I did my first podcast interview with Tom Racine a few weeks ago. Tom really makes you feel like you're just chatting with a friend and while we were recording the podcast I thought everything was fine. Then it was over and I've been second-guessing myself ever since.
Anyway...I blabbered on for so long, he had to cut the podcast into two parts. You can listen to them here:
I'm back from the National Cartoonists Society Award Weekend in Pittsburgh and finally settling back down to get to work. It was so much fun! The great thing about going to cartooning conventions is being able to meet up with your cartoonist friends in person instead of the usual computer or telephone connection. And it's a great way to meet new cartoonists...like Dave Whamond who does the panel, "Reality Check". (see photo above)
Above is a photo of the Canadian contingent after the Awards ceremony. Left to right: Dave Whamond, Sandra Bell-Lundy, Lynn Johnston, John Martz, Ron Boychuk, Mike Cope, Brian Boychuk, Guy Parsons. Photo courtesy of Carla Whamond.
It's so nice to get out of sweat pants once in a while...
Finally. Next week I am taking a little vacation. I'm heading to the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award weekend in Pittsburg. The Reuben weekend is a three day event of cartoonist seminars, cocktail parties and an Awards night which is the cartoonist equivalent of the Oscars. I haven't been in about five years so I'm really looking forward to it. The festivities are always fun and informative but the best part is getting the chance to meet up with my cartoonist friends from all over Canada and the United States...and even some from overseas. Of course this means that a little shopping is in order...and I do mean more than a new blush.
See? I TOLD you I've been busy. My new BETWEEN FRIENDS web site is now LIVE! Wanna come over and visit for a little while? You can read BF there DAILY and I also have a great, big ol' archive of Between Friends strips you can peruse on your coffee break. Come see.
Very busy past couple of weeks for a variety or reasons. I'll be launching my new web site soon...stayed tooned for that.
Also, it was high school student council election time again and my daughter ran her traditional chocolate-chip-cookie-give-away. We baked and decorated 550 of these cookies...
Last year we did it in one day....8:30 in the morning until 1:30am. This year we opted to do it in a two day marathon. I baked and Tara iced the cookies in the white icing for the face. The next day after school I mixed the orange for the hair and decorated the squiggles and she did the eyes and mouth. It was quite an assembly line.
Below is her campaign poster. She did it very simply using the mouse in photoshop. After she coloured it, I sent it Staples to be printed as a poster. (Lucky us, they had a special on posters for half price)
Tara Lundy For Students' Council Executive c 2013 Tara Lundy
I take it you're getting the idea she has curly red hair. (Not carrot red like the cartoon but what the heck, right?)
Students running for Executive had to give a speech as well and she included a Power Point with a little animated gif of the cartoon she did last year. (thanks to my friend Mike Cope for pointing us in the direction of a simple and free online animation program) I couldn't figure out how to post it but if she puts it up on Youtube I'll embed it)
You know that song..."Do you Like Pina Coladas" by Rupert Holmes? (Yeah, I know the title is actually "Escape" but I think of it as the Pina Colada song) I have no idea why but it popped into my head one day while I was trying to write my strips. It ended up inspiring a two week series that began yesterday. "Inspired" makes the writing process sound a whole lot deeper than it really was. I wrote the first couple of strips based on some of the Pina Colada lyrics for fun and the rest of the story just spun off from there.