Personal Invitation

(The first section below is a letter that I believe I may have already sent via your site email. But in case you did not receive it, here it is again.)

Hi Judd!

I hope this note finds you well. It has been a total pleasure to watch the roll out of HiLo and see you return to your roots and do some drawing!

I’m not sure if you’ll remember me, but we've met several times. This is a reminder/follow up to our most recent meeting.

At SDCC last year, we bumped into each other in line someplace. I reminded you that I once worked at Firefly Restaurant in Noe Valley, and that I spoke to you from behind the bar there a handful of times… Hoping that rings a bell.

Last summer when we spoke, I asked if you’d like to be a guest on my then upcoming podcast, Storycraft, to which your paraphrased reply was “yes, just email me.”

Here is that invitation reiteration with a twist: Would you like to my guest on stage for an intimate live podcast at the Lost Church in the mission on Friday, June 2nd?

[Still living in SF? Clearly if you aren’t anymore, then this is just a standard invite for a private recording session if you’re in the LA area, or a Skype call otherwise.]

I would love to talk with you about how you were the first public role model to make cartooning and comics cool to me, without needing a Levi's commercial- AND you were working outside of the standard tights & capes, no less. At the time that was a much bigger influence than I recognized. It is one reason I was excited to see you working on HiLo. Although I have definitely enjoyed your work in the superhero genre as well, make no mistake, sir!

I realize this may count as an "appearance", despite being beyond indie, but I hope that doesn't deter you from considering.

(This is essentially the end of the original letter, minus instructions to click through to this page.)

Everything below this point is to extend, in more detail, the invitation for you to be my guest at The Lost Church in the Mission.              

It would be a pleasure to talk with you about your varied career, working from the heart, indulging childlike whimsy to make powerful stories, and being unafraid to open up the past and use it, whether it be your own or that of a popular character. Also, clearly there is a big element of the Real World that we can discuss, but I know you’ve spoken about it a lot, so we can handle that subject and any discussion about Pedro however you’re comfortable. My interest is in you, Judd the creator, above all.                                                                                                                                                                        
This will be a very intimate event, with a maximum of 60 people in the audience.                                                                             
You were my first choice to have as a guest when we got last minute confirmation from the Lost Church just last week. This is not to put you on the spot, but rather to say I got very excited at the idea...

Not only have you been an ever present reminder of what is possible in my, or any creator’s life, nor just always being very kind to me along the way, whether at a con or behind the bar at a neighborhood restaurant, but also because, like many of our kind who lived there, you represent many elements of what I love about San Francisco. But I will expand more on those things if we talk.                                                                                                                                                                                              
All of that is pertinent for two reasons. First, I'm returning "home" to do this live show after not being able to visit for a couple of years, and since you happen to represent SF for many, it makes sense. Secondly, my partner podcast for this event is Bitch Talk, which is recorded in SF and often focuses on the city, it's changing landscape and social climate. Erin Lim, the host of that show would be delighted to hear your perspective on that for sure!                                                                                                                                                                                                      
We are calling it a Podcast Tag-Team. My show goes first, then hers, and I believe the plan is all guests and hosts will be on stage the entire 2 hours (minus intermission.) Erin is hosting bay area hip-hop artist Lyricsborn, who will likely be performing acoustic hip-hop!                                                                                                                                                                     
All in all it would be our privilege to host you, and it will be a two hour love-letter to our favorite city by the bay.                      
Please be our guest for an amazing evening of stories and laughs. We have a comp ticket for Pam to join in the audience. We do not intend to spotlight her, but if you’d like us to include her somehow, we would be delighted to do so. We most likely have comps for the kids as well, although I cannot vouch for this being a clean show as far as language.

Let me know what you think at kraigcomx@gmail.com.                       

References and such.

Below is my conversation with your DC alum J.M. DeMatteis, which was a total blast to record. It will give you a solid idea of the type of podcast I run. (Obviously you can also click PODCASTS above for the rest of the episodes.) Below J.M. is a sample of my work, soyou can see where I’m coming from as a creator.

A place of Truth

I've made it my goal to throw myself into work that is rooted in personal pathos, the themes common to my life, and synthesized versions of events I've experienced. It's not the traditional comic book path, but I find it is driving much more vibrant work than any superhero work I've attempted.

This is a raw 7 page preview of my book Technopolis: City of Dreams & Nightmares. There are no words, but I think it gives you a sense of my inner workings.

In Closing

Thank you very much for perusing this material. If for any reason you are unable to take part in this event, please remember that the invitation can always be used for a private recording instead.

I understand that a live show brings with it a bit of pressure, (which I am totally feeling,) and would like to reiterate that we are striving to make this a very positive, enjoyable evening. You have my word that, in no way do we intend to dwell on anything you've already covered at length, (or made a comic about), and are happy to accommodate you in any way.

Best regards,

Kraig Rasmussen

PS Below is the show flyer.