It’s Friday the 13th, and since I haven’t updated the news in awhile, I thought a post was in order!

I wanted to again thank everyone who donated or bought merchandise last week to help out with my hosting bill.  It’s very much appreciated!  I wouldn’t have solicited, but the bill just happened to be due at the same time I had to put down deposits for several conventions’ Artist Alley tables all at once, not to mention my usual bills. ^_^;

LT, a regular commenter, sent me a picture of the buttons he bought!  Behold, and be envious:

Product Picture 1

As you see, I included a bonus sketch on an index card.  Every order gets one of these as a bonus! ^_^  I wanted to keep them a pleasant surprise, but who knows– maybe it’ll generate a few extra purchases.

With that said, in case nobody’s checked the Conventions page recently, I’m confirmed for Animarathon, AnimePunch, Cleveland Colossal Convention, Masturicon, and Tsubasacon so far.  Those are all local Ohio conventions, save for Tsubasacon, which is just over the border in West Virginia, so if you’re going to be able to make it to any of those, you should come and say hi!  By Animarathon, I hope to have copies of the new Volume I to sell at-con.

I’m waiting on confirmations for Tekkoshocon and Connecticon at the moment, but it’s very likely I will be at both of those as well.  ^_^  The t-shirt I took to Connecticon last year, which has the signatures of about 25 webcomic people on it, is now up on Flickr!  There’s ONE signature/drawing I can’t identify, so if anyone knows who it might have been, PLEASE let me know.  It’s driving me nuts.

I entered several pieces into the Toon Award Exhibition, which is a comic-oriented exhibition/event for student artists in Okoboji, Iowa.  I entered a copy of the Lulu edition of Volume I, my short fairytale comic The Shepherd, and a large framed print of Garanos With Spines.  I haven’t heard back, so I don’t know if any of them were accepted into the show, but if they do, I’ll probably be going out there with my mom to attend the award weekend in April, which consists of several panels, and a dinner/awards ceremony.

I’m still waiting on approval and the digital proof of the new edition of Volume I, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to order a printed copy for inspection very soon, and then be able to list it for sale.  I plan on making a largeish order of books so I can have a stock of them for conventions, starting with Animarathon next month.  Before I do so, I’m going to open up the opportunity for you guys to preorder a copy directly from me, which I will then sign and mail to you.  Here’s a question for you:  would you be willing to pay an extra few bucks (around $3-5) for a personalized edition?  The bonus would be a personalized inscription and a sketch of a character of your choice, as opposed to a signature alone.

That’s about it for now!  Have a good weekend, and remember to vote.  ^_^