Recently Ive been thinking about hanging up my Vancouver Gaming Guild pooh bah hat, after V-Con. Its just too work-intensive and though I love gaming, Im frankly tired of organizing conventions. It takes a lot of time and energy and commitment, and I figure 6 years of that is nothing to sneeze at. Would anyone pick up my responsibilities, such as they are? I dont know. I think everything is in place for the system to continue. Certainly the message boards arent going anywhere and weve got a good ongoing relationship with the Marpole Curling Club and the various game stores in town to continue events. I would still go to events and whatnot, but I want to focus my time, energy and commitment to new personal projects.
Speaking of which, I learned last week that Chester Brown got a Canada Council grant for his Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography. While my comic wouldnt be about a historical Canadian personality, at least I know that its possible to get a grant for a comic. Ive been browsing a number of sites for lists of Canadian animals (for World Wildlife Federation of Justice characters). Still havent come up with any gripping ideas for beavers or moose, though Datalynx and The Great Wolverini could apply. Maybe I can find a Haida co-writer for some extra sellout action (though even in Power Enterprise I did have a Kwakiutl eco-terrorist shaman). Did you know that Canada is home to the rubber boa, the hoary marmot, and the bushtit? Some of them, like the nighthawk and the screech owl, write themselves.