When I returned from my September conventions I found out some exciting news – Autostraddle, the media and lifestyle blog focusing on queer women, had nominated O Human Star for Best Online Comic in its first ever Comic Awards! The winner itself, Monster Pop, is well deserving, but it was an honor just being nominated. Thanks, ladies!
The first in another batch of collaborative comics with Kevin Knodell went live on Medium over the 4th of July weekend, and it discusses how many veterans have to figure out ways to cope with the fireworks celebrations common to that holiday.
I had the pleasure of contributing a comic to Smut Peddler 2014, the next installment in Spike Trotman’s erotica empire. You can watch the video below and contribute to the highly successful campaign here. At this point, the book is fully funded and any additional preorders will add to the artists’ already handsome bonuses. I’m very pleased with how my contribution turned out this time around.
Big news! I’m starting a Patreon campaign because I’ve reached a really exciting point in my career where I think my readers can help me push my work to the next level.
If you aren’t familiar with it yet, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where folks contribute funds to an individual’s ongoing work instead of one particular project. Depending on how much you choose to pledge per month, you will get access to certain cool things, like Patreon-exclusive sketches, sneak-peeks and PDFs. And if certain monthly milestone goals are met, I get to do awesome things that will make everyone happy.
O Human Star had been updating twice a week for the past several months, but when I have to juggle a day job and extra freelance work on top of regular updates, sometimes keeping up that schedule can be… a challenge. I’d like a healthier way to balance my workload while giving my readers a way to peek at side projects and behind-the-scenes work that I’ve never shared before. I’m also reaching the point where being able to pay to replace my work tools, like the aging laptop I draw my comics on, would be a massive benefit.
I will still be updating O Human Star frequently, at least 5 pages a month, regardless of how much you pledge. But pledging to my Patreon will allow me to spend more time on my comics, and as we reach certain milestone goals I can update the comic more frequently and unlock cool rewards for everybody who’s pledged.
The first installment of my most recent collaboration with David Axe is now up on Medium. In September David traveled to Syria to cover the ongoing conflict in the region and has begun adapting his experiences as short nonfiction comics, illustrated by yours truly. It’s always a treat working with David and I’m looking forward to getting started on the next installment.
I’m moving to the top floor of my house at the end of the month, and you know what would help me out? Getting some of these heavy boxes of books off my hands!
So starting today and going through midnight CST next Sunday, any book order you place at the OHS store comes with a free Al’s Lady print and the chance to get your books signed and sketched in for no extra charge!
To take advantage of this offer, here’s what you need to do:
1) When adding books to your cart, select the “Signed and Sketched – SALE” option.
2) If you’re paying with a Paypal account, make a note in the “Special Instructions” box with the name you’d like written in your book and the character you’d like me to draw.
3) All other forms of payment, please use this contact form. PLEASE use the same email address so I can match it up with your order!
That’s all you need to do! Now’s a good time to grab some books!
I have a 12 page comic in an anthology called The Sleep of Reason that’s raising funds through Kickstarter right now. This book is a massive collection of brand new horror comics in the vein of Black Hole or Uzumaki, all done by some of the most interesting and talented cartoonists out there right now. I’m in good company. There are also some really awesome stretch goals and backer rewards that become available as we raise more funds, so check it out!
I’ve also added a new page under “Comics” for my Sleep of Reason piece that shows a finished page and some preliminary sketches.