Mich and I are at Balticon this weekend! We have a table! I am doing a panel on making webcomics with the iPad! AND WE WILL HAVE STUFF TO SELL!! Come see us at our table!
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My Zombie Calendar is finally for sale on Zazzle!!!
Well, file this under “better late than never!” Last year I started working on a zombie calendar, drawing a zombie a month using Adobe® Ideas on my iPad. I had planned to finish up the calendar and put it up for sale on Zazzle in November, but then I tore my ACL and all the plans I had for the rest of the year sort of fell apart. Honestly, I couldn’t sit upright with a laptop until just last week, due to the swelling and soreness in my right knee.
But now it’s done! Twelve zombies to commemorate the twelve months of the year! I will be ordering a couple of copies, hopefully to get them in time to take to Marscon on the 18th through the 20th in Williamsburg, VA. I will also have a collection of greeting cards, including Zombie Santa and a zombie Valentine, and some original crocheted amigurumi! If you’ve been following me on Twitter (@Cynical_Woman), you’ve seen some of the amigurumis in progress. I’ll have Skully Girl, Funky Chicken, Pumpkin Head, Zombie Sock Monkey, and Mr. Squishy, either in the art show or for sale at my table. So be sure to stop by and take a look!
(By the way, if you’re on Ravelry, I’m listed as CynicalWoman!)
Con crud is the ultimate suck. I spent all last week on the couch, struggle to get through email (most of it for Girl Scouts!) and do what little work I could, including this week’s webcomic. I like that I can do web comics on the iPad when I need to, and in fact I will be doing a new project entirely on the iPad, but for “The Adventures of Cynical Woman,” I prefer good ol’ fashioned paper and pen, with good ol’ fashioned coloring and lettering done in Photoshop.
For those of you who didn’t know (because I was so sick I never got around to posting it) I was at Interventioncon two weekends ago. Interventioncon was a blast! It’s the first time I’ve run a table at a con as a webcomic artist rather than as a fiction writer/podcaster, and I have to say, the results were nice. Mich and I were able to sell quite a few items that weekend. Not enough to cover the cost of the hotel room, but far more than what I usually sell when I’m working as a writer/podcaster. Makes me glad I’m switching over to doing more comics and less fiction. I’m still writing, of course, but that writing is all being done for the webcomic, which is good because I like writing for comics. But now I can also do things like sketch cards and amigurumi and felties and prints and creepy greeting cards and I can group all that stuff together and sell it! Yay for selling stuff!
So anyway, great weekend sandwiched between two weeks of sick. I’m writing this post on Friday, you should be reading it on Monday. Hopefully by now I can finally breathe again and I am back at the gym. If not, I will spend yet another day on the couch. Yay. Fun. Ick.
Con crud sucks.
I posted the finished B5 cartoon a couple years ago. Just last week I found the original sketch. The character in the lower left is my version of Scully from the S-Files. Delen is in the middle, obviously having a bad hair day, and I have no idea who that sinister employee from Mickey D’s is supposed to be. Why I drew that guy, I’ll never know. He vaguely reminds me of cartoons I’ve done of the Hubster, but the Hubster worked at Burger King, not McDonald’s, when he was in school, and I worked at Hardee’s. So, who knows! But I do like the B5 sketch. It’s one of my favorite cartoons.
I’m at Balticon this weekend, mostly likely doing panels on web comics, writing, erotica, new media and podcasting, digital art, and whatever else is on my schedule. Check the program book and look for a blue-haired woman with horns!
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen some cryptic and not-so-cryptic tweets about a project I’ve been working on called Mustachequerade. This is something new I’m doing this year, an 8-page zine of hand-drawn artwork and bizarre little stories all about mustaches! Yes, you heard me right, mustaches. Why, you may wonder, am I doing a zine about mustaches? Because…
Because it just struck me as something funny and weird to cartoon about! How’s that for an answer?
Here is the cover art for issue one of Mustachequerade:
As you can see, these will be done as limited editions. I’ve printed up 100 copies to take with me to sell at Marscon, at the price of $1 per issue. It’s 8 pages of mustachioed madness, folks, and probably one of my most bizarre, creative projects yet! So if you come to Marscon this weekend, be sure to see me at my author table to pick up a copy. Issue one includes “The ‘Stache of Wisdom,” “Famous Mustaches in History,” “Know Your Mustache,” “The Mustache ABCs” and a clip and cut mustache that you can decorate and tape to your upper lip, if you so desire.
So stop by and see me at Marscon. For the bargain price of a dollar, issue one of Mustachequerade could be yours! Supplies are limited, so don’t wait!
Yes, that’s my iPod Nano, strapped to my wrist. With some of my artwork on display. I bought the iWatch watchband just so I could use my iPod as a watch and tiny portfolio display. I’ll have selected pieces of artwork on it so if you catch me at Balticon, you can see it on my iPad or on my wrist. All I can say about this is “NEAT!”
Erotica author Beth Wylde has put together a terrific reading event in Gibsonville, NC, this Saturday, featuring a number of erotica authors (including yours truly!). Here are the details if you’d like to come!
Literary Foreplay: An afternoon of HOT erotica
July 24th 2010 2PM-6PM
Summer is here and the temperatures are steaming but we’ve found a way to get you even hotter. Want to turn up the heat? Ready to sweat? If so, we’ve got the event for you!
Join local erotica writers for an afternoon of literary foreplay in Gibsonville, NC on July 24th 2010 from 2pm – 6pm as they read from some of their yummiest and naughtiest stories. Join hostess Beth Wylde and La Fortress owner Adventureseker with readings scheduled by:
Jhada Rogue Addams
Helen E. H. Madden
and possibly more……….
$5 cover charge at the door gets you into the erotica reading session plus the author Q&A as well as time afterwards to purchase autographed copies of some of the hottest erotic books you’ll ever get your hands on. The $5 cover charge goes to benefit La Fortress, the club that has graciously supported the kink community for so many years. It’s time to give back. Seker does so much!
The readings will be done in the dungeon. Afterwards there will be the regular Saturday night play party at 8PM. The play party is a seperate event and a seperate cost, so be sure to ask Seker about that when you RSVP for the reading.
The first 20 people that bring a friend with them will receive a free book courtesy of Bold Strokes Books or Torquere Press.Their choice as long as supplies last. Beth will also have her goodie basket with her full of free swag bags for everyone and special treats for those who purchase a book from her.
Please RSVP for a seat and directions with Adventureseker at:
Sorry today’s cartoon is late. As you can see from the image above, there was a reason.
Balticon is the biggest convention I go to every year. I love it. I love seeing everybody I know from writing and podcasting and webcomics. I love attending the panels and learning new things. I love doing and attending readings. And yes, I love the parties.
The best party at Balticon is the one hosted by Chooch and Viv of the “Into the Blender” podcast. This year’s theme was Sci Fi Prom. I just happened to come across an old costume of mine in the closet while I was packing last Thursday and I decided to bring it to the prom. The outfit had been in storage for 9 years or so, and I’d only worn it once because I got pregnant soon after that, so it seemed like it was time to wear it again. I was rather surprised at people’s reactions to my outfit (all of which were overwhelmingly positive), especially since a) it’s an old costume that’s been in storage all these years and b) there were some really killer costumes at the prom. But I guess I must still have my costuming mojo because yours truly was crowned queen of the Sci Fi Prom. I promised Viv I’d crown next year’s queen, just as soon as someone pried my tiara from my cold dead fingers.
All in all, I had a great time. Here are a few quick photos from the con. Like me, there are a bit skewed and out of focus. Hopefully I will recover from such conditions even if the photos won’t.
My best friend, Mary, lacing me into my flame-print corset. She had way too much fun doing this.
My reading on Saturday night. I bought the corset at Farpoint earlier this year. It’s a good thing I decided to wear a shirt under it. I didn’t realize how low the corset would settle once I was strapped in, and even with the shirt I worried about being “over-exposed.”
My partner in crime, Nobilis Reed, at his book launch for Scouts on Saturday night. He hosted a fake orgasm contest and a massage contest. And yes, that was as intersting as it sounds. Find out more about Scouts and Nobilis at http://www.nobiliserotica.com/.
Me and DDog at the Sci Fi Prom. DDog was probably one of the neatest, most fashionable people there, and by fashionable I mean he does his own thing and does it very well. He’s dressed in this picture as the latest incarnation of the Doctor. I was dressed as the Empress Xena. And yes, I do get satellite TV on that headdress I’m wearing. To get OnStar, I just push the big red jewel at the top.
The woman I would have voted for, for Sci Fi Prom Queen, the lovely J.R. Blackwell, who is probably one of the most creative and talented people I know. Photography, costuming, writing… She does it all.
Mr. Snacky Cake, aka John Cmar, and Jared Axelrod, J.R.’s equally talented husband. Jared has a graphic novel coming out called “Fables of the Flying City” that I am very much looking forward to seeing. Meanwhile, Dr. John Cmar performs the best medical procedures, including the boob flattening he did on me the moment I arrived at Balticon. It was a very professional job, I tell you.
My prom king, Dave Slusher of the Evil Genius Chronicles. I couldn’t have been paired with a better guy.
Vivid Muse, the hostess with the mostest at the Sci Fi Prom…
And here’s Viv’s stud-boy, Chooch. He plays a mean bass!
A dear friend of mine, Elf, whom I’ve known since college, and who’s shown up at every event I’ve done in Maryland in the last three years. Love you, Elf!
And last but far from least, podcaster and prolific author Nathan Lowell who’s book “Quarter Share” is now out and is a must read. In this pic, Nathan is demonstrating his “Second Life He-Man” pose. Oy! Muy macho, Nate!
I wish I’d had the chance to take more pictures, because this is just a small sampling of what went on this weekend. However the con goes by so fast! Maybe next year I’ll be a little quicker with the camera.
Wow am I beat. I got back from the Farpoint science fiction convention a couple hours ago, and am now quietly unwinding in front of the TV while the kids watch the Olympics and chow down on marshmallow lollipops. I had such a busy weekend, I’m about to fall asleep while blogging, so I’ll try to keep this short. What I loved about Farpoint this weekend…
- Getting to see friends I would never get to see otherwise.
- Getting to see friends I haven’t seen since college, including people who were at my wedding 16 years ago..
- Being a professional writer for a weekend. Yes, I’m a professional writer all the time, but nothing makes me feel more like a writer than attending a con, running panels, selling books, and doing readings. I put the “stay” in stay-at-home mom, so getting out like this is a big deal.
- Did I mention seeing my friends? I have many cool friends; very cool, very strange friends.
- Shopping for a corset. I had not planned to buy a corset, but I found one in a black and red flame print and that was all she wrote. I’ll be wearing it for readings from here on out.
- Selling books. I sold the last 3 copies of Future Perfect that I had this weekend. It amazes me that I’ll need to get more copies before I hit Balticon in May.
- Doing panels on erotica and speculative fiction. I like being the recognized expert on something.
- Having my friends show up for my panels. Did I mention I love my friends?
All in all, it was a great weekend. I’ll do a full after-con report for this Writing Wednesday. But now, I’m going to…
Once again, I’m looking at at what I learned from my most recent public appearance as a professional writer. I spent the weekend of 15-17 January at Marscon in Williamsburg, VA, and in addition to having a great time, I learned a few things about going on the road. You can read lessons 1-5 here. But right now, let’s jump into #6 and go straight through to the end.
Lesson #6 – Take care of yourself at the con! I can’t emphasize this enough. I had to man my author table from all during then day then turn around and spend three hours each night participating in panels. Not that I’m complaining! But that’s a lot of work and an exhausting schedule. Most of my panels were scheduled to start at 10PM and didn’t end until 1AM, so I was up very late both Friday and Saturday night. Between that and the hours I needed to spend at my table actively selling my books, my chances of going out for a meal were mostly screwed. However, I was smart enough to bring a few groceries to the con, so I always had some healthy snacks on hand (a lot of people kept asking, “What are you planning to do with that bannana, young lady?” “Oh, it’s part of my act,” I’d reply). I also made sure I had plenty of water with me, since hotels get pretty dry. So I managed to eat and drink no matter how crazy my schedule was, and that went a long way toward me not passing out around 11PM during a panel. Very important to keep in mind.
Lesson #7 – Bring a power strip. I really could have used one of these this weekend. I brought both my cell phone and my netbook, expecting to use them both. Problem was, my hotel room didn’t offer much in the way of electrical outlets. They were all tucked behind large pieces of furniture, making them damned near impossible to reach. The one I could reach without rearranging the room was cracked and warped so badly I couldn’t plug either the phone or the laptop into it. That meant I had no cell phone and no netbook for most of the weekend, which sort of sucked. Next year I’m bringing a power strip with a surge supressor so that I can be certain to have outlets that I can reach and thus have a charged netbook and cell phone. ‘Nuff said.
Lesson #8 – Bring a friend along! When a friend of mine heard I was going to Marscon, she mentioned she wanted to go too. I just happened to have an extra bed in my room, so I offered it and she accepted. This worked out really well. Jett not only bought me dinner Saturday night, she also helped me lug around my box of books and promo and helped me set up and break down each day. Plus she showed up to almost every panel I was on, which gave me the warm fuzzies like you wouldn’t believe. It’s nice to have friends who support everything you do, and Jett just made the weekend so much easier and nicer than I ever could have imagined.
Lesson #9 – One author can do a little, 6 authors can do a lot. I was not the only erotica author at Marscon last weekend. J.M. Snyder, Treva Harte, Kathryn Lively, and Sapphire Phelan were there too. I made sure of it. For the last three years now, I’ve coordinated with Marscon and EPIC Virginia to ensure that there are a group of e-published authors at the convention. It means a little more work for me than if I just went on my own, but the benefits more than make up for it. For starters, one erotica author by herself wouldn’t warrent an entire track of adult-themed programming. But six authors, especially when two of them are publishers of spec fic erotica and erotic romance? That definitely deserves a special track. By going as a group, we were able to do a series of panels on e-publishing and writing speculative fiction erotica and romance. In return, we got guest status at the con, our bios in the program book, a chance to talk to readers, and a late night reading. We were also able to split the cost of author tables to keep expenses down, and by sharing the tables we were better able to fill them, making it look like we really meant serious business (which we did). Together, we were just bigger and better than we would have been on our own.
Lesson #10 – Stuff happens. There was actually supposed to be one more author with us at Marscon – Beth Wylde. Beth is one of the best I’ve seen at public appearances, and we had a blast working together last year. She had signed up for this year, but had an unexpected emergency the night before and couldn’t make it. In years past, I might have panicked, but I’ve learned that something will always go wrong at a convention. Rather than pull my hair out, I talked to the other authors and we made arrangements to fill in for Beth’s panels. It’s a shame she wasn’t able to make it, because she really would have been a hit again this year. But we were able to work around that. And Beth, if you’re reading this, I hope everything is going well now and I’ve already got you on the list for next year!