Today marks the 200th Conspiracy Friends strip (a fact that I only know because I number them when I save the PNG files). I can happily say I've posted one every single weekday since had the initial idea for the comic and hastily registered a domain name on February 14th (happy Valentines Day, baby, I accidentally launched a webcomic?).
Little known fact: I originally registered the site as "secret webcomic" because the plan was to draw one every day until I had 30 strips and not tell anybody about it, which runs counter to EVERY SINGLE INSTINCT IN MY SELF-PROMOTING PROPAGANDIST SOUL. The good news is, it worked! It's nine months later, and still almost nobody knows about the strip! I also planned to use the comic to draw potential fans into my other ventures (i.e., this one), so maybe it wasn't the best idea to do the whole "By Redacted" thing, assuring that nobody could possibly know who I am or that I also write books and stuff? Marketing: I AM THE BEST AT IT
So if you've been enjoying Conspiracy Friends, (and if you haven't go check it out, seriously, it's pretty funny) consider celebrating strip number 200 with me by telling your facebook friends or twitpeeps or tumlbrbros about it! Or by just continuing to be awesome which I KNOW YOU WERE ALREADY GOING TO DO ANYWAY
Thanks for nine rad months, everyone! Daily webcomics, WOOOOOOOOOOO
Rose City Comicon and QZ Con are behind us. Next up: Bellingham Comic Con on October 12! Immediately following will be Geek Girl Con in Seattle on October 19-20 and Jet City Comic Show it Tacoma on November 2.
It is a lot of conventions in a short period of time! Come say hi if you're in any of those cities. I have free buttons to give away, and free sample booklets of my secret webcomic (which is actually not that big of a secret, you can totally go read it right now if you want). Also, when I meet people at cons who already know who I am it always freaks me out a little (but in a good way). So that's fun to watch.
Helooooo Portland! I'll be at Rose City Comic Con next weekend, signing books, giving away free buttons, and probably apologizing a lot for not having Time Travel Dinosaur out yet (it's due in December, this time for real, I swear). Come see me at table H-02, right at the geometric center of artist alley (look for the stuffed bunny with the chainsaw). I used to do this thing at cons where I had a secret password that earned you a free Conspiracy Friends promo comic, but the comic is just the first 12 strips, so it after a while it seemed like it was a lot of hoops to jump through to be marketed at. I'll have them at the show anyway, though, in a big pile! You can just take one!
PAX was a blast! I was just there as a fan this year (although Eric from Gamma Ray Games was kind enough to stock my books in the Games on Demand room and even sell a few copies). Video game highlights included discovering a kind of Gauntletesque Adventure Time game which I can't believe I haven't bought yet, and Crypt of the Necrodancer, a roguelike RPG that controls with a... dancepad? YES, YES, 1000x YES. I also swung by and chatted a little with some of the Strip Search folks (and picked up a rad Pineapple Maki T-shirt), which made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
As usual, though, the highlight for me was playing new stuff in the tabletop rooms. I learned to play Kingdom with my friend Ashley and a couple of other hilarious gamers (whose names I don't remember because I am terrible). It's a story game, and ours took place in the Puritan colony of Chastity Rock (but, like a funny Puritan colony? It's hard to explain). I also played another storytelling game with a really cool map-drawing theme called The Quiet Year. We built an undersea community of scientists studying an active volcano who just about managed to completely destroy themselves before the Frost Shepherds even SHOWED UP. We had an amazing time with this one (thanks Ed!), and if you're interested you can either buy the full version or just download the rules and use regular playing cards (you can even pay with good deeds instead of cash, which is possibly the best thing I've ever heard).
I also had the chance to learn how to play 13th Age with Ashley and an awesome, riotously funny GM named Ash. It's kind of an old-school D20 fantasy tabletop rpg with some storytelling elements built in (you might be sensing a pattern here) that really encourages players to take the game in whatever direction they want. (In my second effort I played a dark elf who was raised by a community of Smurf-like fae, with his trusty familiar Smelfbro, the lone male denizen of Smelf Village).
So to sum up, PAX is kind of the best. Extra megathanks to Kevin for hooking me up with a pass, and to everyone we played games with. I'm going to sleep for a year now! Thanks, bye!
(* image above is someone else's PAX experience, since I completely forgot to take any picture, as per usual. Boo, me.)
I shot this Kickstarter video for my friend Scott Gable at Broken Eye Books (look for a cameo appearance by my hand at the end), and also did some of the cover design! Broken Eye has some amazing books on the schedule for the coming year (including like two and a half from the spectacular Clinton Boomer, who you've probably heard me rave about before).
Please check it out, and if the books look up your alley, support like the wind!
If you're in Seattle this weekend, and a large to medium-sized nerd, come by the Seattle Center and check out the Seattle Retro Game Expo. It'll have all the old school video game goodness you can handle, plus me in the dealer's room selling books and giving away free buttons and Conspiracy Friends promo comics and doing my whole convention schtick.
There will be a massive freeplay room with every single SNES and N64 game ever released in the US, and over 1,000 games for various other systems as well (I'm definitely going to log some time on a Vectrex myself). Plus panels and stuff, and people selling soap that looks like pokemon balls and what have you. It will be awesome! You should totally come!