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beatonna: More Goreys! Shipping deadlines are coming on hard...



beatonna:

More Goreys!

Shipping deadlines are coming on hard for the Topatoco store, so get your orders in! 

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Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!

A special issue of kuš! Komikss featuring alternative innovations from Australia, Down Down Under makes its first appearance inaugurating Silent Army Storeroom in Melbourne, Australia. The NEW storeroom will feature artwork from HTMLflowers.


Cover: HTMLflowers Contributors: Ashley Ronning, Bailey Sharp, Ben Constantine, Ben Hutchings, Ben Juers, David Blumenstein, Eleri Mai Harris, Emma Jensen, Evie Cahir, Haein Kim, HTMLflowers, Kangaroo Lü. Q., Lee Lai, Leigh Rigozzi, Marc Pearson, Michael Fikaris, Michael Hawkins, Nicky Minus, Rachel Ang, Safdar Ahmed, Sam Wallman, Simon Hanselmann, Tim Danko, Tommi Parrish Guest Editor: Michael Fikaris

Order: https://kushkomikss.ecrater.com/p/35474840/37-down-under#
Specs: 164 pages, Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), full-color, perfect bound, English
US$13.95 w/ Worldwide shipping included in price!
The first 100 orders get a free postcard and a bookmark.

Kuš: http://www.komikss.lv

Silent Army: http://www.silentarmy.org/

Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!A special issue...



Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!

A special issue of kuš! Komikss featuring alternative innovations from Australia, Down Down Under makes its first appearance inaugurating Silent Army Storeroom in Melbourne, Australia. The NEW storeroom will feature artwork from HTMLflowers.


Cover: HTMLflowers Contributors: Ashley Ronning, Bailey Sharp, Ben Constantine, Ben Hutchings, Ben Juers, David Blumenstein, Eleri Mai Harris, Emma Jensen, Evie Cahir, Haein Kim, HTMLflowers, Kangaroo Lü. Q., Lee Lai, Leigh Rigozzi, Marc Pearson, Michael Fikaris, Michael Hawkins, Nicky Minus, Rachel Ang, Safdar Ahmed, Sam Wallman, Simon Hanselmann, Tim Danko, Tommi Parrish Guest Editor: Michael Fikaris

Order: https://kushkomikss.ecrater.com/p/35474840/37-down-under#
Specs: 164 pages, Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), full-color, perfect bound, English
US$13.95 w/ Worldwide shipping included in price!
The first 100 orders get a free postcard and a bookmark.

Kuš: http://www.komikss.lv

Silent Army: http://www.silentarmy.org/

Homecooked Comics Mini-Market

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Homecooked Comics Mini-Market

12-5pm, Sunday 30th April, 309-311 Victoria St, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

The Homecooked Comics Mini-Market is a new event brought to you by the team behind the Homecooked Comics Festival.

Sunday 30th of April will see 27 artists and publishers exhibiting graphic novels, comics and zines for sale across two studios in Brunswick. Squishface Comic Studio (309 Victoria St) and aHa studio (311 Victoria St).

New faces from both Victoria and interstate, as well as established local creators, will all be in attendance, all with new books. Pick up Laura Burroni’s The Fistman, an autobiographical book about life as an Italian migrant in Australia, Cristian Roux’s historical account of the life of Melbourne detective John Christie or Volume 2 of Fil Barlow’s influential book Zooniverse, just to name a few!

As always Homecooked Comics brings you the best of what the Australian comics scene has to offer.

Celebrate drawing and publishing at Australia’s home of comics-making, Squishface Comic Studio.

Sarah Howell
Festival Director
Homecooked Comics Festival
sarahhowellprojects@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HomecookedComics/

Come down to buy new books from the following artists and publishers.
Fil Barlow and Helen Maier
Alex Smith
Dale Maccanti
Matthew Nicholls
Neale Blanden
Jo Waite
Katherine Sarpi
Laura Burroni
Andrew Fulton
Cristian Roux
Michael Fikaris
Silent Army
Sticky Institute
Marlo Mogensen
Squishface Studio Artists
Milk Shadow Books
Paper Tree Press and Pikitia Press
Sophia Parsons Cope
Amy Rolfe
Clea Chiller
Thomas Tung
Pete Correy
Steve Carter and Antoinette Ryder

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Introducing a new comic name

I posted recently about trying to come up with a new name for a comic.

I think I may have settled on a winner.

The new name for my comic series is 'Woodlands'


As mentioned previously, I was looking for a word that played on my last name. I was fond of something to do with the word 'Log' like Log Jam or Log Saw, but they sounded too weird.

So Woodlands it is. I like that the name lends itself to a feeling both tied to nature and maybe a sense of mystery or exploration. For now, I'm sitting on the name to see how it feels, so far so good.

It has also passed the family test, which consists of me telling them the name and them not laughing.

Deliberate practice


The above image was formed from a combination of ideas from three separate books that I have read. The books are,

Growth Mindset (Dweck), Peak (Ericsson), and Grit (Duckworth). 


The idea is that each one leads to the next one. Time and time again I have found that trying to learn something new can often be frustrating. You do all the right things like practice and study and there does not seem to be immediate gains. I have found however if you can persevere through these feelings, you will ultimately notice an improvement. I've heard this referred to as a frustration barrier, and it can really suck.

In a nutshell, 
  1. You need a growth mindset to even begin attempting to learn something new.
  2. To begin learning you need to seek challenges just outside of your comfort zone (but not so far out of your comfort zone it induces panic/despair.)
  3. It takes Grit (perseverance) to remain outside of your comfort zone; when you're in that learning zone because it's tough:
    1. It feels like you're not getting anywhere (or progress is too slow.)
    2. You make continuous mistakes (which you're actually learning from but they feel discouraging.
    3. You feel confused about what you've even achieved so far and fuzzy about where to go next.

This process can occur for a few reasons. Firstly our brains are not computers and don't automatically and logically store everything we learn. Not only do we have to go over new ideas multiple times to form the corresponding pathways, but it has also been shown that we also need things like sleep to help properly solidify our memory. 

I once had an experience many years ago when I started learning Adobe Illustrator. I struggled for a couple of months to learn the software and made a small amount of progress, but I ultimately gave up in frustration and moved on. A month or so after this I jumped back on to have another go, and to my surprise the information I had tried to learn previously just clicked into place. I had just needed time for what I had previously learned to settle and fall into place. 

Another big reason for the frustration I believe is that as you learn, your goalposts move further. This is especially true in art. As you progress you see how much more you could progress. As you climb the next hill, it leads you to view the next bigger hill. As they say, the more you know, the more you realise how much you don't know. 

I have this poster available for download on my Gumroad site. Great to print out and post in the classroom to remind students to keep pushing the boundaries.


Revisiting Gumroad


I signed up for Gumroad many years ago, as I always like to test out new platforms and see if they'll be a good avenue for sharing my art. I set up a few initial products (mostly comic PDFs) but to be honest I never really put a lot of time and effort into the site.

Then a few years back, I signed up for a GumRoad email course about how to set up and market your store better. I dipped in and out of the emails, but never really dedicated the time to it. Despite it being full of great information. 

I also experimented with the pay what you want to model. In theory, I liked the idea of offering comics for $0, and if the reader wanted to throw a few dollars they could. But in reality, I think this practice feels awkward for the reader. Instead of clicking download to read, they have to click 'pay $0' for this download, which makes you feel like you're scamming the artist in some ways. My GumRoad site sat unused and forgotten about for some more years.


More recently, I did some extensive research into setting up an online store for Spare Parts Press. I initially went with Square and then later Squarespace, as it had some easier customization features. My least favourite aspects of both these platforms were the high costs for a basic setup, and of course, everything extra requires more money to upgrade. I had previously had a WordPress site through DreamHost, which was more affordable, but I don't like the amount of customization and upkeep required. I usually want the most minimal design, and I dislike it when it takes extra effort to clear away the ornamentation. Squarespace seems to be ok (and I paid for a whole year, so I'm stuck with it for now) but there are a number of features that I would have expected out of the box, or at least easier to set up. But for now, that's a future blog post.

I received an email recently from GumRoad about some new features coming up and how they run their company.

https://gumroad.com/new-path


was so impressed by the email that I decided to dig a little further into current-day GumRoad features.

I logged into my site, set up probably 7-8 years ago. And noticed that from the backend, my posted 'products' were lacking in a number of areas. There had been a number of updates and new features since I'd set this thing up, and each product could do with a refresh. Here are some things I found I had to update,

  • Add a square 600x600px thumbnail for the marketplace
  • Add new descriptions such as files size and page numbers
  • Add additional images other than a cover image (for comics, this was some sample pages)
  • General tidy up
  • Changed my store type from book to comics

All this is to say I was impressed with the (seemingly) new features and kind of makes me wonder if I was wise to get a one-year subscription with Squarespace. I will definitely be playing around with the site a little more. In the meantime, you can check out my store here.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts, and let me know if you have any suggestions for digital items I could add to my store.

Edit: I recently completed a Moon Calendar for digital download, and Gumroad was my first choice to offer it for sale. More on that process soon, but you can click here for the poster.

Raw Feels By Leonie Brialey

 In December I announced the next comic in the Spare Parts Press lineup! Raw Feels by Leonie Brialey

I was delighted to Have Leoni on board with Spare Part Press as her work is exactly the kind of nuanced and personal autobiographical work I'm aiming for.

You can expect to hear more about a launch date this January 2022

*Saturday bonus post & also #peptober no.9 (crossover)

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