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ungf [Feb. 12th, 2011|10:08 am]
Meredith Gran
I've had my LJ since September 2001, and now I'm downloading and deleting it. Maybe one day someone will uncover these scraps and see how dumb I was when I was a teenager. Or something. Goodbye journal friends, who I already talk to elsewhere! But if I don't:

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road tripper [Jun. 27th, 2009|08:04 am]
Meredith Gran
So, things are pretty good. And I'm still on Eastern time, so this is LJ entry hour!

The road trip was a great success. I can't fully chronicle it (I'll do so later in pictures) but here are a few high(and low)lights:

Great & Amazing:

-Chicago and M. Henry - The drive through Chicago was beautiful - something I hadn't even planned for - and while we didn't get to stay long, the breakfast at M. Henry was worth a city visit alone. I had a heavenly egg sandwich and Jackie had some of the most rich, delicious pancakes we've ever tasted. M. Henry is required eating next time I'm in the city. (though I should probably see more of it, too)

-Yellowstone Park - Just enthralling. I've never been to a tourist attraction where the tourist is so thoroughly left to their own devices. You can hole up in lodges and be near fat civilization at Yellowstone. Or, you can die at Yellowstone - in thousands of horrifying ways. Something about that really inspires an admiration and respect of nature in me. (it's probably the fear.) I'd go back, as a better-informed camper, and be a little bit more hardcore about it. (but not too hardcore.)

Oh right, and there are 4 kinds of tourists at Yellowstone. Insane photographers, fat families, hardcore campers, and us. At one point we said Hi to some people our own age and got really excited. I think they got excited too.

-The Spam Museum - A big surprise to us as well! The Spam Museum is located in Austin, MN next to Hornel Foods' big old grocery HQ, and is free to enter. A lot of old people work there, as (we noticed) they do at all tourist attractions. You're basically going to a giant ad for Spam, but it's a really well designed ad for Spam. Adorable and informative. And they gave us Spams on a pretzel skewer. Also, Jay Johnston from Mr. Show did an interactive Spam quiz video for kids, which was weird!

-Bob's - Just the most awesome tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Sioux Falls, SD. We read about it in Road Food and went there for broasted chicken. The staff was so incredibly nice and we talked for a long time. They had us sign their extensive guest book from visitors all over the world. The owner even signed my Road Food book, haha. But best of all of course was the chicken, which I can still taste.

-Coeur D'Alene, ID - What an adorable town. I'm glad we made a point to stop here! Had some wonderful burgers from Hudson's, picked up some coffee and smoothies at Java on Sherman, and ate by the water while a sweet golden retriever played water-fetch with his lady. I want a dog so, so bad.

-The View Through Oregon - Seriously, wow. We drove along the water and it was gorgeous.

Lame Shit:

-Niagara Falls - Seriously, fuck Niagara Falls. Boring, overpriced, moneysucking shit. Yellowstone had a waterfall that was 3x as intense.

-Cody, Wyoming - Idiotic tourist town outside of Yellowstone that probably was cute and historic at one point, but is totally pointless now. Expensive and designed to disorient you into spending lots of money.

-Mount Rushmore - Not really that lame, but it wasn't particularly fun. Rapid City is a hole of artificial tourism stupidity. Looking at the mountain was pretty cool but we had to drive through 2 horrible tourism towns and pay $10 just to park there. A lot of tourist spots are for idiots. The idiots being us.

-Guest House Inn & Suites - I guess you get what you pay for, but this hotel was particularly lame. Maybe other locations are better, I don't know. But between confusing check-in, obnoxious guests and a breakfast that left me siiiick, I will probably avoid from now on.

Not Fun, But Notable:

-Michael Jackson - Jackie and I were really sad when we got a text about this on the road. We made a few sad phonecalls and tuned into sad radio stations where the DJs were actually crying. Then we listened to MJ tunes for a few hours. I'm sort of glad we could mourn MJ without the internet, which was impossible to look at that day.

I'm sure more memories will come to me as the week progresses, but those are the interesting ones for now. My pictures will tell a lot of stories as well. BTW, that photo above is an unedited snapshot from the car! South Dakota really looks like that.
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TCAF 2009 being the bizbomb [May. 12th, 2009|09:34 am]
Meredith Gran
I am home from TCAF! I've been a really bad person about updating my LJ with actual journal content for a long time, let alone convention reports, but this time I'll post some memories.

Highlights of TCAF include:

-Renting a really nice car for the 8-hour drive to Canada. We were marveling at the gas mileage, quietness, and speaker sound much of the time. I slept very peacefully while rstevens drove us through a hail storm. Our musical favorites of the trip included Health, Glass Candy, Art Brut (to an extent), Captain Beefheart, and Heartless Bastards.

-Showing up super late to a party on Friday night in which my friends were all drunk. Drinking coffee beer of some sort. Meeting Scott Campbell who is an excellent guy.

-Meeting tons of people throughout day 1 who were incredibly sweet. Saturday at TCAF is mostly a blur for me, but I nearly sold out of Book 3 and received a number of adorable gifts (including fanart and a folded note passed to me - in person! - by a fan). We were in a hot room, but I hardly noticed before the fun-filled day was over.

-Trying poutine for the very first time. Let's just say I'm spoiled for life. I hear American poutine doesn't touch what I've now tasted.

-Dinner at Pho Hung. Laughing cow on the logo. So very good. Hearing stereotypist 's riveting tales of Mexico.

-Eating roasted marshmallow-flavored ice cream. Nuff said.

-Congratulating beatonna on a well-deserved acknowledgment from the Doug Wright award committee. Kate was very much a star of TCAF and she is a superstar in my heart.

-Insane Karaoke, courtesy of music_slut 's wrangling. Watching adg and zubkavich do an epic rendering of Evanescence (yeah, really).

-A slower Sunday to be sure, but still a good enough sales day. Book 3 went quickly and I left with only a small stack of the other 2 volumes.

-Getting to (very briefly) walk around and see some other friends enjoying the show - smccloud and family, Graham Annable, erikamoen (whose DAR books are selling like hot little square paper cakes), emodudley, malaisia (whose girl-punching sketchbook is a trip), destroyerzooey, lucylou (whose excellent book, French Milk, I finally bought) and dozens of others who do not have handy LJ usernames. Does LJ aggregate mentions the way Twitter does, btw? It really should.

-Relaxing in our nice hotel room with a comic to finish. I'm forever grateful that even when I have to work on trips, it doesn't feel that way.

-Watching qwantz, his hilarious brother Victor, and Malki! do a freestyle rap battle. Laughing until it hurt.

-Playing foosball for the first time. Getting my ass kicked by Derek Kirk Kim. Feeling slightly encouraged by monstro. Nearly taking cro2's eye out with a wayward ball. (sorry Chris)

-Seeing Scott Pilgrim being filmed on our way to Mel's. Movie magic! Unfortunately it was only the stunt doubles. But STILL! So much cotton snow.

-Eating Montreal smoked meat and drinking fresh OJ.

-Making a final farewell trip to The Beguiling and realizing everyone else got the same idea! Saying fond goodbyes.

Toronto was amazing of course, a mild and clean city (we had one day of pouring rain, but I'll forgive 'em) with some of the best people, just the best. TCAF is a wonderfully organized show full of great guests, enthusiastic and helpful volunteers, and a general feeling that we're all part of something good. My absolute favorite. Can't wait for the next one!
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Look what just caaaaaame [Apr. 9th, 2009|10:39 am]
Meredith Gran
I'll never stop feeling chest pains when a new book arrives. So many things have the potential to go wrong. Particularly in this book's case - it's the only one I've EVER soft-proofed. That is, went ahead with the printing with only a digital sample of the final thing. It's risky business, but Rich and I have gotten the layout process down to a pretty smooth system, so I had faith. And at first glance, things came out just the way we wanted.

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Photos don't quite do it justice, but the colors look SPANKIN'. I am pleased. :)
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NYCC happenings [Feb. 3rd, 2009|02:16 pm]
Meredith Gran
I need to remember to use this LJ for promo stuff. So here we go.

I will be at New York Comic Con on February 6-8 at the Jacob Javitz center. Table #1856, along with some of the Dumbrella all-stars. I'm bringing Octopus Pie volumes 1 & 2 (the latter of which has never been debuted at a New York show), as well as Valentines, buttons, and possibly a few Cat Lady Pride T-shirts.

I'll have a portfolio of some originals from the latest storyline; these are unmatted with no screen overlays, so I'm selling them for just $120. They are available on request; you can also e-mail me to request I bring a specific page.

There is also a brand new item, a limited edition art print. 100 in total have been made, and I'm bringing 50.

The Paper Bag Parade


If you can't afford the time or money to get into NYCC this year but would like to say hello, I will also be a special guest at the Popgun Party on Saturday night. iFanboy, ROFLThing, 1UP and Popgun are putting on this event, which will feature lots of other cartoonist types and should be lots of fun.

When: Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 West 37th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenue)

More info here if this doesn't cut it. Hope to see you!
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Remembrance [Dec. 30th, 2008|01:13 pm]
Meredith Gran
When I visited home last weekend, I spent a lot of time with my orange cat, Tzimmes, and gave him lots of goodbye kisses. He was still very sweet and alert at the time, but his body was weakening. He passed away today, at the age of 17.

I was 7 years old when we found Tzimmes in our backyard and my dad lured him into the house with string. The Super Nintendo had just come out, the Soviet Union was collapsing, Paul Reubens was arrested for wankin' in a theater, and we had a nervous but gentle kitten named for a Yiddish carrot dish. The events that shaped my summer. I'll miss him.
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changing for change [Nov. 5th, 2008|04:35 pm]
Meredith Gran
My one and only politically-themed comic. Happy Change Day everyone!
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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2008|01:51 pm]
Meredith Gran
sad day -- Barack Obama's grandma has died.

This was somewhat expected of course, but I'm still completely bummed.

Remember to vote tomorrow, folks.
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I'm stuck at JFK for a few hours, I may as well do some writing! [Oct. 31st, 2008|12:19 pm]
Meredith Gran
[Current Music |black kids - i'm making eyes at you]

Here's a question for all you present & former New Yorkers. Tourists with good taste also apply:

What are some of your favorite places to go in Manhattan late at night? I'm not looking for the obvious ones like crowded bars or comedy clubs or Strand. I'm looking specifically for low-key places that are open all night, at least past midnight and preferably beyond. This can include bars, restaurants, public landmarks, concert venues, anything as long as it's interesting and it's open in the middle of the night.

The weirder the better. Thanks!

EDIT: Just to clarify, I'm not looking for fun spots to hang out in NY. I lived there for years. :) This is strictly for research.
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SDCC report: Preview night [Jul. 24th, 2008|10:09 am]
Meredith Gran
[Current Music |westgate hotel]

This year instead of no Comic Con update at all I'll try do a series of small updates.

Opening day was a blast. Setting up was surprisingly easy compared to previous years. Maybe because we've got it down to a science. Or maybe we just expected it to be awful, but it wasn't really. We had almost everything shipped directly to the floor, and the rest of the stuff was brought in via Chris Yates' car to the convention loading dock, which was an adventure in itself.

At any rate we started setting up after breakfast and I hardly left the booth for 10 seconds from morning 'til 10 at night. I basically haven't said hi to anyone yet - except those who stopped by the booth - but I'm sure that'll change.

Look whose book actually came in time! I got this sucker in the mail at the hotel the night before.

As usual when the floor opened up, we started selling and didn't stop. Preview night has become pretty much a regular night at SDCC, or a very busy day at any other show. As usual Dumbrella is a T-shirt selling powerhouse. But I mostly stood by the books, doing signings and talking to readers. I sold a ton of books for Preview Night! This bodes well for the rest of the show. Which is good because I brought way more books than I thought I'd need.

At the end of the day I realized I was absolutely fucking exhausted. We went out for dinner and drinks, and then Rich and I retired on the early side to maybe - maybe - catch up on sleep.

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Today, we are doing a panel at 2:30 in room 3. So please come by if you're reading LJ before the show.
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