May 14th, 2007


May Issue of Nickelodeon. Other Stuff.

Sarah and I did the Comic Book section cover for the May issue of Nickelodeon Magazine. I always wanted to do the Comic Book cover, but never asked about it because I'm a feeb, so I was very happy we got the call. Hopefully the kids will dig it.

Yesterday we got back from a short trip to Pittsburgh, took Emily to the Children's Museum, went to some thrift shops and used bookstores (found a copy of the Gus Arriola Gordo book on the cheap, a 50's paperback of wordless gag strips for a buck, and Sarah found an old parody of home repairs books which "stars" Carl Reiner in a series of photographs), ate Pittsburgh food, had a nice time. Never got to play pinball like I planned, but what can you do.

Spent Mother's Day with a couple of mothers.

There's a release party for the Beth Cooper book tomorrow night which I'm going to, Tuesday is the signing with the author. Which means I have a lot of work to catch up on later this week/next week, finishing the last bits of BBP #1, and making the final lines on paper for the Mad job, which has been given yet another new deadline. It's pretty much done, I have to draw some small images for Sarah to drop into the double-page spread. I'm really, really, really glad that part of the gig is over. Hand-killer.

When I finish that stuff up I can try to get a long-delayed, nearly completed script done for Bongo, finish up some Mad Kids pitches, get the Milk and Cheese vinyl set box design done. The figures are almost approved, I keep meaning to take photos of the new prototypes but I never get around to it. I think they look pretty solid. 

The negotiations for the DHC series I'm supposed to write are back on track, so hopefully that'll get resolved soon because I figured out the first issue more or less and am itching to write it. I haven't been doing any real writing lately and while I can't say I really miss it, because I kind of hate the entire writing process, I am fairly excited about starting this project. I think. Anyway, I sure can use the work.

I made my life simpler and much more comfortable by deleting a batch of website/message board bookmarks the other day. Got rid of anything I wasn't enjoying, or, worse, was actively pissing me off every time I looked at it. Message boards, especially. Yeesh. Needless irritation. I'm not saying I'll never check one out ever again, but...yeesh. No matter what the subject, they all eventually boil down to the neediest cretins and class clowns posting about themselves and one another. Life's too short and stupid enough as it is, why cram more morons into it when you don't have to. Six months from now I'll probably be tearing my hair out again, lurking on some board and wishing I could slap everyone posting to it in the face with a cricket paddle, but hopefully that won't be the case. I quit looking at a slew of boards a while back and it stuck, I guess I just need to shrug them off in stages. Wish me luck. Maybe there's a message board for people who hate message boards. Cripes, that would be some hellhole.


Final Reminder

Tomorrow evening is the Beth Cooper signing/conversation/reading/whatever-the-hell thing in NYC.

I don't send mass e-mails out to friends or family, what's left of them, so if none of you show up, then it's a big fat fucking zilch for the home town boy. Which is fine, I don't care.

Sure I don't.

The good thing is, if no one shows up, it's not my book. I can go slink away to the Paul Frank shop or get something to eat and no one would notice.

Did I mention it's free?

I'll sign other stuff I worked on, too. I've been told they might have some of my work for sale. They don't normally carry any of my work, but tomorrow night, for about two hours or so, they might. Then they will return it all. I'm sure you can bring along a copy of The Mask #3 or Epic Lite #1 or something, they seem very nice and polite there, I bet they won't complain if you want something signed that you already purchased elsewhere. I passed by the store on the way to the book release party earlier tonight and it's a very nice bookshop. Really, it is. Very inviting. Professional. Cleanest place I'll ever do a signing in, that's for sure.

I could always sign your copy of Dick Wad outside the store afterward.
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