megan rosalarian gedris
cheekycheetahny:

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True fact: I keep a list of people who have helped me significantly so if I ever make it big, I can pay them back somehow.

cheekycheetahny:

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True fact: I keep a list of people who have helped me significantly so if I ever make it big, I can pay them back somehow.

I’m the kind of burger you enjoy eating at the time but regret the next day but still order again a week later.

I’m leaving for a mini-tour in a week! I’m so busy! Current to-do list before I go:

  • Make fake poopy pants with secret pockets
  • Snap-on nose on puppet
  • Decorate underpants
  • Draw Meaty Yogurt buffer
  • Put a gun holster on a music stand
  • Sew Joe’s tearaway pants
  • Finish painting book covers
  • Pack

I’ve decided not to send the books to the printers immediately before I go on tour. If there’s any mistakes with the files, I need to be available to fix them, and I can’t do that from the road. I’m gonna finish it as much as I can before tour starts, then finish those last little bits when I get back. Believe me, I want to get these books done and off to the printer more than anybody else in the world.

heartgearart:

Day 2 of the Kickstarter and we’re nearly a quarter of the way to our goal!    Thanks everyone who’s already pledged so far.   Lets DO this thing!
Today we take a look at the first card of the deck,  Link as the Fool!
"The Fool card is said to represent every person in her original state of innocence and inexperience.  In its positive expression, this card is about learning new things and opening yourself to new possibilities and opportunities—a mode of acting that enables you to be playful, curious, and enthusiastic…" 
Tarot for a New Generation by Janina Renee
A few people have been downright OFFENDED that we chose Link to be our inspiration for the Fool, but the Fool isn’t really about being foolish!   You might look foolish in your endeavors, but the heart of the Fool is about striking out on a path of discovery.   Which I think makes for a perfect fit ^_^

My friends made a whole tarot inspired by Legend of Zelda and it’s really well done!

heartgearart:

Day 2 of the Kickstarter and we’re nearly a quarter of the way to our goal!    Thanks everyone who’s already pledged so far.   Lets DO this thing!

Today we take a look at the first card of the deck,  Link as the Fool!

"The Fool card is said to represent every person in her original state of innocence and inexperience.  In its positive expression, this card is about learning new things and opening yourself to new possibilities and opportunities—a mode of acting that enables you to be playful, curious, and enthusiastic…" 

Tarot for a New Generation by Janina Renee

A few people have been downright OFFENDED that we chose Link to be our inspiration for the Fool, but the Fool isn’t really about being foolish!   You might look foolish in your endeavors, but the heart of the Fool is about striking out on a path of discovery.   Which I think makes for a perfect fit ^_^

My friends made a whole tarot inspired by Legend of Zelda and it’s really well done!

Does that mean that Eat Me has an end? If it does have an end will it be available to purchase as a PDF? Really gotten spoiled by being able to read all of IWKBLPFO over and over again on my kindle. Wanting to have more of that. Having the PDFs of that Kickstarter you were apart of is why I bought into it.

It does have an end. All my comics have ends. I don’t like writing things that go forever into infinity and last a million years. I don’t read those kinds of things because they’re hard to find a jumping on point.

As for selling books/PDFs, I’m not sure when that’s gonna happen. I’ve got my hands full with the kickstarter stuff right now, and I also want to encourage people to get Filthy Figments subscriptions because that helps not just me, but dozens of other lady artists.

So let’s say like a year? In a year I’ll do that stuff.

Our heroine makes another attempt to seduce the ghost chili girl in this month’s Eat Me. Which means painted comics again. This comic now has 15 chapters, can you even believe that? And only 2 left. Starting to reach the climax. And you can read all the archives at that link, plus thousands of other pages.

Our heroine makes another attempt to seduce the ghost chili girl in this month’s Eat Me. Which means painted comics again. This comic now has 15 chapters, can you even believe that? And only 2 left. Starting to reach the climax. And you can read all the archives at that link, plus thousands of other pages.

There are so many writers of color out there, and often what they get when they bring their books to their editors, they say, ‘We don’t relate to the character.’ Well it’s not for you to relate to! And why can’t you expand yourself so you can relate to the humanity of a character as opposed to the color of what they are?
Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair, via this excellent Buzzfeed article on diversity in publishing. (via leeandlow)

mixtapecomics:

I’ve spent the last year since my graduation from The Center for Cartoon Studies working diligently to become a full-time cartoonist. I’ve managed to make ends meet by working non-stop: taking every freelance project that comes across my desk, selling at conventions as frequently as possible, going out and wholesaling my books to shops in every town I visit, and through a part-time comics-related day job that takes about 15 hours of my week (on average).

I’m grateful for every one of the opportunities that I’ve had this last year. I’ve been cartooning non-stop since last June and that’s all I’ve ever wanted for my life.  …but it’s been a financial struggle. A friend recently joked that being a freelancer means that someone always owes you $5,000 in perpetuity and I’ve found that their joke is 100% accurate.

I do my best to make all the work I do available online for free as much as possible. I have years worth of my journal comic online, hundreds of pages of older work up on Gumroad, and post finished work on my blog and here on Tumblr as frequently as possible. (Giving six month exclusivity to all my work that is in print. Get ready to read a TON of comics here for free in July and August.)

However, being a freelance cartoonist means I’m working regularly without getting paid regularly… In order to make ends meet, I’m still regularly putting mail order sales, comic conventions, my part-time job, and new freelance work ahead of making my own, original comics. And, frankly, the stress of working for a full year with no break (and still barely able to pay my bills) is really bumming me out.

That’s where you come in. If you become a Patron at a $2/month level, you will have access to sketchbook drawings, work-in-progress shots of all my comics, and a first look at most everything I create. I don’t have any delusions that my bills will be paid through a Patreon account; but having any additional support through Patreon means that I can take on less freelance work and create more comics for you, my Patron, to read online for free. It will also make me a much healthier, happier cartoonist.

If you think work-in-progress shots are neat and would like to get sneak peaks of all my work before the rest of the internet, please consider supporting me on Patreon.

A huge thank you to everyone that has supported me already this year: through custom commissions, buying books at conventions, etc. I’m so fortunate and so grateful to have made it this far in such a short amount of time. I just need to make it a little farther.

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Rachel is such good people and a fantastic artist.

Do you think that 28 is too old to try to pursue a career in art on your own terms? I wanted to be a 3D animator for as long as I can remember, but when I got to college I realized that going to college for it wasn't for me. The school and the environment was horrible and I was completely uninspired to continue animation. I went to school for fashion illustration after that and I although my teachers thought my art was truly beautiful, I didn't get to finish because I started a family.

gastrophobia:

bigbigtruck:

(cont.) I became inspired again recently and I have been drawing and sketching everyday (for the past two years) as well as learning animation on my own. I am heavily influenced by your webcomic, but I just wanted to know if it was too late to pursue my dream without school and by myself at 28?

I started TJ and Amal at 31, with a weak art education and zero experience in comics, so you can probably guess where I stand on the matter!

I wish our culture didn’t place such heavy emphasis on “making it” in your teens and twenties; that the (justifiable!) attention paid to prodigies wouldn’t set “prodigy” as the norm.  This kind of BS does everyone a disservice.

If you have a dream and the resources/ability to pursue it, there’s no reason to sit it out just because “everyone makes it by 25.” Because everyone DOESN’T make it by 25. Some do, some don’t, whatever.
What’s more, age can bring experience that will inform your work — work you couldn’t have made at 20 or 25.

Sometimes when I get discouraged about this stuff, it helps to remember an anecdote I read a few years ago—
A retiree mentions to her friend that she’s considering going back to college and finishing her degree.
"What, at 65?" says her friend, "You’ll be at least 40 years older than everyone else in class!"
To which the lady replies, “oh, so you think I should wait till I’m 70?”

There’s no going backwards.

Good luck!

I started Gastrophobia at 31! Sounds like that’s the magic number! Wait three years and you’ll finally be ready to play with the grown ups, kid.

I got a very early start, coming out with my first webcomics when I was still a teenager. And everyone always told me how young I was to be so successful. And now there’s a new crop of people younger than me who are huge successes, and sometimes I catch myself feeling like I’m slowing down, and these whippersnappers are gonna leave me in the dust. And then I give myself a mental face-slap and remind myself my life is nowhere close to over and I have so much time ahead of me to keep going, and that’s awesome.

I just started a burlesque career a couple years ago. There are plenty of performers who started even older than me. Who knows how I’ll reinvent myself in another ten years? So much potential. My age has nothing to do with it.

Everyone is feeling things today.

Everyone is feeling things today.