Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer classes

I'm heavily immersed in summer classes, my internship at Gaijin, and trying to see my friends on a regular basis. 
In my Writing for Sequential Art class, we're building characters and stories that will (hopefully) grow into full-fledged and fully fleshed-out story ideas.  I finally have a structured way to get these characters out of my head and onto paper where they belong.  Needless to say, this class has been awesome.  My undergraduate education focused on breaking down stories (in the form of plays) and analyzing them.  This is the first class in which I get to study storytelling from conception to realization.  
Gaijin is super awesome.  I get to hang out with and learn from some of the coolest people on earth.  Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Cully Hamner, Laura Martin, Karl Story and Tony Shasteen are all amazingly talented and inspire me to work harder and improve my skills.  I've already learned so much from Brian, it almost makes my head explode.  The Gaijiners are super funny, super laid back, and super patient.  They're willing to share all their knowledge and skills with us, and I'm incredibly grateful for all that I've learned so far. 
 Courtney and I actually got to hang out this past Friday.  We grabbed dinner and then went out to see Hellboy II (super cheesy, but still bearable fun...I think).  As always, Court and I had a blast, we got a chance to catch up with each other, and she told me the awesome news: she and Darold are getting married!!!  I'm so happy for them!!  They're a great couple and they're gonna be so good together.
I also got a chance to hang out with Takkun, Danielle, and Corky on Saturday.  Dan made a cameo early in the evening, which was super unexpected and a great breath of fresh Dan.  After dinner, we went to see Iceberg Slim at the Beep Beep Gallery in Midtown.  Getting to see John and Tom again after HeroesCon was great, and I hope that I'll get a chance to see them more often now that I quit my job.
I plan on seeing Geoff's Murder Mystery show on Friday, so maybe I'll see you there!!