Ananth holding the proof for our 5’x’2 banner (vinyl). If you don’t know what a proof is, Dictionary.com explains it to be “a trial sheet of printed material that is made to be checked and corrected.” You get them so you can make sure your colors etc. came out right … this way a printer doesn’t make 1000 copies of something that is incorrect.
This is a little tough to get into, so bear with me. OrcishIncubus has been with us in the forums for a long time now … she’s gone from (as many of the forumites have) just another face on the internet to someone we’ve built a community with. A while ago, she opened up to us about her mother, who suffers from some serious medical conditions (these are explained in detail in the forum post OrcishIncubus has made). Her mother is a tough lady, having weathered challenges that most of us would have crumbled under, but now she needs a helping hand. No one can explain it better than her own daughter, though, so please read the more detailed account of the situation, and if you can donate, please do. Thanks for reading.
Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Hawk finished up the banner tonight, and tomorrow we’ll be taking it in to get printed in time for Connecticon. It’s going to be a 5×2′ banner which we’ll hang along the front of our table. That’s only the first step … we plan on upgrading our display even more for Otakon, so keep an eye out for more cool art from Hawk in the upcoming months (like I even have to say that). The banner thumbnail links out to the full image, which is pretty sexy … and if you look closely, you’ll see Hawk altered Hawk’s bandana so that we can see Eve’s face. See, he listens. ;)
is what we’re starting to sound like. Most of you are awesome to us – you’ve got kind words, you let us know that you feel invested in what we’re doing or you just pass through to enjoy the comic. But there’s always this minority that seems to periodically get a big mouth … chances are you’re not a part of that minority, but it doesn’t hurt to hear what we have to say. Hopefully this won’t be too long-winded.
Applegeeks isn’t our job. As much as we’d love to be making a living off of this endeavour, for the time being, that’s not the case. We’ve got day jobs, and they take priority. Sometimes we need to focus on preparing for a convention. Sometimes we just need a break. Whatever the reason, sometimes the comic gets put on hold. It sucks, but if you watch closely, 99% of the time, the missed comic is up on the next update day. The wait is 2-4 days, tops. I believe the longest we’ve ever put the comic on hiatus is one week, which hardly justifies use of the word ‘hiatus’. On top of that, we recently started Applegeeks Lite, in the hopes that increased content during the week would be well-met, and it has been – for the most part.
I know most of you don’t fall into the above category, and we’re really grateful and honored to have you guys as readers. You’ve been really good to us, and we appreciate that. The few I’m talking about, the impatient ones – unless you can pay us a year’s salary, please check yourselves at our metaphoric intarweb door. All you accomplish is to irritate us, and if anything, that slows the comic down even more.
Things have been pretty busy lately. Been getting ready for upcoming conventions this summer, coordinating with Fred and Sarah for getting merchandise to where it needs to be, and talking to a printer that Jes recommended to us (we’ll be bringing two new prints with us to the rest of the cons this year). And of course, we’re raising money for San Diego Comic-con via the auctions you’ve seen going up for the past week or two.
Additionally, Hawk and Shannon have been talking to me, and they convinced me to sit down and seriously write and publish a novel. So that’s what I’ll be attempting to do, and I’m posting it up here knowing that a public acknowledgement of the endeavour will force my hand in completing the project. I just hope people find it to be worth buying once it’s done!
Besides that, I spent a few hours tonight watching clips of Jon Stewart and the Daily Show on Youtube. It’s people like that that make tackling any attempt at consistent strong humor seem like a daunting task. It also makes me want to leave the country for a few months … politically speaking, and speaking in terms of national and world events, there’s a lot of shit flying through the air. Hey Madsen, how’s Sweden this time of year? :) Seems like it’d be nice to get away for a bit.
For the last couple of days, I have been drawing and inking AG characters for a 5’x2′ banner. We have been going to conventions for couple of years now, I think it’s time for us to have a banner so readers can find us.
I might put the original art up for auction…I haven’t decided yet.
I also recorded myself inking Alice with micropens and a sharpie.