To catch up: Here’s a photo from that great underground comicx show here in San Francisco. The opening was like some kind of reunion, with cartoonists I haven’t seen for years, including the guys in the photo with me, Larry Todd and Dan O’Neill.
And the next day found me signing copies of my Nell Brinkley book (and dressed, as close as I could manage it, like a Nell Brinkley flapper) at the Silent Film Festival at San Francisco’s own Castro theater. If you’ve never been to the Castro theater, it’s a must for any San Francisco visit; a completely restored grand palace, originally built in 1925, and a perfect place to see silent films, complete with live organ accompaniment. That’s Thomas Gladysz in the photo with me — Thomas runs the speaker series at The Booksmith, an independent bookstore in the Haight-Ashbury, arranging author readings, booksignings, and other events. He’s also a writer and journalist, and director of the Louise Brooks Society. If you’re not familiar with Luoise Brooks, the beautiful and elegant silent film star, look for the Louise Brooks Society on the internet.
What’s coming up? In two days I’m off to San Diego for Comicon, the biggest comic and pop culture convention in the USA. If you’ll be there, too, look for me: on Thursday, July 23, I’ll be presenting my Powerpoint talk on Nell Brinkley (in case you missed the one I did at the Cartoon Art Museum), and I’ll be signing my Brinkley book at the Fantagraphics table on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. On Friday, July 24th, I’ll be on an underground comix panel at 4:30.
During the month of August, I’ll be vegging out and preparing for September 26 and 27, when I’ll be teaching a workshop on writing comics and graphic novels at the Oregon Writers Colony workshop: http://www.oregonwriterscolony.org/graphic_novel_ws.htm
More on that later. Glad (and relieved) to be back!