Only three more weeks left. So odd to be coming down to the end of this story, after so long.
*** The Signal Boost of the Week goes to The Killamazoo Derby Darlins, who are hosting one of the first-ever WFTDA Division 2 Roller Derby Playoff Tournaments! This weekend, right here in Kalamazoo, ten international women’s roller derby teams will be fighting for the chance to proceed to the WFTDA National Championships. Come out to Wings Stadium and see teams from as far away as North Carolina, California, New York, and Ontario, Canada participate in three whole days of derby action — you won’t be disappointed!
The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Linda Medley, who has put the finishing touches on the second volume of Castle Waiting! I’m way behind the times — working on comics rarely leaves me time for reading comics — so imagine my excitement when I emptied my long-neglected pull file at Fanfare and found three new issues waiting for me! Hopefully you’ve all heard the news by now, but on the off chance you’ve been living under a rock like I have, go check out the new Definitive Edition of Volume 2!
The Signal Boost of the Week goes to C. Spike Trotman, the award-winning creator and owner of Iron Circus Comics, who’s Kickstarting a brand-new anthology, Sleep of Reason! I was a proud supporter of Spike’s previous two Kickstarters, Poorcraft and Smut Peddler, so I’m really looking forward to this one, too.
“Right now we’re in absolute renovation mode, the building was ruined,” Kastner said. “We’re doing it all ourselves. Our office upstairs is wrapped up and the rest of the renovations should be finished in two months. We’ll have two buildings, and the field behind will eventually be set up for community events.”
The first floor of the building will be a machine shop for each business to utilize for prototype models, small-scale manufacturing and repairs. The second story of the building is multi-use office space with hardwood floors, couches and computer tables.
A screen printing station is sectioned off in one corner of the office space, which is made distinct by flooring made of recycled and plastered real estate signs. A full-use kitchen will eventually be installed to be used for Emily’s food blog.
Connected to the building is the shell of what will be a finished warehouse, intended to store some 3,100 retail parts sold at 1977 Mopeds and possibly as a moped showroom, that will be accessible through a garage door.
The crew decided to call the incubator “The Reality Factory,” Kastner said, after finding another site perfect for the incubating business environment they envisioned, which they coined “The Fantasy Factory.” However, the site was entirely out of their financial reach.
“We had to settle for reality,” said Kastner, with a laugh.
Larime Taylor is a disabled artist and writer living in California. He’s an award winning playwright and director of the stage, a graphic novelist (he draws with his mouth) and now, serial fiction novelist. Most of what he writes falls somewhere between urban fantasy and horror, or dark urban fairytale, as he likes to call it. While his stories do not focus solely or specifically on matters of disability, disabled characters do feature in many of them. He basically writes the kinds of things that he would like to read, but with characters that he can relate to as a disabled person.
The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Record Store Day! April 20th is a national holiday to celebrate independent music shops. Go on out and support your local record store — if you’re in Kalamazoo, you can swing by Green Light Music — they have a great selection, and Paul did their RSD poster for the second year in a row!
And speaking of First Second, Jim Ottaviani has just announced the tour dates for his new book, Primates. If you’re nearby any of Jim’s stops, you should really think about dropping in to see him (and maybe Maris Wicks, too!). Despite what he’ll tell you himself, he’s a really smart guy, and quite a good speaker.