Miss Cellanea

The ADL SF signing went really well. It was nice to see a few familar faces that I met at APE. I didn’t know it was going to be a READING though. Next time that happens I will be prepared.

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Another store to add: It was posted in the comments last week that SHIRTLIFTER is also available through Comic Relief in Berkeley, which is a HUGE relief, since they’re such a good bookstore. I guess they must have stocked the book through Last Gasp (they definitely didn’t get it from me). If you happen to see it anywhere else that I haven’t listed on the blog drop a comment and let me know.

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I’m going to be at the Los Angeles Erotic Art Fair in West Hollywood next weekend. This is sponsored by the Tom of Finland Foundation, and will be my second year there, last year being my first ever public appearance as an artist. In addition to copies of the STICKY hardcover and SHIRTLIFTER, there will be cards, art prints, and my special “Well-Hung Christmas” ornaments. Also, either at my table or his own will be Dave Davenport, with copies of the new Hard to Swallow (in which I have a story). October 8 – 9 at Plummer Park in WeHo — come on by if you are in town.

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The first story (such as it is) on the Roughs webcomic wound up on Wednesday. Although I’ll get back to more straightahead porn, the next two things are going to expand the palette somewhat. First up, starting Sunday I’m putting up a Duotoned and slightly-redrawn version of “Safe”, a comic that appeared in APLA’s anthology Turnover last year. After that, I will begin serializing the story which comprise Shiftlifter #2. While the webcomic will be x-rated, I wouldn’t count on all the explicit stuff making it into the print version. I also wouldn’t NOT count on it either. The point is that I revise a LOT – usually I wind up overwriting and then chopping things back. So don’t be surprised if the strip is a bit frustrating in “a two panels every three days” format. I am very much treating the webcomic as part of my process, rather than an end in and of itself. It is basically a deadline to get things done, but the final iteration is whatever sees print. I know that’s not very webcomixy of me, and I apologize. I never HAVE been very good at drawing in public.

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I can’t figure out if T-shirts might be a good thing to do or a complete waste of time. In my experience, people REALLY don’t walk around with gay erotic images on their shirts. I’d consider doing some less sexually charged images though – maybe faces or something? Anyone want to weigh in pro or con? Or know a good silk-screener in the LA area?

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Cruising at Bar Code

I posted this to the Engine, but just in case anyone happens to read this who may have a clue, feel free to jump in.

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It is very-likely that a non-DM distributor is going to take a bunch of copies of my already printed first issue of SHIRTLIFTER for distribution. In order to do this, they need a barcode and ISBN number to put it into their system. Since it was a floppy, it never even occurred to me to have a barcode put on the book. The silly man will not be repeating that mistake in the future.

Now, while I know how to hold of an ISBN number, and understand how to generate a barcode, I’m not sure about the best way to get those pesky barcodes printed and stuck onto the comics. I’m assuming that self-printed inkjet or laser-labels aren’t going to fly, and I would also prefer a label that’s removable, if possible. The covers are a pretty thick, coated stock, so i think the labels should peel off if I find ones with the right kind of adhesive. I just have no idea what that adhesive might be.

This is not something I’ve ever even thought about before — I’m sure there must be commercial printers that do this kind of thing, as I’ve seen post-printed stickers applied to CDs and books before, but I have no idea what to even ask for. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of thing, or be able to point me in the right direction? It would be much appreciated.

Two new stores

SHIRTLIFTER is available in two new places, both in Halifax, Nova Scotia (my old hometown):

Strange Adventures – great comic book shop
Venus Envy — great source for womens’ and queer books, as well as sexual aids.

That means I’ve got Canada covered coast to coast! (Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax). Well, not really — it’s a big place. Any recs on good stores in Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg, or Edmonton?

The Book of LoveBoy Trouble

Green Candy Press has released The Book of Boy Trouble, a tasty collection of material from Robert Kirby and David Kelly‘s seminal alt.gay.cartoonist zine. In addition to grabbing the highlights from the long out of print first four issues of Boy Trouble, there is also new and redone material from contributors past and present, including 16 pages of color. I’ve also got a story in the book — the previously unpublished “Crush” which, although its been on this website for a few years now, has never appeared in print before. I picked up my copy at Little Sisters over the weekend, so more than likely your local LGBT bookstore will have copies available as well.