Tuesday, August 25, 2009

In the last post's comment section I was asked to post about our month long stay in London.

London is fun.

The Canadian Content show is doing swimmingly in Leicester Square, getting great reviews and making audiences quite happy. Ian and I have been walking all over town checking out museums and parks. I made it out to Montreal for the Hugo Awards where I lost to the wonderful Phil and Kaja Foglio, met the enormously talented Paul Cornell and ate a lot of egregious food. The weather has been nice, if a bit muggy and hot at times but nowhere near as bad as the crazy heat wave we just missed back home. Had a fantastic overnight trip to Brighton for some sea air. Got to hang out with Tony Lee and his lovely lady Tracy and dished on Doctor Who.

This month has also been very frustrating.

Barely three days into the trip and we get word from Vic that Kinsey is at the vet hospital with another embolism in her leg. After several harrowing days, lots of calls back and forth at odd hours, lots of crying and wringing of hands and what do you know, Kinsey the Wonder Cat pulls through. Only a week to go before we see her again.

Plus there's the sushi withdrawal.

Thursday we're off to Cardiff to visit Mike Collins to talk shop over lunch. It's been an interesting month.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

So what exactly am I doing these days?

A few months ago I came to the realization that I needed to take time off from comics. I've been feeling drained of enthusiasm for the work for a while so in order to keep myself from never picking up a pencil again I decided to set the pencils aside and just do other things.

I've been writing, sleeping, walking, swimming, auditioning, picnicking, tending a sick cat, playing and experimenting and it's done a world of good. Those of you who follow the Remake/Remodel threads on Warren Ellis' site may have seen a few of those experiments, all digital. I'm finally trying out a medium I haven't had the time to explore until now... and totally digging it. I may even switch over completely, we'll see how it goes.

As for future stuff, Ian and I are heading out to London for the month of August. Canadian Content is putting on a sketch/improv show in Leicester Square and it's looking awesome. If you're in that neck of the woods check it out.

Where it gets interesting is around mid-August when I fly from London to Montreal to attend Worldcon (where I'll cross my fingers at the Hugo Awards ceremony, hee!) and then fly back to London for the remainder of the month. We're back in Vancouver in September, then out to New Brunswick for the Canadian Comedy Awards in October (Ian's been nominated!)... and I'm sure I'm forgetting things.

Oh yeah, San Diego. It's a bit too much this year so we're skipping. I know, it's killing me not to go (David Tennant is going to be there along with the Mighty Boosh and Miyazaki!) but... there's always next year. And hopefully I'll have a shiny new project to show off then.

For now, it's back to playing and prepping. I'm still working on sketch requests, a couple more went out the door this week (again, thanks for everyone's patience on those).

More soon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Okay you cheeky monkeys!

I've been working on sketch requests this evening, got a dozen here ready to go out the door, and I'd like to request or reiterate a few things. First, DON'T SEND MONEY. Seriously. I don't do commissions right now and it won't make your request turn up any quicker. Thank you for the thought but I really don't want your 'donation' to get lost en route. Second, can we maybe limit the amount of characters per request to two or three at the very most? I just got one here asking for three sketches, two with doubles and a third with something like 5 characters in a group shot. Maybe I'm just cranky tonight but...nuhhhh. Third, please put in the name of the person the sketch is for. I've had a few requests tonight alone that asked for a sketch for their brother or wife or friend and then there was no name attached. And yeah, part of the reason is so that it doesn't end up on e-bay but the other is because, well if you're making it a gift, why not make it special and have it personalised? And last, for now anyway, if you want your sketch to turn up for a specific date like a birthday please write TIME SENSITIVE on the back of your envelope and in your letter let me know the date it needs to get back to you by. No abusing this now, I'm doing my best to get to all these asap.

Thanks everyone, and now back to the grind...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm in a very Raumpatrouille Orion mood today.

More Y goodness!

Last month it was announced that Whys and Wherefores has been nominated for a Hugo Award and I've been in a happy daze ever since.

This week GQ magazine spotlights Y in an article about graphic novels to check out after you've read Watchmen. Coolio!

And the Y cameos continue on the very fun series, Chuck. Captain Awesome was spotted reading the first trade as Chuck lies in bed under a Y poster with a copy of the deluxe edition propped on the headboard. Wow! In another episode there was even more BKV love shown when a copy of Ex Machina was used to hide secret plans. This would be nice on any show but it's especially cool that it's one with such clear geek devotion to classics like Dune, Tron, Gotcha and countless other genre treasures.

Also, how neat was it to hear shout-outs for the book on the Chuck panel at Wondercon? Big hugs to the creators.

Getting ready for Emerald City Comic Con.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A couple of Y sightings this week!
Lost, episode 316, featured Hurley reading a copy of Y El Ultimo Hombre, the spanish translation edition of Y The Last Man and over on Chuck in Chuck vs. the Suburbs we get a glimpse of the new deluxe edition sitting by the infamous Tron poster.  Nice!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Very, very bummed.

Thursday night I had finished packing for our trip to LA, was putting together tickets and insurance documents and noticed that my passport wasn't in the usual spot on the shelf. I looked in my bag, looked around the apartment but no luck. This had happened before, on the night of the Dublin trip and after a few hours of frantic running about we finally found it at the office. I wasn't going to fall into that panic again, it was probably next to the drawing table like before so at around 3am we headed down there to look. No dice.

We returned home to do a more thorough dig, turned the place upside down, but no passport. I kept at it through the rest of the morning, right up to our check in time when I had to admit that it wasn't happening and I called the airline to let them know. They were very nice about it, wished us the best and let us know the next available flight out. After a few hours of sleep we got back to it. Ian returned to the office for another round of searching while I did an umpteenth run at the apartment.

It's looking like it was lost out in the world. On Monday I'll have to apply for a new one.

And Ian and I don't get to have our geeky Valentine's Day amidst Daleks and Cosplayers.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Okay, Wondercon is a go.  I don't have any panels or signings scheduled but as always, feel free to say hi.

Projects: None.  That is, I'm taking some much needed time off.  While I don't mind people e-mailing to see if I'm available for their book/pitches/storyboards etc. I'll let you know right now that I'm not accepting anything until... next year?  This also means I can't read proposals/plot outlines sent with your enquiries.  I'm very sorry about that.

Looking forward to this weekend.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two things that go together surprisingly well: Buckaroo Banzai and Radiohead's Ok Computer. Try it sometime.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Con schedule so far...

Gallifrey One
, Los Angeles, February 13-15 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriot Hotel. Panel info to be posted soon.

... No idea yet, maybe?

Emerald City Comic Con
. Yep. If I don't have a table I'll be wandering about as a visitor so say hi either way.

San Diego... Very likely, but there may be a conflict. More as it gets sorted.

Sketch requests. More out the door today, more to come. If you've changed your address since sending one out, drop me an e-mail.

A spot on recommendation for anyone in Vancouver: Rekado's Restaurant on Main and King Ed. Awesome Filipino cuisine, friendly service, great prices. Best dishes: Tinikling Chicken, Curry piña Chicken and the Tokwa't Tokwa.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Okay, that was a fantastic trip. Wow. Fantastic.

Yes, it took 7 days until we got our luggage, there was a lot of screaming over phones, angry e-mails and texts and much swearing to the heavens over the absolute suckage of Air Canada's handling of the whole affair. Yes, it was hard to shop for essentials during the boxing week madness of London's high street, yes it was colder than expected, yes the apartment and its management continued to be a huge pain in the ass over the next two weeks, yes we didn't get to see Tennant perform on Boxing Day...

But we did see his Hamlet on January 5th.

And it was incredible.

And we saw several other shows, Avenue Q, The 39 Steps, Bill Bailey in Tinselworm, Spamalot and Wicked (though I passed on those last two). We had a beautiful Christmas dinner complete with crackers, the Queen's address and Doctor Who. On New Year's Eve we got to witness a mind boggling sea of humanity make it's way towards Blackfriars and just missed getting hit by a champagne bottle thrown off the Millenium Bridge. We had a lovely New Year's Day meet up with Tony Lee and his beautiful fiancee Tracey at the Spice of Life. Diana found out her Zipcar membership worked internationally which resulted in a very fun day-trip to Stone Henge and Salisbury.

Vicky jetted off to Rome for 5 days to visit Hilary and see the sights. She came home with many cool stories. Mike hopped a train to Bristol to visit friends there and came back the next day with many photos.

I did stock signings at Gosh and Forbidden Planet (three trolley loads at FP!), visited Orbital and met a lot of nice people at all of them.

And now we're home. Mike and Diana are back in Toronto, Drew is in Thailand. We're getting many updates on their continuing adventures. It was great to see the cats again, Charlie has been glued to my legs since we got in the door. And though we missed most of the city's snow troubles and related outcries, there are still huge piles of leftovers all over the city and the new waves of rain are only adding to the problem. Presently we're dry and getting back to our routines (though Ian is battling a stomach bug, poor thing).

Oh, to those who may be wondering, I've finally started on sketch requests. A bunch will be going out this week.

Happy New Year!