I’m kind of jumping the gun here; I normally start gearing up for SPX on the first of August. But as it happens I did almost all my final planning for the show last night and this morning, so things are getting moving a little earlier than usual. And that can’t be all bad.
There will be a lot more to come about several new projects that will be debuting in Bethesda in September, as well as about the usual scramble to get all the new minicomics into print and organize the reprinting of a few of the old ones. (Printing, collating and assembling a new set of Green Peas and Chickenhorses is always an adventure in itself.)
I’ll also be making my first big publicity push for this site and the Hopelessly Lost archive, so I am trying to design a really effective simple (and cheap!) business card, and toying with ideas for some small promotional giveaways. One of them will almost certainly be a sticker. Everybody likes stickers. Here’s the sketch for my current idea:
This may be the first image I’ve posted here that I’ve scanned off a yellow legal pad. And that’s strange, because a yellow legal pad is the home equivalent of the notebook, for preliminary sketching, note taking, first drafting and list making. This sketch, like most of my legal pad work, was drawn with a little Sharpie pen. I love these pens because they are very, very black, but they don’t bleed through anything but the cheapest paper.
I don’t know if you can read my scrawl or interpret my scribble, but the sticker will show the little dog looking at a page from a minicomic, and the slogan “read minicomics/make minicomics”. It will probably be printed in red reverse, so the dog, the page, and the lettering will be white on a red background, and it will be printed on a square, because I love squares and think they are sexy. Not shown is a way to get my name and the URL of this site onto the image, but I am sure I will figure it out. The “close to a good size” is almost exactly two inches square.
If anybody knows anything about good online sources for printing lots of little square stickers, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPX is September 15th and 16th in Bethesda, Maryland, and I have so much to do!