Where I Draw My Mystical Line.

This past Sunday was Father's Day.  I had a nice day with my family.  But an unexpected thing happened.  A deeply spiritual acquaintance of mine posted a message to fathers on social media, praising those of us who have embraced the "Divine Masculine," and calling us Kings and even Gods to be celebrated.  I'm leaving out a lot from her message, but the point is that I was unexpectedly affected by what she had to say.  I felt empowered in ways I hadn't expected, and didn't know it was someth...

Summer Vacation.

My son is out of preschool for the summer, which means my precious daytime to myself is gone.  It was nice while it lasted, but those special days are no more.  Gone til September are the days when I could get work done, clean the house and/or yard, or simply decompress with time spent in quality solitude.  From here until September, straight through with no breaks save for conventions, it's just me and my four-year-old son.  All day. This is going to be a real endurance test, physically ...

Just Get Over It? I Wish It Were That Simple.

About four years ago, I lost a number of seemingly close friends.  They didn't die or meet with tragedy.  They decided they didn't like me any more, became willing to believe some vicious lies, and promptly removed me from not only their social circle, but from any involvement in a local performance scene.  The whole drama happened over the course of a weekend, and for me it came out of nowhere.  I was blindsided, and what I thought were close friendships were gone without warning, with no c...

Trying to be a Good Ally.

June is Pride Month, which is amazing.  We didn't have this when I was growing up, and it's spectacular to see how far some of the world has come in regards to recognizing and celebrating LGBT+ folks.  There is still a long way to go, here in the U.S. and abroad, but the journey is ever forward, even when faced with obstacles both old and new. Garth and I wholly support Pride Month and everyone in the LGBT+ community. Being a straight man, there's always so much I want to do to help.  T...

Another Potpourri of Ponderings.

I don't have enough to say about any one thing to make a properly-sized blog entry, so that means it's time for another collection of small thoughts and musings!  Here are some bite-sized blog entries, each just big enough to need the others to make a full read: We have ants in our house again, and I hate killing them.  I know it's necessary.  You can't live with them in your home.  But... dammit, ants are awesome.  They're super smart and their colonies are societies in miniature.  I'v...

The Best Tabletop RPGs I've Ever Played.

Tabletop roleplaying games are all the rage in nerd culture these days.  They've been an aspect of nerd life since way before nerd life was mainstream, but they've really got the spotlight now.  I've blogged about this before, but I've got more to say today.  This won't be a reflection on the nature of popularity or me being an old nerd who was "liking something before it was cool."  In today's blog I'm going to reflect on the tabletop roleplaying games that meant the most to me, in terms of...

Milestones of Life

My youngest brother got married on Saturday. Wild, huh? Some of you who who have been following my work for a while may remember my youngest brother. He showed up in a few pages of Comedity, often being referred to as tacky jailbait. Cuz he was like 16 when I drew Comedity. I didn’t give him that nickname, others did. I always called him “shorty” even though I’m the shortest of the siblings. It’s hard to not think of your kid brother as anything but a kid even long after he’s b...

Stories I Like To Tell In Person.

I like to consider myself a pretty good storyteller.  I may not be as skilled with poetry or artistic prose as I would like, but my 17-year-career as an independent writer is proof that I can spin an entertaining tale.  I like to tell some of those stories here in the blog section, but there are a few that don't translate as effectively into the written word.  There are some stories that are better told in person, so I'll list those tales here today. If you see me at a convention, run into...

Buying Our Comics versus Selling You Our Comics.

We're a few weeks removed from AwesomeCon and I'm still thinking about the guy at the table next to us.  He was an aggressive salesman, calling out his comic's pitch to anyone in the vicinity.  At first I was horribly irritated by his presence, having had a very bad experience with a similarly aggressive salesman at a convention last year, but as the weekend moved along I tuned him out and we did our own thing, without one affecting the other much.  In the time since that weekend, I've done a...

Guess Who Got Sick Again!

If you read the title of today's blog and guessed it was my son, you're right!  The little guy has the flu!  Again! And that means he's out of preschool for the rest of the week! Which means I've been spending days I could be working looking after and entertaining a four-year-old who swings back and forth from miserable to normal! I'm trying to speak with as much excitement about this as possible because it's been a long week already and adding "enthusiasm" helps me deal with, well, e...