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Kickstarter Campaign for the DAYD Book!

UPDATE: The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success. Beyond what I asked and hoped for. Thank you to all the supporters and I hope that you enjoyed the printed version of my littleĀ  webcomic. It makes me laugh all the time. I’m kinda odd that way, I’ll admit it, but it’s likely not viral or anything.

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My Kickstarter campaign has officially launched which means you have 30 days to support me in this project to raise enough cash to get the collected works of Death at Your Door printed. There’s lots of great rewards for the various levels of sponsorships and you’ll be among the first people to getĀ  the book!

Kickstarter is a great way for independent creators to source funds for projects. Essentially, it gives people the chance to pre-order and support artists at the same time.

For me, it will also be a gauge of fan support for Death At Your Door. A successful campaign means I’ll keep going with this web comic and be able to attend more conventions, create more strips, and create more fans.

As a fellow independent creator tells me all the time, “Make It Happen”! I have, but now it’s up to you to send your love (and support) to this web comic. It’s been free online for four years now, hope you enjoy it every week as much as I do, and are willing to back up your support for it with actual funds. As in all Kickstarter campaigns, your patronage will only go through IF the entire campaign is funded, so check back often for updates to where we’re at with getting this book live.

I appreciate everyone’s involvement, I truly do, and thanks for all the support!

UPDATES:

WE made our original goal. Thank you to all the people who generously sponsored this effort I truly appreciate it. To celebrate, I’ve add some stretch goals that everyone gets if we make it a little bit further. So check out the campaign and help if you can. So get a few friends participating and everyone gets a little more!

 

UPDATE 1: January 12: We’re 87% funded!! Holy crap! Awesome balls. Wooo hooo!!! Thanks everyone!

UPDATE 2: We made it! We’re above our goal. Thanks to Gregory for pushing us over the top and to FLEEN for the mention in today’s article (if you really want to know what’s happening in the webcomic world, sign up for the updates to Fleen, they tracks every independent comic effort out there). Thanks guys and gals!

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100 Self-Portraits

Ok, this you have to see to appreciate. Adventure Time illustrator Mike Holmes drew a self-portrait of himself (and his cat) in the style of 100 different artists. From the perspective of someone like myself whose skin literally crawls at the very idea of a self-portrait this is just incredible. Here’s his blog, http://www.mikeholmesdraws.com/, but you’ll have to shell out $5 to see them all, and it’s worth it. If you want to see some, you can click 100 Self Portraits, but that’ll only give you a taste of them so go ahead, skip your latte today and support an artist.

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Fan Art of Death Where I’m The Fan

scythe death cape Jamie Isfeld geek nerd cultureDoes it count as fan art if you’re the bigger fan of the artist who created artwork of your character? Sure it does. It’s unsolicited, so yeah!

Big shout out of thanks to Jamie Isfeld for including this sketch in the package of colouring books that I bought from her (psst, they are wonderful, go get your own as you’re not getting mine, that’s what I told my kids too).

Love it, it’s hanging in my studio for inspiration.

 

 

 

Kids drawing monsters.jpgAnd here’s my little one hard at work colouring her new monster colouring book.

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Con Wrap – Central Canada Comic Con 2014

Another Winnipeg comic convention wraps up leaving behind remnants of poorly made cosplay costumes and the shattered expectations of fanboys meeting their heroes in person. All is not doom and gloom, though, and if you were nice enough to come by my table, you were greeted with enthusiasm and sales kids doing a great job.

New Stuff to buy at comic conventionsThis year, as is usual, my kids were with me manning the artist alley table. This year they took a more active role as I promised them all the proceeds from button sales and a quarter for everyone they got to sign up for the email newsletter (mental note, send one of these out soon). To say they took to this arrangement with enthusiasm is an understatement. I officially upgraded them from “booth babes” to “partners” for their stellar efforts. A sour note that eventually turned sweet, on Saturday their money bag went missing, presumably stolen, that left us all feeling quite down about the con experience. BUT a few days later Mark Buhr contacted me, and said if I could describe the bag and contents we could come get it. It was accidentally picked up when Mark bought a present for his daughter. And as he put it:

.. and while there’s lots that we’re all guilty of, when death comes to your door it better not be to take you to that special part of hell reserved for the takers of little girls’ monkey purses.

Thanks Mark, you’re one of the good one’s out there!

This year we found ourselves situated next to the incredibly talented duo of Anthony and Kat Hary. Their help and friendship and proximity was just awesome. We tried to tape an episode of Comic Crossover live at the con but unfortunately my parental duties and helping con attendees scuttled that plan. Thanks for the drawing for the kids Anthony!

Coolest dark moment of the con: the Autopsy Pathologist who said he loved my business cards but should include time of death on them to make them 100% accurate. Loved it! Scared me a little, but loved it.

Hot cosplay winnipegBest costume of the con IMHO (besides ours, of course) was Jamie’s the Sister of Battle. Detailing was killer. This lady is so darn creative it blows my mind. If you haven’t seen her work, well your life is just sad, fix that by going to her new website documenting all the geek goings on in Winnipeg. A muse is someone who inspires you all the time, right? I think that’s her official job description.

 

 

60's batman from WinnipegReturning fans were great to visit with again. To all of you, thank you. It’s humbling to have people follow my work. Truly. And of course having a big giant bomb with nowhere to put it does help in clearing the crowds around my table so you can chat a little more.

fem sherlock cosplayAND this lady wins the prize for the best smart phone screen saver. Yep. Loved it.

 

Gotta go now, but these were some of many highlights of the weekend, and I wish I had time to tell you all about it but basically it comes down to this: go to a con, have fun.

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Death came for my computer

Soooo, with no warning, my computer’s done. Toast. No boot up possible.

For those unfamiliar with a mac’s start up process it begins with the decades old lovely chime we all know and love. And that’s as far as it goes with my mac. No keyboard command will help (it doesn’t get to the point of seeing the keyboard) and the DVD drive doesn’t engage. Neither do any ports (wouldn’t help anyway, as a keyboard command is required to seek a bootable drive from anything but the primary drive.

Next step is to take it in and see what the techs can do. I’m not hopeful. This sounds like a major motherboard issue and that’s best case scenario as the hard drive data would be intact.

I have Time Machine running, but I can’t honestly say the last time I checked on it to make sure it was backing up all it needed to as I’m running multi-users on it so the data is pretty fragmented. So between my backup and it possibly NOT being a hard drive issue I do have hope that I haven’t lost everything from the last month.

So having said all that, this strip is on hold, until I’m back up, which will take a long while I’m afraid. There was a lot on that machine. Sad thing is that I was going to launch the Kickstarter campaign for the DaYD book, both of which are 99% on the mac.

UPDATE
New hard drive being installed, should have machine back on Monday. Then a long night of getting it back to normal. I learned that iMacs have a proprietary hard drive that costs $$$$, even third party ones are more expensive than regular drives. This is my last piece of Apple tech as I think that’s total crap. It’s always been that way to a certain extent but hard drives??? C’mon, they always fail and need replacing. Bad enough you have to upgrade the whole computer to stay current with software but now it feels like they are asking you to get a new computer if one part fails. And that just stinks.

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The Heroes of Winnipeg Cosplay

Ok, technically Jeff Legionofdoom and Kid Remington are the Villians of cosplay of Winnipeg, but to me these two represent the heart of cosplay for the Winnipeg scene (to me at least). They’ve been at it for years, are consistent, and love to include everyone. And now they have a podcast about all things geek, cosplay, and comic conventions. Well worth a listen to the podcast if you love comics.

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Kid as the Joker

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Jeff as Bane