Since Over Easy was published on April 15, reviews and interviews have been through the roof!
First of all, there was the USA Today story on Popcandy and the LA Times interview, and then there was this amazing piece on Buzzfeed which has over 100,000 views! This one on Paste is hilarious because it says "Disco Was Horrible. Mimi Pond Exposes the Seventies." Even the San Francisco Chronicle chimed in! Finally people are listening to me!
Besides that, on April 17, I had an incredible reading at GROUND ZERO, Mama's Royal Cafe, in Oakland, Ca, which is the inspiration for Over Easy. So many old friends and co-workers from my time working there came to show the support and love. It was totally overwhelming!
Here's a drawing I did of the exterior of slightly fictionalized Imperial- aka Mama's Royal -Cafe
They packed the house!
Pegasus Books sold out quickly!
We even had celebrities in the house, like brilliant graphic novelist and Oaklander Dan Clowes.
We had a joyous waitress reunion! Imagine all these beautiful creatures in funky thrift store dresses! They are some of the most awesome women I know, all united by a unique shared experience working with the great and brilliant poet John Veglia, aka Nestor Marzipan, our restaurant manager, inspiration for the character Lazlo Merengue in "Over Easy." You should have seen the hands raised when I asked the crowd, "How many of you who worked here back in the day had sex in the restaurant with a co-worker?" NO JUDGEMENT! This was the beauty of that time. No one cared! Reading Over Easy, I hope you all have a sense of just how different things were in the late 1970s and early 80s.
I look forward to seeing more of you at upcoming events, at Skylight Books, on April 30, in Los Angeles, at TCAF, in Toronto, from May 9-11, at McNally Jackson Books, in NYC, and at Comic-Con in San Diego, July 24-27.