Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Time once again for AFK for 40 Days

Yes, friends - the first post on my blog this year, and it's just to let you know that it's time for my annual AFK for 40 Days. :-P

I have not shown my poor blog much love since I've been on Facebook, but hey - at least you hear more from me there, right?  And it's not like I don't have anything to write about here; it's just not enough time!  SO much to do, so little time!  Ain't that how it always goes? 


If you're new to the world of The Mighty Andromeda, then welcome!  The Mighty One's very first comic is progressing nicely, and when I come back from my Lenten sabbatical, I should be much closer to a completed comic!  YEEEAAAAHH!!!

I know it's frustrating to not have the comic out yet, but these things take time, especially if the first one off the block is going to be amazing enough for you all to want the second one off the block.  And the third.  And the fifth.  And so on.  You get the idea - the first one needs to be as best as we can make it, because if you aren't impressed with the first book, then why should you buy the second book?  And truth be told, I think we made the first book even better because of this delay than had we rushed it to production just because we wanted to have the book out sooner rather than later. 

But yeah, like I'm sure it is with the rest of you, I'm ready for this book to come out!  :-D

Coming up soon will be the boss' "trial run" online fundraiser, which will occur while I'm away (if all goes according to plan, that is).  This test run is to help the boss to understand what is involved in putting out an online fundraiser, so that he has some experience in doing one before we put out the Kickstarter for the book.  Makes sense, yes?  Anyway, I've given him the okay to put the promotion for the test run fundraiser on my own FB wall rather than the TMA FB group, because my own wall gets more eyeballs than the FB group does - and if the fundraiser is going to work as planned, then it needs to be posted where most people will see it.  Marketing, people!

I have already given him the "blurb" to promote the test run fundraiser, so he'll have it when he's good to go on it.  So when it hits, help him out!  :-)

Okay, one last thing: Unlike in the past AFK for 40 Days, in which I was gone the whole time, this time around I will be checking my FB mail on Sundays, but ONLY VERY BRIEFLY.  With the coming of the comic being so close now, we thought that it would be best for me to check my mail at least once a week in case anything important related to the comic came up, and if it did, then I would forward it to him to handle.  So if you have anything to say to me while I'm away, go ahead and mail me there; just understand that it may be a week before I respond.  Again, the plan is to be on FB on Sundays very briefly - long enough to check my mail - and then log back off.  I won't engage in any chats or discussion threads or so forth, because I want to stay consistent with my sabbatical as much as possible, so please understand when I don't respond as usual. 

I think that's it, friends.  Please be excellent to one another while I'm away.  I hope to have happy news when I get back.  Bye, my little nerdlings!  :-)


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Mighty One's first printed appearance EVER!!!!

Hello, friends! 

Sorry that I haven't been on my blog very much for - well, pretty much all year!  But I should be posting more next year, because my very first comic is scheduled to come out!  :-D

Anyway, as the title of this post hints at, you can still purchase the VERY FIRST printed appearance of The Mighty One EVER!  Yes, friends!  This will be a collectors' item for that very reason!  Just click on this link to buy the 2015 Creators United calendar!

Regular readers to my blog will remember this artwork from a couple of years ago.  Just so that the artist gets his much-deserved credit, his name is Chris Butler, and the link is to his FB group.  Show him some love, people!

But it's not just TMO contained within it's pages; you can also meet many of her superhero friends that she's come to know ever since she's joined a FB group called Creator United.  It's through this great group that this calendar even exists, so please share the love by purchasing their products and helping the many awesome independent comic creators out there.  You want alternatives to Marvel and DC?  Here's where you look! 

My thanks to you all for your support over the years as the boss and I have worked on putting out my first comic.  It's getting close, friends!  WHOOHOO!!!  Here's a sneak preview to TMO's appearance in the calendar.  She is on the page for January.  :-)

So what are you waiting for?  Go buy the calendar today!  Heck, buy a hundred!  LOL 

Hey, and while I have you, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The new year is coming, and so much to look forward to! I can't wait! GLEEEE!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coming in November: A bunch of art of The Mighty One! (and Lucky Shot, too!)

Alright, it's been almost two months since I've shown my blog some love, so come November, I am going to post some recent and almost recent artworks of The Mighty One and Lucky Shot that has been appearing on my Facebook page. 

It's been great - awesome, even - to see so much new art on my FB site, but the artists who made these spectacular illustrations should also be shown here, where the online adventures of TMO started: the BSC blog.  So if you haven't seen these artworks yet, then you're in for a real treat.  Prepare to be amazed, my friends.  :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today begins "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Hello, friends!  :-D

As of today, we begin what I hope will become an annual tradition!  I call it "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  In short, all participants will join in the promoting of awareness of all the great independent comics out there, whether they are print comics, webcomics, or otherwise!  Unlike the "Big Boys" of Marvel and DC, the indies totally depend on their readership to survive in the brutal comics industry!  I hope to make each September the month to help show the love for indie creators!  Here's what you do!


* Find or make yourself a Robin Hood hat, and shoot a video of yourself "laughing" at the virtually insurmountable odds that independent comic creators face! What you'll say leading up to the moment that you laugh out loud will depend upon if you are doing this as an independent creator, or as one of his or her fans!

Independent comic creators:

* For you guys and gals, you will start by saying something like: "I am (name), and I am the creator of (comic or webcomic), and I join my laughter at the odds with my fellow comic creators for September's "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Please show the love to (other creators and their comics), because we all need your love!  And I invite all my fans to join me in laughing at the odds, so please shoot a video of yourself laughing at the odds along with me!  Know that I love and appreciate each and every one of you!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

Fans of independent comic creators:

* For the fans of indies, your job in a very real sense is the most important of all, because you will be showing the love for your favorite independent comic creators!  You will start by saying something like "Hello!  I am participating in September's Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month by showing my love for (creator's name), creator of (comic or webcomic)!  (creator's name), I love you!  Please keep at it!  I will be with your ALL. THE. WAY!  I join my laughter at the odds with yours to show you my support, and I invite all the fans of (creator's name)'s work to join me in sharing our love and support for him/her!  Here we go!"

Then put on your hat, put your hands on your hips, and let out a hearty laugh!

All professional, semi-pro, and novice cosplayers:

Yes, cosplayers are invited, because they share a very common love for comics, but in a different way, and for you guys, you can go all the way in decking out in a Robin Hood costume, just for the chance to show off your skillz!  :-D

When you shoot your video, say something like: "Hello!  I'm (name or cosplayer name), and I'm a cosplayer who joins my laughter at the odds with those of independent comic creators, because I know what it's like to labor for what you love!  So for you indies, here's my contribution to Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month!  Good luck indies!  You got my support!  Here we go!"

Then put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh!

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Yes, I'm aware that some of you out there won't be keen on linking to the blog post of a conservative right-wing nutjob, so feel free to cut-and-paste the above info to your Facebook wall or blog.  I'm not out for personal credit or glory here, I just want to help spread the awareness of all the hard-working independent comic creators, because those guys and gals deserve it.  This is bigger than me, so feel free to cut-and-paste to spread the word! 


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Monday, August 25, 2014

September is "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month!

Yes, that's right, my friends! I am officially declaring September to be "Laugh at the Odds" Independent Comics Awareness Month (LatOICAM)!  I hope to make this an annual event, because independent comic creators need your love!  I've developed what I hope will be a great way to raise awareness of independent comics and their creators, but more on that in a moment. 

First, let me explain how I came up with the idea of LatOICAM.  Recently on a Facebook group that I belong to named Creators United, the subject of independent comics came up and what each individual creator does to promote their respective works.  The commentator related the difficulty of bringing about awareness given the amount of indie comics out there, and the odds of success (that is, profitability) given that most indie creators work by themselves with limited funding and limited exposure.  My response was most brutal, especially giving that I usually try to stay positive when discussing the efforts of independent comic creators (especially the one I work for!). 

Here basically is what I said: "When you get down to it; when you take into consideration all that needs to happen in order for your dream to become something profitable, then the odds are overwhelmingly against you.  The odds are so bad that failure is virtually guaranteed.  The vast majority of you will never get out of the red and you will fail, with debt as the only thing that you have to look forward to.  As brutal and ugly as this sounds, you might as well face it, here and now.  If you venture into this, then do it with your eyes open and your mind aware that failure is what awaits you.  I'm saying all this not so much to discourage you, but so that you will go into it with no delusions; face the facts with the full knowledge that the odds are that you aren't going to make it, and that you will leave this experience with your dream unfulfilled."

Pretty depressing, huh?  And yet, if you're going to pursue your dream of creating an independent comic to the point of profitability, then you will first have to face this most important fact of your odds, which are slim to none, and leaning heavily towards none. And yet.

And yet.

What are your odds of success if you DON'T try at all?  NONE.  Zero, zip, nada.  If you never try, you will never find out if your comic is one of the ones that beats the odds and becomes an actual profit venture for you.  And most importantly, by trying you will be saving yourself a lifetime of "What if I had tried?"  By trying - even by trying and failing - you will have at least answered that all-important question.  So what if you failed?  At least you ventured out, and even though the following is a small comfort, at least you will have plenty of company of those who likewise ventured out in pursuit of their dream and met a mound of debt rather than success.  

“A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.” - William Shakespeare 
Okay, enough of the inspirational yet still depressing talk!  LOL

So the odds are against you.  So what?  I say, "eff" the odds! 

Now we come to the whole point of LatOICAM.  :-)

For the entire month of September, I invite all independent comic creators to make a video of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat, state that they are participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comic Creators" event, and that they will continue pursuing their dream of making a comic, despite the odds.  They will then place their hands on their hips, throw their heads back, and let out a hearty laugh!  And then they will invite other independent comic creators to join along with them.  After that, they will encourage their fans to also make videos of themselves wearing a Robin Hood hat and to laugh at the odds!

If all goes as I hope, then videos of independent comic creators laughing at the odds (as well as their fans joining them in laughing at the odds) will crop up like those "ice bucket challenges" did in August. So if you are interested in participating in LatOICAM, here are your instructions:

Independent Comic Creators:
* Mention your name and your work, and then state that you are participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event to help bring awareness to the independent comics industry, which needs your help and your love.  Then state that you encourage other independent creators to do the same.  You can mention specific creators and their works, or you can speak in general, but it would mean more if you could mention other creators specifically, because you guys all need each other.  And then encourage your fans to join in the event to show their support for the independent comics industry.  Finally, finish by saying something like, "So join me in laughing at the odds!"  At this point, you will put your hands on your hips and let out a hearty laugh like in the old Errol Flynn "Robin Hood" movies!

Fans of independent comic creators:

* Your job is just as important, maybe even more important, because you are showing your favorite independent creators your love for their works!  Just remember, you AREN'T showing your love for the characters of the major comic companies, because they get plenty of love!  It's the the indies that need you, so show them your love!  What you will do is wear a Robin Hood hat, state that you are showing your love for your favorite creator and his or her work by participating in the "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event" and joining them in laughing at the odds.  Then say something like, "(Creator), I love you!  Keep on keeping on, and I'll be right there with you!  Keep the faith!  I believe in you!"  Then at this point, say "I join you in laughing at the odds!"  Then put your hands on your hips, throw your head back, and let out a hearty laugh!


* Yes, I am including cosplayers, because they show their love for comics in a different way!  So if you're a professional, semiprofessional, or even a casual cosplayer working your way up, then this event is for you!  You might even take advantage of this event by dressing even more in the Robin Hood look!  Bring it on, Sunshine, and show your stuff!  For you, when you make your video, say something along the lines of "My name is (real name or cosplay name), and I join my brothers and sisters in the independent comics industry by showing my support for their works!"  If you have specific creators to mention, do so here.  Then continue with, "I too, understand what it means to labor for your love and for your dream, so I stand with you by participating in the Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness event by uniting my laughter with yours!  Let our laughter be heard around the world!"  Then end with your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and letting out a hearty laugh!  If you wish, you can challenge your fellow cosplayers to do the same, and ask your fans to show their love for you and their support for the LatOICAM event.

Fans of cosplayers:

* You'll be doing basically the same as the fans of indie creators, but mentioning your favorite cosplayers instead.  Just make sure when you make the video to wear the Robin Hood hat, mention "Laugh at the Odds Independent Comics Awareness Month" somewhere in your video, and then finish by putting your hands on your hips, throwing your head back, and let out a hearty laugh.

So there you have it, friends!  It all begins on September 1st, and it will go on for the whole month!  That means that you have a whole month to make your video awesome, so take your time!  Also, feel free to make more than one video.  Like I said, if this works, then we can try to make this an anuual event, because indie comic creators need your love for more than just one month!  :-D

An independent comic creator named Scott Markley (Time for Hugs) once stated something in regards to indie comic creators working together that I think will be a great motto for this event:  "Alone we create worlds.  Together we are a universe."

Let's do that.  Let's make a universe together, and let our laughter at the odds be heard around the world.

Well?!? Why are you still  just sitting there?  Go out there and get that hat and make that video, because it all starts on September 1st!  There's independent comic creators out there waiting to feel your love! 

Here's the url to this blog post with all the info on LatOICAM:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming Monday! Get a Robin Hood hat! :-D

Alright my little nerdlings!  Coming Monday, I have a special announcement!

In the meantime, be sure you are able to get ahold of a Robin Hood hat, or if you prefer, get the whole costume.  If you're the kind skilled at costume-making, then make your own, or if you know someone who knows how to make costumes, then ask them! 

If the idea I have manages to take hold like I hope it will, then Robin Hood hats will be hard to come by!  You'll see what I mean come Monday.  ;-)

So what are you waiting for?  Get that Robin Hood hat and check back on Monday!  :-D

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nerf guns "for girls" that really kick ass!

Earlier this week on FB, I lamented on the line of Nerf weapons "for girls" that Hasbro offers.  I mean, bleh.  So unthreatening and unintimidating!  Dammit, if they're going to make Nerf guns "for girls", then let's make some that will actually scare the crap out of the boys!  What the hell good will it do to make Nerf guns "for girls" if they're going to be these decorative and cutesy-poo but otherwise useless weapons of "war"? 

So with that, below are my suggestions for real Nerf guns "for girls" that will have the boys running from the yard!  They're Nerf guns "for boys", but repurposed with my suggestions for a name, and coloring suggestions to go with the name, and the likely response from the victims of being taken down by these much more serious "girl guns"! 

As you'll see by the name suggestions, they are meant not just to be physically intimidating, but also with a psychological element added in.  On top of that, the "girl guns" will fire darts and bombs with "Hello Kitty" faces on the tips to further add to the humiliation of having "gotten it" with a "girl gun".  Muahahahahahahahaha!  (Many thanks to FB friend Laura Diaz for the suggestion of the Hello Kitty darts).

If any of my FB friends who are artists want to make art of women weilding these weapons, then please have at it.  If I think of other "girl guns that kick ass", then I'll post those as well.  >:-)

Friday, June 6, 2014

A sneak "sneak preview" of TMA#1! :-D

After years of dreaming and planning the first issue of The Mighty Andromeda #1, we finally have the first chapter done!  DONE!  Yes, my good, patient little nerdlings, the first six pages are READY! 


The boss is currently crafting a .pdf file of the first chapter, plus some pin-ups and a thank-you page.  Since this is our very first "sneak preview" of the book, he wants it to be extra special when it's good and ready to be shown to the world.  However, his Director of Social Media Marketing (pointing to self) is a tad eager to get the ball rolling, so he gave me a couple of pages to post to my blog while he puts the final touches to the sneak preview.  So what you're about to see is a "sneak sneak preview".  :-D

Even as a sneak sneak preview, this does mean that this is the first viewing of official comic pages of TMA#1.  So what this means is that


Sorry, if I busted your eardrums there, but as you all know, I've been waiting to post those words for quite a while.  :-)

I was going to also make this blog post a comic update, but then I thought, "eh, let's just run with the comic pages instead."
  So without further ado, I present to you the first two pages of The Mighty Andromeda #1! 

Written by John P. Araujo
Layouts, pencils and inks by Martheus Wade
Colors by Andrew Chandler
Lettering by Justin Carmona

More to come, friends!  Thanks for being along with me on this most wonderful ride these past few years!  ^.^