May 24 2011

Awesome Fans Are Awesome

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Wow, you guys act fast! In just a hair over 24 hours, No Predation Allowed has been completely funded!

You people are way too good to me, you know that, right? I’m all verklempt now!

Kyyanno topped it off — but I also want to toss some big ol’ shout-outs here to Redkam, Jaded, “Jeff” (is that you, BJ?), Kagur, Stuart (is that you, Arakin?), Kenster, Huskyteer, Klepsie, LKCMSL, Canis Rufus, and Kindar. You all rock like Gibraltar! I am very grateful to you all!

The project will still be open for funding for another, what, 28 days now? So anybody and everybody who still wants in is welcome and desired. 🙂 You can think of it as a pre-order if you like — the books are definitely coming by the end of June in any case.

Thanks again, everybody. 🙂 You just made my year.

-The Gneech

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May 23 2011

The SJ 10-Year Books Now Up for Funding at Kickstarter

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If you’d like to get in early on the Suburban Jungle ten-year retrospective, No Predation Allowed, I have set up a Kickstarter project to cover the printing costs. Besides acting as a kind of “pre-order” for the book, depending on the funding option you choose you can also get a copy of the “Dreams of Summer” portfolio, NeverNever books, or a commission from your ever-lovin’ blue-eyed cartoonist!

If you can’t help with funding, that’s okay too, just help me spread the word about it! 🙂 Thanks, everyone!

-The Gneech

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May 20 2011

Suburban Jungle, Now in Glorious Monochrome!

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Way back in 2001, I had what we like to call in the business “a massive hard drive failure.” Among the various things that were lost were the high-res color versions of several Suburban Jungle strips (more or less the entire “Goody Awards” story arc). Fortunately, I’d sent high-res grayscale versions to Plan 9 Publishing for the release of Love Bites, and of course there were low-res color versions up on the website, so it’s not like the strips are erased from history. But this does leave me with a dilemma … for No Predation Allowed, which is intended to be full color, do I run the high-res grayscale, or the low-res (and thus super-fuzzy) color?

My preferred answer is to “re-colorize” the high-res copies, and if time allows that is in fact what I’ll do — but I’m rapidly running out of time if I want to get these things done by AnthroCon. Given how much of the first volume is already in black and white (since the first year or so of strips were mostly in black and white), using the high-res grayscale strips will work if I have to punt … but it’ll be one of those things that just gets under my nails and bothers me forever. So we’ll see how it goes. I may end up burning some midnight oil on this. The 10-year collection is going to be pretty much the capstone on a major endeavor of my life’s work, and I really want to get it right.

-The Gneech

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May 18 2011

Bad Dog Book Club Discussion of “Blackbird Singing”

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Gotta love positive reviews! 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, fellas. Not sure what you were getting at re: “body movements” near the end, I’ll give it a re-listen and see if I can figure it out.

-The Gneech

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May 04 2011

Do the Voices in My Head Bother You?

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I meant to watch Dr. Who last night … it was the last really feasible window to do it in before my trip. And I just flat-out forgot. So I need to either carve out an hour for it sometime today or tomorrow, or be on vigilant guard for spoilers during the entirety of my U.K. trip.

I know this doesn’t sound like much of a crisis, but it’s sorta symptomatic of how things are with me right now. I’m forgetful, easily distracted, and feel like I spend a lot of my time fighting my way to a place where I can sit down and engage in something mindless … usually a sign that my brain is chewing on too much.

Some of it, I suspect, is continued grief on a subconscious level; my family in general and Dad in particular have been prominent in my dreams lately, and earlier this week I woke up wishing I could give my dad a hug. (And really, any time I can remember my dreams, it means my sleep is not very good. Dreams and I don’t have a happy relationship.) And some of it is also just the never-ending jumble of noise that’s always in my head and occasionally just wears me out. When the jumble of noise can be channeled into something productive, I get a book or something out of it … but the rest of the time, it’s just noise and it makes me tired.

I’m hoping that when the U.K. trip is off the table, that will free up some mental bandwidth and allow me to focus on getting some other things done and even — gasp — do some real writing again. I really need to put some serious work into finding a real project, settling on it, and getting somewhere with it. I feel like I’m spinning my wheels right now.

-The Gneech

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May 03 2011

New Episode of Short Story Geeks!

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Episode Two, The Secret Life of Johnny Mnemonic, is on the air! Check it out, have a listen, let us know what you think! 🙂

-The Gneech

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