At Alternative Press Expo, I met author and artist Derf Backderf (check out his website at www.derfcity.com). Derf has been in the comic story business for decades. He is even-keeled and a nice guy. I talked with him and learned from him. Some of his advice for writers: younger girls are a big audience, and floppies (that’s what he called comic books) are not a great market so do graphic novels.
I bought two of Derf’s books, which I read… no, I devoured! My Friend Dahmer is about Derf going to high school with Jeffrey Dahmer. Yes, THAT Jeffery Dahmer. It was creepy, fascinating, touching, unflinching truthful, and horrifying: Dahmer’s path from troubled teen to serial killer, ending with him picking up his first victim, a hitchhiker. That death is not shown, but you know. Derf drew a Super Holly sketch in the book I bought. That was nice of him, that was outside his usual subject matter.
Trashed is about Derf’s former job as a garbage man. I read this yesterday when I was at a Toyota service center having a strut repaired. I laughed out loud at and with the working stiffs toughing out the most gut-churning grossest job in the world. (I did not look around to see if anyone was looking at me funny when I laughed.) This book has the best barroom insult ever thrown by a liberal. This book is well-researched, and you will never look at a garbage bin the same way ever again.
I also got a sketch from Joel Stokes (facebook and twitter). I bought Joel’s Daily Diary and Rogues. Fun reads, but I wish I could find a link where to buy them! Joel, if you know, let me know and I will post a link.
Last weekend, I was at the San Francisco Comic Con. I bought a graphic novel called This Yeti For Hire! or The Yeti with the Lace Kerchief. The story of a Yeti police detective. I had Sean Morgan draw Super Holly turned into a yeti (abominable snow-woman), with my barber Lash sizing up the situation and using one of my favorite lines from the old Johnny Quest cartoon.
I also bought another issue of Afterburner: Tales of the Cool and the Wicked. On Friday, I talked to Robert Stewart about his art and writing, and I showed him some Super Holly artwork I had with me. On Saturday, he pointed to his portfolio of artwork, and said I should check it out. I saw this on top.
Wow. Super Holly as film noir, as Heavy Metal. Cool and Wicked. I bought it. That was very nice of him to draw for me before I even asked. Or maybe when he looked at me, he saw a dollar sign. I gave him a little more than his asking price.
As I have said before (click here), I got to know Casey when he did open mics. And he is so going into one of my future stories. Super Holly Hansson appreciates good indy music. And she’d likely think Casey is cute. As Super Holly once told him, “Hey, Casey! Love your music! Lemme show you how much!” (Holly wraps her arms around him and gives him a big kiss, and he tastes her strawberry lip gloss.) “How do you like that… Hey! Watch where you put those hands, guitar boy!”
At Hydra Comic Con today, I asked Rich Koslowski (creator, artist, and writer of The 3 Geeks, best comic book about fanboys ever!) for a Super Holly Hansson sketch. He wrote the dialog for The 3 Geeks (perfectly written nose joke!), and I wrote Holly’s thought balloon. BEST SUPER HOLLY SKETCH EVER!!!
And here is one from Lane Terasaki, who does not have a website yet for me to point to. He was drawing a dark and grim Batman sketch, so I asked for Holly looking grim and drinking coffee. (The word balloon is mine.)
I was at Colossus Con in Pleasanton today. I got a couple of Super Holly art commissions and met an author and a nice actress. Scroll to see it all.
From artist Robin Holstein, here is what Super Holly does when her e-bracelet can’t get a signal, and thus her Google Maps fails, and thus she can’t find the Colossus Con where she was gonna be at a table signing her graphic novel.
Here is actress Cathy Garver (my big fat head hides a little of her name). She was Cissy on the TV show Family Affair, and the voice of Firestar on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and a bunch of other acting and voice-over roles (I should have talked to her about doing voices, darn it). I bought her autobiography, which she will mail to me (she ran out of copies at the con). I respect actors. That is a tough way to make a living; the work is usually not steady.
And Kathy had at her table the SCARIEST DOLLY FACE OF ALL TIME, MRS. BEASLY! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
I talked to a couple other artists about doing a couple little commissions later. It will take a while, but I will post when I get them.
At a Red Rock Coffee open mic some time ago, I read a Super Holly story that went over well. When I sat back down in the audience, a cute little girl ran up to me and gave me some artwork that she drew. (You can say it: “Aw!”) That made me feel good.
I then proceeded to lose the artwork for a few months. It turned up when I recently did some home cleaning. I felt good when I found it, cuz I’d felt bad when I lost it. Here’s the artwork (color edited to make yellow show up better, I had to have those stars).