PechaKucha 31 Talk

Some experiences are fun, some are less than fun. About two months ago I tried one of each, at the exact same time. 

I’ll explain: this September I was a speaker at a PechaKucha event in Winnipeg. What is that, you ask? Kinda like a TED talk but kinda different. That description gets you halfway there, or at least I hope so because that’s the way I kept explaining it to my family.

PechaKucha always brings out a diverse mix of speakers. Usually a strong showing from the local creative industry and a healthy amount of entrepreneurs. The organizers record the talks, there’s a slideshow that plays behind you on a huge screen, it’s a whole thing. I was feeling pretty jazzed about this one in particular because two friends of mine (Silvana Moran + Justin Ladia) were also set to be speaking that night so we all had a sort-of mutual embarrassment pact thing going on.

Since the theme of the night was “Grow” I decided to design my talk around generating ideas and what typically goes into creating a new Honey Dill comic from start to (near) finish. The preparation for my PK talk actually went pretty well; everything fit into the time limit, my slides were coming together nicely, it looked like relatively smooth sailing all the way to the finish line.

And it was until I got kidney stones two days before the show (dun dun duuuuuun!). That’s the “less than fun” experience. For those of you unfamiliar with kidney stones, I’ll try to sum up the general experience in four words: pain, pain, why, pain.

Two trips to the hospital and a fist full of mind-altering pain meds later, I still hadn’t actually cancelled my talk so I shrugged and said, “Eh, why not. I mean I want to soo.... yea.” People who knew what was going on all welcomed me the same way when I arrived at the theatre: Are you alive? Are you sure you’re alright? Do you want my bootleg painkillers? Luckily I didn’t need any because I was already flying on adrenaline and some sort of non-narcotic fairy dust from the friendly pharmacy lady.

In the end, the show went off without a hitch. Everyone did really well, actually. It was great overall for the night’s speakers and the PK organizers. What can I say? These things are fun, you guys.  

Here’s the video, hope you like. 


The big local show

Hey gang,

If you’re in Winnipeg this weekend you can find us at the C4 comic convention. We’ve been putting together some new stuff, testing out some poster prints, it should be a good collection for anyone who hasn’t seen us at a show in a little while. It’s always fun to take one of the newer comics and make the decision to print that sucker on something. Gives new life to them in a weird way, all of a sudden they exist as a tangible object that isn’t trapped inside the cold internet.

We’ll be located in the writer’s row section of Artist Alley, at table A214. The show runs from Oct 27 – 29; Friday 2-9, Saturday 10 -7, & Sunday 11-5 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

Here’s a quick peek of what we’re bringing along. Shhh, don’t tell anyone (TELL EVERYONE).

C4 Floor Plan(ish), okay just a small section.

Also, for more info you can check the official C4 site here.


New Store / Pins, Pins, Pins

Holy smokes,

Last week we finished up our Live Slow giveaway on Instagram and now we're finally making the pin available to order online. Until now our little enamel sloth friends had only made one appearance out in the great wide world, at our local indie comic convention, Prairie Comics. But now. NOW. Everyone can get them! If you’ve been thinking about getting your hot little hands on one of these cool dudes, they’re for sale on our *newly designed* storefront. Check it out right hurrrAnd for a limited time we’ll be selling them at convention-price, $10 each! Grab ‘em while the getting’s good because we only have a small amount left. Aside from the pins, you can also get our first book King of Pies as well as a few select prints at the new store.

Okay, a new Arcade Fire single and sloth enamel pins just a few days apart? What a time to be alive.

I may be in a slightly more ebullient mood than normal because it’s finally warm and sunny again around our parts and I’m feeling 80% confident that I just correctly identified an unmarked live plant I got for $1 at the thrift store. So, this feels like an all-around win and definitely super relatable to everyone.