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Playing at home – Penny Arcade Strip Search Elimination 8

For any readers who aren’t watching Penny Arcade’s Strip Search webcartoonist reality show, I’d sincerely recommend it – it’s fantastic to watch such a warm, positive group of people being generally talented and lovely.

Elimination challenges involve cartoonists having 90 minutes to draw a strip based on two randomly selected words. Finally got a chance to play at home for the last elimination challenge (pause when words picked, give self 90 minutes). The words for this one were ‘Cars’ and ‘Cats’. Also, this was way harder than I expected it to be, and a really good exercise!

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New illo, Kapow, and MCM!

So this blog has been a bit quiet, for which I apologize. In the time I was away I’ve been on holiday (is that allowed for freelancers? Felt decadent!), and once back had problems with the site which kept me from being able to update. Thankfully my lovely webmonkey (/husband) has managed to get it working again, just in time for this weekend’s Kapow con!

This illo is recently coloured from lineart I posted here a while back. I’ve had a new banner printed with this, so for those at Kapow this weekend, or MCM next, keep your eyes peeled for her and I should be easy to find 🙂

At MCM, I will have for you a brand new minicomic, and will post more about it next week, but sadly the printers had delays so I won’t have copies at Kapow. I have, however, made up a sample copy myself for you to check out, and if you like it you’ll be able to either buy it online next week, at MCM next weekend, or you can preorder at Kapow and have it mailed right to your door! Here’s a couple of teaser pics 🙂

Hourly Comics Day / What do you want / From!

Last week was Hourly Comics Day, wherein cartoonists do some cartooning every hour about what’s been going on the past hour, throughout the day. It’s an absolutely wonderful glimpse into peoples’ lives, and there are *sooo* many wonderful comics posted in the forums here.

I wanted to try it this year, but thought twice as the day it fell on, I was going to be at a funeral. In the end I did, and the comic is up at the Small Stories site (unfortunately a recent plugin update means I’ve got to figure out a new way to get the first in an update to show on the front page, so for now you’ll have to backtrack or “jump to episode” – sorry!)

Although thinking about your own life probably isn’t the most compassionate response to a friend’s death, it’s a natural part of it, and while my first thought of that kind was about my own spouse and how I would feel if I lost him, I also got to thinking about my work. An accident happening to someone who’s still young me realize that for all I know I really could just be around a little longer – and what do I want to do in that time?

This response from Brian Wood on why he sticks with more serious stories struck me at the time, but resonates even more so now. The swell of positivity around creator-owned comics right now and the growth of consumer funding make me feel like, although they will likely always be hard to fund and/or find a home for, I want to make my own stories a significant focus/direction in my career. I’d still like to do other people’s stories too – other people have wonderful visions too, and even lighter or licensed things keep me fresh and teach me new things. But if I could achieve at least a 50% level of my own works, that would be amazing, and is something (some scary, difficult, awesome thing) to aim for.

What about you guys? What do you want to do?

In other news, after a new years break, my South African travelogue webcomics From is back! Don’t forget that you can buy print copies of the first volume of From, with redone hand-lettered text, some redone drawings, and lovely recycled paper, at my Etsy store – or just email me if you don’t have Etsy! 🙂

Marriage week – marriage comics!

*click for readable size!

This week is Marriage Week in the UK, so I thought I would do some sappy art, yay!

I’m not really sure how husbandbot will feel about me grabbing his butt in a comic on the internet (so if this disappears it may be by request! 😛 ), but hey! I love you husbandbot.

To go with the theme, I’ll do daily fanart sketches for the week of some fave married couples from comics, movies, etc – stay tuned!