I began the day by relaunching my webcomic interview series on ComicMix, kicking things off again with a conversation with Chris Hastings, the creator behind The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. I’ll post the usual excerpt here soon, but if you can’t wait that long, feel free to check out the Dr. McNinja interview here.
Later in the day, Anders Loves Maria creator Rene EngstrÃ¶m (who I’ve found myself mentioning quite often these days) tweeted that she was feeling the urge to do some “silly sketch requests” – so being somewhat obsessed with alligators (as anyone who knows me will attest) and having spent the better part of the week in front of my computer, I asked for “an alligator using a computer.”
A few minutes later, she sent me a URL to this photo:
Seriously, folks – how excellent is that?
The day was capped off by an “Add Friend” request on Facebook that really had me smiling. Even though I’ve spent a few years now in the comics industry, it still comes as a surprise (and usually a pleasant one) when creators whose names were up there in the top echelon of celebrity during my teenage comic-reading years occasionally reach out and contact me instead of the other way around.
Case in point:
Later in the evening, I finally had a chance to sit down and watch one of the films I received from our Blockbuster.com account weeks ago but had been waiting to get into the right mindset to watch. The 1999 Jim Jarmusch film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a favorite of mine, but I can’t remember when I saw it last prior to yesterday evening. When Jessica mentioned a while back that she hadn’t seen it, it went into the movie queue immediately.
In the end, she wasn’t nearly as enamored with the film as I am. I love the acting, the pace, the tone and the score of the film immensely, and I tend to appreciate it even more every time I watch it.
I finished the night by making myself a potent margarita and catching up with a bunch of paperwork I’d been putting off – which might not seem very thrilling, but I’ll confess a significant amount of joy every time I can cross something off my mind-numbingly massive personal and professional to-do lists.
Here’s hoping there are a few more good days like that coming up down the road.