To me, Frozen is like a Charm City Cake: so gorgeous in presentation and exterior details, but bland and overrated when you actually bite into it and realize they sacrificed flavor and texture to make sure the cake was as superficially pleasing as possible. And then everyone you talk to about the cake either seems to be projecting their own favorite flavors onto it or they tell you “these cakes weren’t meant for eating.”
Of course, I wouldn’t begrudge anyone liking or even LOVING it, just as I hope folks wouldn’t begrudge me being underwhelmed by it. Just don’t expect me to do back flips when it wins the award for “Best Cake Ever.” :D
An incredible family is in need of some help. The family is made up of three people amazingly fine people Grig, Christine and their son CR Larson. Christine Larson, is in hospital ICU with H1N1 flu and pneumonia that is so bad that she’s in a medically-induced coma, and fighting for her life. Thi…
The Larsons are one of the kindest families in the fan community; they bring you Katsucon every year. They’ve lost one of their own today, Christine Larson passed away this afternoon and they face some steep medical bills. Her husband and son are going through some really hard times right now and this is something they should NOT face alone. If you can spare anything for them, please do. And if you can’t contribute, then please signal boost. Christine’s family and all her friends thank you.
“People think I have the power cuz I have the monkeys. Nope. I have the power because I’ll let the monkeys loose. They don’t understand that. They goddamn don’t understand that and they goddamn don’t understand me…but that’s okay. That’s alright, see, ‘cuz people…they understands monkeys…”—
Friend: *jokingly* I judge anyone who likes the band Journey very harshly.
Me: Anyway you want it, friend. Guess we’ll have to go our separate ways. I’ll be alright without you. But when you realize who’s crying now, I’ll take you back with open arms, faithfully. Just don’t stop believin’.
You learn to draw by drawing, so start today. Pick up a sketch pad, some pencils, and just draw stuff you like and then draw anything and EVERYTHING else. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come out like you want it to…it almost never does and it takes YEARS of practice to become even remotely proficient at it. Like any learned skill, it takes dedication and patience. If you love to do it, it’s worth it. Keep at it and you WILL get better.
If you’re absolutely clueless on handling a pencil, I recommend checking out “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. It teaches you how to draw through observation. Once you’ve got a handle on that, start looking around (real life, books, movies, whatever) and draw everything you can. Turn it into an obsession. Build up your skills, become a sponge for knowledge, and just keep working at it. Most importantly, START NOW AND NEVER QUIT!
”—Someone had asked me for some tips on drawing. Thought I’d share my response since I think it’s something I think a lot of young folks need to hear. Pretty general stuff, but the sentiment really helped me and still does. Good luck and never stop!
I don’t like you any less because we disagree sometimes. I wouldn’t like you less even if we disagreed all the time. If I wanted a life without differences of opinion, I’d invest in a mirror room and be the saddest, most boring person who ever lived.
now that you finished "it sucks to be weegie" (awesome series btw) what your next big project
The plan is to wrap up the "Ensign Sue" trilogy with Clare Moseley and then to finally finish Trigger Star. With those loose ends tied up, Sarah and I have something big in the works but we gotta keep it hush-hush for now. ”Tell them what you plan to do, but first SHOW them” is the approach we’re taking on this one. Thank you so much for your interest and support. <3
You know what would be super awesome? If you came to "La Mole Comic Con" in México City. You know, if you ever get the chance...
That would be awesome. For cons that distance from me though, I tell folks to get your friends together, contact the con, and request they invite me as a guest one year. If they think I’m worth the time and/or money, they’ll get in touch with me and we can make it happen. If not, I’ll just keep working until I am worth said time & money. ;D Hope to see you one day!
Hi Kevin! I was wandering which font you are using for your comics - I've seen it at some places now but I don't know its name. I'm working on a comic myself and can't decide yet which font to use, so I'd like to try the one you are using.
The font I use for Ensign Sue and Weegie is Blambot’s LetterOmatic BB and can be found here: http://www.blambot.com/font_letteromatic.shtml My “Mascot” comics use a homemade font based on my awful handwriting. :D
do you do on the spot commissions at cons? also are you going to MegaCon :O ?
I do! It’s one of the few times I actually take commissions. As for Megacon, there was a bit of scheduling snafu so I won’t be making it this year. Gonna do my darnedest to get out there next year though. Have some extra fun out there for me, ok? :)
Congrats for being able to return to ASTL! Are you going to do a panel like your last one (I loved your panel!)?
I will be hosting some kind of cartoon panel, yes. Whether it’s the same one I did last year or a brand new one will depend on how much time I can put into one before con. Either way, hope to see you there. ^_^
We clearly have different ideas of the what the term “plus sized” means then and I hope the petition has a more specific definition. My lady friends who work out and are built like tanks consider themselves “plus sized,” hence why I categorize Eep as such. Sorry for the confusion.
What do you think of the online petition that will be sent to Disney to try and get a plus sized princess?
Dreamworks Animation’s "The Croods" had a plus-size main character.
Shrek had 4 movies with a plus-sized princess (who was also a badass, especially in the 4th one.)
And while we’re on the topic, Paranorman slipped in the first openly gay character in a mainstream (relatively speaking) animated film.
I think giving more time, effort, free press, and support to the companies that are taking positive steps and doing what you like instead of focusing on the ones that aren’t is a far more effective strategy than an internet petition. Well, that’s become my personal belief anyway. I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from creating or signing said petition, but I would strongly urge folks to do so in conjunction with what I’m talking about here.
It’s official! I’ll be making a return appearance at ANIME ST. LOUIS. April 11-13 in Collinsville, IL! Looking forward to seeing my midwest pals again. Stay tuned for a special announcement regarding my appearance there. I think you’re gonna like it. ;)
Any chance you'll ever be back in the St. Louis area for a convention again? (Sadly, I see AnimeSTL isn't on your visiting list this year.) Meeting you that one time (and buying tons of your cards) was awesome. ^_^
I’m hoping to be at Anime St Louis again this year. I’m hoping to confirm it very very soon. See ya’ there! :)
How do you get motivated to do artsy stuff? I told myself I'd write once a week, but I can't seem to find the drive to even make a short story.
This is a bit of a toughy and it’s different for every person. For me, if I’m having a hard time getting start with drawing, I pick something that doesn’t require me to think too hard (like drawing stuff out of clothing catalog for practice) and then do that to warm up my brain. I listen to some good inspiring music at the same time. This tends to get the engine running fairly well. If you can’t write short stories, try little written exercise like writing captions to random photos or word association exercises (pick a random subject and write down everything that comes to mind when you think of it.) Then try writing short essays, or rewrite a scene from your favorite movie or book but do it from the point of view of another character who ISN’T the protagonist. Just kinda work your way into short stories and then wherever else you wanna go from there. Not sure how effective they’ll be for you, but it doesn’t hurt to try. You learn to write by writing, I’m told.
Also I don’t know what your personal situation is, but if you’re not eating well and/or getting enough sleep, that can have a HUGE impact on your motivation levels and brain function. Eat a good breakfast in the morning and make sure you’re getting around 8 hours sleep, if possible. I find I get really slow and uninspired when I’m tired and hungry. Hope that helps. Best of luck with the writing. I’m rooting for ya’!
Honest Question is Honest. I've always felt like someone that doesn't want to settle for just living a happy life. I aspire to make waves--moreso through art. I've always wanted to inspire someone, so, as a person who inspires many through your comics, how would you describe your struggles getting to where you are now? I ask because lately I've been wanting to just give up and there haven't been many down to earth artists that would offer insight into their world like you do.
Well, I did describe them (in very broad, comical terms but still not far from reality, laughably grim ending notwithstanding) in this cartoon…
The difference between the people who fail and the people who succeed is that the people who succeed never stopped. Give yourself a definite purpose, make it as specific as possible, and then turn that desire into an all-consuming obsession and promise yourself every day that you will never quit until you reached its attainment. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to get closer to your goal and when they make themselves known to you, act on them without hesitation. Think about the people you admire or aspire to be and imagine them cheering you on when things start to get rough and you feel like giving up. Surround yourself with those who want to see you succeed and have a positive influence on you and JUST KEEP GOING. Remember: a quitter never wins and a winner never quits. Good luck and if you ever need encouragement and can’t seem to find it close at hand, feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to cheer on people who are chasing their dreams right along side me. Never stop drawing! :)
Hi there, Kevin- I wanted to tell you that I love your work, but the words will be worn out by now. Your goofy little cartoon face cheers me up when there's an insane deadline ahead- such as now. Still, is there any advice you could give me? I'm an amateur comic artist with far, far too many personal projects on her hands and not enough willpower to do them- let alone my huge levels of college work. Thanks for your time, even if you don't reply. Best wishes, from Scotland. :)
The words never ever EVER get worn out. It means the world to me and I’m not just saying that. <:)
Now, as for your question….this is something I’ve learned the hard way, what I try to do is prioritize my projects in one or any combination of the following ways….
1) How soon it’s due
2) How profitable it is for me ($$, learning, or personal fulfillment)
3) How difficult it is (I find if I do the hardest things first, it gets a fire under my butt to blaze through the other stuff)
I write them down in list format in order of priority and then from there, if possible, I focus on one thing at a time. (You can do this for your school work too, btw) I make each item a clear cut goal and see it through until it’s finished, and if this is not possible then I keep going until I reach a suitable stopping point and get back to it as soon as I’m able. By doing this, my projects don’t seem as overwhelming and it’s easier to keep my energy up. When an item is done, I cross it off the list, derive vital nutrients from my own sense of self-satisfaction, and then move on to the next item. Rinse, repeat.
It might also prove helpful to break big projects into smaller tasks and then tackle them in a similar fashion. The smaller and more definite you make each task, the easier they’ll be for you to conquer.
Also, if you do a lot of video gaming, tumbling, Facebooking, whatever non-drawing/school work things, then schedule a set hour during the day to the do them and then FOR THE LOVE OF GODBEARD DO NOT TOUCH THEM AT ANY OTHER POINT DURING YOUR WORK DAY. BE STRONG! :D Stay focused and you’ll find tackling projects gets a lot easier. Good luck on your work and never ever ever stop drawing. ^_^
okay, this has been kind of bugging me for a while, because i'm just that weird and pathetic of a person, but in one of your i'm my own mascot comics from a while back, how on earth was k-bo sebastian able to overpower, kill, and eat ariel, given him, well, being a crab?
You're probably the only big name webcomic artist on the Internet who doesn't have some kind of hatedom, negative quality, or skeleton in their closet.
I appreciate the sentiment. I just wish I could say that was true. I’ve messed up quite a bit on my way to any semblance of maturity, but I try to own up to my mistakes, learn from them, and do my darnedest not to repeat them. That, and show others the same patience and forgiveness when they make mistakes that I’d like them to show me (especially since I still occasionally make a complete ass of myself.) Thank you for the very kind note. ^_^