Welcome again devoted macro-blogging readers!
Wanted to quick do a write-up of all the interesting and exciting events that have happened in the recent weeks. I had a fantastic trip traveling to Maryland for SPX and then coming through Minneapolis to wrap up a few loose ends in the cities. Saw so many fantastic friends, made so many memories, and my bag was so full of books I had to take my copy of Bug Boys out to check my bag.
While at SPX I roomed with the delightful Alice Stoehr and Ashley Avard, who are co-hosts on one of my favorite comics podcasts We Should Be Friends. Many episodes of Say Yes to the Dress were watched in our hotel room alongside Carolyn Nowak's husband guy Sean Thompson as he read Pet Semetary (not pictured below). While talking with my father before the trip, he couldn't believe I would be rooming with people that I had never met before, but after a year of talking to them on Twitter it felt like we were already old friends.
A definite highlight of my SPX experience was going to SPX Prom sporting a Gina Wynbrandt "Manhunt" shirt, scarfing down fruit from the chocolate fountain and a whiskey sour offered by Wendy Xu. Aatmaja Pandya played the perfect alternative cartoonist DJ set after the crowd was warmed up by Chris Kindred and Tony Breed.
(Thank you Wendy! I think I ran off without properly thanking you because Aatmaja was playing Carly Rae!)
As for favorite purchases at the show, there was far too many for me to even begin to name, but some of my favorites include:
- Perfect Hair by Tommi Parrish
- Bug Boys Volume 1 by Laura Knetzger
- Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson
- Don't Get Eaten by Anything by Dakota McFadzean
- Froniter 11 - "BDSM" by Eleanor Davis
- Frontier 13 - "Fatherson" by Richie Pope
The SPX leg of my trip ended with a late night adventure to grab Chinese food ordered from a bootleg menu with Ensley, Cathi Chavers, Veronica Agarwal, and Lee Durfy-Lavoie. Krispy Kreme commemorated our achievement in driving 20 minutes to track down this mysterious take-out. Waking up early to boogie to the airport, my dreams were fulfilled by seeing the Washington Monument from the highway in our 4:30 AM taxi cab.
Accompanied by Madeline and Rosemary, I arrived safe and sound in Minneapolis to sell all my loose possessions that had lagged behind. Amazingly I had a chance to see the piece I'd contributed to the Tiny Homes exhibition at the Light Grey Art Lab pictured below.
By this point in the trip I was exhausted and greasy! Illustrator pal and recent MCAD MFA grad Alex Mitchell gracefully drove me to the airport and I thought I'd finally make it home.
Surprise! A flash flood shook the Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport, unloading hail that was rattling the windows and shaking the building! After a frustrating evening sleeping on the floor and being rebooked through LAX and Salt Lake, I finally, FINALLY got on my flight home. Below is a picture Ria VW snapped when I almost wept seeing my suitcase sitting at baggage claim, after my long two days of airport purgatory.
My reward on the other end was seeing all my Van Weerdhuizen siblings who'd come down to New Plymouth, Idaho to take part in my niece's 5th birthday. A great time was had by everyone there and as you can see I quickly had washed my Manhunt shirt for the occasion. ;)
Since then it doesn't feel as if I've gotten off the roller coaster. What was originally posted on Twitter as fan poster is now the OFFICIAL poster for the Screaming Females concert in Boise. Thanks to the Duck Club for reaching out and allowing me to provide an illustration to promote one of my absolute favorite bands.
It seems as if months of my life have all happened in the last two weeks and I'm not even getting off the roaster coaster!
On Thursday, I'll be starting a grand new job at Treasure Valley Community College here in Ontario, Oregon as a Recruiting Coordinator but until that first paycheck comes in I've opened up 10 commission slots (one of which was been filled).
If you'd like a pen drawing similar to those below, I'm taking $15 commissions of pop culture characters! My Venmo is venmo.com/chasingcomics and I can be paid via Paypal at cvanweerdhuizen (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks once again for reading and will hopefully have even more exciting news in the weeks to come.