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Monday, March 25th, 2019
8:41 pm - New comic!
Sorry I didn't post this morning, but new Fujoshi Life is up!

I think this one just counts as character-building.

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Thursday, March 21st, 2019
12:29 am - Saaaaaaaas!
Oh yeah, it's that time again.

'Fraid I'm not in the greatest mood tonight. In spite of my personal current stance against taking on any work that isn't my own idea and my own initiative at my own pace, I agreed to be in the blacklight art show and have to make a new painting for it. It looks like shit, but I don't even really care, I just hate the painting and kind of the show by extension. Maybe I'll just run last year's painting, I don't think anyone will remember it.

Here are my two pieces from last year's show:

That little one to the right was the cheapest piece in the entire show, at fifty dollars. No one bought it. No one bought anything from the gallery, I think. Except booze.

I gave the little one away to the one person who recognized its source. Still have St. Mortifer. He'll probably lose to cocktails again this year. I think either this year or last year will be my final year with the art show.

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Monday, March 18th, 2019
12:21 am - Art marches on!
Glad I stayed up, not only 'cause I could write the post for this update, but also so I could iron out an unnoticed problem with the auto-uploader.

The important thing is - New Fujoshi Life!

Incidentally, "Emi" has been having some of the same problems with writing that I think I've been having with comics, which makes me think that the part of it that isn't stress-induced might simply be a side effect from aging. Not saying it can't be combated, just interesting to think about where it comes from.

She was at one point both a prolific and, if I may be so ungenteel as to brag, celebrated fanfic author in her personal circles. I know I would certainly contribute ideas when I had them and she was quite generous at taking up the challenges - I think the worst thing we ever made was taking characters from a "shounen" fighting anime and making them all TSA agents at the Miami International Airport. It was wonderful, it was horrible. To quote Joel McHale, "it was, for lack of a better word, art."

She hasn't written in a while, at least not to my knowledge, and I wouldn't want to put undue pressure on her at this time if she's grappling with any problems similar to mine. That being said, I would be beyond thrilled if she started writing again, and would look forward to reading it, even if I didn't know the fandom.

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Friday, March 15th, 2019
12:44 pm - God damn me
Well, I forgot to post about it yesterday, but Sauce updated again!

The problem with preloading months of comics in advance is that, while no comic UPDATE is ever missed, once I no longer have to stop thinking about it in real time, it's harder to remember to post on update days.

But hey, as long as the steak platter arrives at your table, are you REALLY going to complain that the piece of parsley on the side is missing? ;)

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Monday, March 11th, 2019
12:12 am - Getting better at remembering!

New Fujoshi!

This one takes me back to my college days. I didn't, and don't, normally draw "blue, but my lone exceptions were gifts for friends and at the informal event I would organize with my friends, Drunk Drawing Sunday. DDS did not ALWAYS degenerate into porn, but after we'd cracked through a dozen cans of Four Loko (back when the original recipe was still legal) and someone started beginning her sentences with "I dare you," wellll . . . . .

 . . . . as I've said before: I usually cannot turn down a challenge, and sometimes that is a problem for me. :)

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Thursday, March 7th, 2019
1:07 am - The return of the nightmare continues!
Moar Sauce!

Also, it suddenly just occurred to me that this is probably the most active I've been on "social media" since, well, the end of Chat, I think. I'm still not used to it, but trying to get back into the swing of things.

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Monday, March 4th, 2019
4:37 pm - I need to, like, set an alarm or something
Went to bed last night before the new Fujoshi went up, completely forgot to post about it in the morning.

Any fans out there feeling old yet? ;)

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Thursday, February 28th, 2019
9:19 pm - Silly me.
Good lord, how did I forget to mention this this morning? Sauce is now up!

Well, this should set the standard going forward. We'll have new Fujoshi up every Monday, "new" Sauce every Thursday, until we start getting actually NEW Sauce in a few months. One additional improvement made in the Sauce updates is that now multi-page sequences, instead of being released one page at a time, will be released all together. What can I say, I'm a dick, but even I'M not going to make you wait a week for a two-parter gag comic. :)

Not much else new at the moment. My current preoccupation is a painting for an upcoming art show. I doubt it will sell and I don't much care about prestige. I just hate seeing a gallery organizer cry!

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Sunday, February 24th, 2019
10:21 pm - PLAY BALL!
We're off and running with our first official offering from Fujoshi Life! Seeing as it's just the beginning, I think making introductions is just fine for the first day.

Added fun-times: when I went back into the site to get the address for the page to post in the link there, I saw that unlike all the other comics set to auto-update, the first comic was still just listed as a draft and wasn't going to auto-post. Glad I checked, I almost shat myself.

Also the friend I made these for might be chiming in on occasion. If you recognize her, feel free to say hi!

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Thursday, February 14th, 2019
10:35 pm - AND WE'RE LIVE!
Now, I know that Fujoshi Life won't start proper until February 25th, and Sauce won't commence its rerun until March 1st, but in the meantime, the sites are up and you can go take a look and get familiar with them (and let me know how hideous my page layouts / color schemes / banners are.) I'll continue LJ updates with each new comic, and hopefully this early intro will give the extra time needed for the people who liked my comics, but in the interim have forgotten that I'm alive, to filter their way back here.

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day, and if you didn't, well . . . half-price chocolate tomorrow! Step on it!

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Monday, February 4th, 2019
11:57 pm - It's finally here!
Happy Chinese New Year! Have an extra helping of pork to celebrate:

Oh, and all you Pigs out there, be advised - take care of yourselves this year! From what I hear, the year of your animal is actually a trial year for you, with lots of interesting challenges in the offing. I can't speak for everyone, but as a Dog coming off of Dog Year, I would completely buy that. So you Pig-folk have fun, but be prudent, and maybe schedule a colonoscopy!

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
9:28 pm - Looks like it's that time again
An oppressively slow day at work brought out the anti-boredom doodler in me, and I got a couple of decent ideas out for this year's Chinese New Year. Year of the Earth Pig, holla y'all! Anyway, here's today's New Year's card for you, I'll post the other tomorrow!

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019
11:04 pm - Another good / bad / amazeballs idea!
Howdy, loyal remainders who read this thing!

So, for the record, launch of the new comic sometime next month is still on track, I'll add more announcements when it's ready to go. But one thing that made me a little sad is that it'd only be a six-month run of comics at once a week. It's still better than trying to make it a year's run at one every FORTNIGHT, but it still seems a little . . . . sparse. There's got to be SOMEthing I can do!

Well, as I was going through all my old web crap, I reviewed the old Sauce site and realized that not only were half the images from it wiped, but the remainder had giant ugly-ass Photobucket watermarks right across the middle of the pictures! UGH!

So, while I'm not going to delete the old journal (too many good memories from lovely posters!), I will disconnect it from the site and replace it with a nice, new, proper subpage on which to display Sauce, adding new comics once or twice a week! It will effectively be a "re-run" of the series, which I normally hate. I hate it because it always feels like a cop-out, or double-dipping from the same well of validation. "Oh! But I colored some of the pages! I'm adding commentary with each comic this time!" Cute, kid. Try something else.

With Sauce, though? It'll be a little different.

First of all, I am not reposting the Mike Hales comics. I think we did a pretty good job of hiding this, but our working relationship was actually quite acrimonious and we split fiercely over our ideas of what Sauce, as a cartoon, should be. I'll tell you more about it closer to the relaunch.

However, to make up for THAT . . . . did you know that there are actually TWICE as many Sauce cartoons as you ever saw online? It's true! See, as a result of the Audrey-Mike fallout, the fear of getting my right to use the character revoked caused me to make an entire SECOND BOOK of comics that could be grandfathered in before shit hit the fan. I've sold Sauce Volumes 1 and 2 at cons, but I don't think I've ever offered them online. The original Sauce book has about five or six pages of comics that have never been posted online. The second Sauce book is 100% UNPOSTED ORIGINAL MATERIAL, and I'll post as much as I can after the original Sauce run completes. Sound good to you? Let me know!

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Sunday, January 13th, 2019
12:10 am - My Dream Vacation
Hellooooooo. It's Saturday night and I don't give a fuuuuuuuuuuuck!

So, yeah, I guess this is my traditional "I'm Not Dead" post wherein I remind whoever still remembers me that I'm still alive and more or less okay. I've got almost all the comics for my next project ready (hoping to finish my final last-minuter tomorrow) and would like to launch this thing at the end of February or the beginning of March. It can last six months at one comic per week, or three months at two comics per week. Still not sure how I want to play it.

borderline stream of consciousness follows:Collapse )

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Monday, December 31st, 2018
I am SPOILING you people with a New Year's Eve comic update!

And that's it for the series. I'm afraid I'm not in much of a place to exposit on what comes next - partly because it's a very fluid thing, and partly because I am very fucked up on a homemade pineapple juice / coconut milk / tequila combination that I've dubbed "The Haole Horror." Nonetheless, I hope everyone has a ver nice new years and I'l put more news up in this space later and right now im getting a little sleepy whoops falling ov

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
12:30 am - Here comes fun! Well, something, anyway.
Trouble, among other things, brewing over at the Cohn-Goldberg household.

Also, there has been one small piece of improvement.

So during this particular interval of my forty years in the desert, I have managed to accomplish exactly one thing. Remember my friend Yvette? In the past, she's been the star / co-star of such features as Great Teacher Yurubi and Japanese Language Learning Lab.

Well, she's been having a pretty crappy year, again. I wanted to do something to cheer her up. And, as well all know, I really have only one go-to move when it comes to THAT.

So, long story short, I've been making her comics over the past year. My completion rate is HORRIBLE - about twenty-two comics over fifty-two weeks? Those aren't even ROOKIE numbers, and we all know it. That being said, I do now have about two dozen comics I'm sitting on that basically serve as a love letter to our long-past Golden Age of Female Fandom, which we were both part of and shared together.

Hey, it ain't the next Craig Thompson-level TOME, but it's not nothing.

I wasn't sure if they'd be good for mass consumption, since they really were an isolated labor of love made for an audience of exactly one. But Yvie's not only okay with me showing other people, she's actually encouraged it.

So . . . . anyone else wanna see this shit?

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Monday, October 22nd, 2018
10:04 pm - My tiny, tiny world
Hey, all.

I've been pretty quiet lately. Sorry about that, but I can confidently assert that it's not because of anything anybody did. I know that at least part of it can be chalked up to trying to hit the ground running with my new job, but it's not just that either.

I've been sort of entering this state of mind where my desire is to contract my world down to its narrowest possible borders. Simplify everything, remove excess factors. I now work three blocks from my house. Most things I need are within a fifteen minute walk to a five minute drive - grocery store, drug store, dry cleaner, a park where I can help out on weekends, several restaurants of varying cuisine and quality - hell, even the gym I joined. I got that last one to waive the activation fee by helping out the owner after he actually CLICKED on one of those "your computer is infested with malware!" popups that then immediately infests your computer with malware. He asked "Should I just call the phone number in the popup screen?" and I was like "WE DO NOT NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS."

Point is, I'm just sort of retracting from everything right now, and to some degree, yes, this also includes the internet. I was never exactly a social media butterfly to start with, but now somehow it's even less so. I couldn't say for sure whether or not it's the healthiest thing, but it does feel right for the moment. I'm also trying to get the desire to draw and write back off the ground. It's a lot better, but it's still pretty far from where it started and I'd need to get to a better place before I can start another series. I'd like to get there soon. After all, Sarah & Abra won't last forever . . . . oops, spoilers. ;)

In any case, if you don't hear any big news from me, it just means I'm walking to and from my job, making little meals and mugs of tea, sneaking in workouts whenever I can trick myself and trying to simultaneously expand my definitions of happiness and my perception of peace.

And yeah, I'm still posting comics.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
12:13 am - Based on an actual conversation
Eh, it's still a better idea than graduate school!

In other news, I'm going to Big Sur next week (which is finally accessible by road again!) next week to clear my head before I start my new job. There won't be a journal entry, but comic service will continue as usual.

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
12:17 am - Back on schedule!
Well, I may have ballsed up the timing for the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur comics, but with the Sukkot comic, we're back on track! (You may have to refresh the window, though, it's being a tad balky tonight.)

Been catching up with the works of Kris Straub lately. Never cared too much for his general comic works, but always had a soft spot for his spooky stuff. Eventually, he combined the spooky stuff with a new comic into something new called Broodhollow. The more you know about his spooky stuff (particularly if you've got his book), the more you'll recognize in the comic. And hell, you should see what he's up to now!

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
12:23 am - Sorry for missing my journal last week
At least I'm finally back. All illness is pretty much gone. And hey, a new comic! Thank god for Sarah's natural cartoon ability to consistently absorb moderate-to-high level damage. :)

Well, I've finally been able to start producing some new stuff. I don't know if it's postable, but it might grow into something that can run after Sarah & Abra is done. We'll see.

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