Archive for April, 2008

Manga news! I’m adapting Gakuen Prince!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Big news! I just got my first assignment adapting a manga translation! It’s for the upcoming Del Rey Manga release, Gakuen Prince by Jun Yuzuki. It promises to be funny and have pretty boys (like my fave manga The Wallflower), sounds just right for me!

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© 2006 Jun Yuzuki / KODANSHA LTD. All rights reserved.

More on that Women in Comics panel

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Marion Vitus posted a great blog on the Friends of Lulu website about the panel I moderated. It was fun and educational! Read the run-down here.

Glitter Never Fades

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Last night I went out and saw the Squeezebox movie at the Tribeca Film Fest. Squeezebox was a pansexual weekly rock and roll party with great punky drag queens and go-go dancers that I went to regularly for several years at the turn of this century. The party ended in 2001 and and since then this documentary has been in production. Anyway, finally seeing it was so much fun and it was wonderful to share with my friends who had experienced the great times there with me. I definitely felt sentimental watching it and happy too. The other cool thing was that so many of the people in the movie were in the audience and the after-party with us and they were all people we used to dance with weekly. People like Michael Schmidt, Mistress Formika, Miss Guy, Lily of the Valley, Jayne County, Deborah Harry, Justin Bond, Michael T, John Cameron Mitchell, Theo, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and so many more were all there and performed at the after-party. We got comped in, we used to always get comped at Squeezebox when it was going, it’s nice to be treated as a “regular” even at a party that’s been gone for 7 years! It was so great to see Debbie Harry, she sang X Offender (my fave Blondie song) and looked amazing in a tight pink dress). I will love her and all of these performers forever! Definitely a sentimental time, but so much fun. I also happen to be in the movie for about 3 seconds of footage total and there is a great segment with my friend Mr. Tim (a wonderful friendship which I owe to Squeezebox) showing the Squeezebox comic which I did the cover for. So i felt part of the “history” as it were. I’m not sure how people who weren’t a part of it will feel about the movie, but I enjoyed it.

A Very Special NY Comicon!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The NY Comicon was so great! While I didn’t have a table, I participated by moderating the amazing Women In Comics panel on Friday. It had the amazing talents of Karen Green, Gail Simone, Becky Cloonan, Shelly Bond, Jennifer Grunwald, and Heidi MacDonald. That is pretty much a dream line-up and we had a packed room. As moderator I got to plan the questions with the help of Marion Vitus, who organized the whole thing for Friends of Lulu and it was just such a great experience! Probably the best Women in Comics panel I’ve been involved with and I think a lot of attendees would agree. Then Saturday I signed at the FOL booth and Sunday I was a panelist on Sticky Pages, a gay panel moderated by the ever talented Ivan Velez Jr. There were a LOT of amazing panelists on that one (including Joan Hilty, Ariel Schrag, Jose Villarubia, Phil Jimenez, Tim Fish, Jennifer Camper, and more)  and everybody was great, that one was also packed. I think the state of comics is looking pretty great when these diversity focused panels are getting such a great crowd response at a mainstream convention like this.  The big news of the con for us was the debut of Saltwater Taffy, Matt’s gorgeous new book from Oni. On a side note, this is the first time I saw Billy’s Bakery set up at Javits Center and I was so happy! They make some of my fave NY cupcakes ^_^

Bronx Library Workshop Pics!

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

The Library workshop in the Bronx went great! The kids were so enthusiastic and talented! Here are some pics courtesy of my good friend Larry Brown:

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NY Comicon Schedule!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

April 18-20
New York Comicon at Jacob Javitz Center

Friday – 5pm-6pm Women in Comics Panel! Room 1E07
WOMEN IN COMICS
Gail Simone, Heidi MacDonald, Karen Green, Jennifer Grünwald, Shelly Bond and Becky Cloonan will discuss the State of the industry from their perspective, plus insight into their exciting current projects, moderated by Abby Denson.

Saturday – noon signing at Friends of Lulu booth #840

Sunday – Gay Comics Panel! April 20th, 12 noon in Room 1E03
STICKY PAGES 2: NEW YORK COMIC CON SUPER-QUEERO EDITION!
TOPIC OF DISCUSSION: GAYS IN COMICS; GLORIFIED, GENTRIFIED, OR GHETTO-SIZED?
Featuring: Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother 1 & 2, Dangerous Women), Ivan Velez (Ghost Rider, Static, Blood Syndicate, Tales Of The Closet and Dead High Yearbook), Ariel Shrag (AWKWARD, POTENTIAL), Abby Denson (Tough Love), Joan Hilty (DC COMICS, Bitter Girl), Allan Neuwirth & Glenn Hanson (Chelsea Boyz), Jose Villarubia (VOICE OF THE FIRE, MIRROR OF LOVE, Marvel Comics, Vertigo), and more!

Kids Comics day at Jim Hanley’s and flowers!

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I stopped in to Jim Hanley’s today where they were having an amazing kid’s comics day event! I snapped some pics of Misako Rocks, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, and Jay Lynch. It was a cool time!

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Then I had some frozen yogurt at the nearby Crazy Bananas that has a very strange display which is pictured below. They also had a signed picture of Molly Shannon from SNL, who is apparently a fan of their store. I thought the yogurt was pretty good. The fruit on top of it was fresh.

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Then I went home and enjoyed some more local flowers yay!

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Flowers!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I had a nice trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Museum last weekend. I recommend checking it all out and to check out The Dinner Party at the museum. It was amazing seeing it in person after all the photos I’ve seen in art books. I took a few snaps of the flowers and also a few from my backyard which is just starting to bud. Enjoy!

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HPGRP opening was fun!

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Had a blast at the most recent Art Fair! Here are some pics.

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This is the cool window display. Nice!