I will have brand new copies of Drop Target #6, as well as issue three of Claire's Terrible Movie Nights zine, which is also hot off the press. I'll also have the usual slew of Phase 7 minicomics and my book Basewood, so please swing by and check it out if you live in the Bay Area!
About four hours after putting Nibs down I got on a plane and flew to Vermont to teach the Cartoon Studio summer workshop at CCS. Jon Chad and I spent every spare moment that we had in Vermont finishing up Drop Target #6, which will be available for ordering later this week.
While I was wrapping up the workshop, my Belgian friends, Max and Thalie, flew to San Francisco and stayed at my place with Claire for a few days. Then when I got back, we all did a bunch of fun California stuff. You can see a few photos of our adventures in this Flickr set.
Max and Thalie set off this afternoon on a ten-day road trip of the Southwest. It will end in Santa Fe, where Claire and I are having a wedding celebration with our friends and family on September 6th.
I sat down with my Phase 7 #019 chart tonight, to see where things stood, and I'm sad to say that I will not have the issue done in time for SPX. I could get it done if I really went crazy and inked two pages a day, but I've got so much other stuff going on right now, going comics crazy isn't an option.
I've got to help Claire finish up some of the wedding planning, this weekend is the San Francisco Zine Fest, then the wedding is the following weekend, then SPX the weekend after that. Plus the school year starts somewhere in there and I will be teaching classes and advising thesis students for both CCS and CCA this semester. Also I have a bunch of freelance coloring and illustration duties to keep up with. In short, this September is going to be one of the busiest times I've had in a long time, so not killing myself to get Phase 7 #019 done for SPX will make everything a lot easier.
If this news is disappointing to anyone reading this post, I will enthusiastically remind you that you can still subscribe to Phase 7. Subscribers will get their copies of Phase 7 #019 as soon as I have them back from the printer, before they are made available for sale online. You even get to save a few bucks on shipping! Also, I'll have Phase 7 #019 at APE and Short Run so it's not the end of the world. I will still definitely have it done before the new Weezer album drops on October 7th!
Okay, back into the fray... I should have another update later this week!
Claire and I just took Nibs to vet to have him put down. He is gone :(
It was a horrible week, watching him slowly deteriorate. He stopped eating, then he started losing interest in us, and any petting seemed to cause him pain. His stomach began to swell from all the FIP liquid in his system and last night as he cuddled with us in bed, he could barely wheeze out a tiny purr. This morning he was having trouble walking around and we knew it was time to say good-bye.
It'll be hard to forget his awful last days, but I'm going to try and remember him as he was when we first got him: energetic, affectionate and full of life. It doesn't seem right that such a sweet cat would only get a few years on this earth, but I guess that's how it goes sometimes. Nibs was my first cat and I loved him a lot.
I feel like staying in bed for a week, listening to sad music and crying myself to sleep every night, but I gotta go get on a plane in a few hours to fly to Vermont. I guess life goes on, but I sure will miss Nibs. He was a great cat!