Hey ya'll! So I just spent the last three weeks traveling all over the place! Specifically Burlington, Montreal, Rehoboth Beach DE, and finally Pittsburgh. So here's a run down of my three week vacation!
It started when Brittany came to White River Junction VT (where I currently go to school at the Center For Cartoon Studies). Then, along with my roommate/bud Steve Thueson went to dinner. Here is a convo from the car:
The next day Brittany and I went to Burlington, but not before me running into a bud where this happened:
In Burlington we ate good food, I got my ears pieced again, fixed my phone, and I bought Maximum Minimum Wage which I love and whole heartedly recommend. Burlington is a really lovely city.
Then it was off to Montreal. Brittany and I made a point to only listen to Canadian songs on the way, so lots of Drake, Gob (from my punk youth), and Arcade Fire (apparently one of the members is from Canada). We talked about a variety of things (including a long conversation about Spooky Black because we are strangely obsessed with him). Also we had this exchange:
We went all over the place. We tried poutine at some hipster joint (which we agreed was fine but not great), we were impressed by the metro system, but the real high light was going to the Basilica of Notre Dame Montreal; it was truly stunning.
The last thing we did was eat at Montreal's Chinatown. Unlike DC's Chinatown, which is almost completely gentrified, there was actual Chinese culture in Montreal's Chinatown.
Then we went back to VT and spent the night watching TV.
On Christmas Eve, I took an 8 hour train ride to Rehoboth Beach DE to visit my mom and dogs.
Then it was on to the final leg of my journey: Pittsburgh!
So I stayed with my buddy Thomas who is getting his PhD there. Because this is a very hard, time consuming thing to do he also didn't know shit about Pittsburgh. So we explored the city together. The high light of the trip was probably the Mattress Factory, which was a installation art museum housed in an old mattress factory. Now let me spam you with some pics!
Anyway, yeah so we did a ton of walking around Pittsburgh. I met up with Sophie Goldstein (former CCS alum and successful cartoonist) and she gave me the low down of the Pittsburgh comics scene. It's growing like crazy apparently (along with the rest of the city) so there's a good chance that I'll move there after school, depending if I can get a job there.
So, here's me commenting while being a tourist in Pittsburgh:
Anyway, that's where I've been. I'm also going to upload a comic I did in December on here. I wanted to get it published but no dice. So look out for that! Also if you want to follow my travel comics in real time be sure to follow me on twitter.