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

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]
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.

Talking About 2012Collapse )
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Chicago-versary [Aug. 7th, 2012|10:27 am]
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]

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]
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]

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]

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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Again. [Jan. 3rd, 2012|09:42 am]
Below the cut is my 2011 recap. I took a quick look through my archives and noticed that I've been doing my recaps in this format for an embarrassingly long time now (9 years). I also leave them public when they are written even if I am keeping my journal friends only, but I later go back and lock them up. I guess it's one of those "hey world! I exist!" type of things?

Anyway, its pretty obvious that LJ is on a rapid decline, and after reading some NY Times article this past year about cyber legacy left after people suffer untimely deaths, I've been on a bit of a cleaning spree with my internet real estate. I fear that Live Journal isn't far from the chopping block, and I've already backed up and locked down everything posted before 2008.

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Here are some resolutions for 2012:
1. Visit three states I've never been to before. Wisconsin will be the first of these later this month.
2. Steffbomb and I are going to have a weekly/monthly drawing sessions. We haven't solidified the details yet as we thought it up while a bit delirious after being in a car for 14 hours.
3. Create, finish and print at least two mini comics. Did I mention I applied for both the Chicago Zine Fest (March) and the Chicago Alt Comics Expo (June)?
4. Work on my overall laziness by exercising more and leaving the house more. This will be difficult now that winter has rolled in, but will hopefully be a "no shit" thing once it gets warm out.

(this entire entry will probably be updated at least once after being posted)
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Part 5: Goodbye Parties [Nov. 1st, 2011|02:13 pm]

Pages 9 & 10 of my 24 Hour Chicomic.
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Part 4: Leaving work [Oct. 25th, 2011|11:19 am]

From my 24 Hour Chicomic.
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