No more anime cons! Well, unless we have friends that strongly recommend them to us and we know they will be worth it. After our weekend at PariahCon 2012, we’ve learned that we need to choose our cons more wisely. In general, cons that are more focused on anime/manga/weebo/wuhamajibbija seem to be far less organized, and don’t make us very much money. I think we ended up breaking even when you factor in the hotel cost and gas and such, so it doesn’t make much sense to keep doing this to ourselves. In addition to that, some disrespectful things happened to Kate as the guest artist and the con was LARGELY unorganized. Like, seriously. I don’t want to get too far into the details because I hate to be negative, and there’s no other way to give the details, unfortunately. Negativity won’t do anything to make the situation any better, other than to tell our friends and fellow artists not to get a table at PariahCon. I mean, I can do that without the details… HEY FRIENDS AND FELLOW ARTISTS! DON’T GET A TABLE AT PARIAHCON. On the other hand, I don’t want to tell people not to go to the con at all, because I’m sure it was more enjoyable to attendees. So if anime is your thing, or if you like one-day cons being spread across three days, or if you like seeing underage kids get drunk, maybe this is the con for you. I think I’ll just leave it at that…
Now let’s talk about some recent developments in Naughty Bicycle World…
First off, my new webcomic, THE HALL MONITORS, has launched! It went up last Friday, April 27th, actually. For those of you not in-the-know, The Hall Monitors is a new webcomic about a group of friends who start a band. After being in a band for a number of years, I saw the potential in making a webcomic out of the experience. I’ve got tons of ideas for this comic, as well as lots of input from friends and fellow musicians.
I posted four pages to start off with. Why four? Think of it as a mini story arc in which we discover how the band comes up with their band name. I’m currently finishing the next page, but I hope to create some sort of buffer of pages so I don’t have to worry about falling behind if something comes up. Anyway, the comic is up so be sure to tell all your friends about it. I’m really excited to see where I can take this!
As far as our next book, Facebeast issue 2, it’s still in progress! Our ultimate goal here is to have it done by Dragon*Con. It’s going to take some serious comic booking, but I think it can be done. I don’t think we’ll be launching a Kickstarter for this book, unless we get a bunch of people that think we should. I’d rather just order a small batch to start off with, and see where it goes from there. We met a lot of people at PariahCon who loved the first book, and one dude was actually disappointed we didn’t have issue 2 printed yet. That surprised the fuck out of me. Someone actually read my comic and liked it? Whodathunkit? So yeah, issue 2 is well underway and we’re shooting for an August release date!
And the last thing going on is Dragon*Con. It’s our next convention, and the biggest one yet! We’re taking the summer off to prepare for this bad boy, and in addition to Facebeast #2 we hope to have a slew of new prints and artwork for sale. This is going to be quite a busy summer for us, and I can’t wait for the payoff. OH GOD WHY ISN’T IT AUGUST YET?!?!
That’s it for now! Below is a bunch of Kate’s artwork from the con this past weekend. Most of the commissions we got were obscure anime characters that are completely lost on me. Maybe you can figure out who the hell they are. If you can, let me know. However, she managed to get a few other commissions done over the weekend. Take a look!
Thanks for reading!