Monday, 17 August 2009

Ayacon - Complete!

Made it back from Ayacon today. My mind has been warped, twisted and disturbed, and my innocence somewhat shattered (the pub quiz has a lot to answer for), but I survived! Thus ends my second attempt at selling comics. Next event: October London Expo!

Bumped into and met a lot of cool people throughout the weekend (thanks for stopping by!) and generally had a great time. As for the hat I'm wearing? Things just seem to happen at conventions so you learn to go with the flow...

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Pre-Ayacon nerves

Off to Ayacon... TOMORROW! @_@;

I'm nervously looking forward to it. Mainly hoping to meet up with a lot of people I know online, but have never really gotten to meet face to face. I'll be milling around on the Friday and Saturday so I want to meet as many peeps as possible. All you need do is ask every person in the building 'Do you fail!?', and I'm sure you'll find me at some point! ;-D

If that doesn't work (why wouldn't it?), then I'll be in the dealer's room on Sunday between 10 and 5 attempting to peddle my comics. I'm carrying ample supplies of D.R.U.N.K., Beholder of the Eye and Japanofail with me along with some of my sketchbooks so I can use as much free time as possible to get more drawing done!

In terms of comic progress I've mainly been working on Beholder of the Eye 2. About 12 pages are pencilled, although I'm not sure how long the final count will be just yet, but it's coming on. As for Japanofail, I've not touched it! ^^; I've probably got enough ideas on paprt to get another comic done, but nothing's really happened to be honest, and probably won't until the pencils are done on Beholder 2. That said I think there's only about a month's worth of strips left to upload online, so time's running out! One way or another they'll come, but for now I'm sticking to the old pencils.

Will report back after Ayacon if there's news to be had. ^_^

Saturday, 8 August 2009

The Mission!

Okay so I've drawn myself up a little chart so I can get my new comics done in time for October's London Expo... and I'm in trouble already.

For Japanofail 2, I need to do on average 4 strips per week. Simple, right? Next comes Beholder of the Eye 2: I need to pencil a page a day, and once they're done it's inking a page every day without fail, which should then leave me with a couple of weeks to get it all sent off to the printers. These plans would have to run simultaneously as well so it's going to be a bit of a squeeze...

My never ending search for free time is starting to pay off, but even so this is going to be tough! That guideline doesn't allow for getting covers done, inevitable cock-ups and system failures or getting my Manga Jiman entry done.

To be honest I should be more sensible about it, focus on one comic at a time with the full expectation that only one comic will get done... but I'm not a very sensible person. It's all or nothing with me so I'm going to try and bust myself to get these done, and hopefully not at the expense of the quality (it's thin on the ground as it is!).

Anyone reading this: Don't let me get behind. If you're at Ayacon, ask me how much work I've done, demand to see my sketches. At any other time, send me messages here, PM me on forums - just make sure I'm on track! I'll be giving updates here (and sneak previews if there's anything non-spoilerish to show, like the above pic from Japanofail, hee!), it's time to sink or swim! >_>;

For now though I'm tired, pessimistic and vaguely determined... this so isn't going to happen, lol.

Regardless: Ganbarimasu! XD

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

I'll be at Ayacon!

Ayacon, one of the UK's longest running anime convention, is going to be on at the Warwick Arts Centre between 14th and 16th of this month. I've been a hardened manga and anime fan for around 15 years I think, but this is actually my first ever time to go to a convention!

On top of that, I've gone and booked a table for the Sunday! It was a last minute decision as I wasn't going to bother and just use it as a chance to lose my 'con-newbie', but what the hell I may as well do a bit of everything! ^_^

Think registration for the event ends this week, so if you've not booked you better hurry! Anyone who's already set up, please come see me! Being a newbie also means I don't really know many people who are going... ;_;

Kind of made this longer than necessary. To summarise:

Buy my comics?
Fun times. ^_^

Hope to see you then! And if you really can't make it, there's always my online shop (it looks a bit weird, but seriously - it does work, lol!).

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Diving in once more!

Just a general update this time to say I'm finally starting up my drawing again. It's slowgoing, but work has started on both Japanofail 2 and Beholder of the Eye 2.

Japanofial will basically be more of the same. I'm slightly worried that my jokes might start to repeat a little as I reuse theme, but for now I've got a bunch of ideas and just want time to draw them up. If I'm lucky the weekly updates will proceed uninterrupted. ^^

As for Beholder of the Eye 2... whew it's going to be a tough one to crack. I've pencilled about 6 pages so far, and I'm trying to develop in all areas as much as possible. I'm making things deliberately difficult for myself to force both my artistic and narrative skills to improve. More action scenes and very controversial themes will make or break this series for a lot of people. I seriously hope I can pull it off.

Chances of getting these done in time for October Expo? Let's just say I'd be very ambitious to say they'll be there. But if the wind's behind me and have the time then who knows?

Will update soon, maybe even with an image or two! ;-D