The Girl in Black

Se necesita una poca de gracia.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Girl in Black Minicomic UPDATE!! 9-29-04

Gosh, it's getting closer and closer to the time when I get on an aeroplane... I'm leaving Thursday night! Yikes! I haven't even done my laundry!! I have, however, completed my minicomic, Liberal Freak Show, and the cover does look pretty snazzy despite the lack of printmaking finesse I've applied to it. If I had the wherewithal to do so, I'd post a picture of it. However, there is absolutely no time for me to do this before SPX. Seriously. I was at work until after midnight last night, and then headed straight to Kinkos for my usual late night print-fest. And then I had to get home, go to sleep, and wake up at 7 to do it all again today!! I have reached that euphoric state of dimensia that only sleep-deprivation can bring...

I sure hope that some of you who are reading this are actually coming to SPX so that my guilt won't be for naught.

Oh! And the strips that are updating online currently actually are the previews for Liberal Freak Show, they just are labled as a "blast from the past" rather than "sneak preview." So enjoy!

Monday, September 27, 2004

Hurricanes are Dumb

Just a quick note to apologize for no update (or an improper update if I actually left something up to be updated...I haven't even checked...) I'm trying to get things back to "normal" but I've got a deadline crunch both at home and at work...and the STUPID HURRICANE (see how I shout? I am so mad! grr!) mucked up my weekend. But at least I'm alive and have power.

Alas, no color covers for Liberal Freak Show. I apologize to the masses. I might make color postcards of it at a later date though... we shall see...

Aaaaand that's the end of my lunch break. A bientot!

Thursday, September 16, 2004

I feel trendy!

Man, not only do I have a Gmail account, but I went and put AdWords on my site. I think my favorite thing about Google is that some Online Marketers and Search Engine Optimizers tend to fear and worship Google like some kind of primitive god... It's fun to watch. The other fun thing to watch is what ads pop up based on what I publish. Obviously there are going to be a lot of ads for comic stores and the like, but I wonder if I could change that... Eh, *shrugs* might be fun, might be a nightmare.

In other news, I went and bought some linoleum block for to attempt to color my mini comic cover with. We shall see in the next few days how successful I am...

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

SPXPO 04!!!

It's getting closer...

...and I can't wait!!!

I'll be there with bells on! The whole Failure gang will be there; Drew, Antar and I at one table and Greg at a separate table with a friend of his. Carpal Tunnel Press (represented by mister Jerry Stanford will be there) as well as some of the contributors of Flight (Joel and Kean being the ones that I know). A whole bunch more people will be there too!

Also, I plan to have a new book ready. It's called Liberal Freak Show and is choc full of strips about my various politically themed adventures. I'll be running previews starting next Monday. (Lots of the strips have been posted online, but not all of them. Some of them are the fabled "Lost Strips" I have mentioned previously, and some will never be posted The other uber-spiffy feature is that I plan to make a special color cover (if everything goes according to plan...). If you want to pre-order one, go ahead and email me and I'll hold one for you. I'm afraid I haven't determined the price yet, but I'll have more information about this soon. (If you want to order one to be shipped to you let me know. I'm not sure I'm going to mail books to people, but if there's enough of a demand then I will most definitely do so.)

That's all for now... I'll put up more as this all develops.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Longest Most Boringest Hurricane Ever

And boy was it! The most major thing this storm managed to do was ruin Labor Day weekend for countless tourists and residents. (Which is actually pretty serious when you consider that much of Florida's economy is based on tourism.)

Of course, we had to lose power.

It didn't happen until Sunday night, though. We were checking up on the news, and heard that Frances was downgraded again to a Tropical Storm. Mike said "I think I'll make dinner now."

And then the power went out.

And from our entire apartment building there rose a collective moan of "Oh, COME ON!" You mean to tell me that I spent money that I was putting aside for SPX on canned food only to have the power go out when the storm is pretty much over!? Of course we got it back the very next afternoon. Not even 24 hours were we without our precious air conditioning. And I could build a little fort out of all the stuff we got. Water jugs, canned food...and I was worried that we wouldn't have enough. Now I have to wait one more paycheck to buy my plane tickets for SPX. And the price went up while I was waiting, which is apparently "highly irregular" (so speaketh my lover-turned-travel-agent). Whatever it is, it is inconvenient.

But we're okay, Orlando's okay, my family's okay, my strips are updating, they still make sugar free chocolate. I guess life is pretty good.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

The Girl In Black UPDATE 9-4-04 - PM

So hey, I managed to get all those pesky strips into the right file format! Woohoo! I went ahead and did an update for today (Saturday), so there should be a new strip up in the next few hours. Updates should now continue regularly into early October unless there is a problem with the computers what host my strip. I could say that I plan on having my strip updating regularly and smoothly for longer than that, but I don't want to make an entirely empty promise.

So anyone who's been watching the American news today has heard about almost nothing but Hurricane Frances. Unless they're watching the Fake- I mean the Fox News Channel. I mean, they might be reporting on Frances nonstop too, but I haven't really been watching to find out. (I haven't checked to see if any world news stations are saying anything either.) Isn't America sick of our hurricane yet? I know I am.

There's a couple outside across the street. I saw them earlier today, they were arguing. I think they're arguing now. There's something wrong about maybe they're drunk. (And white trash.) Did I say that?

On a more positive note, this has been one lovely vacation getaway for my lover and myself. Aside from the whole being stuck in the house because nothing is open thing, we've had fun together. We dined on lobster and scallops last night, slept in this morning, made love in the afternoon... This totally makes up for not being able to take a weekend trip to New York City like we had been talking about.

I think I'll sign off of my computer now. I heard some snap-crackle-popping like fireworks, only I saw a blue flash. I think a power line got knocked down. All we need is for a branch to hit a transformer and the lights go out.

For the record though, the winds and rain aren't that bad yet. At least, I don't think they are...

The Girl In Black UPDATE 9-4-04

So, I had an update written two days ago explaining that there have been further complications in my quest to upload Girl In Black strips to my server, but my browser crashed before I could post, and as many of you know, once you've already written out what you wanted to say you really don't feel like writing it out again. So anyway, suffice to say, there are a number of strips that are saved in an incorrect file format on my computer that are all integral to the strips that I have saved in the correct file format that are waiting to be uploaded. I am working to remedy this problem.

Hi Jacob! Thanks for the post, it's good to hear from you. :-)

In the meantime, there's a hurricane coming! Again! This one's frickin' huge, but it has weakened significantly. We're still waiting to see what happens when it crosses the gulf stream, because it might get stronger again. The really annoying thing is that it's moving very slowly, so while most of Orlando shut down yesterday afternoon, the damn thing won't start pounding us until a little bit later today! I can see the headlines now... "Hurricane threatens Orlando - Thousands die of boredom" At least Barnes & Noble was open. I bought David Boring and The Coffee Trader to read.

I read David Boring yesterday and enjoyed it immensely. It's a book that I'll need to read a few times to really pick up on stuff though, which makes me feel slightly intellectually inferior. (I read Ghost World several times as well, but it got better each time.) Am I the only one who reads the lofty critical praise of comics only to read the comic itself and go "Now where did that comment come from?"

At any rate, it felt good to buy a comic book again. I haven't bought any comics in a long long time. (I haven't had any faith that the comic I will be reading will be as satisfying as a novel in a long long time.) The thing that kills me though is that you can find a selection of comics ten times better at the Virgin Megastore than you can at Barnes & Noble. It makes me a little sickened. Their "Graphic Novel" section is one whole bookshelf side of manga, well organized, and then a small section on the other side crammed with superheroes, a copy of Jimmy Corrigan, and a few other small treasures like the David Boring book that I bought. Conversely, the Virgin Megastore goes through the trouble of putting all different genres of comics on display. They also have a wider selection of alternative comics.

A lot of people seem to think that the reason Manga is so popular is the variation of story lines. I find this highly unlikely, as every Manga story seems to fall into one of a handful of story types. I could try to go into it all, but it would take up a lot of space. Basically, Manga isn't as varied as some people think. And the few people I have asked (who are comic book readers, not artist/writers) have stated that it is the artwork that keeps them reading. And who can blame them? A lot of the artwork is beautiful.

Actually, I've just had a lot of problems with comics in general, and I should probably rant about it all another time, as I have turned this into a very long post. Or maybe this is all stuff that I have said before... Hmm...

And the sky is getting darker...the wind has picked up...the rain begins to fall...
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