I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came to see us at PAX East. I’m sorry I was unable to attend this year, and I look forward to returning to Boston in 2019.
Big thanks to Cory for taking on the con without me, and giving me permission to skip and decompress a bit. Thanks to Alex Hardy and Brian Sunter for helping Cory at the booth all weekend. You guys are the best.
I also wanted to thank Abby Howard and Patrick Rothfuss who took time out of their busy schedules to do signings at the Table Titans booth in my stead. Abby's a triple threat and you should all be reading her work. Junior Scientist Power Hour always cracks me up, Last Halloween scares the bejeezus out of me, and her kids books like Dinosaur Empire! are endearing as all get out. And while I'm not sure if you've ever heard of this guy Rothfuss it turns out he's a pretty decent writer, who knew! It’s hard to build a business and have to step away from it, even for a family emergency. PAX East gets bigger and bigger every year and it gets harder and harder to compete for the attention of those attending. It’s so nice to have friends willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help boost the visibility of our booth. I got reports of a lot of well-wishes from PAX East which was also very nice to hear.
I was stranded in Dallas for two months dealing with dad stuff and I just wanted to get back to Seattle. I thought once I got home things would be so much easier. But despite being back, I found returning to a normal routine to be a terrible struggle. I would sit down to work and find it almost impossible get out of my own head. As if letting down my guard would invite danger.
I’d sit down to write PvP and it would end up like this:
SKULL: Uh oh. I farted.
BRENT: What if dad has another stroke?
It finally took a brainstorming session with Dylan Meconis to help me let go and just have fun again with writing and drawing. Dylan’s been co-writing with me on PvP for a while now and she’s also an incredibly talented cartoonist with comics you should absolutely be reading.
I’ll tell you what guys...dad’s 74 and I’m pushing 50. Take it from two guys at different phases of their lives than maybe you are: surround yourself with good people, invest in relationships, be a good friend and care for the people around you. It will pay dividends.