I’m back in Athens! But I have to leave again shortly, because:
That’s right, coming up this weekend: The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE! C’mon out and say hi! I’ll be at table #A32. I’ll also be doing an all-ages monster drawing workshop on Saturday, and on a panel about kids comics on Sunday! I’ll be all over that con! Like, say… a mouse… on cheese…
I went on the very good “All the Wonders” podcast, to talk with Matthew Winner about developing characters for Margo, and a number of other things. A very odd recording experience, as I was still up in Lexington, where everything shuts down promptly at 5pm and there is no wifi to be had. My brother very kindly snuck me into his place of work at night (a college theater) and I recorded there!
And I talked with Hillary Brown for a print interview at Paste Magazine! Margo, old 70s young adult books, Gnomes, and more. Hillary also lives in Athens, strangely enough.
Fair warning: You’ve got about a week to read the entirety of Margo book 1 online for free! Next Friday, I’m taking down all but a preview of the first three chapters, and to read the complete version you’ll have to buy the book version, or find yourself one of the many pirated versions that have already started popping up >:-\
Don’t worry, upcoming chapters will continue to get posted online as usual – until book 2 comes out sometime next year!
My September has been a blur of hospitals, nursing homes, day-long drives from Virginia to Georgia, and vice versa, raucous school visits including signing books for hundreds of kids, the Small Press Expo, and now Eleanor and I are back at my mom’s house in Virginia.
My mom officially left the nursing home the other day, and we’re trying to figure out what her life is going to look like for the next couple years. A Parkinson’s diagnosis is a real crap-shoot, and everything is especially confusing in the wake of a pretty debilitating bout of pneumonia. She could get better enough to live some more years semi-independently, or… not. So, we’re going to be in Virginia a few weeks at least, trying to set up home health care visits, finishing making her house more accessible, etc.
How’s this going to bear out on Margo updates? I’m still not sure. We’re trying to set up a little away-from-home studio here at the house, so we can get back to drawing. I really miss it – the only drawing I’ve done for the last couple weeks has been on the title pages of peoples’ books! The book launch and all the related promo is also a job just on its own. I’ll let you know as soon as I can.
Amazingly, the Margo book launch has snuck up on us and is a mere week away! If you’re in the vicinity of Athens, Georgia, won’t you come out to the book launch? It’s happening at Avid Bookstore, Sept 13, 2016 – 6:30pm. And if you can’t make that, the Small Press Expo is the weekend after that – I’ll be at table L13. And of course, the book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and probably any decent bookstore or comic shop out there!
Hey all, just a short note on what’s happening: I’m up in Virginia at my mom’s house. She’s in the hospital, recovering from a serious case of pneumonia. She was the sickest I’ve ever seen – unable to sit up in bed, and at times unaware of where she was. She’s recovered a lot since then, but still there’s a long path to go to get her back on her feet. She was also seen by a neurologist, who thinks some of her physical responses she’s showing suggest Parkinson’s symptoms. It’s a little atypical, since she’s never had any type of tremor, but we’ve noticed she’s been physically slowing down for a while, but haven’t had any kind of diagnosis to pin down. Getting a diagnosis is good, since we can start meds that could possibly improve things for her.
It’s been a rough week of hour-long drives to and from the hospital, but the worst is past. The next couple months might be a little complicated, as we try to figure out care plans for her, short-term and long-term, while the Margo book launch and book tour stuff that is happening concurrently. It’s going to affect how many pages I can get done, no way around it. I’ll try to keep everyone updated! And in the meantime, get your elderly loved ones checked out if they have a “cold” or “flu” that lasts a little too long.