See you there?
I'm sorry about the long silence-- so much happening! Here's a rundown:
1. I went on the Wilde trip and had an amazing time-- learned a lot, thought about history and gender and art, and promptly lost all the reference photos from the trip when my phone was pickpocketed. BUT I'm nearly caught up with sending out rewards (only the portraits left to do, and hopefully I'll get those done before the end of the month). The book is almost completely written, but not drawn yet. I'm going to take my time drawing it. Let it sit for a bit. Weep a little more about having lost all my reference shots.
2. RELISH is coming out in a month and a half! April 2nd! I can't believe it. The book looks beautiful and I'm very proud of it. I'll be touring with the book all through April (details to come), and I hope to meet a lotta readers and sell a lotta books. I've been pretty consumed with publicity and getting ready for my tour and workshops, presentations, etc, so I've been sadly admiss in updating Stop Paying Attention. I hope you'll forgive me when you see how pretty Relish is!
3. Displacement (otherwise known as "The Cruise Comic") is finished, but I'm waiting to publish it until I get it properly placed with a publisher. It's so tempting to just plonk it on the internet for everyone, but I really think it'll make a great print book and I can't wait for you to see it someday soon.
4. A very similar story re: The Age of Licence, the other big travelogue I made this year. It's nearly done. I'm looking for the right way to publish it, and then I'll get to share it with all you lovely people.
5. I have a new two-parter comic in the new Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake (issues #2 and #3). I really really really like drawing for BOOM studios, you guys. I hope you check it out and dig the comic. Apologies for the suspenseful cliffhanger mid-story!
6. I went to AUSTRALIA. I made my Hourly Comic on the flight there. You can read it here. And check this out and try not to be too jelly:
And a final note:
I have long said I'd never forsake ye olde LJ. And I won't. There's still no platform I prefer, no community I like better for art and comments and support. But it's not a micro-blogging platform, and sometimes you just gotta post a little drawing to get it up there. So while I'll keep updating my LJ with big posts like this one, for little day-to-day stuff, please check this out...
(I know, I said I'd never have one, but ok it's pretty hard not to these days. I'm adapting. An old blog learning new tricks!)
Assuming the airport is no longer under water, I'm leaving the sad and waterlogged shores of New York for the UK tomorrow, to head off on my Wilde trip! I have my list of postcard addresses from indiegogo helpers, and I've narrowed down the number of library books I'm bringing.
I've been awful about emails lately, so if you've emailed me about the trip and haven't heard back yet, I'm so sorry! I'd planned to get a lot of last-minute work in during this last week in town, but Sandy had other plans. My apartment is sadly powerless. I'm camped out on my dad's couch for my last few days in the states. My favorite holiday is cancelled (boooo), but I'm excited for my trip!
I'll have email on the trip, and will be happy to hear from people while I book through London, Dublin, Leeds (for the Thought Bubble fest) and Paris. If you live in the UK and want to hang out with me sometime, whether to chat about Wilde or comics or just grab a pint, please email me or check out the Facebook event page! I'll do my best to keep people updated on my progress.
Snack Love will continue to update three times a week, though guest Snack Loves are sadly on hiatus until I get back. I was going to queue them up for the duration, but Sandy had other plans. I'm crabby about it-- The guest Snack Love submissions have been incredible! But I'll start posting them again when I get back.
I'll be back in 3 weeks! Hopefully with lots of comics and notes and adventures to tell. Thanks for bearing with me, and I hope everyone else fared well through Sandy. Being on my own for the hurricaine made me really appreciate my online friends, and it was nice having a community of people to check in with once in a while to connect to humanity while huddled in a scary dark apartment (without my kitty, who's up at my mom's during my trip!). Happy Halloween, everybody!
I'm just getting over being sick, so I decided to go easy on myself and not try for 24 Hour Comic Day this year. Staying up for 24 hours was doable when I was a spry 21 year old, but now at the rickety old age of 27, I'm too fond of sleep. Anyway, I still made a goofy little series of funnies about being single in New York. Because, you know, there aren't already about five million things about that very topic in the world! I decided after I finished it to color it (outside of the 12 hour limit!), so here 'tis!
I've been a bit under the weather lately, so I've been spending logging some serious time with the fictional medical team over at Seattle Grace.
Netflix is maybe a terrible thing to have happened in my life.
Or the BEST.
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Netflix is maybe a terrible thing to have happened in my life.
Or the BEST.
Last month, I was hired to come along on a high school study-abroad trip to Florence, to act as part camp-counselor, part travelogueist. I finished up the little travelogue tonight, which consists of portraits and excerpts from interviews with the kids on the trip about their favorite parts and things they learned. It's just a little scrapbook for the kids about their experience, but there are a couple pretty parts so I'm posting it here!
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I'm still fundraising for my new comic about Oscar Wilde. There are 9 days left to contribute and get some cool Wilde stuff! Thank you so much to everyone who's already contributed or emailed with support! I'm really excited about this book, and I want to make it extra beautiful. If you want to get in on the action, please check out the fundraising page. Thank you!
The Brooklyn Book Festival was this past weekend. I didn't get to as many events as I wanted to, but I did catch a panel on Sex in Comics that featured some cartoonists I really like. As usual, I doodled while I listened.
I'm still posting a new Snack Love every day, and on Saturdays, I'm posting guest Snack Loves, so if you'd like to make one for the blog, I'd absolutely love it! Please email it to me at Lucylou at the Gmails.
Happy apple picking season! I hear the season is going to be short this year, so get to your local farmer's market and EAT SOME APPLES.
Hey friends! I'm trying to raise some money to do this travelogue/history-comic in November, about the life of Oscar Wilde. Please consider helping out, and in exchange you can get Oscar art, and all sorts of other goodies!
It's been a few months since I updated Stop Paying Attention, but this one is 3 pages long (though stacked in a single column, for reading's sake, online). I love making this comic, getting the thoughts out about art, memory, psychology, humanity and age. But I also love that I don't feel pressure to update it all the time. I love and admire my comics pals that stick to a strict updating schedule, but this comic wouldn't work well updated often. I have the good luck to get to make comics that come out a little more sporadically, and I might kick myself around for occasionally falling off the grid a bit, I'm comforted by the fact that I have so much work that has yet to be seen-- destined for books to come and projects to be unveiled. Stay tuned.
I wrote and illustrated a piece for The American Reader, about The New Life of the Comic Book. I'm excited to work with them, and will be doing a series of graphic journalism!
I do a lot of freelance illustration, but illustrating your own writing allows the artist to really convey quite a bit in the relationship between text and image to say more than what the text and image can say separately. A nice change of pace from trying to make a visual statement that the author may or may not groove to.
Anyway, The main image was a fun draw, and so I thought I'd post some process stuff about it!
I knew that I wanted an image of a paper that was suspended in such a way as to show both sides, so I ended up taking some really unflattering photos of how paper might contort in such a way, featuring my morning bed-head in a prominent light.
I did the sketch digitally, so I could move things around:
Then I printed the sketch so I could ink it using a lightbox on paper, because I will never ever ever be able to quit you, pen and ink:
And then colored using a variety of lightboxed hand-watercolors and digital futzing:
Shh, I'm going to be at SPX next weekend, but I won't have a table. I... I don't even remember the last time... if ever... I went to a convention where I didn't have to work my table all weekend. I'm positively giddy! I'll just be milling around, oohing and aahing. But if you want to buy a limited edition print run of "Snack Love," I will have those in my bag if you spot me and ask. It's a full-color mini comic of 50 food illustrations, so think about lightening my load and flag me down!