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Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge [May. 22nd, 2015|02:56 pm]
meghan ansbach
The below was originally posted on panels.net. While I read  alot of comics that already check off a lot of these categories, I thought it would be fun to use this as an excuse to try and broaden my reading a little bit.

SO! I am going to try my hardest to not use one book to check off several categories, and I'm going to try and read some books that are not already on my pull list. Panels does offer recomendations for a lot of these and I'll probably grab some of those if I hadn't already read them.

Here is the list:

Read a comic book from the Golden Age (30s to early 50s).

Read a comic book that features a creative team representing more than one gender.

Read a comic book originally published in Europe. Beautiful Darkness

Read a piece of comics journalism.

Read a self-contained graphic novel. The Sculpter by Scott McCloud.

Read a comic book from an independent publisher.

Read a comic book by an all-female creative team.

Read a comic book about a culture other than your own.

Read a comic book about a religion other than your own.

Read a comic book marketed for children or all-ages.

Read a comic book that features an LGBTQ character.

Read a comic book that won an Eisner Award.

Read a webcomic. Read the collected Nimona, not sure if in print counts?

Read a comic book starring anthropomorphic animals

Read a volume of manga.

Read a comic book written and drawn by the same person.

Read a collection of comic strips.

Read a comic about a non-traditional superhero.

Read a book about comic books.

Read a comic book featuring non-traditional art.

Read a new-to-you comic from the library.

Read a science fiction comic book.

Read a fantasy comic book Rat Queens vol 1 & 2. Not really for me, but I can see why its popular.

Read a comic set in a country other than your own.

Read a controversial comic book.

Read a comic with a villain for the protagonist.

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did Uberlist for 2015 [Jan. 18th, 2015|04:22 pm]
meghan ansbach

I put together 100 goals for this upcoming year, but I wanted to make it something I could actually accomplish as opposed to vague "be a better person" things. Thats my way of saying that it's pretty itemized so I can use it as a checklist.

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Fuck off 2014 [Jan. 2nd, 2015|11:36 am]
meghan ansbach
[Current Music |Lee yelling at video games]

Highlights and Lowlights of 2014. Again in list format because otherwise I'd never get my thoughts together enough to write anything.

  • Easily the worst year of my life, so let's throw that out there as kind of a warning.

  • Spent the winter months working to finish my September story comic in time for Chicago Zine Fest in early March. I actually made it with a few days to spare but I'm not very satisfied with the cover I made for it.

  • The last weekend of February I took a trip down to Tennessee to rent a cabin for a long weekend with some old friends from my AOL Wizard Chat days. We had a good time, but I did throw a very embarrassing fit when I realized I was the only person who would not be sleeping on their own bed.

  • Zine Fest was alright. I shared a table with Jill and I had some laughs with our table neighbor, but I brought way more books then I was actually able to sell. I did get some wonderful photos of Jill and I, though, and there were some awesome shots of Ken and Lee too. Afterwards we went to a Jewish Deli for dinner and more laughs.

  • After Zine Fest was over I fell into a video game coma with Lightning Returns. This lasted through the next month when...

  • Squeek died. I had come home really late on a Thursday to the smell of cat pee and I had a hard time finding Squeek, which was always one of my big fears. I finally found him behind the couch and he could not move his back legs. I gave him some food and water then quickly packed him up and took him to the emergency vet where they informed me that he had a blood clot and that there was really no recovering from it since his back legs were already cold and unresponsive. I lost my shit and gave them a ridiculous amount of money to watch over him, Lee was on tour and would not be getting home for a few days so I didn't want to do any of this on my own. But I had no choice. I went in the next day to find he was having trouble breathing, and not wanting him to die all alone I made the choice to put him to sleep while I was there to hold him. I was completely devastated.

  • C2E2 was the very next weekend and I did my best to keep it together. I hung out with Stuart, Herndon and Gavin, as well as putting together a Bobs Burgers group cosplay with the rest of the Chicago Comics. Unfortunately I had to spend that Sunday at the shop and I completely lost my shit.

  • We had a lot of visitors in May. Dads stayed with us for over a week while they were recording their new album with Neil (small world), John came to visit for a few days, and then after all of them left I had a five day visit with my dad and uncle.

  • Rose started working for Sonoma in late May and I received a hefty bonus for referring her.

  • Guz lived with us in our spare room in June. He was a blast to have around and I was bummed when he left.

  • About this time I finally went to the dentist to have my broken tooth removed. Since I had not been to the dentist in 14 years, I found out that 18 of my teeth had cavities in them. So far I've had 3 fixed.

  • Went to Heroes Con in June where I had a blast and attended the Valkyries breakfast with Kelly Sue DeConnick, as well as meeting a handful of other Valkyries including Molly Jane who lives two blocks from me.

  • Some where during the year I became really obsessed with the fitbit I received for Christmas from Sonoma the previous year. I went on many long walks while listening to podcast, including walking home from the office (5.4 miles), walking to the comic shop from the office (4.8 miles), and walking home from the comic shop (4.3 miles). My goal was 15k steps a day, but I was more interested in beating our CEO and his damn walking desk. This only happened one month, September.

  • At the very end of June we adopted two kitties from a friend of Eliza's named Lady and Urpie. I had a very hard time adjusting to them but after a few weeks of getting to know them, and lots of brainstorming sessions, we changed their names to Maple and Basil.

  • Maple is the first lap cat I've ever had and I talk to her sometimes like a teenage boy with his first girlfriend, "why do you love me so much, Maple? What did I do to deserve you?"

  • Ken flew me to Philly for 4th of July weekend to film a scene for the last episode of Uncle Nagy's House. I went to a bunch of coffee shops, ate lots of pretzels, tried to watch fireworks from his sweet ass rooftop in South Philly, and even took a day trip to LBI to hang out with Jamie.

  • Played beach volleyball with Sonoma Wins For You (our ridiculous team name) and we even won two games this year! I did hurt my wrist, though, and as of writing this entry I am still wearing a brace and cannot currently draw or even hold a pencil.

  • Steff moved to LA and I was really sad.

  • Went up Wizard World in August where I didn't get to hang out with Stuart at all, but had some nice bonding time with Gavin.

  • Both Erin and Katy were in town on the same weekend. We hung out and met up with one of Erin's local friends who I now see at Reno (the bagel place) on a regular basis. The night the four of us spent at Little Goat was a highlight of the year.

  • Read my very first DC Universe story: Robin and Batgirl Year One. Really enjoyed it and went on a quest for other DC Universe stories that were enjoyable and good, not just "omg this is so dark and gritty shock value." (yes, this is my impression of what Batman is, and also the rest of the DC Universe since the New 52 relaunch).

  • Went home to Jersey for a week in Septemeber where I received the worst sunburn of my life for being dumb and not putting on sunblock while in LBI.

  • Went apple picking with Mike, Eliza, Leigh, Zach, and Lee.

  • October was when I had my breast reduction surgery. The recovery was long and emotional and not something I am fully ready to talk about just yet.

  • Wore my Paul Smith Kitty Pryde costume on Halloween and went to Molly Jane's party with Lee and my coworkers from Chicago Comics. Realized that MJ was dressed s Starlord and we were technically dating.

  • Attended our office's Extra Life event for a few hours and played blitzball with Mike D. Lots of laughs and I think I started shipping Tidus and Brother? It was weird.

  • Having no plans for Thanksgiving, Lee and I decided to host a small gathering at our place. Mike, Eliza and Sam came over and we ate a bunch of vegan dishes we all helped to prepare. it was wonderful, but...

  • The day after Thanksgiving I flew home to Jersey when I heard my father was in the hospital and not doing well. I legitimately thought I was racing against time to the hospital in Toms River to say goodbye to him, but they transferred him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philly where they had stablized him and diagnosed him with a rare auto-immune disease called Wegners. We stayed there for 10 days and I flew home when I realized he'd be there probably for the rest of the month.

  • My father died the night I flew home. Even though they had stabilized his lungs and kidneys, they were not able to do anything for his heart. Since the 10 days I was there were spent taking care of my step mother, balancing my brother's moods, and dealing with my uncle who kind of drives me crazy, I was in no rush to fly back for the funeral.

  • I went to my company's Christmas party that Friday night where I drank silly drinks and had a blast with Lee, Rose, Sean, and all of my coworkers. The next morning we had breakfast with Jon and Jimmy who were driving through, and then I hoped on a plane back to Jersey.

  • Sunday was my father's funeral. A lot of my friends came out, some I wasn't even expecting, but I flew home right afterwards because I needed to process things away from my family.

  • I attempted to work after the funeral up until Christmas vacation. When I went back to Jersey for Christmas, Lee and I only stayed for 3 days. I found out that my step mom is not speaking to my brother at all, and all of my dad's shit is just not being taken care of the right way. I ended my year with awful family drama.

Goals for 2015. Things I would like to accomplish or at least be better at.

  • Health fitness blah blah

  • Visit two states I have not been to before. I plan to see Portland and Seattle when I fly out for Emerald City Comic Con in a few months, but Rose and I have also discussed taking weekend trips to Iowa and Michigan.

  • More crafting with wood. I have ideas for projects I want to work on and I also bought my very first power drill yesterday.

  • Continue to read books in a timely matter. My "to read" file (I transitioned from piles) is not as ridiculous as it has been, but I started reading some DC books so it has the potential to be a disaster.

  • Keep taking long walks as oppose to heading right home after work. This helps me unwind and not feel like I am wasting my day.

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The End of the End of 2013 [Dec. 31st, 2013|12:57 pm]
meghan ansbach

Everything there is to know about 2013. Now in list format because the old format wasn't really working for me anymore.

  • Spent the entire year working for both Sonoma Partners and Chicago Comics. Balancing the two was difficult for awhile but I think I have a handle on it now.

  • Went back on anti-depressants in September when I was visiting the doctor for my hurt knee. I knew it was time because I was having weird thoughts of quitting my full time job because I was paranoid I was going to get fired, thinking the job was too good to be true.

  • Lee and I were drifting apart for a lot of the year, but in November we finally sat down and acknowledged it and talked about what we were doing that was shitty and promised to be better and communicate more openly.

  • Tried and failed at drawing a daily four page comic strip for the month of September. I do plan to finish this before Zine Fest 2014 and make a print copy. This is the only real creative project I attempted this year because both jobs had me exhausted.

  • Tabled at Zine Fest 2013 without any new mini comics but managed to sell through a lot of the ones I had and still had a blast.

  • Attended CAKE with Harrison where we had the brilliant idea to bring Chicago Comics consignment forms and acquire books for the store on the spot.

  • My "to read" pile is currently humongous.

  • Traveled to Charlotte for Heroes Con and had an amazing time. Split a hotel room with my good friends, became better friends with some acquaintances, and attended a lot of passionate panels by some of my favorite comic writers that left me feeling so excited about comics.

  • Cosplayed as Sprite (Paul SMith costume from Uncanny X-Men #175) at Wizard World Chicago. It was weird.

  • Went to C2E2 and purchased a commission by Bill Sienkiewicz that is now one of my prized possessions.

  • Hung out with my favorite comic shop coworkers at the Mutant High Prom after C2E2.

  • Attended all happy hours and outings with my office job in an attempt  to build bonds with my coworkers, this included joining the summer beach volleyball team where we lost every game and I twisted my knee. Also Whirleyball and Golfing, heh.

  • Locked myself in a stairwell at Rose's apartment for 12 hours while cat sitting. Ate and drank nothing, did not use the bathroom, and cried a shit ton. I have a comic in the works about this.

  • My mom came to visit in May, we played tourists and had a blast.

  • Erin stopped in town with work a few times, we had dinner twice. One of these times we were eating on an outdoor patio in an unpaved lot when we were caught in a downpour. We huddled under our umbrellas and attempted to wait it out, but ended up getting soaked. It was hilarious.

  • Flew home in October for my cousins wedding.

  • Flew to Las Vegas for work. I was there for 2 days, billed 28 hours of work, and slept. Most exhausting trip of my life.

  • Drove to Pittsburgh in October to attend Quilly's wedding at the Andy Warhol museum. Had a great time with great friends, but holy shit was October non stop.

  • Participated in the 48 hour film challenge Chicago in August. My role was minimal but it was fun being around my Philly friends for the weekend and remembering what my life was like in 2006.

  • Drove to Philly for Christmas and had a much better time than I did last year. I prioritized things I wanted to do as opposed to people I wanted to see and this made the trip less stressful.

  • Lee, Ken, and Rose planned a great birthday semi-surprise dinner that had a great turnout of Chicago friends, especially considering several people were still out of town from Christmas.

  • Bi-Monthly work nights were had throughout the year, to varying levels of success. I need to make it a point to enjoy these more in 2014 instead of feeling guilty for my lack of creative motivation.

  • Dads crashed with us a handful of times, with each visit shorter than the previous. Happy for them for finding their success, bummed that we don't get to spend as much time with them.

  • Squeek had an allergic reaction and had to wear a cone for a few weeks. It was heartbreaking and really funny at the same time.

  • Switched Squeek to a higher quality cat food and watched him get more energy and be more of a terrorist. Meanwhile he slept in Lee's nook ever night.

  • Jersey friends came in town in September for Riot Fest. I helped man Steff's booth one of the days and wore the rainboots I bought after that time I was caught in a downpour and my heels bled. Best decision I made in 2013.

  • Didn't see many shows this year: Man Man, Tim Kasher, Dads, Hop Along, TV Stars (one of Lee's bands). Missed Slingshot Dakota both times they played, once because of a wedding and the other because of being locked in a stairwell.

  • Reused old Halloween costumes this year, didn't really go to any costume parties and attended the Boystown Halloween parade alone and in the rain.

  • Took a million photos thanks to upgrading to a smart phone at the end of 2012.

  • Played video games for 21 hours straight for Extra Life, but I missed a Halloween party with my comic shop coworkers because of it.

Things I would like to accomplish or at least be better about doing in 2014.

  • Work on more creative projects.

  • Travel (Charlotte, SDCC, and a trip to TN to hang out with old internet friends are all in the works)

  • Get a commission from Kris Anka, this should hopefully happen at Heroes.

  • Make sure I have at least one day off every week. No more feeling guilty about taking a weekend off to travel and then making up for it by working Saturday and Sunday at the comic shop the next weekend. I cannot do this.

  • Read the books I buy in a timely manner. "To read" piles are ridiculous.

  • Be in better shape. I'm not talking about exercising for the sake of losing weight, I just want to not feel so worn out all the time. This included practicing for volleyball with coworkers, riding my bike more, walking more when it gets warmer out as opposed to taking the bus when I really don't need to.

  • Replace my old Ikea plates and bowls, hopefully with better made ones and not just newer Ikea ones.

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Yep, another New Year [Jan. 6th, 2013|10:40 am]
meghan ansbach
I've come to accept that I usually end my years on a sour note after Christmas, my Birthday, and New Years in the last week, but this was a pretty decent year. It had its ups and downs, of course, but I'm happy with it.

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Chicago-versary [Aug. 7th, 2012|10:27 am]
meghan ansbach
Hello livejournal! I am updating in order to document that I have been living in Chicago for an entire year. The actual anniversary date was last Thursday, but I've been unable to sit down and write coherent thoughts since then because I was pretty busy with my new job working at Chicago Comics.

Having a job that requires me to leave the house and interact with people (both coworkers and the general public) feels pretty fucking good. I was incredibly lucky to have been given the chance to work remotely for Hibbert over this past year, but working from home is not as glorious as you would think. It's also nice to be working in an element where my coworkers have similar interests (I may have spent a half hour talking about Supernatural last night) and I'm not immediately judged as being the weird one.

In general, life in Chicago has been pretty fulfilling for me. I've made a handful of awesome friends, though it is hard to insert yourself into their lives when everyone already has routines, but luckily I moved ten blocks away from one of my best friends, Steff. And it was also lucky that Steff had Andrea move in with her in January, and Andrea didn't know anyone but Steff, so Andrea and I have hung out a whole bunch. Lee has made his own set of friends that he drinks with on a regular basis, and we've settled on a routine that involves him drinking and me doing other things.

My productivity has been less then ideal, but I did draw more comics since living here than I did the year prior. I spoke to Steff the other day about starting up of 52 comics project again (we stopped because she filmed a reality tv show and it fucked up her schedule, which she is still recovering from) but it doesn't seem too likely. Working again has lifted my spirits, though, and I have a few ideas I want to explore, so I am going to make it a goal to be more productive in my second year. I don't think that'll be very hard.

Money situations could be better, but that can always be said. I'm very happy that I decided to move here and I hope my next year is just as wonderful as the first, if not better.
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Final Fantasies [May. 18th, 2012|04:26 pm]
meghan ansbach

Fun Facts!

  • This is my first time drawing Lee’s silly new haircut.

  • I actually disliked this Serah Farron costume so much that I paid the $2.99 on Playstation Network to download a different costume.

  • The crazy chocobo song is the worst but it’ll get stuck in your head for DAYS.

  • This comic was based on a nightmare I had.

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(no subject) [Mar. 15th, 2012|10:52 am]
meghan ansbach
I keep meaning to update this but then forgetting all about it.

This past weekend was the Chicago Zine Fest and the very first time I sat behind my own table. I sold more than half of my comic about moving to Chicago and talked to a lot of great people, but of course the day started off really slow and really awkward. Here is an awesome photo from later in the day of me, Steff, and Adam.

Niki came to visit me right after the show. I had just enough time to drop my stuff off at home before meeting her at the airport, and then the next four days were a whirlwind of sightseeing and eating great food. I took most of her photos for her as she didn't want to carry her camera around and look too much like a tourist. I had a lot of fun and want to get a new digital camera now, a full bodied one like hers so that I feel like I'm actually holding a camera (I think purchasing a slim camera in 2007 was the downfall of my interest in taking photos).

Oh yeah, it's like summer here for whatever reason. I know this warm weather won't last, but the next handful of days are supposed to be in the high 70s. How weird is that?
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weekly comics [Feb. 20th, 2012|10:58 am]
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I don't think I'd mentioned it on LJ yet, but my friend Steff Bomb and I have taken on a project to draw a comic a week for all of 2012. The above comic is my favorite so far, the dangers of having both a dark colored cat and a dark colored bath mat. My comics are current, but Steff is a little behind due to really exciting things she can't reveal yet.

Meghan and Steff draw 52 comics. each.
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Goodbye parties, wrap up. [Jan. 5th, 2012|10:51 am]
meghan ansbach

I've fallen terribly behind on this comic, to the point where I won't even attempt to call it a 24 hour comic anymore. This is the last page I'm going to post until I've finished the entire thing since pages 12 & 13 are Uncle Nagy's House spoilers. My goal is to have it complete and printed before Chicago Zine Fest in March, though I'm not sure when I'll be posting them online as I'd prefer the UNH episode be online first.

The goodbye parties have a negative connotation to them that I actually feel bad about drawing, but I think it accurately depicts how I was feeling during the moving process. I hit an all time low emotionally just before my move, then afterwards everything went up.
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