IndieSpinnerRack’s second comics anthology Awesome 2: Awesomer debuted at MoCCA this year but, as Charlie’s a flake sometimes, it took a while to get a small celebration together. A couple weekends ago, Rocketship in Brooklyn held a release party for the book as well as Julia Wertz’s Fart Party.

My good friend Jesse Post, who’s an amazing writer, and I collaborated on a small story for the anthology. We’d been attempting to collaborate on something for years and somehow it never worked out. It felt good to finally be able to do so, here’s a page from our short comic:


The night was a damn lot of fun. Of course the ever-awesome Charlie and Phil were there. I got to talk a good deal with Action Philosopher’s Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente, and FirstSecond’s lovely Gina Gagliano. Also, a cool small surprise, the gracious and supportive Tim Leong from Comic Foundry (a great comics magazine that went defunct a bit ago, but not because of sales) stopped by.


I spent a good deal of time talking to Abby, who ended up being a good friend of Robert and Georgene Goodin. The Goodins are amazing creators who’ve put out some of my favorite comics and illustrations. Check out Binibus Barnibus or The Suicidal Dog, as well as their sketchbooks and t-shirts. The Goodins are Los Angeles based, I miss those kids a lot.

Afterwards, Charlie, Abby and I went over to the Fringe Festival’s Variety Power Hour where we got to see snippets from a handful of the Fringe shows. The Power Hour was at the building in Soho that FringeNYC operates from. The show was done in the basement, which looked like a converted wine cellar—it was pretty amazing, like the small parts of Manhattan I would love to see more of.

The show was haphazardly fun, and the drinking was nonstop. The event was sponsored by some kind of gin, which I’ve forgotten by now. But the amazing thing was the Stirrings Tonic Water. I mean, I’ll take whatever tonic water with my gin, but this stuff really stood out, not to quaniney and with a slight citrus taste, really crisp. I know, I sound like an ad, and I’m sure it’s one of those expensive tonic waters that I’d normally not buy, but just noting for those into mixers that it was pretty outstanding. Anyway, sorry for that digression.

Eventually, everyone left the Variety Power Hour. Charlie, Abby and I toured the Fringe building, which was incredibly beautiful. Then we just hung out and drank gin & tonics until 5 or so. And eventually, I took the late night subway home. It was a good night of hanging out with the ISR kids.

And honestly, I’d been wondering how Charlie had been doing since he disappeared from NYC. It’s odd, hanging out with someone in a celebratory atmosphere after not seeing him for a long time. As fun as it was, there’s always a part of me that wants to sit down over a quiet coffee and catch up first. And after all comes out, after unloading all that nutty, doubtful, self-deprecating garbage in your head, THEN you get balls to the wall ass drunk.