I turned 25 back in July and it has been just crazy since.
The weekend before my birthday I had a nice little gathering with a couple of friends and Robert. It was a small group but definitely one of the best birthdays I’ve had. I recently got back into playing Team Fortress 2, so most of the night was spent with us nerding out over it. I was surrounded by people that I love dearly that make me feel just as loved back and we spent the night exclaiming our shared enthusiasm for the game. We had a sing-a-long moment in the car with TF2 remixes, and at a local coffee shop we circled around and sketched. Then we spent the rest of the night chit-chatting in the apartment and playing the game together. The whole night was warming and nostalgic.
The following weekend I went to San Antonio for San Japan whom E.K. Weaver invited me to share a table with her. I don’t do anime cons much these days, but it was a great location and I love being reunited with old friends that attend them regularly. On my birthday night we all went to a food truck park (MY FAVORITE). I got to meet a friend of E.K.’s, Dusty, who has become a very supportive and kind friend to me. We all chatted about the comics industry, ranted about Moffat, and Dusty asked me some questions about Gods in New York. It was a small thing but someone I barely knew showing so much interest in my characters meant a lot. Robert and I wandered around the waterway enjoying the sights for the last few hours of my birthday. Anais and I also proved that we can’t think about the Armin dub scream from Attack on Titan without pissing ourselves laughing.
As if all of that wasn’t festive enough, the weekend after San Japan was the monster San Diego Comic Con! I’d never been before and heard nothing but how insanely stressful and crowded it was. After all of the negativity I’ve heard surrounding it for so long, I actually ended up having a blast! It was incredible seeing all these things first hand. I got to see figures that haven’t been released yet, people I’ve known on the internet, meeting artists I love, see big video game companies showing off their goods and creators, I played fucking BAYONETTA 2, I met GOD DAMN MIKE KRAHULIK, JERRY HOLKINS, AND SOME OF THE PENNY ARCADE CREW. I also got to have dinner with the Dusty I met the weekend before along with their life partner and a friend of theirs. The whole thing was magical and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to go. All thanks to my friend Diana Sprinkle. I wrote about it all a little more in depth on a Tumblr entry.
After San Diego Robert and I started our search for a house. It was a little slow at first because we ended up with some confusing situations but once we decided what area we wanted to live in and how we were going to go about it, it happened very quickly. We found a house that fit us perfectly. So now we’re here making ourselves comfortable in our new home.
With all of these things together, it made for a hectic Summer. But instead of feeling a quarter-life crisis, I’ve been feeling like a new and even better stage of my life is hitting. I’m proud of where my life has been heading, and it only seems to get better. I’m so grateful for my experiences. It’s been a rough year creative output wise, but I believe I’m going to be bouncing back twice as hard to make up for it!