June 24th, 2007 | Travels and Appearances
Man. Sorry about the problems with the site, everyone. This is the first second I’ve had to post. Thursday night I drove down to Brattleboro to do a reading for Everyone’s Books. Look! Here I am with NLC from the blog and his daughter Maera.
Then Friday morning the website was down and I had to leave for NYC, for the MoCCA Festival. MoCCA gave me the festival award yesterday, which was a great honor. But it meant that I had to put together a new, slightly different powerpoint talk, which of course I worked myself into a swivet over for no good reason and consequently hardly got any sleep Friday night. The festival is really lovely, though–I’m going back today just to wander around. Of all the comics festivals I’ve been too, this is my favorite.
Here’s a random shot from yesterday of the inside of the Puck Building, where the exhibits are.
And here I am drawing stuff for people. They have cartoonists draw pictures on request in exchange for a donation to the museum. $25 for a
handjob head shot, $50 for a full body. It was really fun.
Okay. Now I have to pack. Then go back to the festival for a while. Then take the train to DC to the American Library Association convention. In the meantime I will be working myself into a swivet about the talk I have to give tomorrow when I receive a Stonewall Award for Fun Home from the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table.
It’s very stressful being given awards! And you’re not allowed to talk about it. You know, because you should be so lucky. I actually had a most delightful conversation yesterday with Art Spiegelman (who requires no hyperlink) on this topic. He relayed a conversation he’d had with Matt Groening who said yeah, you can’t complain to anyone about the strains of success because it’s like saying that the ashtrays are full in your Rolls Royce. I like that. Although in my case it’s more of a Prius.
I’m trying to be all cool about having a conversation with Art Spiegelman. But I’m not really. It was AWESOME.