March 25th, 2012

What?

And Somewhere, My Angels Are Having A REAL Big Laugh About Me

This is one of the things about being me -- even when life kicks me square in the ass, I don't even have time to soak it before I have to move on to the next thing.

A reporter for the local daily newspaper has heard of the Hannah Singer books and wants to write a feature on me and the stories for the book section of the newspaper.  We'll be setting up a phone interview Monday.

My life isn't a roller coaster.  It's a friggin' tilt-o-whirl.
Ben Stein for Prez

Losing Louisiana

Well, it's the morning after.  The Louisiana primaries are over.

And you can tell everyone was expecting great things from this.

I've read the Sunday finals of the newspapers.  The upcoming Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare is front page news and the talk of the op-ed pages.  The Chicago Tribune didn't even mention the Louisana results on the front section of the paper, not even a "Turn to this page to read about it!" blurb.  You have to go to the second section to find anything about it, and then it only occupies the top half of the front page, nothing further.  That's still better than the Sun Times, which didn't mention it at all.  And for the Sunday paper, which has the largest readership of any day of the week.  Way to contribute to an informed democracy, you dipshits.

Well, I guess it falls to me to pick up the slack here.  Isn't it sad that, if you want news, you need to turn to an unpaid blogger with an unnatural fascination for this shit?  But I digress.  So let's break down what is happening.

Louisiana is a proportional vote state.  Santorum was expected to win.  He did.  He got ten delegates.  Romney got five.  Newtie and Ron Paul didn't get any.  So, you know, no surprises here.  Actually, there's a little surprise, and it's that Santorum didn't squash Romney like a grape.  Once again, while he did win, he didn't end the sentence with an exclamation point but a period.

During the week, a group of Romney advisers had themselves a little meet-up in Boston.  Among them were Mike Leavitt (former gov of Utah, home of the Vatican City of the Mormons), Bob White (longtime Romney aide), Ron Kaufman (senior adviser to the Romney campaign), Katie Biber (general counsel for the Romney campaign), Rich Beeson (political director of the Romney campaign), and Todd Cranney (deputy political director of the Romney campaign).

Folks, here's cast iron proof that my theory I advanced in the last Capitol Gains segment is dead on the money -- the meeting was about making sure the delegates Romney has won don't switch, what the rules are regarding EACH state's delegate selection process is, and how they might be able to nab some of the delegates from the other candidates.  In other words, Romney is now preparing for Santorum to try contesting the election and is digging trenches.

Santorum knows his little gambit has been exposed.  You could tell by the more casual air in his victory rally.  It didn't have anywhere near the hyperbole and fight that his speech after the Illinois primary had, and he lost that state.  It's a problem because, before now, Santorum was working his scheme unopposed.  Now, Romney is fighting on his turf, and things just got a lot more difficult.  Santorum is also dismissing the delegate counts in which Romney has more than twice the delegates he has as "Romney math" (...wat?) and ignoring that, for the first time, a Republican candidate is polling with over 40% support of Republican voters, and it's Romney.

Santorum's window of opportunity for hijacking the nomination process is closing quickly.  He needed a huge, decisive win in Louisiana just to keep his Plan B attack alive.  This puts it on life support.  April is a month that heavily favors Romney.  The next primaries are April 3 in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington DC.  DC is a lock for Romney, Santorum didn't even make the ballot there.  What.  An.  Ass.  Maryland is practically in Romney's pocket.  Wisconsin is in play.  Santorum was leading there until the Illinois primary, and now Romney is firmly in the lead.  After that, things are quiet until April 24.  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware have their primaries.  Both candidates are relatively local to the area, so this is going to be a taffy pull.  The edge goes to Romney since the areas a less rural (Romney's weakest demographic) and more upscale (his strength), and this is reflected in the recent change in Romney's stumping -- he's not trying so hard to validate himself against Santorum and Newtie's criticism and is focusing more on Obama.  If Santorum cannot pull out sizable chunks from the states other than Pennsylvania (which he repped and was Senator for), Plan B goes on ice.

The con is on.  Place your bets.
Worms Ready For Battle

The Spring 2012 Carol Stream CECE Show

Well, this was unusual.

I guess it's karma.  After making forward progress on so many other conventions, I guess the rubber band had to snap for a little bit.

No sales.  Not one.

Then again, I honestly wasn't expecting to make any.

This is the first show where CECE is being handled by someone new instead of Paul.  The web site is a bit...underdesigned, and you always have people not sure if they want to take a chance.  As such, I expected this year to be really light, and I was right.  Despite free admission, not a lot of people showed up.  And as this was ostensibly a card show, most people were not there looking for comics or indie creators.  Like I said, what I expected.

My only hope was that the weekend wasn't a waste, and it wasn't.  I got there, and went to the usual room.  Given the drop in people signing up, there was a LOT of open space.  I didn't bring the easel I put my Sound Waves poster on, and needed to think of something.  Using the doughnut for my GPS unit and a couple of magazine holders weighed down with Hannah Singer books, I improvised a stand and put the holders for the Sound Waves comics on either side of it.  Poyfect.

The people there were nice and chatty, and it was great.  I actually had more visits from the other exhibitors than from attendees.  Just before the show started, a guy came in and asked where to set up.  Turns out, he was another comic creator, so the organizers decided to put him next to me.  It was Tom Kelly.  Kelly is a great guy.  Because the turnout was so small, we spent most of the time jawing with each other about the state of comics, what we did, and so on.  I showed him the Red Riding Hood printouts and Quantum Redshift.  He also teased me about being a brony, which I naturally denied up and down.  So we were good neighbors.

Kelly gave me a piece of fun information that made the weekend totally worth it.  He soon figured out I was a video game nut, and we talked about our favorites from the Golden Age.  He then mentioned a place called the Galloping Ghost.  It's apparently in Evanston.  It is an old time video arcade chock full of uprights.  Now, it's $15 to get in the door.  But EVERY MACHINE IS SET FOR FREE PLAY.  No pumping quarters, you can stay all day.  They also have full service food and drink, and as long as you're careful, you can bring your drink with you to the game you are watching or playing.  I asked if they had Tempest.  He said they had that and Time Pilot.

I HAVE FOUND MY VALHALLA!!!

(Oh, they also apparently have laser tag and other stuff.  But that shit's for people with no concept of True Cool.)

Connie Faye was also there, which I think made us the only three not doing card stuff there.  She came around quite often and we talked about all sorts of stuff.  I made an errant joke, and had to explain the whole thing about otakukin and waifus to them.  The expressions on their faces said it all -- stop the world, I want to get off.

I managed to get all of Sound Waves #11 penciled and inked, and got started on #12.  Although I was feeling the lack of activity by the last hour on Saturday.  Thankfully, I had just bought a brand new battery for Kylie, my IBM S10 netbook.  9 cells, eight hours of battery life.  I amused myself by playing games and basically being a mouse potato.

At one point on Friday, surreality kicked in.  A group of girls (the oldest couldn't have been more than 14) came through.  They saw me working on my characters and started ooo'ing and aaaah'ing, declaring me to be the coolest.  I was nice and thanked them.  They then went to Kelly's table right next to mine and did the exact same thing.  Somehow, I don't think the praise was very genuine.  After they completed the circuit, they left, never to be heard from again.  All I could think was, Ooooooooooookay.

Like I said, I was expecting the day to be pretty dead as far as me moving stuff.  But it was relatively close to me, and only $35 for the table which I likely would have blown on bad movies or other shit, so it was still economical.  I curious to see what comes next.  The next show is in October, and I'm wondering what changes, if any, will be made.  It's a good show run by good people, so I'm willing to sit it out and see what happens.  Just as long as the price remains decent.
This Makes Me Moist

She Wore Bluuuuuuue Hair Dye

I'm not a Katy Perry fan.  Her music is passable, but too much about her seems calculated to appeal to guys' sexual fantasies instead of demonstrating actual talent (minister's daughter, "I Kissed A Girl", etc.).  Her clothes are usually intended to get people talking, she's okay to look at, but that's it.

But ever since she was announced having a role in The Smurfs movie, she does occasional public appearances with her hair dyed blue....

...I'm hooked and I can't stop staring....