One year ago today I launched my secret webcomic Conspiracy Friends (yep, on Valentine's Day, because nothing says "I love you" to your wife like having a random idea for a comic and spending all day drawing one, registering a domain name, throwing together a wordpress site, and posting it).
The conspiracy angle originally came from the idea that I would keep the comic secret (hence SecretWebcomic.com) until I had at least 30 strips, and proved to myself that I could work a daily comic into my regular routine. I'm incredibly proud to report that I haven't missed a single update all year. That's 261 comics! 208 three-panel gags, 5 guest strips from amazing comix pals, 41 double-sized strips because I couldn't fit the joke into three panels, and 7 "Previously on Conspiracy Friends" recaps (which are my favorite, b-t-dubs).
It's honestly been a labor of love, and even though I've done the most half-assed job EVER of promoting it, the feedback has been tremendous. I can't even tell you how much that means to me (seriously, every time you share Conspiracy Friends, my heart grows three sizes like the freakin' Grinch). I will tell you this, though: it DOES NOT feel like a year. I've been having a blast doing these, so look forward to your Valentine's Day present from me next year: 52 more weeks of love (assuming love = comic strips about paranoia and government spying?)
Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for reading, enjoying and sharing my comic (if you have indeed done any of those things). I'm starting to get crazy choked up, so before I go create a downloadable coupon for free hug or something I'm going to sign off. Go read today's comic! (It's just a regular part of the story, not a special anniversary strip of anything, but don't you worry, shit is about to GET REAL).
(Pictured above, by the way, is an amazing pop-up CF anniversary Valentine's Day card Dawn Marie made for me, because she is one billion more times more thoughtful than me and I CLEARLY DON'T DESERVE HER)
The brand new app edition of Zombocalypse Now is available in the Google Play store! Yeeheehee! The lovely folks at Tin Man Games have been working on this for a while, and now you can play the first Chooseomatic on your phone or tablet. Upgrades include music, a (mildly) animated start screen, achievements, and THIRTEEN new illustrations by me! This is currently my favorite way to read this book (and yes, iOS and Kindle Fire versions are coming soon).
There's also a great review up over at droidgamer!
I'll be at the Indie Book Fair in Seattle December 20 & 21, giving away free buttons, chattin' up a storm, and hawking my wares. If you're in Seattle, you should totally come! I'm also doing a short reading (probably from Tiny Quest) Saturday evening!
Modest means. Serious writers.
December 20 & 21, 2013 — 11AM – 8PM
2045 Westlake Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Looking for a last minute gift?
LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS.
There will be books for all ages. Science fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult, mystery, memoir, and so much more.
Meet the authors, too. They’ll be there, selling their books. You can get them to sign the books. Grab their swag, like bookmarks, postcards, and such. Many of them will have raffles for even more free stuff!
Authors in attendance include: Ksenia Anske, Leeland Artra, S.C. Barrus, Laurie Blauner, Zachary Bonelli, Kate Bracy, Jamie Brazil, Paddy Eger, J. Glenn Evans, T.M. Franklin, Jerry Gold, Elizabeth Guizzetti, David D. Horowitz, Paty Jager, Sibyl James, A. Ka, Kay Kinghammer, Susan Lute, Maggie Lynch (Maggie Jaimeson, Maggie Faire), Michele Makinson, Mark Matteson, John B McIntyre, Robert R. Mitchell, Old Nod, Northwest Independent Writers Association, Chris Patchell, D.E.S. Richard, Laura Kelly Robb, Susan Schreyer, Valerie Stein, Lisa Stowe, Jeff Suwak, Griffith H. Williams, Windtree Press, Joyce Yarrow, and Matt Youngmark
On Saturday, December 21, the authors will read excerpts from their books, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. Refreshments will be served. A touch of wine, too, for those over 21.
LOTS AND LOTS OF ART.
Since it’s in a gallery, there’s art everywhere. All around, you’ll have plenty of time to absorb some culture and buy some unique gifts for the holidays.
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!