SPACE ‘14 in Columbus! Brought home a specsmackular haul and took part in a pretty amazing after party, organized by the incomparable Caitlin McGurk.
Comix-reading, as it turned out, isn’t as challenging as it sounds. Comics tend to imply noise in a lot of ways, like gesture and space and different sizes and shapes of words in the text itself, all of which are designed very specifically to make sense silently. I put a lot of work into implying sound, so I had no idea how my comix would translate on a screen while I acted out the voices. But nonetheless, we seven brave souls, harvested by Caitlin herself, stood up in front of a sweaty room of other weirdos to read from some pieces we wrote— there was maybe 1 person who had read before, and everybody else either expressly or internally expected to “wing it.” (I bumped into the lovely Colleen Clark at the expo before the reading, and we shared our bewilderment and anxiety about doing the reading. It was a huge relief to realize that I wasn’t the only one who felt unsure about how the reading could possibly work.)
I guess the uncertainty and the spontaneity was what made the reading so wonderful, both to perform and to watch. The performers’ nervousness melted into enthusiasm and contagious silliness almost immediately, and the audience danced along with us with so much warmth and energy. I was amazed and so grateful. I sweated my way through an extremely giddy reading, astonished that the room laughed at all the right parts and at least pretended to be following along. Here is the only documentation I think I have of the event? You can kind of see my ghost. It is a glad ghost.