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SPX LOOT AND POST CON UPDATE!

So probably first time ever I’m doing a con haul photo but here’s the goodies  that I got over the weekend! I cannot wait to get to these!!!

  • If the Shoe Fits by Ann Uland and Emily Willis (beautiful water art)
  • Lost Nova books 1 and 2 by Stephanie B (been meaning to get to this one for a while now)
  • Grave Impressions by Zan (film noir yaoi. why the hell not! please only 18+ if you’re gonna check this out.)
  • Godsend by Jesse Bausch and Meg Gandy (dunno what this is about but the art is gorgeous so I’ll find out!)
  • The two lovely art prints were given to me in a trade with squidsalad during the Tumblr meet up! Her art is so pretty… next chance I get I will pick up her comic.
  • Hemlock books 1-4 by Josceline Fenton (Based on a Scandinavian Fairy Tale.  I caught a glimpse of her art while trying to run quickly back to my table from the bathroom in hopes to not catch my eye on something and want to buy it before making more money. Of course that failed. Came back and bought the whole set. I can’t get enough of her art style. So excited to read this!)
  • Legend of Zelda fancomic created by the Zeldanime Team with effin gorgeous art.  This was a bit of an odd purchase as I was in a conversation with an attendee at my table and we were talking about Zelda and then he showed me this book that he and the rest of his team members put together and I pretty much bought it from him then and there. Because. Zelda.

So general summary of the weekend:

Travelling to and from the con… wasn’t so great.  We weren’t able to acquire any driving help so we went the old school way of hauling everything by transit. Being that I’m the only one capable of handling heavy bags, there’s no choice but for me to take on most of the weight. I know I really pushed myself more than I should this time around so I’m really glad to go see a chiropractor tomorrow, and I’m still super exhausted from the whole ordeal.  Needless to say, I reeeeeeeeeally would like to not do this way again if we can help it.

But the actual con itself just… FANTASTIC! It’s been like.. two years since going to SPX and I forget how much I love this con! The people were so nice both staff and attendees and the staff really treats the artists like… iunno human beings! They had a member come around asking if we were alright and if we needed anything like water or what not. They provide garbage cans (seriously! do not take this for granted!) And I love how they labelled the islands with bright-ass pink balloons. It’s adorable and makes the room feel like one giant party. 

Saturday was slow at first… to the point where I was getting really down if this rate continued, I wouldn’t be able to make back costs at all. We did have a pretty high cost this time around, which I wasn’t planning on making back but at least hoped to make back a good percentage of it.  But halfway through it suddenly started to pick up and I’m glad to say that by the end of the con we pretty much broke even or close to it (still have to calculate it) which was my goal in the first place! But what I’m more ecstatic about was that despite bringing both original work and some of my anime con fanart, what sold most were my original comics, jewelry and accessories. I cannot say enough how happy this makes me! So for those of you who supported my comic, sincerely thank you!  I’m glad to report that out of the comics I brought, Echoes of Arcadia only has two left in stock and my Hannineko-chan comic completely sold out!  And both my dragon necklaces and Snakes with Hats hairclips found new homes to go to! This really helps me to rejuvenate faith in myself and my work and drive to continue pushing forward and working harder.  So thank you SPX for being that awesome con that never lets me down! 

On top of that I’ve gotten to see so many friends there, and ones that I haven’t seen for a while. Got to talk to some great new faces as well. Over all I think I will continue going to this con whether I get a table or not. Because exhibitor or attendee, it never fails to continue inspiring me.

And I just want to add one last shoutout to purplerubyred whom we met and roomed with at SPX. Thanks for being such a swell roomie!  I enjoyed spending the weekend with you. (and your cookies were delicious) =^__^=



megthebrennan:

newlevant:

Announcing Chainmail Bikini!

At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.

Featuring the talents of:

Aatmaja Pandya
Anna Anthropy & Solomon Fletcher
Anna Rose
Annie Mok
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Carey Pietsch
Elizabeth Simins
Hazel Newlevant
Iasmin Omar Ata
Jane Mai
Kinoko Evans
Laura Lannes
Maggie Siegel-Berele
Megan Brennan
Meghan Lands
merritt kopas & Mia Schwartz
Miranda Harmon
MK Reed
Molly Ostertag
Sera Stanton

I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.

Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!

—Hazel Newlevant, editor

yeah!!!

micdotcom:

Do not adjust your browser, major websites are “slowing down” to save Net Neutrality

Sept. 10 has been designated as a day of “Internet Slowdown” in the Battle for Net Neutrality. All day, prominent websites and organizations — from the ACLU, WordPress.com, Vimeo, Meetup and Kickstarter — have added messages to their websites asking visitors to contact their lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality.

This is what your browser could look like | Follow micdotcom 

chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

So… about gilnokoibito's prompt:

You know what I really, really need???

Fanfics about if Laam had been brought back to life and his life with Gil after the main events of the series.

Yes. Gimme!!!

Guess I did the thing?

This comic was a nice break in between the work I have to do. And definitely brought back some nostalgia love.

Meanwhile here’s my thoughts throughout the whole process:
-“I’m going to just make this a quick one with just pencil sketches.”
-“Nope. Let’s add pen. Marker. And shading… And touch ups on the computer…”
-“Wow, drawing Gil is so relaxing. I should do this more often.”
-“haven’t drawn Gil in so long, I need to relearn how to draw his hair…”
-“Ramganas will always be a better translation than Laamgarnas!… Let’s just stick with Laamgarnas since that’s (one of) the official TP translations…*sigh*”
-“My hands suck. Oh that’s right, MAYBE that’s because I learned to draw them from Mineko first! LOL!”
-“I just want to draw all the adorable faces of Gil.”
-“And on that note, I realize my strong point is drawing super emotional feely closeups of puppies” (/kitties in this case. referring to characters)
-“Does this count as my first legit doujin?”
-“Let it be known that if I ever make doujinshi, they’re all going to be of Gil and Ramganas!”
-“Am I super famous manga artist yet?”
-“Watch me make more DK comics and turn them into a book no one will buy because no one will know what DK is in the first place! LOL!”
-“I see you blushing underneath that tan skin, Gil.”
-“Ramganas bottom page 5 ~<3”
-“UGH FEELS! *cries internally*

(Source: chelfiecomics)

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