Goofy title intentional.
The Slightly Damned Plushification Project on Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1858050352/slightly-damneds-plushification-project) was a runaway success! Wow! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, no fewer than 6 Slightly Damned plushies have been completely funded. I can’t wait to get my mitts on all those Buwaro, Rhea, Kieri, Sakido, Iratu, and Crunky dolls! It will take a few more months for all of them to be completed, of course, but you can expect to see them all on sale by early 2014.
Don’t forget to vote to help Slightly Damned win Ursa Major Awards!
Voting continues through until THIS WEDNESDAY (the 15th).
I’m going to Phoenix Comic Con!:http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/
I’ll be there for all four days with my friends from Monster Hive (http://www.monsterhive.net/) at our tables in the Artist’s Alley. Most of the most frequent contributors to the Hivecast will be there, such as Arby (creator of Grayling: http://graylingcomic.net/), Rurik, Pyro, and Acri. I’ll also be selling charms, stickers, signed books, commissions, possibly signed prints, and buttons (both Slightly Damned-related and fanart-related, like Pokemon and MLP). Hope to see you there!
Even though I’m done with the second Slightly Damned book, I’m too busy for twice-a-week updates. The Kickstarter is an ongoing project, since I need to oversee the plushie designs, prepare the bonus rewards and shipping materials, and make sure all the money gets used wisely. I also have to prepare for Phoenix Comic Con. I’m leaving for comics school in September. And partially because of the convention, our house will be full of partying guests until the end of the month!
…Okay, so maybe that last one doesn’t sound very responsible, but let’s say it’s necessary for my mental health. :P
I think I’m going to have to officially give up on updating Slightly Damned with a full page twice a week. It’s just too much work for me to handle right now, what with the Kickstarter to take care of, a huge convention at the end of this month, and school looming in the distance. When I’m at school, I expect I’ll be too busy to update all my ongoing projects (Slightly Damned, Soprano of Time, and my art challeng on Tumblr: http://chunochousen.tumblr.com/) consistently every week. I need to take some time this summer to make a buffer so I can keep up with everything while I’m off at school, so I’m going to cut Slightly Damned back to its originally Saturdays-only update schedule– effective immediately.
However! You guys will still have stuff to look at on Wednesdays. Thanks to the success of the Kickstarter, I’ll be sure to post some sort of Slightly Damned-related art every Wednesday from July through December 2013. Stuff like that is much easier to provide than full pages, anyway. And like I’ve mentioned before: I will be drawing a LOT at school, so it’s not like I’m going to stop making content or anything. It just can’t all be Slightly Damned pages, Soprano of Time strips, or Pokemon paintings.
Did you know that I’ve started hosting a podcast with my friends at MONSTER HIVE (http://www.monsterhive.net/)? It’s called Hivecast, and there’s a new episode out every other week. We talk about all sorts of storytelling themes, gripes, cliches, and we kind of get drunk and cuss a lot. It’s a grand old time! You can listen to the show right on the MONSTER HIVE website (http://www.monsterhive.net/category/hivecast/) or catch it on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/monsterhive/id599191402) if that’s what you prefer.
I’ll keep making Chrono Trigger-themed titles as long as I please! Oh, but the real reasons I’m writing this post are:
1) The Slightly Damned Plushification Kickstarter is now live!
Help make Buwaro (and perhaps more) plushies a reality and get some cool swag for yourself in the process! Notice how there’s even a tier where you can design your own characters to appear in the story, or get me to redraw past Slightly Damned pages. You can even score original sketches of comics! Gasp!
2) Don’t forget to vote to help Slightly Damned win Ursa Major Awards!
Voting continues through mid-May (approximately when the Kickstarter ends) but I didn’t want to clutter up the top of the Slightly Damned site with two banners. If your moral compass guides you to believe that Slightly Damned should win an award or two, then please take a few minutes to vote for it! It only takes a short amount of time, I promise.
3) Converting Slightly Damned pages into book format takes forever when you’re an idiot who doesn’t save anything properly!
I want to get Book 2 completed by the end of April, so I really need to focus. I don’t want to leave Slightly Damned without updates, but like I’ve said before, this hectic schedule means I can’t churn out two quality pages every week all the time. So I think next week (April 14-20) and the week after (21-27) there will be a Soprano of Time strip on the main site on the Wednesdays and a SD comic page on the Saturdays. You can vote on TWC if you want, but I don’t mind if you don’t and SD’s rank falls. I will put images there to remind people to either check out the Kickstarter or vote in the Ursa Major Awards.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding!
Just wanted to remind you folks that I did not draw the Chrono Trigger/Slightly Damned crossover. It was done by my good friend Cei, the co-creator of the webcomic Within a Mile of Home. Rx3, the writer for Within a Mile of Home, is a frequent contributor to The HiveCast podcast, which I often host.
So what I’m saying here is that you should be reading Within a Mile of Home.
The awesome filler art you see was graciously provided by my buddy Cei, the artist and co-creator of the fantastic comic Within a Mile of Home. Slightly Damned’s update schedule is being scaled back, so if you need something else to read I can’t recommend Within a Mile of Home enough!
But why are Slightly Damned’s updates being slowed down even more? Lots of reasons. If you want to hear the whole story, [click here].
Here’s the short version: I need time to focus on some important projects before Phoenix Cactus Comic Con at the end of May. Then, after the convention, I’m going to do my best to create buffers for Slightly Damned, The Legend of Buwaro: Soprano of Time, and my 151 Pokemon challenge. That’s because in September I’m moving to the east coast to attend school to learn how to make awesome comics. Because my studies will be all about drawings, I’m not sure if I’ll have any energy leftover to draw as a hobby as well. I’m not giving up on the comic; I just need to be realistic about balancing it and my studies.
I don’t know if I can keep up two updates a week for much longer. I’ll have to see how hard I can push myself when I get back home, as I am currently visiting family. I may have to accept the sacrifice of my weekend and evening leisure time, but I’ll do my best!
Thank you for your continued patience.
I was kindly asked to spread the word about a fellow Arizonan comic artist’s plight. Rayvn Crescent is a self-employed artist who has to undergo painful hip surgery and physiotherapy as a result of an unfortunate accident. Here is the link to her Indiegogo page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/helping-ravyn-crescent/ I don’t know Rayvn, but I wish her the best all the same.