February 1, 2023
First confirmed official show of 2023! Returning at last to the comic-con circuit in my beloved Boston! See you all the weekend of April 22-23 at the Hynes Convention Center for Wicked Comic Con 2023! A phenomenal lineup of some of the genre's greatest artists and illustrators --and as always, I'm humbled at the mere idea of just being in the same room as them. Should be a great start to spring!
January 8, 2023
Finally diving in and exploring some wonderful new toys; among them a proper drawing tablet and the unlimited possibilities of some fresh-out-of-the-box graphics software. I really am blessed with the best go**amned friends and family in all of Explored Space. Lots of new art and illustration projects coming your way soon, not to mention some long-overdue conventions and show appearances! Love you all. Watch this space...
December 21, 2022
"Oh, but she was underserved by the poor writing..." "Her last series was let down by bad writing..." "The problem was bad writers, not her performance..."
Calling it out for what it is: that perennial complaint about "the writing" in various fan circles is insincere and a bad-faith cover for something else. That same "but the writing..." complaint is coincidentally levelled (sometimes word-for-word) against Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who, along with Shuri, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Michael Burnham, Admiral Holdo, Rose Tico, and of course Rey.
Sorry to have to break it to you, whiny incel dudebros --but your code has been cracked for some time now. What you're really saying to the world is: "I love my internalized misogyny more than I love [fandom]." Just admit it and go play with your digital chimpanzee pictures.
November 10, 2022
Not done, not by a long way. Those election results were ever-so-slightly encouraging but... nowhere near encouraging enough. Democracy got a teensy reprieve from Monitor's Guild-style fascism but it's still way too close for comfort. More to do. Nevertheless in this moment I do believe a few congratulations are in order; among them to Vermont's newest Senator Peter Welch, Massachusetts's new governor Maura Healey, and perhaps most significantly Maryland's new governor Wes Moore.
Okay, that said: Lotta work to be done. You can make a start by studying the lives, accomplishments, and legacies of such names as legendary lawman Bass Reeves, Hugo-winning author Octavia Butler, slave liberator and Congressman Robert Smalls, and former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder.
#blacklivesmatter #teachtruth #dothework
August 9, 2022
Farewell and RIP Les Rosenthal you magnificent Nerd. Without your encouragement and enthusiasm my graphic novels simply would never have come to be. Wonderful listening, wonderful storytelling, wonderful dorky gossip. Thank you for the Upper Valley Comic Expo and all it signified. Thank you for some humbling opportunities to share the mic with some true legends, and just plain thank you for being my friend.
June 24, 2022
Not talking about art or illustration or nerdy pop culture, this day. I could of course stay silent on today's events as befits my unearned privilege as a middle-aged cis white male, but: staying silent in the face of such horribleness is to give it tacit approval. And make no mistake: I do not approve.
So... pushback time. This is precisely the dystopic future that The Monitor's Guild banded together to fight against, in the first place. And it isn't going to stop here. Turning women into second-class citizens was only the beginning. They've openly --nay, gleefully-- stated that they still have a long list of targets to eliminate. Most of it grounded in the 14th Amendment's expectation of right to privacy.
Meaning birth control. Same-sex marriages, LGBTQ+ rights in general. Mixed-race marriages, eventually. And, yes, patient confidentiality. That means HIPAA, that oft-cited-but-rarely-understood law governing medical disclosure, is now also on the chopping block. Yeah. "Unintended consequences" is kind of an understatement, at this point.
Write your damned Senators and Representatives. Especially your state representatives: that's where the real safeguarding has to happen. Make triple-damned-sure you and everyone you know are in fact registered to vote --lotta states playing coy games about that. And then kick some money to The Brigid Alliance, or perhaps The Lilith Fund, or The Yellowhammer Fund, if you're so inclined. And of course there's always Planned Parenthood.
Look out for one another my friends. Lotta ugliness coming --we can't let it engulf us.
June 1, 2022
A blessed Pride Month to all. A bit of a recap of some powerful Black leaders and key LGBTQ+ figures who've had to endure two separate and distinct forms of prejudice:
May 7, 2022
I hope everyone has a truly wonderful Free Comic Book Day. Drop by your local comic book store and join in the festivities! And by all means indulge all the free swag, but also... buy something. Pick up an old favourite. Or perhaps try out a new title. But do show your local retailer some love. They really do pour a lot into this most holy day.
(Have to sit this one out, this time around, my dears. But I'll be back at it soon. Love you all.)
December 15, 2021
Yeah, it's Bill of Rights Day and that's always worth celebrating, studying, and reflecting upon. But let's also not forget that with rights come responsibilities in equal measure. Our cranky suspicious Antifederalist founders didn't feel the need to enumerate those because... well, they should have gone without saying. But it is part of the equation. To have one without the other isn't Liberty ...it's just institutionalized cruelty. #gasp #howdarehe #libertariansacrilege
Yes, exercise your cherished individual rights to free speech, religious observance, firearms ownership, peaceable assembly. But be responsible about them. You live in an interdependent society (the fact you're reading these very words on the internet proves that). There are an awful lot of voices lately that sure seem to be fond of preaching "personal responsibility" but conspicuously don't back up those words with appropriate behaviour. Lying, stealing, inciting, and (especially) bullying are what the Bill Of Rights is supposed to guard against, not enable.
C'mon folks. We're all in this multi-car pile-up together; at this point looking after one another should be the baseline standard, not the rare exception.
#getvaccinated #maskup #teachtruth
October 4, 2021
What a wonderful weekend at the Upper Valley Comic Expo! Grateful thanks to all who came by, all who participated, and especially all who organized and ran the event! History was made and I dearly hope to continue to be part of it.