I just locked this down. I’ll be doing two slideshow booksignings in the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday August 14 and 15th, alongside San Francisco cartoonist Lev (Tales of Mere Existence).
Lev and I were neighbors in the hardcore, rough and tumble SF neighborhood known as the Inner Richmond.

Friday, Aug. 14-I’ll be at COMIC RELIEF ( in Berkeley) starting at 6:30pm for a slideshow presentation of (th)ink, the K Chronicles, and the Knight Life, seen locally in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Berkeley Daily Planet, Contra Costa Times and the Marin Independent Journal.
I’ll be signing books, answering questions, and showing/selling original art.

Saturday, Aug. 15-I’ll be at AL’S COMICS (Market St. near Octavia in San Francisco) starting at 6:30pm for another slideshow/booksigning. This will be similar to the Berkeley gig, with books, art, CDs and DVDs.

These signings have been booked super-late, so if anyone can help hype them through their blogs, Facebook, Twitter and all, please do.

If you can hang posters for me, send me your address and I’ll mail you twenty!!

*MORRIE TURNER CAREER RETROSPECTIVE AT THE SF MAIN LIBRARY..
The big reason I’m heading up north is to experience the AfroSolo/SF Main Library opening of the Morrie Turner comic art show. Morrie was the first nationally syndicated African-American cartoonist (Wee Pals) and has been an extraordinary inspiration to generations of kids and cartoonists. I hope you’ll join me on Saturday August 15th at 2pm for this event. Morrie’s gonna be interviewed by legendary Bay Area news reporter Belva Davis.

*LOOKING FOR AN INTERN..
Someone located in West Los Angeles, preferably an art student interested in cartooning, animation and or illustration. Computer skills (html, photoshop) would be quite handy. Email me at keef@kchronicles.com.

*KNIGHT LIFE DON’T ASK/DON’T TELL CARTOON
Thanks to everyone who has written in about the Knight Life Sudnay that ran recently about the futility of their Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy. The original art has already been sold, but you can order a print of the strip. Contact me and I’ll hook you up with the print folks at United Media.

Some of the letters and emails:

Hi Keith

I just wanted to commend you for your fabulous cartoon discussing the
“actual” freedoms we are “fighting” for. Well
done. I only hope it hits home at the top and Obama steps up to make
some changes.

Thank you for your talent and for sharing it.

R.
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KEITH,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR BEING SO BRAVE. THE LESSON IN “VET MENTORING” WAS STRONG, BUT GENTLE ENOUGH TO GET PEOPLE THINKING, INSTEAD OF JUST GETTING DEFENSIVE.
I READ YOU EVERYDAY IN THE DENVER POST AND LAUGH SOMETIMES, BUT ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ALWAYS,

SINCERELY,

G.

—–

I wanted to say thank you. The comic today that you drew about the gay
soldier serving overseas was, to put it frankly, brave. To broach that
subject on the comics page and to so clearly get your message across was
something that I know every member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and
Transgender community applauds you for. Although I am sure you will get many
complaints for voicing your opinion today, you can rest assured that this
comic made a positive impact on many people throughout this country.
Thank you for standing up for the soldiers out there who cannot stand up for
themselves, their partners, and their rights.

Sincerely,

A.

Dear Keith,

Thank you for today’s comic strip (July 26th), about the gay soldier. I thought it was brilliant. I’m going to send it to my friends and family. Your strip is fairly new to our paper, and I love it!

S.

Normally a great comic strip, your commentary on gays in the military may have hit the
right note to make disbelievers rethink their attitude. Yours is a strip that ranks up
there with some of the best comic strips with social content, like Pogo and Doonesbury.
Keep it coming.

Bizarre isn’t it, that the male military is afraid to be sexually objectified by other
males, but are quite content to sexually objectify their female colleagues without
sympathizing with them. I’ve never heard them say two wrongs don’t make a right, but
that must be what they’re thinking.

R.

If you haven’t seen the strip, you can check it out here.

*ONE MORE LETTER OF THE WEEK RE: COMIC CON

Keef,

I met you at your booth at Comic Con (I was the guy carrying the bag) and I picked up a
few of your books which I totally enjoyed despite the scary cliff-hanger at the end of ‘I
Left My Arse…’

I just wanted to pass along my very best wishes to you and your family.

I also wanted to let you know that I got more enjoyment from your books than anything
else I saw at Comic Con. Your lighthearted illustration style is a perfect match for your
witty, dead-on social observations. Keep up the insightful and humorous work.

Take care and continued success.

… oh and we forgive you for leaving the Bay Area.

– R.

*LITTLE VICTORY OF THE WEEK…
I know you like people sending in information about life little victories. I
had one this morning on the train to work, but it’s a bit long.
In the morning, the train is pretty quiet. Most people are listening to
their iPods or banging away on their laptop. Occasionally, someone will be
having a phone conversation, but most people keep it pretty quiet.

This morning I was listening to my iPod when an older woman started having a
rather animated conversation with her mother. She was sitting several rows
from me, and even though I had earphones on, I couldn’t hear my iPod over
her conversation.

I went over there and asked her if she could either keep it down or go out
to the corridor (the area between train cars) to continue her conversation.

She simply replied, “Oh, get use to it”, and then continued talking although
a bit more quietly. I went back to my seat.

A few minutes later, she was again screaming at her mother on the phone, and
I again got up to ask her if she could keep it down or move to the corridor.

She gave me a dirty look and said, “Excuse me! I am having a private
conversation with my mother.”

I really lost it. I told her, yes she is having a conversation with her
mother, but it was no way private because everyone in that car could hear
her. And, quite frankly, her behavior and the tone she is using to talk with
her mother, is giving everyone on the train that she is a selfish brat who
has no consideration for anyone, not even her own mother.

Just then, I distinctly heard over her cellphone her mother saying “You tell
her kid!”

At that point, I simply walked away, and the woman quickly ended the
conversation with her mother.

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