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12 Apr

Hello again, guys! Sorry for not updating much last week–I was caught up in a whirlwind of MoCCA prep, which involved a lot of frantic printing and assembling of books. It was totally worth it, though! I got to hang out with a bunch of my favorite people. For example, here’s a drawing of Nisse Greenberg, who let us crash on his couch:

Nisse Greenberg

Nisse is one of Paul’s good friends and a pretty great storyteller. We’ll be doing a show with him later this summer called Drawn Out Storytelling that involves live collaboration between cartoonists and storytellers. It’s gonna be awesome, and I’ll let you guys know more details as soon as they’re available!

I also met a lot of new people at the con, including Matt Madden, Yuko Ota, and Ananth Panagariya. I got to reconnect with KJ Martinet and Josh Weisbrod (two of my old CSSSA classmates), and I saw Scott C., Megan Baehr, and Maggie Siegal-Berele again! Seeing Maggie was totally unexpected, since she and I didn’t recognize each other at first but then realized that we had totally traded comics last year.

Meeting (or re-meeting) people is absolutely my favorite part about cons–aside from the bit where people give me money to do what I love. I get really excited about talking to people who come to my table, even if they don’t buy anything. We met some pretty great characters this year–my favorites were the little Russian kid with blue Lego glasses who were totally entranced by Paul‘s stickers and the middle-aged woman who told us that temporary tattoos used to be called “cockamamies” and about all the celebrities she’d run into on the street as a kid. I got to have some pretty fun conversations, too! A high school girl who was a member of her school’s comic club asked me if I had any comic-making advice, which was super flattering, and an Indian girl at the end of the day totally recognized that I had an Indian name, too. Her name was Sumana, which is a pretty rad name that reminded me a lot of my sister Mana. I wonder why? :P

I spent most of my time behind the table, but I did get a chance to run around and check out the other tables a little bit. These are all the minicomics I’d accumulated by the end of the show:

Lookit all these great comics!

Not pictured are my copy of the Johnny Wander book and my super-rad Russian Scrabble piece ring. :D I can’t wait to read everything! Maybe I’ll do some reviews of my favorites. Is that something you guys’d be interested in reading, or would that just be super boring?

Okay, I’m off to do some rapid-fire pencilling before I go to bed! I’ve gotta be in tip-top shape for Lynda Barry‘s workshop tomorrow! I am so crazy excited, you guys…I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep!

…Aww, who am I kidding. Yeah, I will. MoCCA wore me out! :)

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Are you delighted? Because I’m CHARMed!

5 Apr

GUESS WHAT CAME IN THE MAIL TODAY, GUYS.

That’s right…we finally got our charms!

OMG CHARMS

This picture comes nowhere close to adequately portraying my excitement. I am so psyched! The four charms pictured are the four designs that you guys helped me pick, so thank you! (Please note that the hanging yetis will not actually be made into earrings; I need to buy bigger jump rings in order to put them on the keychains, so for the purposes of the photo shoot I hung him on my hoop earring.)

Coming soon to a convention near you!

I can’t wait to bring these to MoCCA, you guys! These charms look utterly fantastic and are super sturdy–Printsess did an amazing job! I can’t recommend them more. Their website was super easy to order from, and they were really helpful in answering our questions (even when they were questions like, “oh my god when are they gonna get here when when when???”). They even expedited the shipping for us to make sure we’d get it in time for MoCCA! If you guys need some awesome merch, definitely use Printsess.

Speaking of MoCCA, I’ve seen a lot of people posting little maps to help attendees find them at the con. Well, here’s mine! (Just click to enlarge it if you’re having trouble reading it.)

MoCCA 2011 Floor Plan

I’ll be there with Paul Swartz, Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, and a ton of awesome comics and merchandise! There’ll even be some brand-new stuff, such as Leftovers Are Good Luck (a collection of my short comics) and…wait, have I mentioned the charms yet? :P If you guys’ll be at the convention, please come and say hi! I’d love to see you. :)

Also, before I run off to do a bunch of printing, check this out! Barry Matthews and Leon Avelino of Secret Acres came to visit CCS as part of our annual Industry Day, and they posted my visiting artist drawings of them on the Secret Acres blog! I’m blushin’, you guys.

This is your brain. This is your brain on no sleep.

30 Mar

Ugh…I need to stop pulling all-nighters on blog update nights, you guys. I forgot to update because I spent all of Monday and Tuesday feeling like this:

guhhhhhhhh

CCS Industry Day is tomorrow, and I was determined to go all-out. I spent most of Monday making Leftovers Are Good Luck, a collection of my short comics that’ll be replacing Eat Up, Cat in my MoCCA debut lineup, and most of Tuesday fighting to stay awake and failing.

But hey, speaking of MoCCA, we finally received our table number! Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, and I will be at table M10. We’ll have Em Sauter, Ryland Ianelli, and Jesse Mead on one side, and Beth Hetland, Ben Horak, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer on the other. (What an awesome sandwich!) We’ll also be in the same row as many other lovely CCSers, such as CJ Joughin, Canto, Billage, Andy Warner, Melanie Gillman, Nate Wooters, Dakota McFadzean, Holly Foltz, Denis St. John, Nomi Kane, and many more! If you’re going to be there, please come say hello!

I also mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be teaching two comics workshops in Springfield, VT this summer. Some of the details have changed since the last time I mentioned it, so here are the final details:Let's Draw Comics with Lena!

Making Comics with Lena!

Come learn all the basics of making comics! We’ll pencil, ink, and letter our own comics starring our very own characters, and at the end of the week we’ll put it all together into a finished book. No experience necessary– if you like to draw, we’d love to have you!

The first session is for students 10-12 years old and will take place July 11-15 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’m going to be covering the basic terms, materials, and methods of making your own comics, including character design, backgrounds, and lettering. Plus, we’ll doing some really fun drawing activities, and at the end of the camp I’ll put the students’ work together into anthologies for everyone to take home. I’m so excited about teaching this!

The second session is for teens and older students and will take place July 25-29 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’ll cover the same basics as in the first session, since they can be beneficial for students of all ages, but I’ll be going into more detail and doing some extra activities. I’ll also put the students’ work from this camp into its own anthology for students to take home.

If you or someone you know is interested in either camp, you can find out more on the Vault Gallery’s website or at the gallery itself at 68 Main St., Springfield, VT. :)

All right, I figure I’ve talked your ears off enough for now. I’m off to Dr. Sketchy’s to draw some clowns in corsets! It’s gonna be tons of fun, so if you’re in the WRJ area, you should definitely stop by! :)

A ‘charm’-ing post.

5 Mar

Get it? Eh?

…Oh man, I am on a roll with these puns this week. You know what else I’ve been on a roll with? Making some merchandise, AWW YEAH. Check it out:

Charm Designs

These are a bunch of potential designs for charms that I’m going to sell at MoCCA next month. I am the kind of person whose keys become inordinately heavy due to an ever-growing collection of keychains, and I love collecting little trinkets with my favorite characters on them, so I figured I may as well combine the two! All of the characters you see above are from books that I’ll have for sale at the show, too. Edie and her yeti friend are from Abominable and its sequel, Monsters; the purple flour-sack-like figures are from iNterruption; the obese cat is from my children’s book, Eat Up, Cat, which will be available for the first time at MoCCA. (If you simply can’t wait to get your hands on Abominable or iNterruption, you can purchase them in the store on my main site.)

Each of these charms will be 1 1/2 inches tall–perfect for keychains or cell phone charms!–and will be printed on black waterproof acrylic. I’m ordering them from a small-run print shop called Printsess. I’ve never used them before, but with customers like Threadless and Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya (the creators of Johnny Wander) in their repertoire I’m sure they do a good job.

With all that in mind, I’d really like to know what you guys think of these designs! If you have a minute to cast a vote, please help me choose the most appealing ones! I’d like to do an order of up to four designs, so please choose your top four and vote for them.

 

Thanks for your help! I’d like to make the order by Tuesday, so I’ll close the poll on Monday night after my update. If you’re still in a voting mood, why don’t you head on over to Paul’s blog and check out his poll? He’s also getting some charms made and has some excellent monster designs. Personally, I’m voting for the axolotl, the bat, the lounge lizard, and Quetzalcoatl. NOT THAT I AM TRYING TO SWAY YOUR VOTES OR ANYTHING

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