Monday, June 26, 2017

Queer Comics Expo 2017 and New Patreon Stuff!

Hey hey hey there cats and kittens!
If you're following me on Social Media then you know that not only is Queer Comics Expo 2017 on the way, but that I'm part of it. I don't think they're doing the art gallery thing like they did this year, but instead going for a more straightforward artist alley experience. I'M stoked and I will do my best to cook up some exclusive content for it.
Apart from that, this will be the first actual convention that I'll be selling TransCat issue #8 at. So if you have not ordered yourself one online yet, feel free to hit me up! I'll be there with all my back issues too!

It's gonna be July 8th and 9th at the Cartoon Art Museum (934 Brannan St. San Francisco).
Tickets are $15 for a day or $25 for both days. (Special Discounts Available) (Get Tickets Here)
There's a lotta artists and a lot of other people I am hoping to see there, but let's do our best to bring in as many new faces as possible! No matter what, it's gonna be a hell of a show! <3 br="">

Apart from QCE, I gotta new Patreon project in the works!
A new comic is being uploaded, a page a day, starting this week, that explores the mythos behind TransCat's world and the origins of the hat. It introduces a new character, Oquezi the Demon Cat (an original character by artist and author Edgar Purviance) and reintroduces a character that I brought onto the scene last March, Senior Mysterioso.
This new comic "Westfall Prelude: Oquezi and Senior Mysterioso" by Edgar Purviance tells the story of how these two ominous figures know eachother, and what they have to do with TransCat.

First page goes live today, Monday the 26th of June. I'll be uploading a new page everyday until next Monday, the 3rd of July. 8 pages total and all it'll cost you is a dollar a month! Come on, CHECK IT OUT TODAY.

So this isn't a great big long blog or anything, but there IS one last piece of new business i'd like to bring up that also concerns Patreon.
I'm currently raising money to get the TransCat Graphic Novel, I'm trying to get it put together, organized and printed! It will include remastered versions of TransCat Issues 1 - 6, plus a few exclusive extras! I don't wanna be that kinda cartoonist who's just making you buy the exact same thing again. Even if you have issues 1 - 6 already, I wanna make this book worth it to you.

Here's a quick mockup of what i'm using as the front cover:

Subject to change, obviously, as It's still a year out.
Anyway! Thanks for stopping by! More news as it comes!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Fanimé 2017: All The Fani That's Fit To Mé

Check out my Fanime Picture Reel at my FACEBOOK PAGE!

I've stated this before on a few different occasions, but it simply cannot be restated enough times, while i am not a religious person, Fanime is still on par with a holy pilgrimage to me. If I ever miss Fanime, I hope it is because I've passed on and I've gone to that Big Convention In The Sky. I say without exaggeration that this was probably one of the finest Fanimes I've ever been to. There were a few bumps on the road, but all in all, the experience was an exceedingly pleasant one.
It almost wasn't that way though! In fact, the whole trip almost didn't happen at all! :O
Lemme set the scene for you. Early this year, I wanna say around January, my friend Danielle asks me "if I bought a Fanime hotel room, would you go with me and help me pay for it?" to which i responded with a resounding "He'll Yeah". Danielle is one of my most important hype girls and one of my best friends. The first time I EVER went to a Sacramento convention, she went out of her way to make sure people knew who I was and encouraged them to read my stuff. She busted her ass and I didn't even ask her too, and that's the only reason anyone in Sac knows who I am. so when she wanted to jump on a Fanime hotel room, I felt as if I had no choice but to throw down.

Sadly, that seemingly smooth beginning leads to a rocky second act, wherein after Danielle has purchased the hotel room, she befell some major financial hardships. so severe in fact, she came to me asking if I would take the hotel off her hands. It was a big deal because those things are NOT CHEAP! But I did it anyway because I really wanted to go, and I was certain that I'd be able to find people who wanted to come with me.
THAT was the single hardest part! I got a LOTTA maybes! I got a lotta folk who at first said "yes" but then had to back out for reasons beyond their control. I had at least two solid "yes's" and a couple "maybes" by the time con time was starting to really roll around. My friends Robert and Courteney were DEFINITELY in, and I had a couple friends coming from outta state who seemed real into it. five people to the room seemed VERY doable, and even if the two maybes backed out, three people seemed alright too.
We were set. Or at least, so I THOUGHT!
As I worried, my two out of state friends had to cancel their plans. i guess some big real life stuff came outta the blue for 'em and going on a vacation around then woulda been a poor choice. I wasn't to phased. I knew the con was only about a month away, but I had planned for this. I informed my two definites as to the situation and things seemed okay. Until Courteney, Courteney, ugh, bless her heart... started having second thoughts! So with less than a month to go, I scrambled looking for at LEAST a 4th person to help alleviate the strain. Thankfully, at almost the zero hour, that alleviation came in the form of my friend Tiger, who could sadly only stay for a few days out of the whole weekend, but hey, any help was good help as far as I was concerned.


The hotel was a little bit farther away form the convention center than i was used to, not like SUPER far away, but like just far away enough that walking it would be inconvenient. I know this because me and Robert tried doing it the first day! Ugh, what a mistake. 4 miles doesn't SEEM that long, but when you have to avoid the freeways because you're on foot instead of in a car, you have to make a lotta twisty turns that just adds to your journey. Luckily, after that, we found out there was a shuttle that went back and forth form the hotel to the convention that we could have used. We used it literally every other time, very convenient.
Another interesting first for this con was introducing Courteney to Robert and Tiger. These are two friend groups who had never mixed before, and while I kind of assumed it would be okay, there is always the possibility of overlooked X-factors. Thankfully, those fears were put to rest after the first day and everyone got along great. i think I have a good sense of whom to introduce to whom, also it helps that most nerds will become pretty good friends with eachother if they can bond over the shit they nerd out over.
After all that was out of the way, we set out attacking the con. I was VERY pleased to find that the amount of artists in the artist alley who create original stories with original characters was WAY UP from last year. I might actually try again next year to get in if they decide to continue this trend. I bought myself a nice big handful of comics, a few new toys, a plushie, a board game, a soundtrack, a videogame, and a nice new coffee mug with some gothic styling on it.

I ain't never had a pokemon plushie before, but i figured Meowth was a good place to start. He's a very good cat who can make me some money. What's not to love?
I also finally bought myself a copy of Dirge of the Cerberus because I've never played it before and that's a travesty! The CD is the soundtrack to the film "Your Name", which, if you have not seen it, is an absolute treasure. I HIGHLY recommend this film. The toys are Bruce Lee (Middle) and Fujiko and Lupin from the anime Lupin III (Left and Right respectively).
The board game is a very interesting little oddity i stumbled upon. apparently I was told about this game once by friend but I do not recall. It's a comic drawing game which seems perfect for me and my friends. It's like a cross between Pictionary, Madlibs and Cards Against Humanity. I have this idea of filming a video of me and my friends actually playing it and uploading it here. That would be amazing.

Anyway, that's my trip! I DID manage to sell some TransCat there, despite not having a table, but ssssh~ don't tell Fanime that ;-)

Stay tuned for more STUFF in the near future, friends <3 br="">

Monday, April 10, 2017

TransCat #8, The Charles Schulz Museum and An Apology For April Fool's Day.

It seems like each new book I put out is a harsher and harsher fight to actually get out. either because of semantics, or because I'm doing something new and different with this book that I've never done before.
This time it was a little mixture of both.
If you're on my Patreon then you've probably gotten a chance to read the digital version of this book already.
However, there is a special surprise inside this book, if you order a physical copy of the, a free prize awaits you inside! What sort of prize, you may be asking? Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to tell you what sort of prize, because this is a momentous step forward in the progression of TransCat.

Issue number 8 will be the first TransCat book to include a music CD. Now if you've been following TransCat since the beginning, then you've seen the after story "Playlists" in every issue and you know that music has, and will always play a major role in its storytelling, but what I've done here is even a little bit more special than that.
I cannot simply burn a CD with all the songs from the playlist on it and stick it in the book. I am almost 100% certain that would be illegal. Since I don't want to be slapped with cease and desist letters from EVERY major record label, I'll do ya one better.

Included in this issue is a new, ORIGINAL song, composed and recorded by my good friend Ill Poe featuring HIS good friend, DJ Shoba. The song was written about the events in this comic, so for now, it is only available here! And ONLY in the first printing of the book! SO GET YOURS WHILE IT LASTS!
Don't worry, if you were not able to make the opening even at The Schulz Museum, the comic WILL be made available for purchase in my SHOP probably as early as tomorrow. I need to weigh this book and see how much different the shipping will be from my standards books (because not only is a disc included, but this book has more pages as well!) Expect another announcement soon.

On the Subject of the Schulz Museum appearance, it went amazingly well!

This was my first outing to a convention this year, and it's only one of two that I even have planned. It was nice to get back into the swing of things. It FELT like I hadn't missed a beat, and was still feeling very comfortable and at home in this setting. I did make one kind of funny mistake though, and that was that I did not really research the buildings and the surrounding area of the Museum at all! As a result, i was not aware there were multiple buildings right next to each other named for Charles M. Schulz. I accidentally wheeled by big box of comics into the Charles M. Schultz ice skating rink at first O__O
Seeing all those people walk around with their skates and the hockey sticks was my FIRST indication that I was NOT in a museum, but thankfully a helpful cashier at the cafe in the front was able to point me in the right direction, and I wasn't TOO late.

It was a low key event, and it was only one day, but not only did i manage to sell a respectable handful of books, I got to talk to a lot of kids who aspire to one day be art professionals like myself, and give them some insights into my process, and how I overcame the obstacles I encounter along the way. hopefully, having spoken with me will empower them to keep on doing what they're doing art-wise.

My next event will be Sac-Anime Summer, which is this September. Registration hasn't even opened for it yet, so keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

So this brings me to my LAST item for this update :D

If you follow me on my various social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram, then chances are you saw my April Fool's joke about a TransCat animated series debuting on [adult swim] next summer.

If the sheer amount of messages I got from fans is any indication, then there's a good chance I actually DID fool you, and I am sorry for that :P
I guess Facebook managed to cut off the last second of the video (the part that actually said April Fool's on it), and it circulated far and wide without the giveaway, and APPARENTLY I'm just so good at creating fake [adult swim] bumper that most people just accepted it without question.
I got an inbox full of "Hey! Congrats!" messages that I just simply don't have the heart to answer!
Truly, t'was only myself who was an April Fool THAT day.

In either case, another reason to check out this video is that it contains a clip of the new song that is featured in TransCat #8! Give yourself a little taste of what you're in for when you order the book tomorrow.

That's it for now, my precious children of the night!
Talk to you all again later!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

TransCat Pencil Adventures #6: Pay A Trans Person Day

Without further ado, I'll dispense with the pleasantries and get right to the links. - Awesome comic about a medieval knight, turned to a woman by a magic spell, and kinda starts digging it! - Fantasy artwork from a trans man - Poetry written with trans womanhood in mind. - charcoal portraits and nudes coupled with tattoo design. - Non binary performance artist - Sexy pictures of big, muscular anime guys (DEFINITIE NSFW) - Drag queen, performance artist. - Minimalist electronic music by a trans woman. - Ongoing web comic series by a trans woman. - Activism, art and poetry - Graphic design with a social justice focus - UX and UI design by a trans woman. - an educational experience for people who love to make things - A conept for a novel series currently taking shape with a trans woman at the helm. - A comic series by a non-binary person

Please check this space again, as this list is still being compiled.
If you are a trans artist who wants to advertise your work here, send me an EMAIL
In the mean time, Happy Pay A Trans Person Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ides Have It

Good Morning, comic fans!
Today IS the Ides of March, and you know what that means. Sadly it means that TransCat Pencil Adventures #5 has come to a close. Don't worry, though! You can catch the whoooole deal on my

All it costs is one dollar to subscribe and you can read my entire back catalog of Patreon Exclusives.

Fret not though, friends. There will be more TransCat coming upon the horizon.
Maybe you've noticed the banner ad at the top of this post? Yup! you read right! TransCat Issue #8 is FINALLY coming out! And oh man, this is the big one. I swear, the wait on this one will be SO worth it! The actual reality of getting this book together was staggering, beyond all the others! I have a lot of cool, fun, extra stuff in there that I worked and waited for, for so long, trying to get it 100% perfect. Well, it's finally there, friends. It's finally there and I cannot WAIT for you to see it!

"When?" you might be asking yourselves? Why, April 8th! That's when!

"Why, what a coincidence!" you might be saying! "That's exactly the same date at Knave Murdok's appearance at the Schulz Museum!" You're exactly right! It IS the same day and it IS mighty coincidence!

As I've mentioned before, I do not have a lot of public appearances scheduled for this year, but in case you haven't heard, I WILL be at the Schulz Museum April 8th to be a part of their "Second Saturday Cartoonist" series. I'll be there, doing art, selling books and signing autographs, and what better way to make the occasion all the more auspicious than to debut my brand new book there?
Now, I'll only be there from 1 to 3pm, so the window is limited! Don't fret though, if you can't make the event, the comic WILL be purchasable through my Online Shop. Obviously.

With that outta the way, there are a few other announcements.

The "San Jose" comic will not be moving forward. The author decided to can it. Very sad. I did get paid for the work I did do on it, so at least there's that. I am working on two other commissions at the moment and if I'm being honest with myself, I'm being lazy with them. After those however, i'll be free and clear to begin/continue my work on TransCat #9. I have a draft that I started a few months ago, but i'm wondering if I don't wanna re-do it. I've had a few ideas since I started that seem like they need to get wedged in there.

Pray 4 Me!!!

In the mean time, look out for more Patreon exclusives! They're coming! Oh boy are they ever!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TransCat Pencil Adventures #5! Now on Patreon!

Good afternoon, readers! It is March the 1st and you know what that means! A new TransCat Pencil Adventure to help fill that illustrated void inside you! After so long without a new TransCat issue it is the least I can do. This one is for Patrons only though, so if you have not already, hop onto my Patreon page, all it costs is a dollar, and from now until THE IDES OF MARCH I'll be uploading a new page of this new TransCat adventure every weekday!

So a little bit about this new story. This one is called "The Discourse" and it is one in a long series of short comics I penned awhile back that involve gags at the expense of shitty second wave feminists who make it a point to exclude trans women from their activism, and will even go out of their way to make their activism harm trans women. You've probably heard of these people before but for those not in the know, we call them TERFs, or (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) although some have argued the validity of calling them "feminists" at all. Until we come up with a better term for them I'll stick with that one. Sometimes they'll go as far as to say that the word (acronym?) TERF is a nasty nasty slur and you should never ever use it. I have a hard time buying that though, since it is just a brief description of someone's ideals. Just because I'm placing myself in direct opposition of those ideals doesn't make the term describing them a slur.

In either case, I drew this right before Trump was elected, and AFTER he was elected I was thinking "maybe this isn't the right time, cuz like, Trump is a much more real danger right now and making fun of TERFs is kinda like, the smallest of small potatoes now" and I was gonna just sit on this for awhile. Then, the fakest fo fake goths made her way back onto Facebook and suddenly this all became relevant again.

Once again, for those of you NOT in the know, The Fake Goth in question is none other than feminism's own Cathy Brennan. I don't know if she's in any way officially named herself as the "leader" of the TERF movement, but even if not, she sure goes out of her way to make herself a figurehead, and makes sure we all know she's the one doing the most damage.

Among her most heinous of actions is her involvement in "Gender Identity Watch", a loosely confederated group of online stalkers who out trans people to their friends, family, school and/or jobs without their permission. The actions of this group have been at the root of firings, expulsions, disownings and even murders/suicides. Brennan continues to show no sympathy or awareness of her actions. In fact her demeanor has remained, shall we say "cooly antagonistic", which is the best way I can think to describe it. She seems to understand that what she's doing is "wrong" but also doesn't seem to care, and flaunts the fact that she has not been caught, punished or taken to task by anyone in the faces of the people she is affecting. Or at least this is the demeanor I glean from her when I see her actually active on social media (it goes without saying, she gets banned a lot).

Anywho, the crux of the joke about her being a "Fake Goth" stem from an old Twitter profile I think, in which she described herself as a feminist and a "proud goth". Naturally the internet took this and ran with it, because honestly, the jokes write themselves at this point. you can call Brennan a transmisogynist, a shitty feminist, a stalker, a murder, and she doesn't seem to care. Call her a fake goth though and that really seems to ruffle her feathers. i too was once a goth and I understand how seriously they take themselves. So yeah, that's just a little something I wanted you all to understand SO that this comic makes sense to you.
I may be guilty of having a comic with a premise that's a little TOO obscure, but considering I try to go out of my way to make TransCat a very accessible read 99% of the time, I think I'm allowed to have this one :P

Trust me though, for anyone who didn't need to read this little abridged history of the TERF movement, the ending of this comic is gonna be funny as hell!

So TUNE IN TOMORROW for more! Learn more about the ominous figure "Senior Mysterioso", find out what TransCat does on her off nights, and furthermore, just enjoy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TransCat Valentines Cards!

Happy Valentines Day readers, or at least, Happy Last 14 minutes of Valentines Day, as the case my be as I type this.

I don't usually od last minute projects like this but yesterday I got the idea to make these, and managed to pull the whole lot together. They are of course TransCat Valentines Day cards, fashioned in the style of the old themed Valentines cards that they used to make us buy and give out to our friends in elementary school.

The very same kind that made you feel worthless and insecure the first year of middle school when they abandoned the practice. You went from one year, taking home 30 or more Valentines cards, and to the next, taking home zero.  Maybe becoming jealous of someone you know who did manage to get one (or a few) despite the fact that no one was making you give them out anymore.

Ahh, ain't love grand!??

Well this year, you can print out these free cards and give them to that special someone... but tomorrow. You have a good excuse for your lateness, though. Tell them you were waiting to find the PERFECT card, and now you have it!!

Download the cards at my PATREON PAGE and have a SWELL day!