The Two Hardest Words

Jane as BatmanIn honor of Halloween: The time Chelle and Jane dressed up as Catwoman and Batman.

I’ve thought of posting something for the past days about the final week of Jane’s World, but I’ve been a bit of a mess. Some days happy, some days sad, overall, feeling bittersweet about letting my friends on paper go their own way. I decided the two hardest words in the English language might be, “the end.”

How ironic, that Jane’s World, a comic strip too risque for mainstream papers twenty years ago received a send off from one of the biggest mainstream papers, The New York Times. I would be lying if I said that didn’t mean something to me. I’d like to thank George Gustines for writing the story and for chatting with me about my two decades with Jane.

Jane’s journey was my journey in some ways.

I’d been thinking for more than a year about how to bring the comic to a close. I was feeling ready to work on other projects but it’s too hard to write new characters when other characters are still filling your head with chatter. I knew I needed to let Jane go in order to write other voices.

In college I wrote this quote in my sketchbook. I’m not sure who authored the quote, but I’ve returned to it time and again when faced with big, life-changing decisions. The quote reads: “The important thing is this, to be willing to sacrifice at any moment what you are for what you can become.”

Letting go is difficult, but necessary.

The good news is that Lion Forge recently released an anthology of the twenty-year run of Jane’s World titled: Love Letters to Jane’s World and it’s available everywhere books are sold.

In other news, just yesterday, the syndicate who manages GoComics said that they’ll begin rerunning Jane’s World from the beginning. The first of the classic strips will appear November 5th. So for those of you who missed Jane’s goofy, humble beginnings… here’s your chance to catch up.

Thank you to my readers for all the supportive emails and comments. Seriously, your kind words meant the world to me.

So, here’s to letting go… and looking forward to what comes next 🙂

New York Comic Con! See you there!

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I’ll be in New York next week for New York Comic Con. My schedule officially starts Thursday afternoon. I’ll be signing the new Jane’s World anthology at the Lion Forge Booth and Femme Magnifique at the IDW booth on Saturday. Here’s a quick schedule. I hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 4, 2018: Lion Forge Booth #1936, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

PANEL:

Friday, October 5, 2018: Fandom for Teachers: The Educator’s Guide to Comic Con

2:45-3:45pm @ Javits Center Room 1C03

Comic Con has become a phenomenon that has changed the face of not just popular culture but all aspects of life. With the push to include graphic novels, film, and even cosplay into the 21st Century classroom, these events have started to cater to educators through programming, author events, and classroom-friendly content. This panel will offer educators new to Comic Con tips and tricks from seasoned educators who can show them the ropes on how to get the most out of their fan fest weekend!

MORE SIGNINGS:

Saturday, Oct. 6, 4:00-5:00: Femme Magnifique signing at the IDW booth #1844

Saturday, Oct. 6, 5:00-6:00: Signing Lion Forge  Booth #1936

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Jane book party, this Friday!

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Yes, folks… for those of you who know me, this photo was taken on the rare occasion when I was not wearing a plaid shirt. Luckily, I had a plaid jacket on hand.

Event date:
Friday, September 21, 2018: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Love Letters to Jane’s World

Join Jane’s World creator Paige Braddock on the Garden Terrace of the Gravenstein Grill to celebrate the release of Love Letters to Jane’s World, the 20th anniversary anthology of her award-winning comic strip.

Event Location:
Gravenstein Grill
8050 Bodega Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Hors devours will be served and full bar available.
Copperfield’s Books will be on hand so that you can purchase your copy of Jane’s World at the event. For more information check their listing: Copperfield’s Books
See you there!

Love Letters to Jane’s World!

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Hi there friends… The Jane’s World anthology is almost here. And by here, I mean, printed… for real… an actual 300 page collection of hilarity and hijinks. If you’d like to know more about the book, or just want a link to purchase one, my awesome publisher, Lion Forge has set up this handy landing page with all the info you need. Check it out: bit.ly/JaneWithLove

I’ll be posting info in a few weeks about where I’ll be during NYC Comic con. I hope to see you there. Cheers!

A Love Letter to Jane

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I’m currently working on gathering material together for a twenty year retrospective of Jane’s World. Yes, twenty years! The anthology will be published by Lion Forge and is due for release just in time for New York Comic Con in October. I’ll share more news as the release date gets closer. The working title is “A Love Letter to Jane.”