29.Aug.2013 I feel like a kid again!
I’ve been referenced or drawn in to a few comics since I began working as an editor. It’s an honor and an extremely fun perk of the job. Recently, I was added to a comic in a new cool way… I was converted into a kid! Read more ›
10.Aug.2013 Lollapalooza 2013
Continuing what is now a three-year tradition with my brother Dan, I attended Lollapalooza in Chicago again this year. This year our sister Lexie and my lovely girlfriend Katie came along to partake in three days of music, smuggled rum, Roman Cokes, sunshine, dancing, aching legs, and too many slices of Chicago-style deep dish.
Here’s a list of the bands that, in some capacity, we saw so that you can judge how cool I am (I think I might be kinda cool.) and how good my taste in music is. (At least I think it’s pretty good.)
-Father John Misty*
-Band of Horses*
-Lana Del Rey (Kinda. Stage’s sounds was bogus.)
-Nine Inch Nails (Kinda. We watched for like 20 minutes and very little occurred.)
-Shovels & Rope*
-Family of the Year
-Charles Bradley (From a distance)
-Matt & Kim*
-HAIM (though an insanely long bathroom line prevented us from seeing much of this)
-Mumford & Sons (which was pretty tame, so we went to…)
-Steve Angello (where Dan and I had to carry an uber drunk kid to the EMT)
-Wild Nothing (From a distance)
-Tegan and Sara*
-Alt-J (which was kinda dull, so we moved on to…)
-Major Lazer (which turned out to be a bad reason to leave Vampire Weekend)
* = exceptionally good sets/enjoyable shows
Going to this festival every year, hearing music from bands I know and bands I’ve just been made aware of… Well, it’s tiring as hell, but it’s also a blast! It makes me feel extremely old, yet makes me feel young again at the same time. It’s exhausting and exhilarating. It’s fun and it’s frantic.
Fingers crossed the tradition continues next year!
09.Aug.2013 Way Too Busy
Remember when I used to blog? Me neither.
In an attempt to update this webspace with something, here’s a list of what’s taking up my time right now…
Comic Books and Graphic Novels I’m currently editing…
-The Black Beetle: Necrologue
-Polar: Came from the Cold HC
-Emily and The Strangers
-Trekker: The Train to Avalon Bay (in Dark Horse Presents)
-Juice Squeezers (in Dark Horse Presents)
-Secret Company-Owned Superhero Project
-Secret Creator-Owned Superhero Project
-Secret Digital Comic Collection
-Secret Creator-Owned sci-fi/monster/young adult Project
-Six other Secret DHP projects
Comics I’m assisting on as an associate editor or co-editing…
-Two Past Midnight
-Dark Horse Presents
-The Strain: The Fall
-Top Secret Young Adult Original Graphic Novel
Recently completed projects…
-The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out HC
-Orchid Vol. 3
-The Dark Horse Conventions Super Sampler
-GAMMA one-shot (assisted on this one)
-Two top secret ongoing comic series
-Top secret original graphic novel pitch
-Top secret thing I’m writing, not editing
I’l probably get back to using this blog for jotting down stories I want to remember, comics process stuff, mustache-related writings, and other exciting life stuff one day, but for the foreseeable future, it’ll be shorter posts like this for the sake of updating this page with… something!
30.Apr.2013 Stumptown Comics Fest 2013: The Booty
Stumptown Comics Fest is an excellent comic, small press, and art convention in (as of this weekend) sunny Portland, Oregon. Here are some examples of the rad stuff you can get if you attend this awesome show! Read more ›
22.Apr.2013 Learning my medium by doing
I’m not a writer.
I can write. I’ve been paid to write. But I know writers. Real writers. Sit down and type for hours because they have to writers, agonizing over every word writers, write or go crazy writers… And I’m not one of them.
Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a story to tell. Read more ›
17.Apr.2013 A thought on hate
I don’t normally blog about social issues, but I posted this on my tumblr yesterday and, as the last graf suggests, spreading love around is a thing worth doing.
Regardless of who is responsible for the tragedy in Boston, which is an inarguably horrible event, I’ve seen an upsetting amount of anti-Muslim sentiment online in its wake. It’s unacceptable. We need to be better than that.
I’m your average white American male and I can’t begin to imagine what many Muslims and Muslim Americans are going through right now, but seeing how much misdirected hate is focused on them post-Boston is staggering.
One of my best friends in the whole world, one of the best people I’ve ever known, is Muslim American. I can’t comprehend what life is like for him today and I can’t stop hateful dummies from being awful, but I can let him know that he is loved and that he is an amazing person and that he has people to turn to for strength if he needs us. So I did. I sent a text and an email and told him exactly that.
I’m not trying to preach, and I don’t have any big answers. I probably don’t even understand issues of racial and religious bigotry as well as I should. But, I know a supportive and kind word from a friend can go a long way. One little thing probably can’t change the world, but it can make someone’s day a little better. That’s how I knew I could help my friend. I hope others are finding ways to help theirs. Spread that love, people! The world can always use more love.
This is no great piece of writing. It’s no powerful or eloquent message that should enlighten. This is just a simple idea that I needed to put into words, however clumsy, to remind myself that you’ve gotta focus on the good—in the world and that you can bring to it—especially when the world reminds you it can be a very scary place.
09.Mar.2013 The short story behind Tremors comics
Been meaning to write this blog post for about a year now, so some of the details might not be exactly right, but here’s the story…
I’m a huge fan of the Tremors movies. If you’ve known me for a while, odds are it’s come up at some point because I’m always happy to talk about those films! An awesome and campy quadrilogy of monster-filled westerns where you’ve got Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and Michael Gross, as well as Reba McEntire, not to mention a bunch of big fucking worm monsters! It’s survival horror at it’s weirdest and I love it! Read more ›
12.Feb.2013 Bale-entine’s Day Rises!
When Gotham’s heart is aflutter, you have my permission to swoon…
That’s right, Bale-entine’s Day is back, you lovebirds! It’s the holiday regularly known as Valentine’s Day, but with more pictures of Christian Bale and more Batman movie quotes!
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08.Feb.2013 Gamma-infused Pizza Party
If you picked up the truly excellent Dark Horse Presents #20 last month, you had the distinct pleasure of reading a radical little story by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas. Comics Alliance wrote a great piece about the nostalgia-fueled pop culture-laced fun bomb of a comic that is Gamma, so I suggest you read what they said and then track down the three appearances of Dusty Keztchemal, monster trainer and coward.
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