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Jenny Has Six Brothers, Strip 03

First, a note: my lovely friend Leisl has a comic strip in this Sunday's Chronicle Herald (in The Nova Scotian section), so pick up the paper to see her comics goodness this weekend! The Herald is doing a cool thing where they're running different strips from local artists in each Sunday paper, which I think is an awesome idea, and more papers should do it. So check the paper every Sunday to see nifty new comics.


And here is your comic strip for the day. I like drawing trees.
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Jenny Has Six Brothers, Strip 01

So it's been one week since the comic strips I did for the Halifax Chronicle Herald stopped running (it was a 12 week run, ending last Sunday), and I'm now allowed to post them online. So yay, you guys get to see them. There are twelve strips in total, and I've decided to post one a day for the next twelve days. The strips are in colour with the exception of the first one, as I just can't seem to find the colour version of it for some reason ... I've no idea where it went. Lost in the bowels of my computer, I suppose. Anyway, I would love comments and stuff, so if you want to comment, please do.

I didn't have a plan for the strip, only characters (one girl, six brothers, all under the age of 10. Don't ask me how that's possible), so started out with a bit of a Calvin & Hobbes rip off, and then veered off somewhere weird, then realized I had to wrap the whole thing up in one strip, due to poor planning. Hah. Anyway, it was a very interesting experience, doing a comic strip for a newspaper, and a nice thing to have on the resume. Originally I was asked to do the strip for a year, but I didn't have the time, so 12 weeks was the compromise.
Without further ado, here's the first strip of Jenny Has Six Brothers (it was called Jenny's Brothers in the paper, but I like the longer title). Click the cut for comics.
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Strip 02 will be posted tomorrow for all you lucky people. Oh, and it'll be in colour too.
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I won a Shuster Award! and other cool things.

A bit of a non-update update. First of all, what has two thumbs, knows limited French and just won a Shuster Award? THIS MOI. *points thumbs at herself* ... that probably doesn't work very well in text. But yeah, oh wonder of great wonders, I won the "Favourite Canadian Comic Book Creator - English Language Publication" division, otherwise known as the popular vote, so I just wanted to give everyone who voted for me a shout out and big ol' THANK YOU. I really appreciate all your support, I do.

Otherwise, as I mentioned on my personal blog, I am going to San Diego Comicon in July. So if you're going and want to say hi and get your book signed and maybe a sketch, then please do so! I'm sure SLG will be setting up signing times, so I'll let you know what's going on closer to the con.

Since Ice is still hiatus-ed (god, so busy, so sorry), I thought I would show you a little thing I did early in the year. A while back I noticed Del Rey Manga had an open submission notice, so I took a week off working on my *ahem* paying stuff and pounded out a submission. Of course I never heard back, but that's the way it is with these things. You stab around wildly and if you're lucky you hit something. But most of the time you don't. Anyway, whatever. I thought you guys might like to see the sequentials I did, since they're kind of fun.

The story's a weird one I had brewing for a while, about a young woman working in a pretty boring office job, and her weird office-mates. Only thing is, she's kind of dead, and the office is a sorting house for various dead people. And then wacky hijinks ensue. It was very influenced by Bryan Fuller, with a touch of The Office. The story also contained my first non-white main character, who eventually ends up in an inter-racial, inter-species relationship with a demon girl. Anyway, click here to see the pitch I put together. The working title was Afterlife Inc, but I noticed there's another book called Afterlife, so ... eh. Guess that'll end up being changed eventually.


Now, of course, I can't really do much with it as I'm so busy and working on my new book for SLG, and then there's supposed to be stuff following that ... but I like this story, so hopefully I'll be able to return to it someday. If you want to leave feedback, you're welcome too, of course.
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Free Comic Book Day on May 3rd (this Saturday)

If in the off chance someone in the Halifax area didn't see my personal LJ post, here is a helpful crosspost:

Free Comic Book Day! It's this Saturday! May 3rd! And I'm so excited! Strange Adventures will be having a hoopla (yes, that is the official term) for it, and I'll be there and drawing on things. Probably small children. And body parts. So if you're in Halifax this Saturday, come by the store and get free comics and stuff, and say hi to me. (Actually, I think FCBD will be at the church right next to the Spring Garden Library at Spring Garden Road and Brunswick Street, because the thought of cramming hundreds of people into that tiny store makes my claustrophobia itch just a wee bit. Anyway, whatever, I'm sure you'll be able to find where it is. Just follow the hordes of people.). And there'll be other artists there too, so you can talk to them instead of me if I'm scary or something.

However, if you do come talk to me, I'll give you a preview ashcan of my mysterious new graphic novel, which'll be published by SLG in December or thereabouts (barring my hand falling off, which at this point is a real possibility). Already it's getting rave reviews from my friends, one of whom commented (in an outrageous French Canadian accent): "I think this one will do better because the art is better. I don't remember any backgrounds in Zombies Calling." Me: "WHAT." And then I stabbed him with a fork. It was awesome.

So, to sum up:
Free Comic Book Day in Halifax at Strange Adventures on May 3rd. (You should come.)
I and other artists better than I will be there, drawing. (Again, an incentive for you to come. )
I will have free preview ashcans of my new SLG book for giving away. (Holy cow, more incentives to come! I'm there!)

So be there or be square. :D
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Status Update

I thought I would post a status update because people (bless you for caring) have been asking ...

I think I will put Ice on official hiatus until further notice. I'm currently neck deep in my new SLG project (they have yet to get me a contract, so I've no idea what I'm able to talk about; will err on side of caution), have started doing a Sunday Comic Strip for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald (all things going well, it'll start running on April 13th) and am working on other mysterious things that I can't talk about. I'm also back at work, y'know, payin' the rent with my fulltime job and all. Which hopefully will continue, fingers crossed (oh animation industry, you are so very stressful). So yeah. Hiatus for Ice for the next while, I think. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get back on it. I'm currently behind in my SLG project, and I want to get caught up with that before I start up again with my free stuff, so let's say tentatively ... June? Sure. As always, keep this LJ friended so you don't miss things when they start up again, and when eventually SLG gets me my contract and I can talk about stuff. Yay.

I really appreciate your patience with this. And I appreciate the occasional "we miss you!" email as well. Makes me feel loved. :)

Here's where you can find me during the online comic drought: My sketchblog, for sketchy art stuff (also contains art from nem0 and Adam Boorman, two fellow artist types), my normal blog (where I occasionally post stupid comics), and my DA account. These things tend to get updated even when I have no time, probably because they're easy to update and I don't feel like I'm up and disappearing from the internets.
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Yikes

Whoa, the daylight savings thing got me ... I have to go to bed.

So yeah, sorry, no update today. I'm really jammed up at the moment (finally got some freelance, due tomorrow as well as stuff to do for SLG), so of course updating Ice is the first thing to slide. I am hoping (HOPING) my unemployment will be ending soon, because it's been an exhausting slog, fighting for freelance and trying to do commissions and get other non-paying but hopefully paying some day things lined up ... just, yeah. It's been a little overwhelming. I don't think I'm really cut out for freelance life. I like the stability (and normal work hours) of a job. But apparently things will be coming into the studio soon, so yay. It's been rough. Like most people, I'm sure, it's hard to act professionally when you feel you aren't being treated professionally on the other person's end. Bah.

Also, SLG mentioned I'm working on something new for them, so ... here, have my favourite panel:

I like drawing trees. My next comic will be set entirely in a forest. But, of course, because I'm incapable of doing other types of stories, will be about kids going to high school or university. Maybe the high school/university lives of tree nymphs or something... XD Anyway, stay tuned.
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More art for Sale!

Hi all. I've posted a couple more things I'd like to sell. To everyone who bought an art piece last time, thank you SO MUCH, I really appreciated it. Here's a few more: A couple original pieces, some fanart, plus two of the three pieces I listed before I've reduced in price in hopes that they'll sell. One hitch tho: If you live outside of North America, I'm going to have to charge you an extra $5 for shipping (North American shipping is included in the price), because WOW, is it expensive to ship overseas. O_o
I think this is pretty much it for artwork that I'll sell ... (barring me getting really desperate and even more unemployed) and all the pieces that were bought last time have been shipped, so those who purchased them should be getting them fairly soon. Well, hopefully the post office won't be horribly slow.

As always, email to faitherin AT yahoo.com to reserve a piece.

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