Thursday, July 29, 2010

comics reading recap

I hosted a comics reading at the Fun House last Saturday.  It went really well, about 25 folks showed up to hear four very different readings!

Sara Drake went first, performing a dramatization of the comic she's working on right now.  A conversation between a garden (played by Sara), a sullen garden hose (played by Krystal DiFronzo), and a cynical moth (played by Cassandra Troyan).  It was beautifully poetic, and may or may not have included confetti, I didn't see it happen, but there sure was some on the floor at the end of the night.

Rickey Gonzales went next and straight-up READ his comic Concepcion out loud.  Rickey's comics actually work really well in this delivery, as they could be considered sequential illustrated essays rather than comics (in the traditional sense of the word).  Rickey's one of my favorite comics writers, and I was reminded how much I love his writing from his reading on Saturday.

Aaron Renier followed Rickey, and read the first handful of pages from The Unsinkable Walker Bean, which comes out in just a matter of WEEKS!  Aaron's reading got me so excited about this book I nearly exploded.  I can not wait to read it!  Aaron's piece had a lot of dialog, and he read each character in a different voice.  Hilarity ensued when he couldn't keep the voices straight for any of the characters.  It was great.

Edie Fake capped the night off with a reading from his series, Gaylord Phoenix, which will be collected into a book from Secret Acres at the end of the year.  Edie wasn't sure about how he would narrate the slides, as the dialog is minimal in the series, but I think his guidance of the audience through the beautiful world of the Gaylord Phoenix was really well done, directing us with enough space to let us explore the amazing landscapes Edie created.  Just like with Aaron's reading, Edie's presentation left me brimming with anticipation for the book!
After the reading, everyone hung out for a little while, ate popcorn and complained about how hot my apartment was.  So I told them all to scram.  The end.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

comics reading to-night

I just wanted to remind folks about the comic reading tonight at the fun house:

Comics Reading
at the Fun House
Saturday, July 24
1743 N Mozart
No drugs or Alcohol please!
Sara Drake (Arty Party)
Edie Fake (Gaylord Phoenix)
Rickey Gonzales (Victims at the End of the World)
Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)
Sam Sharpe (These Yams Are Delicious)

You'll be happy you attendededededededededed.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

sock-monster #602

Oh man, sorry this one is late.  I was really busy these past couple of days and drawing a new comic completely slipped my mind.  I realized it was an odd day in July on my way to work this morning.  The good news is there'll be a new comic tomorrow night too!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

sock-monster #600!

This is the 600th Sock-Monster comic to be uploaded to!  

This would have been more exciting if this post had been made on schedule in May of 2008.  No point to dwell on poorly updated webcomics.  If every webcomic artist made a blog post lamenting unexpected hiatuses (I was really hoping the plural would have been hiati), the internet would crash.

That being said I am really excited and energized for this run of Sock-Monster comics.  The latest series of comics started just two weeks ago, but making new Sock-Monsters has fit easily into my schedule, and I'm enjoying drawing them, and I hope you're enjoying reading them.  I should hit #700 in February if I stay consistent with my output.  If anyone wants to keep my feet to the flames, feel free to do so.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

comics reading at the fun house

I'm orgainzing a comics reading at my house, the Fun House!

Comics Reading
at the Fun House
Saturday, July 24
1743 N Mozart
No drugs or Alcohol please!
Sara Drake (Arty Party)
Edie Fake (Gaylord Phoenix)
Rickey Gonzales (Victims at the End of the World)
Aaron Renier (Spiral-Bound)
Sam Sharpe (These Yams Are Delicious)

It'll be great!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

sock-monster #595

Upcoming events:

The theme is the Apocalypse. If you show up I'll give you a copy of the new minicomic I'm reading there.

Harry and the Potters (from Massachusetts)
Saint Seneca (from Ohio)
JAMES P.B. DUFFY! (Chicago)
All real numbers (Chicago)
July 10, 7pm
The Moving Castle
2769 W Henry Ct
There's probably a suggested donation of some amount of money for the traveling bands.

Maybe next time I'll post when I'm not terribly tired.

Monday, July 5, 2010

what a day what a day

I'm going to try to write this blog post, the explosions in my neighborhood at 1:30 am will help keep me up.

I woke up at 6 this morning and jumped on my bicycle, I proceeded to ride it 26 miles, moving my brand new dining room table (thanks EK) from ravenswood to Logan Square.  First I had to fetch my friend Dan's bike trailer in uptown, so there was a lot of back and forth.

  Then I went to work.

Then I got home and I...FINISHED MY MINICOMIC!

I'm really excited about it.  But unless you subscribe to Uncle Envelope by the end of July, you'll  have to wait until mid September before it's available through me (it will debut at SPX, and be available on etsy the following week).

  Then I uploaded a new Sock-Monster comic

THEN!  I uploaded my new website!

WHAT?!  That's it, I'm going to bed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

sock-monster #593

I'm really hoping this'll be the start of extended regular updates for everyone's favorite favorite shapeless monster.  I'm definitely in a strong current of productivity, I'm finishing up a new minicomic today, and probably uploading a new website design for from the well (so look at its ugly predecessor while you can), and have already started drawing my next minicomic (which will probably only be available at shows and maybe Quimby's), and planning another.  Kevin will be back in Chicago soon, possibly with a final script for Alpha City Comics #3.

  If plans go according to themselves, I should also be exhibiting at three shows in as many months starting in August.