Happy New Year everyone!
This year has been a very productive year and I hope 2010 will be similarly successful.
Among some of the highlights for 2009: I managed to get two of my own books finished/printed (How To Date A Girl In 10 Days and Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Crohns Disease), create, edit and publish the Solipsistic Pop anthology, teach several comic workshops, organise a bunch of comic related events, and beat my fear of public speaking by appearing on a few radio shows, panel talks, and even committing to co-host a talk about American politics. It's been eventful. And wonderful. And if I only manage to do half of the things I plan for 2010, it should prove to be a very interesting year indeed.
My gift to those of you who have stuck with me this far: John Diamond's last article before he died. If you haven't read it before, it is much more life affirming and optimistic than my slightly miserable comic above and you could do a lot worse than reading it before you venture out this evening. Here's an extract:
"This is what it's all about. It's about reading a paper on a Sunday morning while you're thinking about whether you can be arsed to go to the neighbours' New Year's Eve party tonight. It's about getting angry with me for having different opinions from yours or not expressing the ones you have as well as you would have expressed them. It's about the breakfast you've just had and the dinner you're going to have. It's about the random acts of kindness which still, magically, preponderate over acts of incivility or nastiness. It's about rereading Great Expectations and about who's going to win the 3.30 at Haydock Park. It's about being able to watch old episodes of Frasier on satellite TV whenever we want, having the choice of three dozen breakfast cereals and seven brands of virgin olive oil at Sainsbury's. It's about loving and being loved, about doing the right thing, about one day being missed when we're gone."