I had a broad swath year as far as creating new art. I didn't do any really big projects (unless you maybe count DRIBBLE FUNK 380 for sheer ballsiness or DINOSAUR AND ROBOT STOP A TRAIN for imaginative awesomeness), but looking back, I covered a lot of ground. Here's a look back...
|In January I did a PrintBomb Project, hiding my print "Anything Is Possible"|
in a bunch of places at the flagship Half Price Books
|In February I directed student actors in a student-written one-act at Tarrant County College|
|Read my short piece BURDEN OF A LIGHT BLUE SHIRT at Austin's No Shame in March.|
|In March I also attended the Staple! Expo and sold a few of my books and postcards.|
|In April, FUN GRIP played the Improvised Play Festival at Austin's Hideout Theatre.|
|Participated in Rover Dramawerk's One Day Only! XX, a 24 Hour Play event.|
An event I founded in 2000. My play was SHARK BITES AND SIDE EFFECTS.
|In April, I also saw my commissioned play CARTER STUBBS TAKES FLIGHT put on in a wonderful|
production by Denton's Sundown Collaborative Theatre.
|In May, I taught a solo improv workshop as part of the 2013 Big Sexy Weekend of Improv|
for the Alternative Comedy Theatre.
|In June I premiered my play DINOSAUR AND ROBOT STOP A TRAIN at the 2013 Festival of Independent Theatres. Next to CHOP, this play is what I'm most proud of from all of my theatre work to date.|
|I directed high school students in student playwright Naomi Cohen's play BACON IS NOT KOSHER|
at Junior Players/Kitchen Dog Theatre's PUPFest.
|In June I taught youth drama camps for Junior Players. The smiling brunette kid in the middle is my niece, Kylie. It was nice to have her in one of the classes.|
|In July, FUN GRIP played at the 2013 Improv Festival of Oklahoma.|
|In August, Ruth and I went to Columbus, Ohio to attend the 2013 Weapons of Mass Creation Fest.|
It was a weekend of design, illustration, music, inspiration and goodness.
|In October, I directed my own play RASPBERRY FIZZ for a run at the 2013 Houston Fringe Festival. I performed in it along with Travis Steubing and Tashina Richardson.|
|In October Space-Gun Studios and Audacity Theatre Lab released a recording of me reading David Hopkins' short story SIX SECONDS LEFT as audio fiction. Hear it HERE.|
|In November I took my solo show CHOP to the SoloMania Fest in New Orleans. |
It played at the Shadow Box Theatre.
|RASPBERRY FIZZ played several shows in Dallas at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park in November.|
|As a curtain-raiser for RASPBERRY FIZZ, I directed Lauren Moore in |
A. V. Phibes' short solo piece GRADING ON A CURVE.
|In December, my play RUDNICK THE CANDLE-HEADED BOY was included in a collection of one-acts called A Very Nouveau Holiday. Produced by Nouveau 47 Theatre. Directed by Ruth Engel-McEntire.|
The above does not include the comics I drew over on DribbleFunkComics.com, handful of illustrations I created, the many essays I wrote, miscellaneous classes I taught and the dozen or so podcasts I co-hosted for Sensational Adventure Club's Bike Soccer Jamboree.
All in all, 2013 was a productive year.