Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My tablemates this weekend were Tom "my mind is an axe" Neely, Sean "labial notation" Christensen, Frank "four teeth" Kelly, and Graham "usually dressed like Doctor Who" Kahler. These guys fill my life with radness and take away all my sadness.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

After the first of three projected nights of comix debauchery, I'm feeling exhilarated and dehydrated. There were so many talented artists at Guapo last night, and so much free Tripel. Sarah Oleksyk won a well-deserved Maisie Kukoc Award for Comics Inspiration, Graham Kahler and I discussed the new Doctor Who, Franklin made a new baby friend, I sold a few books and stickers, and a very indulgent lady let me lecture her about the Knights Templar and medieval banking.

You'll find me and Sean this weekend sharing table 68 with the great Tom Neely, so come by and say hello if you can. Pre-orders for Flesh and Bone are now closed, but you can buy it from me in person this weekend or online when I reopen my shop on Monday. And I was interviewed by Haunted Happenings PDX.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm taking pre-orders for Flesh and Bone on Etsy. If you order it online before this weekend, or buy it from me in person at Stumptown, you get a free sticker. You can preview the first few pages of the book on Sparkplug's website. Dylan also hooked me up with a ton of postcards with the cover image on them--if you want me to mail you one, just send me your address, because I have plenty of twenty-eight-cent stamps for this very purpose, my friends.

At Stumptown this weekend I'll be sharing a clown car of a table with Andrice Arp, Joan Reilly, Stefan Gruber, and Sean Christensen ABT, which should be excellent fun. And there is a release party for my book and bunch of others, plus a reading and free beer, at Guapo Comics and Coffee on Friday night. And Carolyn Main put me in her comic for this week's Portland Mercury. (I'm the breastfeeding redhead at the Pony Club table, of course.) And stoked is the new black.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I was insomniacally googling myself and I could not be more pleased to appear on a blog with such a completely delightful subheading. Ita vero, I love Latin, so much, so very much.

Monday, April 12, 2010

There was a rad interview with my publisher on The Beat yesterday. I am proud to be on this guy's team.
The big business of book distribution ruined it for book publishing, almost for comix a few years ago and I’m not going to participate in doing it again. I don’t really believe in listening to selling imperatives from people who don’t buy or read comix themselves. That sort of behavior has lead to a couple of smaller publishers going out of business. And I don’t want to hand over the keys of an art form that means so much to me. I do love sharing comix with more and more people but I don’t think that the way to do that is to make them more expensive and less accessible. It is that old idea of people loving something for what it is and trying to do what artists want, since they’re the ones doing all the work.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Here are the covers.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

This is a photo of the proof of "Flesh and Bone" Dylan gave me last week. Certain tweaks have been tweaked and the final thing is now whirring through a printing press like an elucidating headline in a black-and-white movie.

Dig this injustice: your rad pals Sean Christensen (Awesome But True) and Julia Gfrörer (canny but clueless) have been cruelly wait-listed for this year's Stumptown Comics Festival! Do you know of a vacant table corner where one or both could hang a shingle? Notify us! We provide tempting libations, free comic books, amusing anecdotes, and of course the appropriate remuneration to all friends of the vortex.

When did I start writing like this? (Puberty.) How can I stop? (You cannot.)

Friday, April 9, 2010

The necessary changes have been successfully, if half-assedly, implemented. Thanks for bearing with me.
Blogger no longer supports FTP publishing, so I had to migrate this blog, and I'm not thrilled about it. You will know my web dev skills by the trail of dead links--so presciently did I design this site with a now-obsolete URL in each individual page's code, so blithely did I build the whole thing template-free, always ready to assign tedious work to a future Julia who has more free time and relishes the burnt-eyeball feeling Dreamweaver bestows upon its faithful. Oh bother, oh bother.

I think that rather than edit every page in the site, I'll redesign blog.html as a frames page with the thorazos.net menu bar at the top, and thorazos.blogspot.com underneath. Elegant workaround or blatant ham-handed slackassery? Have I mentioned how often my internet connection cuts out when I attempt to upload things? How lazy I am when it comes to desk work? Another cup of tea is called for. Blogger, I'm all out of bubble gum.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Three drawings I did last month are in Pony Club Gallery's April show, "Walking the Line." The first is my contribution to the Covered Blog, Blade of the Immortal Dreamsong 7 of 7 with Makie topless and surrounded by corpses, which is a secret from the internet until it debuts on that blog in a couple of weeks.

The second is my drawing of the final scene of Dune, which I made for a contest on Phil McAndrew's blog, and I was one of three winners of that contest, but I won with luck and not with skill, for my name was drawn from a hat. This drawing is displayed in a preposterously gaudy gold frame which was chosen more for size than style but turned out to really enhance the grandness of it all and would not be out of place in the illustrious vestibule of Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV.

And the third is the original pen and ink drawings which were xeroxed to produce these stickers. The stickers are meant to tie in with that comic I keep saying I'm publishing soon, since the comic shows a witch having sex with Baphomet and a mandrake plant, for the purposes, presumably, of supernatural reproduction, which is an interesting subject upon which I intend to expand in future projects. You'll get one of those stickers for free if you purchase the comic book from me at Stumptown, otherwise you have to use Etsy to obtain them.

My closing advice to you is to read as little P. G. Wodehouse as possible before attempting to write a blog entry, if you're smart, which I'm not.