Boundaries

For the last, at least, five years, I’ve had a problem with boundaries. Specifically, the boundary between my work life and home life. I work – a lot. And in the past several years, more and more of my time and focus has been on updating my skills and producing some good journalism. Which is good and important – I’m lucky to like what I’m doing. But my family and cartooning life has suffered. I have to put that in balance, especially since my daughters Read More +
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Notes on self publishing for a friend

UPDATE 1: Additional thoughts, and a quick look at the July numbers are at the end. UPDATE 2: In the second comment, I look at the whole $14.99 versus $9.99 thing. Bottom line: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out” is still true today. Author Hugh Howey posted a spreadsheet of ebook sales from a day at the end of April, 2014, as part of his quest to answer questions regarding independent author earnings versus traditionally published authors. Read More +
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I am Joe Biden

Well, not exactly. But I am now a Vice President. Sure, it’s only for the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, but that’s still pretty cool (I was the only candidate, and they had blackmail information to make me run BUT STILL…) In addition to the web duties, I’ll be working on scheduling meetings and on the MWA booth at the Printer’s Row book festival. Yay me! In other news, I’ve updated my EVENTS page with stuff for 2010. Check it out!
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In Gurnee

I’m in Gurnee at a small comics show, surrounded by people with rows of long boxes. I have a meager 15 books sitting out and a pile of postcards. Show hasn’t openned yet, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone’s interested. Friendly people, though.
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A rebuttal

And now, via The Beat, a rebuttal (of sorts) to the 12-year-old girl demographic’s view of the comic shop by the seven-year-old boy demographic. I’m sure you’ll be shocked at what you’ll find. For another perspective, All Ages Read has been doing this for a while.
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Trip to the comics shop

I took daughters E and N, along with their friend G, to Chicago Comics – one of the best shops in Illinois IMHO. It’s not the “oh boy let’s go!” experience that it used to be, because the girls have been kind of disappointed in the offerings. They’re 12-years-old – almost 13 – and they need no prodding to read. On the contrary, we have to tell them to stop sometimes. They’re not yet interested in romance, so I think that’s why they’re not all Read More +
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