Chicago Love

Wed 9/30/2009

I just had a pretty epic long weekend in Chicago.

I actually stopped off in Boston on my way out of town, so I could hang out with Liz, Maris and Joe for a night, before heading over to the midwest. I got to see so many of my friends on this trip, which was really wonderful.

The wedding was super chill and relaxing. If you read my contribution to Papercutter #6 (or my French book!) you know that I worked very hard one summer with Dan (the groom). I also lived with his family, so it was really great to see them all again and catch up on old times. I had a nice conversation with Dan's Dad, about how Dan and I still use all of the skills we learned doing technical theatre, even though we are both doing wildly different work these days. I guess you never know which way life is going to take you.

For the first half of my trip I stayed with my old friend Charlotte, her husband Ed and their two cats. We didn't do much, mostly spending our time together sitting, drinking tea and talking, which was extremely pleasant.

The second half I stayed with Aaron which was a little more action packed. We went to the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry, I got to sit in on a session of Trubble Club with some of Chicago's finest up and coming cartoonists, we went drawing with my friend Neil and some of HIS friends, and I also managed to hang out with Ezra and Nate before I left town (the photo above was taken by Nate, about 6 hours before I had to get up to catch my flight).

Nate, Aaron and Ezra were the first three cartoonists I became friends with, back when I was living in Portland in 2004 and it's pretty weird that they all live in Chicago now. It makes me want to move there, even though I'm pretty happy where I am right now. It's such a fantastic feeling to have your closest friends around you.

Anyway, after such a relaxing trip, it was a bit jarring, coming back to my normal life, where I have hundreds of comic books to print, and to mail out to everyone, and a book release party to get ready for, and classes to teach, and illustration deadlines to meet, and an apartment to clean, and groceries to buy, and bills to pay, and only FOUR DAYS LEFT in my twenties, etc. etc. etc.

Oh well, I guess I was lucky to have a few days of respite. For now I better jump back into the fray! Thanks to everyone who made it such a nice trip for me! And I hope everyone ELSE had an awesome time at SPX!

3 comments on this entry

all this series of photographs is simply AMAZING

I agree Vincent! Nate takes the best photos of cartoonists ever. Someday when we are all famous, someone should compile them into a coffee table book. Sort of like how they did with all those Linda McCartney photos, from when she and Paul were hanging out with all the amazing musicians of the 1960s and 1970s.

Alec Oct02

Hey Alec,
Is that you beneath all of that hair! Happy Birthday. The big 30 huh! Welcome to the thirties they're pretty fabulous (I have a little experience in this department)

Kala Oct04

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