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Look behind you

Well this story sure went from zero to tentacles in a hurry. If boats can fly, then so can cephalopods! Also, I apologize for any untoward mental images conjured with the phrase ‘sky legs’.

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All hands

Time to meet the crew! Hower, your enthusiasm is so irritating. Calm down.

FC’s done and my convention plate is clear until May, which means that I should be better about posting for the next few months, but with the comic being updated apparently once every other month now, you folks probably know better than to believe a single word I say about regular updates. But this page, like the previous set, was batched with the next one, which I’ll post next Thursday. I really wanna go biweekly but for the moment I think I am going to do two pages a week and post only one a week until I get a bit of a buffer established.

I plan on livestreaming on Monday from 7:30am to 4:00pm, with an hour break from 12:00-1:00pm to work on the next few pages. If I am not streaming at that time, by all means, yell at me. But I figure now that I’ve committed to it publicly I’ll feel a more pressing obligation to show up.

Also, I’m taking a bunch of conbadge commissions this week. If you are a furry you know what a conbadge is, but if you are not, it’s a 3×4″ ID tag with your name and a bit of art on it. In the furry world, usually this is a way to identify yourself as a character of your own invention, but there’s nothing saying I can’t draw basically whatever you want (or whatever I want) on a slip of paper this size and stick it in a badge sleeve. They’re $40 each and that includes the cost of shipping within the continental US. If you want yours before FWA, I’ll need to hear from you by the 15th, and I will absolutely draw it on theme for you (Moulin Rouge, or so I am told)! Drop me a line if you want one.

Anyway. See you cats next week probably!

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I do enjoy giving orders

Do you want to see something funny? And by funny, I mean terrible? Here’s a comparison study of what my scanner does to watercolors and what John’s does. I’m using the Brother MFC-6490cw and he’s using the Epson Expression 1640XL. Mine’s on the left, his is on the right.

Every time I scan one of my watercolors, it kills me a little to see what my scanner’s done with it. Most of the time I just sort of accept it, because I don’t want to bug John. But I just wanted you to know that I was not kidding when I said my scanner destroys my paintings.

I didn’t mention this on Thursday because I forgot, but if you are all up on every social network and art website everywhere, I’ve been a lot more active lately on Deviantart (where there is a Dawn Chapel group you might join) and on the Google Plus, which I’m quite fond of and have created a G+ page for The Dawn Chapel – should you be of a mind to plus-one that page, I’d certainly be grateful! And I will try to be in the habit of posting process sketches and worldbuilding notes to these places, if you’re the sort that likes the webcomic version of dvd extras.

I’ve been spending a bit of time every week livestreaming when I work on artwork, too. Most of the time it’s for working on commissioned pieces, but I’d like to get into the habit of livestreaming at a regular scheduled time for working on the comic, too. I am thinking Mondays and Tuesdays, 8am-12pm and then 1pm-4pm pacific time on those days. Possibly maybe. For the time being, twitter’s probably the best place to find out when I’m broadcasting.

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Napping in the Hawser

So, I’d make excuses but there really aren’t any this time! Well, there are a few, but excuses are tacky. And you know how much I hate to be tacky.

There’s been a lot going on. I went to two more cons since last we spoke, as I was a special guest at Rainfurrest in September, and then I was able to attend Midwest Furfest again this year thanks to the generosity of a friend. If you saw me in Seattle, you found me sharing a table with Ekwara‘s Tod Wills, and if you saw me in Chicago, then I was tabling with Rick Griffin of Housepets!. These dudes? These are the best dudes. This has been a good autumn for bro-ing out with my webcomics homeboys.

I have one more convention coming up and then I should be out of everyone’s hair until the summer, and that con is Further Confusion, which takes place right here in San Jose. I am once again on staff, heading up the Art Track events, because I didn’t learn my lesson hard enough last year. Worse, I’ve taken it upon myself to organize a public art exhibition, which I’ve got an open call out for submissions. So if you know anybody? And they can draw and paint stuff? Send them my way.

And, one more bit of good news! There’s another page on the way. It’s already finished, you guys. It’s scheduled automatically to go live on Thursday. This is nuts, I know.

I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain this manic pace week after week, but against my spouse’s advice I’m going to start putting the originals for this story for sale in the store right away, since this story is supposed to be in the neighborhood of 140+ pages long. My SO is concerned that when it comes time to publish this story in book form, not having the originals on hand might be problematic, given how unkind my scanner is to colors. And this is a valid concern! But, one of my studiomates has a much, much nicer scanner than I do, and has been kind enough to scan the comic for me so that I have print-worthy files.

And, anyway, a more pressing concern for me is getting bills paid, and if I can sell two pages a week? That’ll make it a whole dang lot easier to post two pages a week.

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Wake up

Hey, I am sorry I left you alone for so long.

I hope that we can be friends again.