Here's a list of three things I wish I could show you but I can't:
1. The back cover of WHTTWOT. The insides and outsides of books are printed separately, so while the inside pages are long gone to the printer, we're still refining the cover. As I mentioned way back, the book will have a hard cover wrapped in a nifty die-cut jacket. Making that all work together is mostly designer Neil's job, and I think he's doing great. Can't wait to show it to you.
2. Yesterday I completed an e-mail interview about Mom's Cancer with the Italian comics webzine De-Code.net (there is an Italian edition of the book). They asked some perceptive questions and it was an interesting experience. Although I did a fair number of interviews when Mom's Cancer first came out, it's been a while since the last one, and I found myself looking back on the book with a fresh and slightly different perspective. I figure it's fair to let De-Code print it first. Then maybe I'll translate it back from Italian to English and run it here.
3. California has a state lottery, for which it runs television commercials. One of those commercials has a very brief scene that was shot at the house in Hollywood that Mom and my sisters moved to at the end of Mom's Cancer. I thought I recognized it a few weeks ago, and Nurse Sis confirmed it for me last weekend: yep, that's the house. It's located just half a block off Sunset Blvd., and it wasn't unusual for movie, TV, or commercial scouts to knock on people's doors and ask to use their homes or yards for a few days. I guess the Lottery people came knocking soon after my sisters sold it. Anyway, I've been trying to record the commercial, so far unsuccessfully. If I do capture it, I'll share it here. It is weird to see a familiar front porch suddenly and unexpectedly show up on TV.