Here’s an interactive disco playlist to tide you over while you wait for comics (“interactive” because you’ll have to adjust the volume between every song).
A little over I week ago I rode the bus to Minneapolis to visit friends and do a bunch of other stuff.
On July 5 I attended the monthly comics jam put on by the founding branch of the International Cartoonist Conspiracy in Minneapolis. I had a good time as we each added panels to the “story”, though I didn’t realize ’til the end that each page was meant to be part of a larger whole – oops. If you dare, you can view the results (PDF, and content warning for occasional cussing, incoherence, & rudeness). I slipped upstairs from the jam for a while to visit Big Time Attic, the studio of Kevin and Zander Cannon (no relation to each other; current project: Double Barrel). Zander was out of town, but Kevin graciously showed me around and chatted with me for a while. When I returned, Conspiracy founder Steven Stwalley had arrived. I met him on my last visit to the Twin Cities in 2009, and it was nice to see him again. I came away from the evening with copies of the Big Funny and Just Add Ink anthologies, and left New England comics in my wake – a veritable cultural exchange!
Before and after the jam I spent my time juggling day-job work (it’s portable!) and the first day of CONvergence, a four-day science-fiction & fantasy convention my hosting friends attend every year (the nominal reason for the trip) – more on that later.
The recent spate of comics must abate briefly, as I prepare to spend the first three weeks of July in the greater Minneapolis area. So many preparations! Here’s some music to transport you on wings of polka to the leftmost of the Twin Cities:
I drew a comic based on text by composer Jacob Feinberg for his blog: “Comics, Paul McCartney, guilty pleasures, and the hunt for facility“.
I’ve realized that to keep a consistent comics-making groove I need to always have one comic to draw, another to write/lay out, and a third to research. I should be able to do that soon, since I recently finished the thumbnails for “Summer in Headville” and started drawing it, have picked out a partially-written piece to finish, and need to research my submission for the next Trees & Hills anthology.
I’m tabling for Trees & Hills tomorrow (Saturday, February 18) at the Snow Day Celebration Gift & Craft Fair in Keene, NH. If you’re in the area, come say hi! It runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Marriott Hotel, 72 Railroad Street in the heart of downtown. There’s also an Ice & Snow Festival downtown that day, with ice sculptures and other hoopla. Fun!
Either last year or the year before I spent New Year’s Eve cleaning & organizing, and (contrary to how it might sound) it was pretty great. Sort of like Spring Cleaning, but for the new year. I think I’m going to do it again this year; my space has been wobbling between “almost good” and “blithering mess,” so I’d like to give it a shove toward the good. I don’t normally do much for New Year’s because it doesn’t mean a lot to me and I’m not much of a party person (though I have enjoyed the couple First Night things I’ve attended).
Whatever you do, I hope you have fun!