Blazer: Swap (Stoosh) — Tank top: Goodwill (no label) — Skirt: Goodwill (Talbot’s) — Shoes: American Rag Compagnie — Bracelet: Gift
I snapped these pictures in about five minutes after work on Friday (back in September, whattheheckhowisitOctoberalready) before hopping in the car and screeching off to Berkeley for a day and a half of comics and gaming. I look supremely goofy in these pictures because, well, I’m going to blame the pineapple skirt. It just cracks me up.
Hot! Pink! Pineapples!
All over my butt, no less. You thought fish-butt was daring, but we’re getting serious around here. Serious about stuff on butts.
So the story of the pineapple skirt is that I saw it at Goodwill one day when I was dropping off a round of “OH MY GOD I HAVE TOO MUCH STUFF” before the move, and it was love. Unfortunately, I intentionally didn’t bring any money with me because I know how I am, so I had to hang my head and walk out the door, figuring that no way would an amazing skirt like this stick around. Fast forward to a couple of weeks later, when I’m hitting the same Goodwill up for the $1 bottoms sale, and–there it was! My darling had waited for me. And now we’re together forever…and next time I’ll remember to iron the pleat at the front. (And another pineapple skirt may be coming into my life sometime soon, and then I will be the luckiest person in the world with two pineapple skirts.)
So, the weekend: there was much gaming on both Friday and Saturday, and somewhere in between there we took a break to hit up Alternative Press Expo ’11 in San Francisco. I went two years ago and absolutely loved it, and knew that I would have a fantastic time this year, even though there were fewer artists and comickers attending that I already know. A good opportunity to find new stuff, right? So my haul ended up a bit more modest than that of ’09, but I’m really happy with all that I picked up, including these two amazing prints: on the left, a dragon farting fire by Mike DiPetrillo, and on the right, a scratchboard print of grey-headed flying foxes by Jenny Parks. They appeal to my love of cute-and-gross things and gorgeous wildlife illustrations, so I’m super happy. Hanging art is definitely going to be in my near future.
I only ended up snagging two comics, but they both look fantastic! (I was going to get Kate Beaton’s new book, but maaaaaaan her line was long! I’ll just have to hit up TopatoCo.) This one, Farm 54, is by a brother-and-sister team from Israel, and I bought it from the Fanfare/Ponent Mon table because I’m a big fan of supporting both small presses and small translators, and also because the lady working the booth did a really good job of talking it up. But really, she didn’t have to do much–one of my favorite authors, Etgar Keret, is from Israel, and his work has really sparked a desire in me to read more creative works coming out of that region. Plus, the volume is gorgeously bound and illustrated, and I’m looking forward to reading it slowly and putting up a review on Nisaba Be Praised once I’m done.
I also grabbed a pre-signed copy of the first volume of Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund table. Ordinarily I wouldn’t pick up a more widely-published work at a small press convention, but I sprung for this because I’ve heard some really fantastic things about it and also because the CBLDF is a really cool nonprofit dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of those involved in the comics industry. Ain’t no thang to be supporting something like that!
Not pictured: a poster I picked up from Der-Shing Helmer, creator of awesome webcomic The Meek. This poster, if you want to be specific, because I have a weakness for Dagre. He’s so freaky! I also spent at least twenty minutes digging through the half-off stock at Marty May’s table, because there were so many great shirts to choose from. I ended up picking two, and I’ll hopefully be able to show them off to you sometime in the next couple of weeks.
What did y’all do over the first weekend of October? Did you have a busy/fun weekend, or a lazy one, or something in between? Sunday was supremely lazy for me–Mike and I laid around and watched what felt like roughly half the movies on Netflix, including The Producers (which Mike had never seen!!!), Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice, and half of The Blues Brothers (for the millionth time). It was definitely a good way to recover from the excitement of Friday and Saturday. Rowsdower!