That’s Me All Over!

Me on the Web

There’s no getting around it: when you have a new book coming out (or even an old book that’s being honored with a new 15th-anniversary edition) the world conspires to feed every egocentric bone in your body. It’s called publicity.

To wit: the new Stuck Rubber Baby has gotten spotlights thrown on it this week from a couple of directions on the web. The most unusual source of attention is a music-oriented site called Largehearted Boy, which makes a practice of periodically asking authors to create imaginary "soundtracks" for their books and to offer comments about each song selected for that soundtrack. This week was my turn to enjoy Largehearted Boy’s much-appreciated showcase.

With Stuck Rubber Baby, of course, this was an exercise that more-or-less wrote itself, since my graphic novel already comes with snippets of song lyrics sprinkled liberally throughout its pages. But if you’d like to see what I wrote about those snippets, click here.

Meanwhile, my book’s publisher, Vertigo, also took this occasion to devote a blog entry to one of the more interesting challenges I encountered when I was doing research for the novel: reassuring myself that the real-world inspiration for my fictional night spot Alleysax could be verified by others. On the face of it the racially-mixed and gay-friendly Alleysax seems a highly unlikely establishment to have made a place for itself in the middle of the intensely segregated South I grew up in — and yet I vividly remembered visiting its prototype. Fortunately, by placing a strategically targeted notice in an Alabama LGBT newspaper I elicited responses showing that others remembered it, too.

Me in New York

In my last blog post I told you about the slideshow I’m going to be participating in along with Jennifer Camper and Ivan Velez Jr. on the 16th at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Since then two other promotional stops have been added to our whirlwind tour in the Big Apple: a booksigning on Thursday at Jim Hanley’s Universe and a second slideshow on Friday at Bluestockings Bookstore. You can learn more details about all three events by clicking here.

Me on Satellite Radio

While I’m in New York I’ll be doing a live interview on Sirius/XM‘s The Frank DeCaro Show. That’s going to be happening at 1:15 PM (Eastern Daylight Time), for you satellite-radio bugs who feel like tuning in.

Silly Drawings for Sick Kids

Above: A couple of small drawings I did earlier this spring for an auction benefitting the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation in Chicago
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About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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2 Responses to That’s Me All Over!

  1. Pingback: My Big Apple Travels « Loose Cruse: The Blog

  2. Alas, I can’t see you on the 16th, but some other time! Also, can we feed you?