As I prep for the airport on my way to sunny San Diego, I just had to drop a line about my home away from home, NEF. National Equity Fund is where Uncle Raf makes the bread he needs to support his comics writing habit, kiddies. Yes, that's right, I have a day job! And you thought I made my dough strictly through writing...
NEF is, in its most basic definition, a company that funds housing across the country for folks what need it, like New Orleans. At least, that's what I think it does, the whole thing is too complicated for my addled brain.
Anyway, there are a number of really cool people who make my job easy, and who have been instrumental in my going to San Diego to begin with: first up is Ms. Gaylene Domer, aka VP, Office Services, aka "Boss". It is she who has been awesome enough to allow me the time off to even go to SD, so any success I have there is all because of her! Thanks, Boss! Now I really owe you a year! Let's make that happen soon, yeah? Before some big-time publisher snatches me away!
Next up is Mike Mreibe, my partner in crime at the Copy Center. Mike is a big ol' comic geek, and I've been re-living my youthtful geekness through him. Mike even loaned me his laptop so that I can continue to write away from home. Thanks Mike! Hold the fort in my absence, yeah?
My next two favorites are Raquel Blanton and Randall Glenn, receptionist and general assistant, respectively. Both very nice folks, and both quite capable of handling things while I'm gone. In fact, they may be too good, and my job might be in jeopardy. Yikes!
More quick shout-outs to Jesus "Sonny" Doctor and Victor Villalpando; make sure Mike doesnt' freak out, okay?
That's if for now, kiddies; next time I write, I'll be in SD, basking in the glow of comic-geekdom.