Friday, May 02, 2003

Today is awful. I have nothing to do at work, and the time is dragging by. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't X-Men tonight. Agh, I wish it was 9:30 already... I wanna watch X-Men!

I know, I know, I'm behaving insufferably, but it can't be helped. I was just very much into the X-Men comics as a kid, and I hear that this movie is supposed to be great, and the anticipation is killing me.

Ok, I gotta focus on something else. What else is going on? Well, it is going to cost a lot of money to print up Gabagool! #4 the way I want it. So much that I am re-thinking my original concept of what I wanted and downgrading the product a bit. At the moment, instead of having it printed on nice paper with a un-glossy card stock cover, I think I am goign to end up with a comic printed entirely on glossy paper, including the cover, which will be the same stock as the interior. Hopefully this will make it affordable. Chris is concerned, I don't blame him, because not only do we have to pay for this, but we have to pay for issue 5 too in a few months. And then #6 and then so on, unless of course things go according to plan and some publisher realizes that Gabagool! is a cash-cow just waiting to be discovered and the series is picked up.

My major dilemma now is that I have gotten so excited about printing the comic, I don't see any way I can be talked into going back to the crummy ass Kinkos way of doing it.

Anyway, if I don't finish the comic soon this won't be an issue, because I won't be able to get it printed in time for MOCCA anyway...

So, this weekend I am going to work my ass off and get a lot of this stuff done. Aliza is going to Jersey tomorrow to see her parents and look at florists, and then on Sunday she is looking at bridemaids dresses, so that means more time for me to work. I have to do 2 and a half pages, the cover and the inside front cover. I hope to have almost all of it done by monday morning, but that won't happen.

I'll update on monday and we'll see how I did. I will have seen X-Men by then, so at the very least I will be a bit more coherent and focused...

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Bought a couple comics last night at the comic store, including Robert Ullman's "Grand Gestures", a new issue of "The Nimrod", and Robert Crumb's "Art and Beauty magazine" #2. The R. Crumb was my favorite by far, just 'cos the drawings are so amazing. That goes to show you what a lifetime of honing your craft can get you, some seriously nice looking drawings. I eagerly await the time when I'm an old man and can draw so good.Sadly, none of the comics lasted me until this morning, so I had nothing to read on my subway ride to work.

Still have a ways to go on the Gabagool! #3 coloring for moderntales, but I am confident it'll get done. They need it by early June, so that gives me all of May, and I only have to do 12 more pages. For a sneak peak at what this stuff is coming out like, click here.

Tomorrow is the X2 premeire. Ridiculously, we had to buy our tickets on monday to go see this movie tomorrow. It is going to be a mad-house at the movie theater, I am not looking forward to it. There are a bunch of people going who I know, but I am planning on meeting up with them after the film. I can't be bothered with trying to wrangle a row of seats for twenty people so we can all sit together. Who gives a shit? I'm not planning on talking to any of them in the movie. All's I'm concerned about is getting a reasonable seat for myself, the rest can fend for themselves. Sadly, my eagerness to see this movie has caused me to read a considerable number of reviews, and now I think there is probably very little left in the movie that I don't already know about...

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Good gabagool! review today here. Gabagool! is a joy to read, a JOY.

Chris wasn't too happy about not being mentioned in the review. I don't blame him. I would flip a lid if my name got left out. In fact, when someone wrote to me to tell me they enjoyed Chris's artwork, that's exactly what I did. Well, "flip out" is too strong a word, I just made a point of correcting them when I replied to thank them for their kind words.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Couple of links:

Got a good review yesterday from Rich Watson of A View From the Cheap Seats for my mini comic Cabaret Comix #2. You can find it on this page. (It's the only one that scored an "A". I rule)

Aliza started a blog too. It can be read here. I think her's and mine will just go swimmingly together since we will probably both be talking a lot about our upcoming nuptials.

For instance, tonight we will be continuing our quest to be registered. I think we will be hitting flatwares and dinnerwares and stuff like that. Sure to be thrilling!

On thursday we meet up with the guys who're going to play at the reception. we need to figure out which songs we want them to learn. One that occured to me yesterday was "Funny How Love Is" by Queen. It's a nice little jam, and it's by Queen who rule. It's a win-win.

Monday, April 28, 2003

We had friends over on friday night to play games (a game called "Apples to Apples" and then a round of Trivial Pursuit in which Aliza and I were creamed...), and then on saturday out to Chris's house in brooklyn for another little soire. I ate tostitos for dinner both nights. All the chips have mashed up in my colon and become this immovable mass. I can eat nothing but Broccoli for the rest of the week if I ever wanna get regular again...

But seriously, Chris's girlfriend Vania makes the best dip for chips ever. Seriously, no joke. The best. That is probably why I ate seventeen economy sized bags of Tostitos...

Yesterday was nice. Once we got out of bed we began the joyous task of registering. We walked over to this gigantic Crate and Barrel over on broadway and Houston. On the way we found ourselves walking behind an "ex" of Aliza's, who was also going into Crate and Barrel. So we had to duck out of sight and go to H&M to look at T-shirts for a bit until we thought it safe to go back to Crate and Barrel. Childish, I know, but really I got no need to be making awkward chit-chat with some doof that Aliza used to date. Plus, he was like 8 feet taller than me, so that makes it even worse. But he had dumb hair and wore a motorcycle jacket, which makes him uncool, so that part was okay.

After we registered (we did well with baking stuff, but lousy with everything else) we went and bought something to grow in the flowerpot that used to house the plant that Aliza recently killed (Some friends of hers refer to her as "scorched earth" after a plant sitting mishap from a few years back). Then we went and had a late lunch at some Italian place near our apartment with all these wide open breezy windows. It was so beautiful and sunny out, and the food was good, and we'd accomplished one of the ka-jillion tasks we still have to do for this wedding, so I felt really really good. If I didn't have a concrete ball of corn chips sitting in my gut it would have been perfect.

Went home, hung out, wrote some cards to my groomspeople, and drew Gabagool pages while listening to Joe Frank on NPR. I don't know why I like listening to his show. Usually it is nothing but whiny self-centered people telling whiny self-centered stories about themselves, but for some reason I find it to be fascinating. Aliza hates it. It is like her sunday night torture, as I listen to it in the bedroom late at night while she tries to sleep.