‘Tis the season for giving! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, the Happy Holiday Hyena, or nothing at all, there’s no time like the present to support charitable causes. Here’s a handful of events I’m currently supporting and would like to share with you:
Comic Creators for Freedom!
Comic Creators for Freedom has once again teamed up with Love 146 for a week-long charity event to fund the fight against human trafficking. A donation of ANY amount will net you a neat wallpaper featuring the awkward school photos of characters from over 150 different webcomics– including Rhea from Slightly Damned!
Help Stan and Sharon Sakai!
It’s no exaggeration that Stan Sakai is my hero. I’m a huge fan of his master work, Usagi Yojimbo, and he’s quite possibly the nicest person in comics. Possibly the world! Unfortunately, Mrs. Sakai is ill and her home care costs more than their insurance will cover. CAPS is organizing an original art auction with all proceeds going to the Sakais, and Garage Art Studios is working on collecting donations for them through PayPal.
Support the victims of Hurricane Haiyan!
Devastating catastrophes tend to leave the public conscious very quickly, especially if they happen in a distant country. People don’t want to think of the dreadful and dreary when the holidays are upon us. But the victims of Hurricane Haiyan still need aid! Please consider donating to the Philippine Red Cross.
Also, a couple of folks are organizing a Pinoy Komiks Anthology. As someone of Filipino descent, I’ve definitely got my eye on this project and plan on participating.
…and even if, for whatever reason, you can’t spare the money or time for any of these, please at least spread the word about them!
Bad news for me apparently means good news for some of you out there! It turns out one of my teeth has an infection and needs a root canal. And doubly unfortunately for me, my dental insurance won’t help cover it because I’ve had my policy for less than 6 months! Even though the infection is pretty minor right now, an infection is an infection. I need to take care of it as soon as I can. FUUUUUU
So! I need to raise money. Lots of moneys. Which means it’s almost time for me to take commissions! Here is my commissions page with pricing, available styles, and instructions on how to make an order: http://raizap.com/commissions/
Please e-mail me NO EARLIER than 12:00 AM EST and NO LATER 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 11 to make your order!
(E-mail only, please. No notes since keeping track of orders in them is a bother. And if you don’t have an e-mail address… how are you on this site, anyway??)
In the past, people have been left out of getting a commission because they didn’t e-mail me fast enough. Instead of using a first-come, first-serve slot system, I’ll acknowledge all commission orders within that 24-hour period and work through them in the order they’re accepted.
I’ll make another journal entry on Monday to remind people who are interested that commissions are open for the day. I just wanted to let you guys get a head’s up in case anyone needed time to prepare.
Today’s page is late and I apologize for that. I was busy with schoolwork and activities (some of them slightly irresponsible), so I didn’t get around to working on page 619 much. But I have some good news! I’ve decided to use my old hub domain to host some of the mini-comics I’ve been doing for school, zines, etc. [You can check them out here at raizap.com!] Part of why I didn’t work on page 619 is because I was busy making “Bandit Mountain”. I just finished it, and it’s currently the longest comic on there, so please check it out!
I know I have been very quiet lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy. That’s what I always say, isn’t it?
But it’s true! I don’t remember where I’ve mentioned this before, but now I’m making sure it’s known: I am attending cartooning school. I am thousands of miles away from my desert home (and pets) in order to study the art of making great comics. For all intents and purpose, it is grad school. If I successfully complete my thesis project at the end of my second year, I will be awarded with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Of course, more important than the degree is the networking opportunities and the experience of being at such an awesome school.
It’s somewhat challenging to balance my personal projects with my schoolwork. I’ve uploaded some of my stuff to my art sites, but not everything. Examples of what’s missing: 2+ hours of figure drawing from life every week, writing manuscripts, weekly sketchbook and lettering assignments, screenprinting, and a 20 copies of a 20-page comic narrative made with stick figures. And that doesn’t take into account the lectures, presentations, and the constructive criticism workshops. But I’m not complaining! It’s been a ton of fun. It just keeps me busy.
I know Soprano of Time hasn’t updated in a while. To be honest, I’m thinking of withdrawing from the Top Webcomics ranking game. I guess I find it kind of depressing somehow, even though everyone has been amazingly supportive. But I can’t ignore the fact that it brings in some traffic, so I haven’t made up my mind yet. Either way, I’m determined to see Soprano of Time through to the end. Soprano of Time will return as Wednesday art updates in November. I don’t know about December; I think I might like to do some winter/Christmas/Winter Solstice paintings.
When it comes to my priorities, school comes first followed by Slightly Damned. I could probably be a lot more diligent with my time management and get a lot more done. But I guess getting all stressed out wouldn’t be good, either. These aren’t excuses; I just wanted to explain what’s been going on.
Thanks for putting up with me!
P.S. I just got word today that the Kieri plushies have finished production. Hopefully I’ll hear about how the Rhea plushies are doing soon!