A very merry ex-birthdayon April 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm
Hello, everyone! I’m sitting in SFO airport, where I’ll remain until 10:30 tonight. I had a really great time at Wondercon this weekend!
Yesterday (Sunday) was my birthday. I turned 32! It was a weird birthday for me, what with me being at a convention instead of lounging around at home taking it easy. Not that most of my days are grueling fights to the finish anyway, being a webcartoonist, but you know what I mean. I was a little apprehensive blowing my birthday weekend at a convention since my birthdays have a Routine. They’ve always had a Routine. They’re not a difficult Routine, I mean, they usually involve leaving the house for Taco Bell at some point, watching a movie I like, and drawing a comic, all things I enjoy. Even back when I had a Real Job, I had a semblance of the Routine, albeit smooshed into a smaller portion of the day. But this year I wouldn’t have the Routine! I would be “stuck” behind a table in a strange city far away from my home.
This was a good idea! It was a very different birthday. I got to spend it with a very, very different group than I would have otherwise, like the Blind Ferret folks, Kel McDonald, Becky and Frank, Matt Boyd, Alina Pete, George Rohac… the list goes on. And since this was one of a half-dozen weekends of the year in which I am inexplicably a celebrity, it was really amazing. Folks kept on throwing cookies and cakes at me. I amassed so many baked goods that I still have some stuffed inside my backpack on my way home.
The only sore spot is that my wife wasn’t here! She did happily end up on the phone with me on Saturday night when I got sung “Happy Birthday” to for the first time, which was incredibly fortunate, but she wasn’t with me, which bothered me. We’ve only lived together for a few years! She was not yet a firmly established part of the Routine. I kind of want her to be part of the Routine forever. This was a misstep.
But enough of my #FirstWorldProblems. Since I had an extra day to goof around (I booked my flight waaaaay too late to get out of San Francisco at a reasonable time), I made sure to walk around the city for hours and hours and take lots of photos so I can use them as reference in the strip. After doing Dumbing of Age for over half a year (is that right? Over half a year? My brain is probably fried, so please check my math), I’ve grown a passion for making the environments more real. So look for that. I might even put my characters outside sometimes! Oh my God!
And look for a new character soon. That is all.