Lots of things have been happening...
One of my close family (favorite aunt) died of cancer.... slowly, yet suddenly. I was not prepared...
I'm working on several comic projects, which is why the hiatus on Daqueran, when i have these done, Daqueran will continue (I have been sketching pages between other work).
Mostly the work is for a couple of Anthologies, Our once upon a time anthology as well as an anthology for inkdwell and some Canadian Superhero stuff for cloudscape comics that I think is going to be a web anthology.... cant remember... too many things.
I'll be updating my website Gurukitty.com with updates on all those kinds of things. I don't have time to update 50 websites. Facebook and Gurukitty.com is where you can see new stuff.
I cant check DA often anymore, I just have been getting busier and busier.
So, please don't get annoyed if I don't reply or take forever to reply.
I leave you with this picture, and the message attached.
hee oops, I guess I should pay more attention to my DA account.
Truth is I've been so busy preparing for Fanexpo (which is now done) and Calgary Expo (which I leave for tomorrow) that I haven't even had a chance to come by and say there will be a delay in posting Daqueran for a little bit.
And now I see I got a DD like 22 days ago and didnt notice.
Okay well a wee update before I head to the Studio to finish preparing for Calgary Expo.
Daqueran is on wee Hiatus until after I get back and a Couple other mini works are done.
I have 3 Anthology submissions to work on before i can get back into Daqueran to finish it off.
Fanexpo was amazing and anyone in Vancouver will know, it's about freakin' time! It was crazy! I hope I got to meet some of you.
Calgary Expo we are going to have a booth in the small press/indy area. S06 I think is our booth number, so stop by and say hi if you have the time.
Thank you everyone who commented on my Christmas 2011 Daily Deviation I got, after all the convention craziness is over (or perhaps if I have a quiet hotel room moment) I'll try and reply to everyone and thank you all properly.
coincidentally, I will be selling 13x19 limited edition, pigment ink, signed prints of this and other works at CALGARY EXPO. I had the prints made before i realized this was a DD.
Hope I see you at Calgary!
Thanks everyone for your support, and especially thank you `elicoronel16 and `dust-bite for the unexpected DD.
My moms sweet little, less than a year old, cuddly as hell adorable kitten got blown off her 13 story balcony today and died.
The Building manager apparently found her on the ground outside dead today.
It seems so ridiculous that a kitten could get blown off a balcony and die.
So much bad happening at once, it feels like there should be an end somewhere because there is only so much a family can take.
(Aunts bone cancer has moved to her liver too btw)
I cant help picturing how scared she must have been falling so far.
We have a cute new logo, it'll be popping up on twitters, websites and journal headers soon.
We need some con table money fast (as in ... this week)!
if you've had a look at the side bar on our website gurukitty.com lately you'll see we've got quite a lineup for 2012. It's good, we want to get Ghost Tales and Daqueran out there and earn back some of our Gurukitty Money that we spent publishing Ghost Tales but it's spreading us a bit thin financially.
So, I need to open limited commissions to get some paypal money (If you don't want a commission but want to help out, we accept paypal Donations to email@example.com )
I'm going to keep these commissions simple but with bonus!
Also people, I can draw other things other than comic characters, if you want flowers or something, I can do that too.
Inked Sketchcard (2.5x3.5) on bristol
no revisions - portrait/bust - one character
5$ + shipping
add 5$ each additional characters
Inked Bust on 12x12 bristol
no revisions - portrait/bust (waist up) - One character
$20 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Inked Full Body on 12x12 bristol
no revisions - one character - full body
$30 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Watercolour bust on Watercolour paper (9x12)
1 revision at sketch stage - portrait/bust - One character
$45 + Shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
Watercolour full body on Watercolour paper (9x12)
$55 + shipping
add 10$ each additional characters
BONUS: All commissions will come with a free 1" button of the commission (How cute!)
Payment methods: Paypal
Use this form to commission me.
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So, I have an actual studio now, where i can do all my art! So I spend a couple hours there each day after work and every friday. I'm a little screwed this week because i have people in the house all week fixing the bathroom, but most weeks I spend many hours there.
So Im hoping i can motor through the rest of Daqueran, get my Once Upon a Time submission done and get The Bachelors and the Python going (which is now called the Gourd wife)
I'll be getting to comiclist soon to add up the last couple months of submissions.
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I dont think things can get any crazier.
I have to take another daqueran break to get Christmas shopping done on my weekends. Theres also work xmas parties and staffmeetings that take up all my draw time. But I want to make a Chrismtas art so thats what Im going to do today bettween Dishes and housework and wrapping presents.
Have awesome holiday everyone!
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In case anyone noticed I haven't been doing anything for a month or so.
I just posted a Daqueran update.
Ghost Tales is all done (more or less) we are just waiting for our large shipment of books to mail out for the preorders and comp copies.
We have a bit of background work to do on it still but it's done. If you watched our blog you would have seen some photos of the finished book.
The indiegogo perk mail outs will be happening soon and we are just getting ready to gather the commission info from people who donated to get commissions.
The campaign didn't get us anywhere NEAR what we needed to go to Calgary Expo, but we bought a booth anyway... we will just have to...
make it work somehow.
So, we will be at Calgary Expo for sure!
If you ever want to know what cons we are going to be at, we have a widget on our website no gurukitty.com with all locations and stuff.
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Yes, I haven't been here much, I've been so busy with comics and anthologies and meetings and then m y day job.
So here are some updates on the various projects you may be following:
I put a wee notice on the Daqueran Tagboad saying that Daqueran is on Hiatus until I have the ghost tales anthology rolling and my own comic for the anthology is complete. Daqueran has less than 10 pages left, so yeah I will totally get it done as soon as I can! It will be very satisfying to get it done!
We have been getting submissions almost daily for this anthology and we expect a bit of a pile to come in on the 15th at say around midnight, HAHA. We will try and have all the candidates chosen and announced by August 20th and that announcement will be made on Gurukitty.com Second and First, through the mailing list we set up for GT news and releases.
We hope to have the entire book ready for a Halloween release of online sales, so we are granting some minor extensions (like a DAY or two), for individuals.
The second issue of Bad Kitties was released, and they will continue to be released at random intervals, you can watch the gurukitty Website or blog for updates on them.
In case you haven't been there in a while, the Gurukitty Website was completely overhauled, go have a look if you haven't already.
Oh, also our Calgary Expo fundraising thingy is still going. We have some fantastic perks for donation levels including pre-order of Ghost Tales and Hello Albertosaurus. You can donate any amount you like, even 1$ if thats all you got. If you have nothing, sharing it on your social media sites like twitter and tumblr help increase our GOGO factor and keep our campaign visual.
Only 43 days left!
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Hi! We've started an IndieGOGO campaign to help us raise money to go to Calgary Expo next year!
We have lots of perks for contributors so have a look: www.indiegogo.com/Help-us-get-…
Please help us spread the word! SHARE SHARE SHARE!
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See the full article for links
"The Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund is available to assist any Canadian comic book retailer, distributor, publisher or creator who find themselves victims of Canadas unique obscenity laws.
The CLLDF was formed in 1987 by Derek McCulloch and Paul Stockton to raise money for the defense of Comic Legends, a Calgary, Alberta comic shop whose owners were charged with selling obscene materials. The CLLDF paid the cost of Comic Legends initial court case, which ended with their conviction and a fine of $5500. Subsequently, the CLLDF paid for an appeal, which did not overturn the conviction, but did result in a reduction of the fine to $3000.
Since then, the Fund has been maintained to provide financial succor for those fighting the suppression of comic book material. Most recently, the Fund has made several donations to the Little Sisters lawsuit against Canada Customs, and paid the expenses of expert witnesses brought in to testify on behalf of Marc Laliberte, a fanzine publisher in Windsor. Laliberte was acquitted on all charges.
In order to raise money for the fight, the CLLDF has produced two TRUE NORTH comic book anthologies, containing stories by many of the top Canadian and international comic book creators. They have also produced a Cerebus poster by Dave Sim and Gerhard, reproducing the cover of the first TRUE NORTH.
For more information on the CLLDF, please contact the Administrators at the addresses below.
In Eastern Canada: Paul Stockton, 183 Woodycrest Ave., Toronto, Ont, M4J 3C2
In Western Canada: Leonard S Wong, P.O. Box 48873, Bentall Station, Vancouver, B.C., V7X 1A8 (604) 322-6412 (phone/fax)
The American fund is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. They have a much heavier caseload than we do, and are also deserving of your support. To visit their web page, hit here.
To see a partial list of comics banned or seized by Canada Customs, hit here.
Find out a whole lot more about censorship in Canada by visiting the Chronicle of Freedom of Expression in Canada site."
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Spring is here
The only down side to that is Summer is on it's way and I dislike summer. Dislikes not quite a strong enough word.. the word is hate.
Spring is nice because it's mild and bright with cool breezes and neat downpours of rain.
I chopped my hair all off, thinking it would alleviate some of the constant headaches I get due to allergies and stress. Now my hair looks weird and creepy.
Thats the other downside to spring and Summer is the allergies, and they are SO BAD this year.
My Daqueran pages are kind of on a 2 week schedule at the moment, not intentionally, lifes been just to weird and drawing has been so difficult. I;m trying very hard to get back on track, especially since I am so close to the end and I cant start work on "The Bachelors and the Python"!
Also, I'm trying to get to do some little on the side projects (like I need more work) to help reignight my comic passions..
OOH OOH! Opus (the artstore I work at) FINALLY got comic board, Manga board and Layout paper in stock! How long did I beg for that?!
The layout paper is something I never used, but I bought a pad of it and now I'm addicted! It's so convenient, and I'm all about the convenience.
So, now I don't have to make stupid trips way out of my way to buy from Desserres to get my board. I almost resorted to bluelining my own board but GEEEZ, I have a hard enough time fitting drawing into my ay, and bluelining is time consuming and tedious.
Anyway, enough blather, I have a comic page to scann and letter!
OH and BTW all FCBD orders have been shipped!
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today is free comic book day! Im going to be making some rounds in Surrey and white Rock today, traveling ever farther from my home base in search of awesome comic shops.
Also, we will be giving away free comics again this year.
to collect your free comic, simply visit Gurukitty.com and fill out the form.
Hope everyone has an awesome FCBD!
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About Beyond Temptation: An accidental meeting turns Reimee's life up and down.
She finds herself in the middle of an affair regarding enslaved demons, magical artifacts, and many temptations of the modern world. Will she get tempted? Or will she be the one to tempt? And finally, will she find what she's looking for in the Eternal City of Rome?
Inspired by eastern folklore, religion, Grimm tales, and life itself! Set in modern Rome, it's a paranormal action-romance in which the border between good and evil is very thin. (Plus, guys don't sparkle and girls can kick your butt!)
Exclusive Interview with
Blurb about *StellaCadente113: "I'm a Polish university student currently living in Rome, Italy. I like to draw and to sing or perform short comic scenes. I drink lots of coffee and spend hours in front of my laptop. Diagnosis: computer addict. "
How did you get into comicking? What do you enjoy about it?
STELLACADENTE113: First of all, let me say that I'm really flattered that you chose me for this interview. So, thank you! Now let's go with the questions.
I got into comicking by chance. I found one comic on DA, I enjoyed it, I saw it was getting lots of feedback and thought: Hey! I want that too! I got some good stories on my mind so I suppose I could make it!
What I enjoy the most about running a webcomic is getting comments ^^ It's a great sensation to create something and see people respond to it, share some thoughts, etc. That's what drew me into comicking in the first place.
I hate it to feel lonely and ignored but that's what often happens to me. I just felt the need to socialize but IRL people want to hear about you not some stories you made up. The virtual audience wants to hear stories and that's the best thing ever. I can speak out without being considered boring or wicked.
Tell us a little about your comic. How did you conceive the story/characters?
STELLACADENTE113: There's a 2 year gap between the moment Beyond Temptation was conceived and the moment I actually started writing it down. The story of it is probably gonna make you think I'm mental but I'll risk it! ^^
Beyond Temptation was born in pain. It was a thought that appeared to me as a reaction to a series of traumatizing events, and as time passed, it evolved into something reasonably coherent to be written down.
I had it stored deep in my mind waiting for another trauma to bring it to the surface. And there came a day when something broke me, and I just had to grip onto something and then I remembered this story. It became my cure. It gave me a reason to go on. The characters just came to my mind naturally. Their personalities and looks evolved with time. It's as if they were children who just grew up.
Do you feel like any one of your characters in particular is like you?
STELLACADENTE113: Rei, probably cause she's a girl, and she's more or less my age and wears some of my clothes (or clothes I'd like to wear if I could). But there are also many differences between us. She's not me. The relationship between me and my characters is more like the one between a mother and her children. All of them have a piece of her, but none actually is her.
What are your choice tools to create your current comic?
STELLACADENTE113: Photoshop, Photoshop, and once again Photoshop! I just do some veeery very rough drafts on paper that help me decide about the layout. The rest is done digitally. Oh! I forgot! I usually use photos for backgrounds. I take them with my mobile. In this place I'd also like to mention not a tool but an important person, that is Meagan, my English checker, thanks to whom this comic is actually readable.
Is there anything that frustrates you when it comes to creating? Do you get blocked from time to time?
STELLACADENTE113: Sure, I do get blocked. Well, honestly, I got totally blocked for months just once. It was this fall. I was about to write down chapter 8 (after one month in which I completed the entire chapter 7), and though I had it in my mind I just couldn't just find the right words to put it on paper. But in the end I made it! Then I wrote the whole chapter 9 in two days. I don't know what it depends on. Perhaps the season of the year or something O.o
What do you do to get in the mood to draw/create/write?
STELLACADENTE113: The mood... the mood... it just comes! It's like when something happens and you feel happy or sad. It's the same thing. You see or hear something and feel like a bolt and you can't wait to get to your laptop and write or draw what you got on your mind.
What would you say to encourage artists just starting out with webcomics?
STELLACADENTE113: Just do it, people! It's easier than you think. All you gotta have is some creativity and some time and a bit of patience too. And a PC of course. Once you do it, you'll see it's lots of fun, it can be a way to express yourself, to show your talent and even find new friends. If I were to compare it to something I'd say it's like being famous! And don't you tell me you wouldn't like to be famous!
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I'm on vacation! Yes thats right, I took some time off my day job at the art store to get some much needed Gurukitty Studios work done. I need some Daqueran pages done up, print file of Daqueran 5 needs to finally get done, I have a con to get ready for on March 20th (I think)... among other things!
It's so nice not to have to go to work for a while and no travelling or visiting either. Just me and my pencils, paints and computer.
I know Im not going to get nearly as much as I want done actually acomplished, but dangit Im going to try!
Well lets feature some stuff to start this vacation
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HOLY CRAP, THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!
I got all the points I needed for the group sub renewal and some besides to save up for next years sub upgrade. Thank you everyone who donated, that was awesome.
And thank you $aunjuli and `noseSHARK for doing your effective pimping.
Thank you thank you everyone!
And thank you $Moonbeam13 you got us a year sub! #Comicslist is now subbed until Feb 11, 2013 thanks to you all!
mucho hugs for you!
I'm trying out a journal on this new, type in your CSS type thinga ma bobber....
it's nifty, I like it!
Anyway, I wanted to thank the following people:
and "Anonymous Deviant"
for their generous donations to the save #Comicslist point fund. I appreciate your donations more than you will know!
And put out one last plea for donations. I know I'm not the begging sort, but the #Comicslist sub is crucial.
If you have no points to spare, if you could just... spread the word, some people have no need for points and might want to help out.
You can share this journal: comicslist.deviantart.com/blog…
And now, some thumb sharing, these arts were found in the galleries of the people who donated points
I have been so sick, I hate it so much. I've had two colds and now i have a nasty flu. Its like this year we've got hideous mutant viruses.
I've been trying to get out of my Daqueran haitus but i cant draw at all, its the worst art block i've had in forever. I hate it because I said I'd start posting again in january, and Jauary is almost over it feels like.
im going to veg on the couch with my sketchbook and try and get some daqueran done.
i think you should check out the fundraiser below, help out people with real problems.
You get a nifty keen wallpaper, I submitted art to it too, i will every year they do it, because its not much to give for a very good cause.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
Tuesday, January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In honor of the event, I teamed up with the Comic Creator's Alliancea group of over 100 comic book creators (both web and print!) who volunteered our artistic talents to raise money and awareness for this cause. You may not know it, but there are currently 27 million enslaved people worldwide- more than double the number of enslaved Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children every year are sold into slavery, most of it sexual. The US Department of Justice estimates 16,000 victims of human trafficking are brought into the United States every year. Unlike slavery in the 19th century, what is happening today is happening in secret. It won't end until awareness is raised, and people like you and me take a stand.
So here's what we did: each creator contributed an original drawing of one of our own female characters, and combined them into a single image! This year's theme was "The Brady Bunch." There is so much going on in this image--you can look at the wallpaper for a long time and still find something new! All of the artists included in the drive are amazing and some of the fan favorites are: Scott Sava (The Dreamland Chronicles), Adam Hughes (Star Wars, Wonder Woman), Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch), Bryan Glass & Victor Santos (Mice Templar), Beau Smith (Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars), Billy Tucci (Shi), Mookie (Dominic Deegan), Crystal Yates (Earthsong), Lora Innes (The Dreamer), Thom Zahler (Love and Capes), and Alison Action (Bear Nuts). View the full listing of contributors here: comicalliance.weebly.com/the-p….
Donate today to download this unique, once-in-a-lifetime wallpaper. Or, this year you can buy a print! The Donations Drive will last for two weeks, from January 11th 24th. All proceeds will be split evenly between Love 146 and Gracehaven House- two organizations working on rehabilitation of victims and prevention of this crime.
To learn more about the CCA and to donate visit www.comicalliance.weebly.com. To learn more about the problem, visit love146.org/slavery. (Note: contains adult themes and actual accounts of sex slavery.)
In January, I'll be taking part in a fundraiser event called the Comic Creators Alliance: Fighting Together to End Human Trafficking. Last year 87 comic creators united to create one desktop wallpaper image featuring all their different characters, and together raised $10,000 for the purpose of fighting Human Trafficking! I've been asked to take part this year, so I'll be adding (fill in the name of your character) to the wallpaper along side everyone else.
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a sanitized term for slavery. There are over 27 million people enslaved in the world today, and most if it is young girls being sold into forced prostitution--both over seas and yes, in the United States. In the United States there are only 39 beds at facilities for victims in the entire nation--and at least 16,000 people being trafficked into the US from other countries each year! Not to count the domestic victims already living here.
The money that the CCA raised last year was split between two organizations, one global--Love 146, and a local shelter trying to get up and running--Gracehaven in Ohio. (Toledo, Ohio is one of the largest trafficking hubs in the U.S.) Both organizations were able to expand their particular fights against this heinous problem in 2010. Love 146 is setting up Task Forces around America, local groups of concerned citizens bringing the fight and awareness to their own corners of the nation. Internationally, Love 146 set up the Cambodia Border Officers Project. This is total prevention: officers patrol the border crossing, looking for possible victims and the kids they rescue will never know the horrors they might have. Gracehaven used our funds in the ongoing renovations that are necessary to bring the house up to code--plumbing and air conditioning were installed, along with two new bathrooms. They hope to be up and running soon but must first have six months of operating expenses in the bank. They are currently at one fifth of their goal--let's see what we can do to help them!
If you're a creator and would like to participate, the deadline for contributions is December 31st. Email < ahref="/ComicCreatorsAlliance@gmail.c…">ComicCreatorsAlliance@gmail.com to be added to the list. And the Donations Drive goes live January 11th on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and will last for 2 weeks. See you then!