I've been doing plenty in the past few months, I just ain't been writing about them like I should be.
Like did you know I went to WonderCon? Of course you didn't, because I barely talked about it when it was happening! The end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 was such a mess for me, professionally AND artistically. I was actually travelling quite a lot for work, and then wound up travelling a lot for art and for fun as well. Work sent me both to Columbia, South Carolina AND Tacoma, Washington in a two month period, and right after I returned home, I wound up in Disneyland with three VERY good friends. A week after that I was swept away to WonderCon and since I've been home, I've been attempting to decompress between changing assignments at work, dentist appointments, car repairs and relatives coming to visit. What a life!
So anyway, a Monday to myself (mostly, at least) seems like a great time to pick up the good habit of writing in my blog, and why not upload my WonderCon photos as well? They've been sitting harmlessly on my phone for a month, and now, I unleash them upon you, the unwitting public!
I was first contacted for possible participation at WonderCon back in February by longtime collaborator Tara Madison Avery. you'll remember her from Stacked Deck Press, she is responsible for getting me into the "We're Still Here" and the "Alphabet" compilations. She at first was asking me if I knew anyone who would be a good fit for their Furry Panel. Most of the furries I know in real life don't really draw that much anymore. Being the opportunist I was, I volunteered! She said that sounded great, and before i knew it I was tumbling headfirst into into being part of the Furry Panel, the Trans Voices Panel and setting up a signing at the Stacked Deck and Prism Comics booth! I think most of these plans were being made from my hotel room when I was still in Tacoma.
The really funny part was after spending a week at Disney Land in Anaheim, I came back home and went RIGHT back to Anaheim. I guess I did not realize at first that the convention center was literally just a block or two away from Disney Land. It's interesting how many such cycles I tend to notice in my life. I find myself revisiting locations like this over and over again, and I dunno. It strikes me as fascinating and somewhat whimsical.
Our hotel was about 6 blocks away from the convention center (Me and Tara wound up sharing). Far away enough that I didn't wanna walk it, but close enough to where diving felt like a hassle. Also, parking was a nightmare, but that was mostly my own fault cuz I kept on sleeping and deciding I wanted to show up around 11 or 12. The second day, the garage was actually closed and surrounded by police! I dunno if something actually happened there, or if those are just the measures the city of Anaheim has to take to guard parking structures at or around the convention center and Disney Land at peak hours? I wound up parking in a different hotel's parking garage instead which felt a little too meta for my own good.
In either case, the convention was GREAT! The panels went GREAT! and above all, hanging out and signing at the Prism/Stacked Deck booth was GREAT!
One of these panels did make it onto YouTube and I highly recommend you watch it!
Click the picture to see the video!
I know you're probably wondering, cuz I was wondering a lot too. WHY was I on a Furry panel to begin with? Well maybe you're wondering, maybe you're actually "In The Know", but TransCat, while not being a furry in the strictest sense of the word, but she's managed to amass quite the furry fanbase regardless. Makes sense, right? Catgirl? Cat ears? I didn't give her a tail, though. I'll bet if I did, I'd have an even BIGGER furry fanbase! Oh well, lessons learned.
There's s'more progress to report on. More music from the TransCat soundtrack is being released! My dear friend Dylan Farnum put together a badass rendition of "Santo Gold" from the mysterious unreleased film Blood Circus! When I first saw the trailer to this lost piece of shit, I was enthralled by the song that was in it, entitled "Santo Gold" by the equally mysterious and lost artist, also named "Santo Gold". The song, and by extension, the movie, was all meant to be one big commercial for director Santo Victor Rigatuso's fake gold jewelry telemarketing scam. Despite it's extremely inauspicious origins, the song remains a banger, and Dylan did a great job with it! Check it out!
Click the picture to hear the song!
Those are all my updates for now, but in June I'll be going back to Q-Con in Hollywood and you can bet I'll have a lot more pictures in stories!
Until next time, dear readers. See you... OUT THERE!