I will be starting page 36 in France. Not the story line, CPG doesn't just magically turn up in France. I'm going to France for two months. Through the aide of my French publisher Les Editions de la Cerise (there's supposed to be a little mark over the E in Editions, but I've never been able to figure out how to do that on a keyboard, I'm technically hopeless) I have been accepted into the Chateau Brignon passage a l'art. So I will be leaving for Bordeaux Mar. 26th and then traveling to Carbon Blanc where I will be staying and won't be returning until May 30th. My amazing and kind publisher Guillaume has a bunch of places he wants to take me to while I'm there. The French edition of the book will be coming out April 10th I've been told, so I will be doing some book store signings as well. Here is what the French edition will look like-
The first three weekends I'm going to be there I will be attending comic festivals, something I've always wanted to do. I've attended plenty of shows here and one in Canada but the "European Comics Festival" has always seemed to me to be one of the pinnacles of this industry. As is having your book translated into a different language. These are the things the 15 year old me never dreamed possible as I copied Marc Silvestri Uncanny X-Men just hoping to be good enough one day to draw for DC, Marvel, Image or Dark Horse. The idea I could write something that someone else would want to publish let alone across the ocean would have been laughable to that high school freshman. I'm extremely excited and terrified for this epic adventure. Needless to say I do not speak French. Thankfully Emily will be coming along for a good portion of it. She's aiming to spend about two and a half weeks there with me.
The comic festivals I will be attending are
Carbon Blanc Mar. 29th & 30th Bulles en Hauts de Garonne
Bordeaux April 4th - 6th Escales du livres
Aix en Provence April 11th - 13th Rencontres du 9e Art
I'm actually on a list for that last one!
I'm planning on doing up a special print specifically for my appearances there. I will post the whole process as I go. At least I hope I will. It will depend on how frantic the rest of this upcoming month is. There is so much I have to try to get accomplished. For example- just bought a new iPod Classic for this trip but I'm still running on Mac OS X 10.5.8, so that needs to get updated and our internet connection really sucks. As well as trying to get health insurance and doing my taxes. Yay.
On a different note, I have submitted some pieces to Spectrum to be judged tomorrow. This is a first for me, I've been a fan of the book for years. I've just never thought to try to get in. Here is one of the pieces I submitted. If you follow me on Instagram or saw me at a comic con last year you will have already seen this and maybe some of the progress on it. I call it "Sounding of the Horn".
jeremybastian.bigcartel.com. I will also be putting up some con sketch commissions on my store starting tomorrow. I will be missing out on a lot of shows at the beginning of the season and I need some funds for this expedition. They will be on tea stained stock as before but I'm asking $200 a piece. You will be able to buy them directly from the store. No need for emails. All you have to do is let me know what you would like in the comments.