Song For Saturday
I’m writing this from a bundle of blankets in my room, a room with a sad lack of furniture in it (but lots of boxes of comics). It’s the third weekend in a row that I’ve had lots of work to do, and I’m excited.
This year has been my most successful yet, but not in the ways I expected. In January I released episode one of HIDY, I was involved in a ‘residency’ at Google that allowed me access to lots of technology and studio time, and life was good. I had a plan. But then, around 5 months ago, things shifted course and I found myself presenting for Heroes of Animation. It was a bigger commitment than I had expected, and I found it harder to schedule video shoots (particularly for the cast of HIDY who are always busy).
But in between shoots of HoA, I still had to be doing something of my own. That’s how I finally finished my second comic, Baculum Sets Sail, which I’m very proud of. 3 years and 7 months after the original, I held a printed version of the sequel.
So I decided to push the indie comic thing as far as it could go. Why not have a season of little YouTube meetups disguised as comic signings? I scouted lots of locations, and managed to make plans in Liverpool, Lincoln and London (the alliteration was not planned). It gave me reason to travel in the last bit of the year, which I don’t do enough, and sell a few comics while I was at it.
This weekend is the last in the set, a signing at Orbital Comics, then I’m off to host a gig at Islington Assembly Hall. Next weekend I round up November presenting for StickAID, a 24-hour livestream for charity.
Man, I’m busy. I’m going to get up now and enjoy a coffee and shower. See you London-types in a few hours…