November’s going to be a really busy month for me, and I’m going to be spending chunks of it out of town, so I’ve gone ahead and pre-posted some comics. They should appear as usual, and I haven’t had any trouble with this previously. However, if something goes wrong, please send me an email and I’ll check it out as soon as possible.
Thanks, and I hope you’re enjoying the comic! (:
Happy Halloween, everyone! Hope you all are looking forward to it as much as I am. We traditionally host a party at my house, and I’m thinking we’re gonna be packed to the gills with good friends and good fun. (:
I’ve done a pair of Jack designs that I thought would be fun for Halloween. They’re posted up to my store — go check them out!
Also, a friendly little reminder — Zazzle allows you to do a lot of customization on your items. So if you want the tee in a different color or style (long-sleeved, say), or even in a women’s or kid’s style, you can do that! Just pick the style from the tabs, then pick the color you want in the selection box.
Hey peoples, just wanted to let you folks know that I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments on the blog. And I’m sick of it. So if you want to leave me comments (and I love comments), please make sure that, ya know, I can tell you’re a real human. Generic comments WILL get spam-blocked.
To whoever bought the mug from my store — THANK YOU!
I can’t really go tack up my first earned dollar bill, given that it’s a virtual dollar, but I’m gonna print out the notification I got and keep it. Thanks for making me feel like a million bucks and a “real” cartoonist. (:
Just a quick shout-out to The Floating Lightbulb. Thanks for mentioning Autumnside in your blog.
As the blog suggests, I do strive for a softer, more cartoon-like look in my work. It’s sort of a combination of a lot of my favorite influences. While I don’t really feel like I do manga-style art, I read enough of it that it’s certainly had a hand in how I draw. I particularly like Miyazaki anime, and Autumnside definitely draws on moods inspired by Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. On the American side of things, Walt Kelly’s Pogo was a profound influence on my early comic reading, and Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock and Muppet Show on my television preferences.
I’m fond of things that have rich, complex backgrounds and settings, and that’s something I strive to include in Autumnside, and in the fledgling bits of Winterside that I’m starting work on now. That seems to go hand in hand with a softer, more painted look, at least to get anywhere near the ideas I’m actually visualizing. How I wish I could draw as well as the stuff looks in my head. *sigh* Keep practicing, I know! (:
We’ve received our test products from Zazzle, and they’re good enough that our store is now officially open. We’ve got a print, a mug, a card, and some t-shirts. Keep in mind that Zazzle is an on-demand service, so we do take requests. If you don’t see something you’d like, let one of us know, and we’ll see about adding it.
Also, a shout out to Laura Chapple, a.k.a. Ironychan (who draws, among other things, Get Medieval). I mentioned Autumnside in her comments, and she was cool enough to leave them there.
(It was an innocent aside about the challenges of running a webcomic, not deliberate spamming, just so y’all know. It’s just that she’d have been perfectly within her rights to get rid of the posts.)
I’ve gone and re-written the Blog Publication Control yet again. This means that you should see this post (and the rest of the Autumnside Blog) underneath the comic — even if you’re running Netscape, or viewing the page from a PSP. It might even fix the problem we’ve been seeing with the Webcomic List‘s crawler, if we’re lucky.
Just wanted to let you know that there have been some strange issues with the voting buttons over the past few days. Buzzcomix is updating to a new version, and while we’re set up with them OK, it looks like their site is down right now. Thewebcomiclist has us listed, but isn’t detecting our site updates, for reasons we’re still trying to figure out.
Thanks for your patience while we get these minor issues fixed.
Also — Autumnside mugs are hopefully coming soon!
I know it’s kind of late to be writing a con report for Anime Expo. Well, this month has been kinda crazy with lots of stuff going on. So crazy, in fact, that I won’t be at the San Diego ComicCon — I’ll be at a wedding instead. (Congrats, Julia and Pete!) I should be at ComicCon next year. San Diego is my hometown, and I really want to be there!
So. Anime Expo was pretty cool. In fact, I think it was the best time I’ve had at AX, and I’ve attended and worked the con for several years. I got to meet a Gaia Online friend of mine, and make some new friends. I spent a lot of time in the shoujo room showing videos, and can recommend that you check out Strawberry Marshmallow and World of Narue, which are both excessively cute, and IGPX, which is roller derby with mecha. How can you go wrong?. No super-big winners this year like Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (which if you haven’t seen, you should), but I found all of those entertaining for various reasons.
It was nice working the afternoon-evening shift. I got to see enough of the con before my shift, and got to check out a Photoshop panel on coloring, which was pretty good. The panelist gave me some good ideas which I’m looking forward to putting into practice.
There was good stuff in the Artist Alley. There’s always good stuff in the Artist Alley, and I actually recommend that you shop there first before you go spend money in the vendors’ hall. I got a bunch of really nice bookmarks and gorgeous original-art prints for a very good price. If you get the opportunity, you should definitely check it out; there are a lot of small gems there.
Have a good one, people!
I’d like to apologize for the slowness on the website the last couple of days. For whatever reason, it’s been grinding badly during the middle of the day — Dreamhost has been made aware of the situation, so hopefully it’ll get resolved soon.