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There's been a lot of fun and exciting stuff going on behind the scenes of my life. One of the big ones being mine and Ash's comic series Squarriors getting picked up by Devils Due Entertainment. Since we began we've had a successful kickstarter, positive reviews, really fun-fantastic interviews, and a lot of support. This month, we got ourselves a staff pick in Previews World which means we need to get the word out to comic shops all over!

Devils Due came up with this fantastic give-away idea to help promote the book. Check it out:

www.doyousquirrel.com



I encourage ye, do it! :woohoo:
  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Watching: Horrible Histories
  • Eating: candy corn
  • Drinking: pumpkin spice coffee
I remember back in Highschool I had this vision of what I was going to be doing with comics. I had these grandiose ideas that I'd land some graphic novel gig that was "Hollywood famous" and I'd be rolling in the dough, signing autographs for adoring fans, lights, camera, action--etc. ...and I did that, actually. I landed a Hollywood-famous graphic novel gig. I wasn't rolling in the dough but I had made more money than I'd ever seen in my entire lifetime, considering that I was of the below average - minimum wage working class up until that point. I went to cons by my own admission. I didn't have big companies sponsoring me so the funding usually came out of my own pockets. And there were a few fans of my work who I did live commissions for (thankyou guys, I was able to eat for another week). Dream accomplished right? ...but I ask myself was it worth it. Well, yes and I have a few regrets.

THE WORST

Doing comics professionally is sort of a dream come true. Key term there, "sort of". The problem I have had with it is that I've been doing something that I love, as a JOB. A rather unpleasant, corporate-like job. I've cried on the shoulders of a few close friends about it throughout the years. They've likened my work situation to an abusive relationship. Here's a list of stuff I hadn't considered when I got into doing comics "professionally": There's always drama, there's lies, there's manipulation, there's questionable legal stuff, contracts (oh my god, so many contracts), threats from angry or upset clients, and ass-raping taxes that make you wish you'd worked a 9-5 in some chain restaurant. Luckily, I've avoided lawyers, so far, but those threats (and daggers) just fly left and right. So you have all this going on, and you get hired to do a project that you're just not into, and the book is a total flop anyways. *le huff le wheez*

I have avoided being vocal about this stuff because I was worried how it might affect the future of my career. However, if you're an employer or client and you're reading this I will have none of what's listed above. NEVER AGAIN!



THE BEST

So what did doing comics professionally do for me? Well, I learned A LOT about the industry and general making of comics books. I laid a lot of myths to rest as well. I was a little girl once that thought the only way to make it was to get a big ol' publisher to publish my work. There was such a barricade to getting into the industry when I was an animation student. The whole concept was mysterious, and it seemed impossible to gain access to that mystery world. How do you get a job without work experience!? It's some sort of riddle! There's no sure-fire way to explain how to get in other than it's only a matter of time for most. But once you're in, you're invited into the teeming metropolis of the creative industry. After you survive swimming through the shark (and piranha)-filled moat that is.

Some people would say that having printed books got my name out there...but let's be really honest. What got me noticed was actually me just doing my own personal work. Someone would see a drawing or painting I would be working on and it would lead them to discovering my published books (or hiring me). I used to think that I owed my success to the people I worked for. NEVER EVER THINK THIS. You, yourself, all your hard work, perseverance, conviction, and passion is what earns you your success.

Now, I've had some bad experiences when I first started my career path. A lot of it was almost enough to turn me off of ever doing comics again. But it's because of this, I think I became impassioned to fight for what I really want. Money pays the bills (and creates them), so I have to keep doing comics as my profession, but the thing I value most is creative freedom. I've been fortunate enough to find publishers who are like-minded in that respect.  I mean look at Squarriors. That's what happens when a publisher lets me have free rein. aw-yeah boi~! A happy, healthy artist = good art!


MORAL OF MY STORY
: Mind the sharks and piranhas, children.
  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: pumpkin spice coffee
Squarriors #1 Midtown Exclusive Variant Cover by WittA
Squarriors #1 Midtown Exclusive Variant Cover
"George R.R. Martin, eat your heart out." - me

1 of 3 variant covers from the Squarriors: Teeth & Nails Kickstarter campaign. Midtown Comics, NYC, requested a Game of Thrones homage. Fitting, after seeing our staff pick review on PREVIEWSworld. TeamAsh is stoked! Issue one comes out in Decemeber!
You can preorder issue one here
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Squarriors Issue 1 Retailer Exclusive: TreeJump by WittA
Squarriors Issue 1 Retailer Exclusive: TreeJump
One of the retailer covers for issue 1 of my comic Squarriors. You can buy issue one and help support our project through our Kickstarter campaign! Don't miss it! :)
To the Kickstarter! --> www.kickstarter.com/projects/d…


Squarriors is the epic saga of warring animals in a post-human world. Specifically a small tribe known as the Tin Kin, and their struggles building a life in the new world while confronting the hostile neighboring Maw tribe.
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There's been a lot of fun and exciting stuff going on behind the scenes of my life. One of the big ones being mine and Ash's comic series Squarriors getting picked up by Devils Due Entertainment. Since we began we've had a successful kickstarter, positive reviews, really fun-fantastic interviews, and a lot of support. This month, we got ourselves a staff pick in Previews World which means we need to get the word out to comic shops all over!

Devils Due came up with this fantastic give-away idea to help promote the book. Check it out:

www.doyousquirrel.com



I encourage ye, do it! :woohoo:
  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Watching: Horrible Histories
  • Eating: candy corn
  • Drinking: pumpkin spice coffee

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Freakerybattery4 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome gallery :lol:
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grundalug Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I just heard about the Squarriors from Maximum potential. That looks so ridiculously awesome! I can't wait.

Awesome art too!
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Silence-is-gold Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional
Hello. I just finished "Interview with a Vampire, Claudia's story" and I wanted to congratulate you for the exceptional work. Amazing sketching and breath-taking staging of the pages. A truly great work!!! Cheers!

Ps. Also great-quality publication :D
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fastgyrl Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember seeing the Squarriors at lake count i con earlier this year!:D (Big Grin)  I have to say it was amazing looking the artwork!
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DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Put the guns down and put your hands on your head.  Let's keep this civilized, okay?  See you next Vanlentine's, and thanks for the fave - Totoro.
Totoro Happy Valentine 2012 by DubuGomdori
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dacoyoo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for the fav. your works are so beautiful!
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ToukoShirazumi Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I would like to ask if you would draw any Game of Thrones?
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WittA Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
I would love to draw some Game of Thrones art. I *might* be able to once I'm not too busy. :)
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ToukoShirazumi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you really much for your quick reply. Take your time though I'm looking forward. I really appreciate your style and thought of a combination of your atmospheric art and my favorite series is really exciting. But don't push yourself I guess I'm not the only one with a special wish. ;)
You're doing a great work!
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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