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The Witching Hour by Tania del Rio
Links My Deviant Art Site / My Poorly Drawn Life / SteelRiver Studio (my company) / lonewolfblacksheep (my fiance's site) / Archie Comics / TOKYOPOP / Marvel Comics / Buzzscope / Newsarama / The Pulse / Patrick Tierney's Music / Cute Overload! / Monster Guy Web Comic / Christy Lijewski's Blog / My Crafty Blog February 2010
 
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Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007 05:03 pm
A Long Awaited Update!

I just realized how long it's been since I updated my lj. It must seem like I've fallen off the face of the earth -- sometimes it sure feels like it! The reason is because I've been very, very busy. Almost overwhelmed. The whole move to California really threw off my work schedule especially since it took forever to get the place unpacked and my studio in order (I've been here about 3 months now, and we just unpacked the last box a week ago! o_O). I wasn't able to be as productive as usual during the whole transition and now I find myself scrambling to make up for lost time. Combine that with the fact that I've taken on a couple extra freelance jobs (some of my illustrations will appear in the January issue of Shojo Beat!), and the result is I've been swamped with work. Even my poor webcombic is collecting dust at the moment.

My main focus right now is just to get caught up (and hopefully ahead) of all the various work-related projects I have so I can have some breathing room once again and spend more time on fun things like my webcomic and personal projects like Will's and my Dollar Dreadful Family Library. Speaking of, we're currently updating that site and it will soon have an online shop where you can order our booklets directly instead of waiting to see us at shows!

Will's also been busy and productive as usual and has also started a new website which he'll be updating called Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre. It's good stuff!

Hi Bye Bear

My birthday is coming up- I'll be 28 on Friday. Yikes. It feels like I just turned 27 yesterday! Time really seems to be flying. I feel good about everything I've accomplished so far. I can't believe I've been working on Sabrina for 4 years now! I'm so fortunate to have a steady gig like that! But the older I get the more easily I feel burnt out. I can't pull all nighters as well as I used to. It sounds silly because it's not like I'm old... but I definitely feel a difference in my energy level. I just hope I can keep up my momentum!

Anyway, I'm not sure how I'll celebrate my birthday, if at all. I'll be busy preparing for Felt Club this weekend! Each week, Will and I meet with some friends to make crafts. We call our little gathering "Craftonite" and we decided to take the plunge and get a booth at Felt Club! We'll have an assortment of goodies for sale including our Dollar Dreadfuls, my Budgie Buddies, as well as screen prints, postcards, buttons, crochet patterns, holiday ornaments and more! If you're in the LA area, stop by! It should be fun!

Felt Club XLt

As far as life in California, I'm feeling more adjusted every day. I hadn't driven in like 10 years, and I hardly ever drove in NY (partly because I never had to) so when we first moved to Cali I was really nervous and hesitant about getting behind the wheel again. But I now feel much more comfortable and I drive almost every day. I still haven't tackled the freeways yet... but that's next! I've also discovered the joys of riding a bicycle. I'm still a newbie on a bike and am getting used to riding amongst traffic, but it's so satisfying! I've been trying to take part in events like Critical Mass and other bike gatherings which occur monthly, and those have been fun. Especially since traffic is so terrible here, I want to be able to build up strength and get enough stamina to ride my bike anywhere in LA! When I first moved here I had just a $100 beach cruiser bike with no gears or hand brakes. I had received it for my last birthday from Will in NY (I picked it out), but I never had the opportunity to ride it because of all the snow. Once in Cali I realized it was a really clunky bike to ride and I had a hard time with it. I guess that's why it's good to actually try a bike out before buying! -_-;; Anyway, recently I upgraded to this bike:

My bike

I love it! It's SO much more comfortable and easy to ride. And it has 21 gears and hand brakes to make my life easier! Of course, now that I've been in Cali I see that everyone and their mother has a fixie and I'm beginning to feel left out. Well... maybe in a year or two once I have more bike experience I'll try riding a fixie. We'll see!

Well, I guess that's all the news I have to share for now. Next time, I'll post some sneak peeks at some of the art I've been working on! Ok, it's back to work for me!

Current Mood: stressed stressed
Current Music: Beirut - Postcards From Italy

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goraina
goraina
raina
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)

Aaaaaah! I have that EXACT SAME BIKE!!! Same color scheme and everything. It's super awesome! I've been riding it around Astoria and it's true, once the REAL cold weather sets in, I'll have to wait 5 months to ride it again. But yay!


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)

Wow that's so funny! Yay for matching bikes! ^_^


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diaphanus
diaphanus
Ian Andreas "Diaphanus" Miller
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)

I am eager to see the illustrations that you did in that issue of Shojo Beat!


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

Thank you! I think the issue will be on newsstands in about a month! Maybe earlier! ^_^


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neo_sairys
neo_sairys
Taking life by the frames
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)

You're gonna be on Shojo beat? Dude, I'm so getting that, lol!
If you're at the next SGMS, would be able to sign it for me?


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

Yeah of course I will! Just don't forget to bring it! ;)


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zorichan
zorichan
Zori, Zorichan and Zorilita Announcements
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)

Hey I had no idea you moved down here to So Cali. Maybe sometime we could meet up if you wanted since we seem to miss each other at Comic Con.

Cool about the Shoujo Beat illustrations. Did they approach you about drawing for them or is it some sort of article? I was just curious.

And Happy early Bday.


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)

Yeah, despite how many people are at comic con, it's impossible to find anyone there! I was contacted by Shojo Beat, but I know one of the editors at Viz, which always helps!


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tanukitsune
tanukitsune
Tanukitsune
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)

Happy early Birthday, Tania! I found you through Raina Telgemeier and love your webcomic and Deviant Art gallery, and I recently got my hand on a Sabrina graphic novel!

I loved it! X3
I hope they make more graphic novels because it's very hard to get the single issues in my country... ^_^;

I wonder if I can get my hands on a copy of Shojo Beat? :3


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)

Thanks for the kind words! And I'd like to apologize for neglecting both my webcomic and my DA gallery. I will get back to them at some point - promise!


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thecomicman
thecomicman
thecomicman
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)

Welcome back to LJ land. I hope California is treating you well.


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)

Thank you! It is so far! ^_^


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erik3k
the great mofongo
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)

hey ma'am (heh heh heh, i called you ma'am) happy birthday, you are getting closer to my world!

if you need helps with work, let me knows (like color flats and all that). say hi to teh wills


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)

Great. I'm a Ma'am now! Thanks. By the way, I realized I never wished YOU a happy birthday! It was like the 15th of last month right? Ack, I'm a terrible friend! I'll definitely let you know if any work comes my way that I need help with!


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erik3k
the great mofongo
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)

get used to it. it is dificult the first time when someone says: hi sir! or hi mister. or ma'am in your case.

and thanks for the very late birthday wish

and keep me posted on anything you need help with


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rockin_raina
rockin_raina
raina
Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)

Yay!! I'm so proud of you for driving/biking. Mike is getting me a super awesome bike for my birthday, so pretty soon i'll be cruising around brooklyn!

I am totally going to buy the ShojoBeat you're in, and I love will's new project! You guys are awesome, I miss you so so much :(

xoxooxox


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taniadelrio
taniadelrio
taniadelrio
Wed, Nov. 14th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)

Woo! Is your super awesome bike going to have tassles and those clicky-clacky things that go on the spokes? I hope so! I wish we could ride bikes together! *sob*


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rosettanettle
rosettanettle
rosetta_nettle
Sat, Nov. 17th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)

Happy Birthday!


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