Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yet Another Tuesday Tantalizing Teaser!

A panel from
"Remember Here When You Are There!"
Sorta speaks for itself.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

CBLDF Announces New Board of Directors!

Chris Staros has stepped down after an amazing tenure as President of the Fund. He is being succeeded by Chris Powell, and so, for the first time in its long history CBLDF's Board is going to be chaired by a member of the retail community. This is very exciting and I look forward to working with Chris, the Board, and of course, CBLDF's Executive Director, Charles Brownstein.

As I stated in the press release, "Over the years I've drawn comics, published them, and did marketing work for comics shops and distributors. I've witnessed how swiftly and arbitrarily comics can be assaulted in the marketplace and now, even the home. I'm really quite privileged to have been given the opportunity to join the Board and add my ideas to its vigorous efforts to guard every one's First Amendment rights."

For the last year and a half, I haven't had my Business Thinking Cap tilted towards anything other than Beanworld. I'm really looking forward to have an opportunity to be on a platform where I can state my theories and ideas and have opportunity to work with others in guiding the trajectory of CBLDF's mission for the next few years.

Speaking of Beanworld....one of the reasons I've been so silent here (and elsewhere) is because I'm in the final stretch of "Here There" and cranking out new pages at a very rapid clip and it is happily taking up ALL of my time and blogging seems like a time sponge taking up minutes I can ill afford to give up.

Once the book is turned in--I'm sure I'll be yakking it up on this blog all summer.

Oh, and one last thing, in case I've failed to mention this before--I will be at Stumptown again this year.

Friday, March 13, 2009

What IS this???

'Cuz I don't have a clue.
It's printed on a 4 1/2" x 7 3/4" card stock.
It's dated 1996 and signed as if it were part of some sort of promotion.
It fell out from between some penciled pages from the same era.
I don't think I designed it because the typography isn't my style with that rule flanking my name.
It looks more like an Eclipse Comics type thing except in 1996 Eclipse had been out of business for a long, long time.
I have absolutely no idea what this is or what it was for!
Do you?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Playing Catch Up!

WonderCon was a terrific experience. I loved being in Artist's Alley for the first time in almost 20 years. My table display was a ramshackle mess compared to all the slick displays of the new generation of cartoonists putting their collective toes in the waters of conventioneering, and I took quite a bit of ribbing from my friends for it but, honestly, I didn't care. Pam over at And We Shall March took the above shot of the Beanworld chaos at my table. You can judge for yourself.

I was giving out gobs of FREE Beanworld Action Figures and those silly things still make people break out in big smiles.
My panel was last thing of the day on Friday, in fact, part of the allotted time went past the dealer room closing. I wasn't really sure ANYone was gonna show up--but they did--and we had a terrific time talking about anything and everything. And, as it turned out, it was the first panel I ever gave where there wasn't someone holding up a sign saying "2 minutes" or "STOP!" because there wasn't anyone behind us. Finally about 10 minutes past the allotted time I saw that a cleaning staffer was standing there waiting for us to leave so we broke camp and went our ways.
Had a fun time signing at Dark Horse giving out the new signing card and a really good time at the CBLDF Drink & Draw doing stream-of-consciousness sketches. Pam bought one.
Thank you everyone who bought the book and got it there!