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I’m hitting the road with All the Sad Songs this week!

On Thursday, October 18th, at  7:00pm I’ll be in at Inquiring Minds in New Paltz, NY doing a reading and signing! If you are anywhere near there, please come on by!

Then this weekend on Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21st I’ll be tabling at MICE in Cambridge, MA with my pal and fellow Hudson Valley cartoonist, Deb Lucke! We will be in the Bechdel Room, Table 81!

Hope to see some of you there!

**PLUS!** More Press excitement!

One of my favorite comics sites, Broken Frontier, gave a nice shout out to All The Sad Songs. They called it, “a relatable, revealing and rewarding memoir.” Woohoo!

Rob Clough also gave a thorough reading and expressed a lot of thoughts on music, mental illness, and memory. He says about the book: “It’s a beautiful grace note as [Pierre] offers up music not as a cure, but as a hook–something that lets us know that we are alive, we are heard and we are seen. Sometimes that’s all we need to point us in the right direction to make our lives better.”

And ONE MORE THING!

Also wanted to tell you that I illustrated a story for Jonathan Baylis’ latest issue of his autobiographical comics series So Buttons. It’s a comic in color! You can buy the issue I am in digitally!

Thanks all of you who have ordered books and bought them elsewhere! Hearing about it is giving me life! Thank you!

ATSS Excerpt at PEN America

October 11, 2018

girls and guitars

I’ve got an excerpt from All the Sad Songs up at the PEN America site today! Go on a check it out!

Thank you, Rob Kirby for choosing it to share!

Haiku #46

October 4, 2018

Haiku #46Happy National Poetry Day!

Signed Copies of ALL THE SAD SONGS available and more!

September 30, 2018

ATSS p15 sample

Just some quick updates from the land of Sad Songs and such:

THE BOOKS ARE IN THE WORLD!

There are now signed copies of ALL THE SAD SONGS in my shop! Get them while they are HOT! You can also put in the note if you want it personalized. Come and get them!

A Note On Pre-Orders:  If you pre-ordered my book through Retrofit’s Kickstarter, your book is on the way (if you haven’t got it already!). I got news that all packages have been shipped. Thank you for those who did that!

If you pre-ordered it through Amazon or another bookstore, there was an issue with the distributer and you most likely won’t get your copy until October 15th! Dang, I KNOW! I’ve heard that some bookstore orders have come through, so this may just be an Amazon thing. Either way, thank you for pre-ordering and I am so sorry about any and all delays!

YOU’VE READ THE BOOK NOW LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!

Susie Derkins

By popular demand, I’ve also made playlists on Spotify of many of the mixtapes that appear in the book.  I had SO MUCH fun putting this together and have loved experiencing the soundtracks all over again. Go check them out!

MEDIA BLITZ!

I did a podcast interview with Derek Royal on the Comics Alternative all about music, tapes vs. CDs vs. albums, diary comics, talking about your loved ones in comics, and so much more!

I also have done a couple interviews in print elsewhere:

My friend Jennifer Hayden and I chat on her blog about making the leap from short form to long form, PTSD living, making art the art you most want to find, and so much more.

On Smash Pages, Alex Deueben and I talked about cassette tapes, poetry, my history in comics, and the wild ride it took to make this book!

Thanks all for your support. This book means the world to me. Let me know if you like it!

Haiku #41

September 24, 2018

Haiku #41