I thought this one would resonate with you cartoonists out there as it refers to missing deadlines. I hope you'll take note. I didn't want to have to use such a sordid tactic as to call you out here in public. But seriously, it's gone too far. When you miss deadlines you put us in an awkward situation. Do you think I like signing you up for telemarketing lists? Of course not, but it's the only way to get it through that thick gorgeous skull of yours that we need the comics on time! Thank you.
People who know me like to throw out terms to describe me such as: "hirsute, impressionable, irrationally defensive, gum smacker, kitten comber, bombastically reticent," etc. So to say I was overwhelmed by what I saw this weekend may be a bit of an overstatement (and no it wasn't Meryl Streep's commanding performance in "It's Complicated" -- because I saw that two weekends ago) as I am and have been a believer in the power and draw of comics on the Web.
So suffice to say when Bill Amend asked me to be his guest at the first-ever PAX East, I jumped at the chance. Which was unfortunate, as I was on the lip of a volcano at the time ... j/k. I'm fine.
I'll get in to more detail here as the week progresses, but wow. It was awesome. I heard estimates of 50,000- 60,000 people. Sold-out. Video games, comics, music ... laughter, one beer (just one I swear) and three days later, color me impressed. And if you are coloring me, can you make me a little tanner?
The out-of-focus photo above is the line (which could not be photographed appropriately) from Bill's early Saturday morning talk. There had to 800+ (?) people in the hall and they went overcapacity, so I don't think everyone got in. Anyway, Bill delighted the crowd with his comics, math and gaming talk and most importantly, he got me in so I didn't have to wait in the line which regrettably did not endear me to a guy in a solid green heat-to-toe spandex costume.
It's happening tomorrow too...I went today and it was really remarkably busy! I was very impressed by the crowd. Also, there were lots of costumes (more than I remember from previous years), and lots of great local creators (and not local creators! and actors! and actresses!).
If you've got some free time on Sunday, go check it out. There are lots of comics for sale, toys, random items. original art, etc. I took my parents a couple of years ago, and as we walked around, my mother told me that she felt that she understood my job a little better. I thought this was probably completely untrue (and, if anything, she now had even less of an accurate understanding of what I did than she ever had before). Take that as you will.
My two highlights were talking to Jane Wiedlin (Yes! From the Go-Go's!) and Mira Furlan (Babylon 5! BABYLON 5! AAAAAAH!!!!! Oh - I guess she was also on "Lost." I wouldn't know. I don't watch it. "Talking" is overstating. I went up and told her how awesome she was on B5. Then I ran away.)
...Golf! It's really nice out here. Really, *really* nice. We had snow this weekend. I am admiring the sunshine and clear sky from my window-facing desk. I do not play golf, myself, because I do not tend to do anything that I am not automatically good at. Yes, this is an inflexible life philosophy that has brought me much joy! Oh - back to the golf thing - I know people who cannot play golf today, due to fog in Scotland. That's right. I know people in Scotland, and I'm not afraid to tell the world!
This is for you, thwarted golfers.
(the comic is In the Sticks by Nathan Cooper. The focus is on golf, and not 80s music videos, which makes me sad but probably makes most everyone else happy)
The nominees for the 64th Annual Reuben Awards have been announced, and they include several of your favorite GoComics cartoonists!
Leading the pack is Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson, who has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, The Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. The other nominees are Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) and Dan Pirarro (Bizarro).
Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur has been nominated for the Reuben Award for Newspaper Comic Strip, along with John Hambrock's "The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee" and "Zits" by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman.
The gist of it is that you, a person who wants to play video games and meet ladies, spend a certain amount of XBox Live points to play video games with a GIRL. There is video chat. There are settings like "flirty" and "dirty."
Now, if Hulu were super awesome, I'd be able to find the Paris Hilton "Nerd Hotline" sketch to embed here. However, no such luck, but if you remember it, then you know that, much like the Mach 5 razor, (er...naughty language at that link) the things that we once presented as jokes are now becoming reality. It's just a matter of time before Skynet becomes aware and kills us all. KILLS US ALL.
Neointegrity: Comics Editionis an exhibition curated by artist Keith Mayerson that includes over 210 cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and fine artists who work with the spirit and power of iconographic languages. With creators young and old, historic, currently famous, and soon-to-be-famous, the exhibition is also about the community and legacy of iconographic art and its ability to productively influence the world.
Originally conceived as a utopic attempt to begin an art movement, the first installment of the NeoIntegrity show was held in the summer of 2007 at Derek Eller Gallery in New York City. That show incorporated over 180 fine artists, with some cartoonists and illustrators mixed in to breach questions of high and low, rarified and pluralistic. NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition takes the proposal a step further, showing the relatability of creators harnessing the iconographic vehicle to express themselves and to tell stories for a culture to understand itself in order for it to become a better place.
Love that skyline/moon image. I really don't understand how Pooch could only have been nominated for best strip only ONCE. I don't know, I'm not known for my intelligence or my grooming habits and I didn't understand what owning a tannery meant until it was too late, but I have eyes. And they see. And they're watching, never blinking, and I know what you're doing there with your facebook accounts and your mock turtlenecks. So knock it off.