Fun fact: The person in the carpet is me! I’m going through a transitional period and want to get better in a lot of aspects of my life, including OWAZ. Don’t worry, OWAZ isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still get two comics a week no matter what.
Man, it was a blast and a half. I’m so not used to spending so much time out of the vendor room. In fact, that’s usually the only part of the convention I see. It all really depends on where the bathrooms are.
This show was the complete opposite. I’m almost never an attendee; the only other attendee-only one I go to is C2E2, and even that’s just a day trip. It was nice to get that experience after having not done it in the last seven or eight years. It was nice to spend each day just hanging out with my friends, who are all small business owners and/or operators, where none of us had any schedules or deadlines or “I can’t hang out today, I’m too busy” moments. It’s safe to say these folks are some of the greatest individuals I’ve ever met.
I guess this counts as a convention report, despite how short it is, so I’ll stick it there!
I’ll leave you with this video that my friend Ty made. He’s an excellent cosplayer and cinemagician (magician of cinema, as opposed to a magician of cinnamon, which is a cinnamagician.) Check him out at Tybbles Cosplay!
It’s true! The OWAZ Kickstarter is live! Be sure to donate for all sorts of cool stuff! I’ll be rewarding backers with cool stuff like never-before-seen-buttons, commissions, and even a chance to be in the comic! This Kicksmacker is very important to me because I love OWAZ and the people who enjoy it and I want to take the comic to the next level. The book will be full-color, contain the first 100 strips, AND have OWAZ strips you can’t find online! So go! Donate to my Korkstammer! You shan’t regret it!
I know it’s incredibly rare for me to make a blog post that’s not accompanied by a comic, but I want this one to be easily accessible, even after multiple comics have been posted.
It’s special to me.
Last week, everyone got a bonus comic, aptly titled “ElimComic One“, in response to this article. In short, create a comic using the same parameters as the elimination challenges. In this case, make a comic in 90 minutes or less that uses two randomly chosen subjects: mermaids and ukuleles. Anyway, I submitted my comic idea (and gave everyone here a surprise Wednesday strip) and hoped for the best. Using the #ElimComic hashtag on Twitter, I was able to scope out the competition (if you even want to call it that, as all the other artists were rad and this was all in good fun).
I wasn’t expecting anything to happen with it, but yesterday, I got a tweet from Penny Arcade graphic designer and Strip Search producer Erika Sadsad:
— Erika Sadsad (@esadsad) May 1, 2013
I was, and still am, freaking ecstatic! The whole Strip Search audience got to see my hard work! The creators of the freaking show liked it enough to put it on their site! This is, to say the least, one of the highest points of my webcomic career. I’m going to use this as fuel to just keep on working my hardest at everything I do, especially comics. I love comics. I love making them, I love reading them, I love sharing them, and I love encouraging other people to enjoy them as much as I do.
While a second season of Strip Search isn’t officially confirmed, the producers would be silly not to do one, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to be gunning for one for those spots. Having my comic posted on the Strip Search site not only shows that I can do it, but I should do it.
So I’m gonna do it.
(I’ll post more on this as it tumbles out of my head.)
You heard that correctly, folks. Extravaganzapaloozathon. It’s a word I made up for this special occasion. I was rather bummed earlier this year when the Kickstarter for the first OWAZ book didn’t pan out. It’s good that it provides a safety net for the folks that are willing to pay ridiculous amounts to see something awesome come to life, but it left the amount of funds put forth for the book at a stifling total of $0. I decided that this simply would not do. I held off for a bit and allowed the fan base grow a bit, and now I feel ready for something like this.
This fundraiser is quite simple: Buy awesome stuff and have the money go to awesome things. As the picture illustrates, I will be selling a short run of Adventure Time acrylic necklaces. When I say short run, I mean that these will only be available for pre-order for four weeks and after that, they are gone. Starting today, December 21st and going until 11:59PM on January 18th, 2013, these six necklaces will be available for pre-order for $10 each, meaning that they will not ship until about two weeks after the pre-order ends. Again, once January 19th is upon us, these necklaces will NEVER be available for purchase again. These are limited-edition items and will not be re-printed once the sale ends. Also, I will not be selling them at cons. The four-week window we are currently in is your only opportunity to get one of these, so get them while you can.
As the picture also shows, the money you spend will be going to two homes. One is a savings account to put money away for the Otakuz With a Z Vol. 1 books. This isn’t “pay my bills until I can someday afford the books” money, this is “to be used for the books and the books only” money. The other home to your funds will be my favorite charity, Child’s Play. Child’s Play provides toys and games to children’s As you’ve no doubt seen in the comic newsposts lately, I’ve been plugging Child’s Play quite a bit, and 50% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be going to Child’s Play as a gift from the Otakuz With a Z fans.
If the fundraiser isn’t your cup of tea but you still feel like donating to Child’s Play, the donation page is right here. Please give generously.
So to reiterate and give you fine folks a neatly truncated version: Fundraiser with Adventure Time necklaces, 50% of the proceeds go to OWAZ books, and 50% goes to the Child’s Play charity. Four weeks to buy, after which these charms will never be offered again.
All of the charms can be found on my Etsy page here! Go! Buy! Support an awesome comic and an extra awesome charity!
So I wanted to make the first one special and awesome. I sat down with my friend, filmmaker Nick Aldrich, to talk about movies and making films. He was an amazing guest to have on and is so passionate about movies. We were in a legit and awesome recording studio on campus in UW-Milwaukee where he had just graduated and where I am stuck at for the next few years. It was a real good time and I’m sure you will enjoy it.
And yes, we talk about Batman.
You can check out his web series Mediocracy on the website http://www.mediocracytv.com/
I will try to make the podcast a more regular thing on most, if not every, Wednesday. Don’t worry though, the usual fun nerdy banter between Nick Foy (Quazo) and I (TheChadster) well be back within the coming weeks.
Also, I want to clear up something I said in the beginning because I didn’t have the date in my head but ACEN is May 17-19 in Rosemont, IL. Come see us, say hi, and buy all the awesome stuff.