One of 5 hand-embellished, glow-in-the-dark, giclée's hanging at Sensory Overload this month.
Well, July totally didn't go as planned. Right there at the end of it, my daughter and I caught covid and I had to cancel my plans to go to Tampa Bay Comic Con. In an effort to recoup lost income, I set the online store to free shipping for the weekend, but then just fell off the effort because the virus really did a number on me.
Event-wise, I don't usually have much planned for August. It's when the runt goes back to school and I spend time reorienting my workspace for the next year. I do still have some really cool artwork (that glows, using paints I made myself!) hanging up at Sensory Overload, where it will be until the 13th, but that's the only live thing I have planned until October - when I'll be vending at Spooky Empire.
In this week where I existed as a lump on the couch, I watched the entirety of Umbrella Academy - which I enjoyed immensely. This now makes me question how much stock to put into the opinions of the people who told me it's terrible. It's really rather good - even if it wasn't what I initially logged into Netflix to see.
What I logged into Netflix to see was the Sandman trailer for the bajillionth time. I'm so excited for this show (it comes out today!)! I'm a huge fan of the comic and can honestly say that if not for that story, I probably wouldn't be the storyteller that I am today. It is WEIRD and that stunning example of weirdness showed me that It's okay to work in completely off the wall concepts. Sivoa (particularly Mourning and Zenith) are full of things that I once would have been like "that's not realistic" and have chucked in the trash. If I were ever able to say anything to it's creator, Neil Gaiman, it would be "thank you for writing weird."
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I never get tired of opening boxes like this. While I didn't technically "win" the NaNoWriMo again this year, I've been extremely successful with it. Sivoa: Zenith now has as many words as Sivoa: Sunrise and the ending is actually written. I just need to fill in some plot holes and write in some scene connectors before it's onto the editing phase. I forgot how exciting it is to be this close to the finish line! Heck, I'm feeling this on two fronts! The children's book I've been working on is approaching completion and is looking like it'll make its deadline of February! Y'all, this story is so stinking cute! It's about 5 little goblins just barely not failing at puppy sitting. Stylistically, it's like a hybrid storybook and comic, which helps to keep it timeless. 🥰 Being on the production side, I do not know what launch procedures for this book will look like, but if you want to be kept informed about release and ordering information
As I'm typing this, I'm preparing to leave for Rose City Comic Con , in Portland, OR with my BFF, The White Elk ! This is the first convention I've ever attended on that side of the country and I'm excited to see, like, s o many online friends ! Then two weeks after that I get to see even more at Necronomicon over here in Tampa, where I will be vending . I really kind of need this after last month. August was very rough for me with the kiddo starting school back up (in Florida, where everything is insane) and the passing of Jarvis , my (but then Daniel's ) cat. She meant a lot to me. More than I think I'll ever be able to explain. I did manage to get some art done though! Two children's book pages, a Sivoa illustration (with another coming out on Tuesday!), and two Sivoa sketches! All of which can be found on the Patreon member Discord channel ! I also got a ton of writing done. 😁 If you already follow me on Patreon (it's free!), these monthly emails
Happy 2022! All these twos must be affecting my brain because I've been two days late with my regularly scheduled content since the year started. 😅 I want to blame the cheese, but in truth it's because I've been overwhelmed with the move into my new house and the death of a dear friend . In fact, I've been using the move to dive mindlessly into physical labor and turn off my feelings - which bit me in the ass earlier this week when I realized that I hadn't even started on my Patreon update. I opened up photoshop to start coloring and about ten minutes in I couldn't see the screen through my tears. That moment of quiet allowed me to grieve like I should've in the first place and I guess I'm better now for it. I still miss Weatherly though. He was a staple of convention life for me - a friendly face that was always there to tell really bad jokes, make silly faces, and show off his latest shirt designs. He was the father of Aardvark Tees and if you'