Are you guys ready for everything to change completely in the next few days? The entire year is going to be like that, I’m afraid.
The Armageddon Pulp Culture Expo is on in Wellington over the weekend of April 29th-30th. This will be the eighth time I’ve attended, because I’m very old and I have nothing better to do. I’m currently working to produce digitally remastered reprints of all the Brunswick books to date. Yes, that’s as pretentious as it sounds, but technically it’s true -they are digitally remastered. Anyway, I hope to see you there -come along and I will draw you something!
Incidentally, the only other reason to come is to meet the blond guy from the Dukes of Hazzard and the guy who does the voice of Squidworth from Spongebob Squarepants, so hah-hah!
And it’s Fitz’s 10th birthday on April 22nd.
Still no photographic backgrounds. Hope no-one’s noticed.
I’m just hoping the original magazine cover is famous enough for people to get the joke…
Today’s April Fool comic is by the redoubtable Ali Graham from Housd. My contribution to this annual lollapalooza of cartoonic misdirection is visible at Zap! -for the next 24 hours.
I’ve run out backgrounds, hence the plainness. Just got back from the centre of town, where I’ve been taking photos of deserted streets. It was depressing to see what a shithole Aro Valley is becoming -there’s been an explosion of graffiti, and it’s not the pretty, artistic kind. It’s the depressing, squalid kind that looks like mental illness on a wall.
Okay, back to the cafe for a second, but I think that’s the last Fidels shot. Finn has an older brother called Lysander. This is an incredibly convoluted literary joke referring to Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy, so well done for spotting that there. I’m drawing Jitterati and then going out to photograph Central Wellington just as the sun comes up for reasons which will become clear in the next few days.
Time for a setting change. Aro Park. Plot plot plot. Glad to be out of that cafe? I met a friend there last week, and realised I’d been drawing Alex and Finn sitting way too high in their seats -about 30cm. Am I inclined to go back and fix it? Am I bollocks.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
I met Joe Sacco at the Readers and Writers Week on Thursday, and again on Sunday when I was just passing by and thought I’d pop into the Embassy Theatre to see if there were any cartoonists there. We arranged to meet him in a cafe tent set up in Waitangi Park for the Festival, but he didn’t show. So we were forced to endure the company of authors Michael Cunningham, Robert Hass, Louise Erdrich, Ronald Wright and the festival organiser, Carla Van Zon, who were sitting next to us and networking like crazy. Wellington is like that sometimes.
I was going to start updating Brunswick tonight after finishing the play on Friday, but I’m still wiped out. The strip may be getting a bit more publicity on the 1st of April, so I’ll try to be vaguely up-to-date by then. The play has six musical numbers, stars Fitz, and has the potential to be the most monumentally daft thing to ever appear on stage at Bats, so more about that in April as well.
Hello to everyone coming here from Cthulu Is Coming. I promise I’ll write something interesting by tonight. I’m just trying to work out what to do for Jitterati.