October is shaping up to be the busiest month I've had in quite a while. Here's what I'm up to:
October 1 marks the opening of the Cartoon Art Museum's newest exhibition, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Feels like the most labor-intensive exhibition I've done since...well, probably the last time that I worked with guest curators. There's always a steep learning curve with people who haven't done this before.
October 3 is the first of six (!) presentations I'm giving at local libraries and universities on Michael Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I gave this presentation at several libraries in Marin County earlier in the year, and I guess word got out that I was available.
On Tuesday, October 5, I'll be conducting a brief interview with Dave Cooper at the Cartoon Art Museum as he promotes his new book, Bent!
On Saturday, October 9, I'll be at the New York Comic-Con conducting some Cartoon Art Museum business. I've got another Kavalier & Clay presentation on Monday, October 11, which means I'm flying to New York on Friday and heading back home on Sunday, with a full day at a comic book convention in between. Ah, life in the fast lane...
I think I've got another Kavalier & Clay thing on October 12.
The Alternative Press Expo hits San Francisco on October 16 & 17, and I'll be exhibiting with my pals from the Couscous Collective at tables #237-238 (conveniently situated next to the Cartoon Art Museum's table, #239). For the first time in a few years, I'm not conducting any panel discussions, *but* Shaenon and I will be running a workshop on Saturday on humor writing, so please clear your schedules for that. The Couscous Collective is premiering our first anthology, FOREST, at the con, so please check that out. We're hoping to put out at least two of these every year, with launches at APE and Portland's Stumptown, respectively.
I've got another Kavalier & Clay presentation on October 18, which is the only other one that I remember off the top of my head.
On October 19, Ted Rall visits the Cartoon Art Museum to promote his new book, The Anti-American Manifesto. Love him or hate him, he's always pretty interesting, and this should be a fun event.
Also on October 19 is my mom's birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!
And also on October 19, my book, The Looney Tunes Treasury, hits stores and starts shipping from Amazon.com. There's a Facebook page for the book, too, if you're into that sort of thing.
The Cartoon Art Museum will host an opening reception for Graphic Details on October 21, but I won't be there, because I'm heading to Ottawa for the Ottawa International Animation Festival for an animation show that I curated, entitled "Californimation." (I didn't come up with the title, but it's pretty good for a show focusing on Bay Area animators.) I'm signing copies of the Looney Tunes Treasury on October 21, attending a Californimation reception on October 22, and just enjoying the festival the rest of the time I'm in the city.
Unfortunately, this means that I'll miss out on a fun Kids' Day event at the Cartoon Art Museum on Saturday, October 23, as Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Brian Kolm, (possibly) Lark Pien and a few other guests hang out at CAM drawing with visitors. I'm also missing out on THE BOOK RELEASE PARTY OF THE YEAR, with Shaenon Garrity and Jeffrey Wells signing copies of Skin Horse Volume 2 at Borderlands in San Francisco. If you're not in Canada that weekend, make sure to check that out.
I've got two more Kavalier & Clay presentations after I get back (October 26 & 27 sound like probable dates to me...), and I'll wrap up the month by installing one more Cartoon Art Museum exhibition, featuring the art of Kevin "Kal" Kallagher from The Economist.
We'll wrap up the month by giving out candy and comics to trick-or-treaters at our house in Berkeley. We were on the third floor of an apartment on a side-street that could only be accessed by a rickety call box in San Francisco, so we never had the opportunity to dole out candy on Halloween before, so we're pretty excited about that.
November's actually pretty sedate in comparison to this. The other nine months of 2010 are actually pretty sedate compared to this, come to think of it.
If you want to keep up on any of this as these events work me over with a pillowcase full of doorknobs, please track me down on Facebook or Twitter, or my occasional ramblings here.
And if you see me at all during October, please don't take it personally if I'm sobbing, screaming, napping or hopped up on caffeine.