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Photo of Me at APE
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A Brief Review of APE and Welcome Back!!
Thursday on arriving in San Fran, I jumped in with both feet, attending Michael Manning's pre-APE party at Le Cafe du Nord (and you only thought there were such names in Montreal!), where I met many zinesters and picked up some new comics which I shall write about in another blog entry.
Friday, we had a small hic, since the copy center had badly copied some and horribly folded all of the minizines I had them make for me. So I wasted 2 hours there straightening things out, and spent the evening refolding.
I had an absolute blast at APE. This time was even better than last year since I had a good friend, JJ, helping me staff my table, so I got to get out and look around a wee bit more.
The queer cartoonists' panel which I was on, Saturday afternoon, was a resounding success, with a full house despite it starting only a half hour after APE's doors opened to the public. Justin Hall, who was the panel moderator, came up with excellent and inspiring questions such as do we consider our work political, do we have straight readers, do we see any connections between being queer cartoonists and the issues of other minority groups (which we may or may not belong to). My fears of being a complete ignoramus about the state of queer comics publishing these days were not grounded until the first audience question where the panel was asked our opinion of some comic called "Strangers in Paradise" I think. Um. duh? Who? What? Where? When??
We had an amazing gay cartoonists dinner (the food was excellent, inexpensive, and the company stellar) at Chow restaurant on Church St near Market to close up the first day. Saturday night, I got to see Larry-Bob (of Holy Titclamps and Queerzine Explosion and most recently sfqueer.com) play with his band Larry, Hall & Jack" at Mondo Porno, a launch of a clown porn dvd, complete with the dragking band Wood (70's rock covers... very professional... used to be the Woodyz with 50's rock), burlesque, circus acts and other live bands. Dancing to boppin music, and sexy people. They were giving out free copies of the clown porn dvd, but after watching it loop on the wall for three hours I couldn't stand being creeped out anymore by the smeared makeup, red noses and huge shoes!! I DID get a copy of Fat Chicks in Bondage. I have yet to view it, so I can only say it has an appealing yellow plastic cover with generic white label.
Sunday was another good day. I sold quite a few complete sets of the 9 new 'offline' minicomics and met several fans who had been following online the past year, and even a couple who had known liliane since the early 90's!! Surprisingly no one was interested in buying any of my children's books I had brought with. oh well!
The Juicy Mother booksigning events with Jennifer Camper and Robert Triptow at A Different Light Bookstore and Modern Times were woefully underattended, but the slideshow Jennifer had put together was very good, and so was the presentation Robert did about the true life sources of his gay marriage piece in the book. The few attending fans were warmly welcomed by us grateful comic scribblers.
I had another few days of wild times, including getting a tattoo on my head (feels like getting your teeth drilled in your ear), getting an afterhours tour of the only remaining gay bathhouse in San Fran, guided by the attractive and charming Martin Inane, getting to sit in on a pirate radio show hosted by the gorgeous and snappy Sherilyn Connelly, a tour of Haight Street by the relaxed and dashing Breezip, fun at le Musée Mecanique (our dear friend Mr. Martin again), hanging at the dyke bar The Lexington, and a play piercing workshop at Madame S. with Midori (both with Ms. Connelly), capped off by scrubbing a washroom from 3-5am on my last night! This girl knows how to have fun!!!
Indeed, not a moment to rest for the wicked!! (ok ok, I missed my connection to San Fran in Toronto on the first day, so I had eight hours to rest... dang them boarding room couches are sooo comfy! not!)
I am now back with y'all for another year of a page a day.
Forward and onward with our Acrimonious gang!
Too Many Tasks, Not enough Pages
Sorry, but I was hoping to draw two more pages, for Thursday and Friday, before the Saturday "bye, i'm gone and WOW!!! On Saturday April 9, 2005 it is ONE FULL YEAR since I started doing a page a day of liliane online ! . yowza! I didn't have any idea if I could keep it up.
So, sorry, have to leave for the airport in 3 hours or less, need to draw a new color picture for a card to give out at APE, still doing laundry and watering plants. The Acronym Acrimony story shall continue when I get back... ie Saturday April 16th.
I hope to see some of you at APE in San Fran (scroll down for full details). The rest, have a great week and I'll be back!
New "offline" Minicomics for APE
I have turned online keenspace stories into the following comics:
These 7 new "offline" minicomics add to the first two:
So now if you want to read liliane in the bath, when your server is down, give the stories to friends or have them next to the toilet, you can!!! When I get back from San Fran in a little over a week, I will make all of these minicomics available for sale by paypal online. Or you may order them from me with a check or cash. They're all digest-sized (5.5" x 8.5"). The 12-pagers are $2 each, including postage, and all the others (16 -24 pages) are $3 each.
Click on the titles of the comics to read them online.
Well, off to work on income taxes! No rest for the wicked who want to party on the West Coast in two days!!
Upcoming Trip to San Francisco
Last year was my first year and I had an absolute blast, meeting people like Michael Manning, Keith Knight Jr., Jennifer Camper (Juicy Mother, Subgurlz), Charles "zan" Christensen (PRISM Comics), David Kelly (Boy Trouble, Steven's Comics) and Robert Triptow (Gay Comix).
I will also be at a book launch and signing of Juicy Mother with Jennifer Camper and Robert Triptow at A Different Light Bookstore. 489 Castro St, SF on Tues April 12, 7pm. There are four pages of liliane comics ("Chickenhead Love") in the book which has just been released.
Well, that's it for now! Try to drop by and say howdi if you're in the Bay Area April 9, 10 or 12th!!
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