2,191 days

It was 6 years ago that I was hit by a car.  Remarkably, I came away with only a compound fracture in my leg, a chunk of scalp missing from my head, and slight scrape on the ass from when I landed after getting tossed through the air. It’s small details that stand out most. I remember jumping just before the impact (which quite possibly saved my leg, as the impact hit mid-calf instead of at the knee). I remember the hard punch of the windshield against my head. I remember the feeling of falling after I got launched into the air. I remember rolling over to get up, and my leg flopping to the left at a 90 degree angle. I remember the EMT telling me that, “For a skinny guy, you fucked that car up.” It took two years to walk without a cane, and about four and a half before I could run. I still walk with a limp (it gets better or worse depending on weather and activity) and I am definitely not a graceful runner by any stretch, but I can move when I need to. The one constant since then is the pain. There is not a second that goes by that some part of my lower left leg doesn’t hurt. I’ve gotten used to it, but it’s still always there.  I don’t honestly remember what it feels like to not have pain in my leg. I still have moments where I’m drifting off to sleep and I feel the weightless sensation of falling before the pavement rushes up to meet me.  But still, I consider myself extremely lucky. Maybe I don’t jump, or maybe I land on my head or my neck instead of my ass. A few inches here, a few inches there, and  I’m not writing this. As a general rule, I try not to think about these things. Partly because it doesn’t do any good, but also because there’s a million what-ifs here. Sure another inch in one direction and I’d be dead, but another inch in the other, and maybe the car misses me completely. Like the man said, life’s a game of inches. I’m looking outside as I’m writing this, watching the weather turn cloudy. It’s warm and likely to be rainy tomorrow. Just like it was six years ago. I can feel the screws in my knee and ankle a bit more when the weather turns like this. Still, living with pain is a hell of a lot better than the alternative. Going to try and keep the navel-gazing to a minimum here. New short story is up next week, hopefully it’s one y’all like.

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Post-Emerald City Comicon Post

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Whole lot of new traffic to the site, hopefully some of you coming from the business cards or the amazing buttons that were made by the ever delightful tdro.

The con was fantastic. I got to meet a ton of people, and spend time with people that I really only get to see once a year. It’s like a family reunion, only with comics, sci-fi, and puppets. (For those of you who do have puppets at your family reunions, I ask that you please share photos of those meetings because that sounds fantastic.)

New short stories are still on track, which means that I’ll have another one up for you on April 10. I’m also going to work on some additional content in-between, more stories and things like that. Maybe some sketches. I’ll figure a lot of that out as I go.

Anyway, give the place a look. If you like it, feel free to share it with your friends.

-Chris

Emerald City Comicon Megapost!

Here we go, folks! The final post before Emerald CIty Comicon, in which I recap all the stuff from before in ONE HANDY POST!

First, there will definitely be a new story posted this Friday (March 27). Story posts at 12:00 am PDT, so feel free to check it out.

For the con itself, I have prices listed below for the stuff I’m selling at Table FF-04:

Grayhaven Comics $5 per issue or 3 for $10

Crooked Halls print, signed and numbered: $10

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(The Crooked Halls print is a con-exclusive, and there are only 50 of the initial printing. I’m happy to do more if the initial set all sell out, but if you want one, it may be best to find my table early)

8.5 x 11″ full color art prints: $15

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11 x 17″ full color art prints: $20

(not all prints available in 11×17, however everything you’ve seen on site will be available as 8.5 x 11)

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Bottle of Wonder buttons: FREE!

Also, I will be doing pen and ink sketches, $30 for a character bust and $40 for full sketches (limited to two characters max).

Assuming the Square reader is working properly, I accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. I also accept cash, whether the reader is working or not.

I’ve included the map below on how to find the table (I’ll be next to usual tablemates AAlgar Productions, creators of fine podcasts and all-around delightful gents)

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If nothing else, stop by and say hello! I’ll be the guy in the cat hat.

-Chris

Crooked Halls is ©2015 Chris Page. All rights reserved.

How to Find Me at Emerald City Comicon!

I have created a handy map to allow any and all to find me at the con! (Table FF-04) It also has the benefit of creating a sort of chubby faced little guy at the entrance to the con from the sky bridge. I like to think he’s nonplussed at how easy it is to reach the table.

I’ll have art prints and an Emerald City Comicon exclusive short story print available for purchase. Also, if you’ve read the previous posts, buttons.

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Announcement-type thing!

Hello! I see a lot of folks coming over from the Emerald City Comicon page, which is pretty cool. I will be at the con, at table FF-04, so please feel free to stop by and say hello! That it is not the announcement. This is the announcement: As an Emerald City Comicon exclusive, I will have limited prints of a short story/art piece called Crooked Halls. This story has not been published and will only be available at the con. It won’t even be put up on this here site,  Each will be signed and numbered and run $10. I’ll hopefully have preview images and stuff up for you guys shortly. I will also have other prints of art available for sale, and I’ll be posting more of those in the next couple of weeks as well, along with some comics I’ve done.  Also, free buttons at the table, because who doesn’t like buttons? I am incredibly excited for this, and looking forward to hopefully meeting some of you who’ve been kind enough to stop by. -Chris

Introduction

So this is a thing that I’m going to try.

The goal here, as it currently stands, is new short fiction every two weeks, with the occasional blogging in between. But mostly, the short fiction will be the focus.

Assuming I hold to the schedule, new fiction will pop up here on the second and fourth Friday of each month, and should do so for an entire year. None of this has been published before, and all of it has been written by me (so, y’know all the blame falls to me here, one way or the other)

If nothing else, it should be an interesting ride.