So last night’s reading at Books Inc. for the release of the Fantagraphics collection No Straight Lines was a lot of fun. I ended up reading portions of my Boy From Santa Cruz storyline and it got a good reaction. I still feel strange signing books for people, like, isn’t that something famous people are supposed to do? But what can I say, people love me. Or they love tied up twinks. Or both, either way it means they have good taste.
Also reading last night were Justin Hall, Robert Triptow, Trina Robbins, and Jaime Cortez. A highlight as when, as Justin was reading his Batman fucking Robin story (Not the Batman fucking Robin story I just finished illustrating, another one) a mom walked in with two little boys, about six and eight, saw Batman and Robin up on the screen and stopped with them to watch. Once Robin was about to get his Bat-cave filled, she started pulling her kids away, but I don’t think the kids were especially shocked. This was a hipster mom walking her kids around Castro, and the six year old had skinny jeans and what looked like a $50 haircut. He also seemed extremely interested in just what was about to happen to Robin, rubber necking over his shoulder to see as they left.
Tonight, if you missed it last night, I’ll be reading the same story at the San Francisco Center for Sex and Culture at the release party for Jon Macy’s new Fearful Hunter book. Also reading will be Jon, Justin Hall, and Agnes Czaja.