I was in attendance at the CAKE convention in Chicago last weekend and I’d like to say a thing or two about it. To put it simply, I consider it a positive step forward in what I am trying to accomplish (making good stuff). I’ve been to a million conventions before, but never in the midst of whatever it is I’m currently in the middle of, which I guess consists of searching for… something. I may not have found exactly what I was looking for, but I did find inspiration, and am feeling better about pressing forward, both in wrapping up unfinished projects as well as setting out with brand new stuff.
It was great to be in a room with so many talented creators. It was great to be able to talk to everyone who came by my table. It was great representing not only myself, but Hic & Hoc Publications as well. I am quite proud to be in cahoots with such a publisher. It was great talking shop with other cartoonists. You gave me encouragement, whether you know it or not.
I even managed to bust out a few strips right then and there, so you can expect to see some new Jerry’s Journal strips next week. Moving forward, I’m sure I’ll be doing more of Jerry’s Journal, but I’d also eventually like to be able to complete the non Jerry’s Journal stuff that I’d been posting over the last handful of months. It was broadly themed stuff with a few different things going on within (Jerry included), but I am ultimately envisioning it all coming together in a book which I have tentatively titled “Jostled Up!”
What’s most important to me is doing something that is somehow completely new or different. And thanks to CAKE, I feel more confident and ready to try just that. And maybe I’ll be blogging more too… The possibilities are endless! Thanks again everybody!
Before I go, I’d like to share this amazingly funky piece of art I came away with from CAKE. It is a portrait of me drawn by Alex Nall, another cartoonist on hand at the show. I actually think he captured my likeness quite nicely.