Ch-ch-ch-changes

Hey, Regarders! Long time, no blog. I want to start out by saying A) you’re awesome for reading and I love you, and 2) a million thanks to everyone who voted for me for Best Local Author in Nuvo’s Best of Indy. We should get the results in October. I mean, truth be told, I’m up against John Green, so we know that guy’s gonna win. The rest of us lesser fools are just jostling for second and third place. 🙂

So, I have a bit of news: I accidentally got a real person job. Like, full time and everything. A friend mentioned an opening as a librarian for the school system I used to work at (and absolutely adore) and I hurled myself full-force at the opportunity. So. . . I’m a librarian now. Which is awesome. However, it means my schedule is going to be a little busier than it was, so that naturally trickles down to less time for comicky things.

Don’t worry: Regarding Dandelions will continue.

It’ll just be a little different.

My next update will come out as promised on August 26th (so soon!), but this will also be the beginning of the new updating schedule. Instead of updating monthly or kinda monthly or whatever the hell it is I’ve been doing, I’m going to update twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Awesome, right?

I know.

There’s just a little teensy minor downside: instead of big chunks of updates, I’ll just be putting out a page at a time. Well, I mean, this Wednesday, I’ll put up the cover and the first page. Covers don’t count. Executive decision.

So, yeah: there are totally pros and cons to this.

Pro: we’ll have MUCH more frequent updates.

Con: They’re smaller.

Pro: I’ve spent the time between my last update and now building up a buffer of pages so even if life gets wonky, I’m a whole lot more likely to be consistent through the fray.

Con: . . . Uh. I dunno. I can’t think of another con. So I think that makes this plan a big ol’ winner.

Along with the change in schedule, you may also see some cosmetic changes happening on the site itself. The essence will remain the same. You’ll still be able to access all past and current pages.

Boom. That’s all the news I’ve got. You guys are great. Thanks for your patience as I figure out this weird new phase of life. 🙂

Artists & Art

So, I made a little bit of a mistake in writing this: I wrote it on a bigger page than I could scan. Ha. Sooooo. . . I think the only questionable bit is the last word in the first line: troglodyte. I feel like I’m giving a password for something. “When you reach the door, say ‘troglodyte’. . .” Such a nerd. img479(Okay, second problem part. Bottom line says “once it was done, I had no idea what to do. I’d become obsessed.”)img480As promised, the link to Mike Ficarra’s art site: http://mikemakesstuff.com/

Before/After/During

Man, happy Friday, everyone! I’m telling you what: this has been a week. I stumbled into a puddle of melancholy early on and I’m still shaking the drops off my toes. So I figured, what the hell? Let’s do a little something different. I’ve spent today editing what pages I have done (because there is nothing worse than having an entire issue to scan and edit in bulk – better to do it in manageable chunks) and I thought I’d give you guys a little taste of the process here. The black-rimmed pages below are the finished (for now) product, while the starker white sets are the original work precisely as they’re scanned in. There aren’t a ton of drastic changes: fill in some shadows, a little touching up here and there. I did, though, have to replace an entire panel in page three. That sucker took me three tries to get right. Oh, and sorry the replacement panel page is upside-down. I’m still figuring out this techy-bloggy stuff.

I always keep a margin over my pages so I can make notes to myself about what needs changed once I reach the computer editing phase. Generally they’re straightforward (shadow here, erase there, etc), but I occasionally jot ridiculous insults to my future self. I don’t have any examples in this set, but I know there’s an upcoming page in which I call myself a trollop for smearing lipstick on the page. It might sound a little mean to insult myself, but Future Me always gets a kick out of curmudgeonly Past Me.

Now, although you’re getting a tiny preview of issue 6, don’t be too surprised if there are further changes in the final issue. Going through the process of editing, I tend to notice little things here and there I’d like to change if I have time in the future. They don’t necessarily detract from the work, but I’d like to improve them if I can. Art’s never really finished, right?

Hey, thank you so much for indulging me in this. Hopefully it broke your day up a touch as it did mine. Have an amazing day and an even more amazing weekend!

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Wayward and Onward

Oh, you guys. This month has been insane. As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I’ve been in Switzerland the last two weeks. I totally had good intentions: I thought I’d wander around a bit and still pull off a few hours of work every day and knock out Issue 5 to be posted today. . . you might have noticed it’s not. It all began when I arrived in Geneva and drove to La Chaux-de-Fonds, which is here:

LCF

. . .and immediately got overwhelmed. There was so much to see and do and learn. Long story short, I still have some work left to do on issue 5. I thought about posting what I had today and updating throughout the next week as I wrapped up the issue, but I couldn’t bring myself to reveal something incomplete. Hopefully this post atones for that a little. I will have issue 5 up and ready to read next week (Wednesday, July 9).

Until then, here’s a few of the many, many things that distracted me from my work:

Lake Geneva
Beautiful Lake Geneva
Le Peuple Genevois
Le Peuple Genevois Statue in Geneva, where a family saw my husband’s Bears shirt and yelled “Da Bears!”, a decidedly un-Swiss (and delightful) interaction.
A lakeside piano for anyone to play (and Husband did – the MacGuyver theme song, because he’s weird and awesome).
A lakeside piano for anyone to play (and Husband did – the MacGuyver theme song, because he’s weird and awesome).
This ad.
This ad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing buildings and fountains.

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Crazy graffiti.
Crazy graffiti.
Learning to take a train between countries
Learning to take a train between countries
The view from my friend Brigitte’s patio in France (incidentally, this is where I got most of my work done . . . it still wasn’t enough).
The view from my friend Brigitte’s patio in France (incidentally, this is where I got most of my work done . . . it still wasn’t enough).
Crazy beers.
Crazy beers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling with the lovely Jenny.
Bowling with the lovely Jenny.

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Views like this from the car (I wasn’t driving, I promise).
Views like this from the car (I wasn’t driving, I promise).

 

 

Stupid-small gas station coffee.
Stupid-small gas station coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L’Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, France. (I highly recommend looking this place up – fascinating history here.)
L’Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, France. (I highly recommend looking this place up – fascinating history here.)

 

 

The Alps and skies like this.
The Alps and skies like this.

 

Annecy, France, a city too beautiful to be real.
Annecy, France, a city too beautiful to be real.

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Best escargot in the world.
Best escargot in the world.
Learning to eat this without crying.
Learning to eat this without crying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The house of cheese.
The house of cheese.
This comic book store with the porn-y backroom.
This comic book store with the porn-y backroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scary stairwells everywhere.
Scary stairwells everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing building art.
Amazing building art.

Lake Geneva Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, that’s a taste of the trip that distracted me from finishing issue 5 on time. I promise this won’t become a habit. Thanks for sticking with me, and I look forward to hearing what you think when it comes out July 9th!

 

Love always,

Kari