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So…life’s been kinda chaotic recently. Outside of day job stuff, I launched my Patreon back in December and there’s been a bit of an adjustment period getting acclimated to having that in my regular routine. Because of that, I’m a little behind on news stuff here, so let’s get caught up on that.

Nowhere #7 is now in the Simon Store

I’m scrambling a bit to keep everything in order, and I don’t know if I ever actually announced that this was available. So in case I didn’t, I have now. You can scoop it up over at The Simon Store .

In my head, I’ve got this story separated into three parts. This issue is the first issue of Part Two and it’s going into some unexpected directions. I really hope y’all dig it.

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Patreon prints

Every month, I make a new print from my Patreon backers. Sometimes I make bonus prints. Then I ship those out to all my backers at the end of the month. The plan is to add these prints to The Simon Store on a month delay. So the December Patreon Print become available to non-Patrons in January, January’s print become available in February, and so on. With that in mind, I’ve added some new prints to The Simon Store:

“The Wurm King” - December Patreon Print

“The Wurm King” - December Patreon Print

“Knife Girl“ - December Patreon Bonus Print

“Knife Girl“ - December Patreon Bonus Print

“Something in the Sky” - January Patreon Print

“Something in the Sky” - January Patreon Print

I’ve got some more announcements coming up, but i’m not quite ready to unveil them yet. In the meantime, y’all should be on my Patreon and following me over on Twitch. I’ve started live-streaming and I’m joining the hell out of it. I’m still figuring some of that stuff out, but it’s been awesome so far, so let’s get that crowd growing.

-jsb

B3

This weekend, I will once again board the CHARIOT OF SEXUAL DESPAIR (Jon's car) and ride, howling, into the iron walls of Cincinnati. Once there; I along with my fellow SHRIEKING COMIC GOBLINS (Jon, Leo, Wesley, Ali, Patrick) will sample the local diseases and show everyone how we do comics back in Chi-town.

I'll be at table B3. It'll be the table covered with weeping sores. Here's a map. Be there.



I painted some things

Once you've successfully fought your way into the inner sanctum of the Cincinnati Comic Expo and made your way to my horrible, horrible table; you can buy things. Like these guys:

The Bishop of The Void
The Bishop of the Blight
The Bishops of Albany
The Prison Bishop
The Bishop of Nerathuul

I've been working on upping my print game and this is what came of it. Take from that what you will. They'll be $10 each. Hope you dig 'em.

If you can't make it to Cincinnati and you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO see my face in person, I'll be in Aurora, IL the very next weekend for Other World Comic Con. If I survive Cincinnati, of course. 

Nowhere #3 is done

Just got the proof copy in the mail. Here's the cover that I don't think I've ever posted here:

What the hell is that thing on the cover!? I guess you'll just have to buy and read it to find out...once it's available. I still need to review the proof and possibly make edits, so it's done, but not quite ready yet. Yeah, that makes sense.

ALL THE OTHER THINGS

I've already started setting up shows for 2016. Indiana Comic Con 2016 is already a thing that's definitely happening and I'm just waiting for registration for several other shows to pop up.

Scratches is coming along nicely. I've been seeing art from Jon, Angel, and Leo periodically and it hasn't stopped being weirdly cool.

Here's the cover for a thing I'm doing:

I don't want to say anything about this one yet, but I'm hammering away at it with one hand while writing the script for Nowhere #4 with the other. My goal is to have this one up pretty soon.

I also painted this thing:

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I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I dig the idea, but I'm not sure if it's something people would want prints of. If you think I'm wrong, hit me up and I'll see what I can put together.

I think that's everything. Lot's of stuff going on. Lot's of more stuff in the works. In the meantime, get yourself to Cincy and Aurora. Bring snacks.

-jsb

Consider this post irrelevant if the world ends this week.

I can't wait to for this week to be over so we can stop hearing about doomsday prophecies and Mayan calendars and what not. I've never bought into that stuff. Mayans tore each others hearts out to control the weather - a practice modern science has proved to only be about 25% effective. I don't exactly trust these guys to know when the world is going to end.

While I'm on this nonsense tirade, I've never understood the doomsday prepper crowd. Ya know, the guys that stockpile guns and twinkies and pogs in preparation for the end of the world. It creates something of a misnomer. I mean, "end of the world" implies complete and total annihilation - zero percent survivability. So why bother prepping? No flak jacket is going to help when the planet has been torn into numerous bite-size chunks and sent flying aimlessly into infinite cold void of blackest space. And if the "end of the world" event is survivable, and you're safe and sound with your bottled water and baked beans, then it's not exactly the end of the world is it? It's just a crappy thing that happened.

Unless you're Lord Humungus. Then, by all means, doomsday away.

Wow. I'm sorry. None of that had nothing to do with anything. I'm under the weather right now and my eyes are pooling with blood and my throat feels like I've been drinking gravel and I've been taking an atrocious amount of various cold medications, so don't expect gold from this post. There is a point to this entry, so let's stop rambling about whatever it was I was just writing and get to it.

THE POINT OF THIS POST.

1. The Simon Corporation will be at C2E2. I just got my acceptance email the other day. I also made a poster/flyer/design/thing to announce it. Here it is:


I used to make show flyers a lot back in my stupid band days. It's something I've always enjoyed doing, but I obviously haven't been able to since that period ended. Now I find myself jumping at any opportunity to make an alternative flyer for an event, regardless of how illogical and/or impractical and/or unnecessary it may be. This is one of those times.

This will probably be my first convention of 2013 and since it's not until April, I don't have any other info besides I'm in. I'll put up the map and table number as soon as I get it.

If all goes as planned between me and Nakama Toys, 2013 is looking to be The Year of The Convention. Every few weeks or so, Bryan and I will go over what cons we'll be doing, when and where they're at, which ones we'll both be at and which one's we'll be doing solo with the other person providing support, etc. Then we take turns standing on the edge of my balcony while the other person stands behind them and sings "Jumper".


Alas, these are the lives we choose. Anyway. Yeah. I'll be at C2E2 again this year.

2. I made these things.





The idea was to take some of my favorite horror films and break them down into a color, a symbol, and a single ominous quote from the film. No particular rhyme or reason, the idea just popped into my head.

After I made these, I put them up on The Simon Corporation Facebook Page and said that the first person to correctly guess all twelve films these were from would win the entire print set. Reader Ian quickly proved how awesome he his by knocking the challenge out in about ten minutes.

Congrats Ian. These should be on your doorstep in a few days.

For the record, the films are (in order): Session 9, Antichrist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Strangers, The Ring, High Tension, Friday the 13th, Jacob's Ladder, Hellraiser, and Halloween. Along with prints, I'm thinking about making these into iPhone and desktop wallpapers. If that's something people would be interested in.

3. Wayward #5 is at the printer.

I should be getting a proof copy sometime after the holidays. This took a little longer than usual because I was toying with the idea of switching to a new printer for my books. I did some research but ultimately decided to stick with my current printer for now primarily because I get really lazy in the winter.

I never said it was a good excuse, but it is an excuse none the less. If the proof turns out okay, I'll be making the usual stock order for the upcoming conventions. After that, I'll start putting together the collected trade paperback version and getting that ready for the printer and whatnot. Once the trade is officially done and printed and stock is in my hand, Wayward will officially be complete for me.

4. IT LOOKS BACK #1 is done and ready for the printer.

I haven't shipped this one to the printer quite yet. Christmas and getting Wayward #5 printed and bleeding from my eyes and school has pretty much taken up all of my time, mental capacity, and resources. I plan to ship this one out sometime next week after I get done with Christmas.

My goal is to have Wayward #5, IT LOOKS BACK #1, and the Wayward TB done and ready in time for C2E2. I still have several months, so I think that's a fair goal.

-jsb

Louisville Arcade Expo is THIS WEEKEND

As the title of this post says, the second Louisville Arcade Expo is this weekend and Nakama Toys is ready to go. I stopped by Bryan's house the other day and he was all geared up for the show.

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I'll be there as well, helping out at Bryan's table and offering robot-wisdom just like Bishop in Aliens. I'll also be selling my Megagirl/Protogirl Pin-up prints as well, so I guess that would be like when Bishop got ripped in half and started bleeding milk.

This is not radically different from the actual artistic process. 
I've seen Bryan's stock so I can honestly testify if you're the type of person that likes awesome stuff, then the Nakama Toys booth is the place to be. If you don't like awesome stuff well...I dunno, maybe there's an Office Max nearby?

My homeboy Devo will also have a table there with his own art. Check him out and throw whatever remaining money you have at his face.

I guess he'd be the Paul Reiser character? This analogy is falling apart.
At this point, you're probably shitting your pants in excitement and thinking, "What else is there to do after I've thrown all my money at these awesome vendors?" Well, that's when you sign up for the Nakama-sponsored Marvel Vs Capcom 2 Fuck the Knicks 2 Tournament and compete for my one-of-a-kind framed print!

Maybe this would be the facehugger in the analogy?
There will also be tons of other awesome video-game-related stuff to check out and do, but they're not related to Nakama Toys, so I'm not going to get into all that and struggle to equate it to the movie Aliens. You can check all that out at the Louisville Arcade Expo's website

But the most important thing to take from this is you need to get your ass to the Nakama Toys booth, say hi, and buy Bryan's awesome and luxurious wares. Because Bryan is awesome and he loves you. 

Commerce!
See you there!
-jsb

ALMOST FORGOT! Bryan will be live-tweeting (?) the event, so be sure to follow him @Nakamatoys. I guess this would be like when the Predator blew himself up trying to kill Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that's from the wrong movie.

Meet the Team: The Dumpster

The Team Fortress 2 paintings are done:




This was incredibly fun to do, content-wise and practice-wise. I still consider myself fairly new to this particular style of illustration, and making myself go through nine paintings, one after the other like this, really taught me a lot. I'm still not where I'd like to be in terms of skill - and I suspect I'll never be - but I feel this set was a huge step in the right direction. 

The idea to do this set came to me at ........ some convention. Can't recall which one. Anyway, I'm sitting at the Simon table for something like five million hours a day, and you see a lot of cosplayers. Some good. Some bad. If you've been to a convention, you know what I'm talking about. But every now and then, I'd see a person (or a group of people) dressed up like the Team Fortress 2 classes, and regardless of how good or bad the costume was, it just made me really happy 'cause I'm obviously a huge TF2 nerd. 

So I'd see an Engineer or a Scout walk by and I'd get all giddy and I'd always try to call them over to my table and give them props, but I wanted to do something more. That's where these paintings come in. 

Along with the 8"x10" prints I plan to sell at my table, I also want to make smaller, baseball card-sized prints of each class and hand them out for free to any TF2 cosplayers I see. So if a Pyro stops by, I'm gonna stop them, wave them over to my table, and POW! here's a free Pyro card 'cause you're awesome. On a completely unrelated note, I have an uncontrollable mutant power that creates small explosions when I hand cards to people, hence the POW!

As for the normal prints, I just did a test run:

GETTIN' SHIT DONE!
I should have them up in the gallery shortly. I'm still deciding when I should add them to the store.

Naturally, I'm thinking about doing Left 4 Dead prints next. Sometime in the distant future. I've already done a bit of research, but I'm still not sure how I would want to do them. I could do the same goofy look I did for the TF2 prints, or I could do something more dark and serious. 

Come to think of it, Goofy and Stupid or Dark and Serious seem to be the only two flavors my stuff comes in.

-jsb