Monday, October 09, 2006

SPX: THE FINAL STRETCH

Okay. I'm actually in a good place with the latest issue of Earth Minds Are Weak. I was starting to doubt whether I'd get all the printing/assembling done in time for SPX this weekend, but I wound up finishing most of the work. All the interior books are fully printed and assembled. I just have to apply the stickers to the envelopes and stuff them. I went through a brief bitch session asking why I'd decided on these stickers, but the finished product is so worth it. And the application isn't bad at all. If I was doing 200 of them, there'd be a problem.

Hopefully, by the time I've posted this on the blog (emailing from work), I'll have bought new reams and some gluestick. I have about four sheets of usable paper left. Where did all my reams go?

I'm also doing some updating on the Cliff Face site. I never put issue six up on the EMAW page... until now. I'm also thinking that I'd like to do something different with that page in the next couple weeks. Fix the jpegs, for starters. Maybe make it a page of thumbs that link to larger images. And we need to do something about the store. What happened to Marcos' plans? His big plans?

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Still working on the LIST as the quarter mark approaches. I've hit another moment of "haven't listened to it enough to know what to do"itis with the Dillinger Escape Plan. For some reason, for years, I thought they were a ska band. I don't know where I got this idea from. But the idea was so ingrained, I managed to completely ignore
their existence (ska being one of the lowest forms of music — sorry, Kenny!). Anyway, it turns out that they're grind core, or math core or grind math core or corey hart's math grind. Whatever. There's good stuff, but I need to listen to it a little more before I can figure out how it fits on the list.

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I have read a few comics recently. I read Criminal, which is really well-done, not particularly ground-breaking, questionably interesting basic caperism. It's SO run-of-the-mill, that it's hard to really get behind it. But it's so well-constructed that it's hard not to like it. I just wish there was a little more 'new' to it. BRUBAKER!

The new American Splendor has some nice colabs with Eddie Campbell and Richard Corben. Pekar's work really shines when he's paired with really interesting artists. My first Pekar story was drawn by Joe Sacco, and all his comics should look so good.

I haven't made my way all the way through the new Kramer's Ergo. I don't know why. Maybe because the thrill of it seems to have worn off. Maybe because Pa-Ping is doing what Kramer's could be doing. Maybe because it's gotten too caught up in its own hype? I just don't know. I'll finish it eventually.

I figured I should read Jodorowsky and Mœbius' Incal series, since that's the inspirational touchstone for the next EMAWs. It's a nice enough read, much better than the Metabaron stuff. Actually, there's a LOT to absolutely love about it, but I find that French storytelling to be so awkward. There's more space to the storytelling than in some other French series, but I'd still like a little bit more (I say this as someone who is about to debut a comic where I eliminated almost all storytelling space). It's also quite beautiful. I still like the idea that the next big book I do is more "what I think French sci-fi comics are like having only seen untranslated versions of them" than "this is me trying to do French comics." If that makes any sense.

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