I'm updating my blog instead of working on my taxes, you're welcome.

Hello my friends, let's talk about me for a while. Let's be real, guys, you totally want to know what's going on in my life. I'm very interesting.

 
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Working on a few different comics projects right now (and by right now I mean I've got a couple of crazy tight deadlines haha). First crazy deadline: Minicomic for the Massachusetts Historical Society! They've been hosting kids' comics workshops over spring break for a few years now, and last year they started commissioning little comics about historical events to give out. I've been a workshop leader twice, and now I'm making the comic for this year's event. It's about the Irish potato famine, Boston's attempt to help, and the subsequent immigration. The cover will be graced by Cat Rufin's gorgeous watercolors. It's been refreshing to work from J.L. Bell's script, because it's crisp and detailed and you know I like drawing without having to think about what I have to draw, haha. But it's been kind of tough having less than a month to work on the thing! It needs to be done by the beginning of April! Please rescue me.

We had a blackout during Winter Storm Stella, so I tried for a while to continue drawing these dudes from the 1800s by candlelight. (I gave up pretty quickly.)

We had a blackout during Winter Storm Stella, so I tried for a while to continue drawing these dudes from the 1800s by candlelight. (I gave up pretty quickly.)

Teeny preview of some pencils; look at those appetizing potatoes.

Teeny preview of some pencils; look at those appetizing potatoes.

Second crazy deadline: Robot Camp is working on our second anthology! Campfire #2: Ghosts, with stories themed around ghosts, obviously. I'm working on a piece inspired by these mild bouts of dissociation I can get during a depressive episode; it involves a girl haunting her body. Lately I've been tending towards stories that attempt to depict one state of mind or another of my own depression and anxiety. The problem with this is that my writing process involves trying to shove myself into a mini-depression so I can accurately portray the feelings, and crossing my fingers hoping that my mental tether of 'well it's temporary and just for the art and I can get right out of it when I'm done' won't snap. Does that make sense? Anyways, I'm way behind on the process for this story because of that whole self-triggering thing. It is not best practices.

Concept art for 'House Full of Ghosts'. Guess which part I spent the most time on, because I am an obsessive.  

Concept art for 'House Full of Ghosts'. Guess which part I spent the most time on, because I am an obsessive.  

Speaking of Robot Camp, we've heard back from a couple of shows for the season! (When I talk about our convention season I'm generally referring from beginning of spring until whenever MICE happens that year, because it seems to be the last indie show on the east coast and because half of us are local and/or involved in organizing it.) So far, we know we'll be at MeCAF in Portland, ME (6/17), and at SPX in Bethesda, MD (9/16-17). Our name's in the pot for MICE in October, but they are getting swamped in applications, apparently; I'm super proud of them but also nervous for us, haha. I have at least three books/projects that'll be debuting this season, but I don't want to talk about them right now because it's stressing me OUT. That'll have to come next time I remember to write a blog post (and after these freaking deadlines!).

 Alright, the last Big Update of the night: I'm finally moving back to New York! It's been a little over three years, and I'm totally ready to be back in my goddamn heart-home. No offense to Boston - it took me in when I was floating around with no idea what I was doing and helped me figure out my shit - but hot damn is it slow here, or at least not fast and busy and crowded enough for my taste. Now, I always figured I would be getting back to New York eventually, but the reason for this particular timing is that I'm going back to school. Yyyyup, gonna finish my degree this year, because there's a master's program I want to attend but I'll need that bachelor's first. I don't relish the prospect of being a full-time student for another eight months - that feels like a phase of my life that ended a while back - but hey, I'll do it. I'm going to miss having a studio; I definitely won't be able to afford a working space separate from my living space back in New York, haha. I find it hard to get myself into an undistracted work mode at home, so I'm going to have to cordon off an area across the room from my bed and build myself an impenetrable wall made of bedsheets or something.

Guys, does this read like a diary entry? I feel like it kind of does, whoops. I mean, then again, that's basically how I've always treated blogs. A public diary. Anyways, that's it. The end. Back to work. ✌️✨