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happy new year, everyone!

I am going to start my year by reading Issue 31 of my DFC, which arrived a couple days early. Whoo hoo!

Lots of love and snuffly rabbit and sheep kisses in 2009 from Lettuce, Vern and the bunnies.



Edit: I just noticed that Alison Bechdel has a double-page spread in the latest edition of Granta magazine of new writing, on the theme of Fathers. She's based her submission very much on the material in her recent book, Fun Home, but the strip has a few new things to say, so it's not just an advert for her book. It's great to see Granta taking up comics as a form of new writing, I hope they do more!

I've seen Bechdel give two talks, and they were so inspiring, partly for what she said and party for the way she used comics to do most of the talking for her. Once was at Bryn Mawr College in, oh, '95(?), when making comics wasn't even slightly on the cards (although she may have given me a glimmer of a plan). And the other time was a couple years ago, when I was at art college with Ellen Lindner, and we trundled up to the venue in central London. I think I looked especially threadbare and studenty that night, because the cashier at Prêt-a-Manger looked at me rather pityingly and wouldn't let me pay for the muffin I had for dinner.

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chamonkee
Jan. 1st, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
I read mine a couple of days ago, such a good issue The new stuff is pretty cool especially Mirabilis. Although Super Animal Adventure Squad was too funny.
and how on new years day are you able to post so early in the morning?
jabberworks
Jan. 1st, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Through sheer force of will. I have SO much work do to today, ack. Hope you had a good time last night! We left the party just after midnight but it was so far away that we didn't get back for hours after that.
chamonkee
Jan. 1st, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Yeah last night was fun I stayed in and watched Jules Holland whilst baking a cake. Managed to be good and go to bed just after midnight. So I could get up early and get working. Which didn't quite go to plan. Since someone texted me aroun 1.30-2 in the morning and it took me hours to get get back to sleep again.
jabberworks
Jan. 1st, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh dear, sorry about that! My last thought before I fell asleep was wondering if I'd texted 'happy new year' or 'happy birthday' by accident.

Baking a cake sounds fun, I think I would have been better doing that. I really like the people who were throwing the party, but I was so tired and couldn't string a decent sentence together and just sort of sat around looking spaced out. I didn't dare drink very much for fear of making it worse. And my friends' teenagers were having a wild party in the next room and I could hear the effects of some first-time drinking on people. Actually, that was really amusing. There was a funny woman in our room, the executive producer of an upcoming film called 'An Englishman in New York' with John Hurt, and she was telling stories about her punk days and all the places she went to see the bands. She said there was a window of two years when punk really happened, before it went commercial. Stuart is the same age as her but rather shamefacedly admitted to being more attracted to prog rock at the time, just as it was going terribly out of style. I can't really see Stuart as a hardcore punk.
chamonkee
Jan. 1st, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like a pretty cool party. I don't think I've actually left the house in the past 5 years on new years. Mind you this year was one of the first years that one of my friends had a party and I missed it so I could comic like crazy before coming down tomorrow. As for music trends for my generation it was grunge which I dabbled in but never went the hole hog.
Now I just need to knuckle down and get my comics done, although I'm having trouble just getting going.
jabberworks
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Haha... that's not a very nice thing to say about Courtney Love! ;-) Good luck with your comics! Maybe I'll ring and distract you to figure out what's happening tomorrow.
candygourlay
Jan. 1st, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
happy new year dear working person. golly you got up early. did you notice that you are already up on the ning? there's also a news announcement about it on the news page of the scbwi website. i've been writing under the duvet all morning and it's a great feeling to start the new year with new plot!
jabberworks
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just went and looked at the Ning site, thanks so much! Apologies that I haven't managed to do much Ninging yet, I can't even seem to keep up with Facebook. I joined another Ning group called 'We make zines', but all it's meant so far is that I've had about 85 group e-mails from a guy named Jimi Gherkin and I've only managed to look at about two of them. My inbox is one big gherkin list now.
phlebas
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Granta started doing comics a couple of issues ago (just before my subscription expired - must do something about that!) with a thing by David Heatley about where burgers come from. Wordless and a little more worthy than it was interesting, but quite nicely executed. I'm glad to hear it wasn't a one-off.

My last two DFCs have both arrived on Tuesdays - one late and one early. I guess it balances out, but it does make it even harder to remember which day it is...
phlebas
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Oh. And happy new year to you too!
jabberworks
Jan. 1st, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Happy new year to you! Hey, thanks for the tip about comics in Granta! I haven't even had a chance to look at the last few issues, but I'll make a point to get them off the shelf and have a look specially for the comics. The volumes are sitting there in a tidy row looking at me.
dlasky
Jan. 1st, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!

That's great news about Alison Bechdel. She's a great writer/artist.
mr_sadhead
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Guess I'm getting the new Granta .. I've been savoring every small bit of her work I can find, now that the DTWO4 strip doesn't come out every two and a half weeks.
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