Monthly Archives: September 2016

My Comics 2016 (so far)

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My last post made me realize that I’ve been pretty bad about updating what new books I have out and what’s coming out.  So I figured I’d take a moment to let everyone know what is out so far this year.

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Ayla Speaker for the Dead #1

For What It’s Worth (writing on writing)

Joe Buskin

1: short comic book stories

2: short prose stories

A History of Voodoo

Looking back I can think not so bad for one year so far.  And the year’s not over with yet.  I have a few books upcoming and a few that might have to wait for the start of next year, just for finance’s sake.

Boxie: at the printer right now and will be in my hands on Oct. 7.

The Making of a Comic Book: I’m thinking this will be out this year.  It’s going to be in the same format as For What It’s Worth.  Basically it recounts how we created Ayla from start to finish.  I thought it might be helpful for some to see how a comic book was created.  I’m about half done with it and once it’s finished I think I’ll be able to swing the cost of publishing it this year.

Voices to hear: The Interviews:  Done, but probably won’t be out till the start of next year.  This is the biggest thing I’ve done so far.  At least a hundred pages, maybe a bit more.  Interviews with musicians from my music site Voices to hear.

Lucy: a children’s story told in comic book format.  Probably next year, I’m still working on this one and don’t have an artist for it yet either.

My Own Second Line (an Enoch Miller mystery):  this one is going to be a prose story, but I’m going to put it out in a comic book format.  I’m not sure how big it will be, but I’m thinking around 36 to 48 pages.  I’ve started it and am really enjoying writing it.  It’s bringing together a lot of ideas and half started stories I’ve been trying to start and finish over the years.  Hopefully this won’t go on that pile of half finished stuff, I figure if I talk about it here it’ll make me want to keep working on it.  But I really have a feel for it now.

Lizards The Complete Collection:  This is going to collect all my Lizards stories from Critters plus the one issue special that Caliber published.  This will be close to a 100 pages.  It will appear sometime next year.

Ayla Speaker of the Dead #2:  We’re already working on this so it will be out sometime next year.  I’m hoping for spring so I’ll have it for the summer convention season.

Boxie #2: Again we’ve started on it and I’m pretty confident we’ll have it out in the first few months of next year.

The Almighty Project #1:  I was hoping that I’d have the first issue of this one out this year, but problems pushed it off the rails and we definitely won’t be out until 2017.  I’m super excited about the new artist and think this is going to be really good.  I’m hoping that like the second issue of Ayla we can have this out the first half of next year.

And that’s all I’m going to list right now.  There are other projects with other artists, but none that I feel confident enough about announcing or putting a deadline to.  And as always I’ll be thinking of new things and adding them into the mix as I go.

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Creative Con

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Creative Con was last weekend and I’m just now finding the time to sit down and write about it.  Unfortunately I had to come back from the con and go right to work the next day.  Today has been my first day off since the convention.

I decided I was going to make this a fun convention without rushing to and from the site.  Panama City is about a six hour drive so I planned to drive in the day before and leave the day after.  It meant an extra hotel night, but I thought it would be worth it, just from the peace of mind of not rushing.  The year before when I went to this con I drove back after it was over and didn’t get home till after midnight and I was completely exhausted.  For once I was making good decisions.

Friday started off with a stop at my favorite place for breakfast The Big Easy diner.  If you follow me on Facebook you’ll see all the times I check in here to eat.  I’m there at least once a week.  I eat there regularly enough that all the waitresses know me and pretty much know what I’m going to order, since I pretty much stick to the same item.  I set my Kindle up and have a good read while I eat.

I had managed to pack my car the night before so when I got home there wasn’t a lot for me to do before I decided to leave for the con.  A friend was going to come walk and feed Buffy so that was taken care of.  I punched in the address of the hotel in my GPS, plugged my portable hard drive into my ups port and cranked up the music and I was on my way.  Last time I went the GPS had me take I-10 all the way to the exit for Panama City and get off, which lead to a long drive down some roads that I would have sworn I had was lost and it seemed to take forever to get to Panama City just from the interstate.  This time, a new GPS, it instructed me to exit at Pensacola and take 98 along the beach to Panama City.  At first I thought this was going to take a lot longer as this route also is through multiple towns and numerous red lights.  Actually it wasn’t, except for running into traffic when I got into Panama City that added a good forty minutes to the trip, but the return trip was really fast.  And the scenery was a lot nicer.

There was a Chili’s within walking distance of the hotel and even better, a Books-a-Million.  I never can resist a book store and ended up buying two books there: A history of Wonder Woman and a biography of Bob Hope.

The next morning started off with breakfast at Golden Corral, which I had passed on the way to the hotel and marked for my early morning start.  The convention site was only about ten minutes from my hotel so it was  a quick trip.

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The convention site was right on the water.  The building was nice and looking around was even nice.  They had things going on outside but I really couldn’t tell you what, once I set up inside I never left from my table except to look at a window that was near me now and than.  I saw canopies set up with people doing things which made for a nice scene.

Once I got there  I discovered that where I thought I was supposed to have set up had been changed.  Something to do with the First Marshall and where I was once of the first floor now I was on the second floor.  I actually think this was better for me, what I saw on the first floor was mostly vendors, all the creators were up on the second floor.  I was about two hours early, I have a habit of getting to cons way early.  I”m just one of those people that hate to be late for anything.  I never know how long it’s going to take me to set up and I want to make sure that if something goes wrong, I get lost on my way or who knows what else, I’m going to get there in time.

It takes me about an hour to get everything from my car and get the table set up.  A lot of cons Larry Guidry comes with  me and it makes it a lot easier, but this one Larry had previous plans so I was on my way.  It took three trips back and forth to my car to get everything.  I’ve said this before and I’ll probably say it everytime I set up, but I remember the days when I walked in with one box and it took me like ten minutes to get ready.  Two trip with my cart and the final trip was just to bring in my banner.

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Next to my table was Justin Kucsulain, an actor from The Walking Dead, Bloodline and other shows.  I hated to tell him that I’ve never seen The Walking Dead, so I had not seen him in anything.  I do have Bloodlines in my lineup to watch for Netflix though.  Next to him was John Armijo, another actor from movies like GI Joe, Planet of the Apes, Terminator and tv shows like American Horror Story and NCIS: New Orleans.  In fact John was there almost as early as me.  At the top of the page is a picture of me with the two of them.  I have seen John in NCIS and he actually lives not that far from me, just down the highway.   Both were really nice guys and I enjoyed talking to them throughout the weekend.

There was one scene that I have to talk about.  Sometimes people would walk up to Justin’s table and think he was just selling pictures from The Walking Dead or maybe was cosplaying, not realizing that he had been on the show.  A little girl of about 12 walked up to the table and was looking at the pictures.  She would look up at Justin, than down to the pictures.  She did this a few times.  I was watching here.  Suddenly her eyes got wide and she almost jumped out of her skin, she had realized that Justin was the actor from the show.  She was so excited that she was almost shaking.  He was really cool with her.  He invited her behind the table to take a picture with him and talked to her.  Both these guys were so cool with their fans.

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I had received my copies of A History of Voodoo the day before I left for the con.  I’m glad I did, it was my biggest seller for the convention.  More people seem to be attracted to that comic than any other one I had.  It turned out nice with a great Javi Laparra cover and some awesome interior artwork by a group of other artists.

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For this convention I only brought my new comics.  So it was a total of seven books with me.  I want to concentrate on what I’m doing now.  I don’t want to ignore my past comics, they’re ready to be ordered if anyone wants them, but I think it’s time to push what I’m putting out now.  I think it made a pretty neat looking presentation.   The best thing is that every comic sold at least a few copies.  I did better at this con than I have at any I’ve set up at.  I still didn’t do as much as I wished, but it’s a take it one day at a time type thing.  It was nice selling some of every comic.  But like I said the Voodoo comic seemed to be the hit.

The first day was the busiest.  Sunday was all right, the first half kind of busy but the last half of the day really got slow.  Lots of cosplaying at the con.  Saw a lot of younger kids at the convention which is always a good thing.  Also as I’ve noticed at more and more cons I go to there are a lot of women and girls, a lot of younger girls, at them nowdays.  I think this is a good thing and can hopefully only mean good things for the future.

It was nice not having to drive back Sunday evening after the con.  On the drive between the con and the hotel I had discovered a Bennigan’s, a restaurant that I had thought went out of business.  All the ones in New Orleans have closed.  So Sunday night I stopped there for dinner and had my favorite meal at Bennigan’s, the Monte Cristo.  So after a good meal I went back to the hotel and got a good nights sleep.  I was up early the next morning and had a nice drive back home.

 

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Boxie is coming!

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I’m so excited for this comic.  We’re almost done with the first 25 pages and than we’ll be printing it.  Right now it looks like we should have published copies by the middle of October.  I’ve been working on this comic in some manner for the last few years and a few different artists, so I can’t wait to finally get it out there for everyone to read.

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Doctor’s Visit

Yesterday I went to the hospital because I was experiencing chest pains.  Well, actually I went to Urgent Care and than they sent me to the ER.

Once upon a time I would have had to been dragged to the hospital or any semblance of a doctor.  When I was younger I very rarely went to the doctor.  If I was sick I just waited it out.  Eventually I got better.  Maybe not the smartest route to take, but when you’re young you feel invulnerable.  I rarely took sick days at work.  I think I once went at least two years or more without calling out.

Everything changed right after Katrina.  No, this time I’m not going to talk about the hurricane, it exists in this story only as a supporting player and to provide background.  It was a week or so after we had come  back home from the storm.  My parents lived in Picayune Mississippi, about thirty minutes from me and they home went through the storm fairly well.  A car cover, some roof shingles, a tree across the drive way back to their place that we had to cut in half to get by; but overall nothing too terrible.  In fact they had their power back on within a few days.

My home didn’t receive any major damage.  A tree limb had broke off and pretty much flattened my grill, which I had forgotten to bring inside before I left.  But my home itself, pretty good.  Except I didn’t have power.  Still I was home, cleaning up and going into work.  We were not open for business, but we were open for any police or fire fighters or anyone helping with rescue operations to come get shoes, underwear, flashlights, whatever they needed.  So there were a few of us there during the day.

The day before I had went with my brother to his house on the Westbank.  Unfortunately he wasn’t quite as lucky in escaping damage to his home.  He had about two feet of water in his house.  We went in and started the clean up process.  We worked throughout the day and than went back to my parents.  From there I decided to go home and spend the night so I could go into work the next day and see what was going on.

I woke that morning feeling terrible.  My stomach was killing me.  I was sweating like I was on fire.  My head hurt something fierce.  I held off for about half the day and than decided I needed to go to the doctor.  Now remember this was not much more than a week after Katrina.  I took a chance that one of the local clinics was open and I was lucky.  I saw a doctor who said I had a urinary infection.  He prescribed some medicine for me and than told me to come back in a week or so.

I went home, feeling worse every minute.  I remember laying down on the couch.  It was hot in my house.  No power meant no air conditioner.  But the sweat pouring off my body was not due to the heat.  As bad as I felt I decided to drive to my parents.  I figured if nothing I could be miserable with lights and air.

I made it there and the next morning I woke up, feeling worse than the previous day.  My parents took one look at me and said they were taking me to their doctor.  Now normally I would have argued and probably refused to go, I had just went to the doctor the day before.  But I was feeling so bad I didn’t say anything.

As soon as we went into their doctor’s office he took one look at me, felt my stomach and than told my parents to bring me to the hospital and don’t worry about checking in, he was going to call ahead.  I got to the hospital, they had me in a room and before I knew it I was been put under and operated on.   My appendix was gangrene.

The doctor later told me that if I had waited another day I would have more than likely been dead.

I was in the Picayune hospital which was, I think, only like three floors and the roof had blown off the hospital so the top floor was not being used.  They had one doctor working in the entire hospital and a handful of nurses.  The first night they had me in the maternity ward, but in the middle of the night someone came in having a baby so they woke me up and wheeled me down to ICU, where I spent the next week or more.  I actually don’t remember how many days I was there, I know it was at least a week, but after awhile all of them seem to blur together.

Since than I find myself a lot more respective to going to the doctor.

Now when I have aches and pains I don’t automatically say no to a visit to the doctor.

So when I had chest pains yesterday, even tough I felt like it was nothing, and didn’t want to go to the doctor and didn’t for the first half of the day, but after listening to everyone tell me that I should go and remembering that day back after Katrina, I decided that it was pretty safe than sorry.

Everything turned out great.  They ran every test they needed to run and at the end pronounced me in good health.  Which is what I would rather hear than something was wrong.  So maybe I didn’t need to go the hospital, but you know what, I’m glad I went.  Who knows?  It could have been something and putting it off might not have been a good idea.

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Voices to hear: Theresa Andersson

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Another Simply Six interview with Theresa Andersson.  I love her music and her shows are always very entertaining.

1. For many artists, they cite a defining moment for themselves when they knew they wanted to be a singer. For many it was the appearance of Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show, to another generation it was the Beatles’ appearance on Sullivan half a decade later. Is there such a defining moment for you?

I think I’ve always known that I wanted music to play a major role in my life. At the age of 7 one of my friends entered a talent contest and I felt deeply jealous because I didn’t know about it and had to wait another year to sign up.

2. When you’re not creating music what are you listening to? Who are some of your favorites?

Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Air, Aphex Twins and Wildbirds and Peacedrums at the moment.

3. What would you say is your greatest moment so far as an artist, either on record or live?

My most recent record “Hummingbird, Go!” really feels like an artistic arrival for me.

4. Do you believe music can change the world or is just something to listen to? How much can music influence current events?

Well I think music can have a theraputic and inspiring quality. We all listen to music in a different way, so I can only speak for myself. I cannot imagine a world without music. I do like movies that are quiet though ( must be my Strindberg influence).
I once bought an iPod because of the song in the commercial…..

5. How has technology affected the music industry? How has technology affected your career as a musician?

If by technology you mean the Internet I say it’s been fantastic! Sites such as YouTube makes it possible for the independent artist to showcase her stuff without first bring judged by a small panel. It let’s the people decide. And THAT is a beautiful thing.

6. Now for my Barbara Walters question: If you were a pair of shoes what type of shoes would you be?

A comfortable yet stylish shoe made out of high quality leather. I would be made for walking. I would be hugging the foot of my bearer and supporting her weight putting a spring in her step.
My color would be chocolate.

 

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Creative Con

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This weekend, Sept 16th and 17th I will be in Panama City at Creative Con.  This convention started as a library con and every year has grown and this year is even bigger.  I missed last year, but the year before I had a great time.  I’m really excited to be there again.  I’ll have all my comics that I’ve published this year with me and barring any last minute problems will have the hot off the press issues of A History of Voodoo.  How hot off the press you ask?  I’ll get my copies on Thursday and leave for the con on Friday.  If you’re anywhere in the area come visit and drop by and say hi.  I’m even doing a panel on Creating Comics, so that should be interesting.   For more on the con go here.

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Blocking on Instagram

I have nothing against nudity.  In fact I’m a fan of it.  If you want to make a page where you’re nude, go for it.  But I don’t want you to ask me to follow you on Instagram.  It seems everyday I get a handful of requests from sites that are just porn sites.  And again, I have nothing against porn sites, if they want to exist more power to them. But please, please stop making me block you on instagram.    I don’t have enough time to keep doing it.  There’s just not enough hours in the day.

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New Artist on The Almighty Project

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A few days back I was talking about looking for a new artist for The Almighty Project.  It didn’t take long after posting on Facebook for the messages to come.  A lot of good artists messaged me and I found one that I fell in love with her work at first glance.  Her name is Afia Shahid and I couldn’t be more pleased with her work.  She’s already jumped in and provided the character sketches you see on this page.  I love her designs for Jerry and his friends.  I can’t express how excited I am about this project right now.  I can’t wait till we start posing pages and let you all see it.

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Upcoming Convention Appearance

This month on Sept 17th and 18th I will be attending Creative Comic Con in Panama City Florida.  Go here and check it out.  I went to this con two years ago, but last year didn’t manage to make it.  I really enjoyed it the year I went and can’t wait to go again.  This con is growing very fast and is a really fun con.  If you get the chance you should come check it out.

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New Comics out

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The two collections of short stories has been printed and I have copies.  The titles of these two collections are respectively 1 and 2.  Pretty simple, huh?  1 is the collection of all my short comic books stories from different artists.  2 is a collection of prose stories that I felt were good enough to warrant putting between two covers.  Both of these comics are over 50 pages.  And I have to point out the awesome connecting covers Javi Laparra did for the comics.

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