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life creeps


You know you’re fucking up your brand when you need to make an “i’m not dead” post on your little website — but here i am. Sick is officially out, and i am still trying to figure out how much postage will be to mail it to people both domestic and abroad. It is just a little too big to fit in a standard flat-rate priority envelope, so it might get expensive. We will be humping down to a branch of Chicago’s illustriously hateful US Post Office today to examine options. We have two boxes of Sicks and we would like to sell them to you, so please check back here soon for updates on ways we can make you pay.

CAKE was pleasant, if tainted by a record-setting mass-shooting event caused by an aggressive exchange of gunfire between former and current male law-enforcement authorities, all of whom were doubtless brimming with pathetically confused attitudes toward love and hate. However, last week our book also received a “red-star review” from Publisher’s Weekly here, which has christened me a “grim master of the form.” Which probably makes me a cartoon necromancer. I’d say i wish i could use my powers to make everyone on Earth gay, except for the fact that everyone on Earth is already gay, in endlessly, beautifully varying ways, and the only time that’s a problem is when a pocket of particularly toxic masculinity is injected with the steroid of judeo-christian murder-cult strictures on breeding, and the resulting contradictions create an unbearable crucible of self-hate which boils over hypocritically, enviously and murderously into the surrounding population — particularly that part of the population who has already worked through their demons and decided life is for living and loving, not closeted sublimation and fear. Unfortunately, our culture wholeheartedly gives preference to the latter over the former. So goes civilization.

Hopefully we will be traveling to SPX in September of this year, where, again hopefully, we will have a modest 400-page collection of diary comics and other drawings for sale, thanks to help from Alec Longstreth’s Phase 6 brand.

In other news, i was going to buy a new pillow, because my current pillows are really old, nasty and moldy — but i couldn’t find any on amazon that i could afford, so i just decided to not buy a new pillow. Also we’re planning on moving to the Puget Sound area this fall, if anyone has any advice about jobs or housing. It seems like with the mild winter and ample nature, Olympia would be a nice place to live, if i can find a job and a cheap apartment. Maybe soon the fault line will shatter and life there will become a hell, but hopefully that will happen long after i myself biodegrade.

Also here is a picture of a page from Sick because when i update this “blog” without a picture it makes it look weird and boring.


6 Comments on “life creeps”

  1. It’s good to know you’re not dead. And that your diary comic collection is in the works. I’m looking forward to having a copy of both that and Sick.
    Having put it off for years I recently bought a new pillow myself. After the old one, which felt like a feed sack filled dirt, it’s such a pleasure. I hope something works out for you, pillow wise.

  2. Hey Gabby —

    The Pacific Northwest is really an amazing place to live, Olympia especially. (I might be biased, though, since I grew up and still live in Seattle.)

    Olympia is definitely cheaper since it’s out of the way of the terrible Amazon rent inflation shitshow that’s going on here, but the tradeoff is that it’s a smaller city with less to do. Which isn’t a bad thing! There’s plenty to love about Olympia:

    – Much of it still feels like you’re surrounded by the forest, so there’s a good connection to nature
    – Excluding the politicians that work there, Olympia has a lot of hippies, college kids, and (normally good-natured) punks, so it’s a good community
    – Lots of good farmers markets, co-ops, etc — the food in general in the PNW is really solid
    – Good coffee and beer
    – Mushrooms

    I think the harder part would be finding work, but I don’t really know what you’re looking for. There are plenty of service-industry jobs given the community there, which is what most of my friends that live there do, but there’s also all those college kids who are finding work as well.

    I also want to emphasize that it is cloudy for SO MUCH of the year here. As much as I love living in Seattle, not seeing the sun for 2/3rds of the year gets really draining, and while the winters are milder, I have to put in a lot of energy to make sure I don’t just get super depressed. Thankfully with all the nature it’s fairly easy to get out, but the lack of sun isn’t helpful.

    Anyway, good luck with figuring out where you want to end up.

    • thanks David, this is all helps!

      I have been killing myself weighing the real cost of PNW weather vs PNW nature. since i already have a vitamin-d deficiency (and persistent depression) it’s probably a terrible idea; on the other hand, the mushrooms don’t grow where there’s sun. also i’m just a few more sunburns away from melanoma, so maybe i should stay under cloud cover for the foreseeable?

      mostly i’m just longing to be nearer to nature, and this seems like one of the few places where rent & accessibility aren’t prohibitive. that’s good to know service-industry jobs are still available — i remember those always being hard to find in portland. realistically i see myself commuting into seattle from tacoma for some kind of bookstore job, but who knows. if you know any bookstores that are hiring, hmu!

  3. I’m looking forward to getting Sick! I contacted the publisher, and to ship to Australia would be more than the price of the book itself, so I’d really like another option. I’ll keep checking back.

    Best of luck with everything Gabby :)

    • hey, yeah, it’s enormously expensive now to send books internationally from the US, i’ve been finding out. i think the lowest cost i could find from chicago is $22. So, i’ve been working on that, but it’s not looking good. the main problem is it’s just a little bigger than what would fit in a standard priority envelope, which would be not that expensive. and soon we’ll have a wall around the whole country too!

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