50

A week ago today, I turned 50. Up until then, I spent the year alternating between not really caring, feeling apprehensive, and feeling a bit depressed. So on the day, it was a relief to finally get there and find that it was not really that different. And it was a really great day. My son Jack was here all week visiting, so I got to spend the day with him and Nicole. I took a surfing lesson and stood on a board (more than once!) for the first time. We ate dinner at Swiss Chalet and watched Roman Holiday. Oh, and I bought a Nintendo Switch with the new Zelda game and Mario Odyssey. :)

The rest of the week was good too. We took day trips to the nearby animal preserve and a nearby waterslide park, saw several movies, and the rest of the time stayed in and binge-watched Brooklyn 9-9 or played the Switch. And the movies, since you are no doubt wondering, were The Equalizer 2 (**), The Meg (**1/2), and Crazy Rich Asians (***). The first two are worth streaming when they come around but Crazy Rich Asians is delightful and well worth seeing in theatre.

Unlike films like The Great Wall, Skyscraper, or The Meg, where you can see the seams of how Hollywood and a Chinese film company are combining their efforts, Crazy Rich Asians is seamless and charming. It is the best Westernized expression of a Chinese genre film since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. If all of this sounds like a strange tangent, fear not: I have literally watched hundreds of Chinese films, most from the very busy Hong Kong studios, and continue to love them.

Anyway. It was a good week, of much needed relaxation. While Jack and Nicole played Nintendo or watched TV, I did some drawing and tried to slap together something new for DCAF, but in the end time and some technical issues prevented it. I made a point of not stressing about it, because I still have copies of the “Hey Judas” comic that I made last year after DCAF, plus Story Mode cards and other stuff that was new to DCAF. The show was yesterday and it was great as usual. I had enthusiastic fans chatting to me not only about comics, but also some of my prints (Donair Trail was a particular hit), the Story Mode game, even the page I was sketching in between chats.

I finally feel like I’m leveling up in some areas that I care about. Was I just waiting for the birthday? Who knows. I’m glad for it in any case.

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