#1 - Shameless Plug
The end of the Kickstarter for REBURN Issue #2 is two days away (get your pledges in by midnight PST on Thursday) I am overjoyed with our success so far - thank you to everyone who has backed the campaign. We are incredibly proud of Issue #2, the story, the art, the covers and the campaign. If you haven't backed it, now is a great time to check it out HERE.
#2 - Stuff I love*
I read a lot. I've been relieved to hear that a writer should also read voraciously. How convenient is it, that while I was feeding my soul, I was always doing something that was imperative for my career? Bonus!
1. Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir by Brian Broome
If you've ever felt broken beyond repair and you needed a book to help you feel less alone, this is a powerful one. Also, it's so personal and raw about the intersection of the author's life as a queer Black man and the construct of masculinity. And it's surprisingly funny.
2. Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
It's profound and beautiful and engages deeply with a conversation most of us are avoiding, our own mortality.
3. Good Grief
An extremely bingeable podcast about, well, grief. It's 6 part, 60 minute length was the perfect length for me to take a sunset walk alone and have a good cry.
*I think I come off a bit melancholy in the above section. Oops, I'm actually smiling right now. See below.
#3 - Course Correction, Funny Book I'm Excited to Read!
Happy Pub Day to - Babies Don't Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?) a humorous parenting book by the hilarious Julie Vick. I picked up my copy today at my local bookstore. Yes, my LOCAL INDIE BOOKSTORE. Can you tell I'm a smidge proud of myself? I am.
#4 -Stuff I'm on, i.e. Podcasts
I have been fortunate enough to chat about REBURN Issue #2 on a couple of podcasts. I enjoy the opportunity to discuss our creative process and collaboration. Plus, it's fun to talk comics.
1. Part-Time Fanboy, you can listen HERE.
2. Bearded Comic Bro, you can listen HERE.
#5 - One Last Ask
Many of you know I had a wonderful, charismatic and generous mentor in college, Delle Chatman. She died too young of ovarian cancer and left behind a daughter, Ramona. Ramona is now is her 20's and facing numerous health battles, many of which are related to her BRCA gene mutation. Her bills are piling up. Check out her GoFundMe HERE. Any amount is deeply appreciated.
As always, thank you for reading this whole dang newsletter, it's wonderful to have you! If there's something you'd like to hear more about or you have questions for me, please reach out! I'm right here.