Norman Rockwell reference photos alongside finished works
This is how using reference works
Working smarter, not harder.
Reference, yo. #drawing
Listen/purchase: Awake Chapter 10 by Rebecca Scoble, Tory Woollcott, and Barabara
A reminder—the penultimate chapter of Awake is currently free to stream (as are all the previous chapters!), and the big finale is coming in less than a week! And just to whet your appetites more, Awake has the cover spot for our September issue, which launches this coming Monday. :-)
I just got caught up this past week, and now I’m eager to see how it all ends!
Aw, thanks! We most definitely appreciate your enthusiasm and support!
To be honest, we’re not 100% sure what our strategy should be for printing shorts. We did print runs of “Before You Go” and “Dinner Ditz” kind of as a spur-of-the-moment thing for TCAF this year, but so far they haven’t done particularly well through the online store, and since conventions aren’t a huge priority for us at the moment, we’ll probably be sticking to digital versions at least for the time being.
I think the right opportunity may arise in the future to do a print run, though! Our convention plans for 2015 are going to be a little more ambitious than this year, in part because we’ll have at least a couple more of the serial titles in print, so a nice edition of “The Ring of Saturn” might make more sense at that point. So yeah, no plans at the moment, but we’ll certainly keep you posted. It’s really useful to know that there are people out there who would enjoy it, so we’ll see what we can do!
Pixars 22 Rules of Story Telling
9 is worth the price of admission, holy crap.
This is genius. So many great writing tips!
And this is why Pixar is a master in their field.
Why do I feel so weird reblogging this… this is the weekend dammit! Anyway, great advice.
Pixar you have no idea how much this actually helps me.
Have I reblogged this before? *shrug* Certainly can’t hurt to do it again!
"I’m gonna die here."
Cleaning up our files, found this REALLY old promo pic from rem. Man, I think we submitted this with the novel pitch to TOKYOPOP in…2007? If not earlier.
We needed to show the tone of Tokyo Demons and Jo’s place in it…in one panel. Rem nailed it, as she always does. <3
*blast from the past*
Jo Oda brings hella class to a knife fight.
Sparkler Monthly is the new manga-magazine style publication on the block, and their publisher (Chromatic Press) presents an awesome opportunity for cartoonists whose crafts have been influenced by the Japanese comics and animation market to get paid for their work! Very few publishers respect “manga style” artists or actively look for them, so Sparkler Monthly is a huge deal in my book! They are also committed to a wide array of POC and LGBTQ+ representation in what they publish and center themselves around catering to the female gaze. I don’t think enough people know about them yet, »>clickity»> which is probably why a membership drive is necessary «<click«<! It’s totally worth it to support this! At the very least, take a quick look at their titles (comics, prose, and audio dramas) and see if you can’t find something you enjoy. They even have a section called Cherry Bomb for more saucy/sexy material, loads of subscriber exclusives, and a distro service pushing out stuff like fucking Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal books and merch. Seriously. Go there now.
(“Awake” illustration by Angela Sham)
I wholeheartedly and fully agree with everything said here! Sparkler Monthly is SO GREAT you guys! So great! I used to constantly, loudly, obnoxiously lament that something exactly like this didn’t exist— and now it does! So please, subscribe! Give a subscription as a gift, tell a friend, whatever! They’re so cool and great and think of how many cool and great people could get PAID to make COOL AND GREAT STUFF with your subscription! JUST THINK!!
Y’all know how Heidi and I talk about supporting the industry you want to work in? Sparkler Magazine is just such an opportunity. In fact, Chromatic Press is pretty much THE opportunity an American has to draw manga inspired comics in the US right now. I live on the east coast, so I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting the staff at any cons (yet), but as an east coaster with limited opportunities to see my comics printed or distributed by others, I understand how very important it is to support a publisher that’s willing to take such a big risk. OEL manga and manga influenced comics are a hard sell, and it’s only getting harder, so please consider supporting such a wonderful magazine. I just signed up for a year membership, which was really quite affordable, and I look forward to enjoying the upcoming months of comics, and look forward to being introduced to new artists.
The serious question now is do I want the standard year membership, or the super awesome VIP membership…..
This is freaking awesome, you guys. Thank you so much. ;_;
So many kind words!! Thanks for all your support!!
I’m running a little giveaway on my Tumblr!
Sparkler Monthly is doing its Year 2 Membership Drive. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should. Trust me, they’re filling a niche and a need that nobody else is in the English-language market, and it’s female gaze oriented/fem-positive! They’ve delivered awesome diversity in stories, characters, and content. And they are the cat’s meow when it comes to supporting and promoting indie creators.
I want to see what else they have in store for us (like a gaming department!), and that means supporting them by subscribing to one of their membership plans (Monthly, Yearly, VIP), and by generating word of mouth buzz about Sparkler Monthly.
So my giveway is this:
Everyone who reblogs this post before 8/30/14 will be entered in a drawing to win one of the following items.
- A Year+ Membership ($50 value) to Sparkler Monthly. This 12 month membership will include a free ebook from the Sparkler shop!
- One month trial membership (Five of these will be given away.)
Winners will be chosen through random.org on September 1st, 2014 and notified that day.
You can use the membership or trial month yourself or gift it to another to share the Sparkler Monthly love!
I can’t say enough good things about the Sparkler team. They’ve been supportive and fun to work with the whole way, and I want to see them stay around for a long time. Thanks for helping spread the word!
P.S. Check out the free Year 1 sampler.
So we don’t just have the best fans—we have the best employees as well. *sobs quietly*
Yay!! Go EPrime! (don’t forget to check out the Gauntlet ebook, available August 25th!!)
Dusk in Kalevia is one of my favorite titles currently running in Sparkler Monthly. Read the first chapter and definitely consider getting a membership to read the rest! Sparkler needs more members to continue publishing lady-friendly content. There is a lot this magazine has to offer, just check out the 100% FREE sampler issue. Share it with your friends!
Anyway, Toivo is adorable and needs some romance in his ethereal existence.
Eee! Toivo stars in our membership exclusive this month as well, in case you want a little extra taste of his cuteness!