Hey my tender lumplings, I am back from NDK for my final Artist Alley table for a while. For those who may have missed my Deviant Journal on the subject, I have decided to take a hiatus from cons for a while in order to rest and get my fire back for working on my art. I love cons and artist alleys, but they also require stupid amounts of time, energy and money, and right now I’m much more interested in growing as an artist. I’ve also decided that I’m no longer doing fan art for sale unless it’s a commission. Doing fan art for sale is frustrating because not only am I working on someone elses’ characters and ideas, there isn’t a guarantee it will sell. Do a series everyone does and you’ll be competing with your fellow artists who have very similar art. Do a series that isn’t in fashion anymore or hasn’t gotten popular yet and you’re stuck with tons of merchandise. And inevitably, you’ll have someone ask if you have ___ series art, which of course you don’t because you don’t have time and energy to do art from every series and character ever. Lots of love and respect to the artists who do that stuff, but that isn’t my end game. My end game is for MY work to sell and my selfish little dream to one day see people cosplaying as my characters.
NDK this year was a little rocky in general because of a lot of problems getting around downtown and other snafus. Because the con is also held during Labor Day weekend, there is the annual Taste of Colorado as well as a series of Rockies games, and downtown was a zoo. Because of allergies I have to eat at home, so I spent almost as much time in traffic as I did actually at the convention. The staff at the con is still the best ever, with the best Artist Alley head and the nicest security, but until NDK isn’t during Labor Day weekend, I am not dealing with that headache. This is no reflection on the con or the con staff, just more my frustration with Denver and being able to traverse faster by foot than car, when a car is necessary to maneuver stuff for a con.
The convention itself was awesome as always. There were loads of great cosplays (alas I didn’t get more photos because I was way more drained than previous years and thus couldn’t get anyone’s photo who wasn’t literally at my table) and some of the sweetest, most darling people coming up to say hi and talk to me. I got to see my con family and catch up with all my homies from the Artist Alley as well as friends I typically only see during NDK. Also, I was completely on top of the world after hosting my panel ‘So You Want to be a Manga-ka, Too?’ I had probably three hours of sleep the night before and a really disastrous Friday (I had forgotten boxes of merchandise and setup stuff, my new display wasn’t working, which made me super late and had to set up while Artist Alley was already open, it was UGLY…) I was basically surviving Saturday on pure caffeine and willpower until the panel. The energy from the crowd gave me LIFE and I got tons of great questions from people and a good time was had by all. Sunday started out slow but by the afternoon traffic and sales picked up and I actually sold out of a great deal of my merchandise. I’m sad that it will be a while until I see everyone again, but I really do need the time off. This year has been especially hard on me as an artist, and I need to not have any pressure for a while to remember why exactly I love sharing my dumb stories and stupid characters to begin with. Part of the reason I’m not updating this week is due to that. I need rest…… Otherwise, thanks again everyone! Regular updates return next week darlings!
Hey guys, as you notice, there isn’t a second page this week of Sorcerer’s Apprentice and that isn’t an accident. The next few pages have some fairly elaborate backgrounds to them so I was left with a choice: do them fast or do them good. I opted for good, because while I strive to keep current with the updates, I also what the comic to be publishable quality. While most pages can be done fairly quickly because of their level of detail, some pages simply take longer than others. It’ll be worth the small delay, I promise you. They’ll look super cool once they are done. I don’t imagine any future pages any time soon while have this same delay issue, but I won’t hesitate to skip a couple of update days if any pages require that much work in the future.
Hey darlings! I know the 2016 release schedule for Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been all over the place, but I’m back. There are a load of new pages qued up and I’m still marching towards Sorcerer’s Apprentice v.3. Chapter 15 is effectively done on my end, and I’m revising chapter 16 from its original version because while it was a sound chapter, it was a little rough. Chapter 16 will mark the end of the reboot and return to all new storylines. New characters will be introduced, new powers will be mastered, and Allister’s past will finally come to light! I’m getting excited for it, you guys, I hope you are as well!
Hey guys. Some of you might be wondering why the site hasn’t updated. There hasn’t been any news since December and no new pages since February. The past few months have been very hard for me, physically and emotionally. It’s been very hard for me to work, and I’ve been thinking very seriously about quitting. After much thinking, I have decided not to, but I still need a little bit more time before I can update again. It’s very hard to motivate yourself to work, especially when working on something creative, when it feels like no one really cares. Sales of books are slow, and comments from you guys are few and far between. When I get no feedback, I get very badly discouraged, and very depressed.
I’m not ready to give up just yet, but I need to take a break until I get my motivation back. If you want to help, remember that copies of Volume 1 and 2 can be purchased through Indy Planet, and I do have a Patreon page. Financial support is necessary in order to keep going, both for living expenses and for supplies.
Hey kids! Been a while since I had anything new to report, but this is kind of an important one. I didn’t want to announce it prematurely because I hate delaying things and pushing stuff back, but I’m fairly confident I can finally announce a release date for Sorcerer’s Apprentice v.3.
The book will be available for the general public May 3rd 2016
I am trying to get the book ready in time for Anime Southwest which will be at the end of April. Attendees of the con will have first chance to get the finished book, as well as have it autographed (which has and always will be free. I think charging for autographs is really skeevy.) So I will probably be using the majority of my energy to work on getting the book done. So if you don’t see or hear from me much beyond update announcements, that’s why. We’re getting past the half-way point of Chapter 15, and after Chapter 16 Sorcerer’s Apprentice will return to all-new content. So for you older fans who have been waiting for what seems to be FOREVER to find out what happens next, I assure you, the wait won’t be much longer now. But you guys can help it along by contributing to my Patreon Page. If I start making $500 a month through the site, it will mean Sorcerer’s Apprentice will return to its old 3 page a week schedule instead of the 2 you guys get now.