Here’s a small gallery of some of the commissions Kate made at conventions in 2012. This is just a small portion of what she was asked to do, you can find more at http://keelhaulkateart.weebly.com
Hey everyone! This is my attempt at doing at least one post a week. Since we just got done with our first con of the year I figured this would be a good opportunity to talk about our time at SwampCon 2013.
It was pretty rad, surprisingly. When we set up last year we didn’t do too well, but we couldn’t complain since it was a free table. This was their second year doing the con, and it was much better! Saturday was super packed and we did a lot of business. I was surprised because I went in thinking this was just another anime con, and we weren’t going to make any money, and I thought we had learned our lesson on that. But nothing could be further from the truth. There were a lot of people there who really dug Kate’s art and our comics! RAD!
Kate also had the opportunity to be part of a panel discussion about comic book publishing with our friend Andre Frattino. I didn’t get to see the panel (since I had to stay at our table), but I heard it went great. After the first day ended, we went out to eat with Andre and some friends at Reggae Shack. It’s a Jamaican themed restaurant. I had the boneless curry chicken. It was spicy.
Day 2 was a bit slower, but I had the opportunity to scetch out some Hall Monitors pages. Kate got a few commssions, which can be seen below, and we sold a good amount of prints and comics. Overall we made way more than I expected, considering the heavy presence of anime at this convention. We’ll probably be back next year… if they’ll have us.
That’s about all I can get away with typing while I’m at work. I should probably get back to doing worky things like work. See you guys in the next post!
To start things off in 2013 I thought I’d talk about what went well in 2012. We had a lot of fun, meet a bunch of new people, broke a few sales records, and accomplished a lot with conventions.
By far our most successful convention last year was DragonCon in Atlanta. Not only did we have 4 days of fun, but we broke our overall sales record and made a lot of friends doing it! However, one of the main things I learned from DragonCon is how expensive some of those bigger cons can get. We’re not even talking about San Diego here. The table cost itself was average for a con that size, but the hotel cost was crazy! That’s where most of our expenses went. While we did break our record for most sales in a weekend, I think we ended up breaking even overall. Not bad, I’m just happy we had the chance to travel outside of Florida to promote our comics. We gained so many new fans, it really made it all worth it. All in all, it was a very successful trip.
I would say our second most successful con was PalmCon in West Palm Beach, FL, which is run by our friend Martin Pierro of Cosmic Times. It was only a one-day con, but man what a great time we had! It was very well run, and we broke our record for most sales in one day. If you want a good con to attend or table at in South Florida, I’d say this is a must do.
However, not every con can be successful. We learned a big lesson in 2012, and that was to stop doing anime conventions. Well, I wouldn’t say cut them out completely, but we definitely need to choose them more wisely. There are two cons that come to mind last year that really hit the nail in the coffin. FreeCon in Tallahassee and PariahCon in Lakeland. These two cons were so terribly run, it just left a bad taste in our mouth. For one, FreeCon was held at FSU, so there were all of these rules the organizers had to abide by. Also, pretty much every attendee spent all their money on accessories for cosplaying. I’m not even sure why people who sell accessories are put in artist alley, but whatever. The other one, PariahCon, was run by some friends who asked Kate to be the guest artist. They said they would pay her to design their badges, and pay for our hotel and all that jazz. They ended up paying her far less than what was promised, and they didn’t pay for the hotel at all. The response from con goers wasn’t great either. I finally realized at this con that the typical anime fan (usually about 10-18 years old at this con) has very little money. They are literally dropped off by their parents and given $20, which they spend on lunch, admission to the con, and some Pocky. Come to think of it, do anime fans read comic books that aren’t printed backwards? And not Scott Pilgrim? I dunno. I’m not saying everyone should swear off anime conventions, but it’s quite obvious they’re not for us.
Now I’d like to talk about comics. As far as comic books, we didn’t really get a lot done. Our big debut for Agatha Frisky was at MegaCon, and it has done really well since then, but we hadn’t made any other books all year long. I’ve mostly been writing Facebeast #2, and the artwork for it just kept getting pushed back more and more. The one thing we did do was successfully launch a webcomic. Back in April I decided to try my hand at making a comic, and The Hall Monitors is what came out of it. It started off pretty rough (I hadn’t drawn since high school!), but I seemed to get the hang of it within a few months. I’m actually really surpried at how quickly the artwork has been coming along. I think it’s looking great, and I can’t wait to see what I can do with it from here!
That’s about it for my 2012 recap. Last year had it’s ups and sowns, but overall I’d say it was a good step into the future. 2013 is shaping up to be a great year. More conventions, more comics, more everything! I’ll post another update soon about what we currently have going on. So stay tuned for that!
Thanks for reading!
So seeing as how it’s been a good eight months or so since I last updated this website, I figured now was as good a time as any to spice it up a bit. I redesigned some things, hope it looks alright. If not, tough shit because I hate web design. You’re stuck with this layout for at least another eight months.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last eight months (or only come to this website for NB updates, in which case I am sorry) there have been some big developments in our little comic making operation here. 2012 ended up being a big year for us, we accomplished a lot of things. Better yet, 2013 is already shaping up to be bigger and better. I will discuss all of these things in a 2012 recap, as well as an update on where we’re headed in 2013. But for now, I must take a rest from all this website updating stuff. It’s tough work, I tell you. See you in another eight months! (or maybe a day or two.. whichever comes first).
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!