12/29/10 Setting New Course


Well, this is the last strip of the year. I was aiming to put out one book per year — and I aimed well — with only three more strips left to go on book#1 (this number may change).

I do plan to start hitting sci-fi and comic conventions in April, and am looking at what’s out there. Right now I’m considering Phoenix, Philadelphia, Portland, & Albuquerque. I would like to hit the San Fran and DC areas, but not sure which con would best suit. If you have any suggestions for cons, or are part of any organization who puts on a con and want me involved, let me know!

Let’s see… links. How about videos today? It’s been a good week for them. First, a fascinating video is going around of some Swedes who taped a camera to the tip of the sword (facing towards the bearer) and swung it around a bit. I just wonder how soon we’ll see it in a film. Personally, I’d pay to watch an entire hero epic filmed from the perspective of his/her sword.

An artist in New York is making sculptures out of trash bags which inflate via subway air. Breathtaking.

And last, I leave you with the Rogues of Wool. In my previous comic, Little Dee, the vulture sung a sea shanty (still some t-shirts available). My brother wrote music for it and I sung and we had a great time.


  1. Re: the inflatable sculptures

    There was a big air vent like that outside the administration building at my alma mater. Got used for a lot of similar creative structures. One year there was a huge inflatable fire flower from Super Mario Bros. Another year people built a huge water-wheel style device that continuously blew bubbles. Really awesome stuff all around.

  2. Nomi

    Poor Emily. She’s lost her coat and her hat (and we know about losing one’s hat!). Will she get another? That’s probably why she’s out of sorts, not anything to do with Growp. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I feel really bad about Pierrot back there in the GOB station…. how long is she going to leave him there?

  3. JKCarroll

    Curse you, Christopher Baldwin! Curse you and your brother! My morning was proceeding swimmingly; then I clicked on “Rogues of Wool”. Now I can’t help but sway gently back and forth in time to an imaginary sea swell while in my head Vachel croons about abandoning his sister. And I can’t get it to stop!

  4. My first convention suggestion would be ConBust at Smith College. It’s a small con, and perhaps a bit earlier than you want to go, but it’s in Massachusetts, so is probably a cheaper trip than others for you.

    Another one I’ve heard very good things about, but not been to myself, is Penguicon in the Detroit area.

    Re: today’s strip – just a nit pick: Krep’s last line should have a question mark.

  5. Christopher

    Thanks, @SeanK! COnBust is too soon. I know it’s the end of March, and I’d love to see family again, but I’m making sure all my ducks are in a row. But I will look into PenguinCon, thanks for the suggestions!. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I always go back and forth on whether rhetorical lines like that need question marks. I will ponder it!

  6. JKCarroll

    As far as conventions go, it’s too late (probably) to talk to the Minicon, held in Minneapolis-St. Paul over Easter weekend. I do have some pull (read: blackmail) with the people who run Icon (held in Iowa City, IA in October) and Demicon (held in Des Moines, IA at the end of April), which may fall outside your immediate needs but might be worthwhile for future commercial activities.

    (Remember: Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies. Never hesitate to be a real friend, it can pay dividends.)

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