Summer Update

Tue 7/16/2013

Time feels like it's moving faster and faster, so I thought I'd better write a quick post about some of the things going on in my life right now, or before I know it, this summer will be over and I'll forget all about them.

I took a quick trip up to Seattle over the 4th of July weekend to see my family, which was really nice. I spent much of the trip in my parents' attic and basement, digging through all of my childhood belongings, getting rid of as much as possible. I managed to unearth some very important Weezer artifacts from my teenage years which will find their way into the next two issues of Phase 7. I'm a little over 90% done with Phase 7 #018 so that should be done and ready to ship out to the Phase 7 subscribers some time in August.

On the illustration front, I'm excited to say that I recently began illustrating my first chapter book. I'm under a non-disclosure agreement, so I can't talk about the specifics, but it's definitely my biggest illustration assignment yet and I'm having a lot of fun working on it. It's going to keep me very busy for the rest of the year. I'll share more about the project when I'm allowed to!

The most exciting news of the summer though, is that Claire's doctors say she is in good health. I guess with cancer you never really get a "cancer free!" high five from your doctor; Claire will always be a "cancer survivor." But the doctor did say that all of the treatments accomplished what they were supposed to. Claire will get a scan once a year for the next few years to make sure that the cancer isn't coming back, but other than that we are free and clear of the cancer cloud that has been hanging over us since last November. It feels great to have all of this behind us and we are both very excited about all that our future together holds. Claire turns 30 in August!

My old buddy Jon Chad is visiting us in Oakland next week and then he and I will both head back to CCS to teach the Cartooning Studio Summer Workshops. I'm not looking forward to the East coast humidity, but luckily Vermont has some nice rivers to swim in and plenty of ice cream to help keep you cool!

If I'm a while in posting again, this will give you some idea of what I'm up to. I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer!

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