This Week In Things I Did

Last weekend was C2E2 and good lord, was it a blast. Hands down the best show I’ve been to in…forever? It was exceptionally busy and I spent a good deal of it running around livetweeting panels for the Panels on Pages twitter account (@panelsonpages), but I also managed to hang out with some of my best internet friends as well as reunite with the Super-Fly Comics people as well. Best of all, my girlfriend Gwyneth was able to come and hang out Saturday afternoon and most of the day Sunday, meeting all the various people I know and experience the show for herself. There was an amusing moment when we walked in after I met her at the door and she just stopped and went “Whoa…” I thought she’d seen some exceptional cosplay or banner or something but then I just realized it was just the enormity of the show itself. It’s funny how we get used to these kinds of things.

I did end up hosting the Q&A panel for Neal Adams, which was a lot of fun and fairly easy to do seeing as how Neal is basically a runaway freight train of conversation. He was “on” the second we hit the stage about ten minutes before it was supposed to start and we ran right up into the allotted time. Huge thanks to him for having me and also a huge thanks to my friend and co-contributor Tito at PoP! who helped me prep for it. Looking back it’s almost a little silly remembering how nervous I was, but once I got to the podium it all pretty much vanished. Given how weirdly and unexpectedly anxious I can be in some social situations it was nice to see that I could actually do something like that. One of the most helpful things was Gwyn insisting on being there and telling me “If you get nervous, just look for me. Talk to me and everything will be okay.”

Everyone at PoP! and Super-Fly had a great show and I think we all set the stage for amazing things to happen in the future. Being there with all those guys and all of those creative people was incredibly energizing and really made me feel alive. I had a couple of signing and meet and greet appearances at the PoP! Booth and those went well, culminating in me meeting some cool comics folks and signing anything folks brought me since I don’t have physical copies of SHADOW OF THE PAST to sell. I didn’t get to see as many people as I’d like and I barely got a chance to spend any time in artist’s alley, but in every way the show was successful. Even any potentially awkward personal drama was deftly sidestepped as I realized “Fuck it, we are just here to work and have fun. Those aren’t mutually exclusive.”

Some of you may have heard that Shia LaBeouf made an appearance at the show and not only is that accurate but the PoP! group was responsible for bringing him there. Needless to say there was a bit of a brouhaha after the fact, and I dashed off an Op/Ed for the PoP! site about the situation. You can also hear me on the PoP!-Cast recorded live Sunday after the show as the tale of The Beef is told and I read the email we all got from him. There will be a Super-Fly podcast up hopefully later today that was recorded that Sunday evening as well, in addition to the show we recorded last night that will go up on Monday.

As for others things, most of that is going to be on hold as I prep to move in the next week. Pretty much all of our plans are up in the air, but one was or the other Gwyn and I will be in our new apartment on the 1st. It’s just going to be a rocky road until then. In the meantime, SHADOW OF THE PAST is still free on Smashwords, and will be through the end of it’s “birthday month.” After that, I’ll have new short fiction debuting on a monthly basis after that. There will be news of the comic horror story I wrote that will be in an anthology later this year, as the art is rolling in and looks freakin’ gorgeous. I’m hoping the artist and I will be able to work together on other stuff after that, possibly funded via Kickstarter.

Lot’s of stuff in the air, but when it settles it’ll do so with a bang.

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Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for PanelsOnPages.com, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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