Alright! I’m back from RathaCon in Athens, OH. Not a whole lot of sales were made, but lots of folks signed up for the email newsletter and, by the sounds of it, I got a comic shop in the area interested in consigning my books. Plus I got to meet an indie filmmaker looking for pitches (I’ll get to him in the next post), and a T-shirt designer who REALLY liked my Dia de la Gata card design and wanted to get that on a shirt. (I’ll get to that in the blog post after the one about the filmmaker.) Continue reading →
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It’s time for strategy.
So due to circumstances outside of my control, I’ll be leaving my day job (or, if you prefer, my day job will leave me) by February 23rd. However, it’s looking like it may happen sooner than that, but I digress.
Now, I COULD get another day-job… But the day jobs around me that are available are full-time (leaving me no time for comics) OR part-time, minimum wage jobs. My losing my current day job is just a bit painful because it was part-time and paid higher than minimum wage, a rarity in today’s world.
However, considering how well my making comics was doing, to the point where the day job was getting IN THE WAY… I thought, “Screw it. Let’s make comics and art-making a full-time gig!”
So, what to I have to do to make this transition easier? Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I’ve done Review Day Tuesdays, my YouTube video series where I review new comics, books, and other works. I had put it on hiatus back in the tail end of June this year, because my schedule was getting too bananas to update it weekly.
Now I’m getting to a point where I can revive the series, but there will be one big change.
After I get done with a few more videos for the Poetry for Troubled Times series, I’ll be bringing back Review Day Tuesdays, to update every other week.
Not only have I been reading new comics lately, but I’ve also taken up the job of being head librarian at my local Universalist Unitarian Church. The library at the church has a lot of books dealing with LGBT issues, sociology, gender, and world religions, and that’s not even touching on the biography section or the multiple shelves of poetry.
One book in particular is one I want to discuss – the book pictured at the top of this post.
I’m looking forward to this one especially because of some reasons pointed out in this Hannah Wilton video about feminism and masculinity. The biggest reason is that while feminism has made great strides for women’s rights and roles, the roles of men haven’t been discussed much, and for feminism to be effective for everyone, that MUST be discussed.
Also! There’s one book I found in the library collection, called “Against the Tide.” It’s a book about men in the feminist movement. That book has a chapter talking about how the Equal Rights Act can benefit men as well as women, and I will actually read that chapter for YouTube at some point in the next few months, because it has portions in it that few people discuss even today.
I can’t wait to share these books with you, and the new comics I’ve come across, including Tank Girl’s newest run, “GOLD,” and “Once Our Land,” an 1830s post-apocalyptic comic that takes place in Germany.
Books, and the discussions of their ideas, are more important now than ever, and I hope you’ll join me when the series gets fully revived. I’ll announce a more specific date on my email newsletter.
Thank you for reading!
You. Are. Awesome.
There’s a lot to look forward to this month – from Thoughtful Dinosaur books to the launch of The Case of the Wendigo on October 18th, and more illustration updates for the Patreon page.
All of this storming creativity has made me realize…
I need to quit my day job… soon-ish.
See, I work at a craft store as both cleaning person and person who stocks shelves. As it turns out, sweeping, mopping, and cleaning the bathrooms of a 10,000 square foot store and then climbing up and down stairs moving 100+ pound boxes of books, rocks, and glass is REALLY exhausting work. And there are some days, especially recently, that feel like the job wants to pile MORE work on me for a multitude of reasons.
So… yeah, I’m going to start looking for opportunities in other avenues. I want to take it easier on my body and find some things I can do to make that happen.
How can you help? Well, here’s some ways presented in an “if-you-then-you” format.