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This is the 39th issue of Vicious Shivers,
a (mostly) weekly newsletter for fans of my work. Take car. Go to mum's. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How's that for a slice of fried gold?
I hope that you’re all doing well during these... interesting times. We’re in uncharted waters right now, and I know how frustrating and scary that can be. I’m trying to stay positive about the future, but it takes vigilance. Vigilance and naps. Vigilance and naps and booze. 

That said, there’s really very little to report. Cindy, Squish, and I have gone nowhere (other than a couple of trips to the grocery store for essentials) over the past couple of weeks. You would think self-isolation would make me more productive than ever, but you’d be way off. Maybe it’s stress and anxiety and depression, but I just can’t get motivated to work as much as I want. I’m still producing stories, but I feel like I should be doing much, much more. I mean, I always feel like I can be doing more, but these days especially! 

I’ve been on the phone a lot. Talking to friends and collaborators and other creators and publishers. There is a lot of uncertainty out there, and people need to hear a kind voice every now and then. Many of the conversations have turned to the state of the comic book industry and what it will look like in the days to come. There is plenty of speculation, a bit of worry, and a few contingency plans. There’s little doubt that the world as a whole will be different on the other side of this. I am holding onto hope that it will be better in many aspects. 

I’m working on some ideas that I’ll be sharing with you in the future. 

In the meanwhile...
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...SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK SHOP as much as you’re able. 

Running a comic book store can be difficult, even in the best of times. Right now, shops are taking a hit. The absolute last thing I want to see—as a reader, a fan, and a creator—is for comic book stores to disappear. It is vital that we all work together to support comic book stores as much as possible and help them get through the coming weeks. When comic book stores suffer, so does the comic book industry. A lot of stores are offering new services during this time of isolation and social-distancing. Some things you can do to help...
 
  • Inquiring about curbside pickup.
  • Inquiring about mail order or delivery options. 
  • Purchasing any books that are in your pull box.
  • Purchasing gift cards/gift certificates for upcoming birthdays, events, and holidays. 
  • Following your local comic shop on social media for updates on: curtailed hours of operation, events, special accommodations, and cleaning policy. 
  • Tagging your local comic shop on social media & posting photos of the comics you’ve purchased to read during self-quarantine and social distancing.

And...
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...SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE CREATORS, too. 

Creating comics is, for most of us, a labor of love. Not many creators have massive savings accounts. There is a reason so many of us work so many hours and haul truckloads of books to conventions week after week. Well, conventions are getting postponed. And comic publishers are delaying book production and release. Creators need your help, too. 
 
  • Order their books (from the previously mentioned comic book shops, online, or digitally)
  • Talk about your favorite comics online. Tell your friends about the books you love!
  • Support the creators on Patreon.
  • Send the creators a shout-out to let them know you enjoy their work.

PODCASTS

Cindy and I released a new episode of THE BUNNGALOW this week. Life, love, and comics. This episode guest stars my son, Squish. We talk about isolation and comic collecting and uplifting stories and the geeky toys in my office. It’s a good time, and you can listen to it HERE

There are more episodes of THE BUNNGALOW on the way, as well as episodes of MISSOURI SWAGGER (we’re back!) and some other new podcasts and videos that I hope will help pass the time for you! Stay tuned!

INTERVIEWS

Tyler Crook, Naomi Franquiz, and I spoke to Mark Tweedale from Multiversity about the first TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY series. It’s been fun to return to Harrow County and to return to THE HARROW COUNTY OBSERVER. Give it a read HERE

WORK UPDATE

In 2020, I have written--

564 pages of comic book scripts. 

4 short stories

3 new comic book series proposals

CONVENTIONS AND EVENTS

As of right now, these are the events that I know I’ll be attending in 2020. Obviously, these are in a state of flux. Several events and conventions have been postponed or cancelled. I’ll keep this list updated as best I can. As things change and events get re-scheduled, they’ll be listed here!

July 31 - August 2 — Scares That Care Charity Weekend, Williamsburg VA
October 17 - 18 — Memphis Comic Expo, Memphis TN

WEEKLY OBSESSIONS

This week I'm...

Reading - Re-reading some Richard Laymon and Brian Keene books. Reading CONSIDER THIS by Chuck Palahniuk—a memoir on writing. 

Watching - I caught up on STAR TREK: PIKARD and loved it! I’m sad there’s only one episode left in the season! I’ve also been watching PARKS AND RECREATION again, because that show is just so damned positive!

Playing - No games... YET! But this is going to change in the next few days for sure!

Listening To - A bit of The Decemberists and REM. 

Drinking - Cindy and I have been enjoying a nightcap every evening, just something to keep us sane and help remind us to take a deep breath. It’s been a mix of Moscow Mules and Margaritas and Mimosas (okay... those were one morning). 

WHERE TO FIND ME ONLINE

WEBSITE - If you haven’t been there lately, you should check it out. I’ve started posting a lot more content and news on the site.

TWITTER - This is the best place to interact with me online. My handle is @cullenbunn

PATREON - Here, I post a serialized novel, a serialized comic book, short stories, and other cool materials.

THE BUNNGALOW - A regular podcast in which my wife Cindy and I talk about comic books, our lives, and just about everything in between. 

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