Invincible Summer

by NJG

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Hello Hello! THIS WEEKEND:
••••9th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest April 28 & 29, 2012 • Oregon Convention Center Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6 ••••••••• I'll be on a panel talking about the IPRC's Comics Certificate Program, and I'll be at table A-17 with my dear friend Clutch and our very special guest CARRIE McNinch!
Come and see us. I'll have Bad Roommate Zines, hopefully some new doilies, and you can creepily hide 20 feet away and take my picture. Oh wait, that's what happened to me at Crafty Wonderland this year! If you see me in person I will tell you that story. xoxo n.g.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Really Good Highlights of the week! Get ready to Google

This is Erin Markey, whom you NEED to see on Sister Spit this month.

Hi everyone-
I write to you right before bed, so I haven't time to do the standard, very accepted action of linking to things in this post, so get your googling hand ready to look up anything I talk about. Very olde tyme.

Okay, highlights of this week:

I had Beth Pickens (my potential Amazing Race partner, of SF Food Adventure Club & RADAR Productions fame)
and Chris Vargas (of Falling In Love With Chris & Greg) on my podcast.
We taped it in my dining room and got into an argument while answering advice questions on tape.
I hope that shows the producers of the Race our potential for drama.
Anyway, that episode is "in the can", and still in "post", and will come out...
I don't know, SOON. I will tell you when it's out and you can download it from

I read with Sister Spit,
which included DOROTHY ALLISON.
What an honor!
Also on the bill were Michelle Tea (But Of Course!), Brontez Purnell, Erin Markey, Kit Yan, and Cassie J. Sneider (who loaded me up with her pug-centric publications as they left).
Look up all of those people, you will be glad.
Sister Spit is still on the road, but now with Justin Vivian Bond instead of Dorothy.

THEN I went to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where they lashed a green plastic bracelet to my wrist so I could see as many shows as I wanted in a 72 hour time period.
I saw homosexual dreamboat & impression-wizard JAMES ADOMIAN, the magical and so touching MARIA BAMFORD, Brett Gelman (of iBrain fame), Janeane Garofalo, and Kevin Allison.
I don't know what to say about that except that I sat in theaters all weekend with strangers whom I have never seen before and may never see again (comedy crowds are very foreign to me), and I also saw many many struggling white guy comedians as I waited for the headliners I came to see, including a guy who played an acoustic guitar and sang a song about how his wife has a great body but an ugly face. COMEDY! Sigh.

This is what I need to tell you:
I don't win awards! The last thing I won was the honor of being voted "Miss Specs Appeal" by Robyn Chapman at Hey Four Eyes Zine ,
and I've been toting that around for six years!
It was time for something new.
I won the 2012 Artist of the Year Sunburst Award.
It is an award for my work as a Teaching Artist, given out by Young Audiences.
I get to go to a luncheon with the mayor.
I am honored and also thrilled.
An award!

Okay, I think that's all for now.

I'll be at Stumptown at the end of the month, tabling with Tugboat Press & Carrie McNinch. If they give me any kind of physical manifestation of the Sunburst award I'll be wearing it around my neck for you to see.