various (incomplete)

I know this kid who suddenly had a passionate desire to see the water bill be lower than it’s ever been. We talked to our neighbors and ours is, and has for years, been ridiculous compared to the friends around us. Béla’s very vested in this and he suggested that the fact that the third…

the sketchbook project

Look what Claudia and Béla got for Christmas (in addition to months’ worth of books, a week of summer camp at “The Business of Doing Good”, requisite toys and candy cigarettes, fidgets and other treats): The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project registry date has come and gone, but the kids got sketchbooks, registered — and…

comic book drawing club

Some homeschooled girls we know started a comic-drawing club that meets once a week at Amalgam Comics. We often go far too long WITHOUT getting to Amalgam, so this is a great opportunity to get up and out of the house on Tuesday mornings — and has been great for the kids. Béla is working…

philly ‘zine fest!

Up until yesterday the kids thought ‘zines were just fine — they knew what their own looked like, and they knew what a shelf-full at Fantom Comics in D.C. looked like. But yesterday was the Philly ‘Zine Fest, and boy did that change things! WHAT an avalanche of fun. The kids brought the printouts they…

la borinqueña at amalgam comics

I’m usually the one who is first in the know about cool new stuff (really!) but a few months ago our family friend Eileen — who has known Tucker since he was younger than our kids — had messaged me that she wanted to take Claudia to a meet-and-greet and talk by this comic book…

also, earlier this week…

New comic books — about the chupacabra and La Borinqueña. Well-received. That watch that showed up from my dad’s house and has been beeping intermittently for months? We took care of that, with some goggles and a hammer. Some pals came by and played Clue, in the dark, by candlelight, with a simulated thunderstorm on…