Life among the self-employed

My friend Lance wrote me this morning, reminding me that today marks the second anniversary of my becoming a full-time cartoonist, supported solely by Unshelved. And I'm obviously a trend-setter, because Gene Ambaum finally joined me a month ago. Already I'm enjoying the luxury of giving him tasks that are better suited to him. For example I cannot fill out a form without blood leaking from my eyes, whereas he just grits his teeth and fills in the blanks. It's also a true pleasure saying "why don't you do it?" when he makes a helpful suggestion, something that was unthinkable when he had a day job. I trust he's already regretting his decision.

I couldn't have picked a worse economy in which to quit my job, but thanks to the generous support of you, our readers, we manage to pay the mortgage almost every month, for which I am deeply grateful. Thanks to everyone who has bought a book or t-shirt, hired us to do a talk, or patronized our sponsors. You have made it possible for me, and now Gene, to pursue our dreams.

I'm also grateful for Paul Southworth, artist and co-writer of my new comic strip Not Invented Here, and the designer of most of our recent t-shirts. He still has a day job, the poor sap, but check in again next year.

Our next appearances

2018

October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)

November 15, 2018 Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Library System (Gene)

November 16, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Southeast Florida Library Information Network (Gene)

2019

Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC Booth #726) (Gene)

March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Library District (Gene)

April 15 - 17, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Library COMIC booth, Monday night event) (Gene)

June 21 - 24, 2019 Washington, DC
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)

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