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Friday, March 31, 2006

Emerald City ComiCon this weekend

Just a reminder:We will be at Emerald City ComiCon this weekend (Saturday & Sunday), and will have copies of all three books, as well as pins, posters, and free promos.

On another note, Brittany and I will also be bringing our Nintendo DS’s, so if you are up for a game of Tetris DS, Mario Kart DS or Meteos, we will be ready and willing to take you on.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Sakuracon Day 3

First off, I’d like to say that this awesome Godzilla statue was right across from us the whole con, mocking me since I knew I couldn’t afford it:


Day 3 of Sakuracon was the most fun for us.
We sold out of our skull and crossbones pins, and still had people asking for them. Brittany ended up selling her personal set to one of the other artist alley participants since they wanted them so badly.
Not to worry if you still want them though, we’ll have about 30 or so sets with us at Emerald City ComiCon.
A little later in the day, Sarah Gallagher (aka Megatokyo’s Seraphim) came by our table, so I introduced myself. She bought all three of our books, and later in the day brought Fred (Piro) back to our table to meet us. They were both a lot of fun to talk to and were very encouraging for a couple of guys who are just starting out in this whole interweb comic business. To the two of them I’d like to say thanks once again for buying the books, and don’t forget to email us and give us your feedback on them! ^__^

Since we did end up having some down time, Jeremy drew a really cool fan art for Jerry and Mike title “Shilling Arcade”, showing what would have happened had they started the comic 300 years ago.

Jerry and Mike with the fan art.

Sakuracon 2006 was a lot of fun and it made us even more excited to be doing Emerald City Comicon, which is this weekend (April 1st & 2nd).
We’ll see you there!


Sunday, March 26, 2006

SakuraCon Day 2

Saturday was even better than Friday at the con.
The dealer's room where Artist's Alley is located was crazy busy all day long, and we had way more people come by our table.
As always there were some cool costumes, such as these Katamari cosplayers:


We didn't get much of a chance to leave the table at first, but then Jesse, Kijan and Joey stopped by and we suckered them into giving us breaks.


We spent a lot of time wandering the dealers room after that, but didn't really end up buying anything, other than Brittany getting a plushie Kakashi from Naruto, which we recently became fans of.

To our dismay, we found that, just as Mike had warned us, the wifi on our DS's was blocked by the giant power supplies located around the room. Even when we were sitting next to each other, Brittany and I couldn't get a signal for more than a minute at a time.

Jeremy started to do some original artwork and here is a great picture of the Pandorca that he came up with:

Friday, March 24, 2006

SakuraCon Day 1

We recently got back from our first day of Sakuracon.

Originally we were told that if we couldn't make the Thursday meeting for exhibitors and artist alley participants to come to the 7am meeting at the convention center. So, after a mere 4 hours of sleep, we headed to the con to make sure we were there on time.
No one had any idea what we were talking about and no meeting took place.
However, we were able to get our badges sorted out and start setting up our table by 8am.


The down side to all this of course was that we were pretty much exhausted all day. I even tried to catch a nap before the room officially opened at noon, but I was still all hyped up about the con and couldn't sit still.
The day was a bit slow, but we did get to see our buddy Liriel, which is always fun, and we did sell a couple of issues and some pin sets.


Mike Kruhulik stopped at our table which was pretty cool. He recommended picking up Tetris DS, so I stopped by Target and got a copy.
I'm always weary of new Tetris games. So far, the only versions I've truly loved, and it is love, have been the original NES and GameBoy versions.
I've played Tetris DS a little so far, and one thing I've already noticed is that while it is a fun game, it isn't the same. I'm not saying it's bad, in fact, I'm quite enjoying it. It's just that it has changed into something different, something that is still good in it's own right, but is not the same game that I have come to know and love. While I do enjoy this "new" Tetris, I know in my heart that I will always have old cartridges of my first love stashed somewhere in my house.
Wow... Is it just me or did that last paragraph get weird?

Monday, March 20, 2006

SakuraCon This Weekend

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Jeremy and I did our guest speaking majig at Cartoonists Northwest on Saturday night. It seemed to go really well. We had a full house, had a lot of questions ask (which is what we were hoping for) and had a lot of fun. We also met some really cool local artists who are regular attendees. We were even sent some cool fanart:

So this weekend is Sakuracon, and we are nearly ready to go. We still haven’t been told exactly when the pre-show meeting is going to be Friday morning, so I’m stressing a little about that. We’re going to have pin packs for sale, so Brittany and I will be spending time this week getting those put together. They will contain 3 pins (1” diameter), one of each skull from the RPC logo. We’ll also have copies of issue one of “Here There Be Robots” available, as well as the HtbR mini “The Map Incident”. Jeremy will have copies of his book “Stupid on a Stick: A Stickguy Collection” for sale (which I was the editor for :P ). In case you didn’t get a copy of “Promo THIS!”, the first in-print HtbR pages, we have about 200 copies of that which we’ll be giving away free, so get one while they last!

It’s shaping up to look like a cool show. We’ll be in the artist’s alley all weekend, and be hanging out for a little while after words checking out the rest of the con after the dealers room closes each night.

We’ll have the same stuff available (as long as supplies hold out) at Emerald City ComiCon in two weeks (April 1, 2)

I’ve done a bit of work on the website (http://www.randompiratecomics.com/). I gave each comic its own main page now, so if there is a particular comic you enjoy, you can now bookmark that page and not have to go through the main index page. On the main page I’ve also changed it so the icon of each comic is now taken from the current page, so you can tell if it’s new at a glance!

By popular demand, I’ve also added a bit of color to the website. I had a few complaints about the pure black and white scheme that we’ve had in the past. Now there is a nifty sand background, which is a slightly modified version of the one on this blog. I also changed the skull logos at the top of the page a bit, giving them outlines.

I also finally got around to watching “Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, which was amazingly well done and hysterically funny. If you like the old W&G shorts and haven’t seen this yet, you really should.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Cartoonists Northwest

Just a reminder in case I forgot to mention it here on the blog:

 

Jeremy and I will be the guest speakers at the March Cartoonist’s Northwest meeting, which is this Saturday (the 18th) at 5pm.

Full details can be found on their website à http://www.cartoonists.net

 

Our presentation will be us talking a little about the comic, our creative process, etc. followed by a Q&A. We will be bringing copies of Issue 1, as well as some cool freebies.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Behind

I just realized at how behind I am on things. I haven’t updated the newest Stickguy yet, and his mirror site is still way behind. My plans to work on the website haven’t gone anywhere yet, and I just remembered Jeremy and I are the guest speakers at Cartoonist Northwest one week from Saturday! (That’s Saturday March 18, 2006) You can check out their site at http://www.cartoonists.net/

The good news is Geoffio seems to have worked out a forum with help from our good friend Liriel McMahon. Hopefully that will be up and running in the next couple of days.

 

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The trip down

Here is the first attempt at recapping my week off / road-trip to Disneyland:

It all started Wednesday when our hot water heater stopped working. Things always break down right before you leave for a trip, and since we were leaving Saturday morning, it was right on schedule. We had the plumber come take a look at it, but it turned out it wasn’t the heater at all, it was our breakers. Long story short, we didn’t have hot water when we left, nor when we got back. They are fixed now, thankfully.

We met up with the Bakers at about 10am and were all packed and on the road by 11, which was the plan. Mike and I took shifts on the drive down and other than a scare where we thought Finn was car sick, things were pretty uneventful. We did notice that the farther into the 22+ hour car ride we got, the shorter our shifts became.

(us before the trip)

(all our stuff/everyone getting ready)

About an hour outside of LA we stopped at a McDonald’s to use the restrooms. It was dark in there, so I took off the sunglasses that magnetically attach to my regular glasses. Then, through a bizarre happenstance, they flew out of my pocket just as I was flushing and were never to be seen again. For me, that was the only big bummer of the trip. I just bought these glasses and specifically picked a pair that had the Sunglasses that attach, and I had immediately lost them. I have to check with my optometrist’s office to see if they can order me replacements.

We got to the hotel a few hours early, but they were really cool there and let us check in anyway. We stayed at the La Quinta which was only a 5 minute drive away from Disneyland. I would recommend this hotel if you’re not planning on spending twice as much to stay at the hotel that’s right inside the park. The hotel staff was great, and the continental breakfast was surprisingly good.

Ok, I’ll have more on the trip later!

I'm back!

Hey everybody, I’m back!

We had a great time in Disneyland and I’ll be recapping it soon. For now I just wanted to post so you knew I’m still alive and well and I also wanted to say the site will resume updates later in the week. I still have to update the newest Stickguy and contact Jeremy on the status of the next page of Robots.

I did get pretty sick with the stomach flu on the way home, which is a major factor as to why I’ve waiting so long to post. Fortunately, it didn’t hit me until the ride home so it didn’t directly interfere with any of our vacationing.

I’ve already posted a few pictures on my photoblog but have a ton more to sort through still.