I know it's only the beginning of August but I'm feeling very pushed into September already. John and I are hoping to take two days this summer with the kids and get our annual hiking/fishing type family trip in.
Yep - you heard right - two days.
Out of the whole summer.
Such is the life of the syndicated cartoonist.
But, to be fair, this has been an unusual summer and is going to be an unusual fall as well with an awful lot of traveling. So many exciting things are on the horizon:
The first Edison Book "The Edison Files: Notes From The Lab" will be coming out shortly - the first proofs look absolutely fabulous!
John has been invited to be part of The Cartoonist Studio - his page should be up soon, details as I have them.
John will be one of the featured speakers at Disney's Toonfest in Marceline Mo the weekend of September 18th - stop by if you're in the area, we may even have the book ready by then.
Edison is also one of the comics in John Read's "One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages" which has started touring and will be at toonfest.
We will be attending what I am sure is going to be a fun filled cartoonist extravaganza in Omaha NE the first weekend in October - It's the NCS North Central Chapter meeting organized by amazing editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba. (Read his book Inklings - great stuff!) and will include special guest Josh Cooley from Pixar Animation
We will also be attending the Festival of Cartoon Art at OSU the weekend of October 15. This is a not to be missed event that only happens once every three years and rivals the Reuben weekend. There are a number of interesting presentations scheduled including one by Matt Groening of the Simpsons, Futurama, and Life in Hell.
And, lastly but not leastly, the very exciting news that Cathy Guisewite is retiring her strip Cathy starting in October. "Cathy" is in over 1000 papers. Strips with that much real estate don't leave the scene often, so the news is causing quite a stir among cartoonists.
It is a pretty good bet that Cathy and Edison appeal to very different demographics, but there is a small hope that most syndicated strips will at least pick up a paper or two. In what has been a fairly dead market for everyone the past 18 months, it's a ray of sunshine.