Archive for November, 2006
I just wanted to write a letter of thanks to people who helped me make the Tough Love tour stops a success! I’d been meaning to write a while ago, but things piled up and now seems like an appropriate time to do this.
The amazing thing about the West Coast tour was how perfectly it all went. A two week West Coast tour with 8 city stops with no problems whatsoever. I never got lost, got sick, missed a train or plane, or was ever disappointed by the service I received or any of the people I met along the way.
In fact, the tour (which is still ongoing in the East Coast, where I continue to receive amazing support) gave me a more optimistic outlook on people and the world in general. So many people came out of the woodwork to help me. Old friends and new and even perfect strangers offered me places to stay, 6 am rides to train stations and airports, gorgeous silkscreen posters, press coverage, dinners, personalized cake, and best of all; their friendship, support, and company. And I can’t forget to thank my family, Manic D Press, and my workplace where I’ve found so much encouragement.
In a world where every day there’s something in the news to make us feel bad about the state of humanity, it’s so good to see the beauty of people every day. People who are willing to give and share and take joy in art together. It’s very special and I’ll never forget it. I only hope that I can one day repay all the kindness that has been shown to me this year.
So once again: Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
Our signing at Rocketship was a success despite the rain-soaked afternoon. There was a very good crowd of kids and friends and we had a wonderful time signing books and eating cookies and ice cream. My Powerpuff books sold out and the kids seemed to really like Dolltopia too. Of course Raina‘s Baby-Sitter’s Club books were a big hit and it was super-fun. Rocketship is an amazing store and I strongly encourage NYC residents to check it out!
Check out the sweet flyer Raina did for our signing Nov. 12 at Rocketship!
(I colored it)
Tekserve is located at 119 W. 23 St. b/w 6 and 7 Ave. in NYC
I had the MOST wonderful time signing books in Boston and Northampton with Tim Fish. It turned out to be a perfect weekend to travel up from New York by train. I got some good leaf-peeping in. Love that fall color! It’s hitting the tail end especially farther North, but it’s still amazing and one of the best things about being in New England bar none. Even the trees in my terrace got into the flaming fall act!
My mom and Jim took me to the Harvard Coop (great to see them!) where they had a very nice display and Tim and I got a good responsive crowd for our reading. I also ended up drinking two delish decaf mochas because two people brought them to me at my request accidentally. It’s nice to get that kind treatment as a guest!
After the reading we retired along with our great Boston friends to a cool Mexican place called Border Cafe. Which was crowded and fun with good food at good prices. I ended up back at Tim‘s place late and marveled at his great vintage comics collection!
The next morning we went to a cool Portugese diner called Neighborhood Restaurant for breakfast it was totally cute with great food and all the meals came with a choice of Cream of Wheat (with cinammon) or fruit. The Cream of Wheat was awesome! Here is a funny sign from there.
Then Tim and I made the drive from Boston to Northampton, a gorgeous town I recommend everybody should visit. The comic shop Modern Myths was amazing, had a great selection (in addition to manga, graphic novels, they sell used too! Also, they had Pocky and Ramune soda. Too cool!). The proprieters were so kind and welcoming I was nearly in tears over their hospitality. Before the signing I got a hot chocolate (made with melted dark chocolate) from Cafe Chocolate (or is it Chocolate Cafe?) right nearby. Anyway great place. Afterwards the owners kindly took us to a fantastic Asian restaurant called Zen. Loved it! What a great trip! I also got to see my uncle which was a great treat.
Earlier this week, I had one of those NYC nights. First a MOCCA event on female cartoonists featuring Raina, then I ran across town to Dame Darcy‘s signing of The Illustrated Jane Eyre (which looks amazing!). On the way there, while waiting for a traffic light to change I found myself next to Simon Lebon of Duran Duran. He was with some friends heading into the Angelika for a movie. After Darcy’s signing (great to see her as usual) I had a quick bamboo and tofu dish at a tiny Thai restaurant on Carmine St. and headed home. Nights like that are a reminder of why I love NY. All the culture and the chance of seeing people who affected your life in ways even as a child (though I was more of a John Taylor fan than Simon). I’ve seen so many of my icons here and met quite a few. It’s special to be in a place with that energy and possibility all around. Plus the good food ^_^