Liveblogging The Halloween

7:41 local time. Down to 14 pieces of candy. Started with a bag of Almond Joys, a bag of Snickers, a bag of Kit Kats, and a bag of Nestlé Crunch.

And they just. Keep. Coming.


time for your lobotomy, Jack

Some pix Bram took tonight of me carving our Jack o'Lantern.

He's teeeethy!


Why Does Santa Fe Look the Way it Does?

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Santa Fe's historic-design ordinance. The Santa Fe New Mexican has a couple articles about it.


Another 24 Hour Comics Day Over

We've spent this weekend at the 24 Hour Comics Day event at True Believers. 24 Hour Comics Day is really a pretty amazing event — growing out of an idea from Scott McCloud, it's grown into an international event that really goes beyond making comics to a celebration of (and a challenge to) creativity.

We weren't participating as such, we were acting as, one of the artists characterized me as, a sort of "maitre' d". Helping out wherever possible, trying to cheer folks on (being, I fear, bit too sarcastic), documenting the whole thing. Enjoying that True Believers seemed to tolerate customers viewing us as authority figures. We showed up yesterday afternoon around 3:00 (three hours after their start time), sticking around into the night; we went home to sleep, but returned with bagels by 8:00 this morning.

It's pretty amazing to see what this day brings out in people. We had a few participants from 7000 BC, but also some local students just giving it a shot (from elementary school to college), others who had wanted to try for a time, one guy who wasn't doing comics but needed the kick to start his project. It's an inspiring thing, to see creators diving in and giving it a go.

Not going to go into it too much; was blogging the whole thing at the 24 Hour Comics Blog — where you can see our entries here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here — though I recommend you spend some time with the rest from across the world.

Two more fun things. Poualie started out working on a luchadore per hour, but moved on to another project. He was good enough to give us his first.

And David stopped by to hang out for a bit, doing, unbeknownst to me, a Dürer-style sketch while just standing around.


Right around Labor Day, the weather took a decidedly autumnal turn. And then it really came on hard for the rest of the month, and then really for October. We've seen some 60°-ish days, nights have been near freezing (below freezing up in Taos). The other morning, the mountains were socked in, and when the clouds cleared, there was a dusting of snow up there. Yesterday was a beautiful day, today's a little rougher. Looking at temperatures in the 50s today, below 30s tonight.

All sorts of stuff going on, so we didn't make it up to the mountains for the leaves; hopefully M+D will have a report from their hike up at Aspen Vista. We watched the aspens change from down in town. And on our little tree out back (above).

Update: M's posted some photos.


Back to DC for SPX

So, then, two weeks back we left M+D+S behind in Santa Fe and set out back to the Mid-Atlantic.

I left Tuesday for business. And, other than one of my suit jackets disappearing from my hotel room, it all went well, and managed to get away for a bit to visit with Erin and Andy. Monica headed out Wednesday and stayed with her parents.

And Friday afternoon we met up in North Bethesda for SPX to staff the 7000 BC table.

Our table was in the row with our old friends from the DC Conspiracy, right next to Matt.

By the time we were all set up, the show had already started. So we started talking to folks, pitching the books. And almost immediately met two folks who had just flown in from Albuquerque that afternoon. It ran until 8:00 that evening, and people were in the hall until the very end. It was a whirlwind start, and really successful. We headed out for dinner with some of the DCC folks, and then off to Matt and Carol's for the night.

The next morning, we got to visit a bit before dashing off back to the show. The day flew by, a steady stream of people stopping by the table, talking, buying. We just about sold out of the Raised By Squirrels we brought, along with the Death, Cold As Steel — we actually sold one after they were gone (along with a promise to ship), to a guy who saw someone else reading it. Overall, it was the best show we ever had, and the best show the group ever had, with plenty of sales for every title we had.


We also got to talk to all sorts of great folks and other creators. One of the undeniable high points was getting to meet DC-area-based cartoonist Richard Thompson (whose Cul de Sac and Richard's Poor Almanack can, finally, be found on the the washingtonpost.com's comics page). Got to tell him how much we liked his work, how happy we were that he was syndicated and on a regular web page — and get him to do a drawing for us (click for larger).

Towards the end of the day, Raphael made it there.

We headed out to Raph + Char's then off to dinner at the club, a great chance to unwind and catch up some. Because we were off again on Sunday morning to get home.

Las Golondrinas

We're hanging out at True Believers for 24 Hour Comics Day; just hanging out, liveblogging it, helping out with getting food and stuff. Trying to take this opportunity to catch up on some other blogging.

So, a couple weeks back when M+D+S were in town, we spent Sunday at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Kind of like Old Sturbridge Village or Williamsburg, it's a sort of a living history museum. This one's a ranch from Spanish colonial times, including a few buildings relocated from around the state (including one built for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. We were there for the Fall Harvest Festival; which was nice, because there were all sorts of activities there. But it did get kinda crowded.

We wandered the hacienda. I made a tortilla.

All headed over to see a presentation on the vaqueros, and then one on/by La Llorona. The actress performs as the character, but also breaks it at appropriate (and funny) times to explain the legend.

We had some lunch, then walked through the other displays away from the main buildings. It's a pretty big place.

A couple more hours there, it was getting crowded and cool (the weather's been cooling off pretty dramatically here recently), so we called it a day.

The next night we went out to dinner at Bert's la Taqueria, left them with suggestions for the rest of the week, and then we were on our way out of town.


...but we're huge in Albuquerque

7000 BC is highlighted in this week's feature on comics in The Alibi, Albuquerque's alternative newsweekly.

There's an article on the group, a look at some of our comics, and piece about 24 Hour Comics Day, coming up this weekend.

Unlike last year, last year, we don't plan to even try this year. We'll be helping out, picking up food, hanging out, and hopefully blogging it.


Back from SPX

We're back from our whirlwind couple days in the DC area. The work portion of my trip went well, Mon had a good time with her parents, and I managed a brief visit with Erin and Andy.

Then we had a terrific couple of days representing 7000 BC at SPX. We had record sales for the group and for us, selling out of a couple of our titles. Caught up with a few old friends from the DCC. And we had a great time staying with Matt and Carol, and then Raph and Char. Too short a time.

We'll do some updates soon, including the wrap-up of my parents' visit. For a look at the show, there's a few photos from Matt, we make an appearance at The Comics Curmudgeon's blog, and the Newsarama blog has a photo essay.


Plaza Blanca

OK, out on the road on business, but with a moment to start to try and catch us up.

Saturday, we met up with M+D+S and headed out to Plaza Blanca, which they'd talked about for years, but we never quite got to (or worked out where it is).

Passing through Española, traffic was stopped at the light up ahead. It was a parade — looked to be the kickoff of the high school (and junior) football season.

There was some hunting around to find it, as it had been years since M+D were out there, but we started out on the trail by about 11-ish. Suppose it should be "trail," since there is kind of a loosely defined trail that combines with the dry riverbed. Really, you just head out into the area and just meander.

The area is kind of protected by the land around it, welcome, as it was windy that day. The white of the area is a fragile sandstone, but mixed in with plenty of other rocks and formations. And we just wandered. At one point, heading up into the narrowest of slot canyons, Monica, D, and I trying to track down the source of a little spring that was still eroding the stone and providing water for some bees.

By then, M+S had found us, and we all hiked out together. Bringing up the rear, I spotted this guy on the rock wall next to us, which everyone seemed to have passed by.

M+D were a bit more blasé; they'd seen tarantulas out here before. Me, I thought we were too high up, too cold, for the poisonous critters.

Almost two hours out there, walking the varying (yet generally lunar) terrain, scrambling up and down rock formations when it seemed there was something interesting.

Lunch at Abiquiu Inn. Late grilled salad dinner at our place.


happy birthday, Mando!

Best wishes on the move to OR!

M+D+S in Santa Fe

M+D+S arrived in town on Sunday. Stopped by for a tour of the house, brunch out on the patio, and a walk around the neighborhood. They're out at Ojo Caliente for a few days, then back in Santa Fe at the end of the week, where they'll be for another week or so.


We're actually going to be leaving them behind, heading off to the Mid-Atlantic next week. I've got a work function that'll put me in downtown DC Wednesday through Friday; Monica will be heading to her parents', then we're meeting up to staff the 7000 BC table at SPX, Friday afternoon and Saturday. Out at Raph + Char's that evening and, unfortunately, dashing out to get back home on Sunday.