Mar 31 2014

Commissions and Workload

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If my records are correct, I still owe two people commissions from January; I can only apologize, offer an explanation, and let you know my current plans.

In November of 2012, my mother had a stroke while in the hospital for treatment of pneumonia. In the time since then, my sister, my wife, and I have been spending increasing amounts of our time tending to my mother’s health and affairs, first taking care of her at my sister’s home, then transitioning her to an assisted living situation and selling her house. And while my mother’s personality was altered by the stroke and her mobility was noticeably limited, she was until recently doing relatively well.

All of that changed in December, when my mother took a nasty fall and went into the hospital again. Although she initially seemed recovered from that and was fine at Christmas (except for a nasty bruise on her face), she had some bleeding on the brain that we were not aware of at the time. In late January, she fell again, and it was a fall she did not recover from. During the month of February, she was in a rehab center, where she eventually simply stopped eating and would not willingly take care of herself– and the staff of the rehab place would not push her. Laurie, my sister, and I did what we could to mitigate the situation, but Mom’s doctors were frustratingly unhelpful despite my sister’s best efforts and Laurie and I were up to our elbows in settling Mom’s house in order to make sure her assisted living stay would be paid for.

By the time we got Mom back to her home at the assisted living facility, she had lost too much weight, and her body began to shut down. For a few days it seemed like she might perk up, but it was like once she was back in her own room and knew her affairs were settled, her body just let go. She passed away in the early hours of last Tuesday, and her funeral was this past Friday.

I didn’t post about this much while it was going on, for various reasons. First, it seemed to happen so fast, and while we were in the middle of it all there was no way to know what was going to happen. Second, for the past several years, it seems my online persona has been a never-ending series of these situations, starting with my father and going on from there, and I simply didn’t want to subject my readers to any more. (And there’s no denying, my life has been a bumpy ride since 2007 or so. But after a while, even tragedy becomes “normal” if it never relents.) Finally, well, what free time I did have, I wanted to devote to doing productive things. My writing and art have to some extent a shield I’ve used to keep myself focused and running. (“Can’t spend the day screaming at Kaiser Permanente, I’ve got NaNoWriMo to do!”)

But this is why my January commissions in particular got stalled. Since January, my full-time job has pretty much been taking care of my mom or her affairs, and everything else has fallen increasingly by the wayside. I am amazed (and glad) that I’ve managed to actually launch Suburban Jungle and not miss any updates during all this– faltering right out of the starter gate would have been painful for everyone.

Of course, now my mom’s estate has to be settled, but compared to the day-to-day workload of caring for her, that seems a relatively easy task. So now I can turn my attention back to what is supposed to be my day job: writing and comics. So here is my plan:

The first half of April will be spent rebuilding the Suburban Jungle buffer by finishing off the first issue so it can be in print by AnthroCon. During the third week of April or when the first issue is done (whichever comes first) I will turn my exclusive attention to finishing off my outstanding commissions and getting rewards out to my Patreon subscribers. Laurie and I will also be at AwesomeCon in Washington D.C. April 19-20, but purely as attendees, I won’t have a table.

Where things go from there depends on how this plan works out. ;) But as I’ve said before and I will surely say again, I am very grateful for everyone’s patience and wish to assure you that you will get your commissions as soon as I can make it happen. I haven’t forgotten!

-The Gneech

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Mar 07 2014

Redliox “Issues” Commission

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RedLiox Issues Commish by the-gneech on deviantART

Another commission for RedLiox on the strange duality that is the fox/lion hybrid!

I have no idea why, but this commission took me all week to do. O.o Unfortunately, that means the rest I had in mind to finish this week will have to get bumped a little longer so I can do SJ pages. But I will clean out that commission queue!

-The Gneech

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Feb 28 2014

Rarity Generosity

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Rarity Generosity by the-gneech on deviantART

Rarity says her credo. ;)

I stumbled across this quote the other day and of course it made me instantly think of the lovely fashionista pony, so I had to draw this.

Whenever I draw ponies, there’s a constant struggle between “But it doesn’t look like the show!” and “If I was just gonna ape the show, why not just take screenshots?” I think I struck a pretty good balance between my style and the show style here.

Ah Rares, such a lovely pony. :)

-The Gneech

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Feb 25 2014

SJ Auction Cameo, Update!

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All of the payments and character info have been received for the Stan Sakai support auction, and I’ll be sending those funds by the end of this week (except in the case of those folks who donated directly already). Thanks again, everyone!

The cameo page will appear on the web in May; the signed issues will be mailed off to everyone as soon as I have my grubby paws on ‘em, hopefully sometime in early April.

Suburban Jungle fans rule. Just sayin’.

-The Gneech

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Feb 03 2014

Roxie Development Sketches

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Roxie Development Sketches by the-gneech on deviantART

Rapidly becoming one of my favorite characters of the new comic, we have Roxie Fox! I normally hate doing development as part of the production images, but I had a fairly good idea of where I wanted to go with her, and I am getting really crunched against the deadline, so I had to develop on-the-fly this time.

-The Gneech

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Feb 02 2014

Redliox Groundhog Day Commission

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Redliox Groundhog Day Commission by the-gneech on deviantART

Commission for RedLiox, featuring his pal BlueEyedWolf paying an unexpected visit to the Watering Hole-In-the-Wall.

If he’d managed to get his muzzle another inch in through the wall, I suspect Ramses would have broken it!

-The Gneech

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