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!


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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2011-04-18 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!


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!


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


Where Interrobang goin'!

AUG 14th 4pm-1pm
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
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
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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2010-07-10 02:53 pm


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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2010-04-11 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.


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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2010-02-21 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, 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 )
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2010-02-10 08:21 pm
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Daleks and Sweet Charity

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.
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2010-02-08 06:13 pm

Otakon Pre-Reg is OPEN as of 6pm.

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).
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2010-02-05 08:57 pm

Interrobang Studios Updates!

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. :)
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2010-01-20 11:03 pm
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Customized Art Commissions

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!
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2010-01-13 03:21 pm

GigaCon Photos!

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 )
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2010-01-07 12:33 am

Keepin' Busy! GigaCon, Magfest, & Photos

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 )
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2009-12-27 12:01 am

Good Times

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 )
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2009-12-14 04:11 pm

WARNING: Photo-Dump!

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.
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2009-12-12 12:38 am

Art Show!



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!