It’s been almost a month since my tour, but that’s how long it’s taken to recover. I started a tour diary but things got too crazy to follow through with it. It bothers me, these first two pages hanging around on my website, unconcluded (I’ve since taken them down). I’ve tried several times to finish, but the in-the-moment spontaneity that was pretty much its only reason for existing in the first place was gone. There was nothing to do but turn it into an actual comic. So here you go, the first three pages of my unfinished tour diary, hardened and un-spontanified into a regular, wordy old comic.
As for my tour-I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way-it was a real shoestring-budget, by-the seat-of-your-pants sort of thing, and most of the time I didn’t know what I was doing. All the way up the west coast, from L.A. to Anacortes, and also here on the east coast, kind people stepped in and out to offer places to stay, rides to & from the airport, good company, moral support, a place to stash my luggage for the day, good meals, directions, and so much more. It seemed like magic sometimes, but of course it wasn’t, just kind individuals. I’m going to try to list some of them here off the top of my head, to say thank you. If I’ve forgotten anyone or gotten something wrong please let me know, and I’ll also come back and add to the list if I remember.
Desert Island Comics, Jami Attenberg, Julia Wertz, Word Bookstore, Tom Kaczynski, Kevin Panetta, Ron Rege jr, Mandy Kahn, Skylight Books, Shannon o’Leary, Jethro Bell, Ken Hayes, Donna Stone, Gravity Goldberg, Steve Thornton, Booksmith, Perry Shirley & Escapist Comics, Cori Melious, Marc Arsenault (Alternative Comics), Nicole Georges, Powell’s Books, Larry Reid, Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Bookstore, Janice Headley, Jen Vaughn, Charles Burns, Genevieve Castree, Phil Elverum, Liz Nofziger & Goetz Friederichs, Hillary Chute, Eugenia Williamson, Chris Ware, Nat Towsen, Ishah Janssen-Faith, The Moon, & the BCGF