Month: July 2017

update about my comics work

I haven’t been posting much new comics work. There are two reasons for that.

One, I’m working on smaller pieces that I’m submitting to different on-line and literary journals. Most places want previously unpublished work, so that means I can’t post them here or on my tumblr. But sometimes I have a work that doesn’t seem like a good fit anywhere, like “Art is a Lonely Business.” And that’s why I’m putting it up on-line.

Two, I’m trying out different publishing options and getting new printed books ready for the APE. My last printing of Holiday Funeral was done through Ingram Spark. I’m still seeing how the full process pans out, so I’m suspending judgment on it now. I’m also coloring “Sink” and working on an updated edition of Carnivale.

On a similar note, I’m trying new on-line options. That’s why I put “My Grandmother’s Funeral” up at Tapas and am serializing “Defrost” there now. So far, Tapas has been a really supportive community.

So that’s what’s going on. Basically, instead of working on one big thing, I’m sending my feelers out in lots of other little directions.

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at the APE again

I put my first mini comics together in 1996 and decided to be an exhibitor at my first con in 1998. I took my little photocopied minis, full of enthusiasm and dreams of making money and gaining readers.

I made $15.

That con was the Alternative Press Expo in San Jose. Though my expectations met the cold, hard wall of reality, I also met people like Jesse Hamm, Lark Pien, Derek Kirk Kim, and Gene Yang. And the APE gave me a deadline to work towards every year, so I attended it regularly (with a few exceptions) until 2013. I saw it move from San Jose to San Francisco and slowly grow in size. But the long weekends of tabling with little reward wore me down and so after doing TCAF in 2014, I decided to take a break from cons. But then I heard the APE was back in San Jose and back in the hands of Slave Labor Graphics. So a little voice started up in the back of my head. And I do have new books to showcase…

So I’ll be tabling there again, back in the place where I started. It feels like coming full circle. I’m not holding my breath that I’ll make significantly more than $15, but I hope to meet new people and connect with old friends.

It will be September 23-24, so if you’re there, say hi. I’ll let you know my table when I get notification.

back to a blog

I had a blog on this site, running from 2006 until December 2016. It began to feel more like a burden than an opportunity. The files were taking up a lot of space and I was tired of deleting spam comments.

But recently, I began to miss the blog. I missed writing. I missed the occasional comments.

And so here we are again.

The look will probably fluctuate a lot as I find something I like. And I am going to repost some old things I wrote that seemed popular. So be patient.

In any case, welcome!