Today I am sick. I was also sick for the first week and a half of my residency at Civitella Ranieri this past summer, and I did a couple of comics about living in a castle and being sick, so here is one of them.
I laugh a lot as Sherman Alexie and Jess Walters interview me for their new podcast, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, posted today. The podcast is about works in progress, which I successfully avoid discussing.
Posted yesterday as the lead story in the Healthy Living section of the Huffington Post: What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like, a big excerpt from Marbles with my commentary, which created a flurry of attention, which has been nice.
Hellooo from Baltimore, Maryland! Off to visit a teen summer class at Johns Hopkins, and wanted to have access to The Toilet Demon, the comic my pediatrician mother used to have laminated and hanging in her exam rooms so she could talk with parents about their children’s somewhat irrational fears. It’s in Monkey Food, The Complete Seven in ’75 Collection. Here:
Boggles my mind: I will be doing a six-week residency in June/July 2015 at Civitella Ranieri. Civitella Ranieri is a castle in Umbria, I was invited to go, there will be artists from all over the world. I have time to learn a little bit of Italian if I can manage to pry my eyeballs off the photos on their website. Ecco tutto..!
Conversations captured for your reading and listening pleasure! With…
…Cartoonists Megan Kelso and Raina Telgemeier, for The Comics Journal’s “Women and Autobio Comics Roundtable”, moderated by TCJ’s Kristy Valenti. Megan sticks up for fiction comics, Raina wrote bad poetry in her diary as a teen, and none of us care what terminology people use as long as they’re reading comics.
…Dan Savage, on the May 6 Savage Lovecast. A bipolar woman called in to ask about dating etiquette – when do you tell the person that you’re crazy? – especially complicated since she’s a lot flirtier when she’s hypomanic – and Dan asked me to be “the Bipolar Emily Post.” Okay!
Just got back from a few talks on the east coast (hello, Spring!) The first at Rutgers University Camden was part of a big graphic novels art exhibit, “Compulsive Narratives: The Graphic Novel as Confession and Inspiration,” and the second was part of George Washington University’s “Composing Disability: Diagnosis, Interrupted” symposium, an interesting array of talks on topics including sex and disability, how the DSM is used and misused by lawyers, and the different ways personal stories can be told. I also wandered around on the Mall, and saw an fascinating exhibit about creation and destruction at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Art Museum. (Note to self: COME BACK TO DC AND VISIT THE MUSEUMS.)
Signing books at Rutgers U!
Last week’s Chocolate for Choice was probably the funnest fundraiser I’ve ever attended, and I was lucky enough to be a judge – meaning I had to eat chocolate and chew ponderously, as opposed to the rest of everything which was pretty much just eating as much amazing chocolate as possible, -o-rama. There were volunteers wandering around with trays of milk (cups of whole, 2%, skim, and soy). It was bananas. Good show, NARAL!
Hey, San Francisco! I will be in this (and I’d like to add, it is a special day not only because of this, or because March 8 is International Women’s Day, but also because it will be my BIRTHDAY):
A Show and Tell Presentation
March 8, 8:00pm, Z Space
Smash-hit Australian literary salon Women of Letters returns to the US for the second year running. Co-curated by writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the bestselling events revive the lost art of letter writing. In 2013, Women of Letters staged shows in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Indonesia to huge acclaim. Their international stages have seen incredible women sharing stories, and this year’s US tour will be no exception. These fabulous women will each be penning and reading ‘A letter to the person who told me the truth.’
San Francisco’s line up features:
Acclaimed novelist and essayist AYELET WALDMAN
Comedian and actress KATE WILLETT
Award-winning author of The Lovely Bones ALICE SEBOLD
Graphic novelist and author of Marbles ELLEN FORNEY
Linguist and member of The Long Now Foundation LAURA WELCHER
Award-winning performance poet DAPHNE GOTTLIEB and
Writer and author of Queen Sugar NATALIE BASZILE
“We admire and support these women—and hope you will too by seeing this rare appearance…Celebrate International Women’s Day!! ”—Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter, Artistic Directors, Word for Word Performing Arts Company
Tickets and more info here.