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Portraiture, a reading occurring in April [Feb. 24th, 2009|10:31 am]
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My one-person show, Portraiture, will premiere on April 18th, 2009 at Manhattan Theatre Source. It's a reading for now, but later this year, possibly in September (I'm waiting to hear back from performance spaces), I'll be taking the show on the road. Right now, the definite cities are Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, with tentative plans to hit Chicago, St. Louis, and Toronto. I'd love to go further west, but my budget is limited and I'll be relying on friends to offer up floor space in their lovely homes.

Now that I've gotten ahead of myself, let me tell you about the show itself. It will include the best of my short fiction (that's verse, prose, and scripts) from 2002-2009. It also means you're going to bear witness to heretofore unpublished, unperformed pieces. At April show, I will be reading, but on tour, the pieces will be memorized and more theatrically performed.

With that in mind, the Manhattan Theatre Source show is completely free of charge. It's a test run and a way to get my feet wet, so I'd love for all of you to be there (or tell all your New York-centric friends to be there) and rally me on.

Below is a flyer for the reading (thanks to the staggeringly talented Randolph Pfaff).

I hope to see you in April!

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NYCC update [Feb. 15th, 2009|08:16 pm]
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Now with more photos!

We had a great time at this year's Comic Con.

The following exciting things happened:

1/A girl came up to my table and said, "I'm a big fan of Itty Bitty Hipster!" And she turned out to be a writer for Bitch Magazine.

2/Jesse was approached to teach sculpting continuing education classes at RISD. I asked if they needed anyone to teach sequential art classes and he said yes, so I e-mailed him last week and am waiting to hear back. Not holding my breath, but it was still pretty awesome.

3/Quite a few people came up to the table who had bought stuff from me last year. And they either wanted more books or they turned out to be groupies. I have actual fans. It's cute.

4/A young man bought a copy of Cleavage on Saturday, then came back on Sunday to say he wanted to direct 'The Crux' for his high school. Adorable.

5/A guy asked me, "Have you ever had a table at MoCCA [Art Festival]?" I told him I had volunteered last year, but couldn't get a table because they were so full. He replied that he thought my work would sell really well there and took one of my cards, saying he'd see what he could do to help me snag a spot. The whole situation prompted me to look into getting a table and I've already submitted my application. Fingers crossed that I'll get in.

6/I sold out of Charlie, including a review copy I gave to a woman who was looking for projects to pitch to Paramount.

There are lots of other cool things that happened, but that last one reminds me that most of the con stuff which occurs rarely pans out to something major. But the attention is nice and will keep me coming back.
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Happy Valentine's Day [Feb. 14th, 2009|02:25 am]
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As photographed by Randolph Pfaff, it's me being a goof.

Quicktime needed to view

Enjoy. :)
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Art stuff [Feb. 12th, 2009|11:24 pm]
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For the next three days (February 12-15), my visual art will be viewable on Danoo.com

"What does that mean?" you may ask.

It means it'll be on screens in retail establishments and eateries in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and LA.

Feel free to go and look at what's up there. But, more importantly, submit your own work to be seen. It can link back to your DeviantART page or your Etsy page--as mine does...mshalston.etsy.com--and then people will go look at your work.

Amazing.

Short version:

1/Go to http://danoo.com
2/Click "Now playing"
3/Wait for things to load.
4/Wait for the "photos" section to appear...four sets are up now. If you don't see mine, wait until they cycle through.

Also, if you'd like to see them in person and you have a Red Mango in your vicinity, you can go and see it there too. See the photos below for what I mean.

Thanks!

Carissa


Girl at the Typewriter


I'll Be Good to You


Boston Valentine


Mexican Sugar Skulls in Love, a.k.a. "I Want to Lick Your Sweet, Sweet Skull"
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NYCC mini-recap in photos [Feb. 10th, 2009|03:09 pm]
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I've been pretty sick all weekend. But now it's surfaced as exhaustion and laryngitis.

That said, New York Comic Con 2009 was seven shades of awesome.

Here are some photos of us at the table...

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By and large, we met some great people and had a lot of fun. I'll post more about this later, but for now I need rest or else I'm going to cry. All the photos posted were taken by the lovely Randolph Pfaff.
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A valentine, featuring my face [Feb. 2nd, 2009|09:55 am]
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I'm in Indie Quarter! [Jan. 30th, 2009|12:33 pm]
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Earlier this morning, I submitted my work to Indie Quarter, a UK-based site about independent art.

They got back to me within a few hours and have even made a new category on their site just for writers.

Main site: http://www.indiequarter.com/blog/index.php (where I am at the top, as of this writing)

Direct link: http://www.indiequarter.com/blog/2009/01/30/carissa-halston/

Hooray!
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New York Comic Con info (including table location!) [Jan. 27th, 2009|12:43 pm]
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New York Comic Con 2009 is in a week and a half!! February 6th-8th at the Javits Center!

I'm almost ready...twenty more books to stitch, but everything's printed.

This year, I'll have:

- Copies of all the books!
-- A Girl Named Charlie Lester
-- Cleavage
-- Sequentially Yours
-- and the latest...Itty Bitty Hipster
- printed Valentines featuring Mexican Sugar Skulls...they fit a #10 envelope (classy)
- Valentines made from altered maps of Boston
- original art

Also, I'll be there sketching any of a number of ridiculous things (like characters from Babysitter Want Ads and Itty Bitty...hipsters are fun to draw, whee!).

Once again, I'll be joined by my esteemed colleague and sculptor extraordinaire, Jesse Farrell. Come look for us in Artist Alley...our table is D2.

Just in case you don't know what I look like, I'll be the girl standing behind this sign (designed by the ever-talented Randolph Pfaff):



See you there!
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Just in case you haven't seen it yet... [Jan. 26th, 2009|10:55 pm]
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Thanks for looking. :)
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Featured! [Jan. 25th, 2009|11:33 pm]
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Hello all,

I've listed a valentine-related item in my Etsy shop and it was featured on someone's blog!

http://ridiculousretrospective.blogspot.com/2009/01/valentines-day-picks.html

Here's the item (made from an altered map of Boston):
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20167918

Thanks for looking! :)
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