Hey, everybody! A lot’s been going on, so I figured I’d do a brief blog to encapsulate some of it.
My book’s been out for a bit over a month now, and I want to thank everybody who’s read it and say I’ve been amazed by some of the comments it’s received. Some people have had a really personal reaction to it, or just been incredibly kind about how much they liked it, and that’s been really gratifying to hear. I really love hearing people’s reactions and feedback on it. Maybe I’d feel differently if I had been getting harsh reactions, but everybody who’s talked to me about it has been so nice, so it’s great ;)
There have also been some new reviews of the book, again all really kind, and here are links to a couple:
There are, of course, links to several ways to buy the book on the store page of this website .
For anybody that’s enjoyed the book, stick with this website, because since I finished the content that appears in the book I’ve been writing a shit ton of new stuff, and I’m really excited about it. There are a lot of things that have been in my head for a really long time that are going to start getting posted soon, and a lot of new things, too. Some of them I wish I could start talking about, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.
I also had a great time this last weekend at Bent-Con , despite the fact that I started feeling sick and losing my voice right before I was supposed to speak on two panels. So, people got to hear my hoarsely rasping about my comics, which I’m sure must have been enjoyable. If you tried to talk to me and I wasn’t saying much, that was probably part of the reason, so don’t take it personally. We also premiered the first A Waste of Time t-shirt, with the phrase, “Happiness is a Boy Who Swallows,” on it, and people seemed to really like it. I mean, that’s pretty much a universal truth, so who wouldn’t like a t-shirt saying it? And I met some really awesome people, including the great Marc Andreyko, who was just really nice and a lot of fun to talk to. I also met, again- We met before, but this was the first time we talked much- Alex Woolfson, who writes, among other things, the comic Artifice , which is really prettily illustrated by Winona Nelson and tells a smart, tasteful sci-fi boy-on-humanoid robot porn story. If there’s something to not like about smart, tasteful sci-fi boy-on-humanoid robot porn stories, I haven’t figured out what it is. Well, maybe I’d prefer it to be a little bit less tasteful and more hardcore, but as it is it’s got a cute, cheerful vibe that makes you smile.
Also coming up this weekend is the opening for a show at the Cartoon Art Museum in which I have a piece. The show’s got a great lineup of amazing cartoonists, and I’m proud to be in it, so you should all come if you can and check it out. Here’s the Facebook page for the event , and here’s the press release:
Cartoon Art Museum Exhibition: December 10, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, December 17, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm
SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Beginning on December 10, 2011, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of ten Bay Area LGBTQ cartoonists.
This installment of the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight has been curated by the students of the Engage: Queer Comics Project class at the California College of the Arts. The exhibit will feature original and printed art from ten Bay Area artists, showcasing the remarkable world of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) comics from the last four decades.
A film composed of interviews of major figures in queer cartooning conducted by the students over the course of two semesters will also be on display, as well as copies of Quilt Bag, a zine of original material created by the students themselves.
Featured creators in this exhibit include Burton Clarke (Gay Comix), Jaime Cortez (Sexile), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), MariNaomi (Kiss and Tell), Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), Joey Alison Sayers (Just So You Know), Christine Smith (The Princess), Mary Wings (Come Out Comix), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time).
An opening reception will be held is on Saturday, December 17th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Cartoon Art Museum, hosted by the class’ teacherJustin Hall with comics-inspired drag performances by the uncanny Sue Casa, Trangela Lansbury, Karma Zabetch, and other special guests. This reception will be free and open to the public.
About the Small Press Spotlight:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when the underground comix movement launched from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight focuses on the works of these talented individuals.
Cartoon Art Museum • 655 Mission Street • San Francisco, CA 94105 • 415-CAR-TOON • www.cartoonart.org
Hours: Tues. – Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday
General Admission: $7.00 • Student/Senior: $5.00 • Children 6-12: $3.00 • Members & Children under 6: Free
The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection,
preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.
Sounds awesome, right?
People around the Bay Area should also check out this really good rundown of the San Francisco comics scene written by Gabby Gamboa and posted on The Comics Journal website ! It hits on a lot of the cool things that have been going on up here and mentions some of my favorite comics shops in the area. It also mentions me (If only to say that I was at an event that the author didn’t attend) so there’s that :P
One last reminder: I’m going to be sticking to the Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday schedule for posts to this website for a while, but as I work on various different things there have also been drawings and bits of different things that I’ve been posting to my tumblr , so if you’re curious, check that out. You can also follow me at twitter.com/bloodoftheland , and on the Facebook page for A Waste of Time for more updates and stuff.
New comic to be posted tomorrow, Wednesday, and next week I’m gonna post a few Christmas-themed comics, so check back!