New Comics Ready To Go!

Posted in News March 28, 2009
New Comics Ready To Go!
Posted in News March 28th, 2009 by Greg

Smaller #1 and Flung #4 (the first issue of Flung in many a moon) are both printed and ready to go. I’ll have them with me at the Stumptown Comics Fest (table #101) – if you’re there, stop by and say hi!

They’re also up and available for order on my comics store – grab them and some older Flung issues or minicomics! (Original copies of Flung #1 and #2 and most of the minis are just available until I run out, so get them while they’re around.) Thanks!

MarsBar, Sat., 3/14: double the Greg

Posted in News March 3, 2009
MarsBar, Sat., 3/14: double the Greg
Posted in News March 3rd, 2009 by Greg

The 2nd of two shows featuring your slacking comics pal Greg is coming up on Saturday, March 14th. I’ll be playing in two of the three bands playing that night at the marsBar at 609 Eastlake Ave. E., in Seattle. Should be a swell time, as both of the bands are great. I can say that because I am not the frontperson for either. That way it’s not egotistical. Anyway, Mountain Kids Fantasy opens the night, with Malkah Duprix on guitar, me on drums, and then we’ll have a few guest musicians sit in and stir it up a bit. Mighty Shiny is up next, also with me on drums. The third band is Hijack Maria, which I am not a member of. The show starts at 9 (probably fairly sharp) and cover is $6. If you check it out and have been meaning to pick up some comics, I’ll have a few with me, so just ask…and we’ll also have copies of the Mighty Shiny CD. Whee!

Below is the fine show poster put together by Rhonda Pelikan, singer/guitarist for band #2:

Music with Greg, if you’re in Seattle

Posted in News February 23, 2009
Music with Greg, if you’re in Seattle
Posted in News February 23rd, 2009 by Greg

I play in Mighty Shiny and we have a show at the Comet Tavern in Seattle on Saturday, 2/28. It’s an early show and we go on right at 5:00, followed by a secret guest band and then H is for Hellgate. Come check it out if you’re around and your early Saturday evening is free. Also, old pal and occasional comicbook character Mike will be sitting in for a song!

Please Stay Tuned

Posted in News February 7, 2009
Please Stay Tuned
Posted in News February 7th, 2009 by Greg

No new comics for awhile, I realize…I’ve been distracted by 1) music (two bands I’m in have a bunch of gigs coming up – visit and for the details); and 2) laying out and printing Flung #4 and Smaller #1 (unless I change my mind on the name) in time for the Stumptown Comics Fest. So: more blog comics coming shortly, and other doings doing also!

Come see me at the Olympia Comics Fest!

Posted in News May 31, 2008
Come see me at the Olympia Comics Fest!
Posted in News May 31st, 2008 by Greg

I will be tabling at the Olympia Comics Fest on Saturday, June 7th! It looks like it’ll be fun – come by and say HI if you’re in the area! I’ll have minis, books and more at my table. Plus there’s, well, me! It runs from noon – 5 at The Vault, in downtown Olympia – here’s a map, and more info is on the fest site. Hope to see you there!

Later in the summer I’ll be at the Portland Zine Symposium, which is the weekend of August 23/24 at Portland State University. If all goes according to plan I’ll have a new issue of Flung debuting as well, sort of a follow-up to #3 and the Personal Ad dates stories.

See you Saturday!


Posted in News April 23, 2008

Hi, all! I’ll have a table at the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend! This is my first time at a show since I got back into comics so I’m really looking forward to the experience and checking out what everybody’s got. I’ll have a bunch of stuff with me, including four new (and cheap) minis. Come by and say hi if you’re going – I’ll be at table 48!

New book collection, and Stumptown!

Posted in News March 23, 2008
New book collection, and Stumptown!
Posted in News March 23rd, 2008 by Greg

I’ve finished my other collection of past Flung material – Flung #1 – #3 collects the first three Flung issues, along with 30 pages of extra material, in a shiny new package. In Flung #1, marvel and/or cringe as I obsess over whether to ask out a library clerk, meet an online pen pal in the real world, suffer the indignity of ducking into the adult section of a video store, and learn what really goes on in my roommate’s dreams. Flung #2 takes a sordid trip up to Canada with bored cruise ship musicians, and I get hit up for drugs due to my fondness for snack items. Flung #3 is a three-episode epic of personal ad dates gone awry, with a bonus battle between a prize kitty and a squirrel. Plus 30 pages of extra stuff: Read a cut Flung segment, a newly-drawn story, a date story translated into French, and more! 134 pages, 7.44″ x 9.68″, full-color wrap-around cover, B&W interior.

Click here for previews, ordering info, and the list of stuff I currently have available. If you like. Oh, and here’s the full wrap-around cover.

I’m also going to be at the Stumptown Comics Fest this year for the first time. I’ll have a table and will have the new book collections, old Flung issues, and a new for-the-fest mini sampling recent stuff. Say hi if you’re there! And if anyone has pointers for maximizing the experience or wants to carpool from Seattle, let me know! (email “gfling” at this domain).

Chap vs. the iPod

Posted in News February 28, 2008
Chap vs. the iPod
Posted in News February 28th, 2008 by Greg

I occasionally add to the confusion in the world by reviewing products online under an assumed name, mostly for my own amusement and that of a few friends. And now YOU! Anyway, here’s the latest installment – Chap Gmunderson reviews the U2 iPod:

u2ipod.jpg Apple iPod Video U2 Special Edition Black
by Apple Computer

8 of 50 people found the following review helpful:

5stars.gif Best iPod with one problem, November 27, 2006

By Chap Gmunderson

I got this because love the color scheme of this iPod (Red and Black!) but I don’t really want the autograph signings of “U2″ on the back because then I feel like they’re judging my music or even are loaning me their iPod or something (I bought it) and my favorite music is not “U2″. I bought fine grade sandpaper (small grit) and gently worked their signatures off, which only took a few hours, and then after a few more hours of sanding with increasingly finer grades of sandpaper and ultra-fine steel wool and then buffing with cheesecloth for smoothing it all out, it looks almost like normal! Now I have the “bomb” looking iPod. I put one U2 song on it just for Karma, but I never listen to it. Get this now, and the sandpaper is available at Hardware stores (get the small grit kind).

Okay, Greg here now…this time I’m going to include some of the comments, because it never fails to surprise/amuse me that people take me so seriously! Anyway, a couple of comments, and my response to them:

Comment #1: “You sanded off the signatures because you’re afraid U2 is judging your music? Huh? Do they speak to you in your heard? Do you wear an aluminum foil helmet to keep them out? Seriously, strange review. You bought the iPod, you should have know it had the signatures (and if you didn’t you are quite naive) and your review should reflect the product as is. Strange, strange person.”

Comment #2: “You spent $200+ bucks to buy a special edition U2 iPod and you scratched off the band members’ etched autographs?? Why? What an absolute crazy thing to do! You permanently disfigured the iPod’s surface metal. Talk about nuts!!”

Comment #3: “Wow, dude. Thats insane. Can’t believe you’d buy something that expensive and then deface/destroy it partially. I think you better listen to that one song you put on there by U2…what was it anyway? I STILL HAVEN”T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR fits rather well, I’d say.”

Chap Gmunderson says:
I am sorry if I confused anyone or they found my opinions unjust. I just try to be honest in my reviews and honestly I only wanted the color scheme and not people writing on my iPod. And speaking of schemes, I think U2 realizes that many people enjoy black and red together (look at the “White Stripes”!) and knew that this was a way to get an “inroad” to people through their portable music devices and make them think about U2. I found a way to have their cake and eat mine too by removing the signatures (and thereby their “ownership” of my musical choices, which are between me and the BMG music club, thank you) in as effective a way as possible while preserving the integrity of the iPod (incidentally, to that end, I found that a final buff with a cotton ball very lightly soaked in toenail polish remover is a good last step). And you are wrong about the song, it is “I Will Follow”, which I like because it reminds me of my youth as a “New Wave” fan and also running (“Run Away, Run Away”) which I also enjoy.

Vacuum cleaners and wolves

Posted in News February 27, 2008
Vacuum cleaners and wolves
Posted in News February 27th, 2008 by Greg

I was surfing around and saw a story about March 20th being “Wear A Sweater Day” in honor of what would have been Fred “Mr.” Rogers’ 80th birthday. If you’re one of those people who thinks they’re all cool by deciding there’s something creepy about Mister Rogers, piss off. But anyway, check out the topic of today’s rerun show:

Episode for
Wednesday, February 27, 2008:

Mister Rogers helps with the fear of vacuum cleaners and learns about wolves.

I wonder if show #1624 is about fear of wolves and learning about vacuum cleaners…

Good kitty

Posted in News February 18, 2008
Good kitty
Posted in News February 18th, 2008 by Greg

A cat who long ago was my cat too has passed. Uma was an extremely good kitty with the fur of an extremely soft rabbit, and at one point learned how to play fetch with those little cellophane wrapped pieces of candy. I never saw her as an old lady cat but I’m sure she continued to be good company, as she was an all-star great cat.