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Idiots’ Diary #18: The Imperfect Storm

Call it “Crazy Week” or “The Imperfect Storm”. It seems like everything is happening at once. First of all, in my studio, I'm trying to finish a low-budget commercial for an accounting firm. Then I'm working on animation for John Leguizamo' new feature, “Fugly”. Plus, I'm right in the very critical last week of sending my new Rizzoli art book, “Independently Animated: Bill Plympton”, off to the printers in China.

A shot from Idiots & Angels.

Call it “Crazy Week” or “The Imperfect Storm”. It seems like everything is happening at once. First of all, in my studio, I'm trying to finish a low-budget commercial for an accounting firm. Then I'm working on animation for John Leguizamo' new feature, “Fugly”. Plus, I'm right in the very critical last week of sending my new Rizzoli art book, “Independently Animated: Bill Plympton”, off to the printers in China.

And as you know, I've been working my tail off trying to do as much press as possible. Interviews are the golden key to success at the IFC. As the build up to the premiere intensified, I was losing sleep, worrying that no one would come to see Idiots and Angels.

Then along comes the New York Comic Con, which for four days dominated my daily schedule. And then at night I had to visit the IFC Center to do Q&A after each screening, and impress on the audience the importance of spreading the word on the film. So people ask me why I'm not married or why I have no social life – Now do you understand?

Well, the Comic Con was a wonderful and important experience – I used it to tell all my fans to go see the film at the IFC Center. And I think it worked, because I just heard today that the film run is being extended for another week! I miraculously survived the imperfect storm and now the waters are much calmer. It looks like smooth sailing ahead. But what's that on the horizon – it looks like more clouds – not another storm?

As the L.A. Premiere at the Laemmle Cinema approaches, I gird my loins and my ship for another battle as LA draws near. Stay tuned!

Bill P

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