Saturday, May 31, 2008
So now I am back to dipping crow-quills in a bottle of ink.
Laying out a final version of An Insupportable Light. Going to put it up at Lulu. I've cleaned ALL the pages -- over 1500 of them -- of The Desert Peach. Then I'll post two versions, at Lulu and through Amazon and my site. Copies of all the 600 dpi bmp files will be send on CD's and DVD's to the San Diego State University Special Collections.
Then it's Stinz's turn...
And when I'm done with that, I can get back to some serious writing. The problem with comics pages is nobody but the artist can really do final versions.
AGGGGGH. Maybe I can get it all done before I'm dead.
She's found a home! But it Took A Village. Through the efforts of four households, this very nice dog will be sent to a five-acre property, owned by a couple, with two kids.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is the trip to the Emerald City Comicon.
Before I took off on the bus, took a beach walk. It's officially summer, because Dan and I can both wade the Clallam River. Way down there at the end? We're right behind the edge of the trees, to the right of the white buildings -- the former lighthouse keeper's house, before the Sheriff's office had the lighthouse and walkway yanked down "for safety reasons."
Lake Crescent on the Way. I got from our place to the Bainbridge Ferry for $4.50, using city busses. I've written an article for it for the Peninsula Daily News, but if they don't use it, I'll be posting it at Associated Content, for those who've asked how to do it.
Yes, this is how part of my bus route looks:
Will be posting a review of Jobnik -- the only book I could find during a solid hunt through the whole show for a review target that had its own voice and vision. Everything else was pretty, but pretty cookie-cutter; been there, read that (how sad is that?). Come back later this week for a review.
Mostly toured around the con, contacting retailers, doing deals, distributing info, then a real treat -- cruising the artist's alley, big hellos to old buds and colleagues.
Stuck around after the show to visit folks and see neat things.
The Great Wall in bloom -- Steve Gallacci in his back yard, before his vertical garden. Steve and Bear (his Giant Pomeranian Used Dog) drove me back home Tuesday, where we all watched his DVD of Rattatouille.
Dude. Peter O'Toole as the food critic. Really getting off on being the Bad Guy -- he rolls his RRRs and snarls and hisses.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I'll keep a stack of books at CNW president Keith Curtis's booth; I'll also be taking shipping orders for print-on-demand or Everything Boxes.
I'll mostly be on the floor, schmoozing retailers. Or back in the snack area, writing. Ask Keith for my cell number; I'll have the talkbar on during the show.
And of course, I'll be signing for Prism sometime during the show.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I bought a Wacom tablet.
Found a nice deal on one at Circuit City, online (googled for price). The online recommendations were all delighted by the thing. No-battery pen, more sensitive, paper-like surface appealed to this old-fashioned artist.
After spending a year scanning, cleaning and re-working over 1500 Desert Peach pages for the big collection, as well as getting the final pages ready to ship to San Diego State Special Collections, I have had it up to HERE with paper. Besides, it's just getting more expensive.
I'm looking forward to this new toy.... I couldn't resist the teensy four-port USB hub, either. I am a teeny technology freak. Two of my fav purchases recently were a tiny computer mouse and a miniscule radio antennae -- both very inexpensive, with cheap shipping -- that do a great job. The smaller the better -- and now all my LED lights are color-coordinated.
And I get to deduct everything.
Old friends are going to show up, as Pfirsich's giddy delight in being invincible pisses off his new friends and frightens his old ones.
I have no idea where this is going. It's like the good old days, getting yanked around by my characters.
S/M for the working writer.
(This may be partially due to the freshly-made chocolates Dan brought home. Fresh, milky caramel centers and dark chocolate shells somehow brittle, yet smooth and powdery. I froze them, and am allowed one a day.... I do adore me chockies froze.)