I have spent the past three days driving between Brooklyn and the South Bronx in a box van, collecting furniture from Craigslist sellers/donators. (Should I be proud that I am 37 and my new husband's and my first apartment together has been furnished via Freecycle and $50 Craigslist furniture bargains? Or is it just a bit pathetic?). Anyway, three days of Manhattan-related road rage plus a unique stellar alignment of work-related women being utter arses has left Alex not a happy girl.
But there is salvation, as ever, in comics. I've been saving up my comics-related news for a while and it's time to spill.
If you have an iPhone, and have never bought the three issues of Smoke - my action/sci-noir that came out from IDW some years ago - you can go Comixology's fab iPhone app and get each issue for a mere 99 cents to read in iTunes! Or just nab the free 17-page preview of issue 1. At comixology this week Smoke is the featured item and there is also a podcast with me where I say "um" a lot, mumble a little, and mention several pieces of exciting news. I'll leave the podcast to explain the exciting news first, but will mention it all next week once the podcast has moved on to its next
Later this week, the League of Extremely Ordinary Gentlemen podcast name-checks my soon-to-be-published Kat & Mouse 4 (Tokyopop) as an all-ages comic to read. The podcast also guest-stars Harris O'Malley orgraphicnovelist of this parish, so you should definitely check it out when it goes up at Spill.com.
I have mixed feelings about Kat & Mouse 4 finally being published. On the one hand, it's some of my, Fe', and Cari's best work and I'm glad it's finally out of limbo and able to conclude the series. On the other hand, Tokyopop are only rushing it out because if they don't publish it by 26 September, the rights revert to me - and I'd actually do something with them, instead of just sitting on them as Tokyopop is doing. They won't even let the book be put on Comixology, which blows as it's JUST the sort of book that would work great being read by tweens on their phones.
But that's been my week - win some, lose more. Nothing's really a clear-cut "good" at the moment. Unless you like my comics, in that you'll think it's a clear-cut good I'm finally writing some new ones, and getting around to finishing some old ones. If you don't like my comics, oh internet person, I refer you to Tina Fey's Golden Globes acceptance speech.