The rain came down in buckets Friday night, threatening to dampen Natalie Nourigat’s enthusiasm for her Between Gears book release.
“I took the bus,” she remembered today on the phone, “carrying these books that meant so much to me. I was afraid the rain would spoil the party!”
Her fears were completely unfounded, though, as Bridge City Comics was packed with the young Periscope Studio member’s fans, including an friend from Nourigat’s past.
“Miss Tyler, the librarian from my grade school!” she cried. “It was so sweet.”
The night was filled with conversation and laughter, perhaps assisted by the picnic basket of jello shots, keeping with the collegiate theme of the book.
“The party was really fun for me,” Nourigat said. “I was happy the show was something I could do. It looked like people were enjoying themselves.”
They were certainly enjoying the chance to acquire a copy of the artist’s debut book, as Bridge City sold out of every copy they had by the time the event ended at 9pm. The crowd still partying at the time just pulled up stakes and moved across the street to Amnesia Brewery.
Nourigat has finished up a project for publisher Lerner and has other work in the pipeline, as she mentioned at her Between Gears art show. Will she be doing any more autobiographical work in the future?
“Maybe someday,” she said cautiously, “but it would have to be shorter!”
Between Gears, which covers 9 months of the artist’s life, took two years to complete. Many creators tend to increase their speed at the end of a long project, but Nourigat took a different tack.
“I did get faster, but then I decided to spend more time on the pages toward the end.”
Nourigat is still interested in autobiographical comics, and singled out Ellerbisms and Love, Life, and Earthquakes as two of her favorites.
Coming up, the artist is excited to be appearing at Emerald City Comicon and Stumptown Comics Fest. She has also been accepted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and Baltimore’s Small Press Expo.
The engines have started.