So How’s That Whole “Summer of Self-Improvement” Thing Going?

It’s … going.

I made it through about a week of Couch to 80K and that was great! And no, I probably can’t exactly use “but my work schedule changed!” as my excuse for not going beyond that, but, well, my work schedule changed.

I’ve only tinkered around on my midi controller a bit, but that’s OK. That’s mostly just there for when I want it. Yes, I should dedicate myself more to music, but I’ll get there.

Partially, the weather has been so great this past week, I’ve actually enjoyed being outside. There have been a lot of great walks! I like moving and walking is such an easy way to do it.

But let’s talk fashion.

I watched the Halston documentary the other week and I really enjoyed it. It’s not perfect (the framing sequence involving Tavi Gevison is a weird choice) but I liked the choice to talk to mostly people close to him rather than “experts” who wanted to tell you What It All Means. I find the most fascinating part of his story to be his deal with JCPenney and how much criticism he got for it at the time. I’m someone who loves fashion and thinks it should be accessible and for everyone and I like that he got that way before people were ready. (Target is celebrating 20 years of designer collaborations this year, after all.)


I know it has aired on CNN (and probably will again) but I also imagine it will show up on Hulu here fairly soon since most CNN documentaries seem to.

(I was only ever vaguely aware of Halston as a designer and I was recently reading about him before I knew about the documentary. I know the fashion house that currently has his name really has nothing to do with him, exactly, but I was looking for a fancy dress for the fancy things I aspire to go to and I found one there. It’s a good dress and you should invite me to fancy things so I can wear it.)

If you haven’t seen director Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior and I, you should really watch it. It’s a weird comparison, but it’s like a sports movie, except with people making dresses. It’s delightful. It’s currently streaming on Hulu.

House of X #1And just so we have some comics content, I am also ridiculously loving House of X and Powers of X. The X-Men were always my favorite but like a lot of people, I lost track over all the plot twists and reboots. This is really neither — it’s more of a realignment and it’s just so thoughtful and amazing. I haven’t really read any other Jonathan Hickman titles but I’m really impressed with the complexity of this story. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

Apparently I’m not the only X-Men fan this has brought back in. I really don’t know the last time I was this excited about a Big Two superhero comic.

And just to bring it back to fashion, creators Jim Rugg and Ed Piskor have a wonderful podcast/video series called Cartoonist Kayfabe, which I am really behind on. They, of course, have merchandise. You can get the great “READ MORE …” design in white or black letters on a variety of shirt styles. I admit to being so excited by the concept I didn’t notice the white letter version so I ended up with one that will look like this. And I’m fine with that because it will look awesome! (Spreadshirt is print-on-demand but the quality is really good. I’ve purchased several things through various Spreadshirt stores and I’ve been happy with them.)

You still have time to get your own Cartoonist Kayfabe shirt before Small Press Expo on Sept. 14-15. They’ll be doing Cartoonist Kayfabe live from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday. I’ll be wearing my shirt just for that!