Just like AM/PM, my life has recently been filled with “Too Much Good Stuff.” Ali says I haven’t taken the time to look at the good lately (being out of a day job for an extended period will do that to you), so I thought I’d take a moment to point out to myself, and to you, gentle readers looking for a comic update, the wealth of good that has filled my life this last week:

Sunday, January 2: At 10:12 PM, my nephew Carter was born to my sister Veronica and her husband David, 5 lbs, 12 oz, and he’s beautiful.

Tuesday, January 4: The Fresno Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writers gathered for a BIG meeting to discuss the 2011 Anthology, and my story pitch was greenlit.

Wednesday, January 5: Went on a roadtrip with my brother Rick to drop off our parents at the Oakland Airport so that they can visit Veronica, David and newborn Carter. Don’t get to see my family very often these days, so every moment with them is Gold. Got to work on the anthology story synopsis on the way up and drove the rental on the way back, talking with Rick about antiques, junk and hoarding. Good times.

Thursday, January 6: Completed the first draft of my synopsis for the anthology story–you can’t imagine the sense of accomplishment that brought!–and then caught RED at the local “$3.00 Theater” with Ali and Rita and it was AWESOME! Loved Bruce Willis, Karl Urban, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Brian Cox was a nice bonus.

Friday, January 7: Ali and I celebrated our 3 year Anniversary as a couple by hitting Sushi Day, Border’s and a 10:00pm showing of The King’s Speech, which was very emotional. Kudo’s to Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. I now like HBC a little bit more again, but the Harry Potter wounds still run deep…

Saturday, January 8: Ali and I attended the baptism of my brother Gary’s and his wife Yvonne’s twin boys Matt and Will, had lunch with Rick and Jenn, then later went to a dinner in celebration of the baptism later that night at John’s Bear Club in Reedley. Had a nice conversation with my mom over the phone–she gushed over how beautiful baby Carter is, and how he sleeps a lot but when he’s awake his eyes are roving everywhere. :)

Sunday, January 9: Ali and I spent the day watching a Canadian series, Emily of New Moon on DVD. It’s emotionally draining, and it’s got some intolerant characters that make you want to punch them in their face (but I’m concentrating on the good here, so I digress), but a lot of fine performances by talented people. I got the pencils of the next page mostly done, inks and hopefully uploading should come Monday. Until then, please visit Nick Wright’s “sex and supermarkets” comic Treading Ground, where you can enjoy my guest strip “A Day in the Unlife,” which chronicles a shift of one of Nick’s characters, L’estat “Les” Tepes, who believes he’s a vampire. It’s an honor to kick of Nick’s guest strip week!

So, lots of reeeally good stuff happened this last week, and I’m looking forward to lots more good stuff this week, God Willing, as my dad says. I’ve got a lot of research to do for the anthology story, a page or two to pound out for Forsaken Stars, and let’s not forget that this Tuesday, January 11, 2011 marks Human Trafficking Awareness Day and kicks off the Comic Creators Alliance fund raising drive at http://comicalliance.weebly.com/ When you donate you will receive an incredible and unique piece of art that includes over 100 characters from your favorite comics! A sneak peek of the full piece is posted at the Comic Creators Alliance Facebook page, and a close up of some of the superstars is shown below.) The drive will run January 11-24 and will raise money for the organizations Love 146 and Gracehaven.

CCA Wallpaper Sneak Preview!

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