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So, I've had some things come up kinda suddenly that have put me in a bit of a bind financially, so I decided to open up commissions. For the record, I'm not counting on this to save me from my problems, I've actually got a few angles I'm going at here, but every little bit helps, right? Also, full disclosure, before this whole mess started, I was about to get a new Wacom tablet...like I had the money ready and everything, but stuff came up and it had to be put on hold, so I will freely admit that part of this is me wanting to get back to getting that wacom tablet. The one I have is so old, it's just a wacom tablet, no names or numbers added. :XD:
So, in other words, support me if you want to, but don't break your bank to help mine. I know we all have our troubles and I'm not expecting much from this as I don't have that many watchers. :nod:

If you're interested in commissioning me, please read the rest of this post carefully, as I'm putting in a lot of information you might need to know.

First thing's first - before you even consider this, there are some limitations on what I'll draw. "But Dragonsong," some hypothetical person somewhere might say, "if you want to get money, shouldn't you be willing to draw anything?" Probably yes, but there are some things I'm just not comfortable with and I'm also concerned with making sure you get your money's worth.
So I won't be drawing anything that's graphically violent (some violence is fine, just not gore) or graphically sexual. On the subject of the latter, I'm willing to give it a go drawing some PG romance scenes, but in complete honesty, it's not something I draw a lot and frankly I'm not that good at it. So while I'm willing to do it if that's what you want, I'm worried the results won't be worth it, so it might be best to steer clear of that too.
I think those are my only hangups, though if something more comes up, I'll add it to the post. Beyond that, fanart, fan characters and OC's are all on the table in pretty much any situation. :)

As for the pricing, that follows:
Sketch - $5 (each additional character +$5)
Inks - $15 (each additional character +$5)
Colors - $25 (each additional character +$5)
Shaded - $35 (each additional character +$10)
Full Illustration - $50 (each additional character +$10)

To see examples for what each of those amounts to, I used an old friend to make up an example sheet for it here.

I will require payment in advance, I'm afraid. (I was considering a few different options for payment, but they all ended up being too confusing, so we're just going simple.) I will be running more complicated pieces by you, though, to make sure it's what you want before it's finished.

Payment can be made via paypal. My email for that is dragonsong12@hotmail.com. If paypal doesn't work for you, message me, and we'll try to work it out.

Time may be a big factor in these. I have a fairly limited schedule between my job and two comics, so I may be fairly slow with them, particularly the more complicated they get. If I am running behind a reasonable time, though, I will keep you informed as to what's going on. I just wanted you aware that I probably won't be getting back to you with a picture the next day. ^^;

If there's anything else I forgot to add, let me know and I'll add it to the post. Please let me know if you're interested.
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Linkin Park (it's true!)
  • Playing: Super Smash Bros Melee
Looking for some ideas for a filler image for my webcomic Firefly Cross. I used up one of my buffer pages to make a big post this week. So I want to get it back by doing a filler in between chapters, but since I wasn't planning for it, I have no idea what to do! ^^;

So, I thought I'd ask. Anyone have anything they'd like to see or think would make a good filler? A silly character interaction or some question about the world that hasn't been explored yet that I could sketch out quick?

I'm sure I can come up with something so don't feel like you HAVE to, but for the moment I'm stumped, so I thought I'd ask. :)

((Also? GRIM FANDANGO! Coolest announcement at Es3!))
  • Mood: Relief
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Playing: Mario and Luigi Dream Team
...in no particular order...

So, I learned the hard way yesterday that it's a really bad idea to look at one's own comic after binge-re-reading a bunch of Lackadaisy. Like seriously, don't do that. Bad idea. :rofl:

I'm almost done playing through Kid Icarus: Uprising on the 3DS after putting it off for a long time due to hearing about its bad controls...and everyone I know IRL has had to endure me talking about it, always repeating the same thing, haha! The controls are bad - the way they want you to hold the DS is awkward, turning your character is a big ordeal, and after playing a level, my hands are all cramped and I have to stop...but I really like the game. I'm genuinely having fun with it! The game is not that hard, but it's not boring, either, there's always new and varied enemies to attack. I didn't like the voice acting at first, but they grew on me quick, which is good because there's near constant chatter between the heroes and villains throughout every level - I'm sure plenty of gamers found this annoying, but it's kind of charming to me, everybody just talks like they're out for drinks together having a minor debate, not using monsters to decide the fate of the world, it's hilarious! I think I have a higher tolerance for the bad things the game does than a lot of other people do (I don't play a lot of games, so I don't have a good of frame of reference for "good" controls like actual gamers do), so it's frustrating that I'm enjoying the heck out of this game, but can't really recommend it to anyone because the things it does wrong are pretty egregious.
...aren't you guys glad you don't know me IRL? You'd have gotten that paragraph ad nauseum. :D

If I've been slow to reply to messages the past couple weeks...it's just been a rough couple of weeks, that's all. Nothing major. Nothing dire. It'll all blow over and be fine, it's just the sort of situation where stuff piled up and I wasn't feeling up to being terribly social. So, sorry I've been slow, I'll get to the small backlog of stuff from my watchlist sometime in the next week.

Speaking of slow...so many projects...so little time. I have not forgotten DA, I should have some stuff to post here coming up soonish, including one I'm having a bit of fun with, but a lot of projects I've had in the pipe recently are long-term or are for other people and I don't want to post them here because reasons. So, still doing lots of stuff, just not post-worthy stuff. It happens, haha!

...you may see some new RvB art coming up here...new season started and I'm getting inspired...
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Watching: RvB
  • Playing: Kid Icarus: Uprising
If you've tried to get to my comic, Twisted Mirrors today and found the site down, I apologize.

The good news is that it's just some maintenance that the site's host - siteground - is undergoing. They moved the site's IP and it's taking a little while for the changes to set in, so it should be back up tomorrow. (If it's not, THEN we'll have an issue.)

In the meantime, if you want to get to the comic, you can still read it over at Drunkduck. You can get to it here. (This is precisely the reason why I keep the comic at two sites. It comes in handy for situations like this. :D)

I'll update this post once I'm sure the comic's back up and running.

UPDATE: Looks like it's back up for the most part! If anyone still has trouble viewing it, it might be due to info still in your cache from the previous version. If it does stay a problem, though, let me know. In the meantime, the Drunkduck link above will allow you to at least read the page.
Thanks for sticking with me!
  • Mood: Sickened
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Watching: Video Games Awesome
Now that spring is here, I think it's important to address something. I want to apologize to anyone over the past several weeks that I might have come off as "snippy" or "irritated" or answered with short, vaguely negative sounding replies. The good news is, it isn't you. :) The better news is, it isn't me either. :D Or at least, it's nothing happening in my life to cause it.

See, I'm starting to notice a pattern. Both last year and this year I started feeling really miserable starting sometime around mid-January and it lasting into springtime. Last year I thought it was a fluke, but it happening again this year though makes me think I might have that seasonal affected disorder that a lot of people have* (why is is so funny to me that the acronym for that is "sad"? :XD: ). If I get miserable again next January I think we can call it official, but since it's a pretty common ailment, it does seem likely.

All that said, I really did try to keep from letting it affect my online interactions, but after posting a reply to someone I would look back at it sometimes and think "wow, that sounded kind of aggressive/passive-aggressive/disinterested/annoyed, that wasn't what I intended." So I wanted to mention it on the off chance that anyone thought I was irritated with them. Nope! There's also nothing going wrong for me IRL. Life's pretty good! I was just feeling generally off and it translated into how I replied to people sometimes. Sorry about that, but hey! Spring's here! Things are looking up! I have SO MANY ALLERGIES to get excited for! :rofl:

On the plus side, I've been doing some actual spring cleaning and now I've got all my Barenaked Ladies albums copied to my computer. Nothing cures what ails you like BNL**!

To add a little fun to this post, here's a meme!

Comment and I will:
(1) Tell you something I learned about you by looking at your DA page.
(2) Tell you a color you remind me of.
(3) Tell you what element I believe you belong to (e.g. water, fire, air, etc.).
(4) Tell you which one of your OC's is my favorite (if you have one).
(5) Ask you a question, and you must answer.
(6) Tell you something I like about you or your art.
(7) Give you a nickname.
(8) Tell you what am I doing right now.
(9) Tell you what food/ flavor/smell you remind me of.
(10) Tell you to do this in your journal too, if you haven't already. You know me, do it if you want to, if not? :shrug:

*So, I grow up and live for decades in upstate New York, where 3 feet of snow is just a normal Tuesday. Then I move south to Maryland where it snows an inch and everything shuts down, and NOW I'm getting this? WTF, brain?!
**Except for "The Flag" and "War on Drugs"...those are just depressing.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Watching: Total Biscuit
Can anyone with a mobile device check my site - www.twistedmirrorscomic.com - and see if it works okay?
I had someone let me know that the page was not loading properly on mobile devices. I was absolutely unaware of this because I don't own any mobile devices. I've made some changes to the site, which I hope helped that problem, but I have no way to check it.

If someone could just check the site and answer, "is the site working okay? Yes/No" I would really appreciate it. :nod:
  • Mood: Pirate
  • Listening to: Yellow Card
  • Reading: Power Man
  • Watching: AVGN
I had this whole long argument written up about subjectivity and objectivity in art...but lately I've been finding my opinions somewhat annoying and why should I subject you all to that? :XD: So instead I'm just gonna pull something from it that I thought was kinda cool.

Here is a page from Chapter 1 of Twisted Mirrors.

Here is a page from Chapter 21.

They're both depicting pretty much the same thing - the aftermath of a particular spell being cast. I realized that this is probably the best point to compare how I've changed, since they are so similar. (I mean, you could go back one page from each to the actual spell being cast, but the circumstances are so different that they're a lot harder to compare.)

Now before anyone says anything, am I saying the second page is "good"? NO. NO I AM NOT. But it is much better than the first one, and that's what's got me interested. It's so hard to see the progression when you're actually working on these pages. You could do two you really like and then one you think is terrible and feel like you're just spinning your wheels. But when you look back farther down the road, it all comes into focus and I freaking love seeing this stuff! :dance: I mean, you can see how the styles of the first one are still totally present in the second. They were clearly drawn by the same hand, and yet they're so different, and you don't even notice how it's changing as you read through the stories.

I mean, I know everyone's aware of all this, it's pretty obvious and I harp on it a lot myself. (It's why I have the progression pictures for FFC, after all.) But although chapter 1 was in my mind as I was drawing chapter 21, and I intentionally tried to make them similar, I didn't realize until I went back and looked how good an illustration this was of how my art has changed over the years. And again, I just really like this stuff. :D

...maybe when the comics are done, I should do that "draw this again" meme with one of the early pages, just to see the difference...might be fun! :D
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: Aida
  • Reading: Fairy Tail
  • Watching: Adventure Time
...So a new year begins! I don't care much for the traditions of New Year's Resolutions myself, so I'll go back to the same one I've made the past several years (mostly because it actually seems to be working to some extent) and that is to catch up - and stay caught up - with my messages here on DA. Usually I slack off sometime around the middle of the year, but this year I made it to mid-November before the inevitable slide, so I'm pretty proud of that. :nod:

First thing will be to clean out and get caught up on my DA messages. I actually don't have too many that require responding to, but I have a lot of stuff I've been holding onto to comment that I have to go through.

I've also got a couple of new projects I'd like to start here coming up, as well as some requests that people have been waiting on that I need to do. Now that the rush of the holidays is over, it should be a lot easier to manage my time to get that stuff done, so you'll see me commenting a bit more often and I'll probably have some stuff to post here coming up. Especially now that all but one of my multi-page updates that I have for the comics for the foreseeable future are finally ready.

Sorry to disappear fora while there, but as it seems to be an annual habit from me, I'm sure most people expected it. ^^; Here's hoping this can finally be the year I make it all the way to the end.
...I wouldn't hold my breath, though. ;)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Barenaked Ladies
  • Reading: Order of the Stick
  • Watching: Adventure Time
Drunk Duck is finally back up and online!

They had to rebuild the site, so the url has changed. Instead of drunkduck.com, it's now theduckwebcomics.com. The new urls for the comics are www.theduckwebcomics.com/Twist… and www.theduckwebcomics.com/Firef….

And I just went through and changed the Comic Rocket links to the Wordpress sites today, haha! ^^; It's probably just as well, though, the Wordpress sites will probably be more reliable. After all, this isn't the first time this has happened to Drunk Duck. So, I think that going forward, the Wordpress sites will be the "main" sites, with the Drunk Duck sites being a mirror just in case something happens to them.

Currently the Drunk Duck sites are several pages behind, but I don't want people coming in in the middle of things, so I'm not going to update them until Monday, when I'll put up an accelerated update schedule so they can catch up to the Wordpress sites. The Wordpress sites - Twisted Mirrors and Firefly Cross - will of course update as normal.

Speaking of Comic Rocket, I've posted about it before, but it really is a pretty cool site. If you read a lot of webcomics, it keeps them all grouped together so you can see what comics updated when and it will hold you place when you're reading, so you can stop in the middle if something comes up. Both TM and FFC are on there, feel free to check it out! :D
  • Mood: Triumph
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yes really)
So DA has been doing these updates lately with little cosmetic changes to the site. No big deal, they largely don't effect me, but they've also unveiled this new "mentions" thing which I think stands as a testament to ideas that sound really good on paper, but aren't going to work out so hot in practice. The idea is that if you put another user's name in one of your posts (i.e., you "mention" them) this sends a note to the user in question letting them know. Neat idea right? It lets you see who's talking about you on DA...
However, in practice?...

I got a "mention" before I even saw the DA post about it. It was that fast. Know what it was? Spam. And I have a feeling that every mention I get from here on out is going to be exactly that. Spam. Collect a bunch of user names, stick them into your unrelated posts, Bam - Free advertising sent directly to user's inboxes. I don't hold any ill-will to the person who did it to me, they weren't advertising anything, I think they were just excited by the feature and wanted to show it off, but all it did was show me all this feature is going to be used for.

To DA's credit, they allow you to turn this feature off in "settings" which I genuinely appreciate. I'm not sitting here shaking my walker at DA and talking about what a terrible idea it is - it's actually a kind of neat idea. It's mostly just funny that I got a prime example of how it's going to be abused within hours of it going live. Dangit, internet, this is why we can't have nice things! :shakefist:

For myself, I've been trying to put some banner images together for the comic sites for the past couple of days and I just. can't. do. it. I have no idea what my problem is, but everything I try just looks terrible.

For FFC, I drew images of Katyn, Ry and Chaerius to put into the banner. Liked it when I drew it. Liked it when I inked. Still like it after I scanned it. Resized and put into the banner? Looks awful. It might be salvagable if I cut out Ry and Chaerius and just use Katyn, but she's got the least interesting design of the bunch! I think at this point I'd be better off scrapping it and starting over.

For TM....TM...ugh, I have no idea. What do I even put in that banner? Should I put Tren, or Nareth? Should it be both? Should it be Jaith or Tai instead? A generic boetheri? I honestly considered doing no image at all and just giving it a text banner, but then it's even harder, since my design skills are so low. I have no idea how to make a text banner look good. All I have so far is white text on a black background...and that's it.

I don't know what to do, I'm not even sure if I'm looking for advice or just venting, since I do want the banners to reflect me and my art, so I'd prefer to make sure they get done myself. Ugh. I'd just leave well enough alone, but the blank text at the top of the pages just looks so amateurish and if I'm going to do this whole website thing then I want to do it the best I can. If anyone knows of any resources for advice on how to do this sort of thing, I'm all ears.

Remember, kids, this is why it's important to pay attention in your design classes in school. Don't be a loser like me, pay attention and be cool! :XD:
  • Mood: Not Impressed
  • Listening to: Rooster Teeth
  • Watching: Ultimate Spiderman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The fourth installment in my Monkey Island Let's Play series is FINALLY complete and online! Escape from Monkey Island! Man, this one took way too long to do, and there's a reason for that, though if you want to see me draw the Monkey Island characters a whole bunch of times you should definitely check it out! :D

The playlist is here!

I explain the above in the videos themselves, but I'll explain it here too. EMI is kind of an older game at this point, and recording the game was a little bit of a hassle. The gameplay itself recorded okay...but the cutscenes did not. They either recorded in poor quality or not at all. So, for the ones that didn't record at all, I decided to draw them!
It was fun, I don't regret doing it, but it was a lot of work - even though I mostly just drew sketches - and that's why this one took so long to complete. When i got towards the end, I was actually able to rip the cutscenes from a PS2 copy of the game, but the early ones are all with poor quality or drawn. ^^; Just so's you know.

Previous Let's Plays:

The Secret of Monkey Island
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
The Curse of Monkey Island (Also had some recording trouble.)

Up next will be what is currently the last game of the series: Tales of Monkey Island. And since it's a newer game, I doubt I'll have the same issues with it, so it should come together much more quickly.
...and I really can't wait to play it again, it's what all this has been leading to! :D
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Monkey Island Commentaries
  • Watching: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
...but I can pretty much guarantee you're not going to want to follow me. ;)

You can find the account here.

It's not going to be a typical tumblr, though, or a typical blog. I've been thinking lately that I really need to put in the effort to practice drawing the things I either don't want to draw or have a difficult time drawing - a lot of background things and fabric just to name a couple. The more I draw these things, the more easily they'll come to me when I need them for the comics, and the better the comics will look!
Then I thought that it might be a good idea to keep these drawings all together somewhere, so that I could look back and see my progress (or lack thereof) and so I had something that was pushing me to keep at it (i.e. the need to make sure new content is posted occasionally). I thought of getting a new blogger account, but then it occurred to me: "Why don't I just get a tumblr? From what I understand it's largely a picture-sharing platform anyway."
So that's what I did.

And that's why my tumblr will be boring as hell, because it's not going to be anything except practice drawings of buildings and clothes and machines and such. No funny gifs, no social justice, just crappy pencil drawings of buildings. Useful, but ultimately pretty boring to everyone else.

So, I keep slowly adding to my social media arsenal, first with facebook and now with tumblr, but I'm not really using these programs the way you're supposed to. ...and I'm okay with that. :XD: It's there if you're interested, but I won't feel bad if it stays at 0. Just giving a heads up. :nod:

(...also, people have apparently been putting some of my fanarts on tumblr, which is weird. :o at least they credited me, haha!)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Monkey Island Commentaries
  • Watching: Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
I got tagged by :iconbhudicae: to do this OC meme, and since I haven't posted in a bit, it seemed like a good place to start. :)

I was going to answer with Jaith from Twisted Mirrors, but after looking through the particular questions they listed, it didn't seem like Jaith's answers would be very interesting. So instead we're going to go with Ra'yl (Ry) from Firefly Cross. It seems more fitting anyway, as he's my second oldest character in current use (Chaerius - in my icon - is older).
Firebrand by dragonsong12

Rules:
1.) Copy and paste the text into your journal.
2.) Answer truthfully and be honest.
3.) Pick one of your OCs you like most. If you donīt have an OC, you can use a character you like.
4.) Tag at least 5 or more people you know. If you donīt know anybody, go to the main page and pick some random people.
5.) After publishing your journal, go to everyone you tagged and say 'you got tagged' and paste a link into the comment so they find your journal.

(Yeah, not doing this again, but I'm leaving the rule up since it's how you're supposed to do it! ^^;)

The questions:

1.) What is the name of your OC?

He is called the Guardian of Light. His name is Ra'yl...though Kaytn just calls him "Ry" much to his chagrin.

2.) Gender and age?

He's male.
Pinning down an age is a lot harder, since the Guardians are technically immortal, though they achieve their "immortality" through body jumping to new hosts. Since the new host both becomes the Guardian and slows the physical aging of the body, it's hard to say. Physically, I'd put him in his mid-twenties.

3.) Animal, anthro or human?

He's a Guardian...though he was human once, so I suppose that counts. :D

4.) What is your OC's favorite food?

I just realized how rarely I show my characters eating :O but I assume he'd be a steak man. Well done. :)

5.) Does he/she love sex?

The Guardian can have no concern for desires of his own. He must focus all his energy on his task...so in short, I guess we'll never know. :evillaugh:

6.) Player or serious? Does your character like easy and short romances or does he/she search for the one and only love?

Given his personality, it'd very much be the latter, but considering the circumstances, it's something he tries not to think about.

7.) Does your character think he/she is attractive and sexy?

Well, the Guardian of Light is pretty "hot".

Ow! Don't hit! :XD:

To answer a bit more seriously, I doubt he thinks about it, given all of the above. (This is making me realize how utterly cruel I've been to this character. :( )

8.) What is the most important thing in your OC's life?

The most important thing to a Guardian is the safety and well-being of the Keeper he is charged to serve to the exclusion of all else - personaly safety included. Ry hadn't really bought into all that fully and was mainly following the Keeper because he knew he was supposed to, until he found a Keeper he felt was actually worth the effort.

9.) Would you sell your OC to someone if they asked you?

Would they ask? Haha, I invented Ry in the early days of college, and he's pretty generic in a lot of ways.
But no, through thick and thin, these characters have been with me for a long time and I've shared their adventures. You can't put a price on that. :)

10.) Do you plan to let your OC die or is he/she already dead? If yes, explain.

Spoilers! :evillaugh:
In all seriousness, though, the Guardian can't be killed. It'll just move on to someone else. The host body is expendable, that's sort of the point. That said, I wouldn't go expecting the Guardian of Light to pass along any time soon. :nod:

Tagged:
I'm not tagging anyone specific...largely because I'm lazy...so I'll just quote what my tag-er said in hers: "meh, if you read this consider yourself tagged." :D If any of you do this as well, though, give me a link so I can read about your characters too!
Sept 01 Update: Not making a new journal post, but Drunkduck is still down. You can read Firefly Cross here and you can read Twisted Mirrors here in case anyone missed it. New posts will be up Monday.

....Aaaand the fun just keeps on coming...I stupidly decided to update comicpress for TM before bed...turned out it was a MAJOR update that completely rewrote the site. Luckily, the developer was online and pointed me to a help file that allowed me to migrate all the comics over to the new system...but the site might be kind of ugly for a while (or perhaps that should be "uglier" since I hadn't done TOO much cosmetic stuff to it)...but at leas the comics are now back...ugh...gonna have to do this all again for FFC....:(

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First thing's first: Drunkduck is still down. Second thing's second: I have no plans to leave Drunkduck at the moment. If/when the site comes back, I will resume updating there, since I know there are people who are still going to want to read it there. HOWEVER, now we have alternatives going forward for when this happens.

Firefly Cross is still updating as normal over at the pensandtales site. Once it hits Monday, the new page will post there.

As for Twisted Mirrors, I'm pleased to announce that I finally bit the bullet and registered a domain. twistedmirrorscomic.com is now live, all of the archives have been uploaded (with a few hiccups) so you will be able to catch up on any pages you missed there and from now on, Twisted Mirrors will update there every Monday. (And as I'm posting this journal Sunday night, like with FFC, the new page won't be visible until it hits Monday.

Thanks for sticking with me. This whole mess has really stressed out, a HUGE thank you - and my apologies - to everyone who helped me out this past week when I started losing my mind and allowed me to get this all posted and online. You guys are amazing, I appreciate everything you've all done! (Especially on Thursday when I kind of snapped and started stressing at everyone, you have the patience of a whole legion of saints. ^^;) If you ever don't see updates and want to know what's going on with the comics, you can check either here or at the facebook pages for both Twisted Mirrors and Firefly Cross.

Thanks again everyone! I'll update when/if Drunkduck comes back.
  • Mood: Annoyed
  • Listening to: Yellow Card
  • Watching: Video Games Awesome
  • Playing: Plants Vs Zombies
I kind of wanted to leave the Otakon post up a bit longer, but this DD thing kinda ran into my update day, so here we are.

DrunkDuck is still down, so just to get this week's updates posted, I decided to make a journal here at DA to let people know.

Firefly Cross updated as normal over at the pensandtales site. You can read that page as well as the rest of the archive here. (New page is a cover page and won't be visible until Monday.)

I don't have a back up site for Twisted Mirrors at the moment, but I did upload the pages. Last week's page is here in case anyone missed it.

This week's page is posted here.

...Luckily not much is happening at the moment - the pages are important, but it's not really moving a mile a minute, so it's not the worst thing. I'll be annoyed if this remains for another couple of weeks though. :/

Thanks for your patience. Hopefully we'll be posting properly next week.
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Video Games Awesome
  • Playing: PLants Vs Zombies
Figures that less than a week after I give out my comic's web address to a bunch of people, DrunkDuck decides to go down. If anyone is looking for my comic, don't worry, it's still there, but I'm sorry for any frustration this may cause...

ANYWAY, I'm finally feeling a bit more conscious after this past weekend's events* so I just wanted to make a journal about the con and about what's coming up after the fact.

First off, BIG thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth at any time over the weekend. It didn't matter if they were looking at my stuff, talking about our favorite fandoms, gushing over great cosplay, fellow artists stopping to chat or people just being dorks and having fun, every person I talked to this weekend added to the experience. So I want to give a big thanks to everyone for making the weekend a total blast! I wish I'd thought to get the websites for the people at the booths to either side of me, since they were awesome as well. Everything went smoothly this year, I can't think of much of anything that was bad (other than some minor dealer's room related frustrations, but that doesn't have anything to do with the booth anyway). I wish I could think of specific examples to shout out, but everything went so well and I had so much fun, I have a hard time picking anything out! You were all awesome, thank you so much!

If anyone ever wonders what money raised at these things goes to, I'm sinking it all back into the comics. A portion will go into getting an external hard drive I can keep the comics on in case of computer failure, since that happens with some regularity. That way I'll always have access to them. The rest of it will go into reprinting Twisted Mirrors. I've talked some about that project, but I've now begun it in earnest. For those who don't know (that'd be shocking, I've been talking this one into the ground ^^;), the problem with my initial printing was that the pages I had saved were at a low dpi, so the prints themselves came out fairly low quality. Since I have to reprint everything anyway, I figured I'd re-scan all the pages at a higher resolution so at least the rough early drawings will look a bit more crisp and the text will be a bit more readable. It's going to take a while since it involved re-scanning, editing and adding speech bubbles back in for all the early chapters, but at least I won't be so nervous about the quality anymore. At the moment, I'm working on typing up all the dialogue so that it'll be easier to add into the pages once they're scanned, and I'm taking the opportunity to alter the wording in some spots to be a bit clearer. I'm not changing anything major, just some grammar flubs and confusing sentences, but the final product may be a bit different than the comics as they are online. I'm hoping to clean up a few of the more major art mistakes while I'm at it, but I won't do too much, largely because it'd be time consuming. At any rate, I've signed up with Lulu and the process for that has begun, so though it may take some time, that will be coming, along with reprints of vol 2, and a printing of vol 3, which only has a little over one chapter left to be complete.

On that note, I still have some copies of the previous, poorer quality books on hand that I'd like to get rid of, so if anyone is interested, please let me know, either by sending me a message here, or emailing me: dragonsong12@hotmail.com. I was selling them for $15 for the pair at the convention, but since new ones will be coming, I can sell the pair of these for $12, which is basically cost + shipping, so let me know! (That said, if anyone wants to wait for the better version, I can entirely understand. :D)

As for as other projects go, I actually have a few things already in the works, but you may not be seeing much activity here on DA as far as new art goes for a little while. They're all pretty big projects and there won't be much of them that I can really show. I'll be doing a few pics here and there, and maybe uploading some designs into scraps, but I might quiet down a lot on posting. I'll try to make up for it by being around to comment on your stuff more, though. :D

Not much other than that. This fresh annoyance from Drunkduck highlights the need to get my own domain. I feel conflicted about that, since I don't feel my comics are really worthy of their own space as opposed to being part of a group, but DD - much as I love it - goes down far too often and isn't really reliable. I've been looking at SquareSpace and GoDaddy, which have some pretty cheap rates, and the blogger software WordPress has a comic version called ComicPress that I could use to set up the site, but I need to do a bit more research first, since I don't want to pay for a domain unless I can get the site live pretty quickly after doing so.

I think that's all I've got for now. Thanks again to everyone who made this weekend great! I can't wait to see what's to come! :D

*Nothing bad happened, I didn't even get sick, but being that social for that long wiped me out so bad that I've had trouble keeping my eyes open or communicating - coherently and without getting frustrated  - with anyone all week.
I got featured in :iconbhudicae:'s journal game, so now I will return the favor to :iconbhudicae: and anyone else who is interested!

-RULES-

-The first 20 people comment this journal, I will put their avatar and the three deviations I like most from their gallery on the list!

-If you comment, please to do the same in your journal, putting me in the first spot.

As with most memes, the idea is that you should only comment if you're going to continue the meme in your own journal, but I'm going to play c-c-c-combo breaker! and say that I'll feature you even if you don't want to do this in your journal. Part of why I'm jumping in is just to have a good excuse to go through my friends' galleries again, and though it'd be nice if you do the same, I'm not really a fan of anything that says you "have" to do something.

...also, I don't think I have 20 people who read my journals, so I'm kind of cheating already. :evillaugh:

FEATURED

:iconbhudicae:
Pantheress by bhudicaeNaaheila lines for Kult by bhudicaeJaith-rin, from TwistedMirrors by bhudicae


:iconagent-michigan-mia:
Serious Stinger, Agent Down! by Agent-Michigan-MIARUN... OH GOD RUN by Agent-Michigan-MIAA Fateful Day a Bridge Over Destiny by Agent-Michigan-MIA

:iconlupina24:
Northwest Pacific Hummingbird by Lupina24deadly allegiance by Lupina24Terrcanti birds by Lupina24

:iconlight-tracer:
Giant Space Eel by Light-TracerMako by Light-TracerCommission: Darkness and Light by Light-Tracer

Just some more little thoughts on things that weren't enough to warrant a full post...

It's kind of funny, when I got the newer version of Photoshop, I changed my coloring style for the comics. I didn't think the difference was that severe, but now I can't stand the way the comic looked just one chapter ago. I'm happy to have made this change, but now I find myself wondering how my coloring would look now if I'd been doing that all along...

The fact that Pacific Rim is having trouble finding an audience while Grown Ups 2 rakes in the cash is nothing short of criminal.

I've resolved since last post that once I find a new place to print Twisted Mirrors, I'm going to reprint volumes 1 and 2 there (because likely the format and size will be at least somewhat different) but before I do that, I'm going to go through and rescan every page of the first six chapters that I can (I'm reasonably sure I still have all the pages...but I'm not certain...and I don't want to redraw any because my drawing ability has changed since then and it will stand out) re-do them completely so that there will be a crisp, high quality print of those early pages...now if only the drawings then could match. :D
...it will be tedious, and I'm not looking forward to it at all, since it will be done in addition to reformatting the second book for a new print as well AND preparing the third one (which is nearly complete), but I think the results will be worth it.

I've been feeling pretty down lately for various reasons, so this trailer for the documentary "Dear Mr. Watterson" was a welcome pick-me-up: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRnnGf… . Daily comic strips don't really leap to the front of people's minds when they think of "Art" but for me, there's three that I think approach it. Charles Schulz's "Peanuts", Walt Kelly's "Pogo" and Bill Watterson's "Calvin and Hobbes". Calvin and Hobbes, however, with the benefit of coming later than and learning from the others, I think is the best. (With the admitted bias that it was the one I grew up with). The complete Calvin and Hobbes remains one of my best purchases, and I love anything that gives this amazing, inspirational work it's due.
Related: Calvin and Hobbes fanart from one of my favorite artists - dragonsong12.deviantart.com/ar…

Somewhat related, I'm also looking forward to "Saving Mr. Banks", a drama about the making of Mary Poppins www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5kYmr… (Yes, that's Tom Hanks as Disney). Though unlike the Calvin and Hobbes thing, I've known about this for a while. My inner Disney Geek loves the thought of this movie, I love Disney history and the Mary Poppins movie - though the rational part of my mind wonders how they're going to end it - the real life story didn't turn out so well... :worry:

We'll have to see, but that's a drama and a documentary I'm looking forward to, what's going on?!

Oh well, back to getting stuff done for Otakon. Later projects will come later, I guess.
  • Mood: Defeated
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: A;tLA
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Mood: Defeated
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Rooster Teeth
  • Playing: Luigi's Mansion Dark moon

Wow, just found out today that the vanity press company I used to print my comics - Comixpress - has gone under. To be honest, it's not that surprising, nor is it all that much of a setback, since I feel confident I have more than enough books left over for Otakon (people don't look for original stuff at conventions, they're there for fanart fo their favorite characters), but it is dissappointing. I had the first two books loaded and saved there, going to a new company means formatting all 300-someodd pages all over again. And then there's the problem of finding a new company to do it...


I checked Ka-Blam, which does have a comics model, but it seemed really restrictive. I can understand not offering custom page sizes as ComixPress did - that was likely a pain, and people like me using custom sizes was likely WAY more trouble than it was worth - but they wouldn't let you set your own page count either, and since I make webcomics without traditional page limitations, I don't think I could tailor my books to that very easily, especially since their maximum page count was 64, which is awfully small.


I'll probably end up over at Lulu, since I know a lot of people use it and it produces quality stuff, but their pricing and limitations aren't as easy to find as Ka-Blam's were, so I won't be sure that they don't have the same restrictions until I create an account...and since I don't need to do so just yet, I'm going to hold off on it and focus on getting ready for Otakon for the time being...still, it'll be something I'll have to figure out soon, with Volume 3 of the comic drawing to a close. :\ What a bummer...


 


But I got a Button Maker in the mail today, so there is good news to be had.

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Watching: Rooster Teeth
  • Playing: Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

DrunkDuck is back up.


Seems they went down for some sort of maintenence and it took longer than they had anticipated. 


Related but not actually started by this news, I've been looking lately into getting a website for TM at least (possibly FFC too, though I might just put it up as an off-shoot of whatever domain I pick up for TM). I've actually been seriously considering this for a few weeks now, since a podcast I've been listening too has been touting the reasonable prices over at squarespace.com...which indeed looks like a good hosting site, but doesn't seem to have any sort of comicpress-like coding to make it easier to post a comic, and since I've tried the "coding every page individually" thing before and found it to be a pain and not really worth the trouble, I don't think squarespace is where I'll end up going.


Wordpress has some suggestions for hosting sites that work with their product, which might be the best bet if they're reasonable, since comicpress is pretty straightforward.


I'm actually doing pretty good with money at the moment, but with Otakon fast approaching and things not NEARLY prepared for that, I probaboly won't make any movement on this until sometime after the con...if even then, but it's something to think about. My comics are never going to be among the top amongst the thousands upon thousands that are out there, but they've been going long enough that I feel like a site would be warranted. At any rate, hosting SOLELY on DrunkDuck both looks unprofessional (haha..."professional"...) and opens me up to problems like we had this week when DD went down.


I dunno. I'll think about it, but it was already on my mind and this just put it all into focus.