Sunday, April 8, 2018

Shadow Gone

On February 27, our last Bremerton cat, Shadow, passed away. He was old, and had long-standing
Shadow in the sun
kidney failure.

He passed without pain or struggle. 

Here are some photos of our boy.

Shadow once tried to save us from the Nesqually earthquake, jumping up and down and yelling, trying to get us out of bed. We didn't listen, but he tried anyway. No harm done. Brave kitten. And the only cat at the time who came back in to save us!
Shadow on the storage chest, when he could
still use the steps I'd made.
Asleep on the storage chest
Another angle on the storage chest

Friday, March 9, 2018

My Distribution List - Help Your Favorite Shops

Right now, Anne Bean of Emerald Comics Distribution has made sure my books go into Northwest Shops. Here is a list of the shops ECD serves.

Now for a list of shops that carry my work right now, and others that could be encouraged to pick them up. If you live nearby any of the following stores, and you want my books, check them out first!

The Dreaming is the best place to go - "Loves it, keeps it in stock, buys back issues."

Left Bank "Buys issues, sells slowly," but will be kept stocked.

Push/Pull is "Happy to stock issues," move slowly. So go help them move quickly! Same for Left Bank.

Dreamstrands: "Loves your work, keeps some in stock." Again, doesn't get a lot of stock - so help move up those numbers for these good shops. 

Now here are shops need your support to start sharing my books. If any of them are the shop most convenient to you, do drop in and request my books. If they want to know how to get my books, just refer them to Anne Bean, whose link is at the top of this posting. She is very good at making things happen. If your shop isn't on this list, tell the shop owner about Anne, and me, and we'll make your comics experience even better. 

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Say "hi" to Larry for me! I love this shop whether they carry my work or not. They're family.

Olympic Cards and Comics. Gabi says she LOVES my work, but needs customers who want it. Go give her some for me!

Phoenix Comics doesn't stock back issues. But there's a new Afterdead collection with new stuff that's not even appeared on the website.

Arcane Comics They don't have my work right now, but they love special ordering from Emerald Comics. Tell them what YOU want specially ordered!

Floating World Comics MIGHT sell if customers want. If you live nearby and want my books directly, do drop in.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

My Panels - 2018 Norwescon

I'm all over the Comics track at the 2018 Norwescon. So be sure to come see me there!

Here's the schedule. And yes, I'm looking forward to attending as many of the receptions as possible.  You have the opportunity to attend a day of the convention with me, at my Patreon Page. But I warn you - I'm involved in so many things right now, you may get more than you bargained for!
Intersectionality and Comics
4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Cascade 11
Minim Calibre (M), Marta Murvosh, Donna Barr, Gabriel de los Angeles
Writing Comics
12:00pm - 1:00pm @ Cascade 7 & 8
G. Willow Wilson (M), Donna Barr

Autograph Session 1
2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Grand 2
Chris Pramas, Galen Dara, Ken Liu, Matthew Wedel, Nicole Lindroos, Alexander James Adams, Brenda Cooper, Cat Rambo, Donna Barr, Echo Chernik, Ethan Siegel, Evan J. Peterson, Greg Bear, Jennifer Brozek, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Julie McGalliard, Kay Kenyon, Kent Hamilton , Laura Anne Gilman, Lisa Mantchev, Django Wexler, PJ Manney, Spencer Ellsworth, Dr. Vicki Wedel, Lish McBride, Kurt Cagle

Why So Serious?
11:00am - 12:00pm @ Cascade 12
G. Willow Wilson (M), Donna Barr, Brenna Clarke Gray, Erik Scott de Bie

Our pros are also invited to attend:

Art Show Reception
Thursday 8:00pm - 10:00pm @ Art Show

Small Press Publisher Social
Thursday 9:00pm - Midnight @ Presidential Suite 1360

Seattle Pro Social
Friday 9:00pm - Midnight @ Presidential Suite 1360

Spotlight Publisher Party - in Honor of Green Ronin
Saturday 9:00pm - Midnight @ Presidential Suite 1360

Saturday, February 24, 2018

DON'T PANIC! Clallam Bay Comicon Edition

Yes, I corrected all the damn stickers.
I just got checked out a DVD set of the BBC TV Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, from the Library. Talk about timing - if there was ever a time when I need to know to DON'T PANIC, it's now. NOTE: Carla has notified me she's not going to San Diego, so we ARE changing the comicon to July 14-15, 2018. Read on for all links and details, to make sure you're in sync. We WILL run the ads in the Stranger for the weekend of 14-15.

First of all, ROOMS:  The Winter Summer Inn - our convention B and B - KNOWS about this, and will hold the rooms for the evenings of the 13-14 (Friday, Saturday), on Fun Days. I called Sandy, and everything's changed, so be sure to use the new dates. So Engage Your Enthusiasm, and don't worry. It's just Life.

Now for the story of why we had to change weekends.

Last year, I checked and double-checked to make sure that the 2018 Clallam Bay/Sekiu Fun Days was going to be held on the same weekend as the Fourth of July. ie, from July 6-8. Carla Speed McNeil is working with me to make sure she gets all the funding she needs to travel out here and back, and have full accomadations, as our Guest of Honor. 

The festival has been right after the 4th, for several years now. The 4th kept getting closer and closer to the weekend every year, so I knew Fun Days would have to move ahead to the next week. But we were fine for 2018. Right? Stickers printed up and everything.

And then, while working with the Stranger on the ad, I found this: 

Clallam Bay/Sekiu Fun Days. That's right. The weekend of the 13th-15th. 

Now Fun Days is run by one person, really, just like our comicon. Trish has a mass of things to keep track of, and this year she's trying to coordinate an even BIGGER music festival. I absolutely do not blame her for holding the festival  the next weekend. The Fourth is a huge holiday up here, and two festivals so close together were becoming logistically impossible (And I certainly congratulate her and Bob on making the music festival work - I can't wait).

SO - because I knew that one of the reasons that everyone came up here was for Fun Days, which includes a parade, side events and FIREWORKS, I had to think seriously about moving the date to the 14th-15th.

I thought, oh, no, Carla is no doubt going to San Diego Comicon, which runs July 19th to 22nd. Asking her to fly down from our convention without rest in between would have been ridiculous. That show is a MONSTER. It takes full power, for at least a week. I really couldn't ask her to do that; it wouldn't be fair to her, at all.

Carla's solved THAT. Her word about San Diego: "No way am I going near THAT Katrina." So she's coming straight out to us, for the comicon and Fun Days.

So - why would it have been so bad to just hold the Clallam Bay Comicon on its own? Because of the grant that covers the Stranger ad. We won that grant, with the assistance of the Clallam Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the assurance that we would always include mention of Fun Days in any advertising and the website. That was fine. Yay!

BUT - the grant wasn't forthcoming unless we had insurance on our event. You all know what a funky little creative-oriented little show mine is. There's not the money to shell out for insurance. We hold the comicon in the Lion's Club, but their insurance only covers their events. Not that it matters - what's going to happen? Somebody falls off a chair? And Fun Days, knowing we needed to insurance to get the ad grant, graciously took us under their wing, and covered us with THEIR insurance! Is this a great little community, or what?

But - if we're on the earlier weekend, are we covered for insurance, and if we're not, do we get the grant? I doubt it - and nobody can blame them. They have safety considerations, and can't be held responsible because somebody lets their kid walk into the undertow on the beach in the dark to try to retrieve fireworks. Insurance is absolutely necessary for Fun Days, and all the Really Wild Things it entails. I doubt it starts up the weekend before.

So, after typing up all kinds of emails and social media posts with "I'm changing the Date!" "I'm Not!" "Marvin, pick up that piece of paper!" I am going to accept the Hitchhiker's admonition and NOT panic. We have several months, and in that time, I'll gently lead everyone to agreement and schedule coordination, and it will Be Right. It Will Work. AND it has!

Thanks to the terribly patient and kindly Diana at the Stranger, who has been working so hard to try to help us make this work. There WILL be the comicon. There WILL be Fun Days.

There WILL be small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

(Note to confused people who don't do sci-fi: these are all Hitchhiker's jokes. Ask the comicon folks when you attend. And afterwards, the Universe will explode for your pleasure.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

GoFundMe Campaign Art

I'm WAS offering art of Carla Speed McNeil's characters to reward those who donate to the GoFundMe campaign to bring her to the Clallam Bay Comicon. I've offered some of the art here, but didn't get a lot of nibbles. We know why - you want CARLA's art! 

But it would take her an awful lot of extra work to do that art, and the girl is slammed as it is. She deserves this trip, as a jewel of the comics arts, and the community of artists and comics folks deserve to have her here. So pitch in a few shekels, and help us reach that goal. 

Jaeger Avatar - available

Pretty woman avatar - available

Silly Jaeger on a pony sketch - available

Jaeger in the bath - gone

Jaeger and Pfirsich - gone

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

ShortRun 2017

Me and Ka-Blam at Shortrun 2017. Photo: Anne Bean © 2017
Shortrun 2017 was simply wonderful. 

As usual, I must post the photo of the Ka-Blam tshirt, and let my favorite floppie comics (and more!) company know I'm getting the word out. There sales page is Indyplanet.

Once again, I neglected to take a bajillion photos of the events. Mostly because I was too busy talking to fans and new friends, and roving over the floor to look at the plethora of wonderful books and ideas.

So let me put in some links.

To ShortRun itself. And its Twitter and Facebook links, available there. 

Emerald Comics Distribution has a wonderful Instagram feed, and a Facebook page, for starters. If you want to see some great photos of the show, be sure to hit those pages. Pretty easy to find, just by name. 

Of course, had to hit the Fantagraphics party and say hello to all my old and new friends. A lot of people didn't know it was me until I said my name. This even happened at the Sunday Farmer's Market by the Seattle College on Broadway. I guess I've changed! I didn't recognize them either, though. Didn't matter. Had lots of fun talking to them anyway.

The Vera Project after-show party was pretty great, including the DJ. Lots of 7/8 beat, which I prefer. Lots of fun people to talk to and see what they're doing. Wonderful Vietnamese art show on the walls, including some fascinating little horror-erotica fans.

I probably won't be tabling in the future, because these shows are getting so crowded. Since Clallam County offers the Strait Shot bus, it's harder to bring books for direct sale.

I used to suggest panels all the time at shows, and that's what I'll do. And spend time on the floor. For sales, I'll use my internet show. Like I should be doing!

But you know where to find me - right here - and all the links. Be sure to check out the bookstore on this page, especially! 

Special hugs to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Grateful for the sit-in. I just needed some of your good vibes.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Shadow And Kiki - Happy Anyway

Shadow in the sun
We're getting lower on cats, and now Kiki has joined Shadow in that walk to the last days.

Kiki - the calico - has a heart condition. Every other day she tolerates a little pill from the vet.

Kiki, with toys
Shadow is taking water for renal failure. He doesn't like it, but he and Kiki both like the special treats they get when they've had their meds.

This is all normal for a household with old cats, and we've done this many times before. 

Both cats are happy, eating, enjoying themselves. 

They've even takien to sharing the heat lamp on the afghan together! 

We've learned not to hang on forever when a loved one is dying, and let them take their own course.

When my time comes, I plan to subsist on chocolate and coffee.

Recent photos show the two older cats - Shadow from Bremerton, Kiki from Clallam Bay - are even tolerating Jim, our other Clallam Bay rescue.

Shadow, Jim and Kiki -
in English reading order.
I think Shadow's brother might have been a cat in Bremerton named "Egypt." He looked exactly like Shadow, even to the kink in the last inch of the tail.

Shadow is Fearless's brother. We lost Fearless last year to a number of health problems, including thyroid and heart. 

We're too old to be adopting kittens, now, but it looks like we'll still have neighborhood dogs and cats, and can keep contributing to the ASPCA, as we have for years.

There are always animals that need petted or assisted, and owners who need help and contacts. 

It takes a village.
Shadow and Jim