Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hogan's Alley Magazine

Blah. Trying to sign in to the Eisner's to recommend a great magazine, but they're securitied up like they think they're somebody's off-shore account. 

So I will do the next best thing and recommend the magazine.

Hogan's Alley. Named after a classic newspaper cartoon, and continuing to share wonderful cartooning from around the world.  

Go and enjoy. Because our fans are the real voters. It's why we don't have awards at my comicon, because what's the use of industry professionals log-rolling each other, or if people don't buy our books or love our website? Our fans give us our awards and rewards.

And I'm a fan of Hogan's Alley.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Transfolk Treated Right

A recent interchange of emails between myself and a Fred Meyer store in Bremerton. I also sent this message to the Bremerton police chief, who immediately said, since the store was in Kitsap county jurisdiction, he would send it to the Sheriff. Bremerton has a bad rep, but there is a steady undercurrent of decency, acceptance and multi-culturism in that town (as well as an vibrant and interesting arts community).

My first email to Fred Meyer: 

Hi - Have always loved your store & the folks in it. But on the 30th of April, 2016, I think I might have witnessed bad behavior connected to the trans bathroom controversy. While I was in one of your women's restroom stall, I heard someone come mumbling in to use the stalls; it was a man's voice. I wasn't upset; sometimes we wander into the wrong restrooms, if no one else can be seen. Perhaps it was a transwoman. I don't know; I didn't stay to verify. But when I left, I found a group of men and a boy standing against the wall opposite the restroom, as though waiting for something. They were probably waiting for a friend to use the men's restroom. BUT - lately, restrooms have been targeted in an attempt by certain groups to humiliate and harm transfolk. I'm hoping I was just being paranoid, but just in case, I thought I'd give you a head's up. Bremerton has always been an admirably politically-involved town, so anything can happen. And thanks again for being such a good store and giving me the opportunity to contact you (I know - arguing over who gets to use the bathroom; childish, but transfolk get beaten, raped and killed all the time. And need a place to pee in safety).

Their email to me:

To: donnabarr@hotmail.comDate: Thu, 5 May 2016 07:08:35 -0400Subject: RE: Your Comments (#23812679)Dear Donna,

Thank you for contacting Kroger Customer Connect. 

I am sincerely sorry for your negative experience at the rest room of our Fred Meyer store located at 5050 State Highway 303 Ne. Your concerns regarding the issues faced by transgender people are commendable and I really appreciate them. I have shared your experience in detail with the Store Management Team so they are aware and can review the situation and make your future visits to the store pleasurable..

Please know our Store Manager is always open to direct feedback. It is important to the Manager to speak personally to our customers about areas that need improvement as well as our successes.

Please feel free to reply to this email or call us at 1-800-576-4377 and reference case number 23812679 should you have further questions or concerns. We appreciate hearing from our valued customers and will assist in any way possible. 

Thank you for shopping with us and have a great day. Sincerely,HarpreetKroger Customer Connect The Kroger Family of Stores 

Dear Harprett:

Thank you so much for your quick answer, and your caring view of all your customers.

I've always been very happy with your store, and this is one more reason to appreciate you all.

I'm very involved in making our world a better place, and a steady user of social media. My internet friends will be happy to discover that the Bremerton Fred Meyer is even better than we could hope.

Donna Barr

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Recent and Upcoming Conventions

Needed to catch up on my posting! Here's me in a Ka-Blam tshirt at Shortrun last year. 

And then me in my Ka-Blam tshirt at Emerald City.

Ka-Blam is the best place for old-style floppy comics, reprinted print-on-demand. The prices are almost the same as they were when we first printed those books, and the quality is superb. Paper is very white, and the inks are very black. Colors are great, too!

Pacific Northwest/Egyptian!
Now here are the table covers I'm going to be using at the Amazing Hawaii Comicon: done by hand with markers. They go both ways, so I can use one or the other depending on which end of the table I'm sharing. 

One of them is done in with Mexican styles in mind, the other with a mix of Northwest native and Egyptian. I think I'll use the Mexican one for Hawaii. 

Photos could be better, but you'll see them at shows.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fearless Gets Best Treatment Now

Sammi is the red Norwegian Forest cat in the photo. Fearless is the cat who looks like a Chartreuse. Sammi has Fearless's sitty place, a milk crate and afghan by the stove. 

Fearless is beginning to show pain from something in her side - possibly her possible cancer. I made Sammi get on the couch. He's been getting all the special treatment because he has diabetes. We have to pay more attention to Fearless, now.

LATEST (March 13, 2016): 

Fearless couldn't get to the vet because of storms. 

BUT - it turns out her pain came from - who knows? - falling off a bed or something. She's much better, now. Dingbat.

Because of all the liquid in her lungs in her x-rays earlier in 2016, and some masses, there may be heart complications. Electrocardiogram for her, or tentatively, at least. We have to think about that - the trip to Seattle?

I dunno. Old cats. What do you do with them? Other than schoozle. 'em.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Clallam Bay - West End Map

Map of Clallam Bay and Sekiu
Here's the map I did for the local chamber of commerce. Now nobody has to try to describe how to get to Cape Flattery and find every park, bathroom and cup of coffee on the way. The reason there is no color is so customers can use provided color markers to plan their own route and itinerary.

Map of the Upper West End of the Olympic Peninsula
The map cost the Sekiu/Clallam Bay Chamber of Commerce $1500. I had no trouble with them paying their bills up front and on time.

The map is causing great joy in town. Four Chinese teenagers used pink markers to line out their trip, then found out about Clallam Bay's dragon dance - and came back to help celebrate. The Sunsets West Co-Op gave them pan lids and other noise-makers, and they joined in. What made them happiest was that Americans loved and made their own dragon dance.

It was like that moment that healed relations between the US and England when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth ate hot dogs with FDR. "They like our food!"

It doesn't take much to make people happy. Everybody wants a pad of them for their business or family. I told the chamber they should sell them. I made my money, now it's their turn.

But I'm beginning to get this sung at me: "Mapmaker, mapmaker make me a map!"

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sammi is our Darlin'

Our Sammi - 18 years old - has diabetes. It's been rough and up and down, but he's hanging in there.

Today he claimed the catfood-closet door by face-rubbing, and smacked Kiki (the calico fluffernutter) in the butt.

So, good hopes.

He has no blood, so it's hard to measure glucose levels, but we're trying. I just have to remember to rub his toes really well before taking blood for testing.

He's possibly a Norwegian Forest cat, so we think the name is after the Indigenous people of Scandinavia, otherwise known as Laplanders. He was captured feral as a young cat, and is finally getting over his fear of blankets.