Come To The Cabaret

Oh, Bodie, flattery will get you everywhere.

So if you’re Otachans right now, I hope you’re having a great time. Super Art Fight actually got a slot for the first time this year and will be performing on Saturday from midnight to two in the AM for an 18+ show.

Sadly, I won’t be there. For the third year in a row, I was unable to get an artist alley table through their random lottery. I guess it’s really random. Or they just fucking hate me.

This year, I wouldn’t have been able to make it even if I did manage to get a table. I’m heading out to San Francisco to celebrate/memorialize my grandfather’s 100th birthday. In a weird kind of coincidence, he passed away right around the time the Miss Jessy arc concluded, a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. So instead of a funeral, we’re going to have a celebration. When I heard the news, I found myself marveling at all the things he must have seen in his 100 years. So many things have changed in such a short period. There was a time when it would have been illegal for Audrey and I to get married. There was a time when I would have been sent to Tully Lake for being part Japanese. The moon landing. The Civil Rights movement. Beatlemania.

I’m looking forward to hearing stories about him from his friends and some of my distant relatives. There are quite a few that I haven’t met, ever. Also looking forward to eating some real Chinese food. San Francisco Chinatown is one of my most favorite places to eat.

  • Phil C.

    My grandfather was 98 when he passed away in 2011. He really had an incredible life. I wrote an essay which I read at his funeral, talking about the amazing things he’d seen and done over the course of an entire century. Your grandfather was probably the same way.

    If you want to read what I wrote, it’s here:

    In memory of your grandfather, who lived a very full life just by virtue of its length. I’m sure you miss him just as much as I miss mine.


  • Jon M. Perry

    I was just reading a story about a musical coming out that mentioned those two very issues (marriage & Japanese containment camp). It’ll be coming out in SD before it goes to Broadway, has Geoge Tekai in it as well.

    Sorry for your loss man,

  • ladycasa

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather – I lost my grandmother (at 94) last year. My sympathies.

    IT sounds like it’s going to be a good time though – I always enjoy a chance to hear a few good stories and it sounds like there will be lots of them! My grandfather (who has been gone close to 10 years now) was an amazing storyteller, and I still hear amazing things about what he did in his 87 years. So Enjoy – it will be an experience.

  • Aenya Hiri Silverleaf

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I’m actually nearing the second anniversary of my father’s death, so it’s always a bit of a reflection time, huh? I think it’s remarkable how much strength the ‘old generation’ has to just keep going. I’m pretty sure our generation will be so wrecked up from the constant whining and partying and wasting our lives away, we’ll be seeing less and less people reach the really high age numbers. But aside that: smooth move, Bodie, real smooth, hehe.

  • toag

    late getting to this but sorry to hear about your grandfather.
    100 years is a hell of a run at it, you should be proud, and hope some of those genes made it to you!

  • Shirt

    I lost my grandfather this year as well, so my heart goes out to you. I loved how panel 3 is drawn, I drew it myself for kicks and it looks almost as decent.