The local skate group works hard to set up skate lessons and competitions for the kids, and for that matter, for adults.
If you have the chance, come on around and skate with us!
Here, I made this poster to remind you:
So I’m doing a panel on webcomics at AnimeBluesCon. And I take a few photos of the people going around the con.
If you’re in the area and you want to see more girls with short skirts, long swords and hair the color of… well, any color you like from mango to ice… you should be there. It’s at the Hilton in Memphis. There are also people in long jackets, jagged wigs, and fur. Lots and lots of fur. There’s a rumor about how much fur, and what happens to it late Saturday at this Con. Anyone brave enough to go to THAT, let us know what the heck happened. Sounded lurid to me.
On Sunday at noon (6-23-13) I’ll be doing the webcomics panel again.
If you want to look closer at the photos here, you can click, and click again. Eventually, you can see something a little larger.
Last year, I worked the SouthEast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society’s table at HerosCon in Charlotte NC. That was fun, but what I really wanted was to scope things out and see if I might not put the effort into turning Hubris into more of a full-time occupation.
Setting up a Hubris table at OutdoorFests and Comics Cons would be great. I still don’t know if I can do it, what with other projects that constantly crop up- it’s hard to plan ahead.
Like this weekend. I bought table space at MIDSOUTHCON. I figured it’s here in town and it’ll be fun and easy to dip a toe in the water. Alas, I picked up a freelance job with nightmarish deadlines.
So, I’m at MidSouthCon for the panels and demonstrations that they asked me to sit in on, and that’s great. And I’ll man my table for a few hours today.
So come on by, if you’re in the West Tennessee area, willya? It’s lots of fun, and the dealer room is intriguing as always (Goggles, anyone? Swords?) And there’s ALWAYS the costumes. Come see those. I’ll try to take some photos for you today.
Did this for the local tabloid free-press paper. The article it goes to asks several writers to say what they’d do if it were their last day in town.
So. What would YOU do with your last day in town before you moved on?
So, as promised, here’s how you get to Jim Palmer’s work (Not the golf guy. Not the trucking guy. The cartoonist guy- definitely the more interesting of the three, right?) Check him out at http://www.jimpalmercartoonist.com/ and see all the Li’l E cartoons that have kept his readers so tickled for so long. You need a book of these cartoons, I’m tellin’ ya. Go look. You’ll agree.
I’ve never watched one being built before. And the only convenient one to my neighborhood before now was an indoor place in a warehouse district. It was the sort of thing that was already well mulched down before I got there. The couches in the front and the skate/bike area in the back had the saggy, grimy, homey feel that you expect from the sort of place where young people do a lot of their growing up.
Now we have this nice new place that’s a little soulless at the moment. That’s fine. It’ll grow some character in use. Of course, the local families who were behind its construction and the folks at the dog park next door aren’t looking forward to the time when the character of the place isn’t in the little nicks and stains and cracks, but begins to be in the transgressions visited upon it by aggressive youngsters with no better outlet than defacement. Hopefully, we can work together as a community to hold off that time for many years. My kids and I expect to be only one of the families that will doubtless be pitching in to keep it a clean place to come play.
That aside, here’s props for the Zellner folks who apparently oversaw the construction. Well done!
So, we’re told that the last touches are to prep the concrete with finish or stain or something, and put up a sight screen between the skatepark and a dog park that shares the fence. Nobody wants the dogs to be upset by skaters nor skaters to be frightened by dogs, so screening the fence sounds pretty smart. The park benches and the sod are brand new, as is the permanent fence circling the park. It has real gates now, not just gaps for the workmen to use.
So, get your favorite board all tuned up. The park opens at the end of the month!
There’s a park here in town that I like. It has some nice trails- a couple of nice dirt trails for bikes and horses, a BMX track, and even a long paved trail for kids bikes, skateboards, joggers, walkers… you get the idea. There are lakes and meadows, playgrounds and parking lots. Even a disc golf course. It’s very fine, and we’re very lucky to have it. During the last economic boom, one of the major ‘development’ players tried to get the local government to hand the north edge of the park over to him for development, and that was horrifying. But worse is the fact that a lot of moneyed people live to the East of the park, while most of their jobs are on the West of the park. That leads to a lot of high-powered commuters pissed off because they’re trying to get to their jobs and the park is in the damned way. There are always plans to carve up the park (which runs on both sides of the main road thereabouts) to make commutes easier. The defeat of those plans will, of course, go on until the park is ruined- all it takes is one big setback and the park will begin it’s slide into oblivion. The fight to save the park sometimes includes editorial cartoons like the one below, which I did for a group working to save the park.
One wonders why folks that work downtown wouldn’t want to live a little closer to it, but that’s a whole ‘nother can o’ worms.
Like a lot of cities you hear about, mine has bought up a whole bunch of ex-train land and turned it into a nice greenway. I’ve ridden bicycles on it and longboards on it. It’s nice. It’s not as long as Boston’s, which my wife and I got to ride around on a few weeks ago, but it’s cool! Here’s an illustration I did for The Memphis Flyer for a related article. I thought I was cramming different users in the image to make the point of what the line was good for. Turns out it really is crowded on nice days.