Life’s uncertainty is a constant. You never know where life will take you. Sure, you expect certain things from day to day… that the coffee will be there to wake you up, that you’ll go to your office and work… but then there’s that event that from out of nowhere, pops out and changes your trajectory … changes where you thought you were going.
Well, I thought I’d leave you all with a cliff hanger of sorts, for the weekend. Will Randie? or won’t Randie? Will there be a…? or won’t there be a…? Guess you’ll have to wait until Monday.
If you live here in the Salinas area… I will be doing a sort of impromptu Last Day of Squid over at the Salinas Sports Tavern (former Penny Farthing) on MONDAY, March 30th. There, I will toast our Squid Row Gang… I will have some free goodies (Squid Row stuff)… and I’ll be talking Squid. It’s super informal and very drop-in able… 5:30 fun start. Probably a couple of hours of good times talking. Harold will be there. He’s off the wagon. We’ll toast Van Gogh, too. (It’s his birthday that day, don’t you know!).
So here’s some photos from the last event … the Ghostbuster screening at the Steinbeck Center last Saturday. I nabbed a few photos from Alex Carrillo. These are his boys, River and Reese.
Is it any coincidence that Squid’s last day is also Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday? A happy unplanned instance where it worked out that way. Van Gogh, of course, is one of Randie’s favorite artists… so I am pleased by it.
In any case… this is the last week of Squid Row as you know it. Things will change… Randie will cut off her ear (no, just kidding… however…) I hope that you will enjoy seeing the sneak peek changes via this blog (right here). Follow along and see what’s in store! And raise your glasses to Van Gogh and Randie and her pals…. Monday next.
Hi ho, all!
It’s been a strange week. I’ve been “done” with my final Squid Row toons for a week or so… and have felt odd. It feels strange to not have that routine… something I’ve been living by since 2007. For 8 years-ish, I’ve kept 9-5, 5 days a week. I guess I needed a bit of a slow down or a break. So this last week, I’ve been not so rigidly strict to keeping my office hours, and have been a bit lost. It felt both good and bad…and … I guess it just feels weird.
ANYHOO … Some things going down soon… Big Wow is coming up in San Jose, Ca. I’m doing Artist Trading Cards for the event. Here’s a preview.
I’ve also started hand drawing unique one-of-a-kind buttons (1. 25 inches), which are MOST colorful and fun… I’ve been monkeying around with a new more doodle-y style and I’m liking it. It’s free-r and more stream of consciousness. I have found that working for so long in 3 or 4 panel boxes has made me rather tight and I needed some loosening up. So also-too, I’m working with markers (somewhat ignored by me in the past)… and this is fun and different.
If you happen to be near San Jose on April 18 & 19th… you should find me at Big WOW at the Convention Center. I will be drawing artist trading cards at my half table… on the spot!
Squid Row will be undergoing some MAJOR changes. Yes, it’s going to be hum dinging. Keep Reading.
First off, let me dig up some Squid Row history. I created Squid Row in 2002. I drew what I knew… “starving artist living in a touristy seaside community.” That was me. Money woes, art hang-ups, lousy apartment situations… I wrote it. I drew it. And then I set off to get syndicated and follow my newly found “cartoon strip dream.” Long story short… I failed. Life stuff happened and the strip went into a drawer.
In 2007, it was suggested to me, having said I was thinking about revisiting the strip, that I put it online. The internet was, at that time, much more “with it”. So I got out the toons, cleaned them up, and started posting them on WebComicsNation. I did this for all of 2008, and I even made it to their top 100 list.
2009 saw the birth of this site, SquidRowComics.com. The comic had a new home… and a place to really live. It’s gained a truly wonderful community of loyal readers and supporters (thank you! and I am so proud of where it has come).
In 2010, Squid Row leapt into newspaper print! The Monterey County Herald picked it up and I was finally on my way into self-syndication! Squid Row stayed in The Herald for 4 wonderful years, gathering readers and making people smile when they read the morning rag. I printed the first professional collection of strips called Squid Row: Welcome to the Neighborhood. I even got into some weekly papers in Nevada.
Then sadly, in 2014, The Herald paper adopted a format which dropped local content (in their comics section) and I was axed. Crossroads. After some thought, I decided to go to three days a week, gather comics for the second Squid Row book… and then get started on a graphic novel. All of these things I’ve done except… One year later, I have reassessed this plan… and am now on Plan… ummm… we’ll call it XYZ… for giggles.
Plan XYZ is rather exciting! I won’t tell you EXACTLY what’s going on just yet, but here’s some of what’s going down. I’m stopping the comic as you know it on March 30th. This means that there won’t be comic strip updates on M-W-F. HOWEVER, I will be blogging (that thing underneath the comic) and will keep you updated with sneaky peekys into the new art, regular blog posts chronicling progress, occasional visits by Harold, and chit chat and stuff. (You’ll be able to comment on the blogs, as well). So Please, don’t go away!!! It’s about to get real FUN! Squid Row isn’t going away! Things are changing, yes… But Change is necessary to keep things fresh… to keep growing. AND I know you’re going to love the changes.