Speaking of church, ours is presenting the Portland Arts Forum at Juliet Zulu this Friday evening, and I'm going to be one of the panelists! If you're in or near Portland and interested in checking it out, please do! Here be the details.
I've named the one that lives on our mailbox Harold.
Well, we did have someone come, and no less than 5 different arborists told us we need to lose our ancient maples that frame our front yard. :-( We haven't pulled the trigger yet so there's still time if you want to hide any of your treasures in the massive hollows, Boo Radley style. I'm sure Harvey would enjoy discovering them!
Also, thanks to everyone who came out Saturday night to the reading, that was fun and a good professional exercise for me! And thanks of course to Books with Pictures for hosting, you are a rising star in the comic shop world, I just know it!
Oh, of course it's going to be fun! By now I've gotten past (most of) the second guessingy feelings and am back to being excited. Books with Pictures is a rad new woman-friendly comics shop, and I'm really pumped that they are letting me read from my book there! I'll be doing a signing too, which, if you got your book from Kickstarter it's already been signed, but I can sign your arm or forehead or something cool.
Here are the details:
Hey Baby Reading at Books With Pictures (1100 SE Division St, PDX)
Saturday, Sept 24, 7-9 pm
Portlander Breena Bard’s cartoon memoir about pregnancy and childbirth has been a hit since she brought it into the store. Come hear about her Kickstarter-funded project, and how her life as an artist interacted with her life as a pregnant person… And now, as a mom!
I know, there will be a lot of broken hearts ahead of us. Sigh. But, also so many joyful happy moments! Like when this kid decides it's time to give kisses in bulk. Or the way he head-bangs to any kind of music, even the coffee grinder or dishwasher (his dad's hardcore influence, I'm sure.) Or the way he goes into this zen trance anytime we're outside, just soaking in every speck of nature in those moments. And then goes crazy and tries to eat the flowers. There's far more happy than sad. But the sad... man, it can really crush a mom!
Well, I'm not gonna quit, I just can't. So look forward to my 3rd book sometime in the next year or two (or three or four). On the bright side, since drawing this comic I had a small breakthrough which refreshed my interest in the project (while also setting me back to about 70% finished, ah well.)
As for Hey Baby, you can of course buy it here on my website, or if you'd rather pick it up at a physical store it's now available in Portland at:
As you may know, these comics are on about a 6 week delay, which is to say, the above-mentioned trip has already come and gone, and I can give you Harvey's official report card:
Harvey's Flying Report Card:
Sitting still: D
Being quiet: C-
Falling asleep: D+
Peeing through his diaper onto his mom's clothes so mom and dad try to secretly change him in the seat so they don't have to get up and go to the airplane bathroom but the flight attendant sees them and gives them a mild scolding: A
Being the cutest little stinker despite it all: A++
That's right, no F's! I'm saving that grade for a TRULY terrible flight. This one was just about as miserable as you'd expect. Besides, my perspective on babies on planes is that they are just expressing the way ALL of us feel, except they haven't been trained to push all those feelings deep down inside.
For more comics like these, check out my book Hey Baby!
Once again, thanks to my Kickstarter backers for sponsoring these summer comics! You da best!
If you haven't already, snag your copy of Hey Baby: a comic memoir about becoming a mom! It includes 21 brand new comics that don't exist anywhere online!
Hi readers! You can thank the Kickstarter backers for these new comics, which were the reward for reaching one of our stretch goals. New comics, all summer long! (They've been seeing them first on Kickstarter, which is why they're only starting on my site by mid-August.)
Also, I feel like I'm getting a little ridiculous about promoting this now, but I have a new book about called Hey Baby. If you've somehow avoided hearing about it until now, it's a comic memoir about my husband and I having a baby! You can buy it right here on this website, wow!