After almost a week I finally have internet access at the new homestead. And what a crazy week to not have any internet, too. The analogy of feeling like I’ve been hit in the head with a brick is apt. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement with the exhausting move into new digs, the Ignatz Award win, being in several anthologies that made their debut this weekend at SPX, getting the Magic Inkwell Reader finished, printed and delivered to my door, etc. Phew! The analogy is apt, though, because just like that Krazy Kat from Coconino county, I can’t help but feel in love despite the violent creasing of the skull. It was a great surprise to hear I’d won the award. It’s something I’d wanted for a very, very long time – mostly because I’m a HUGE Krazy Kat fan and as a cartoonist I coveted an industry award named after that wily mouse. I’ve always subscribed to the idea that awards are just a big popularity contest and I think (no, I KNOW) that I had a lot of friends at the convention this weekend to vote for me. I’m so grateful to all of them. I really couldn’t have done it without them. For those that have asked (like my brother David) here’s a pic of the brick atop my living room bookcase:
It really is just a brick. On a plain wooden stand. They used to engrave brass plaques that would get sent to the winner in the mail after the fact with a little engraving on the wood itself of Ignatz mouse. Apparently this is no more. I’m having one made locally and Got an email from the gracious Greg McElhatton of the SPX steering committee that I’ll be getting a brass plaque some time at the end of October. I’ll definitely post a picture of the award with it’s plaque then.

My win over the weekend got picked up by the Washington Post’s comics blog on Tuesday which was very pleasant surprise.

Another surprise was reading that Lan Pitts over at Newsrama follows YOTR. Cheers and thanks for saying so!

In other SPX related news - I Know Joe Kimpel (the CCS cartooning community comics distro) is planning a book tour to celebrate the release of the DARK CORNERS and FUNNY AMINALS anthologies which both made their debut at this year’s Small Press Expo this past weekend. The tour is on my birthday weekend, so I haven’t committed to any of the dates yet, but I’m seriously considering going to at least one of the signings. I’ll post that info here when we get closer to the event if I do commit to going. In the meantime, here’s the poster/postcard image which I designed and was passed around this weekend at SPX.


click to see it larger

In other news, during my internet blackout this past week my copies of THE MAGIC INKWELL READER arrived in the mail. They look pretty good, even if it is a bit painful to look at 10 year old work. Still, this guarantees that I’ll have that stuff in print for cons and to give to friends. You should order a copy for yourself!


OK, enough rambling from me. It’s time to put the nose back to the grindstone. Thanks again to everyone for all the wonderful support and encouragement and for voting for me if you attended SPX! Happy October!