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Strange/Statistical Bumper Stickers

Friday, May 6, 2016
Statistical Fact 5 bumper sticker collection

Just finished some new bumper sticker designs based on two of my most recent comic series (see above). If you’re interested you can order the Very Strange Man stickers at the new store here. The Statistical Fact stickers (as well as a bunch of other one-of-a-kind swag) can be found at the Statistical Swag store here. Happy perusing!

Oasis of Games

Monday, April 18, 2016

Oasis of Games Amazon store logo

2015 ended up being the year I focused primarily on my creative aspirations, which turned out to be very fulfilling as I was able to achieve some of my long-term goals. The downside was that I was so focused on my personal projects that I neglected my paying projects and my savings pretty much bottomed out by the end of the year.

Perhaps as a direct result of this 2016 seems to be the year that I focus on getting my finances back on track. Back in 2010 when my main work assignments (lettering manga) were becoming less frequent I reacted to the drop in income by being more conservative with my spending and, eventually, moving to more affordable living conditions. Now that I find myself in a similar situation (cost of living is going up, income is plateauing/going down) I’m trying a different approach: addressing the situation with a “earn a dollar” mindset rather than “save a penny” mindset. From this new perspective I saw that continuing to do the lettering work and maintaining a freelance lifestyle (which I’ve grown accustomed to) would require some sort of additional income source to help make ends meet.

Thus, for the past month or so I’ve been working full time on my first (and possibly not last) attempt at running a side business: reselling new and used games (and other knickknacks) through my own online Amazon store Oasis of Games. It takes something I already like to do in my free time (browse thrift stores for games) and utilizes my “skills” in game knowledge (from collecting and playing hundreds of board games) and thriftiness (from my years as a starving artist). While it’s probably not something I’d enjoy doing full-time, as a part-time job with flexible hours that I can turn to for extra income during work gaps it appears to be a pretty good fit. It’s still too early in the process to tell whether or not it will be a successful venture but I continue to remain optimistic about the future based on my initial experiences.

In summary: 2016 is off to a good start.

In-Between Projects

Sunday, January 17, 2016

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For anyone interested in updates about my day job I just finished lettering the third and final volume of QQ Sweeper, a high school romance manga pictured above.

After a fairly hectic 2015 where most of my time in-between work projects was consumed by a very involved personal project it’s been nice to take a break, recharge and focus on other aspects of life outside of comics and being chained to the computer. Comic-making can be a fun and rewarding experience but for me, given the large amount of time/energy it takes and the small amount of income it generates, it’s something I can only afford to do in moderation (at least for the time being).

A Very Strange Man: Back Online

Thursday, December 31, 2015
A Very Strange Man animated pink promo

For those of you who were having trouble accessing my Very Strange Man series: the comic’s website ran into some unexpected technical issues and had to be shutdown while I was on winter vacation. I’ve since fixed the issues and the entire series is back online. You can start from the beginning here or jump to the last installment here.

Don’t miss your opportunity to read/share the comic before my hacker arch-nemesis dismantles my website again (or, in a far more likely scenario, my faulty hbml coding skills cause my website to explode again). :P

Sunflower Dog

Sunday, December 27, 2015
large dog in a sunflower field

Recently I’ve been experimenting with some new digital illustration and coloring techniques. Here’s an illustration of my parent’s dog I created on my Surface Pro over the holidays.

Jingle Jingle…

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Christmas statistical fact

Happy Holidays everyone!

The Strange Saga Concludeth!

Thursday, December 10, 2015
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My latest comic, the final installment of A Very Strange Man, has been posted here. Like Star Wars, this saga is best experienced on the big screen. I recommend reading on a laptop/desktop moniter in full screen mode (F11 on most PCs).

If you’re new to the series or need a refresher (it’s been a few months since the last one) you can start from the beginning here.

I started production on this series in October 2014 with the intention of finishing it before the following summer. It’s been a little over a year now that work on this series has consumed the majority of my free time, my weekends and my summer. I’ve missed out on a lot of events/hikes/vacation, I’ve neglected friends, I’ve neglected my finances. On the plus side I was able to see a long-term personal goal through to completion (which doesn’t happen every day). Also the very act of devoting so much time working out ideas and themes I feel strongly about via the creative process will probably save me thousands of dollars in therapy bills down the road.

In summary I don’t know if this comic was really worth the year it took to make it but I’m pretty confident that YOU will not regret the few minutes it takes to read it. Salud, happy weekend, hope you enjoy my silly comic. I’m going to meander away from the computer now and pass out on the closest piece of furniture with cushions on it.

Tomorrow’s another day, full of new possibilities and I look forward to greeting it with a stupid grin on my face…

Final Stages of Partie Cinq

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Very Strange Man comic notes and revisions

Various notes, revisions, and reference photos from the upcoming A Very Strange Man Partie Cinq. I’m currently in the final stages of the production process (web layout, tweaking artwork, resolving technical issues) and should be putting a bow on the comic soon.

A Very Strange Man Partie Cinq Teaser #1

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
promotional ad for 'a very strange man part 4'

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2015
witch and vampire costumes

You can find my latest holiday-themed comic here (which also happens to be my 75th Statistical Fact). Hope everyone has a festive, fun, scary-but-not-too-scary Halloween.