Thursday, January 31, 2008

What a day.

Spent a lot of it in bed trying to kick this bug but also following reactions online (which have been amazing! Wow!).

And there's still more. On Thursday (later today) you can hear an interview with Brian and myself on the Inkstuds radio show. I'll be in their UBC studio hacking up a lung while Brian calls in from LA. You can listen live between 2 and 3pm via the CITR site or check out the archives at the Inkstuds homepage.

Even more links (can you believe it?)

Video interview with Brian on CNN

Here's my CBR Studio Tour mentioned ealier.

An article from the Wall Street Journal where Jorge Garcia (the actor who plays Hurley on Lost) totally geeks out over Brian. How sweet!

Y We Fight, more info on the Y Party and CBR related news on LA City Beat.

Kurt Loder's wrap up over at

And the Newsarama interview with myself, mentioned earlier. They'll also be posting a chat with Jose this week so stay tuned for the link.

Wizard is running coverage in their latest issue so keeping an eye out for that and the Rolling Stone piece.

More as I get it. Gonna watch this week's Torchwood and then get some more sleep.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

No skipping ahead now, this is one ending you'll be glad you earned.

And of course, thanks. We really wouldn't have made it to this without you.

Found some more links. Two interviews with Brian, one for CNN and the other for Entertainment Weekly. Posting them as I find them.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tomorrow is the big day, the last issue of Y hits the stands and suddenly everyone is talking about it. Here's a list of the latest name-drops, interviews, mentions, YouTube spots and spotlights gracing the net and the stands this week:

Newsarama interviews! Part I and Part II with Brian by Zack Smith. Look for my own interview with Zack tomorrow. IMPORTANT NOTE for those getting their comics late due to snow or for Trade Waiters: these interviews (mine especially) contain MASSIVE SPOILERS, do not read until you've read the issue.

This week Comic Book Resources will be posting a tour of our studio. Marvel at the mess!

Time Online gives a mention in an essay about apocalypses and you can find a a sidebar in this week's issue.

USA Today talks about the series coming to an end.

And also on USA Today A chat with DJ Caruso on the Pop Candy blog about Y the Last Man...movies?

New York Magazine interviews Brian about Y and Lost and time travel.

Here's Brian in a CNN spot talking about Lost (note all the copies of the book behind him. What a slut!)

A rather confuzzled individual chats about Y on YouTube.

An interview with myself on the Blazedent Blog.

And there's a rumour going around that the next issue of Rolling Stone (with Radiohead on the cover) will have a little story about the book as well.


Sunday, January 27, 2008

This last week has been a blur. Lots of worrying and not sleeping and now I seem to be fighting a bit of a bug as well. Taking it easy here so I don't end up like Ian. Tired but can't seem to settle my brain.

Earlier today I discovered the pages I had been drawing for the Comic Book Tattoo project are the wrong size. Instead of standard comic book format, they're supposed to be square. I'm a dork. Before I start over on those I have to get this print for the Y party sorted out. Came up with a neat image. Very happy about it.

Snowing this weekend. A cold, sloppy, wet snow.

I want to be somewhere warm.

And yes I'm still blaming the landlady.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Another rough night and this morning we went to the doctor's office. Ian has pneumonia. He's got some drugs in him now and is finally sleeping soundly.

I'm just gonna blame the landlady. Long story.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Last couple of days have been a bit rough here. Ian's caught that super nasty bug going around. Hard to see someone you love feeling icky. Even harder when the Nyquil and tea and honey and lemon aren't making any noticeable dents. My poor babe.

On a side note, got 13 sketch requests in the OUT box the other day. Another stack still waiting so patience everyone, they're coming.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

So a lot has been going on here and I figure it's about time to get y'all up to date on some of it.

A very cool event has just been announced, on February 8th Brian and I will be at Y the Last Party, a charity fundraiser hosted by Meltdown Comics in LA to celebrate the ending of our lil' book. The reception will feature a keynote speech by, of all people, Joss Whedon! It's pretty overwhelming really, especially after hearing advanced tickets sold out in an hour! There will be about 70 tickets available at the door on the day of the event so there's still a chance to see two very pasty, pale comic book creators sitting in a huge crowd looking stunned. More information here.

Meanwhile, in Vancouver I have two pages from Y on display over at the Jem Gallery on Broadway as a part of the Inkstuds Art Show featuring the work of many local comic book creators. Check it out if you can, lots of nice stuff there.

Also, Ian and I have been invited to a book festival in Leipzig Germany in March. There's going to be a mini signing tour beforehand where we'll be visiting a few cities (Frankfurt and Stuttgart?). Once the itinerary has been hammered out I'll have it posted. Should be amazing!

Presently drawing a short story written by Leah Moore for Comic Book Tattoo, an anthology graphic novel from Image featuring stories inspired by the songs of Tori Amos. It's coming along slowly (damn the seductive lure of the couch!) but it's getting there.

And finally, there's a verrrry sweet project in the works, still can't talk about it, dying to, but not just yet. Holy crap I can't wait!

More soon...

Monday, January 7, 2008

After reading about a new show in the paper today I had to watch it to believe it. The Border premiered tonight on the CBC and I'm not sure what makes me angrier, the fact that this is the best Canadians could come up with or that my taxes helped pay for it.

The oh so hip and tech savvy Border and Immigration guys clash with the sneering men in black over at CSIS while trying to uncover the truth about a possibly innocent terrorism suspect handed over to the CIA and all the news ripped from the headlines of the Globe and Mail blah blah blah. Derivative and condescending with a camera operator plainly afflicted with some kind of tremor inducing illness to explain the ceaseless jerky motion throughout the flashy, cool-blue-toned shots.

Oh and there's even a computer geek who uses backwards klingon as the "perfect code", only thing is, he's like in his late thirties and looks like he stepped out of men's underwear ad, all chiseled and perfect. Oh do fuck off with this CSI Miami crap.

And next week: a "rogue Homeland Security agent" in stilletos shows up to stir up trouble! Oh joy.

Oh hey, Life on Mars is on BBCCA. That I can actually watch.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Just got this cool note from friend Paul Breau

"Hey Pia, Hope you enjoyed the holidays. I thought you'd get a kick out of this story. After reading through Y The Last Man (can't wait for the final issue) I recommended it to a good friend who works for the Vancouver Public Library. He'd already heard of it because the 3rd book in the series is one of the most stolen books at the Vancouver Library. Here's hoping it becomes the modern day Catcher in the Rye. All the best."

Sleep is all wonky this week.

Yesterday I crashed at noon, no reason, my head just does this to me sometimes, and I woke up at around 7:30 pm. Ian had to get out to the airport this morning at 8am so I just stayed up instead of getting a couple of hours that would only make me feel worse in the end.

Went with Ian and saw him off, miss him like crazy already but he'll be back in a few days (he's in Chicago for Sketchfest). When I got back I was reluctant to keep this silly schedule going so I'm doing my best to stay up. Once I've righted this I can get my ass into the office and get started on some work. There's a phone interview with the Wall Street Journal set for tomorrow morning so it could work out if I just... stay... awake.

I'll imagine clowns trying to eat me.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I don't think I'm exagerating when I say my sister is brilliant. And funny. I was reading over some of her movie reviews on Facebook this morning and just giggling my face off. It's a hugely entertaining read. Don't believe me? Here's a sampling:

Corvette Summer
In this early work of Matthew Robbins we see the seeds of what would later germinate into an unforgettable ouevre of cinematic genius. The young protaganist, Ken, embarks on a journey after the object of his desire, a car emblimatic of power and prowess usually reserved for those above poor Ken's station, is taken so unjustly from him. We later see young Ken become embroilled in the underhanded dealings of his employer. The same class struggles and moral challenges would later arise in the director's populist "Batteries Not Included." It is in the character of Vanessa, however, that we see the beginnings of a world view that would later infuse the master work "The Legend of Billie Jean" with it's particular radical feminist slant. Themes are important to this giant of the cinema. We see the plot device of the chase and the journey of discovery that emminates from the development of desire that leads all humans, black or white, man or woman, rich or poor, Dragonslayer or apprentice, to grow and define the parameters of their existence. Much like the line of pee that young Chuckie Devlin leaves so that the eponimous Bingo may come to his rescue in the risky 91' addition to Robbins' resume, Ken follows that far more ephemeral master, passion, to the seedy underworld of Las Vegas where he must confront both internal and external obstacles. A universal journey to which we may all relate. Kudos Matthew Robbins! Kudos!

Star Wars: Holiday Special
I remember when my favorite aunt, who I thought was the coolest person in the world, brought home this awful, stupid, racist loser and fawned over him all evening until I lost all respect for her. This "Holiday Special" is a lot like that.

Now go and ask Vicky Van to be your friend and see about two hundred more of these brief yet spot on observations of movies from a whole range of genres.