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February 12, 13, & 14 (Happy Valentine's Day!), we were in Timonium at Far Point 2010!

Thanks to our friends at, Gavin & Griff, we were introduced to a most excellent gentleman, Eli, with the Far Point programming department. Eli graciously incorporated us into Far Point's brand new "Do-It-Yourself" track, and welcomed us to do all kinds of panels.

We even worked with Eli and other local comic artists to set up a brand new philanthropic event, THE CHARITY STRIP-OFF. :D

Far Point Photos )

We have video of the shark dance at our new YouTube channel.

In addition to this silliness, I'm also job-hunting. I should hear from my most exciting prospect before Tuesday. *Fingers crossed*

And now, Cats )
Mood in the Settlement: 'cheerful' cheerful
location: Baltimore, MD under the snow.
The Colony Magistrate Says : Kevin's watching Bill Maher
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 08:21pm on 10/02/2010 under , ,
Cut for Fill-In-The-Bubble-Comic )

The comic under the cut is the art I donated for Farpoint 2010's Charity Strip Off featuring the convention's mascot, FARP. (Fully Automated Robotic Participant was designed by Todd F. Brugmans.) I and a few other artists made these blank strips that attendees can use to customize their own comics in exchange for a donation to one of the sponsored charities: Julien Fleming Memorial Fund or Vietnam Veterans of America.

If you'd like to try your hand at coloring and filling in dialogue on this one for fun, feel free. Just be sure to comment here with the results because I wanna seeeee.

In creating the comic up there, I drew my first daleks. That ought to be a baby book: My First Dalek. See dalek. See dalek roll. Exterminate! Exterminate! Oh dear. Stairs.

In the comic for Far Point, the daleks didn't fit entirely in the panels. So I did something else so you could see them 'full body' as it were. This is it. Mostly I love the little flailing dalek. I want it as an animated gif.

Also, there is more snow than any sensible person could want. My four-foot fence is gone.
The Colony Magistrate Says : Kitty chirps incessantly.
Mood in the Settlement: 'geeky' geeky
location: Home In the Snow With Kevin.
kyabetsu: Pirate-squint kitty says, "Yar.  Gunna Boardja." (Default)
Otakon has opened its artist alley space request form!

*fanfare!* And it's off to the races!

Who else is going? Either as a table-rat or as a cosplayer/panelist/attendee/photographer/stalker?

Also, I spent 3.5 HOURS digging out the driveway and the car. There was 2.5 feet on the ground... and 2 on the car... so if you knock the stuff off the car, I shoveled 4.5 feet of snow! YAAAAAY. *weeps* I got to the gate in the back, but not across my yard to my ACTUAL DOORS. So we're still snowed in on the backside. You've gotta go out our front door and around the row of houses down to the alley then down to our car b/c all our doors OPEN INWARD and are under 3 foot drifts! :D

OH. And Baltimore City. It's been three days. WHERE ARE THE PLOWS, YOU ASSHOLES?! The old man next door needed to get to the hospital for his dialysis, called an ambulance, who told him they couldn't come and asked him to meet them on a plowed street 2 blocks down. We had neighbors offer to sled him there on an air mattress, but he refused... AND FELL. He luckily didn't break anything, but they loaded him up and sledded him down to meet his ambulance.

I will post snow photos shortly (of the snow, not the poor old man).
Mood in the Settlement: 'cold' cold
location: Baltimore, MD under the snow.
The Colony Magistrate Says : Kitty goes Purr Purr Purr
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 08:57pm on 05/02/2010 under ,
Hi! We've been super-busy with the studio, so here's the deal. This post is about:

How Blake Fixed Comment Logins )

Far Point SciFi Convention
February 12, 13, & 14

Crowne Plaza Hotel
2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093

We will have a table in the artist alley/fan gallery and our entire crew will be doing assorted panels throughout the con! Interested in stuff that we might talk about? You can see us at:

Panels we'll be teaching at Far Point )

Our projected Con-Schedule for 2010 )

Know of any cons we don't have on the list? Tell me about them! We'll work on putting them on there. :)
Mood in the Settlement: 'bouncy' bouncy
location: Home In the Snow With Kevin.
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 11:03pm on 20/01/2010 under , ,
So, most of you already know Kevin, my fiance. At the end of this month, he's getting on a bus for New York City to try and bring home some contracts through the Society for Children's Book Writers & Illustrators portfolio competition.

He's doing art commissions to raise money for the trip. (He's staying with friends, but food, the cost of attending, and getting his portfolio done up all NYC-bound-in-a-book style are big items).

He'll be taking commissions until the end of the month. Any character you like (for real people/animals/etc, MMO/RP characters, or OCs, please send a reference). You can check out his gallery for an idea of what he does here. He draws everything from scary to voluptuous to epic to mutant:

Here's the breakdown:

$10 per character B&W inked drawing
$20 per character full color in marker

plus 3$ for shipping the art to you (unless you're local and we can hand it to you). He will also be posting them on his deviantart account for all to see.

He has 20 slots open. He plans on shipping them all out before he leaves for NY on the 28th. If all 20 slots are filled and finished and he has time to do more, he will open an additional 5-10 slots.

1. Blake - Full color "Running Santa"
2. misi - Full color commission
3. crossing-dark - B&W "Cross" sketch
4. Cynlee - Full Color "Baby Leo"
5. comicalclare - Full Color "Swashbucking Nightcrawler"
6. comicalclare - Full Color "Ryo Kurosawa"
7. Susan - full color "Buster Keaton"
8. Susan - Full color "Illya Kuryakin"
9. skeletoncrew - Full color "A Girl Named Bob"
10. Kurt - Full color "Dark Knight VS Elf Girl"
11. Gamafort - Full Color "Ness from Earthbound"
12. lonym82 - Full Color " Layle from FF:CC Crystal Bearers"
13. Christina - Full Color Dazzler

To get on the list, send him an email at me at kevinbolk dot com and he'll hook you up with payment info. He accepts checks & Paypal.

Thank you to all the folks who have already purchased a commission. I cannot tell you how grateful we are for your support. I'm super-proud of him. His portfolio looks so sharp he's gonna cut somebody. Just like a real New Yorker. ;) Wish him luck!
location: Home
Mood in the Settlement: 'hopeful' hopeful
The Colony Magistrate Says : cats are meeping.
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 03:21pm on 13/01/2010 under , ,
Interrobang Studios was lucky enough to attend the first annual Giga-Con: Art, Design, and Animation Convention in Washington DC this past Jan 8-9.

We were invited to join the fun by Fenia Norville, who we ran into at this past AnimeUSA and Professor Bryan Tillman, who's not only a department head at the Art Institute of Washington, but also the founder of Kaiser Studios, a small press comics company! We met a ton of awesome folks–both professionals and students.

The panels were amazing. The guests were amazing. Everyone was super-easy to talk to and I just know I'm gonna see the students I met credited in the games I play within the next few years or so.

We'll be headed back next year for sure. They're already talking about the convention tripling in size as they invite more and more outside artists, gamers, and vendors into their convention. People were really excited about the Watchbabies Parody book and our Spinks. Thanks for such a warm welcome, AI!

Photos under the cut )
Mood in the Settlement: 'determined' determined
location: Home, Home, Home-ity-Home.
kyabetsu: Pirate-squint kitty says, "Yar.  Gunna Boardja." (Default)

Giga-Con Details!

This Friday & Saturday, January 8 & 9, from 10am to 5pm, Interrobang Studios will be attending a convention for artists, illustrators, game art designers, and 3D modelers hosted by the Art Institute of Washington.

There will be a mix of student and professional artist alley vendors (Interrobang Studios among them!), as well as hour long demos by each of the 13 awesome professional guests over the span of two days. Check the details link below the image for more info on those pros!

Also, if you're local to the Baltimore/DC area, check out the Baltimore Gamer site for information about nearby gaming events. Mike and Gabe were terribly awesome when we met them at MAGFest and their site has already helped us discover more local venues!

THANK YOU to the MAGFest Staff for your amazing efforts! The MAGFest folks went above and beyond the call of duty and we will return for MAGFest 2011 without hesitation!

The Music And Gaming Festival was 4 straight days -- 24/7 -- of larping, table-top, console, pc, and arcade gaming. The bands ruled the evening and the merchant's room carried everything from Tshirts to Lego/Pixel art.

It was so much fun, we didn't always remember the camera. (oops!)

MAGFest Photos )
The Colony Magistrate Says : It's actually very quiet.
location: home
Mood in the Settlement: 'energetic' energetic
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 12:01am on 27/12/2009 under , , ,
Interrobang Studios has our first convention of the year on Jan 1! We're appearing at the MAGFest Artist Alley in Alexandria, Virginia from Jan 1 through Jan 4. It's a gaming convention--you'll have a good time. Come on out!

On a personal front:

My new awesome tshirt. Also, our new snazzy hats:

You are so jealous.

Other Xmas Fun )
Mood in the Settlement: 'loved' loved
location: Home
The Colony Magistrate Says : Casey Jones is beating up Computer-Player April.
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Seriously. If you've got badwidth issues, this is NOT the post for you.

There are photos from:

1. The Cool Yule Arty Party
2. The Xmas tree I made out of plastic forks (cats as a subset)
3. The Awesome Museums we visited while Clare was in town.
4. The giant Baltimore Cemetery

December 12, 2009. The Interrobang Crew hobnobbed with professional artists and artisans in a Gallery Show. There were live performers and framed art and everything. ;)
Cool Yule Arty Party Photos )

We've finally got a home big enough to put a tree in the living room... but my cats eat EVERYTHING. So to avoid scrubbing pine-needle puke from the carpets, I made our tree this year. From plastic forks.
Plastic Cutlery Tree Photos )

While we had visitors, we hit the comic book museum and the Baltimore Museum of Fine Art. Who knew Baltimore had NICE THINGS in it?! No, no. Like world-class 'nice things.' I was shocked to find so many incredibly famous works of art hanging around in our museum. Free of charge. Just... there.
Awesome Museum Photos )

We finally walked around the old cemetery off of North Avenue during visiting hours. Album complete now... the first two photos will be reposts, but I'm a complete-ist.
The giant Baltimore Cemetery Photos )


Also... The video sucks, but the song is made of win and youTube lets me embed it. Oh Arrogant Worms, I love you.
The Colony Magistrate Says : Arrogant Worms -- "Santa's
location: Home
Mood in the Settlement: 'accomplished' accomplished
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posted by [personal profile] kyabetsu at 12:38am on 12/12/2009 under , , , , ,


Date: Tomorrow! December 12, 2009
Time: Noon - 6pm
Location: The Lustine Center - 5710 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD, 20781

What: Gallery Shows by DC artists. 4 Live bands. Holiday Crafts Festival. DC area Comics and Graphic Novelists.

Click the picture above to see the official press release.


On a personal note: Kevin and I had an amazing housewarming. Thank you all for coming out. The place really feels connected now. Not just a huge cubby where we keep our stuff and crash at night. :D

I had a grand time with our out of town guest, Clare Moseley, who does a pair of comics: Creator Confidential (A webcomic chronicling Clare's first year working as an indie comic writer/artist) and Otherkind (A twenty-four page ongoing fantasy comic, available as both in print and as a digital download). You can get to both her projects through the link in her name.

Clare, Kevin, Jade and I wandered Baltimore and poked much of it with sticks. I have photos. Specifically AMAZING photos of the Baltimore Cemetery.
Preview of Graveyard Photos )

The graves are from the mid to late 1800's and in terrible shape. It's clear that if there is any surviving family, none of its members are visiting. However, the neglect goes further. The drainage in the cemetery is abysmal and all the gravestones are settling. Many are cracked in half, and from the moss growing, have been that way for ages. Others are piled in marble stacks, pipes jutting out from underground, rusting against the white marble. The thin grass squelches underfoot and the constant suction of the mud at your heels sparks superstitious uneasiness.

I haven't formatted all my photos, but I will. I've also got more light-hearted stuff from museums and Holiday decorating. Those will go up as well.

I've made our X-mas tree out of clear silverware this year. :D (Yes, Clare & Jade! SUCCESS!) Pictures of that shortly as well.

Wish us luck at the art show!
Mood in the Settlement: 'busy' busy
location: Home

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