Nothing interesting to say here right now. Carry on.
As of this post, Poorcraft 2 — a wonderful book about traveling on a limited budget that I illustrated over the course of a year-and-a-half — has fewer than 48 hours left to go on its Kickstarter campaign! You can get a handy, durable, travel-sized copy of the book for only $10, and there are other more premium rewards, as well, like acknowledgements and cameo spots.
I’d really like to see this thing hit $30K, so go pledge if you haven’t already!
In case any of ya’ll missed it, until the end of Monday — meaning today — all orders from my Big Cartel store get free shipping in the USA! (And international shipping is reduced, as well.) I also have ONE COPY LEFT of the winter Girlbot limited edition print from last year for only $10, so someone should grab that!
I made a new donation wallpaper and set up a new little goal to help me out this holiday season. I’m trying to raise $300 for a few reasons:
- It’ll help me afford all the nice presents I want to buy my friends.
- It’ll give me a bit of peace of mind in the wake of recent life events.
- It’ll help me gauge possible interest in a Patreon campaign.
Yes, that’s right! I’ve been thinking about starting a Patreon campaign for a while now — since I first heard about it, actually — but a variety of factors have kept that from happening. I’ve finally cleared away enough distractions to make a Girlbot Patreon possible, and with this fundraiser, I hope to get some idea of the level of interest I could expect for such a thing.
If I had a Patreon going, I’d be able to justify more time spent on blogging about my process, creating Girlbot-related art like the wallpaper above, and livestreaming. (If possible, I’d also like to get back to updating three times per week, but no promises right now.) I know someone out there must be into that idea, right?
As with my last couple of fund drives, each dollar contributed will get that donor a “ticket” that will go into a raffle to win the wallpaper’s original art once the goal is met. So if you donate $5, you get 5 chances out of 300 to win, and if you donate $300, I guess you just bought yourself some original art! Also, each donation of $5 or more gets you a digital sketchcard. (Can’t swing physical ones this time around, sorry.) They’ll be hi-res and suitable for printing if you so desire.
All right! Let’s do this thing!
I took some time this week to make a free Halloween costume wallpaper for Girlbot and Raccoon, since I haven’t done that in a while. This year, it’s Marvel-themed, since that seemed appropriate. Girlbot is a Doombot, and Raccoon is Rocket!
Enjoy the wallpaper and get spooked.
This is the last big notice I’ll post about this project until funding time runs out, but this weekend is your last chance to back Then It Was Dark, a super rad ghost story anthology that I’m planning on participating in! As of this post, we’re just over $1K away from our $15K goal, most of which will be going toward paying all the contributors a fair page rate.
So if you’ve been on the fence about helping out this cool, spooky anthology, now’s the time to act!
Just a notice that I changed a couple of things in the official Jinxville Comics store, where I sell the Girlbot books currently. The last few copies of the limited edition “Festival of Lights” print are knocked down to $15, from $20. Also, I’ve added a section for irregular copies of Girlbot volume 1, which are all 50% off!
(Irregular just means they have a small imperfection which prevents me from feeling good about selling them full price. They’re all still perfectly good books.)
So if you’ve been holding off on getting yourself either one of those, now’s as good a time as any!
I’ve made mention of this before in the little news blips under the comic updates, but here’s a full-on push for you guys to support this project. It’s a super cool anthology of comics about ghost stories and supernatural phenomena. I plan on drawing a comic about an experience my mom told me about, but only if the project raises $15,000 by May 25th!!! Right now, there are only 12 days left, with over half the goal still unpledged.
Here are a few reasons why you should pledge to this Kickstarter:
- Ghost stories are fun to read.
- A lot of talented artists and writers are involved.
- Most of the money is going to pay everyone for their work.
- I want to draw this story and get paid for it.
Look, you can get super cheap inked commissions from me! (There are only 3 of those left right now.) And other people! Who are also excellent! And it’s gonna be a really good book! It just needs support. So if it looks like a cool thing to you, please consider pledging to get a PDF or a physical book or a commission or something, and telling others about it if you think they’d be interested. Let’s make this thing happen!
Just an announcement that I’ll be on That Drawing Show tomorrow night with host Terence Wiggins and my friends Matt Wilson and Josh Lesnick! Come hang out in the chat and make requests, and I’ll draw them to be best of my ability. Or I’ll ignore you and draw Girlbot doing stupid things. Whatever! And if you can’t catch the live stream, you can watch it on YouTube later.
That’s 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, etc…
As I’ve done in the past, I’m posting some life drawings I did last week at the MN Opera, of their incredible production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. It was by far the most unusual and visually thrilling of all the operas I’ve seen — not that I’ve seen tons and tons of operas — due largely to the fact that it was visually inspired by the German Expressionist cinema of the 1920s and ’30s. I wasn’t able to do the production justice since a lot of the effects were too brief to get good life drawings from, but I did manage to record a few things…
This was the only show I was able to make during this past season, and I’m so glad I did! A wonderful experience all around.
I’ve finally posted my convention appearances for the year of 2014! I’ve been scrambling to make arrangements, and I didn’t want to put anything up until some stuff was worked out. Here are my planned appearances in order:
March 1st-2nd, 2014
March 28th-30th, 2014
Anime Detour (As a special local artist guest!)
April 4th-6th, 2014
May 17th-18th, 2014
Saint Paul, MN
Kids Read Comics!
June 21st-22nd, 2014
Ann Arbor, MI
Saint Paul, MN
I may add or subtract appearances as things come up, but that’s a pretty good forecast for this year. I would like to attend more cons this year, but I’m taking a bit of a breather since I won’t have the next Girlbot book done in time.
Also, this week and next week are ~*~BIRTHDAY WEEKS~*~ here at The Intrepid Girlbot. This Friday, I’ll post a little comic in celebration of my own 30th birthday coming up on the 25th, and next week will see a guest comic from the totally wonderful Severin Piehl to celebrate Girlbot’s fifth birthday at the start of March. Yes, she would be old enough to attend Kindergarten by now, and I’ve only gotten through half the story so far.