Long time no see!! Let me tell you what’s been up :)
Lost Treasure of Grimstone is almost finished. It had to be put on the back burner for a while for various reasons. Due to being very busy I only work on it when I can. First printing will be released in Japanese at Kansai Comitia 46 (2015/5/17). Be sure to save the date :D English version will soon follow for all you awesome international folk!
I’m also working on an ongoing web comic. Also because of the “busy” factor I still have a lot of work to do on in so stay tuned for future updates. Made a bet with my buddies Oz and Chris so there should be at least one strip finished by the end of December.
Other Projects: Always a boat load going on and some projects take priority over others. My most recent 5-Track challenge is still in the inking stage. It’s a monster due to the focus on experimental technique (mix of ball pen, crow-quill, brush, ink wash, etc… ) so not sure when that will be done. In a world where I wasn’t so ADD, I might release it as a short with ‘Lost Treasure’. Maybe for the English version (probably next October).
Oh yeah, check out this cool cup I made Rie for her birthday :)
By the way, I have a son now! Edward Alan Castree was born last June and he’s been a pretty awesome kid so far. Keeps me busy though. Finally getting back into the swing of things (sort of). He’s rolling over and making a bunch of crazy squeals and coos as babies do. Can’t wait till he grows up a little more and we can start drawing pictures and playing games together.
Stickers are sold out but get some monster pins! Coming soon to the A.C. Galaga Store!!
I talk about being busy (and I am) but I still find plenty of time to waste. Still obsessed with Android: Netrunner and am always looking to get some matches in. Give me a holler if you want to play online or if you live in Kansai, visit my Kansai A:NR Facebook page!!
If you haven’t been watching Gravity Falls be sure to check it out. It’s super cute, pretty funny, and really smart.
Also, got a babysitter (the wonderful Thapelo – thank you so much!!) and Rie and I got to go to the movie theater for the first time in a long time. Be sure to check out my ‘Boyhood’ thoughts over at Leterboxd.
Quick shout out to David Piper over at Sunday Ink for being awesome! Be sure to go check his latest lantern illustrations. They’re pretty amazing!
First off, this post is a big one. It’s been a while since I’ve last updated this site and I want to keep it a habit. That’s why I’ve made it a mission to post regularly ever Monday. Since it will be every week, the posts probably won’t always be this long (bite sized is better) so I’m working on come general formatting ideas.
There will also be an entire site redesign so get excited!!
Thanks again for reading and hope give you some more cool comics soon!
Need to update this site a little more. Lots happening by the way. Most importantly, I’ll be selling my comics along with a new one at Kansai Comitia 44 on May 18th from 11-3:30. If you happen to be in Osaka, come on out and buy some comics! I’ll be at table B-14.
I’ll be selling the same stuff I sold in Tokyo. To make a long story short, I’m going to have a son any day now and really haven’t been able to finish my products for the convention. You can still pick up “Rie Kills a Ghost” and “Tangents of Insanity” at their convention prices, as well as a few other goodies.
So I hope to see you out there none the less. There will be a ton of great artists at the event so come out and get your original doujinshi groof going!
See ya there!!
It was a rainy day on Sunday but that didn’t stop a mass of comic fans from collecting at Tokyo Big Site for Comitia 106 (and some other doujin festival it seems).
What is Comitia? What is doujin? Awe snap! Guess I have a little explaining to do.
First off, Doujinshi (nihongo nihongo) is pretty much the Japanese word for “self-published media.” I think where I come from we just call it “indie-whatever.”
Comitia is a big indie-comic market that’s held in major cities around Japan a few times a year. Something like four times in Tokyo, twice in Osaka, etc…
What’s the difference between this and Comiket? Well, both sell doujinshi but Comitia is for selling original works only. No Sasuke Naruto slash stuff, sorry.
Comiket is much bigger I think. I hear there’s a bunch of cosplay too (none at Comitia). The thing I don’t know is if there are original works here or if it’s all fan comics. Readers who’ve been there, help me out with this one.
But the big thing that makes the fall Comitia special is that it’s the host of the Kaigai Manga Festa (International Comic Festival). I’m so excited that comics from other countries have become of interests enough to have an event like this. It’s only the second year they’ve had it, but it’s certainly growing in popularity.
At first thought it would be nice to have a table in the international section. But it was a little more expensive and I… missed the deadline. So instead I signed up for a normal spot.
This was my first time doing anything like this and really didn’t know what to expect. I kinda knew that sales wouldn’t be that great. Seems as if the average seller only sells about 2 books. This was my first time so I’ve yet to even build any credibility.
I think overall I sold about 6 or seven items that day. Mostly my “A.C. Galaga: Tangents of Insanity” collection. I guess it was more appealing because of all the different stories.
My first sale was a young girl who came up and quietly stood in front of my table. I was nervous. “could she really want to buy something?” I thought. Then I noticed that she was even more nervous than I was. She stuttered slightly as she said, “s-sumimasen… ano… h-haloween sutika setto o kudasai.” I replied politely in Japanese, handed her a set of stickers and a pin and thanked her for her purchase. Both our hands shook as we exchanged currency for goods. She thanked me and darted off.
So I sold a few comics and had a blast. Hope to have a store online soon so I can sell them to any reader that might be interested.
Well, here’s a pick of some of the loot I came back with. I totally gotta be more careful at the next convention. I want to help support my friends and fellow artists, but my pockets are bleeding now.
Oh yeah, now that it’s getting colder, be sure to warm your hands and belly with a can of hot corn soup from the vending machine. Love that stuff!!
Talk to you again soon!
*** Actually wrote this entry quite a while ago. This and that happened and I never got around to finishing it. Here it is, not quite as polished as I’d like cause I’d love to just get it out of the way. Here’s to 2014 having a ton more posts and comics!! Happy New Year!
In less than a week I’ll be in Tokyo trying to sell comics at Comitia! It’s pretty exciting!
If you happen to be in Tokyo on October 20th, swing by Big Site between 11 – 4 and come visit my table. I’ll be posted at half a table hocking my wares at Q07a
This is only half the map. As you can see, there’s going to be a lot of people there. Should be a blast! Also, I’m not too far from the 2nd Annual International Manga Festa!! Can’t wait to meet some awesome comic artist again like David Namisato (and to snag his 2nd issue of The Long Kingdom).
I’ll be selling prints of ‘Rie Kills a Ghost’ and ‘ACGalaga’s Tangents of Insanity’ as well as an assortment of stickers. I’m printing 50 of each so help me get rid of them by buying a bunch ;) If you can’t make the show, I’m sure I’ll have extra copies to sell in the online store after the convention (when ever I figure that thing out).
Hope to see you there!
I’m still working out pricing. Right now I’m planning on selling them for 100 yen (one dollar) each. The two zombie stickers are not for sale. If you spend 1000 yen or more at my table (I’ll also be selling comics) you can pick one as a special prize!
So, how do those prices sound folks? Let me know in the comments.
One more thing, which one do you think is the cutest? :D
Guess what all you awesome folk?! I got myself some new business cards!
Maybe you didn’t know but I ran out of my last batch, so I did a bit of a redesign on the front and added even more pictures on the back! You never know what cool image you might end up with.
And for those of you who already have my card, this might be an opportunity to snag a different design.
One more thing: you might notice that on the bottom right hand corner there’s a II noting that this is phase 2. Maybe with your help these things might become collectors items one day ;)
… one can dream, can’t they?
All the best and see you again soon. Thanks for reading!
Good morning (evening?) my wonderful readers,
Little by little preparations are being made for my trip to Tokyo. Still don’t have a book printed, though. Working on a few more comics to add. I’m not really sure how long printing takes, so I might screw myself. Worst case scenario, I could always make some combini copies (copies made at a convenience store).
Since there’s a lot going on, lets talk about distractions.
Not just any TV, “The Legend of Korra” has started airing again and it is soooo good. The first season was pretty ok, but this one is looking to be much better. I’m guessing that one show isn’t that bad of a distraction…
So there’s also a new season of “Always Sunny in Philadelphia!!!” This is a great time of the year. Finally have some good shows to watch… there’s been this lull between the end of Futurama and now. Happiness!!
Ok, so you say that just two shows still really isn’t that bad, right? Enter the YouTube…
Yeah, I’ve started subscribing to a few channels here and there and it’s become a nice way to blow an hour or two (not nice… horrible). Pop on an episode or two of the Nostalgia Critic, watch a few Android: Netrunner matches, study some fighting game tutorials (see below), follow up on what’s happening with Team Coco, or just fall down a YouTube hole of random crap. Argh! Get me out of here!!!!
Not just any video games. We’re talking about fighting games. I love ‘em, I always have. Recently a game called Skullgirls came out for PC and it got me back into my fighting game addiction. Man, this game is great!
The art is really nice to look at, the animation quality is top notch, and the game system is a whole lot of fun! It reminded me of playing Marvel vs. Capcom 2 at first. A lot of people complain about the crazy combo system, but for others and myself, that’s part of this game’s charm. It’s easy to combo so you’re able to come up with some awesome chains if you practice and get creative. Unfortunately, I’m not there yet and almost every time I step into an online match I get my pixeld butt royally handed to me. Must… practice… more!
So, this game and the fact that I can actually play online against real people (I don’t know any people in real life) has kind of opened my FG craze again. I picked up some arcade sticks (regular controllers give me blisters and I have trigger finger).
This got me back into other fighting games I love. I already had a slew of them for PS1 and PS2 (this isn’t including my collection in the US) and I’ve been compelled to peruse the used section for nice finds every time I step into a game store. Picked up yet another copy of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike (Soooo good) as well as King of Fighters 2002 for the PS2. Street Fighter x Tekken also went on sale so I’ve been playing that too.
This made me go back to the game center and try to play Street Fighter 4… and I was gang raped. Of course I’m now constantly fighting off the desire to play 3000 yen to buy SF4 on steam so I can practice and show those arcade bullies that I can fight back! Must… not… buy… another game!!
Help me out here. How do you overcome these distraction? How do you fight off these addictions or at least suppress them in order to be productive? Anyway, I’m going to attempt to get back to work on my comics.