No - the title isn't a sly euphemism. I'm really going to be speaking as part of a presentation on comics TONIGHT! at the Northeast branch of the New Hanover County public library. I wrote about this a few weeks ago and mentioned that this is being sponsored by Wilmington's Fanboy Comics as part of their extended Free Comic Book Day celebration. It takes place from 6:00-8:00 pm, which means that I should still be able to catch most of the Penguins hockey game...because clearly, that is the most pressing thing going on for me this evening.
The program will highlight the comic book career of local artist Tom Fleming and will include a Q&A session with Tom and other local creators (I'll try to use as little sarcasm as possible when answering questions). Chick-Fil-A will be providing sandwiches - like manna from Heaven - for all attendees free of charge, as well! Did I ever mention that I met the Chick-Fil-A cow? Well, I did, and it was very sweet. Oh, and I guess I'll sign some comics or something if anyone is interested.
This is all a rather auspicious moment for me, and I'm looking forward to being a part of the program. I spoke with Tom when we met at the Pittsburgh Comicon, and he suggested I put some information together on how writers approach the comic book creation process...so I did, and I'll be talking about that tonight for a few minutes. I've even put together a PowerPoint and everything (and posted a damn picture of it, of all things)! Here's hoping that I do a better job at presenting than my students do in the public speaking class I teach...because those are usually pretty terrible. On the other hand, if watching people fail miserably brings joy to your life, show up and watch, because there's always the chance!
If you'd like to show up, here's the address:
1241 Military Cutoff Road Wilmington, NC 28405
Remember, it's not the main branch - it's the Northeast branch. If I hadn't just done a search for the address, I would have honestly gone to the main branch and thus missed the entire thing. That would have been bad. See you there!