If you follow my live streams, you know I keep tight control over my chatroom. I don't allow negativity or fighting. I even clamp down when there's too much activity for me to follow. And I have ZERO tolerance for trolls. I never hesitate to ban anyone I don't like. If you've been kicked out, you KNOW it.
Likewise, if you have NOT been kicked, or told outright to leave, you've NOT been banned.
This brings up the thing I did last Wednesday. Sometimes I rant during my live shows. My regulars seem to find it entertaining. While I really do mean everything I say, I tend to go over-the-top because I'm "on stage."
Last Wednesday, I blew up about some things my viewers were saying. Or what I THOUGHT they were saying. Turns out I misread them. That's easy to do on the internet. It's a lesson we've all learned at one point or another. (And we have to learn it repeatedly, it seems.)
One of my viewers, a new regular, likewise misread ME and thought I was making him unwelcome. I wasn't. I thought he'd said something he didn't, and he thought I'd said something I didn't. He left, thinking I wanted him to.
Well, I didn't. When you read this, please know I didn't mean for you to leave, and I hope you will return. You will be welcomed.
I am increasingly dismayed and disturbed by this new trend for movies to have a rabid fan-base before they've even been fucking released. And kids, will you please, for fuck sake, take notice that Marvel and Disney DO NOT PAY ARTISTS? You need to support ARTISTS FIRST. Without the artists, you would have nothing.
I spent most of the last 3 months sleeping and feeling awful in
general. This past week, I slept almost around the clock every day and
lost the whole week. Finally, last night while finishing the latest
comic strip, my throat started to get raw. Today, I'm full-on sick.
have a new comic strip to post, and I'm working on the one after that.
Sadly, I've not been working on commission backlogs, which I badly need
Anyway, new comic soon.
As some of you know, I started talking this week about a relaunch of the Ultra Fem webcomic. This time around, I envision it as a free weekly strip, financed by a Patreon-style table of subscription levels, with associated perks.
The idea is to reduce my dependence on commission drawings so I can spend time on my backlog. For those who don't know, Patreon is a new variation on the Kickstarter concept that brings the ancient concept of "patronage" into the 21st century. A large pool of patrons, each pledging very small monthly amounts, can show support for their favorite artists and creators, providing a more stable income and allowing the artist to create at will. It's not quite a "subscription." More like an "ongoing Kickstarter."
I was planning to launch the strip in May, then open the patronage in June. But April has been a very bad month. I am far short of my rent, so I'm going to try opening the patronage now as I prepare the first installments of the strip.
I've already spoken with some of my regulars about it, and there appears to be a good level of support already.
I was finally able to spend some time last night working with my Copic color markers. I produced a complete test drawing, and it's the most amateur-looking shit. Like a high school kid did it. My goal is to create some sketch covers to sell, but at this rate, it'll be a long time.
The whole experience has reminded me how much I hate working with paper. I was so glad to give it up entirely back in 2009 when I got my Wacom tablet, and I am not at all eager to go back. I like pencil sketching, but I've never liked wet media of any kind. I'm especially un-fond of inking. I have a new set of PITT pens here, and the experience of trying to produce a decent line has brought back all the nightmares.
What the hell is it with ink pens?? They're all the same. Dried-out, inconsistent junk right out of the box. To get a solid line, you have to scratch over and over and over. And the result looks exactly like that: SCRATCHINGS. Seriously unprofessional, no matter how much you pay. And NO, I will NOT use a brush. Or a brush pen. Or a crow quill. The only thing worse than a dry pen is an ink spill all over your desk.
I'm certain I will improve as far as the color work goes, but the inking? I don't know.
UPDATE: I have determined to use dark pencils for line work!
No live stream tonight, guys. I'm too tired. I'll do it tomorrow night.
But here's the good news. I managed to get over to Orlando and squeeze in a couple of hours at MegaCon late Saturday afternoon. It was very crowded and very hectic, but I talked to almost everybody I usually see at the show. Here are a few pictures!
First of all, I MET MEGAN! She figured out who I was while I was talking to Scott Blair. Smart girl! We exchanged autographs. She says hi to all the regulars at the Ultra Fem live stream, and she'll join us again when she settles into her own place and gets internet access. (Scott has a GIANT new full-color sketchbook!)
Here's Danielle Gransaull. I only get to see her once a year at MegaCon. She autographed her new Roller Derby DC Heroines art for me. I love this drawing!
I always look for Dan Parent at MegaCon. He's a really nice guy, and this year he had a lot of new stuff. I bought this nifty flaming Josie print. We talked about how much we loved Dan DeCarlo.
Speed Racer! (and Sparky)
Did anybody know about this?? A giant Bender / Shogun Warriors toy?? I didn't! (It's real! Not a fake box!) (This guy also had one of THESE.)
I don't know what this is.
At dinner, Megan was presented with a belated birthday cupcake. She licked off the icing, but she wouldn't eat the cake. It was the loneliest cupcake ever.
I also talked with Fred Perry, and I met Ann Lockhart. ( I still love Sheba!) I saw Ivy Doomkitty, but I couldn't get close. Her autograph line was huge! I never found Yaya Han's table.
There were plenty of cosplayers like Alisa Farrington and Freya I would have looked for, but the convention hall was MUCH bigger this year, and Saturday is just too insanely crowded. No chance of ever finding anybody who doesn't have a table. Limit yourself to Fridays only at these huge shows! Seriously!
WHO IS 'BOG GIRL?'
Way back in 2009, I was chatting with friends online when I misspelled the name "Big Girl." It came out as "Bog Girl," which had kind of a ring to it. I drew this sketch the next day, and I challenged my viewers to make their own. There was one reply, which I'm sad to say I can't locate. The artist interpreted 'Bog Girl' as a little yellow frog, happily eating bugs. (If any of you know where to find this drawing, please tell me!)
Today, I'm re-issuing the BOG GIRL challenge. She's a community character. Make your own interpretations and send them to me!
I'm very upset about missing my last two live streams. I slept right through them. I doubt this coming week will be any different. Evenings are going to be difficult. This is sad because I seriously need the money. As good as the last three months have been, I'm always paying catch-up when it comes to money.
This week, I will need to raise $1200 for bills and March rent. Since live shows probably won't work, I will offer my regulars a duo drawing (that means two characters together). Ten of you at $120 each, and I'll be covered. CONTACT ME!
Meanwhile, I will work on backlog art during the days this week.
During last weekend’s live stream, I was astonished to find that my viewers didn’t know about “The Prisoner,” the 1968 BBC TV show starring Patrick McGoohan that turned the spy genre on its ear. Episode 1 is an amazing piece of work. Once you start watching, you can’t stop. The rest of the episodes are hit-and-miss, and some of them are a complete mess. The first season was never finished, and McGoohan had to rush out a sort-of-ending to meet the BBC cancellation date. The final two-part episode is even more surreal than what you see here. It’s kind of like “Magical Mystery Tour.” Pure paranoia and weirdness. You owe it to yourself to see The Prisoner.
Generous gifts from fans! (This Tinker Bell book is pretty amazing!) Thank you all so much! Over the holidays, some of my customers were asking about sending gifts, so I created a wish list at this address. http://amzn.com/w/QDC1WAG2A03V
I wanted to do something to showcase all of the celebrity faces I've drawn over the years, so I created this 20-page book. It's a magazine-sized collection of 77 drawings, and it came out looking like an AWESOME coloring book! Take a look!
Camie was one of the Anchorhead teenagers cut from the original Star Wars. She was on-screen for less than one minute, and she spent that minute BOILING WITH RAGE. Koo Stark's acting spoke volumes of hate in those few precious seconds. I felt the need to provide captions for her inner voice. I CAN'T STOP WATCHING THIS.
• Ultra Fem brought her in as a
sidekick after the original lineup
of the group fell apart, and she
has declined to explain
• Rarely speaks, and never in public
• Fiercely devoted to Ultra Fem
and vice versa
• Sexual relationship with Ultra Fem
—Favorite Things to Put in Her Mouth—
• Ultra Fem
—Least Favorite Things—
• Brussels sprouts
• Penis (unless Ultra Fem makes her do it)
Age: early 20s
Sexuality: Straight, Switch
• Intense combat training
• Weapons mastery
• High intelligence
• Solo adventurer who patterned
herself after Night Mistress
• Became sidekick/trainee on
invitation of The Scratch
• Generally regarded as the most
intelligent of the group
• Unofficial historian of the group
• Sexual relationship with Batboy
Here's the finished Cattail art I promised a few days ago!
A bit about the character: I created her in 2005, shortly after creating the main cast of characters. I was at FetishCon for the first time that year, and I was introduced to a model named Dante Posh. I was showing off my new character designs (My art was so bad back then! Why did people put up with it?!), and when I talked to Dante, she said "I can be in it!"
I had been thinking about a black girl for the group, but I didn't have any solid ideas. Dante solved the problem for me. (If you're wondering what Dante looks like, THAT'S HER up there!)
Has it been 9 years?? Wow.
I'll post an Ultimate Guide for Cattail later tonight.