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Hello darlings!!

THE FREAK OUT IS OVER!! I finished my Smut Peddler submission, WHEW!! For those who don't know, Smut Peddler is an adult anthology run by Spike of   Templar, AZ fame.  I illustrated a story with the writer Alice Hunt of Goodbye Chains- set in October 1957, New York City. It's an OYAJI story (mmm hot older men). Once the anthology goes up on Kickstarter, I will be sure to link it!


I'm starting the designs for reoccurring characters in Kindling and will be finishing up my outstanding commissions in the next two weeks. Kindling is going along swimmingly! I just signed my second contract -  to design the characters. Chapter 1 is in the writing works, and should be delivered to me in March. I'm pretty excited about this! It looks like it's going to be pretty sweet! <3


As some of you saw, Macchina has updated again! I still don't have a set schedule for updates yet - the reason being that I want to try to get Volume 2 in print by my next convention (in May), which consists of Chapters 6-8. I need to finish thumbnailing chapter 8 to figure out exactly how long it will be and see if my goal is in any way feasible! LOL I have the chapter written out, but I'm not entirely certain how long it will be!  I know we're about halfway through (probably). Once Chapter 8 is complete, I will be taking time off to compile Volume 2 for print. I am hoping to have the book in color, but that is still up in the air! Unfortunately,  my current computer can't handle the large files i use for my comic (600dpi) and has lost pages on me before. If I don't get a new computer, I won't be able to color the comic pages very easily. Once the volume is page-counted, depending on how close it is to the convention, I will either print a small PoD run for the convention, and then have a Kickstarter or just flat out have a Kickstarter for the printing of Volume 2.



In other news, I want to make a PVC figure of Aiden and Perth! It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but my personal casting knowledge isn't good enough for something this complex! It's going to be of Aiden and Perth fighting back to back! More news on that once things are more than just thoughts in my head, LOL. This will probably be for the fall convention season. I'm going to probably go through Gensen Figure, who does custom orders in larger quantities. Hopefully there is enough readership/interest for me to be able to fund a run! another possible Kickstarter!


I also have two anthologies I am participating in this year, due in March. One is a constellation anthology, where I will be illustrating the constellation of The Peacock. The second is a Ghost-Book anthology, where I will have a double page spread of something ghosty! More news on that as it develops.


WHICH BRINGS ME TO CONVENTIONS

I have been accepted to exhibit at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 5-6 in Toronto! SO I WILL BE THERE, a nervous American! Please stop by and say hi! This is the convention I'm hoping to have volume 2 done for! WE SHALL SEE *_____*

I'm hoping to exhibit at Otakon (as per usual) and Small Press Expo (forms already submitted)! But those are honestly the only conventions on the docket this year.

I'm going to be focusing on Macchina and Kindling, so I don't think I'll be traveling to many conventions for this year!



<3
Deanna
  • Listening to: Ben Folds &quot;You Don't Know Me&quot;
  • Drinking: Coffee
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CoralSnake Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
VERY LATE REPLY TO THIS but I just wanted to congratulate you! Honestly I feel so intimidated when I read all the stuff you're involved with. It must be the most AMAZING thing in the WORLD to have someone ASK you to be a part of their anthology... I've always secretly wanted to be good enough that someone would notice me and ask me to join something. I'M SO HAPPY for you though ;u; I wonder if it's still possible to strive to your level of amazing comic productivity and get noticed too someday xD

also... still so sad I can't go to TCAF ;n; I just... it sounds SO AMAZING. Definitely take pics *A* UGHNNFFFFFF I want macchina book 2
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DeannaEchanique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!! <3 Well, with Smut Peddler I applied to the anthology. And of course you can! You just have to .. you know START :P
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Oriana-X-Myst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Ritz and I were thinking about trying out a Canada con this/next year but we weren't sure which one to do. Have you heard anything about Toronto Comic AF? Does it seem like a big show or ya know, worth going up from FL for? lol
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DeannaEchanique Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I went to TCAF last year as an attendee and again this year as an exhibitor - its definitely geared towards comics. The show is juried, and really hard to get into. I don't really think it's your crowd, either, knowing what kind of merch you guys sell.

Now there is AnimeNorth, i believe, which is in Canada. I personally have not been there- TCAF is the only canada show i've been to
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Oriana-X-Myst Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the info. :) We'll have to check out some shows up there and see what would work for us. We're also thinking about doing a kickstarter project to help us get there lol.
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mesarthim2 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Hooray for cons! Glad you're doing alright. :o
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DeannaEchanique Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was pretty stressful there for a while - things are easing up a little! First big hump is TCAF in May
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MidnightZone Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student
Awwwww! No Mega Con this year? Damn the year I can finally go cause Im living in Orlando! Haha
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DeannaEchanique Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately not! It's too early this year. I want to have a new book out before I go to my next convention :<
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MidnightZone Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student
Bawwwww >8! So sad! WIll you be coming to any FL cons? or probably not?
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