Actually, let's go back even further. Way back to...June. Here is a comic from my sketchbook at that time (click to enlarge):
Eventually my parents headed back to New York, I started work on my story, went to China and came back again, and tabled at the 2009 Portland Zine Symposium
--my first time at that show with a table (or, more accurately, half-table) to myself. Despite my worries of a month earlier I had two new zines for sale--"Sketchbook Selections," a collection of drawings, and "I Cut My Hair #2
." I had been late in getting myself registered for the 3-day Symposium, and by the time I did the tables on Saturday were all taken. Luckily for me there were some no-shows and I got to stay for Saturday after all. I sold and traded and purchased and was quite productive drawing and inking comics from behind my table as well. The good folks at Midnight Fiction
gave me a mention in their Symposium write-up here
. And the Multnomah County Library bought some copies of "I Cut My Hair #2
," so my further journal comic adventures are now available to any Portlanders with a library card.
September brought a trip to the Small Press Expo and the release of my aforementioned story in issue #11
of the anthology Papercutter
. I went from feeling super nervous about this to excited and back again. Still, even with those emotions battling themselves out, I felt proud. SPX was the first comics show I ever attended, and it was really satisfying to be there with work of my own to sell. I had great time tabling with Greg, who was generous enough to let me share space with him.
I met lots of nice folks and flew westward with loads of great comics...highlights included Nate Beaty's "Piece Meal," Neil Brideau's "Spitting Pennies," Jen Vaugn's latest time-of-the-month tale "Don't Hate, Menstruate," Nate Doyle's new "Crooked Teeth," Tom Neely's "The Blot"--I saw a reading of part of this book in Portland and loved it--Robin Enrico's first volume of "Jam in the Band" and Liz Baillie's most recent two chapters of "Freewheel," which I had been looking forward to for quite a while.
In October there were a few days where I thought I was getting the flu and called in sick to work for the first time ever. Luckily the germs got bored with me after a few days and left me alone so that I could speak with Julia Gfrorer
at the Central Library as part of Multnomah County Library's Zinesters Talking series.
Heather took this photo (which, if you click on it, will get slightly bigger) of me at a podium, discussing my comics and how I make 'em:
If you like you can listen to a podcast
of the event. It's a bit tricky to follow in just audio format because in the talk I reference slides and images. Also I wish said "um" less. Still, I'm really happy with how my presentation went and was pleasantly surprised that I did not sweat as profusely as I had thought I would.