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State of the Union

This year has been a bit of an artistic adventure. Late last year, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever do another show. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cons. They’re one of my favorite things about the work I do. But financially I wasn’t doing incredibly well and I had a lot of other things going on in my life. I’d gotten some bad health info and I was generally in a really bad space. I could stand behind the work I was doing, but I wasn’t really into it, and it felt like work. Like I wasn’t doing anything important.

I ended up doing Calgary Expo at the last minute. I didn’t bring anything new to the show, just old inventory. And it went pretty well. But the important thing was that the things that caught peoples’ eyes, the things that got a strong emotional reaction, were the pieces I really care about.

A few weeks later, I was at Horror Con. Again, the things people responded to, the things they really were drawn to, were the pieces I cared about. Genres I cared about.

I mean, the other stuff still sold, but there was an overwhelming response to the other stuff I was doing.

So I started to just do whatever I wanted, and when NSFcon rolled around, those were the things that people cared about. And I asked around about what they’d like to see that they don’t already, and every single person suggested something I love that I didn’t have the confidence in.

It’s been a challenging year in my life, and my work, but I’m heading into Saskatoon Expo with a ton of new stuff that I care about, and am even getting back to my roots in comics. A new book that I’m working on will be demoed there.

So maybe I’ll see you in SK?

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