I still haven’t gotten to see the new Firefly movie yet, as I spent the weekend in Portland at Stumptown. We had a decent amount of traffic for the one day event, and it was a lot of fun being around so many independent creators. Although it drew an indy crowd that didn’t seem to be doing a lot of purchasing as a whole, we still sold almost as many books as we sold throughout the entire five days at Cascadia Con and picked up an encouraging number of new subscribers. The best feel-good moment was being approached by my favorite comic book store in Portland to stock our book on their shelves, so if you happen to live in Portland, you can check out Excalibur Books and get one of the copies we sold them. Special thanks to Chris Purdin, animator at Vinton Studios, for hosting us this weekend.
he Digital Strips podcast gave our stats a flying leap yesterday, which is nice. Especially as we go into another show, Stumptown in Portland, where we will have a table in the middle of the room. Here’s a quote from their website: Then, Saturday morning, the main event hits PSU campus at 9:00 am! This year, we’re filling the Smith Memorial Ballroom (1825 SW Broadway, room 355) with over 80 tables cram-packed with comics and art from all over the West Coast! A full day of presentations, panels, and films await in the nearby Vanport room, starting with a Q&A with SCF05 poster artist and Same Difference creator Derek Kirk Kim. The Fest wraps up with the event you’ve all been waiting for, the return of the infamous Cartoon Art Battle, hosted by Changers author Ezra Claytan Daniels. All this is included with your paltry $3 admission fee. There’s no doubt about it, this has all the earmarks of a great event to be a part of.
I’m sure everyone caught the news reports this weekend as Hurricane Rita barreled through my home towns of Beaumont and Port Arthur. If anyone is wondering why I consider both my home town, I was born in Beaumont and lived there for 19 years but Port Arthur is less than fifteen minutes away and my parents were both born and raised there. It’s also where my grandmother lives along with most of the rest of the family. Thanks to many of you for writing in your concern, but my parents and grandmother did make it safely to Fort Worth where they are staying with a cousin. No one is being encouraged to return home quite yet. We taped a lot of the coverage and there was something kind of interesting about seeing the likes of Shepard Smith stumbling around in the wind near Crockett Street. The Beaumont Enterprise is reporting damage on Phelan Ave all the way to the goat pen; the goats, they note, seem to have made it through just fine and are nibbling on debris. I was very impressed by Texas’ evacuation efforts, but I was expecting to be impressed. While Beaumont did sustain a lot of wind damage to many of its buildings, no reports so far of loss of life. On a quick note, we’re going to be appearing at Stumptown this weekend and I will be talking more about that show this week.