I will be exhibiting at the 5th Annual Hairrison Street Festival in San Francisco this Sunday, August 31 from 11 AM – 6 PM. I will be sharing a booth in the artists area with fellow cartoonists Justin Hall and Ed Luce. I’ll be telling my new SHIRLIFTER t-shirts, copies of my books, cards and art prints. If you’re in the neighborhood and inclined to check out the festival, come on by and say hi!
The first volume of my graphic novel “Unpacking” ends its serialization at Adultwebcomics on September 12. Although the story itself is not complete – there will be two more volumes – the strip will have arrived at a natural break.
That strip will also be my final posting at Adultwebcomics.com. The following week, I will be moving online serialization of my comics to Modern Tales , one of the first webcomics sites to come along back in the early part of the decade.
Because Modern Tales is a more mainstream (read: all-ages venue) venue, the sexually explicit content that’s been present in the work will not be present online. That doesn’t mean that sex will not be present, but it won’t be anything that couldn’t be seen on cable television. This isn’t going to compromise the work – its more or less how I’e been doing the strip for the past six months, anyway. If anything, I’ve been guilty of ramping up the explicitness of the work simply because I’ve been serializing it on an adult website, where sexual content has sort of been the requirement. This way I can have people spend six months chopping vegetables without feeling too guilty that there’s nothing hot going on.
I’ll be starting over at Modern Tales with a slightly revised/colorized serialization of my story “Unmade Beds” from SHIRTLIFTER #1, which will be officially out of print by the time it starts (I have 10 copies left, and I don’t anticipate that they will last past the Hairrison Street Fair: once the 5 copies that Amazon has left run, out, that’s going to be it). That will give me enough time to finish the revisions on Book One, and get a good head start on Book Two, which will start running in the new year.
I’ve just received the test print of the first t-shirt since I started doing gay comics. I’ve always sort of wanted to do some, but never really got around to it. But I’m going to be exhibiting at the Hairrison street festival this year, and I think people will be more likely to buy shirts and carry them around with them than they will be to carry around comics and art prints, so that spurred me. It’s a 2 color design, and the image comes from the final page of SHIRTLIFTER Issue #1. I think they turned out rather well, and am definitely going to do more in the coming months.
The run is being done by Shayne from www.thebearoutpost.com who I modelled some t-shirts for a while back. I’ll probably be making them available through that site as well, but for right now it’ll be available at Hairrison and right here.
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In the next month I’m working on revisions to this first volume of “Unpacking”, the graphic novel I’ve been serializing over at Adultwebcomics.com. This first chunk will comprise the bulk of SHIRTLIFTER #3. The version over at AWC was very much my first draft. In order to make things cohere better, I’m rewriting dialogue, reordering sections, cutting out some parts, and adding others.
The image above is a work in progress, taken from one of the pages I’m adding into the book. It, like most of the scenery in the book, is taken from one of my many, many trips to Vancouver to see Glenn (my ex BF), my friends, and my sister.