Coming in right before the buzzer this week. I’ve been sick all week, and while I probably could have (read SHOULD HAVE) done this while home I was far too ill. Are you buying that? No? OK, so I was instead spending far too much time streaming things I’ve never seen before via Netflix and subsequently watching the first 10 minutes of TransMORPHers, which I’d somehow thought was TransFORMers. Way to go, brain.
At any rate, it slipped my mind and here we go. An old photo of Amu’s amigurumi that we never used for anything.
We were going to use this photo for Christmas cards last year. Now that this won’t happen I’ll share it with you guys. Enjoy?
Also, I want to thank a mister Bryan Prindiville, buddy and artist of the webcomic Hello With Cheese, for A) linking me, B) putting me in his comic, and C) Finally drawing something I’ve been asking him to draw since I’ve known him. Check it out RIGHT HERE.
Don’t see me? Look lower and lefter. The pug is me. Been asking for him to draw a pug for a while and when people cave I win. Thanks for letting my win, Bry. You are A (not THE) MAN!
Alright, so anyone keeping track knows that we have one more week to finish up our first year, so we’re not completely done. Today DOES mark the official end of the first story, and next week’s a spoiler for the next story to wrap up year one. That said, I’ve been debating whether I should call it quits once we get there. I have another week or so to figure that out.
Amu’s World is currently occupying that part of me that wants to be making comics. I’m doing that, on my own, and it’s great. I continue to have a blast but feel I’m underperforming. I could be doing better with my writing, and withÂ pushing myself to make more people aware of this thing I put a bunch of time into. I’m working, sure, but I’m not working nearly hard enough and I don’t know why.
I’m worried people will find the comic and not like it. I’m worried I won’t have time for other projects if I step up my game on this one. I’m quite worried about a good bunch of things I probably shouldn’t be, but those thoughts float on the surface, gunking up and confusing all the ideas I try to come up with to do this a little better. Should I even be thinking of this after only a year? Should I wait until I hit two? Three? It can easily be said I have a tendency to overthink things. Most people who know me are nodding right now I’m sure.
So we’ll see. In a couple weeks Amu and I will be at Nekocon, where she’ll have a table selling a few amigurumi and some handmade doll clothes (silkscreened T-Shirts and handknit sweaters). I’ll be behind the table with her possibly with some postcards for the comic. If you’re at the con and read the comic, look out for us in the Artist’s Alley (we’ll be in the Fiber Arts section). I’d love to hear from you.
Nothing can last forever. We must say goodbye to one of our cameo characters that has spent far too much time in the comic for JUST a cameo.
Alas, if we want to own our comic properly and justify maybe printing a book sometime way down the line we can’t have licensed characters running amok. Over the next year we may see him back once or twice, but otherwise he’s being removed from the strip. Goodnight, sweet Katamari Prince.
So Amu’s World isn’t going anywhere anytime soon after all. Ending the strip’s been on my mind for about a month or two now. When I started I made a goal for myself. I promised I would make a weekly webcomic and not miss an update for an entire year. As I got closer to meeting this goal I began considering what exactly I’d do once I’d done it. I think I’ve figured it out.
I’m making new goals. One isn’t enough, and while it was a good start I think I’m ready to add a few more. I’m beyond happy I’ve met this goal. It feels really good to know I can do the things I set out to do. While this seems obvious, and I’m going to get slightly personal here, you must understand I’ve been going through some wonky anxiety issues for the past 8 years or so. I’ve not set or met a goal in that time. This is big for me.
I didn’t do it on my own. Not even remotely. Amu (my wife and creator of the amigurumi featured in the comic) has on more than one occasion forced me to not give up. I wouldn’t have made it the first 3 months without her. There are more people I need to thank.
I have an addictive personality, and I’m a social chameleon in that I tend to absorb the traits and interests of people I’m around. To this end I have to thank Nick and Marty (Dead of Summer) for providing the spark. If it weren’t for knowing them I’d have never had this idea. I need to thank Ross Nover for being so helpful right out of the gate. He almost single-handedly helped me navigate that first learning curve. Also Jamie Noguchi and Darren Gendron for, when I asked The Twitters if anyone would like to see an amigurumi webcomic, responding so energetically and positively that yes, they’d very much like to see that.
I also can’t leave out Jamie Baldwin, Bryan Prindiville, and the rest of the Super Art Fight crew for being supportive. In addition, I want to thank Onezumi and Harknell for being awesome and for welcoming me into the greater webcomics fold, and for sort of (via Twitter) introducing me to Bree and Ami who are awesome and friendly despite never having met me.
Last but not least I want to thank my awesomest readers Doridachi and Vanessa for being there early on, taking the time to communicate with me, and sticking with the comic for so long. You guys keep me going.
I know this isn’t an academy awards acceptance speech, but I seriously would not be making this comic at all or having as much fun as I’m having without their help and support.
So now that I’m going into my second year I’m going to make some changes. Nothing’s going to happen overnight, but since I’m sticking with this I need to start considering how I’m presenting it. I’m going to re-design the site. I don’t know how yet, but I started sketching some ideas out this past weekend. I’m going to get that CAST page up finally. The photos are done I just need to put the page up.
I’m going to start hammering out some of the dozen or so T-Shirt ideas I have so I can help people out with that “I REALLY need an Amu’s World shirt but there aren’t any” problem so many people seem to have. I’m not and artist nor a designer, but I’m going to try. I’m going to blog here more. I don’t do it often enough and I really should. This will happen sooner than later.
I will be doing contests and asking for feedback and working harder to engage my readers. I love that you stop by and want to get to know about you and what you like. I also want to start rewarding my readers to show how much I appreciate and value their time. So without further ado…
If you’ve read this far (why are you so crazy to have read this far?), get ready for our First Birthday Celebration Fan Art Contest! The rules, also detailed on the Contest Page, are as follows:
- Create some Amu’s World Fan Art
- Fan Art can be in any medium (drawn, crocheted, sculpted, photographed, ANYTHING!)
- BE CREATIVE! We would LOVE to see our characters in YOUR style!
- Deadline is the end of day on Friday, November 13th
- E-mail your submission to me at: bcslaski [at] gmail [dot] com
The weekend after the deadline Amu and I will go over the entries and select a winner, which we will announce on Monday, November 16th. The prize is an Amu’s World amigurumi doll and a large size print of YOUR CHOICE from any of the Photo Phriday pictures.
So let’s see that Fan Art!