So yesterday Warren Ellis put a Firetail track on his Spektrmodule Podcast. Which is super exciting in a lot of ways. I’m pretty stoked about it as an interest point in Silber & having something go full circle with the comics/music thing.
Trying to polish off the new QRD today & finish the promo mailing about the new 5 minute EPs today. We’ll see what happens.
I sent in some artwork for this weird card game project. We’ll see what happens with it if anything.
Sent out soliciting for the last set of interviews for the next two QRDs. We’ll see what happens on that. It feels good to be winding things down. Still gotta get a bunch of work done finishing up the 5 in 5 series, but it feels good.
So maybe some of you have noticed that I never put up the monthly charts for April, it’s because something weird is going on with my server’s stats. The April stats when ran through the analyzer only give me info on the last two days of the month. I just downloaded the one for May & it only gave me info on the last five days. So I guess I’m not going to know what’s up from here on out, which is fine. I won’t have to be as depressed by the numbers.
Last Night’s Dream:
I’m a teenager, but I still have all my current memories which confuses me a bit as far as thinking my girlfriend is way too young for me. Her folks are out of town & I’m staying at her house. It’s 1am & we’re drunk, high on pills, & tripping on acid & are sitting naked on the lawn in the suburban neighborhood. No one is up in the whole neighborhood & it feels like we have the world to ourselves. We here the jangle of a dog’s leash & collar & rush to hide behind some bushes & then go back in the house & get dressed. Time passes & I’m walking with the girl into the family room & her mother is there. I can’t tell if I’m still intoxicated or just intoxicated again. From the overhead light there are small model ships & military medals hanging from it with fishing line. In one corner of the room is the bottom half of an artificial Christmas tree & in another corner is the top half. In an attempt to make small talk I ask the mother if she keeps the Christmas tree up year round & I mention that my ex-girlfriend used to do that because she felt her time was better spent on other things than putting up & taking down decorations & then I realize the ex-girlfriend I’m referring to I won’t even meet for twenty years.
So I’ve noticed that lately a big way I discover new projects on Kickstarter is that I follow my friends on the Kickstarter site & it tells me what they backed when I go to the website & that probably works a lot better than someone posting about it on Facebook or Twitter as far as getting lost in the feed. So, one of the things I’m thinking lately is that to help with that in my next project I really need to do something to encourage people to donate just a dollar instead of posting about it on Facebook & Twitter. Haven’t quite figured out how to do that yet, but it’s what is going on in my mind.
Anyone who’s interested & has a CBZ reader (or wants to unzip & thumb through a couple hundred pages of text), I made a CBZ collecting the zine I did that pretty much directly led to my making comics. It was an ultra-personal zine called “Brian Hearts Katherine” & was made from 2001-2008. Looking for reviews & blurbs for making a little webpage for it. It’s the story that has been told from a somewhat negative light in Lost Kisses #6-#8 & Lost Kisses Daily Volume I & here is presented in a fairly different light. The download is about 150 megs. http://www.silbermedia.com/comics/brian-hearts-katherine.CBZ
So I found out about Chemistry years ago because Dave Sim talked about it in an interview I saw on YouTube & that it won the Day Prize. I kept meaning to pick it up for the past five years when I would go to SPACE, but to be honest I really hate talking to other vendors at conventions even if I know I want to buy something from them. I finally picked it up this year mainly because Steve Peters was sitting right behind me at the convention. One of this comic’s claims to fame is it’s 365 panels drawn a panel a day over the course of a year. Which is a great concept & discipline that could help a ton of people having trouble getting their comics out, but to be honest the novelty of that concept really doesn’t impact the book at all. There are no drastic style changes or leveling up as the comic progressive & the story is cohesive even when there’s 24 panels (so almost a month of drawing time) on the same page. So the comic is an auto-bio book about a romantic relationship & I think the hope was to document the story of the love of his life to give as a proposal gift (I say that because it’s the kind of hopelessly romantic/semi-retarded thing I might do), but instead the relationship ends about three months into the comic & the next nine months of the comic tell the story of the month of the relationship before the comic started. I’m a bigger glutton for punishment than the average guy, but I feel even for me that might be too much dwelling on things; though if I wasn’t someone who made his own cathartic relationship comics (see Lost Kisses #6-#8) I probably would be kinder to the whole genre I lovingly refer to as “sad bastard.” Anyway, if you like the Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) or Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve) comics (which I do), this is definitely worth seeking out & reading.
Oh, & Steve Peters did an interview for QRD.
So I got up the new issue of QRD. Another dozen interviews with comic book creators. It’s funny because it really kinda just hit me as another confirmation of me needing to take a break from things because when I sent out to the dozen folks saying the interviews were up & to let me know if anything needed to be fixed, I got one response saying thanks. Nothing from the other 11. Whatever.
Starting to make some plans for my crazy roadtrip that I’m doing this summer instead of doing a tour. We’ll see what all happens. Right now I’m supposed to be going to Ohio, Kentucky, & Texas. I may end up throwing in Wisconsin & Tennessee. I don’t really know. Like all of my life lately, plans are subject to change.
Last Night’s Dream:
I’m driving my car home from the grocery store & I guess I take it too fast because my car rolls & I’m about to go down a hundred foot drop & I’m trying to get my phone out of my pocket so I can call someone to tell them I didn’t do it on purpose.