Of course, if you need a reason to attend, people like the founder of Boing Boing, a former Disney Animator/Podcaster and GeekDad will be there. Of course, the REAL reason why you would attend is because of Maddie!
Finally the day has come! The second title in the Maddie Mckenszie book series "Maddie Mckenszie and the BAD Birthday Party Manners" is NOW available for your reading pleasure! It's my honor to introduce to the world the continuing adventures of 5-year old Maddie, 12-year old big sister Margaret and her parents and friends.
To borrow from a previous blog post the synopsis:
Maddie is celebrating her 5th birthday. However, last year's Birthday party was…a little rough. She had a nasty Temper Tantrum and a BIG mess was made. Maddie this year wants a fancy Tea Party for her birthday. Obviously Maddie's parents and big sister Margaret are a bit hesitant in making those wishes come true, but they all approve it on ONE condition - her manners MUST IMPROVE. Maddie's friends and family assist in teaching her good manners which may or may not involve disastrous results. Is outside help needed? Will they make Maddie turn from a little brat into a distinguished young lady in a short amount of time? Let's find out!
This is was a process in total that took nearly 7 months to produce from the preliminary manuscripts down to the covers. The book is 34 pages long, designed for young readers around Maddie's age. Of course, if you're out of the targeted demographic (other wise known as a "big kid") I wouldn't mind.
Right now, you can obtain "Maddie Mckenszie and the BAD Birthday Party Manners" in two ways. This time, Amazon.com is the exclusive "launch partner" and you can purchase a paperback version online for only $7.60. That's less than some of those children's books made by some of those big, monolithic publishing houses. The eBook version is currently available ONLY on the Kindle store right now for $2.99 (Due to the size of the book, I'm forced to charge that price, the lowest I can.) If you have a Amazon Prime account, you can download this book for FREE for a limited time only. You can use the Kindle version with the Kindle Fire, iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch), Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mac, Windows and toasters. (I was kidding about the toasters.)
This book and the original title "Maddie Mckenszie: The Most ANNOYING Little Sister Ever!" will be featured at "Intervention - The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity." in Rockville MD (That's near Washington D.C. for those not familiar with the area.) Friday August 23-Sunday August 25 in their Artist Alley.
I might have said something about this, I really don't do DA Journals that much these days. I really don't find much purpose in them, but I guess I'll give it another go. Consider this as kind of a "road map" of what I'm going to do in the next 12 months or so.
Updates on Maddie Mckenszsie
Book sales are not going as well as planned. I am offering a free download only on iBooks to drum up interest. I'm not deterred by the fact that the book is doing poorly. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I will never give up. I'm looking to have a cheaper paperback version in the not too distant future for sale. I'm looking into getting the cover re-designed. Not annoying enough. There are THREE books planned. A sequel is currently in the sketching/manuscript stages. I'm hoping it comes out this summer if artblock doesn't set in.
Princess has a backstory and such, some ideas about characters written down. I don't expect this to come out 'til 2014 the earliest. Need to figure out a game plan to make my work flow efficient and not make it suck at the same time.
I have a HUGE master list that I want to tackle. I WILL EVENTUALLY MAKE A RETURN to doing pony art. Focus is on Mane 6 and CMC, possibly other favorites. It gets boring just drawing Pinkie Pie and Twist.
Big Apple Ponycon, Connecticon and Bronycon are a go. Attende only (could not get a table in time for Connecticon, anyone willing to share?) Possibly thinking about attending Otakon Fri or Sat ONLY. I was thinking about getting a table for BAP, but I don't have a lot of pony art done. (That's why I'm focusing on Mane 6 and CMC). There is 1 con that I will have more info about in the future, just not ready to announce it yet. (HINT: It involves a table.)
Maddie Mckenszie: The Most ANNOYING Little Sister EVER!
I'm certainly not against the idea of commissions, but that is something I may do one day.
So before you ask, I don't do ANY requests.
HINT: It does NOT involve My Little Pony at all. Sorry Bronies, I draw more than just pony.
I don't have any artist alley presence this year since I'm not ready for that, but I am working on little personal project for Bronycon.
It's a secret!
This summer, I currently plan to attend the following conventions:
Bronycon (Secaucus, NJ) June 30-July 1.
Otakon July 27-29.
No, I'm not doing artist alley. Not ready for that, maybe in the future.
I'm not sure about Connecticon. I'll have to see what my finances are like. The Marriott in Hartford is a nice hotel but would make my budget soar as it already is.
Let's get some things out of the way. I like Derpy Hooves. She is the symbol of the brony movement. A beautiful mistake that made our ways into the hearts and minds of all in the fandom.
If you haven't heard, iTunes a few weeks ago removed Season 2 episode 14 "The Last Roundup". Apparently, there were complaints that the character Derpy, who spoke for the first time, was offensive to developmentally-abled people. Shortly after the release of this episode on iTunes, it was removed. At the time of this writing, the episode has yet to re-air on The Hub. Speculation says that Apple may have bowed down to pressure from complaints of the Derpy character or Hasbro itself got complaints as well. Welovefine, a pop-culture apparel retailer changed the descriptions of all merchandise featuring Derpy's name (but did not stop selling the actual shirts that have Derpy's name on it). Rumor has it that all merchandise featuring her were about to be removed, but for now that does not seem to be the case.
As a result of these changes, the "Save Derpy" movement was born. A hash tag on twitter, many fanart and worthless petitions were created to save this character from the axe of Political Correctness. Eventually the episode returned to iTunes with some changes.
Originally, the character Rainbow Dash said "Careful Derpy" pleading her to avoid damaging city hall, she now says "Uggh Careful". Derpy, originally voiced by Tabitha St. Germain in a boy-like voice now sounds high-pitched and more "girl" like. The animation of her eyes which looked wall eyed, are now "corrected", much like a standard pony would look like on the show.
Then this is where the shit hits the fan.
Equestria Daily reported on this issue and confirmed that both the Standard and High Definition versions of "The Last Roundup" have returned and have been altered in this way.
Naturally, discussion about this has spread through other avenues such as reddit, deviantart, ponychan, 4chan's /mlp, etc. While it's ok to be disappointed with changes, it's not cool to give death threats, make absolutely pointless petitions (Because we all know online petitions work right?) and make baseless claims that Apple is somehow edited the episode all on their own.
CHILL. THE. FUCK. OUT.
Derpy ain't going anywhere. She's still in the series and won't be going anywhere if you follow the word of Animator Kreoss www.equestriadaily.com/2012/02…
Keep it civil and sane and good things will come out in the end. I should finger wag towards Hasbro for NOT fully explaining WHY they are doing this and not have random animators, storyboard artists or anonymous persons speak on their behalf. So far, they are LUCKY this hasn't hit the mainstream news or they would have quite a handful to deal with.
Fan art is cool and all, but all original artwork needs exposure.
My first exposure to Apple products were back in grade school. In the computer lab, I used educational software on the Apple IIe and eventually the Mac. I loved using the mac so much, I convinced my family to purchase a Mac for use in the home. We got a Performa 550. Pretty clunky performance with a 33 MEGAHERTZ 68k processor and a VERY pokey 2400 baud modem. In modern standards, it wouldn't even hold a candle to even the 1st gen iPhone, but it was a very influential product for me. This was the Mac that I used during the rise of the information age in the 1990's. I learned to use Photoshop and learned HTML on the Mac as well.
The 1990's were dark times for Apple and Mac fans. I was often ridiculed for using a Mac when my other peers in school were using PCs. "You're using a dinosaur", they said, "No one makes software for Macs", they said. The price of Apple stock was less than two large pizzas back then. Sadly, demands of the world and my family forced me into the world of Windows. I became the other side of the "rest of us" for a few years. I won't say it was THAT of a bad experience, but it involved a lot of Blue Screens of Death. I really learned the ins and outs of PCs, eventually learning to install Windows and eventually built my own computer in my college years.
During my darkest time when I had a life-threatening illness, the iPod that was given to me as a gift gave me songs that got me through the recovery. Eventually, I fully recovered and resumed my studies at school.
I started working at a computer store during the final years of college and was exposed to Mac OS X for the first time. Many of my co-workers were Mac users and gushed with glee over the experience. I was already an iPod fan, so going back to the Mac was a no-brainer. My first modern Mac and my first ever laptop was the first MacBook Pro in 2006. Damn, it was an incredible experience turning it on for the first time with the welcome video.
The iPhone release was one of the most memorable geeky moments of recent memory for me. I waited 12 hours on line with MacBookPro in hand of course to get mine, paying the $600 + tax for it. I still have the special bag they gave me somewhere stored. I would wait for it again in 2008, 2009 and 2010, even paying FULL PRICE for the iPhone 4 since shitty AT&T wouldn't give me a discount. I would wait it for the iPad 1 as well, but I just got the iPad 2 recently months after it came out.
Today, every computer that I own is Mac. My iPad and me are one when I go out. My iPhone is my "3rd arm" or "2nd Brain". My Apple TV entertains me. My MacBook Pro is the hub of my life. My Mac Mini brings my artwork to life. I owe a lot of what I do in my life to Steve Jobs vision and his team. Could I do it with a Windows machine? Can I do it with an Android? Yeah. I can, but the user experience, integration, cohesiveness pales in comparison to Mac OS and iOS. You may not use or own a Mac or iPhone or iPad, but Steve Jobs pushed the envelope that others followed, progressing technology further. We would still be using RAZRs and Treos if it weren't for Apple.
You may never see another person like Steve Jobs do so much to an industry in your life ever again. You may never see a person talked in the same vein as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Walt Disney. You may never experience a person like Steve change the way we listen to music and watch TV, movies and games.
- Mood: Sadness
I will mostly do livestreaming on the weekends during the afternoon or night. I mostly draw late weekday nights (I work late), so I don't expect to stream during that time since most of the country is asleep.
Fall is my 3rd favorite season of the year. Why 3rd? Because the hours get shorter and the leaves start falling. Also you have to start changing your wardrobe. No longer I can roll out of the house in short sleeves. Don't forget that coat! A reminder that the WORST is yet to come...WINTER. It may have awesome holidays, but there is NOTHING COOL about Winter.
On 9/24, I attended BroNYCon, a mini-con devoted exclusively to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Normally, its a gathering of Bronies who watch episodes, play video games and eat Pizza, but this one was truly special. This time, they brought out the big guns. Bringing out Supervising Director Jayson Thiessen and Sephisto from Equestria Daily fame. The Venue was a little loud and humid at times, but there was something special and magical when 300+ bronies watched the "Return of Harmony Part 2" along with the director. I got a nice commish from of Twist. That is going up on my mantle...wait a minute, I don't have a mantle. Well, it will certainly be featured in amongst the commission swag I obtained.
New York Comic-Con is just around the corner and I will be attending at least Friday and Saturday...unless Apple decides to release the iPhone 5 on that weekend. That will make things complicated.
On brighter news, at least they wised up and finally got an app for that. I can't begin to fathom how convenient the Guidebook App has been. Every convention should use this app.
For the first time, I did a commission. I got a Twist commiss (the name escapes me) and I got nice drawing done by of Maddie. I will need to see if it's ok to post, I only post my own stuff on DA that I made.
As expected, Bronies were present. There were about 2 cosplay meets and 3 general meetups. The Saturday one had about 160+ Bronies spreading Friendship and Magic throughout the BCC. "Strawberry Spice" the coordinator of the meetups wants a panel next year. Do you really think that will happen? Come on, this is the same panel ops that keeps approving crap like Gaia and Anime Parliament EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Maybe they'll have an Anime/Manga slant towards it...it kinda needs to it or it will be rejected.
Anyways. I regularly take photos at the con of cosplayers. If you want to see those pictures, check the following www.flickr.com/photos/ronaldhe… :
Me in artists alley? HAHAHAHAHA...no. Not yet, maybe one day.
Back on the subject of Pony, My Little Pony of the Friendship and Magic variety. I signed up to create a MLP-based group. I love Twist, the Filly that appeared (so far) in one episode, "Call of the Cutie". It is a shame that there isn't a lot of artwork. My humanized Twist is my most popular deviation and I know there are more out there that made artwork or willing to do so. Once it gets approved, I will look out on DA for more twist artwork to add to the group.
MLP fandom is about to get a lot of "sweeter".