Monday, May 23, 2016

AS PROMISED! TRANSCAT #7

As you can see here from this Actual Footage™, TransCat #7 is very real, and is about to hit shelves. And by "shelves" I mean you can order it from my Store right now, and it will be coming to Northwest Press and Comixology very soon!

Normally, when a new issue comes out, I hold off on putting it on my store for a little while since I tend to schedule my book releases around convention time, in this instance it would be Fanime. However, since I am still on the Fanime waiting list, I'll just throw this up now. That way, if i never make it to the Artist Alley, it's still 100% available for you. I've heard it said that they sometimes call people the day before to let them know a table has opened up (happened to me once at a different convention). I've also heard that they sometimes have tables to sell last minute to lucky first-come-first-servers who show up early Saturday morning when other artists cancel, or have to leave early.
So fingers crossed, I can still benefit off of someone else's misfortune.

Apart from that, I have Queer Comics Expo officially confirmed for next month, June 18th and 19th! Never been to this show, but I've met the people who run it. I have a feeling it'll be a great one.

Some good news to those of you who supported the Alphabet Kickstarter! Your copies should have shipped by now. As for when it will become available to the general public, I'm still not sure. But soon! Soon! This I can be sure of!

By way of Alphabet, I've also become involved in a gallery showing at the esteemed Cartoon Art Museum. Many creators who contributed to Alphabet will be displaying the original artwork shown in the volume. The official unveiling does not yet have a date as the gallery itself is still being organized, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be blowing up your guy's feeds with info as soon as I have it.

Aside from that, Sac-Anime is the closest thing I have planned, and I don't wanna think that far ahead. There's a part of me that's actually kinda stoked about attending Fanime as something other than a guest for the first time in almost a decade. As much as I like doing business at the cons, there is something I dearly miss about going to a con just to go to them. This is especially true of Fanime for me, since, as I've mentioned countless times, that's my Home Con. It's the one I cut my teeth on. It was the first con I ever went to and the first con I ever legitimately sold at. I sold illegitimately once at WonderCon, but that's another story. In either case, I'm going to prepare like I'm gonna go to sell there, and I'm actually gonna try to get a table too, but barring that, I am going to just enjoy myself.
It is also of note that X-Men Apocalypse is coming out that weekend as well, so that should add an extra layer of excitement to this proceedings. I love when big movies open the same weekend as a big con, because the whole crowd is jsut simply abuzz with this shared experience. I remember the last time I experienced that was when Pirates of the Caribbean III came out. Me and a handful of friends went to the midnight showing opening night, and then went right to Fanime the next morning. When we were there, pirate regalia was in full swing. There was even a nearby construction site that hung a jolly roger from the top of a crane. It was a magnificent sight from the balcony of the main lobby (which is a main social hub at Fanime.)

Sadly, along with some of the exciting changes coming for this year, there will be sad absences. Many of my friends who were once staples of the show will not be returning. One of my closest friends is only going to be there on certain days. It'll be weird without them there, but i'm sure we will find a way to keep their spirits alive :D

Anyway, yeah, short update this month guys! Hang tight and i'm sure i'll have several dozen Fanime pictures for you in a week's time or so! Many hearts!

~Knave

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

COMING SOON: TRANSCAT ISSUE # 7


This is coming, friends! It is coming and there's nothing that can stop it. I guarantee I'll at least be finished making it before the end of April, so look for an early May release.

I am currently fighting my way out of a depressive state that's been hanging over me since late last year over the form of a health problem that quickly turned into a financial problem. however, now that tax season is over, I can almost safely say that this is behind me and dealt with. Unfortunately, my productivity in the interim was pretty much entirely sapped. That's not to say I HAVEN'T been working. i have been, but it's harder to find motivation and even harder to find my stride. Recently however, it's been getting easier, and I think a lot of that has to do with the weather getting sunnier, and the fact that the drama (and trauma) I was wrestling with RE: my health issues is mostly behind me now.

So here's a sneak preview of what's coming from issue 7! There are Simon & Garfunkel references, and science? Yes, Science! Science is gonna take a starring role in TransCat for a few issues pretty soon. I've been struggling to write the script for issue #9, which is not only going to be entertaining, but will also contain a lot of FACTS. The seeds for this story arc are planted here. Actually, they were planted in issue #3! Feel free to go back and reread that one! It's the sexy issue! The one everyone seems to claim as their favourite.

So anyway, yes, this cover! This fine cover was coloured for me by a newcomer in the TransCat circle! Ms. Warryn Evins took the reigns on this one. she was introduced to me through my friend Juniuper, who is becoming my new TransCat representative in Nashville TN and the surrounding areas (more on that later.)
In either case, Warryn did not disappoint, you can find more of her and her work O'ER YONDER! she does good work and I hope to work more with her in the future.

That's not all! Issue #7 will have a mini-story drawn by none other than Edgar Purviance. You will recognize him as the colourist from Issue #6 Edgar also helped me with the colouring for the short story I submitted to the Shuffle Anthology from Prism Comics (again, more on that later).
Speaking of Prism, the first anthology I submitted to, Alphabet should be coming out soon. I was asked not to name any specific release dates, but "Soon" was a good enough descriptor. Keep an eye on that website there if you want continuing updates on when and where you can snag this wonderful compilation, which contains not only one, amazing, exclusive TransCat story, but the works of literally dozens of other talented-ass peeps! For real, bros, scope this one out!

So as I said before, we are approaching the sunny season, and as we all know, the sunny season is also CON-SEASON!
I have lots of appearances planned out, and this time I'm a little bit more organized.
Here's what the schedule looks like so far:

May 27th-30th
Fanime (Wait List)

June 18th-19th
Queer Comics Expo (Waiting for Confirmation)

September 2nd-4th
Sac-Anime (Confirmed)

September 24th
Santa Rosa Comic & Toy Show (Confirmed)

September 30th-October 2nd
Gaymer X (Waiting for Confirmation)

October 8th-9th
Alternative Press Expo (Confirmed)

October 22nd-23rd
Sac-Con (Wait List)

So just a quick primer in case you don't know the lingo. "Confirmed" means i'm definitely gonna be there and I have a table. Wait List means I applied for a table too late and am waiting to see if I get chosen after cancellations. Waiting for Confirmation means i sent in my application, and they have not yet let me know if I have a table, or am on the wait list.
I'm pretty positive about Queer Comics Expo, Gaymer X and Sac-Con. I have a feeling I'll get in. Sac-con has a lot of time in between now and then, lots of time for people to drop out and free up space I could potentially take up :D
Queer Comics Expo is a small show put on by the Cartoon Art Museum in SF. Apparently they got a lot of applications, and they're actually trying to pair down artists who they feel would be most relevant for a show about queer comics :P I am confident that TransCat would fit in nicely there.
Gaymer X is a little bit of a wild card because it's a big show, but I applied super early so I feel my chances are good!
Fanime on the other hand doesn't seem terribly likely.
I spoke on this matter once before, but I'll recap here.
Fanime changed the way they selected artists for tables.
It used to be a very simple first come / first served kinda system, which can be hectic, but it's very fair. since Since Fanime is my favourite con, I always made sure I was up as early as possible, logged in and had all my info in order so that I could snag a table right when applications were open.
Three years ago, they changed the whole system. Now they give you a two week window to submit your application as well as a portfolio of your work, and instead of being first come / first served, a panel of judges decide who they want in the Artist Alley. This was meant to alleviate the stress of logging on first thing in the morning to make sure you got in, but I have to be honest, I don't like this system.
I was lucky enough to have been chosen the first two years, but i know so, so many super talented people that did not get in. This year it looks like I might not get in. So like, what standards are these judges even judging by? It's impossible to know. It seems more like applying every year will be a crap shoot, you might get in, you might not, depending on who is judging your work and what their own specific preferences might be. I liked it better when getting in was skill based and not luck based :P
BUT! On the other hand, I am certainly going to Fanime regardless. Like I said before, it is my favorite con. I've been going since 2001 and tabling since 2007. Maybe it wouldn't be such a tragedy if I didn't have a table for one year. I could go and really experience the con again! Might be nice!

So that's it for now.

I'll have some updates soon, so keep your eyes peeled, dear friends.

Friday, April 1, 2016

This Is How You Remind Me


It's no secret at this point that I'm a HUGE FAN of HEAVY METAL PUNK ROCK GOTH MUSIC! So I figured why not do a TransCat tribute to the most hardcorest band out there? I am of course, talking about NICKELBACK! Never before has a band so perfectly encapsulated my innermost emotions, and so eloquently captured my rage and pain and splattered it on the canvas in brilliant paint strokes of earsplitting thrash and chest rumbling bass. God damn this band kicks so much ass! Not only that, but they were an integral part of my childhood, and basically, thought listening to them, I was able to find my own identity in a world that I felt like I was lost in.

It all started one day when I was chilling at home, listening to a local underground hardcore radio station (106.7 KROQ BABY!!! WOOOOO!!! KROQ TILL I DIIEEE!!!!) and they were having some sort of contest, comparing new tracks that had recently come out. They'd play two songs back to back, and listeners would call in and vote on which ones they liked better. This was back in 2001, so no one had even HEARD of Nickelback yet! That's why they were being played on such an underground station, but when i heard those first few notes of "How You Remind Me" I knew I was falling in love for the first, and probably last time.

I don't remember it too well, because I think listening to the song sent me into some kind of euphoric, bliss filled catatonic state that I didn't snap out of until the song was over. I emerged a changed person. nothing would ever be the same again!
But then, as if to punctuate the glee high I was still coming down off of, the contender track came on! That piece of garbage song "Chop Suey" from that group of no-talent HACKS "System of a Down". I hesitate to even call them a "band" since all they do is bang on instruments and yell curse words. It was UNBEARABLE!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!! Every note was like a stab to the brain!

THEN! The moment of truth came! As the ear-poison faded from the airwaves, the DJ announced that it was time to vote! I KNEW the lines would be totally clogged because of all the voters who were eager to elevate this fresh faced new band to their deserved rank as "Punk Rock Kings" so I nabbed the cordless phone from the kitchen as fast as I could, disconnected from the internet, and dialed the hotline. I shivered with anticipation as the line rang.

I have to say, I sat in utter shock as I waited for someone to pick up the line, as I heard caller after caller phone in and vote for that horrific cacophony "Chop Suey" as the so-called "best track". Whatever man, what a bunch of sheep! Mindlessly consuming whatever's popular. Not like me, though! *I* was the free thinker, who DARED to speak the truth about how EFFING GREAT Nickelback was! The problem was these sheeple weren't even willing to give something new a chance. System of a Down had been putting out garbage since the 90's and these people had just grown "ACCUSTOMED" to it, so they were HANGRY FOR MORE! But when confronted by something NEW and ORIGINAL and FREAKING GROUND BREAKING like "How You Remind Me" they were stunned into stupefied silence. Instead of admitting to themselves that their minds were just blown, they became offended that their carefully placed values were being shaken up and challenged in such a way! So they lashed out! All while they clung viciously to the garbage music of their youth!

As i sat and lamented this sad, sad state of affairs, I realized that the line I was on had finally been picked up. The DJ's voice on the other end saying "you're on, caller, could you please turn down your radio?"
"Oh, apologies" I said as I switched off the radio, knowing the delayed feedback being picked up by my phone's receiver would serve only to confuse the listening audience.
"So" replied the DJ "Which track are you voting for? As if it's much of a contest at this point!" he chuckled smugly to himself, so sure that the trash he allowed to be played on air was going to win this contest.
At that moment, I summoned all my strength and power, and shouted into the phone as loudly as I could...

"NICKELBACK IS THE BEST BAND IN THIS WORLD AND IF YOU DON'T AGREE THEN YOUR LIFE IS WORTHLESS AND YOUR OPINIONS MEAN NOTHING! HATERS BACK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111"

A shock wave rippled through town as my proclamation traveled across the airwaves.
Phone lines shook, windows shattered, the very Earth beneath our feet trembled at the unmitigated power of the truth I dared to speak. It took a few moments for the intensity of what I had said to die down before I heard the DJ's reply.

"Okay, so that's one vote of Nickelback, and nineteen for System of a Down! Looks like Chop suey is moving on to the next round!"

I was devastated! Crushed! But even then, at my most desperate moment, I somehow knew my fight wasn't over.

I went to bed that night suffering in silence. I wasn't sure how i was going to face the world the next day, knowing that my new reason for living had been voted INFERIOR to a band I hated in a local radio call-in contest! But then, it happened!
A brilliant white light shone through my bedroom window and the sound of an enormous Rock-n-Roll engine revving up, disturbing demons from their slumber! I looked out my window, wondering what all the noise was about, and then I SAW IT!

NICKELBACK WAS THERE! Flying in a massive U.F.O. shaped like a Flying V guitar! Hovering outside my window!

Chad Kroger (The lead singer of the band, and heir to the mighty Kroger Supermarket fortune) walked across a platform that extended to my windowsill. I opened the screen and Chad knelt down to me.
"I heard what you said about us on the radio. We think you have what it takes!" He said, in his deep Canadian twang.
"What do you mean?" I said, nervously.
"You are going to help us spread the word of who much we rock! we are going on an intergalactic rock-n-roll tour and we need YOU to be our promoter!"
"I'M YER CAT!" I shouted excitedly!
Chad smiled. "I knew we could count on you, TransCat! But before we leave, there is one more task we need your help?"
"What do you need?" I asked.
"We need you to help us DESTROY THE ENEMIES OF NICKELBACK!!!"
It was then I knew I had found my calling! I eagerly agreed, and off we went on our rampage of mayhem and chaos! Those who would besmirch the name of the best band in the universe found that they had nowhere to run! Their blood flowed in the streets! Their women lamented them and wept! Their children were taken and taught how to love music THE RIGHT WAY! None were safe from our wrath, and the world was a better place because of it!

Now it's 15 years later, and I still keep up the fight! Nickelback has gone on to release several dozen multi-platinum selling albums. The musical landscape continues to change and grow at the whim of their influence. And where is System of a down after all this, you may ask?
Yeah, they're gone!
They knew they couldn't compete with artistic powerhouses like Nickelback, so they gave up the ship after releasing a measly five records that no one listens to or remembers. Hey guys, maybe next time learn how to play your instruments, right??

Anyway... Happy April Fool's Day!

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Madness :O :O :O

Sac-Con came and went folks! What a ride it was! A ride through pouring rain, mostly. I don't think I've ever been to such a rainy convention! San Francisco conventions I've been to in the past have been drizzly and gloomy but this was like a mini-storm going on. coincidentally, there were also a few really good cosplayers dressed as Storm from the X-Men.
The harsh weather really affected attendance, it was very noticeable. Day two was a lot better than day one, but it was still pretty bare compared to most other Sac-Cons I've been to. Regardless, I still did "okay" sales-wise. It certainly wasn't my best, but it sure as heck wasn't my worst, either. I think I just barely broke even, but then i ruined it all by buying a Han Solo and Captain Phasma action figure. But whatever, right? :P

The con was more fun than it was lucrative, and in the end, that has always been my goal. I also think that I introduced the character of TransCat to yet another new crowd of awesome kids who are hunting high and low for representation in their comics. Some others who didn't even know they were looking for it but were overjoyed when they found it. I also found some longtime comic collectors who were just enamored with indie comics and wanted to try something new. more than a few of them got issue 1 on Saturday and returned Sunday for issue 2. Hopefully they return for future cons!

There were some other non con specific maladies I had to deal with that were annoying as fuck.
First off, hotels were super cheap this time around so I sprang for one. I was amazed at how nice a room it actually was for being so cheap. There was a mini fridge, a microwave as well as a kitchen and bathroom sink. At first I thought I hit the jackpot! Comfy bed, large TV, private bathroom, etc.
But then after the first night, I realized something odd. The wall outlets in this room, while working perfectly fine for every other appliance in the room, did not work on my phone. In fact, not only did it not charge my phone, it actually slowly drained it. The battery went down by at least 1% every half hour. So when I left it plugged in overnight on the first night, and found it at 75% when I woke up, i was concerned. not only do I use my phone at cons to take pictures, but also as my card reader for people who don't carry cash. I had to make sure to restrict my phone use throughout the day, and save it for important things. good news was that it still charged in my car just fine. But man... weird shit.

Now on to the bad news.

I already talked about how I wasn't gonna make WonderCon like I hoped I was. Turns out I probably won't make Silicon Valley Comic Con either! That one was entirely my fault though. when i got the application for the table, i filled it out and sent it to the wrong person. Turns out there was another address way down at the bottom of the email I should have sent it to, but I was foolish and sent it back to the person who sent it to me in the first place, so it never got processed. I was suspicious when I realized that March had come around already and no one had contacted me yet. So my super busy March that i was looking forward to has completely fallen apart, except for Sac-Con. I guess this gives me more time to draw, right? RIGHT? :D

At the moment, I have no other big cons scheduled. i am trying to get into both APE and GX4. I will keep you guys updated on the status of those two cons.


Friday, March 4, 2016

This post was made for Marching


HEY GUYS!
It's been a little bit since there's been an update, and that's mostly because there hasn't been much to say. I wanted to hopefully take some time off after Sac-Anime and just work on things, prepping for the busy March that was on it's way.
Well that's part of the reason I'm updating now, because March is here, and some changes to the roster are coming up. I'll get the bad news out of the way first, i'm not gonna make it to WonderCon. I know, I know, i was looking forward to that one too, but it's just not gonna be realistic for me, money-wise. I'd be cutting it really close at a time when I'm already kinda scrimping and saving and I just don't think i can put myself through it. Maybe next time, Anaheim!
The good news is that Sac-Con is still happening and that'll be in just a week! no new releases planned for this one, but then again it's only my second con of the year and not a lot of people have seen issue #6 yet, so there's that! I'm gonna hop to and see if I can bang out another con exclusive print for this baby.
Speaking of which, the header of the post today is an old con exclusive from ... I wanna say October of last year? This is a slightly modified version of what I officially released, so if you were not one of the lucky 25 people who snagged this limited edition fucker, now you can at least see what it looks like. I am definitely what you'd call the "collector type" and I think a lotta my fans are as well, so I understand the importance of keeping limited things LIMITED! By no means am I trying to devalue the print. Think of this more as a taunt ;-)

So what's new?
Issue 8 is almost finished. I mentioned it on my facebook but not on here that I think issue 8 is gonna be a long one. The storyline I chose for this book is too big for one standard size issue but not big enough to be split in half. So i'm jsut gonna run it as a slightly longer book, and maybe forgo the side story at the end. There is yet another surprise that I have planned for issue 8 that I am hoping like heck will come together in time for release. I don't wanna talk about it too much here because when it drops, it's gonna be a big surprise, but I'll lay this hint down here: this may be the beginning of TransCat's foray into multimedia <3 br="">
Here's another thing I spoke of briefly in the past that is coming to fruition is the Chloie side story "No Son Of Mine", here's a super early sneak peek at that :D



I am dying over how fun and cool this is to write and draw. I can't remember how much detail I went into explaining this concept in the past and i'm too lazy to go searching through my past blogs looking for it, i'll I'll just go over it real quick here.
If you can't tell from the preview image, I am going after the old fashioned punk zine of the 80's look. Translating that into comic book form has not been as challenging as it sounds. See I did my research. Yeah, that's a thing you gotta do when you're creating media. I found that that punk rock and comics share a long history together <3 br="">This is actually a thing I kinda already knew from my work on Dave the Punk Rock Cat, but now I'm actually doing more in depth research and going outta my way to achieve a certain visual aesthetic.
This is kinda sorta gonna rule when it's finished.
More updates are on their way.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

TransCat #6 is Out! (PLUS UPDATES)

Good lord, it has been a busy, BUSY year for TransCat. So much so that you'd think I'd update this blog more regularly.
First and foremost, TransCat #6 made it's print debut almost two weeks ago. (You can get that bad boy HERE!)
Being the savvy business person I am, I chose today (two weeks later) to be the day to not only add it to the online store, but to make a post about it at all!

Yikes, maybe I'm more fatigued than I thought!

I am recuperating not only from the two big shows in a row I just completed, but the entirety of the holiday season. First was Gaymer X3, then Christmas and New Years, and then Sac-Anime immediately afterwards. Four big events all side by side by side by side. Oof! OOF I SAY!

For now, I don't have anything else planned until March, which will be a nice change of pace. I'd LIKE to think that I can finish up Issue #7 no problem, but I guess we'll see!

Finishing by March will be important, because I'll be debuting at (yet again) TWO cons in the same month!
First will be old fan favourite Sac-Con! Taking place March 12th and 13th. But then, but THEN! Get ready for this, because holy wow is this a big deal! Knave Murdok will be making her triumphant return to WONDERCON!

I have not been to WonderCon since 2011, right before it moved away from the Bay Area, and all the way down to Anaheim. That was a saddening event because WonderCon 2009 was the first time I had ever attended a convention as a professional artist. Wondercon 2010 was when I met one of my coolest friends for the first time. WonderCon 2011 was when I got to see Kevin Smith perform for the first time! Then after that they were like "LOL why don't you drive 8 hours to come see us from now on, huh?"
Needless to say, I said "No" to that offer for years, but in 2016 I SHALL RETURN!

The same wonderful people who made my Comic-Con visit possible are putting on a similar series of panels again, and while at GX3 I was informally invited to be part of one of them, possibly.
I said "maybe" at the time, because it IS a long distance to travel, and i wasn't sure if I had a place to stay while i was there, but thanks to some creative string pulling, and a few friends in the right places, it looks like I might not have to worry 'bout that :D
So here I come Anaheim! RAWR!
Also, I'm just realizing as I type this that I'm also scheduled to appear at Silicon Valley Comic Con March 18th through the 20th.

Hot damn, I'm gonna be travelling every weekend in March! :O :O :O
I'd better be DOUBLY SURE I can get my books finished on time! I say "books" because there's more than one in the works!
I'm definitely putting issue #7 at the forefront! That's the most important one at the moment.
There is also the Alphabet Anthology I've been talking about for awhile. The Kickstarter was a huge success by the way ;-) I'm FAIRLY certain that one is debuting in March (Watch that space for details).
There is another story I'm submitting to the Shuffle Anthology (No link yet) which is DUE in March.

Lastly, I've been conceiving of a project recently called "No Son Of Mine", which will be a short one-off story about Chloie, and her childhood. I've been exploring a radically different style for this one, so it may not debut in March along with everything else, but I'll try. Imagine it coming down the pipeline sometime this year.

That's basically about it! I'll talk breifly about the cons I've been this this month.

So GX3 was amazing, as expected. This is only my second year attending this one, but every moment of it was precious! There is a stark contrast between GX3 and every other con I go to over the year. While there is a very distinct sense of inter-artist camaraderie at every con, there is also a steep sense of competition. At GX3, all I get is a sense of community. No one's climbing over you to try and get to the top, I think we're all just happy to be here in this wonderful little space we've carved out for ourselves. We are basking in one another's creative energy, boosting each other up, and making sure that the needs of our community are being catered to.
It is a magical place.

Sac-Anime was also pretty rad. They had it New Years Day, of all days! I thought it was pretty bold to schedule a con on a big holiday like that, and maybe it did affect attendance or maybe it didn't. It was hard to tell. All I know is what for me, as an artist, to make that drive up to Sac after a New Years party was a hell of a thing! Hoo boy! But I made it! I stumbled through that con like it was goddamn job (it was, actually) and came out smiling on the other end :D

So that's about it for now!
Keep an eye on my FACEBOOK page, as I'll be updating it soon with photos from Sac-Anime. a few GX3 ones are already up.
Also, I just made myself an INSTAGRAM which I'll be keeping updated with exclusive photos from my journeys and sneak peeks at stuff I'm workin' on.

See you all soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Past Few Months In TransCat!


For those of you with sharp eyes, yes, that is Don Bluth's signature.
Earlier this year at Sac-Con, I had an incredibly rare opportunity to meet the man who gave us one of MY personal favourite movies growing up "An American Tail: Feivel Goes West", among many, many others. The line to meet him was gigantic. That's usually the thing that deters me from wanting to meet celebrities at cons, even ones I especially admire. However, fortune smiled on me and my lovely friend Courteney as we took a break from our table in the Artist Alley to give the rest of the con a run-through. We noticed the line to his table was thinning out towards the end of the day, and we knew we'd never have a better shot at meeting one of the architects of our childhood.
Most people who were waiting in line to meet Mr. Bluth were hoping for original sketches of original Bluth characters. Princess Daphne from Dragon's Lair was a popular request. Courteney got Mrs. Brisby. I figured this once in a lifetime opportunity called for something special. I quickly grabbed my phone and looked for a picture of TransCat to show Mr. Bluth as reference and asked if he'd be so kind to draw me  sketch of my original character! To my delight, he was happy to. I seriously could not be more honoured. I mean, I'm honoured to receive fan art as it is, but from someone whose work I've respected for basically my whole life was not a thing I ever expected.
He was so cheerful and jolly as well! I've run into my fair share of artists who are probably a quarter of Bluth's age and an eighth of his talent who are already totally burnt out on the con scene. Not Bluth though! This man seemed like he just couldn't possibly have been happier to be there, and all too willing to draw basically whatever came to mind from his fans. I only got to talk with him for a short time because even though the line was short at time time, I didn't want to hold it up, but wow! What an experience! This is a story I'm going to be telling for a long, long time. Alongside my Matt Groening story, of course!

Sac-Anime was an all around success! Which was great to have, since my whole life has been bogged down with a rapidly piling work schedule and possibly the worst case of seasonal depression I think I've ever had. I actually had to be taken to the ER a few nights ago because my head hurt so bad I couldn't see. Everyone I described my symptoms to said they were worried about a migraine, or a brain hemorrhaging. After the CT scan they said it was just a tension headache. I had to be rushed to the ER because i had too many feelings. How fucked up is that?
At least I got a couple days out of work out of it.
I admit, even though i'm glad it's nothing serious, I felt a little guilty going to the ER and taking time off work for essentially no reason. I'm just that kind of person, I guess. I always want to be doing something. Logic dictates that I should have spent my days off drawing, but instead I think I watched Gorillaz music videos on Youtube, slept a lot and went to go see the new James Bond film.
Oh, I was also on the phone arguing with my insurance company about why my ER visit wasn't gonna be covered. Don't worry, I got it sorted out.
James Bond was also pretty good.

Also! Happy Birthday to ME! :D
Yeah that was two days ago, in the throws of my feelings headache. I was considering uploading some special birthday art for myself because I'm an egomaniac, but I'm more concerned right now about doing a second draft for the cover of TransCat #6.
It was my hope to debut the new issue at GX3 but I've had so many setbacks, especially in recent months that it seems impossible. I won't stop trying, though, and at the very least I'll be able to release in December, thus adhering to my commitment of releasing a book every 3 months.
I am nothing if not punctual.

Let see, what else happened in the past three months?
I went to A.P.E.! For the first time in years! Oh, I missed A.P.E. a lot! It's changed considerably, but the heart is still there. I sort of miss the days when it was in dreary ass San Francisco. As much as I hate that city, there was something very heart warming about being there in the middle of October, when it was cloudy, foggy and most likely raining and walking into the warm, loving and artistic atmosphere that is A.P.E.
An oasis among the tumult and discord of the city. A bastion of camaraderie in a town that would eat you alive at a moment's notice. There, I felt safe, in an unsafe world.

But if we're gonna be real, moving to San Jose has made everything better.
I mean, for one, the parking was easier!
I think it also brought in a bigger turnout, both of artists AND audience.
I also got to be on another panel! Yes! Very similar in scope to the panel I was on at ComicCon but you know, obviously smaller scale.



There's me in the center, on my phone, like a professional :P
I couldn't find any shots of the panel actually in session, only this one from when we're waiting for it to actually start. But it was good! Lots of good questions and lots of good answers. If there was one thing the ComicCon panels lacked was more time for Q&A. We got down to that right quick at this panel! It was great! I would definitely like to take part in more of these. I enjoy them quite a lot.

What else is going on?

I've got an exclusive TransCat story appearing in the upcoming Alphabet Anthology which you can read all about HERE. I don't think i have a bio up yet but the book ain't coming out till March or something anyway, so we got time.There's also a cool colouring book project I've been tapped to do, which I'm excited about :D and another anthology in the works.

Basically, you're gonna be seeing a lot of Knave next year, as if you'd have it any other way. ;-)