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Thu, Jun. 5th, 2008 04:10 am

It's that time again! Will and I will have a table at one of our favorite shows, the MoCCA Art Fest! We're excited to be selling some new products there in person before we unveil our new online store, The Bazaarium!

We'll be back with our Dollar Dreadfuls and we'll have 3 new stories for your reading enjoyment!:

Tales from the Dressmakers Detective Journal, Volume 2: Mystery of the Black Glove by R.Sabo
When a ghastly murder strikes close to home, the four Dressmaker Detectives take it upon themselves to put aside their needles and discover the identity of the killer known as the Black Glove.

The Tale of Inseparable Twins, or The Girl with Lively Eyes by T.D.Rio
The twins Alice and Rose are inseparable and share many secrets between them. However, when a horrible accident strikes, their sisterly bond will be put to the test!

And the Orphanage by Wilhelm Staehle
Gideon North is an Agent for the mysterious Orphanage. When he seeks to interrogate a fellow Agent who failed an important mission, Gideon uncovers a far more dastardly plot and finds himself in mortal danger!

We'll also be selling framed, signed prints from Wilhelm's Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre:

I'm also proud to be selling My Poorly Drawn Life, Volume 1! That's right, all your favorite MPDL stories have been bound into a hefty 450 page book with added commentary! Also, each cover is blank so I can do a custom sketch for you when you purchase one!

I'll also be selling my Knit-Wits ashcans!

And we'll also be featuring some of the t-shirts, comics and posters from Mike of The Good Product

We'll be at table C-2 so please stop by and check out our stuff!

And if you can't make it to MoCCA, you can visit the Bazaarium and order goods directly from there starting Saturday!


Wed, May. 14th, 2008 11:34 am

So my husband does not yet have a blog (depsite my urgings), so I am compelled to blog on his behalf and say that his newest batch of Silhouette Masterpiece Theatres are up! Check them out - I think they're hilarious.


Fri, May. 2nd, 2008 05:33 pm

Hey everyone, I saw this cute meme that goraina took part in HERE and it looks like fun so I thought I'd give it a shot!


I fear I have turned into a hipster....

Anyway! In other news, I wanted to announce that my dad has published a book and it's actually quite good so I encourage you all to go BUY IT and read it! If you order it before June 1st, you can get 10% with coupon code: 7QUH2ZLE, fo shizzle!


This book has been 10 years in the making, so please support my dad's dream! I helped with the editing process and I can say it's come a long way and it would make a great gift for someone you care about (or for yourself!)

Anyway, I hope to be posting in the next few days to share some exciting news, so please check back! I know I haven't been posting much lately but that's because I've been working on stuff... you shall seeeee!!

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Current Music: Beirut - In The Mausoluem


Wed, Mar. 19th, 2008 03:07 pm

It's been a while since I've posted. I'll promise I'll write another post soon about things that have been going on in my comicking life, but in the meantime...

I read about this on The Beat and thought it looked interesting...

So I sent the link to my husband and was like "Maybe we should go!" And he replied with, "Hey! They stole my cover design!"

And it's true!!

Guess we shouldn't support them now! 9_9


Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 02:35 pm

Not much to say...but it's been almost a month since my last post, so...

I'm feeling under the weather. I've prided myself on managing to dodge most of the illnesses that have afflicted Will these last 7 months. Poor Will works so hard and he doesn't get enough sleep that it seems like his immune system is paying the price. I've seen him suffer through at least 3-4 colds since we moved out here and so far I've managed to evade them all. But I think I've finally succumbed. Still, I'm confident I can fight it off... I'm much healthier now than I used to be... I exercise a lot more by riding my bike (I've ridden over 100 miles in the last 2 months!). Speaking of bikes, I've got yet another bike that I've been riding - a fixed gear Motobecane Messenger. It's light as a feather and so fun to ride. Here I am with "Björnge" on a recent ride:

Anyway, back to my cold -- I have a lot of faith in my "Triple Punch Power" which I take whenever I feel sick.
This consists of a combination of:

Airborne, NAC (N-Acetyl-L Cysteine), and Umcka Cold Care Remedy

It works every time... I take these at the first sign of a cold and 9 times out of 10, the cold goes away. Or, in the event I get the cold anyway, taking these definitely shortens it, or makes it less severe.

Meanwhile, I've just been trying to get some work done and I'm hoping I'll have time to take part in Hourly Comic Day which is February 1st. As some of you may know, I first took part two years ago and that's what spawned My Poorly Drawn Life.. I was too swamped to do it last year, but I really want to do it again this year. So we'll see. It may just be a comic about me laying around sick all day!

Oh, and unrelated, but I wanted to let you guys know Will updated his Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre.
This is my favorite piece from the new batch:

Hmm... what else? Oh yeah, I have something to look forward to in April! I'm going to Japan again! I'll be going as part of Pop Japan Travel's Fujoshi Paradise Yaoi Tour!.


I'll be honest... I like yaoi (especially the more character driven stories like Antique Bakery)... but I've never considered myself such a fan of yaoi that I would join a tour based on it. However, I couldn't resist the chance to go back to Japan again and meet a manga artist (Makoto Tateno, artist of Yellow) and all for such a good price. They also have a Gothic Lolita tour going on at the same time, but I think I'm even less into Goth Loli than I am into yaoi. Anyway, I'm dying to go back to Japan... ever since going there for the 1st time over a year ago, I've been longing to return. I've never been part of a tour group before so I'm not sure how that will be, but I'm sure it will be a fun experience, nonetheless! Anyway, there's only about 5 spots left so if anyone is interested, sign up soon!

Well, I guess that's it for now! One of these days I'll post about some of the things I'm actually working on, complete with art samples!

Current Mood: sick sick


Mon, Dec. 31st, 2007 05:16 pm

Well, time for my obligatory end of the year post.

What can I say? 2007 has been a crappy year overall. I honestly can't wait for it to be over and get a mental fresh start in '08.

It really feels like this year has been one of my most disjointed, most stressful years yet. As someone who's moved every 3 years or so growing up, and who's used to adjusting to new places, I never thought moving to California would be such a life-changing event. I'm enjoying life in California, for sure, but it kind of feels like the move was akin to a large rock dropping into the still pond that was my life, and the ripples still haven't subsided.

Looking back on my resolutions for 2007 I'm bummed to see that I didn't meet most of them:

I resolved to complete Mangaka 2 and 3... which... obviously didn't happen. Will and I did everything we could do to make it so but the publisher just sat on it and never signed the necessary papers, despite telling us that they really wanted to do more volumes. After a few initial pushes to get it going, Will and I sort of gave up as life got in the way. I think it's something we'd like to do in the future, but now we're both too busy with other projects.

I also resolved to keep My Poorly Drawn Life updated weekly which, obviously, also hasn't happened. I haven't updated in ages. I want to start again in the New Year, but it does take a lot of time to do (despite its rough appearance) and I've already got more work than I know what to do with. Another disappointment...

I resolved to finish Knit-Wits which was, in fact, one partial success. I didn't get the whole thing done but I managed to get a 16 page ashcan done which I sold at Felt Club this year. It felt good to get a small project done that was *mine* alone, and not something I was hired to do. It's been a long time since I've done something for myself that way. I'm pleased with how it turned out and I hope to expand on it next year.

I resolved to get a table at San Diego Comic Con... I tried, but was denied. Oh, well. I still went and had a good time.

I resolved to travel somewhere new and I did! I went to Toronto for a convention and met and hung out with a bunch of Canadian artists such as Eric Kim and Rosemary Mosco, and Svetlana Chmakova! That was fun.

I resolved to help Will finish some of his own comic projects but because of everything that happened this year, his side projects were unfortunately put on the back-burner. He does have a promising project that I can't reveal just yet... we're anxiously awaiting a resolution to the writers' strike so that it can get rolling again. We'll see!

Lastly, I resolved to read more books. Which I did! Still not as many as I would have liked but much more than last year.

Anyway, I feel a little disappointed in my resolutions from last year but things were just so crazy this year, life-wise, family-wise, work-wise. I've also been taking a hard look at myself and my accomplishments and trying to figure out how I might feel more fulfilled in my future work. One thing I'm realizing is that I enjoy writing more than drawing. I see other artists on my friends list and I see them constantly posting amazing art that they make just for fun! It's almost like they can't NOT draw. But me? The only time I pick up a pencil these days is if I HAVE to. I only draw for my paid jobs and that's it. I don't even keep a sketchbook anymore... it's kind of sad in a way but I realized that I write the way that others draw. I write all the time. When I'm not working, I'm writing. And I do it for fun. So that sort of leads into my resolutions for next year:

1. Write More. I want to possibly attempt a novel. I want to write way more Dollar Dreadfuls.

Speaking of Dollar Dreadfuls, I resolve to:

2. Get Dollar Dreadfuls off the ground, open our online store, and create more content. Every place we've sold them, they've done amazingly well, so Will and I really want to focus on these for next year!

3. I resolve to be more healthy. I'm going to take vitamins and exercise more. I think this will improve my mood and productivity. I think I also want to learn to cook so we don't eat so much fast food and tv dinners.

4. Go on vacation with Will. Will and I haven't really gotten much of a break this year, and the last time we went on a trip together was over a year ago. I really want to go somewhere where we can just unwind and see something new.

I guess that's it for next year. I don't want to set the bar too high, I just want to get through next year with minimum drama.

Hope you all have a fun New Year's Eve and a happy, healthy 2008!

Clicky for my New Year's meme!Collapse )

Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Beirut - Elephant Gun


Mon, Nov. 12th, 2007 05:03 pm

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


Mon, Jul. 30th, 2007 02:53 pm

I had a fun time at this year's Comicon. Once again, Will and I went just to look around and spend too much money, and this time we were joined by two friends, Rich and Aaron, which added to the fun. Over the weekend I ran into a bunch of people I know, and met some new ones . And I even managed to run into Jason Jensen, my colorist for Sabrina, who was walking around and recognized me! I bought a ton of manga, including Me2 by Sho Murase, which looks amazing. Now, here, in order of awesomeness are my three highlights of the trip....

Getting a photo with a Captain Jack Sparrow look-alike. There were several walking around, but this guy was the best.

Jack Sparrow and Tania

Meeting Masi Oka of Heroes at the Disney party Will and I attended. He was so nice!

Masa Oki

And #1: Meeting Stan Lee at that same Disney Party. He's just an amazing guy - and incredibly charming!

Stan Lee

Now the fun has ended and I have a TON of work to catch up on! By the way, I started a twitter account, if anyone is interested. I'm just trying it out to see if I like it for now. So far it seems like a good alternative to lengthy blogging. Well, that's it for now... and for those of you eagerly waiting for an update to My Poorly Drawn Life, I promise it's coming soon! I finally found my scanner which was lost amongst the many boxes...


Mon, Jul. 23rd, 2007 03:33 pm

So I got the final Harry Potter book at a grocery store at the stroke of midnight. (I had been planning on going to a Borders release party, but the grocery store turned out to be so much better. There was only like 10 people in line, and there was no drama!) I usually like to take my time to read books, and savor them. But I confess, I devoured The Deathly Hallows in one weekend, mostly because I was desperate to finish it before having someone or something spoil it for me. I had been literally avoiding the internet the last couple weeks out of fear that I would read a spoiler!

I have to say, overall, I was satisfied by the book and how it closed the series. I still feel a little sad upon its completion... I wonder if anything else will ever get people so excited about reading the way this did? It's so amazing to see that, in this day and age, people will line up at midnight to buy a book. And that adults and children alike will read this book and discuss it, and share it. It's not a movie, not a videogame, not a new gadget... it's just a book. I love that.

Will thinks it's like the Star Wars of this generation, and in many ways I agree. It's a sort of an archetypal epic that really speaks to a massive amount of people on a deeper level. And seeing the battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort on-screen, I could only think of the lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader.

Anyway, click below the cut to hear my reactions on the book.


Current Mood: sympathetic wistful


Mon, Jul. 16th, 2007 06:03 pm

So Will and I have been in California for a week now, and are trying our best to settle in. Well, I am, anyway. Will's already been here for months, so he's at ease. There are still a mountain of boxes to unpack and so much work to catch up on, so things have been a little crazy.

Our dog Bailey got really ill right before we left for CA, so that put a dent in our move. She's doing better, but I have to find a new vet for her soon. In the meantime I am going crazy trying to figure out how to give her her antibiotics every day. She's like a cat - she smells the pills and picks them out of whatever we try to hide them in. We've tried crushing them and mixing them in her food, we've tried hiding them in hot dogs, chicken, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, Velveeta (which worked great for about a week until she figured it out), chicken broth, you name it. She is too smart for her own good and nearly impossible to fool. -_-;

Meanwhile, I'm still searching for my scanner which I'll need to show my editor Sabrina pages and to update My Poorly Drawn Life and I can not find it for the life of me! I'm worried we might be missing some stuff because we accidentally ended up with someone else's mirrors and wine glasses and tea-cups. We're also having trouble finding a number of vital kitchen appliances. (Coffee maker where are yoooou?!!) Ahh, the fun of moving. The only good thing is that Will and I spent most of Saturday getting our new studio in order, hooking up computers and building bookshelves. I still need to figure out a slanted place to draw, because there's no room for my old drawing table, but I can work on the flat desks until then. And I'm excited about my new "crafty corner", which is really a little closet, which we've converted into a space for my sewing machine and buckets of yarn!

In other news, I'll be going to San Diego Comic Con to geek out, but it turns out I'll also be on an Archie panel on Sunday, June 29, 10:30-11:30 in Room 4.

Also, Sabrina just got a good review over at SBC which made my day. I always appreciate it when people take time to review my comic. ^_^

The other big news is that I've officially signed up to do a 1-volume book with TOKYOPOP. It's currently untitled, but it's a story about two best friends and their 15th birthday parties. I won't say any more at the moment, but I'm looking forward to working on it!

I'm also looking forward to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! I'm currently plowing through the first 6 books (again), to refresh my memory before Book 7 hits. On the 20th, I'm planning to go to a midnight party at a Borders nearby and geek out! I haven't had a chance to see the latest movie, but I hope to soon. There's just too much to do!

Well, that's it for now. I better get back to unpacking all these boxes...

Current Mood: shocked overwhelmed
Current Music: Chromeo - 100%