I simultaneously love and hate the direction technology is going. But, I fear I’ve reached the age where I’m not on top of the latest and greatest. Also, I turn 30 in a few days. Go me.
Where’d I go? Oh, right. So, I kind of unofficially soft-retired Em²a Cartoon in 2014 to work on another comic called Siren’s Song (updates posted on my Patreon). If you haven’t been following me on social media (I’m stupidly over-active on Facebook and Instagram), you’d know that I’ve spent the last 2 years globe hopping, hitting up various comic conventions across North America, and laser engraving a ton of crap. Like, a lot of crap. So much that I haven’t really been able to work on that.. other.. comic.
A lot of people don’t quite realize how much work goes into being an artist and/or self-employed. It’s a lot of missed birthdays, working until 3am, driving cross-country until you can’t stand to look at yet another freaking highway, and doing whatever you can to make that mortgage payment. It’s engrossing, and the worst part is – you only get out of it what you put in about half the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the last couple years immensely and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve met so many people, done so many things, learned a ton, and shared a ton of amazing things. I just kind of wished I had done it when I was younger. (Hah. There’s that Catch-22.)
So, I’m retiring from retirement (can you do that?) and buckling down to go back into the steady workforce. So.. I can go back to having hobbies. And comics. And making things for fun. And not working 5 full time jobs to make ends meet.
Does that mean I’m giving up on conventions or laser engraving? Hell no. It does mean that I’m not actively seeking conventions for 2016, but if a friend wants to split a booth and I can make it, I’ll be there.
2016 is bringing a lot of changes, and I hope I can continue to share some of them with y’all.
Holy carp balls, you guys! 4 conventions down and 5 (or more?) still to go! Going full time may have been the best and worst thing I’ve ever done.
Next one up is my home show Phoenix ComiCon. I’ll be at table 1838, 1 over from my friends at D’Vyne Wrytes. I’ll be joining Kevin Coulston, Frank Jordan, Patrick Scullin, and Aneeka Richin on 2 panels this year! That’s right, our usual Webcomics 101 is being split into 2 panels:
- Webcomics: The Creative Process : Friday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
- Webcomics: Marketing and Self Promotion : Saturday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
What else is new this year? Well, geeze, only a LOT. If I haven’t seen you since Intervention Con 4 last August, then you haven’t seen the new plushies, the laser engraved keychains, the Semper Chai buttons, or any of the Chai Monster or Coffee Zombie glasses, all made by me! I also released Chai Monster, Coffee Zombie, Not All Red Shirts are Disposable, and Keep Calm the Childlike Empress Sent Me prints this past weekend at LepreCon.
What I’m working on includes swag for Jamie Wyman‘s new book, Unveiled, and its Kickstarter; looking at new methods for mugs (GIANT cappucino mugs? hmm??); and another Firefly reference button (because I forgot last year); and male coffee zombie designs! People overwhelmingly love Orion as a zombie, and well, that’s what we’re going with.
Hooray! It’s time for our first convention of 2014!!
Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2014!
January 24-26, 2014
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
We are in the SOUTH building. Not the north. 😀
If you don’t have tickets yet, be sure to check out their Groupon!
We’ll be at Artist Alley table D29 with the lovely Leslie of D’Vyne Wrytes. Stop by and say hi!
In case you some how missed the memo, I’m FINALLY making it to Intervention Con – 3rd time is the charm!
I will be located at table #51, listed under Em2a Studios. I’ll be debuting my 100page paperback art books (all comics, plus a few extras, just less art, and more different art), and if my sewing machine forgives me for February, I’ll be bringing Yin and Yang Kitteh anti-pill fleece plushies!
I’m really excited to meet you guys, and can’t wait to see you out there!