You cannot be serious?!?

On February 13, 2014 I got to meet my life-long idol John McEnroe in person and this time we got to hug him, talk to him and had him autograph my 1982 Interview Magazine. Dreams come true!!!


Lovely LA Zine Fest

I had a great time at the LA Zine Fest with my table-mate Carrie McNinch! I was thrilled to see many NMSD contributors, some I've never seen in person before: MariNaomi, Liz Prince, Jason Martin, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Trevor Alixopulos, Jerry Sims, Buzz Saw, Edward Bolman and Clutch McBastard. I sold Diaries galore and had some celebrity sightings (Matt Groening and David Ury). ZINES 4-EVER!

Other California trip happeninings included a tour of Paramount Studios where we saw Glee being filmed, a visit to the Hollywod Forever Cemetery (2 Ramones are buried there), a trip to Joshua Tree (we saw the dinosaurs from Pee Wee's Big Adventure on the way) and quality friend and family time.


LA Zine Fest 2014 here I come!

I (along with Carrie McNinch) will have a Small Diary table at LA Zine Fest February 16, 2014. There will be 175+ zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers at Helms Bakery sharing their work with each other and with the public at large. I will have NMSD 13, 14, 15, 17, the MSD collection and a brand new "Portable NMSD" collecting selected comics from all 17 past issues of Not My Small Diary! Carrie will have plenty of "You Don't Get There From Here" comics for sale. Please come see us if you're in the area. And, oh yeah... February 16 happens to be John McEnroe's birthday too!



Brian Buniak on My Small Diary...

Brian Buniak (cartoonist for Mad Magazine, DC Comics and more) mailed in this unexpected review of the My Small Diary Collection:

I love Delaine's "My Small Diary." It is so good in so many ways. It's fun... it's quirky... it's addictive. Her pages are like potato chips... you cannot stop with just one. If "My Small Diary" was a song I imagine it would be "Brand New Key" by Melanie.

Delaine's cartoon version of herself is instantly recognizable. So much so that she made it into two of my projects for DC Comics. She was in the audience of Howard Coselle's TV show "Saturday Night Live" cheering on the Backstreet Boys in "The Big Book of the 70s." More recently I slipped a cheesecake shot of "our gal from AL" into the "Angel and the Ape" portion of "Joe Kubert Presents" #1. But perhaps my most successful drawing of Miss Derry/Green appears on page 106 of her small diary collection. She brought out the best in me.

My absolute favorite, no contest, drawing of Delaine by Delaine appears in the first panel of page 51. The "best bathing suit on the beach" pic. She is so utterly adorable in that panel. Everything... EVERY... THING about it works. I have it bookmarked so, whenever I'm feeling a bit blue or bleagh, I can quickly turn to it and, before you know it... bingo, bango, bongo... I'm smiling again.

Perhaps someone out there is reading this and wondering whether or not to give Delaine's title a try. In all honesty you may not like it. There are no superheroes. No mutants. No altered DNA. No mad scientists. No mechas. No zombies. No time travel. None of that cool comic book stuff....

It is the illustrated diary of about a decade's worth of life, love, hopes, dreams, triumphs, failures, embarrassments, tears, joy, laughter and just plain silliness presented to us in a winning way by one of the most marvelous women God ever pieced together.

No, this is not your typical cool comic book stuff. It is infinitely superior. You may not be able to handle it.



Happy Halloween 2013. Here's my costume this year - Carol Ann from Poltergeist!