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Well, Overload was this weekend as many of you will know from various journal entries of sorrow of lack of time and glee when I hit milestones. I REALLY hope I wasn't too upsetting. It was a VERY exhausting time for me mentally, but it was by no means upsetting for me. I enjoyed working on Narcolepsy, and I think some people may have mistaken my lack of endurance for upset, and it really wasn't that. I wanted to do this comic the whole way, but I knew my deadline was tight. I extended it 3 times in the end to make the deadline, receiving the printed comic via urgent courier on 4:30pm on the Friday- half a day before the con and it was SO much better than I expected. Print makes digital art SO much better to me.





Basically, the printer printed it perfectly, and as godd as the comic could get, it got and it's SO awesome to read. It was noticed that I've cut back ALOT on my screen tone use in this comic. Akira666 mentioned that my last comic was very dark which is very true and she expected this one would be too and was pleased to see it wasn't, so I'm really happy to make a step in the correct direction with screen tone. The cover font was slightly let down on my behalf, but seriously, those that gave my comic a go at the convention purchased it and that's what I care about :) People that looked at internals liked what they saw. I'm considering redoing the cover and replacing the current ones so it's shinnier for it's next con or whatever to fix this. We'll see ;) Hopefully it's easy enough to do.  I sold 12 copies at the con which at an american con is nothing, but in an NZ con is actually pretty good. It can only get better than this too as I release more comics too- reoccurring series sell better than first issues. I have alot to improve on my next Overload though, but I'm still keen as. :D

The con it's self had NOTICABLY kicked it's self up a knotch.

OH MY GOSH

Wow. Seriously. The print quality this year was outstanding. There was so much I wanted to buy- infact ALL my profits went back into purchasing stuff from other people for the first time. Normally I don't see stuff I like. This year? I like ALOT. I purchased alot of art books this year- I was very surprised. There was alot more comics too. I couldn't afford to purchase all of them either which is great, cause that meant that there was more this year than last!

The stash:-



:bulletred: nai-XaIn's first artbook. Stunning. This woman has a natural instinct to make awesome on new levels that amaze me. Those that didn't buy this missed out. Only thing I didn't like about this is that there were 2 page spreads where the picture had a big valley fold right in the middle of the picture. I am SO forgiving of this which the rest of the quality though.

:bulletred: An original picture drawn by vefalasiel. you don't see her post much but when you suddenly see her art in person... HOLEY CRAP. And she lowered her originals to $4 on Sunday D: That was... highway robbery! I paid her $5 for mine cause I was so upset how low they were in price for how beautiful they were.

:bulletred: AnonymousTeaParty was an artbook I was originally going to pick up cause I liked the lay out and the art was nice. They then gave me a hint of the theme of the book and suddenly it got infinitely cooler. Each page has a letter of the alphabet as the theme, and the picture is based off that. This completely sold he book for me. IT was an EXCELLENT purchase!



:bulletred: doubtingthomas and I did a comic trade for this comic, and although I've only had a very quick browse though this, it is filled to the BRIM of Thomas's quirky humour. I'm going to read it tomorrow when I'm more rested. IT was great quality besides this cause it came with a free badge. I got frog legged girl which was pretty cool- Thomas had a box with an open mouth opening that you put your hand in and drew at random. BEST EVER. Thomas- you are genius. I wish I had time to come up with awesome stuff like this! I helped Thomas out with how to print this book, and it's turned out a great print :) Seeing the comic he was working on at the time, and all the others that he and taalaruhun had completed since made the talk with him so worth it. It is such a RANDOM book <3

:bulletred: Chromatism has to have THE most beautiful cover I've seen on an art book in NZ for ages. I love how it had the matte black background and the gloss sheen over the print. I... wish I knew the fandoms in it though. It's all Vocaloid, Panty Stocking and Garter belt, and other fandoms I didn't know :( I can appreciate it nether less though :)

:bulletred: Inkpot (RaiKorn , and PinkGoggles ) made a cute little comic that was very charming and the internal art is SO emotive. I'm sure I'll love this one :) It has vauge crossdressing elements by the virtue of a gender changing character XD



:bulletred: OMG. Budjinshi V3 came out. I totally flowered Go-Devil-Dante with love over it cause I'm TOTALLY a fan of it's concept. It's so crude and cheap and AWESOME IN SO MANY WAYS. I do miss the crude second hand metal clip they had on the last Budjinshi though. It really made my con for me <3 Anyways, crack was awesome as always. I audibly screamed in horror and delight. It was epic. Go-Devil-Dante even drew naughty Zeth art for me. omg Zeth will slain me for this . Awe man- I love her mind. XD

:bulletred: ZOMFG NIGHT AND DAY 3 CAME OUT AND I TOTALLY HAVE IT AND IT'S TOTALLY AWESOME. I fanned Akira666 with fangirl adoration. Hopefully she's not scared of me forever. I hope she's not... I promise that I'll be more sane after the initial shock is over.... And the bruising from all my hugs will heal... XD No, seriously.  She's honestly one of my favourite DA artists. I've been drooling over her comic for YEARS now. I'm still shaking in excitement of the final conclusion to the story <3 She also gave me free badges of her cover and Adam Lambert. She is GODLY. I'm such a fan of both *u*

:bulletred: Ok, so Moonboy is luckyde's brain child for this con, and since he's an animation junkie, he decided to make a storyboard styled comic which is pretty cool. the cost to print for him was pretty high, but it's an adorable story, and I think it has to be the first spiral bound comic I've ever seen! It's a refreshing change of pace from all the hard core anime art that OVerload has. I love it :)

:bulletred: moni158 made some badge for the con. I ended up getting the cute Nyancat one, and her artist block one. I love her artist block. It couldn't hurt anyone that little devil <3



Go on- hate on me guys if you saw this at the con. I totally purchased this 1 of print. It is a three way tied of one of my best scores of the con. I REALLY love having a decently finished print for my wall. Lufreeshia did such a BEAUTIFUL job on this. I LOVE it.

:bulletred: I totally prepurchased ArtSchoolSubRosa part 2 also. It didn't arrive on time for her to sell it. I hope it doesn't turn up tomorrow JUST after the con. That'd be horrible :( I'm so keen to get that, and part 3 when I get it.

:bulletred: onasugarhigh gave me a copy of her 24 hour zine. I wasn't sure if I should include that here cause it wasn't for sale at the con, but I'm putting it out there.


Anyways, The Saturday for me was pretty tiring. I did a few commissions but I really didn't find myself in ANY shape to exibit at this con. I'm really sorry to those of you that got unresponsive Killy. Really- I am. I was zeroed out :( I managed good tiems with Go-Devil-Dante, and I totally talked houoh into taking his shirt of TWICE in the con to show off his tattoo (YE-YAH), had some good times with various visitors (There was so many of you- you know who you are right?) but otherwise I tried my best to be awesome and energetic, but failed T.T I had capyBAKA over during the weekend though so the two of us totally hung out after and KOed at home on the couch and watched Dexter and House together to make up for lack of energy :) That was fun.

Sunday was FULLY epic. I got a good long look around the crowd and got to properly hang out with friends of mine over DA. Got to talk heaps with Akira666 , moni158 , sasu-chuu (OMG this girl was on FIRE XD So much yaoi-fu in this one XD) , luckyde , vefalasiel , and the Inkpot girls. I really enjoyed myself. Later on in he day, me and sasu-chu teamed up and modified the YMCA song to YAOI doing the arm signals for YAOI instead of YMCA and pimped the hell out of her art. It was fun. She had ominous smiley faces over potentially naughty bits on her art, and strawberry smelling strawberries censoring Ichigo from Bleach.  I was dying of crack humour. I am SO keen to join the yaoi bandwagon next year. It was MAJOR fun ^^

Anyways, I didn't make much, but that's cool I go for fun and to make others happy with my art which I succeeded in. I learnt alot of lessons this con on sales. I'm confident now that my art can sell well at this con if I do the right things, and this con has been a big lesson on WHAT those things are :)

I hope everyone else enjoyed the con too, and thank you to those of you that purchased my comic on Saturday <3 You guys are awesome !!!
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: 2NE1- I am the best
  • Reading: Narcolepsy
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wanted-dedore-alive Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
How do I ppaaaayy you for Narcolepsy? :D Internet banking?
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry- I'm currently in the process of reprinting the covers with a nicer design. I can send the current one but if you don't mind waiting, I'm wanting to change it cause I REALLY had a lack of thought process when I did the current one :( I'll note you my bank account details though
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wanted-dedore-alive Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Haha, I don't mind. I think the current cover looks interesting at least, even with that font.
Send me either, I've put through the payment (tell me when you receive ze money, or when you're mailing, just so I know :3 ).
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, it's weak. It wont take much to make it SO much better than it is now. I'm very keen to do it, and my printer said that it's just a matter of removing the staples and stapling the new cover in. I just need to redesign it. I might give the back cover a colour too while I'm at it :)
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Lyssasoulless Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah, Narcelopsy looks so cool! Glad to see you had an awesome time too :D
I spent waaay too much money on comics and didn't have much left after that u__u;;
I got a few of the freebies being handed out on the sat though xD haha.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh- I know that feeling. All my profits and float went into my score. There was alot more than I anticipated. I donno if you got a copy of Narcolepsy, but if you didn't and still want it, I can still sell it post con :)
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Lyssasoulless Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Student General Artist
:0 awesome. But I'm not sure if I'll have money for a while after blowing so much at overload xD
Do you know if you'll be at armageddon?
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah- atleast for some of it :) I donno if I'll be exhibiting though. I kinda don't want to spend $300 on a table and have my eardrums blasted by wrestling again.
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Lyssasoulless Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh, yeah that must have been horrible D: I'm super hoping there isn't any thing year (but I somehow doubt) well then I shall have to wait till I get some money and then send you a note to see if you have any narcolepsy left :P
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I don't, I'll make sure I have a reprint ready for you :) I have a few mistakes to fix in the reprint. They're pretty nonsense things but I want to do them. It's cause I rushed the last bit of it. I missed out on some things.
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sandalwood01 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Your comic looks so great printed! And cool that you enjoyed the con :D
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks even better than this in person cause it's all sharp and crisp and awesome <3 Thank you though :)

Yeah- I haven't enjoyed a con this much in a little while. I wish I had more energy during the weekend to make better use of the buzz everyone had :D
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Lufreeshia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aaah how cool! You featured me, thank you *A* It looks so good in that photo~<3 wow you really got some cool stuff! Ooh I never saw that "anonymous tea party" book, what a cool concept! Cool find~
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course I did ^^ It was one of my best buys that print :) I wish more people would do nice prints like that. The problem is it'd made it less special in the con, and it's expensive :( It'll look awesome on the wall though :)

Yeah- I wandered past it a few times. It wasn't till Sunday where I could stop and talk to people that I could open it. It's a cute artbook :) I really liked the theme too. It was interactive XD I found myself going SPOT THE THEME on the page. I felt like a kid again XD
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onasugarhigh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Was great to see you and I freaking love your comic, read it this morning when I should of been doing housework.. oops.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol- I know that feeling XD I do that ALL the time. Just 5 mintues. HOURS later.... XD :hug: Thank you for purchasing it <3
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onasugarhigh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
I have started throwing comics at people when they come to visit the apartment. "Read this comic my friend did. It is awesome"
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capyBAKA Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apparently my printers forgot about my order >_<! They've queued it up though so with any luck it'll be here at the end of the month.
YOU GOT SUCH A GOOD HAUL. I would have bought so many things but I needed my monetary spoils to pay bills and dumb shit like that.
I swear, at the end of September when my course is over, I'm just gonna pack it all in and get some lame full time job instead of this poor student skin of teeth business. Then maybe I will go to these things as a spectator instead.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMFG YOUR KIDDING ME?! I swear that you would've sold plenty of ASSR if only you had issue 2 in stock. It's never nice to back order a comic cause it can deter your audience. Getting as many back orders as you did surprised me in a good way, cause I know that I never get back orders with my stuff.It would've made such a HUGE difference to your artistic ego I think D: Perhaps go with a local printer next time? I know that they're convenient, but those proofs turned out really weird, and I don't think who ever prints it there gives a crap. Talk to someone in the same country and they HAVE to give a crap. *sighs*

Yeah- I did get a great haul in the end :D Lost ALL my profits though XD Lol. I totally hear you with needing to save. I was going to save the money I earnt, but after buying the stuff I said I'd buy, then a few other things that I didn't know was being promoted and wanted, BAM. There goes future Susan's money ^^;

What do you mean as a spectator? IF you work full time, you could come as a participant and not actually worry about profits finally. I telly you what- cons are SO much more enjoyable if money isn't what's on your mind :nod:
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capyBAKA Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its cos they did notice the moire effect that my printing got delayed and lost. I'd much rather have the copies WAY late than a pile of unsellable crap. Chapter 3 came out pretty nice so I'm quite sure chapter 2 will be fine.
Eh, but if I work full time, I won't want to use my free art time to make pandering fan art shit or whatev's >_<. I'd rather make my off time me time.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can they fix the effect? Or is that WIP?

It depends on the job. If the job is mentally taxing then you'd likely do less art, but if your job isn't, you'll likely still have energy. If not immediately, you would at some point. I work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. I could spend more time drawing if I wanted. IT'd be less, but not the end of the world :) See how it goes till you get a savings anyway :)
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capyBAKA Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I fixed it myself, cos I am awesome like that, and just gave them replacement files to swap out.

I have no qualifications and the only jobs I can get are ones where you work fuckoffwaytoohard for minumum wage. I'm crossin' my fingers for a sweet one-person quiet cafe gig like the one I had in OZ, but that is so rare >_<
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... that's difficult. I'd suggest retraining, but you really sound like you want a job now rather than do more studying. I wish you luck with job hunting :<
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capyBAKA Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jobs are poo and I hate them >_<!!! Meeeeeff. I dunno what I want. Well, I do, but it's not finacially viable, lol.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's jobs out there, but you may have to travel to get to them. I wish you luck :<
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Khyoon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Chromaticism would be from the Creative-IG group [link]

Was looking forward to seeing their work but alas, too busy to make it to (D)O this year. Inkpot would be ~RaiKorn and ~PinkGoggles. Did you miss out on Hiyaku's book again this year? Seems to be the only thing missing, haha.
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah- I totally missed out on them. I didn't spot them somehow and I was right by their table apparently. They have an artbook this year? I didn't see any advertising for it anywhere O.o I couldn't have afforded to buy another art book anyways. I think I went past their table and only saw posters.

I updated the links anyways :) Thank you :)
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houoh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, you're welcome :giggle:
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aww it seems like things are great Susan! I am so glad for and proud of you! :hug:
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh- Thanks Dwayne ^^ I was pretty drained, but it was a really fun con netherless ^^
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cons do drain you! Did you get any feed back on the book?
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's all the constant talking to people D: That after all the late nights left me with no energy!

I did get some. Essentially, I was a bit lazy with the ringlets in Cara's hair but I knew I was, cause I was in a HUGE rush. I need to do some ringlet studies. The font on the cover was a bad choice. This I also know. i'm considering unplucking all the staples in the covers and putting an updated cover on them all cause it actually bugs me alot. Not the picture, but just the font. It wasn't thought out at all. I can do much better than that. *Akira666 suggested I used a font digistrip rather than animeace for the dialogue font cause it has a more aesthetic shape to it. I see what she means, and I'll try it in part 2 :) She also commented that she liked that is was lighter than my last comic. She called my last comic the dark comic XD I totally agree. This comic I REALLY forced myself to cut back on the greys, and it seems to have paid off. So far that's about it. I've spotted a few typos, but nothing major :) It actually turned out really well :)
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aww all things considered that a pretty good run! My first book was an abomination!
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First comic ever? Or just first comic O.o This isn't actually my first comic. I'm actually reasonably known in this convention for releasing new comics on a semi regular basis.
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
First print comic I did was awful.
Thats so GREAT that you are known! Thats a great way to get ahead!
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Arkillian Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mean the horror one when you were Hardway studios? I wouldn't panic if that was your first. It was awesome art. If my first looked that nice I'd be SO happy. The firsts are always less awesome than later ones though cause comics are a unique format of story telling.

I'm known, but I haven't hit the magic number that other artists have. I'm trying to find a medium between me doing my own thing, and that thing being something people want.
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