I told him to burn the note. At the time it seemed like sound advice; the last thing we needed was for word to get out that she had killed herself. Dan listened to me without question, his sweaty hands fumbling with the matches in the moonlit room. My heart still goes out to him as I picture how he knelt on that creaky hardwood floor next to the fireplace. We stared transfixed, the light bouncing off our faces as the flames lapped at the paper, turning it quickly to a brittle ash.
So I just finished up my first short story. It’s about a vampire who loves poetry! I wrote it about a year ago for the first TOME anthology, but it needed a lot of editing, and I wasn’t feeling so confident about it so I shelved it permanently. Or so I thought…
Months go by, and after a lot of encouragement from old friend Michael Conrad (thank you by the way!), I have finally edited it down to a point where I suppose I can live with it. (sigh, FINE)
At this point my fight or flight instinct is kicking in, and I want to wave my hands in the air at all of you yelling, “it’s still a work in progress!” and “It’s my first short story!” and (more begging I guess) “Please be gentle!” But more importantly than all that, I am proud to have finished by very own 8,200 word short story about a vampire!!! :D *pose*
The story short was originally accompanied with some pictures— I don’t have the files anymore, but I made due with some photographs of the printed version. Hopefully it adds to the creepiness, and maybe one day I’ll draw more of them, better ones, put ‘em all together, cook ‘em in a stew… until then.
A footnote: For anybody interested in going down a dark wikipedia rabbit hole, this was heavily inspired by Pre Raphaelite poet Dante Rossetti and his muse (and an artist herself) Elizabeth Siddal.
Forgotten ages are unknown to man…
The Hidden Masters t-shirt design design for @TheSword’s US tour. Prepare to have your face rocked off!!
OoooOOoooh! My Ghost Variant cover for Pretty Deadly #1 is out today from Image comics! Kelly Sue and Emma work so well together- this comic is absolute poetry. Do yourself a favor and pick it up!!
GV010: PRETTY DEADLY #1
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2013
BY KELLY SUE DECONNICK & EMMA RIOS.
GHOST VARIANT ART by BECKY CLOONAN.
AVAILABLE AT GHOST VARIANT PARTNER STORES.
Another Way To Breathe: DECOMPRESSED 023: DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL COMICS EXPO “COMICS ARE FOR EVERYONE” PANEL -
I don’t reblog my podcast, Decompressed, much over here. Don’t know why, y’know?
I’ve started it up again and done ones on costume design (with Kris Anka, Ming Doyle and Jamie McKelvie), Grindhouse #1 (with Alex De Campi) and Mighty Avengers #1 (with Al Ewing). But the latest one strikes me…
This was a great panel, glad they recorded it and put it online!
SORRY THIS IS GONNA BE LONG.
New York Comic Con! I guess I should write a little something about this show, since it’s become kind of a monster!!! First, I was sick at this con so I didn’t even go on Friday. And on top of that, I sold out of books on Saturday afternoon! My signing with Shaun Simon at the Dark Horse booth went so well, and the Women in Comics panel was lovely as always.
Speaking of, i’ve done so many Women in Comics panels over the years that I kind of roll my eyes at the mention of them, but to be honest, they are the panels I end up having the most fun on, and the discussion ranges from drawing and writing, and the depiction of female characters, to discussions on readership, demographic, publishing and distribution, and so much more- yes gender politics are a part of that, but I always leave learning a few new things, with some interesting points to take away from it. And if it encourages a few younger girls to get more involved in the comic industry, than I say it’s worth it. So next time you are at a con, make it a point to check out the Women in Comics panel. Or any kind of diversity in comics panel- because Comics Are For Everyone (WHAT UP DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL COMICS EXPO)!!! Oh and make sure you get to these early, because they tend to fill up fast. We needed a room that was at least double the one they gave us at NYCC.
Now on to the guts. There are really two parts to this con- the main floor and the Artist Alley. (This is what I see of it anyway.) I only spent one day walking around the show floor and it was insanity. Security did their best at the impossible task of crowd control, but it was still too much for me. I had too many people up in my personal space, and far too many of them being guys tell me things like “Hey baby,” “What are you doing tonight?” and “Come on, be nice!” among other things.
I am so nice, you guys. I am really fucking nice, but this kind of shit just doesn’t make me feel comfortable, and as a professional who has been drawing comics since 2001, it’s absolutely ridiculous that I feel alienated and uncomfortable at a convention like I did at NYCC this year.
I also want to edit this to add that this isn’t normal experience for me at cons- maybe it was just that it was so crowded that guys felt comfortable saying this while I was trying to squeeze by? Anyway. I’m not looking for an apology from anyone, but I did feel like it warranted bringing it up. I’m not a pot-stirrer, but this shit happens on the street and the subway, and now it’s happening at NYCC? Too bad.
I also heard a lot of stories about harassment on the con floor- If I felt grossed out, I can’t imagine the comments some of the cosplayers had to deflect. I also couldn’t help but shake my head at all the Arizona Iced Tea promotional “I love big cans” in the con book, and being given out on the show floor. I saw those and immediately thought, “Oh so it’s gonna be that kind of con.” I love big cans as much as the rest of you (except for those of you who don’t like big cans I suppose), but I just found it tacky. If I may, it made me think this wasn’t the con I was looking for.
I gotta say, my favorite area of the main floor was I think around the Block- there was some amazing art there, including Scarecrowoven and Cotton Candy Machine, but even that was crowded and hard to navigate and there were like three DJs (what?) so that was kind of crazy. I ended up making a B-Line to my buddy Brian Ewing’s table (WHAT UP HOMEY), and camping out with him for a bit. Thanks for letting me cough on all your posters Brian. I hope all your fans don’t get sick and die.
After navigating through the sea of flesh (with a conspicuously missing DC booth) you will eventually reach the Artist Alley- the Dr. Jekyll to the convention floor’s Mr. Hyde. Ah, here you are in for a real treat! Despite being packed, and like a 30 minute walk (truthfully it was more like a trudge, or slow shamble) from the main floor area, it felt like an oasis from the chaos of the rest of the con.
I was at table N1 for a few hours each day (except friday, which I called in sick!) and had a decent flow of traffic. Give or take a few awkward interactions (I AM AWKWARD GUYS, HAHA) I enjoyed my time behind the table. It’s gotten to a point where I think I have to hire an assistant at shows, and limit my signing time- even doing sketches is difficult. I’m gonna have to work on this for my cons next year! I get anxiety at shows anyway, and the bigger the show, the more anxious I get. I can’t help it. So call me if like… you want to assist or something.
Let’s sum up, shall we?
NYCC: Do the bigger numbers make this show better? Do the majority of people on the show floor really care if I’m there or not? Do I do better at this con than smaller ones, like TCAF or Thought Bubble? The answer to these questions is a resounding F NO.
However: Is this convention in the coolest city in forever? Do friends of mine from all over the world converge on this point every year? Does this convention have the best parties? (Shout out to Jimmy Aquino!) A resounding H YES to all these!
So as conflicted about this con as I am, and as much as I think they have to work on inviting more female guests (or just do something about that exasperating “big cans” promotional, or work on being more in touch with the female contingent in general), or as much as I wished that it didn’t feel so much like SDCC jr, the truth is You Can’t Stop Progress- and why would you want to? I will probably be going next year! If not to attend the con as an exhibitor, than to attend as a fan.
I guess my heart will always be with smaller cons! That’s where I feel the most gratification, and where I’m able to give the most attention to readers, and subsequently have the best time. NY is lucky to have a show like New York Comic Con for sure- and then six months later turn around and do MOCCA on the other side of Manhattan, it’s like the best of both worlds.
WHATS UP NEW YORK, I MISS U GIRL
Find me at Artist Alley table N1! (Or under it. Specifics TBD.)
Here are my hours:
It is possible that I will hang out at my table for longer if I feel up to it- but these are the times I will definitely be around! Even if I’m not there, feel free to swing by— I have a plethora of glorious mini comics just itching to be read. I will only be doing quick sketches if I’m feeling better, no commissions, sorry :) Troopering through a bad cold; hopefully I’m over the worst, but bring purell if you want to shake my hand, just to be safe.
I’m doing a couple of these. Literally: two.
Women in Comics Panel! Here we go again! Hopefully my voice will be a bit better by tomorrow, if not apologies in advance for sounding like Tom Waits while we talk hard-hitting gender politics. Also: HEY LADIES!
Thursday, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, in room 1A15
Featuring the dulcet tones of Claudia McGivney, Megan Kociolek, Amy Chu, Becky Cloonan, Emily Weisenstein, Erica Schultz, Laura Pope-Robbins.
KILLJOYS Signing at the Dark Horse booth with Shaun Simon!
At the Dark Horse Booth!!! Hey this is gonna be awesome, so come say hi, and bring your books— me and the stalwart Shaun Simon will gladly sign them!
Soooo I have this warehouse that I get things shipped to, and somehow they misplaced a box of my mini comic Wolves! Never fear, it is now un-misplaced, and therefore I have a few hundred of the silk screened editions of WOLVES back in stock! They will go out as a first-come first-serve basis, so anyone who orders them from the Werehouse will be getting the silk screened edition (instead of the still-beautiful-but-admittedly-not-as-lush all-offset edition) until those run out. :) lucky you. Sorry this isn’t more exciting.
Also just a note, ALL Demeter sketched editions have been shipped! I’ve had a few returns, and a few tales of books taking an extra long time to get to you- so if you are waiting, please be patient! It could be either a) still in the mail or b) getting returned— in which case we will send an email out to you to verify your address.
And another note to clear up some confusion: If you happen to be a store, and you are like “oh I’d like some copies of Wolves and other cool stuff for my shop!” we do offer ordering in bulk from our wholesale distribution site, same principle apples! I call it “The Misplaced Silk Screened Principle.” If you don’t own a store, then ignore this whole paragraph. Okay!
The very final batch of DEMETER sketch editions are being sent out on Friday! Thanks everyone for waiting! They come with a hug so watch out when you open them.