The Mike statue is basically my most favorite thing ever. I want to carry it around like an Academy Award.
Or, like, get that TF/GIJoe poster and have him stare down Roadblock.
Or just point to him in lieu of telling a Your Mom joke. When someone's over at the house, and they say something like, "I paid a nickel for this!" I can just point to the Mike statue and it will be understood that I am mentally responding with "I paid a nickel for your mom."
Hey, everyone, I'm back! Penguicon was great! My next con is in two weeks in New Jersey, at WildPig with Randy Milholland (Something*Positive), Daniel Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots) and others! Mark your calendars.
Check me out in my mini-booth, looking like I've just gotten up and eaten 30 bagels. How do I find the time to both collect toys and eat so much? Hmm.
The "Relationshipocalypse" storyline is over, and I hope everyone enjoyed it! Lord, I love writing Amber and Mike like nothing else, and from the things people were telling me at Penguicon, I'm not alone in being enthralled by their twisted little romance.
Here's the way April 9th's comic originally ended. I thought Amber'd been a little too naked recently at her expense, so I redrew the last panel at a different angle. Also, I figgered it'd be funnier if we didn't actually see her and Mike in the act. The mind can come up with way more compromising positions than my PG-13(ish) strip is allowed to portray, so...
I'm determined to get two books out this year. Shortpacked! Book 3 is the preorder everyone should be familiar with by now, but Roomies! Book 2 better be out by the end of this year, too! It's faaarr too soon to solicit it, since SP!B3 is still in production, but not too soon to finish putting it together. An idea for the cover hit me last night, and no sooner than this afternoon I had it completed to my satisfaction.
Take it in.
Also, I was sorely in need of some freebies to hand out at C2E2, so I designed and ordered some double-sided bookmarks. There's a strip on each side - my recent Skeletor/Luthor team-up strip for ToyNewsI seemed suitable, and of course you gotta have Batman DDR on there, so I cropped it down into the requisite number of panels to fit. I'll be handing these out at Penguicon this weekend. A huge purpose of convention-attending I've been neglecting is the romancing of new readers. This'll help me fix that. (If you're already a reader, you're still, of course, allowed to grab one.)
Since the new site went live, one of its most awesome features is the ability to order prints of individual strips simply by clicking the $ icon below each strip. Ha ha ha, so obviously the first one that got bought was Mike's freaky smile creep show. This is great, because I had to take this file into the print shop and have them give me strange looks as it comes up on the screen and again out of the printer. How much is my dignity worth? Apparently $10 and shipping.
Argh. Well, first, let me address everyone's missing weekend comics. I had a Joyce & Walky! done days ago, but for some reason the old FTP wasn't working (J&W! is still at the old server) and I couldn't get that fixed before I left. And I planned to draw TNI's strip at C2E2, but then I forgot about it. D'oh. Anyway, I'm a loser, and you'll have your comics when I get home and things are resolved and/or drawn.
Some of these images are kind of gross. Three of them, in fact. They are mere links, because, you know. (You may recall that Jeph Jacques and I have a "feud." In fact, you obviously do recall, because you guys keep asking us to act on it in ways such as this.) I recommend not clicking on the links that sound Not Safe For Work, because they undoubtedly are.