Cosmic Self

Last weekend I had lunch with some small press guys, Tom and Blake.  Tom hosts a cartoonist club and Blake publishes a very cool contributor-based zine called CopyThis!. I met Tom last summer and have gone to every club meeting I could since. The homework assignments and group exercises remind me of design classes I took in college without the weight of tuition and grades. Tom clued me into the CopyThis! Community a few months ago and eventually Blake and I realized we had some things in common. Tom had some mini’s to hand over to Blake around the same time Blake discovered my Capricoins*, so they thought they would invite me to lunch.  I’m so glad they did.

I think I love these guys. For an hour or so I was in heaven, passing rare mini-comics over tacos and discovering how intricately woven the small press world really is. My scalp tingled for hours. Sometime between comparing trading cards and talking about Mary Fleener’s cubismo style Blake suggested that we all drive up to Columbus, Ohio together and attend S.P.A.C.E. I’m sure we would have hammered out the details eventually but I had to cut lunch short. The tingling in my scalp hadn’t faded; a few hours and emails later Tom and I agreed to split a table.

*Capricoins: self constructed milk cap-like divination disks featured in the YouthPool:QC public access special and Vlog. You can check them out for yourself @ 11:25 minutes.


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