Well, the first ever Linework NW was a lot of fun. It was a one day show that went from 2-9pm, which was an interesting experiment. There were tons of talented people exhibiting and lots of Portlanders turned up to buy books, so I feel confident in saying that a good time was had by all.
Three shows down, one left to go, and this "gauntlet" will be complete!
For now I am once again trying to catch up on everything while I am home for a few days. I'm looking forward to the completion of this four-shows-in-four-weeks run, when I'll finally have some time to sit down and draw again. I much prefer drawing comics to promoting and selling comics, believe you me!
A few weeks ago I was notified that the French edition of Basewood won this year's Prix Bulles De Cristal!
La Librarie L'Ange Bleu selects about a dozen graphic novels, which are split into two groups: half for 11-14 year-old readers and half for 15-18 year-old readers. The books are made available at libraries and schools all over the French-speaking world (France, Belgium, Quebec, etc.), so that middle school and high school students can read all the books. Thousands of students cast their vote for their favorite book and Basewood had the most votes this year in the 15-18 year-old category. Amazing!
I was honored to be nominated and I'm thrilled to have won. My French pal Matthias went to the ceremony in Paris last week and accepted the award on my behalf. He also took this photo of the award. I'm hoping this will encourage even more people to check out the French edition of Basewood... or the English version, too!
The MoCCA Arts Fest was a smashing success this year. Thanks to everyone who swung by the show and said hello. With that behind us, Greg Means and I are halfway through our April "gauntlet" two shows down, two left to go!
Next up is a brand new show, Linework NW in Portland, OR. I was at the first Stumptown Comics Fest ever and I was at the very last one too (with many years exhibiting in-between as well). When that show ended last year I was bummed that I wouldn't have an excuse to visit Portland, land of pinball and many friends. I was very happy when this show was announced!
The organizers are awesome and the exhibitor list looks pretty rad, so it should be a lot of fun. It's a one-day show, this upcoming Saturday, so if you are in the Portland area, please swing by and say hello. It's free to get in!!!