kyabetsu: Big-eyed kitty pleads for cookie. (Cookie)
2012-06-21 08:52 pm

Your Help, Please. (Not asking for money.)

Interrobang Studios (Kevin Bolk's & my webcomics site) has been growing. Growing well enough that we're competing for a quarter million dollar small business grant.

We're looking to take on more artists, provide a channel for comics & business education, and develop a creator-supporting digital publishing hub. Simply put, our goal is to significantly increase the percentage of amazing talent that gets paid for sharing their time, effort, and creativity with all us online comics readers.

Here's a comic about who we are and how you can help! )

We're asking folks visit Mission Small Business, click "Login & Support" to login with your facebook account, then type "Interrobang Studios" in the search field, and click "Vote" when our listing appears.

If you do not have a facebook, do not feel comfortable logging into the Mission Small Business website, or just want to do more to spread the word, please consider re-posting the comic or the video below as a signal boost!

The link to the YouTube video dubbed-version of the comic.
(Dub-comic generously donated by Hathorliderc & his Talented Team of voice actors.)
The link to Kevin's comic on DeviantArt.



Kevin and I could not be more grateful for the enormous outpouring of support we've seen from our fans, our friends, our family, and even complete strangers who just like our idea. We've surpassed the minimum qty of votes needed for the competition, and are now trying to knock the socks of the judges with our vote count. My socks are already well-knocked by our vote count, but we do have until June 30th to garner as many as we can.

So, thank you, whether you read, vote, or share. Thank you very much!
kyabetsu: Kitty with stoner-eyes licks the sofa, "Snozz: teh best berries." (SnozzBerries)
2011-09-28 11:34 pm

Wanna Be a Part of it!

NEW YORK, NEW YOOOOORRRRK!!!

Kevin and I are rolling out to NEW YORK CITY the week after next! We'll be at the NEW YORK COMIC CON & NEW YORK ANIME FEST.

Thursday, October 13 through Sunday October 16.

If you happen to be going too, here's Two important things to help you find us at the show:

1. We're in the ANIME FEST artist alley, table D13. The Anime Fest's Artist Alley is on the 4th floor, overlooking the main NYCC Show floor.

2. They took our Interrobang Studios application and put it under Kevin's name. Look for KEVIN BOLK in your program and on maps.

This is the second-to-last show we'll be doing this year, and certainly the one furtherest north. Our last show will be AnimeUSA in November in Crystal City, Virgina. That's snuggled right up next to Washington DC. You might have spotted all the art Kevin did for them this year. He's a GUEST!




It's a good thing that the end of the year starts slowing down for us. I'm tryin' not to lose my marbles.

The promotion at work has been a good, good thing--but funny enough, they expect me to do more work. Heh. Who knew, right?

We've had 5 conventions in 4 weeks. Two of them were on the same weekend! (Kevin went west with a helper & I did the local show.) Add that into the day job, the 4 webcomics, and all the silly stuff that just happens (broke my glasses, kthnx, universe. Wearing an old perscription is totally the kind of headache I needed!), and WOOF.

I cannot wait to have a slow weekend. Do laundry. Whip up a few Spinks. Draw fandom stuff. Visit with friends. Fuzzle the cats. Sleep in. Watch crap movies. Kevin's threatening to make me watch ZARDOZ. That's the 1970's space dystopia where Sean Connery wears big red man panties. "The Gun is good! The Penis is evil!" It's bound to be a riot.

What's up with you and what's your favorite crap movie?
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2011-05-01 07:06 pm

Convention updates + AnimeBoston Photos & Videos!

We had an awesome time at Anime Boston, and hope to do it again next year. Photos & VIDEOS are posted beneath the 5 new Convention appearance announcements.

We've just gotten confirmation from FIVE MORE SHOWS!

May 20 - 22 in Rosemont, IL (right next to Chicago)

May 27 - 29 in Raleigh, NC

July 29 - 30 in Baltimore, MD

August 19 - 21 in Columbus, OH. where Kevin is a GUEST!

September 16 -18 in Rockville, MD


AS PROMISED, Photos & Videos )
kyabetsu: Kitty with stoner-eyes licks the sofa, "Snozz: teh best berries." (SnozzBerries)
2011-04-18 10:35 pm

Anime Boston: DEALER'S ROOM!

I had a great birthday weekend--Kevin and I talked almost non-stop at T-MODE, danced in the artist alley, and kidnapped a video room to show old episodes of the PAW PAW BEARS, Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue, and Snow White Meets The Harlem Globetrotters. Also Kevin bought me a Ninja Turtle Snuggie so that I could be a ninja-fleece-wizard.



We're going to be in the DEALER'S ROOM at booth #543, which may be in the back, but it's easy to find by the bathrooms. Look for 8'x10' of Interrobang glitz cause you're not likely to miss us.


Look for our BRAND NEW book: Daddy Daughter Ninja Day and be on the look-out for a special guest appearance of ENSIGN SUE in person!
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2011-04-12 01:15 am

Guests at T-MODE's Charity Convention & Tekko Pictures!



Kevin and I are guests at T-MODE in Rockville, MD for the weekend of April 15-17. IT IS A CHARITY SHOW. Every badge purchased is an American Red Cross Donation to the relief efforts in Japan.

Kevin and I are so proud and excited to participate in TMODE this year. We'll be running 6 workshops, so if you ever wanted to hear us talk AND support an important cause, this is the show to visit. The hotel is right off the Washington Metro TwinBrook station!

Also the studio will be Sneak-premiering our new book Daddy Daugther Ninja Day: My First Ninja Training Manual before its launch at AnimeBoston this year.

Tekkoshocon Photos Under here! )


Son & his friend B found us at Zenkaikon! They were both super-sweet. Son is an up-and-coming voice actor, and he was kind enough to film the creepy Weegees that were lurking around our booth. They scared the crap out of people. ;P Check out his video here! (Thanks, Son!)

WOOOoooo... All that and we're gearing up for

at the exact same time!

And when I say we're "GEARING UP," I mean it. AB will be the first show where we have a DEALER'S ROOM space. We're going back to press on older books. We're restocking the Weegie shirts. We're debuting the Spinks With Hats. We're officially launching the Ninja Book. We've got brand new display furniture and we'll have our INTERRO-GIRL booth-cutie as both the red bell-hop Interr0-girl and as the live-action ENSIGN SUE!





P.S. I went after a promotion recently, and while I did not get the department management position, I was chosen for Assistant Manager! Things are looking up.
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2011-03-28 12:45 am

Zenkai Photos. TEKKO-HOOO!

Kevin's headed up to Pittsburgh this week for

He'll be running an artist alley table and a workshop on gesture drawing and expressions during the March 31-April 3 show. If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to say HI! :D

Since he'll be rolling out this week, I've put the finishing touches on the Zenkaikon photos. We had an amazing time!

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE ZENKAIKON CREW! MATTIE, DREW, ADAM & STAFF!
...now the incriminating evidence... )
AND THAT WAS ZENKAIKON! WOO!


In news closer to home, I applied for my boss' job and had my interview. The interview itself went very well. I'm told that the decision regarding the boss' job will be reached as soon as March 31st, perhaps in the week after that. So, I alternate wildly between ridiculous Chihuahua-levels of anxiety and anticipation and willful obliviousness. If I don't think about it, it'll get here soon enough. Surely sweating about it is the least 'managerial' thing I could do. Gotta stay cool. Either I get it or I don't. No point in freaking.

Not about the job anyways.

LOL. Kevin can tell you that I'm five flavors of basket case about the studio right now. We'll be sinking so much money and effort into AnimeBoston. It's one of the biggest financial risks we've ever taken with the studio. It's less than a month away, and let me tell you internets, I'm fit to be tied.

I do tend to work better when there's a fire under my ass though and I'm burnin' up right now!
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2011-03-06 12:51 pm

Perennial Camera Garden. (Photos every year.)

Geez, you can't rely on me for squat when it comes to staying in contact with these journal things.

Kevin and I are doing well. Since last I posted:

1. Been in a car wreck. My passengers & I are all fine. We were rear-ended at a stoplight, so the whole thing is not our fault and everyone's insurance is fighting it out. We've been paid minus the deductible, so they can take their time.

2. Got a new car. The old one's bumper rolled up into its trunk and it had no tail lights.

3. Got a promotion at work. I'm handling a huge new account. Then I got moved over to a different huge new account b/c things keep changing at work. Unsettling, but my job is secure, so I'll roll with it.

4. Concluded 2010 convention season with 17 shows in 12 months under our belt. Liked it well enough that we've booked 22+ new conventions for 2011. We've done 3 so far and the fourth is coming up in mid-March. You can see all of our confirmed shows at the new page on our website: Convention Appearances. We've only put up the ones that are 100% solid.

5. We're getting invited to shows as guests now--Zenkaikon has invited us to their show in March! It'll run March 18, 19, & 20 in King of Prussia, PA--a Philadelphia suburb and swanky neighborhood. Oo La la!


6. Back in mid-February, Kevin and I went off to Katsucon, where Kevin was a guest for their webcomics section & I was a volunteer. We had a grand time, met awesome people, floated like butterflies, and stung like bees, cause that's what you do. I took a ton of photos! )

So yeah, we had a sensational time. In no small part due to the herculean efforts of the staff at Katsucon. Kris, Danny, Liz, Moria, you guys were 100% solid gold. Thank you!


P.S. I'm so far behind on everything, but I swear I read my comments. Y'all're busy bees--and I hope you're doing well right now. Heck, I'm just gonna ask. How're you doing?
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2010-09-05 11:15 am

Not Dead. Also, new stuff!

THE NEWS

I'm gonna be in two places at once this next weekend: Sept 10,11,& 12! Or at least, my studio is. We're setting up two artist alley tables at two conventions on the same weekend.

+ INTERVENTION Fri, Sat, Sun. Sept 10, 11, & 12 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville (1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, United States 20852-1699). WEBCOMICS SMALL PRESS SHOW!

+ SMALL PRESS EXPO Sat & Sun. Sept 11 & 12 at Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852). SMALL PRESS EXTRAVAGANZA!

What is it the Cat in the Hat says? "'Look at me! Look at me now!' said the cat. 'With a cup and a cake on top of my hat! I can hold up TWO books! I can hold up the fish! And a little toy ship! And some milk in a dish!'"

I'll let you know if we sink our toy ship, sink it deep in the cake, if we shake up our house, if we bend our new rake...

Or you can just come watch us flail around :D


NOW-- MEME. B/c I'm determined to talk to people around here, darnit.
Comment and I will:
1. Tell you something I'll learn about you by looking at your journal.
2. Tell you which color you remind me of.
3. Tell you my first memory of you.
4. Tell you what pokemon Tarot Card you remind me of.
5. Ask you something I've always wondered about you, and your answer has to be as vague as possible to keep the suspense.
6. Tell you my favorite thing about your OC (if you don't have one, I'll make one up for you and tell you all about it).
7. Give you a weird nickname.
8. Tell you what's on my shirt right now.
9. Challenge you to post this on your journal.
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2010-08-12 01:09 am

Interro-Info-Dump!

Where Interrobang goin'!


AUG 14th 4pm-1pm
BIT GEN GAMER FEST 5
Video game bands, arcades, & artshow full of nerd love at the SONAR in Baltimore 407 E. Saratoga St., 21202 Put it in your GPS and come on down.


AUG 19th - AUG 22nd
WIZARD WORLD CHICAGO
4 days of unrelenting comic geek-out: Chicago! This is the furthest west we've ever been at a Studio Show. WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO CALIFORNIA!


AUG 28th & AUG 29th
BALITMORE COMIC CON
Third Convention in a row, baby! Seriously, come out if you love us. We'll need some encouragement coming down the home stretch.



Where Interrobang been! PHOTOS BEYOND THIS POINT. YARR. )

Super-busy. Also with the dayjob. Phew!
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2010-07-14 10:30 pm

Hee hee!

I'm sure that very famous people have very different metrics for 'success' than people who do webcomics. But indulge me while I squeal:

Somebody likes us enough to use us for RPG!Secret on lj (#03, scroll down)

AND

A Trek Fan Site thought we were cool enough to write an article!

Way to go Kevin & Clare! You're internet-famous! :D


For what it's worth, Clare and Kevin and I have our Ensign Sue books back from the printer. We'll both be selling them in person at our respective conventions this weekend: Polaris in Toronto for Clare and Artscape in Baltimore for Kevin. Wish us luck!

Also, a friend will be cosplaying as Ensign Mary Amethyst Star Enoby Aiko Archer Picard Janeway Sue. Complete with changing hair streak. XD
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2010-07-12 12:05 am
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Have another frog.



Genghis Frog from the TMNT Punk Frogs is Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers. Chico's still in progress.

For the "Vintage Hollywood" themed TMNT Community/Meme/collaboration thing going on Deviantart: MoulinMutantRevue.



I should be sleeping, or making spinks, or preparing for Artscape, or preparing for Otakon. But instead I give you grayscale frogs.

Yus.
kyabetsu: Pirate-squint kitty says, "Yar.  Gunna Boardja." (Default)
2010-07-10 02:53 pm

SO MANY DIRECTIONS AT ONCE!

Okay. So:

1. Life is amazing.

2. SIMON PEGG TWEETED MY FIANCE'S COMIC OMG Like seriously, the man I love, Kevin Bolk, and my dear friend, Clare Moseley, collaborated as an artist/writer team and made Ensign Sue Must Die which is a 32-strip web-mini-comic posted on dA under Clare's account and on Kevin and my studio webcomics site. And since today's strip has Simon Pegg as Scotty... OH GOD TWEETED BY SIMON PEGG *flail!*

3. I put off preparing for Artscape until the last minute. ha ha ha. But our first wave of books are back from the printer and our second set will be ready Wednesday. Gotta get our print inventory sorted and restocked, arrange transport/booth folks/booth supplies, and get our accounting straight!

JULY 16, 17, & 18 - We'll be at spot E088 on this map. MAP!!

4. NOT gonna put off prepping for Otakon! MEET ME THERE. HERE'S A MAP. No, really, scroll down. We're the red booth that doesn't move around. OOOOOOOOOTAAAAAAAAAKOOOOOON!!

We should have our Weegie Shirts by then. They've agreed to let me teach a workshop on running an artist alley table at the con! It's tentatively scheduled for Saturday in the late afternoon (Artist Alley 101) but may run again on Sunday morning if they need me at 9am!

(As an aside, have you seen my Fiance's other parody strips? That's where the shirt is from. You can find all his parody strips on our website under the brand new Pot Luck Comics section. All our original stuff is on the main site.)

5. Job is good. Meeting loads of cool artists, reading lots of comic books, and I'm very happy. I tend to work late and I know I'm not paid very well, but being happy counts for SO MUCH.
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2010-07-05 07:54 pm
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Marx Mutants.

Giggle-snort.



Napolean Bonafrog from the TMNT Punk Frogs is Groucho Marx of the Marx Brothers.

Why? There's a goofy "Vintage Hollywood" themed TMNT Community/Meme/collaboration thing going on Deviantart: MoulinMutantRevue. There's OC's and Canons and great artists and fledgling artists and it's no where near the submission deadline (Aug 28th), so not everyone's uploaded their pledged characters. But I was going out of my gourd with the need to do more art.

So. This is 1 of 3 total Marx Mutant Frogs: Harpo and Chico are in the works.

Line art Work-in-Progress Below the Cut )

Say the magic words and the frogs come down!
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2010-04-11 11:20 pm
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New List: these help.

1. Windup Flyers -- make them, print them, paper Baltimore with them. You could lose a day to this alone.

2. Clean the house and prep for Clare's visit! -- Hey Blake? She arrives Wednesday. Is there anyway we could borrow the air mattress?

3. Grocery shop -- Food reserves are low. Again.

4. Unpack all the stuff from Tekkoshocon. Crunch numbers, count inventory, take stock, repack, do a print run to Annapolis.

5. Return Kevin's Gma's car. Requires both of us so he can get home.

6. POST ABOUT THE FREAKING PARTY. What party?! The party for Kevin/Clare/Hawk/My Birthday. Holy Bug-butts. IT'S SOON!!! We're doing it on APRIL 24th starting at 3pm going to whenever, bring some potluck. We've only posted about it over on Facebook and that's not nearly enough to get the word out! Kevin and I are turning 30. Go us.

7. Prep Comics for the week before the 16th and the week directly after the 16th b/c we're not going to want to do them while Clare is in town OR while we're running around for party.

8. Prep for TMODE on the 16th-18th.

9. Reply to OTAKON's PANEL QUESTIONS--ALSO APPLY FOR ONE MORE PANEL!

10. Put together power point for TMODE. Also handouts.


I'm sure there's more stuff, but this'll do for now.
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2010-04-11 12:11 am

because I can.

a short post for thought gathering.

Things I did today )


Things I will do tomorrow )
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2010-04-05 11:06 pm

WINDUP COMIC FEST:: Saturday, May 22. Baltimore.


WINDUP COMIC FEST 2010

The Windup Comic Fest is a one-day sequential art event, held twice a year in Baltimore at The Windup Space. Indie comic book artists and comic book stores set up shop for an afternoon of comic awesomeness.

There is no cover charge. The Windup Comics Fest is an all-ages event. Alcohol is available for guests 21 and older. Parking is on-street, or in one of two nearby garages.

MAY 22, 2010. 2pm - 7pm. 12 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

P.S. Vendor Space still Available. Check the website for details.
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2010-03-20 10:01 pm
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BEAR WITH A HOOK HAND

Let me tell you internets, I am in love. )


Let me tell you internets, I am in sporfle. )


The job's going well. I'm more comfortable with the commute than I thought I would be. I'm rolling in free books. I'm enjoying my cube.

On the home-front, I'm way far behind on a bunch of stuff, but I've got high hopes for tomorrow!
kyabetsu: Animated Cartoon Dalek Flails with Rage (XTRMIN8)
2010-03-03 01:31 am

Lucky Ducky.

I am an incredibly, ridiculously lucky human being. So lucky in fact that it gives me hysterical giggles if I think on it too long.

1. I got the job. OMG. Like, with a salary and benefits. It starts up next week, and I'm waffling between quiet panic and utter lethargy. The lucky part? It took me a week. From 'deciding I needed a job' until acceptance letter. WTF?! I DON'T KNOW, BUT I AM SO GRATEFUL.

2. My house is not on fire. The house across the street caught fire. I live in a TOWN HOUSE. The whole neighborhood is just back to back to back to back... and the place two doors down and one strip of asphalt away was ablaze. My home, my cats, important federal documents that say I'm allowed to work at the new job I just got? All of them are FINE. The lucky part? Because it's RAINING TONIGHT. There was only one unit burned, and thankfully for the neighbors, they weren't home--no injuries!

3. My fiance and his extended family rock. Don't get me wrong, I've got awesome folks in my own gene pool, but it's wonderful to be in love with someone who's not tied to a fresh batch of crazy. You know how many families out there are the 'family values' version of spastic, rabid weasels in a sack? My whole family's been incredibly supportive and generous, but I want a special spotlight on the basic sanity of my family-to-be.

4. We got space at AnimeBoston! 2 feet. BUT IT'S SOMETHING! I'd already told Boston friends we couldn't go--and into my inbox pops the offer! I'll be tied down with the new job, but that wonderful fiance of mine will be there with 2 foot worth of inventory. ;P

5. Our panels got approved at Tekkoshocon! That's badges in the bag and a chance to really talk to folks! :D ROCK! Again, I've gotta stay home thanks to new job, but I'm not the only one in the studio who can give panels on the topics we picked, so we're covered.

6. I have kickass friends who animate my goofy drawings for me: THANK YOU, REI!


Lucky me is going to bed. I MUST REMEMBER THIS FEELING WHEN I WAKE UP TOMORROW. I don't know what my malfunction is, but I'm always more focused and determined at night when I should crash and not in the morning when I need some fire to seize the day.

Tomorrow's To Do List:
1. BE ACTION-PACKED.
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2010-02-21 09:20 pm

Far Point Photos & Life Stuff

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

Thanks to our friends at RobotMartini.com, 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 )