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Vote on the Cover for Mer-Kingdom by SATURDAY

YOU GET TO THE PICK THE COVER FOR MY NEXT COLORING BOOK!

The JOY of having you guys tell me which Mermaid you think is cover material, what you think works best and why, has inspired me to LET YOU PICK THE COVER by VOTE!

I will take a final tally on Saturday. Feel free to share! I’m excited! We are almost done!!

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Vote for my design on Threadless to get it printed!

Score this design: “Tummy Blooms,” to help it get printed on Threadless!

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How To Draw Super Chicks

I use the term CHICK very loosely, and as part of the edification.

(By the way, for those that don’t know the reference: the second woman is Korra, from the Legend of Korra, because she is awesome and that show is awesome.)

How To Draw Super Chicks

EDITS:

This got featured on Tim Byrd’s blog! Thanks Tim!

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Wondercon Day 2 – Sunday

I hoped to finish this post last night – but the whole experience of Wondercon was more tiring than expected. So, a day later, but still relevant – I present to you what I did: talk with artists. And there were so many! I met those I follow on tumblr, Facebook, and other reaches of the internet, as well as some that amazed me and I felt a twinge of shame for not knowing about them earlier. First, I present the artists that really blew my socks of; new finds that made me a new fan:
Katherine Brannock, and Sho Morase.

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Katherine Brannock was sitting demurely at her booth, drawing in her sketchbook. At first I wasn’t aware of the black and white camouflage of her art fortress. But as soon as my eyes could focus on the detailed lines, glossy from repeated ballpoint pen strokes, stark against a clean white page – it was love. She is already well known and appreciated by a large fanbase – and her work is stunning.

If you are like me, and didn’t know about her, check out more of her art at her website and facebook.

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Sho Murase had a small booth, and a few banners, but was like a magnet from across the convention hall. This poster is for a joint show and you can see why I stood in line for a while until I could get a photo. That fox with the woman-face-mask – I still think about that image. Haunting…cute…magical.

She is having the joint show in Santa Monica which I plan on attending. I hope you will consider it!

Check out her website and her facebook.
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I met William Stout. Yeah, THE William Stout. He was kind, personable, and actually invited me to some drawing workshops! Hopefully I will have some drawings from those posted soon šŸ˜‰

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And now for some great artist who happened to be quite excellent conversation as well:

Minefield Wonderland with Tony Chavira, Allison Reimold, and Axel Ortiz! A great group who had live painting, drawing, sketching right there at Wondercon. A personable, chatty, and inspiring trio.

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012
Wondercon 2012

Ben Soto with Black Sheep Comics, and fellow Otis Alumn Jerrell Conner

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Toonehole with Chris Allison was a hilarious group with a business card that actually made me chuckle. Check ’em out for some laughs! And Lazy Bones Studios who has an Anne Frankenstein chick who kills Nazis and has a Facebook account. Yeah, you read that right.

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Evan Dahm with his online comics and Lonnie Millsap and his humour.

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Yes. Mike Mignola.

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And SteamCrow’s booth was glorious and colorful!
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The League Of S.T.E.A.M., in the flesh!
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And finally, the contents of my bag last night…with all the cards I got to go through to make sure I spelled everyone’s name right.

Wondercon 2012

In conclusion: I had a great time. Hopefully I will have a booth next year, and maybe I will get to see some of these artists I managed to meet in person. There is really something satisfying about meeting the artists I follow digitally. It brings them into the real world and off my monitor.

The only artist I saw in person that still retained a mystical and aloof distance, covered in magic sparkles and lit up like an angel was when I saw Hayao Miyazaki at a Ponyo screening a few years back at the El Capitan in Hollywood. I was actually kind of mad. How can he be so magical?? I guess I have to meet him a few more times to bring him in from deity to human. Here’s hoping. I digress. WONDERCON: you rock.

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First Day Ever At Wondercon

My first day. EVER! And I am still in a dreamy haze. I will be going tomorrow as well, but I simply had to post the highlights.

Wondercon: the annual comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention. It is usually in San Francisco, but this year its being held in Anaheim, next to Disney Land –Ā justĀ a few hours drive from where I live and work. And drive we did! Despite the crazy wind, rain, and hydroplaning drivers, we got there safe.

Wondercon is for aspiring and established writers, artists, publishers – its an amazing collection of talent with a much more mellow and respectful-of-my-small-stature crowd than Comicon. I would be thrilled to score a booth at Wondercon, and try I will! Who knows what next year will bring.

And the best, best part was going to the Womanthology panel, then buying the Womanthology book hot off the press, in all its glorious enormity, then getting it signed by those same artists and writers who were ON the panel, and then bringing home that intense, heavy Womanthology graphic novel collection and realizing that it went beyond women collaborating to make great stories…it has articles about making your own comics from scratch, drawing tips, and interviews with established and successful female comic artists and writers. I have quite a bit of reading to do.

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Archaia Publishing had a sale – got some oldies IĀ haveĀ had my eye on for some time:

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Got to meet “Cheeks” Sean Galloway with my friend Timothy Beard!

Wondercon 2012

And now for some choice photos: (to see them all, they are in my events flickr stream)

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Wondercon 2012

Goodnight. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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SNOWBIRD: a graphic novel by Erin Wilson

I love stories.

Sometimes, only 5 pages of one makes me tear up at work…I hate tearing up. Yet I wanted to know more about what was happening past the 5 pages of this graphic novel, so I consider this share-worthy.
Its an overwhelming thing: to see art that looks as therapeutic to the artist as it does for the viewer. I also consider this brave of the artist to share art that feels so personal.
I encourage you to check out, and support, SNOWBIRD, a graphic novel by Erin Wilson. Adorable, touching. Charm and beauty in the face of fear and pain is very special.

This is her Kickstarter page, where you can pledge to support her as she completes this graphic novel.

This is her Website

And this is where she answered Kickstarter’s question with a comic.

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Skydoll by Barbucci & Canepa Just Arrived

Skydoll Vol.1 by Barbucci & Canepa just arrived and I am so excited to read it! Just flipping through it, the colors and faces are beautiful. The panels are stunning. I plan on tracing a lot from this. “Tracing! Krisztianna, isn’t that cheating?” HA! NOPE! Only if you claim it as your own. I LOVE tracing beautiful drawings – its actually quite a wonderful exercise. <dances with tracing paper>

Now, a funny thing….in this American reprint I have received…the nipples were removed from the cover. I wonder what that room is like, where they make these decisions. On the outside, the group is all “hmmm, America will not like this unless we remove the nipples, despite it being an adult novel, and despite our hypersexualization of tons of other things for the youth- the REST OF THE WORLD can handle it – but us Americans, NO TO NIPPLES!” Its just odd to me. If they hadn’t removed them, I wouldn’t have brought it up – but now that they asked someone to Photoshop those nipples out, here I am talking about them. The very act of hiding them has brought it into conversation. <shakes head>

Anyhow! I’m excited for some tea, some pajamas, some tracing paper, and some kitties sitting on my hand as I try to draw and read.

Here’s the french one – the original I assume: