Thursday, July 24, 2008


ok, were i more on top of it (or a better blogger) i would've been greasing this particular wheel months ago, but.. what follows is the "press release" i wrote for the tour that's "starting" in, like, 7 hours (when i get on the plane to san diego).
still, it's gonna be crazy stupid horrible.
wait, not horrible; HORRIBLY FUN.
you should come. so there.


Zak Sally (the cartoonist behind Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse, and the guy behind La Mano books) and Nate Denver (of Nate Denver's Neck, Total Shutdown, and the amazing "Wait, You're Not A Centaur" book/ cd) are going to hop in a car together with a couple guitars and boxes of fresh books, then drive like hell up the west coast, stopping only to PLAY SONGS AND SELL BOOKS TO THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE IN L.A, SAN FRANCISCO, OLYMPIA, PORTLAND, AND SEATTLE.

THAT'S RIGHT: Zak will be attending the San Deigo Comic Con (from friday the 25th through sunday the 27th of July), signing copies of the fresh-off-the-boat-from-Singapore copies of Sammy The Mouse #2 at the Fantagraphics table (check the Fatagraphics site for details). Chances are, he'll also be selling La Mano books there and with his pals at Sparkplug Comics' table as well. Nate might show up as well, we'll see.

but ANYWAY, after that we begin the aforementioned tour; HERE'S HOW IT'S GOING TO GO:

monday july 28 : Secret Headquarters, 3817 W. Sunset Blvd, LOS ANGELES, CA.
tuesday, July 29: Needles and Pens, 3253 16th st, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
thursday, July 31st: the Pony Club, 625 NW Everett St. #105, PORTLAND, OR.
friday, August 1: Danger Room Comics, Columbia and Fourth, OLYMPIA, WA.
saturday, august 2: The Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 South Vale St (at Airport Way S.), SEATTLE, WA.

we will roll into each of these fantastic and amazing stores around 6-6:30 or so. Then at around 7-7:30 ish Nate will play 4-5 songs, then Zak will do the same...(no sound system, no microphones, no nothin; just like Pa Ingalls did it....then again, he probably didn't pass a hat around for gas $, and we probably will...).
that'll take around 45 minutes, and when it's all done we'll sit around shooting the breeze with everyone and signing books and whatever until the place closes or 9:30, whichever comes first.
we will be carrying Nate's book, copies of Sammy The Mouse issues 1 AND 2, all the rest of the La Mano books (including the stunning new "Dead Ringer" book by Jason T. Miles...), and assorted posters, cd's, and detritus.

don't let the breezy tone of this email fool you: this is going to be REALLY VERY COOL. sick of hearing youself lament the good old days, when everything wasn't so boring and lame? well they're coming to your town, so shut up and SHOW UP! it's going to be a blast.
if you are a friend of me or Nate's or La Mano's we'll see you there (or you are in deep shit). if you're NOT a friend, why don't you come down and we can talk about it; bring some friends too, they will want to be part of that conversation (which will be conducted quietly and with great care.). "oh, i can't go, i've got KIDS"-- BRING 'EM!!!

ok everyone. spread the word as you see fit, and we look forward to seeing you.

ps-- Zak was in the band Low for many years and he isn't anymore, but he made a record and played all the instruments and sang and one of the songs sounds like this:

Nate has put out BUNCHES of great records (both solo and with numerous other groups), and you can and should check it out here:


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