Feb 25, 2007

Having survived a harrowing Greyhound experience, I'm back from the New York Comic Con. It was like a mini version of the San Diego Con, but with a slightly better normal person-costumed nerd ratio. We sold a fair amount of books, gave out a bunch of buttons, and generally had a decent time. Sadly, going to these events (with the thankful exception of SPX) just reminds me how much work the comics industry has left to do. Superheroes and the like have their place, but it's a shame that the full potential of the medium remains largely unknown. Ah well...

Two bits of news:

- Borrowed Time Vol. 2 should hit stores this Wednesday. We're hoping for some good press, up to and including a couple of large previews. With any luck I'll have a slew of links to share later in the week.

- I made some potential inroads on a new project that I'll be announcing soon. I'm not ready to say much except that it's completely different from anything I've done before and I think it's going to be exciting.

Feb 18, 2007

BorrowedTimeButton

Come Friday afternoon I'll be in New York for a couple of days as we debut the second issue of Borrowed Time at the New York Comic Con. I got my preview copy of the book in the mail the other day and I couldn't be happier with the way it came together. I think you're going to be equally happy, and by the time we've finished our six-issue run it should be one hell of a body of work.

That image above is the limited-edition promo button we'll be handing out for free at New York, and thereafter until they run out. It was designed by Joe based on the image Tony Larson created for volume one. If you want one, all you gotta do is track us down. If you can't do that, shoot me an email and we'll work something out.
Two things I forgot to mention:

- I've got a super-secret, web-based, ongoing project in the works. Something fun and...tasty.

Also, I had to pass this along:


(from a photo gallery at rollingstone.com)
Lots of stuff on the horizon...

- Barring any unforeseen and/or inappropriate slacking off, I'll finish up my latest piece for PressBox today. No idea when it'll be published though.

- The script for Borrowed Time vol. 3 keeps coming along. We're looking at a summer release for that issue.

- Speaking of Borrowed Time, I'm nearly finished revamping the website. Here's a screenshot of the (tentative) new front page:

Don't forget that both Joe and I will be at the New York Comic Con this weekend to debut vol. 2. Get in touch if you want to get in touch.

- Working on a pitch for a new comics series that, for now, is all kinds of strict hush-hush. But I could use positive energy, so send good vibes my way as far as that goes.

Feb 17, 2007

I'm a few days late in posting it, but here's the track listing (in order) for this year's Valentine's mix:

Remember - Harry Nilsson
Holiday - Albert Hammond, Jr.
My, Oh My - The Wreckers
Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler
Crooked Teeth - Death Cab for Cutie
Another One Goes By - Mazarin
Don't Get Me Down (Come on Over Here) - The Walkmen
You Are What You Love (live on KCRW) - Jenny Lewis
After the Glitter Fades - Stevie Nicks
Hang Down Your Head - Tom Waits
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Nouvelle Vague
You're Breakin' My Heart - Harry Nilsson
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
Crawlin' Back to You - Tom Petty

I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more eclectic grouping. In fact, I'm practically 100% certain that there isn't another mix anywhere in the world that includes both Kellie Pickler and Harry Nilsson. Nope. No way.

Feb 14, 2007

Speaking of redesigns and rebirths, it seems to be something of a trend right now.

The Oni Press website just got a fresh coat of paint, and it's better than ever. They've got a lot of books besides mine that are worth checking out. This new site makes doing that easier than ever.

And one of my favorite weblogs, Speak Up, has just reached its own tipping point.

So maybe there's something in the air? Maybe this is a time of great upheaval, and we're all looking for ways to adapt? That'd be nice...but I'm doing it regardless.

Feb 12, 2007

Leftwich has been reborn.

Or, more accurately, rebranded. This space is, in its own small way, a lot like a product or company. It began with an idea, gathered mass as it grew, and eventually became unwieldy. The focus got lost somewhere along the way. I had let it become Pizza Hut, and it was time to tweak.

On the outside that meant sprucing up the look and feel of the site. I upgraded to the new, more versatile Blogger template system (not that easy if you're thinking of doing it), and pruned the sidebar links a bit. Then I purged about 80% of the archived material (a ridiculously painstaking process, as Blogger doesn't have a batch edit mode) because a fresh start should be just that.

Behind the scenes, it meant a sharpening of focus. I'm back to basics: writing things that don't fit anywhere else in my work, and providing a place to share that which I find enlightening. Pretty simple, pretty clean, pretty fun.

I hope you like it but - no offense - I no longer care quite as much. If you know what I mean.

(thanks to Michael Surtees for the inspiration)