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Hi everyone. We're halfway through the year now. I was lucky enough to end that first half on a high note, though there's no certainty that this second half will be any similar.

I had two shows these past two weekends: LibCon III at the Johnson City Public Library was the first of those. I gave a talk early that morning on worldbuilding for Slimepunk, which, well, was only attended by two people. I had two times to choose from, and I picked the earlier one because I knew there wouldn't be many people in case I screwed up, and because I knew that if I picked the later one I'd be sitting there at my table the entire time panicking. My plan is to post what I'd typed up for the talk, along with the slides I made, over on Patreon for people on all levels to read, so if that sounds interesting, consider throwing a dollar or two my way now!

I unveiled a couple new kaiju prints there. You've seen Hedorah already, but I did this psychedelic Space Godzilla too:

I also got to judge an art contest at the show with a couple other artists who were there. There were three categories we looked at: children, teens, and adults. It was the most difficult picking the three best out of the children's category because, holy cow, there were so many wild and different pieces, all extremely colorful and imaginative. That was definitely the highlight of the day.

Doing those two things meant I didn't get to spend as much time at my table, which definitely affected sales, especially when a storm rolled in shortly after the art contest judging. But it was still a fun time, and the thank you note I got in the mail from the library yesterday with handwritten notes from two of the staff members was wonderful. Libraries are awesome and you should absolutely visit and support the ones closest to you, okay? Do it.

After that was RobCon this past weekend. I was...concerned. Last year they'd moved to a new location and things were kind of disastrous behind the scenes, and not doing too well at LibCon made me wonder if it was a good idea releasing four new prints and the Faerie Ishee minicomic all at once. Those fears quickly dissipated though! I started selling stuff almost right away after doors opened, and ended up surpassing my scribbled out weekend sales goal within that first day, making this year better than the last two or three RobCons I've done! It was also super nice that we were set up next to our friend Gregory Dickens, who'd come for his first Tennessee show. After the first day, we kidnapped him and another friend to go to our favorite Thai place in Kingsport. It was closed, so we went to the OTHER Thai place, one that Ashley and I hadn't been to yet, and enjoyed the heck out of it.

The next day, I wore a dress.

I think I mentioned in the last blog post that I was leaning more into my feminine side, yeah? I'd gone downtown a few times in dresses before, always with friends, but this was my first time wearing one ALL DAY, and surrounded by loads more people. I was expecting my anxiety to be through the roof, but...I was fine! Even walking around and browsing vendor tables by myself didn't feel too strange. I got a handful of compliments from people, but the biggest thing for me was someone running up to me as I was leaving the restroom, hands clasped at their chest, to excitedly tell me that they support me and that they're trans. It was really lovely and cute, the awkward earnestness of the moment. I kind of just sputtered thanks a few times before they turned and left, but I wish I'd told them that I support them too. Or at least found them later to give them one of my Fuck Transphobia buttons. But still! I talked to a handful of other young people who were also queer, and probably more experienced in being out and open about it than me, and that was nice too. That it was the final day of Pride month made it nicer.

Sales weren't as good as Saturday, turnout dropped, but I still did better than previous years, and grabbed a couple Godzilla toys that I'd been eyeballing the day before. On the way home we stopped at Target so I could get Super Mario Maker 2, and I didn't bother changing into regular clothes beforehand. My anxiety shot back up in such a wildly different public setting, but I made it through and I feel a lot less sheepish now.

I'd also worn a different dress the Friday night before RobCon to see a favorite band play downtown, and that was a lot of fun. I actually danced! I dunno, wearing a dress just feels better and I feel more like I can be myself in one. It was good thing to learn this past weekend.

So what's next? I'm not sure. Right now I feel like crap, so I should probably rest. Issue 5 of Slimepunk has begun, but I do not have the kind of lead I wanted. I spent two weeks feeling sick, had to do lots of prep for the two shows, plus the pages keep getting more and more complex, so I'm not sure I'll be able to hold onto the current schedule. Still, I think the comic looks better than ever, so hopefully it's worth it.

I've got some commissions to do too, I've just scheduled July's figure drawing meetup, and for the past few weeks I've been studying my copy of Anatomy for the Artist, trying to learn more about the skeletal and muscular systems to improve my understanding of my favorite subject matter. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably seen the sketchbook pages I've been posting in my stories. It's kicking my ass, it feels like a real workout, and I'm enjoying it.

There may be some other shows this year, but I don't know yet. We'll see. Until then, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing. You do the same and take care, okay?

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