Hello Hello! I've been meaning to do some blog posts for a while because a whole lot of stuff has happened. So let's get to it shall we?
First, I've been watching TV, which is a terrible thing for my productivity. I don't consume a lot of media besides music and podcasts, because when I do, I binge. Like this summer, when I started reading Hellboy, I literally lost two weeks of my life that I could have been working on comics just obsessing over Abe Sapian.
This time around I watched all of Wander Over Yonder, which is a very cute show. While it's a bummer it got canceled, I am also exceedingly grateful that it was only two seasons long.
When I watch TV or get into a new long comic series, I tend to want to consume ALL OF IT. So I just try to stay away. It's easy enough to do when I'm busy and feeling ok, but with me being unemployed and pretty upset about it, TV seems very appealing.
Another thing I've been up to is panicking about the election.
I seriously think there may be no way to recover if Trump is elected. I think global warming will be impossible to come back from under a Republican controlled government, so it literally might be the end of the world. I also think there will be a major recession, and I will never get a job in Providence so I will have to move back in with my mother in Delaware where I will just be miserable (I'm JUST starting to like Providence too, so I'm trying to make this city WORK FOR ME DAMMIT)!
Tillie Walden, one of my best friends and comic superstar, wrote me a very sweet email about how I need to calm down about the election because I will still be making great comics regardless of the outcome. It was sweet and I was touched in the midst of my anxiety attack.
OKAY THERE ARE KNOTS IN MY CHEST JUST FROM WRITING ABOUT THIS, SO MOVING ON:
The Halloween Market I tabled at was actually really fun, which I was not expecting at all! I even tabled by myself for an hour and a half and still had a good time. Sales weren't great, but I made back my table money. It's weird, each sale was so much exciting because I was selling to people who aren't already comic fans. Something about crossing that bridge to sell to the common person who isn't part of the really small comics community is thrilling. It makes me feel like my work might have mainstream appeal. Also, Betsie was awesome to hang out with, so overall a I had really good time. It saved my birthday actually (it was on the same day).
I tend to have really terrible birthdays, and this year sort of fell into that pattern. My mom was supposed to visit but was really sick, so I freaked out over that. And because I don't have a job and my life is a bit of a mess, I was pretty sensitive about me almost being 30 and still feeling pretty unstable. But having a good show really helped out with that.
It's odd, but I am starting to feel old even though I am under 30. A big part of that is the comics community seems to be made up of kids in their early 20s. Especially people at my level. For example, the editors of the Sweaty Palms Anthology (did I mention that it got funded? Because it did! Somwith the Square City Sensus Obscura Anthology. I am ecstatic about this, I can't wait to read both books!) are both in their early 20s. So I feel like I'm starting my comics career a bit late in the game. My brother said this is actually pretty common in the arts, and by the time I'm in my mid thirties I'll be older but I'll know everybody. That's slowly happening, but I actually need to hang out with people after shows as opposed to ducking out an sleeping instead!
Finally, I'm writing letters to anybody following me on social media. If you want to contact me on either my Twitter or Tumblr and tell me to write you something, I will. Anything to stave off the boredom from being unemployed.
Look out for a new comic soon.