I’ll Be at Emerald City This Weekend

Crossposted from my newsletter.

Hey everyone! Hope you had a good February. I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend! Cautionary Fables and Fairytales will be at table 20815! There is a nice map up top (I took Kory Bing’s image of our booth because I didn’t have time to make my own.)

Emerald City is the big thing this month. But Failure to Launch is still crowdfunding! It goes until March 9th. Me, Spike, and Amanda will do a special Iron Circus Geekshow to close it out. That will be Thursday March 9th, at 6pm PST. Grab it while you still can!

My discord is still doing the full moon movie will be March 7th at 5pm PST. We will be watching the movie Cursed (2005). It’s not a good movie but it is a fun movie. Anyone who wants to join, is free to sign up for my discord and join us.

As always I’ll be streaming art on Twitch. My schedule is currently the following:

Last month I was a guest on War Rocket Ajax. I was promoing Shards of Reflection and the Fame and Misfortune live reading. But really we mostly talked about videogames.

I also did a live reading on twitch of Fame and Misfortune. It was fun and I want to do more live readings. But it turned out my mic was broken. So I’m gonna redo it. You can give the first try a listen, but it will get auto-deleted in about a week.

I got a bad sinus infection last week. So I haven’t really had time to work on Blue Moon. It’s getting to the point where I think I might have to put You are the Chosen One on break again. I don’t want to, but right now it’s the comic that takes the most time (mostly because it’s in color). I’m gonna see how much I get done this month when it comes to Blue Moon. Then I’ll decide. If it goes on break, it will be after the current chapter is done posting (in July).

Getting sick really threw off my exercising. I’ll get back to it after Emerald City. Kinda a double whammy of sickness and then con to mess up the routine. It’s a shame because I was getting used to/forming a habit until I got sick.  But sick meant I watched more stuff. Last month this section was kinda long. Maybe I should post these on my blog more frequently and just link to those posts? Anyway here’s what I watched and read:

  • Posthumous Education (book 8 in The Utterly Uniteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred the Vampire Accountant) by Drew Hayes – The vampire accountant series is one I always grab as soon as it comes out. It stood out to me because most urban fantasy books are about magic cops or magic detectives. The series as a whole are episodic short stories and I like that they are mostly small stake conflicts. Like this volume the main character is teaching a business class at a supernatural college. The first story is about him trying to convince students how important learning basic contract knowledge is, not just for dealing with humans but also the fae and really any supernatural that makes deals. The series as a whole has bit about how higher ups abuse these legal tricks to control the inexperienced. I’m definitely gonna keep up with the series because small scale stories like this are harder to find.
  • Woke – This is a hulu show that is loosely based off the K Chronicles by Keith Knight. I didn’t know much going in and wanted to see how Keith’s work was turned into a TV show. I ended up really enjoying it. The first season is about what an artist’s responsibility to the world. Like if you have an audience, how much do you have to use it for talking about important topics vs using it for escapism? And then how does commerce tight into an artists work. It was very funny and clever. It also uses Keith Knight’s hand letterer for all the captions, text messages, and another another thing that needs a pop up label. It gave the show a unique look that helps tie it more to the comic it is based off of.
  • Baby Driver – Another thing with a unique look was Baby Driver. I like Edgar Wright movies but never got around to see Baby Driver until now. Basically, when it came out I was only interested in it because Edgar Wright was the director. Like everything I heard about it made me think that it might not be for me. And my instincts were right. While Baby Driver was a very pretty/stylish movie, the story and characters kinda fell flat for me. I might revisit it if I want to mimic it’s specific look in an illustration, but for now it just made me want to rewatch Hot Fuzz.
  • Puss in Boots: Last Wish – To continue the line of stuff that is stylish and looks interesting, Puss in Boots: Last Wish is much better than it has any right to be. I mostly saw it because everyone was telling me it was much better than you’d expect. That is 100% true. The usually Shrek style was dropped in favor of something that is more stylized like Into the Spiderverse. The whole cast is after a fallen star they can make a wish on is the main driver of the story. That’s a simple plot that allows for a lot of cool action and slapstick humor. So they can put the new style to good use. Then since the plot is so simple, there is also room for the characters to grow and change. Which means, unlike Baby Driver, you have a very strong sense of who everyone is and why they are involved in the story. Maybe I like it so much because I had low expectations, but it was very surprising in how good it is.
  • The Banshees of Inisherin – My favorite stories are ones that are funny and sad at the same time. The Banshees of Inisherin is just that. I think it’s also a great example of how you can make something that seems small feel like the most important thing in the world. If you don’t know, it’s about two men in a small Irish town that have been friends for years. The starting incident is one telling the other he doesn’t want to be friends anymore. The other can’t accept that. I like that while you watch these two men argue about whether or not they should be friends there is an underlying heart and sadness that isn’t spelt out. The man who doesn’t want to be friends says the other man is dull and he is wasting his life listening to the other guy. So he is clearly wrestling with how short his time is on earth. And for all his desire to do something “important” with his life, he is spending a lot of it arguing with this former friend now. And the other guy is so upset that he is bringing his donkey into his house. The donkey is making a mess of his house but it’s something for him to cuddle while depressed and lonely. Both situations are a combo of sad and funny. This is a movie I’ll probably think a lot a bit and will revisit.
  • Aggretsuko Season 5 – I have some mixed feelings about Aggretsuko’s last season. I really liked the first 3 seasons, but the more the show pushed Retsuko and Haida as a couple the more I lost interest. So season 4 and now season 5 giving him more scene time made me lose interest in him. It seems like a shift to try and justify him as a love interest. Also Haida’s brief bit of being homeless felt like something the show wasn’t prepared to properly address. Like the show wasn’t to be sympathetic, but gives reasons for why the homeless characters are “stuck” that way. So it wants to be sympathetic while blaming the homeless for their situation. And then that story line is kinda tossed aside for Retsuko to run for office. I like Retsuko running for office, but didn’t really like that she was strong armed into it. She has been repeated pushed into important plots each season. I wish the last season changed that. It would have been a nice way to end a series of her being so passive. Like the whole show has been realizing her unhappiness with the system and seeing others also unhappy under it. I would have liked her to make an active choice to try and change the system. And then maybe tie the homeless plot line into that more. As is, the two plot lines don’t mesh with each other super well.

I’ve also been listening to the podcast Mangasplaining. It reviews manga and guides people through a wide variety of series. It makes me want read more manga. But only so much time is in the day. Either way, there might be more manga in these write ups. I at the very least should reread Akira (it’s been like 15 years). 

Thanks as always for your support this month. Have a good one everyone.

I’ll be at ECCC this weekend!

Hey folks! I’ll be at ECCC this week. I’m at table 208 right near the sky bridge. I’m tabling with Sloane Leong, Kory Bing, Jose Pimenta, Evan Dahm, and Meredith McClaren.

I also got two panels I’m on.

How to Run a Anthology and Not Screw It Up – Thursday at 1:30 – 2:30 in room WSCC 604

D20 Dames podcast – Saturday at 1:15 – 2:15 in room WSCC 210

See you at ECCC this weekend!


I’m sharing the book with all the fine folks above. We are right near the skybridge and the entrance. We will be right near Iron Circus Comics and Fantagraphics. Come buy and grab some books. I’ll be there all weekend except for when I do a signing at the Darkhorse booth or at panels. Here’s my con plan.


3:00 – 3:45 – Signing at the Darkhorse booth with Yishan Li.

5:30 – 6:30 – Thoughout the WhedonVerse: 20 Years in the Making (Room TCC 303):

Dark Horse is thrilled to celebrate 20 years of Buffy and 15 years of Firefly! Dark Horse’s continuations of Joss Whedon’s cult favorites in the series Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel remain some of the most-talked-about comics in the industry. Join Whedonverse writers Chris Roberson (Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 10 and 11, Angel & Faith), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years—Glutton for Punishment), and Corinna Bechko (Angel Season 11) for an in-depth look at what it’s like to work on franchises with a cult-like following. WhedonCon’s Marisa Powers will impress fans with her knowledge of the Whedonverse as moderator of the panel!


12:00 – 1:00pm – Folklore in Comics (Room TCC 303):

From Baba Yaga to Yokai to King Arthur to the Sluagh, folklore provides fertile ground for modern comics. Join folklorists and comic creators Jim Zub (Wayward), Colin Lorimer (The Hunt), Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor), and Zack Davisson (Kitaro) to talk about the unique crossroads created when ancient meets modern.

2:45 – 3:45 – How to Run an Anthology and Not Screw It Up (Room WSCC 604)

Join Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales), Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler, New World), Taneka Stotts (Beyond, Elements), and Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls) as they go over running various independent comic anthologies. We talk about how we select stories, keep up with artists, and make sure all our i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. This panel will also include information on how these projects were funded and how we market our current and future books.

Where is Kel at ECCC

So I am currently at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle! Mostly I’ll be at table 310! I’ll have all my books there plus a new Adventure Time issue I’m in!

But I’m also on two panels! Both are Friday so come see the following

How to Run A Comic Anthology and Not Screw It Up
Room: Hall G (TCC 305)
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 1:10PM – 2:00PM
Moderator: Kel McDonald

Guest(s): Kel McDonald, Sfé R. Monster
Join Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales), Spike Trotman (Smut Peddler), Sfé R. Monster (Beyond), and Taneka Stotts (Full Circle) as they go over running various independent comic anthologies. We talk about how we select stories, keep up with artists, and make sure all our i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. This panel will also include information on how these projects were funded and how we market our current and future books.

And then shortly after:

Behind the Scenes: Making Comics
Room: Hall C (TCC 301)
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 3:00PM – 3:50PM
Moderator: Sierra Hahn

Guest(s): Colleen Coover, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Kel McDonald, Gail Simone, Joëlle Jones
Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalapolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick (Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

Then I will be signing at the Darkhorse booth Sunday at 3!