Posts Tagged ‘thanks’

Re: It Just Got Real

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Wow. So it’s been a couple weeks away from the main storyline, huh? Today’s comic takes us back to the happenings in Amitown, where things have just gotten a bit more real for Ninja as Juan drops my favorite line from all the Rocky movies. The “MUST” puts it over the top for me. It’s what gives it power. WILL sounds definite, but MUST sounds almost desperate. Four words with so much power because one of them provides purpose and emotion. I really love that line.

Also, I do understand that the Ted & Gary tangents interrupt Ninja’s story pretty bad, especially since we’re only updating once a week. I’ve got something I’m working out to alleviate this that I hope to make happen before the end of the year. All I’m saying is that every Wednesday will be an Amu’s World main story update and that Ted & Gary are not going anywhere anytime soon. WHAT COULD THIS MEAN?

Today marks the comic’s 9th month. It’s not a terribly astounding milestone, but believe me when I tell you that I never thought I’d make it this far period, much less without ever missing an update (only updating once a week helps though). It’s due to encouragement from friends (especially those also creating webcomics) and family, as well as feedback from readers who enjoy what I’m doing that I’ve kept it up this long. Thanks, everybody, for your support. It keeps me going and makes this tiny, dumb thing I do worth the effort. I can only hope that I can do your attention justice by getting better, however tiny the increments.

Thanks again for reading. You guys are AWESOME!

Re: Alpaca Math

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

We’re a month away from closing out our first year, and I wanted to get all characters together for the finale. Today’s comic wrangles up everyone’s favorite alpaca and our primary Cameo Character (from Katamari Damacy). If I play my cards right, I’ll have something put together when we get to our first birthday.

Everyone reading, thanks so very much for stopping by. This is a very fun experiment, and once I reach my goal of making a comic for a year, I’ll determine where I want to go next. There’s no real way for me to know how many eyeballs see this thing, and even less a way for me to know how many of those enjoy it and keep coming back. For those that do, thanks again. It keeps me going.

Re: Far From Over

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

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.

THANKS

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.

CHANGES

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…

FIRST CONTEST

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!

Waving Myself To Death

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Finally getting around to writing the second part to my Nekocon report after almost literally tearing myself away from Google Wave. Got an invite today and it’s eaten up my entire evening. I am an unapologetic Google fanboy.

NEKOCON REPORT PART II – FOLKS

As mentioned previously, the best part of the con was meeting the people we met. Amu did more talking and networking than I did (I’d gotten into this mindset that I was just a dude at her table and didn’t go out of my way to represent myself at all), but I did make sure to talk at least partially to some of our neighbors.

OMONOMOPOEIA

Next to us was Omonomopoeia, who sold handmade classic gaming merchandise. They had super awesome LUMAS. It reminded me I stopped playing Super Mario Galaxy before completing it and I’ve got to get back to it. They were great neighbors and I hope we can hang at future cons.

MOON’S CREATIONS

Next to them was Moon’s Creations. Anything amigurumi is obviously up our alley, and these super cute bunnies kept us glancing over just to make sure the cuteness was still in view. Absolutely someone we’d be thrilled to be next to at a con in the future. If we’re dealt the right cards that could happen sooner than later. ;p

MANIFESTED DREAMS

Also adding some amigurumi into the mix was Manifested Dreams. At this table were magnetic Katamari balls, which tickled us silly considering we had Amu’s Katamari Prince amigurumi at our table. When two great tastes to great together you get something kinda awesome.

Other people we spoke to and had a blast with at the con were our OTHER neighbors A Case Of Random, who makes tribal jewelry, chainmail accessories and other shiny things. Also have to give a shout out to Monica, who does work on the The Knights of Leviathans webcomic with her crew at Tangent Artists. It was a pleasure speaking with her and I hope we can talk again at another show.

We met so many more people, including a reader whose name I did not manage to get because I was distracted by how awesome it was that someone who read the comic stopped by and said ‘Hey.’ If you see this drop a line so I can be happy at you all proper like. We’d also met some doll collectors that were very awesome, and whom I’ll let Amu mention on her doll blog. She’s very excited to have new dollie folks to talk to.

If I’ve left anybody out please don’t be upset. Let me know and I’ll make changes to the post. It’s late and I’ve had a lot to think about today so my brain meats are still not doing the remember thing too good.

Thanks again to everybody who stopped by at Nekocon. We hope to see you again in the future.

Thanks for reading.