1. The Olympia Comics Fest is one of my favorites. It’s small, but packed with great people as it draws from both Seattle and Portland – and Olympia itself, too. Chelsea Baker does a great, careful job of running this, and it always runs smoothly and enthusiastically. Seriously – everyone’s always so happy. The whole thing was put together and taken apart in just a half-hour, as the space was to be used for a couple other things that day. I’ve come to prefer comics fests that don’t charge admission – you get a better, wider crowd when you don’t charge $25 to come inside and buy things.*
2. I was too tired to stay around for anything afterward, so I basically vanished at 6:20. Yeah, well.
3. I sold some comics. It was good. I did an interview with a woman named Alison, and I found that, when asked what my advice would be for women who want to start doing comics, I would say the same thing to anyone of any gender interested in comics. Just do things, make things, draw constantly.** She’s going to compile her interviews into a zine. I’m looking forward to buying a copy.
4. This blog has an interesting roundup of the fest. I’m mentioned (well, pictured) here and here.
5. I need to make new business cards and handouts. Yes, yes I do.
6. I’m still tired. Just the state of things these days. I feel like I’m getting closer to starting my Next Thing, since I just have one issue left to complete for Furlough and since my brain is going to art and story things again for the first time in a while. I still don’t know what it’ll be. Maybe a big, found-fabric art sculpture that just functions as a cocoon for me to crawl into and hide. All hand-painted and hand-stitched. I think it’d be kind of nice. Hermit Nest, Breanne Boland, 2011. Roughly 400 square feet, made of mixed media and studio apartment.
*I get why those charges exist for some fests, but I still wish it wasn’t necessary.
**Ever have one of those weird moments where you realize you speak the truth, but know you’d benefit from taking your own advice? Yeah.