It is 9:30PM as I type this and it is 90 degrees in our house. The coolest room in the house is my son’s room, which is the only room to have a window air conditioner. Seriously, it’s like a freezer in there. I’m so jealous. As it stands I’m okay, typing this in Bermuda shorts while our ceiling fan moves air around. I will do my best to think cooling thoughts.
We had an excellent weekend at the Denver Comic Con on Saturday. We’ve managed to make it to every DCC since its inception and the year prior to that we went to ComicFest, where I stammered while meeting Steve Niles, who is a very nice man. However, due to several reasons, we opted to just do a single day this year and while we had a blast, I think two days might be the magic number. The con has grown so much that you really need a day to orient yourself and plan ahead for panels. It really was wonderful, but next year we’ll know better. I did get to see a great panel about precode horror comics, co-hosted by my friend Gabe. It was wonderful! AND I saw a really baller Brienne of Tarth cosplay, which made me so happy.
On a more professional note…
The first six episodes of Victorian Cut-out Theatre season 3 are in! They are complete and turned in to Cinevore and they will begin airing next month (July). And what’s more, I couldn’t be more proud of this batch of episodes. I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but toot-toot. It did take me longer than I would have liked to put season three together. I had to learn a new way of animating from scratch. I decided to make the new series colorized, which adds and extra step, but I also started soliciting writing help and voice help and, well, there are just more hands on deck with this season, which is a very good thing. If there is a season 4 of VCoT, I would hazard to guess that it will be less of a one man show than it is now. That’s neat to think about.
I should also mention that two weekends ago, I was able to showcase some new writing in the form of a local reader’s theatre. The entire event, seemed to go over extremely well. So much so that people wanted to see more and We may have even gotten an offer to do a Halloween show, which is something I’ve been dying to do for years. Mostly though, it was good to just do something live, it was good to risk criticism and hang writing out there that may not be complete or all the way realized. Sometimes you just have to put something out, so you can gain the courage to do the next thing.
As I’m sure any artistic person will tell you, art is never done. It’s never to your liking and releasing something to an audience is always difficult. I sometimes want to keep working on a project as an excuse. You want everything you do to be brilliant, so you’re afraid that if something you do isn’t good, you will be seen as a failure, but…that’s just not how things work. I once told my friend Lincoln something offhandedly, that he then hung onto and quoted me later to my own surprise. “Sometimes you just have to shit something out, good or bad, and let it go. Otherwise, you’ll work on it forever.” These words are crass and unprofound, but it doesn’t make them any less true. If you never try, if you never finish, you’ll never be able to get better. I’m working on this more now than I ever have before. I think it’s working.