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Liz likes to do a lot of things: write, draw comics, make art, play videogames, explore, try new food, see new things, and see the world.  This is where she shares things she likes, makes you laugh, and brings a little weirdness to your day.

A Con, a Podcast, and an Album (none of which are mine)

How ya doing, Internet?  

Long time no talkie.  My bad on that, by the way; due to some apartment-hunting nonsense and uncontrollable delays, I've been living out of boxes and suitcases in my mother's office since mid November, which makes most attempts at staying organized end up in failure and sadness.  

In any event, here's a few things I've been doing!

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FURRY WEEKEND ATLANTA

This already happened!  A couple weeks ago, in fact.  And it was awesome!  FWA is one of the more casual, "fun" cons I used to go to, and I was very sad to miss it last year (TL:DR version - the Life-altering-stuff-that-wont-be-elaborated-on happened right during dealer's sign-ups for 2013, and I was... well... distracted). Didn't have a ton of new stuff sadly, though it was more of a chance for me to see so many familiar faces - and NEW faces - from year's past, and remind myself that I don't just throw what I do into a void where nobody cares.  YOU care! Or at least, I hope you do... right?

...Right. I was talking about the con.  

Jon also accompanied me for his first furry con in almost 10 years (his prior one, and first one ever, was also MY first one, in Canada.  RIP, CACE!)  Jon is what you may call my new "gentleman companion."  He seemed to enjoy it.  I mean, he was pulling out a small flask to freshen up his coffee periodically throughout the day, but that's fine.  He's 30.  You can do things like that when you're 30, just so long as you don't go and try to drive a car or operate heavy machinery.  Nowhere in those warnings does it mention "conversing with furries".

In any event, the con was a lot of fun, and I got a lot of positive feedback about BPD coming back.*  And as an added bonus, I made just enough to be able to pay off all my taxes for the year so I don't have to be dragged away kicking and screaming by the IRS!  Joy!!

That leads us to the next thing....

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KEVIN & URSULA EAT CHEAP

My dear friends Kevin and Ursula allowed Jon and I to crash with them on the way to and from Atlanta, a welcomed half-way break from what would have otherwise been a 14 hour drive from our starting point in New Jersey.  On the return trip, we were invited/tricked into doing their podcast "Kevin & Ursula Eat Cheap".  I had been on the show once previously, back in November of 2012, and I'm not exactly sure why I did it again other than the fact that I love Ursula and Kevin and I'm a glutton for punishment.  And bad food aparently.  Jon joined us as well, and being he's heavily strict on a Paleo/Primal diet, it was rather interesting.  There was angry ranting about things.  I won't tell you what.  You'll just have to listen.

http://kuec.libsyn.com/episode-147-the-paleo-show

 

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MJ NERD OPINION TIME

This last thing isn't a thing that's happening to me. I'm not involved in any way.  But it does involve something - or rather, someone - that I have strong opinions about, so I hope you can excuse me for a bit of ranting.

In case you don't know, I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan.  I'm of a generation that grew up with his music; granted,  I'm young enough that I just barely missed the "Thriller" era, but my first videogame memories are playing "Moonwalker" at a friend's house, and I remember seeing "Captain EO" at Disney World as a young child when it was still relatively new.  I was more of a casual appreciator until the mid-90's "HIStory" album came out, when I became well and truly obsessed, which also happened to be my awkward & formative teen years.

I won't go into a lot of detail, but I'll just say that Michael & his music really helped get through a lot of things and informed a lot about who I am and the values that I hold. He meant more to me than just an entertainer, and when he died it pretty much ripped a giant black hole into my gut that very little else could possibly fill.  (You're allowed to roll your eyes if you want; it won't change anything on my end, but if it'll make you feel better than I'll allow it.)

Anyway, there's a new album of music coming out in May, called "Xscape".  From what I've been reading, they've taken a bunch of tracks (8 I believe) from unfinished songs Michael had recorded finished vocals for over the decades of his life, and given them to various producers to "contemporise" them.  I don't follow many MJ fan boards so my gauge of his fan response is based on the MJ pinners I follow on Pinterest, but most of them are of the mindset of "OMG CAN'T WAIT!!!"

I'm sort of torn.  Part of me really does want to hear new music from Michael, and is curious about these songs, some of which could have been originally recorded in the 80s or later.  But the word "contemporise" scares me, particularly since these producers, some of which I don't think have ever worked with Michael, don't know or share his musical vision.  The final songs will, at best, be parodies of a Michael Jackson song; they'll be what that producer things a MJ song "should" sound like, which could be in a totally wrong direction from where Michael would have wanted it to go.  And given Michael was very picky about the quality of the content he put out, he might not have wanted ANY of this material to get out.  

Yet Sony insists on mining his corpse for as much profit as they can squeeze out, insisting all the while "Michael was always a valued friend to us" (which I could go on a rant for days about how that statement is pretty much bullshit, but I'll spare you).  It really leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and doesn't fill me with a lot of enthusiasm over paying money for this.

If I could guarantee that 100% of the money I paid for the album went to his 3 kids, I'd do it.  But I can't, so... I don't know.  Like I said, very torn.

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So we have a brief con report, a link to a podcast about bad food, and a probably too-long opinion piece about a new Michael Jackson that isn't really a Michael Jackson album.  All in all, a good blog post, I think.  ^_^

I'll be back into doing more regular posts soon.  I missed these talks.  With you.  I hope you'll join me next time.  And I hope that didn't sound as creepy as I think it did.

I'll be going now. ;^_^

-Lizzy B.

 

*YES IT'S COMING BACK!  I had preview pages at the con and everything!  I don't wanna spoil too much here too early so I'll just say LONG FORM FULL COLOR 30 PAGES and let that simmer in your brain pot.  I am excite. OH YES.

Crazy Eyes

Taking a quick break in-between computer freak-outs, customer e-mails, and packing for my move (T minus 1 WEEK, and I still don't have a perma-home yet, OH DEAR CHRIST WHYYY).  And then this came out of my brain.  I'm not sure why I did it or where it came from, but there is a slight chance it could possibly be stress related.  

I may need to cut down on the caffeine until things settle down.

In related news, while I am still accepting commission requests, due to my hectic schedule between now and when I'm able to settle permanently into a new home (there may be a temp half-way house in there),  I won't be streaming them.  Still! If you want art, I'm your lady.

Until next time, be safe & stay out of trouble.* 

-Lizzy B. 

 

*I may have listened to a bit too much "Hidden Almanac"...

Emergency Commission-A-Thon!

I've been resisting doing this, but present circumstances have made this necessary...

I AM OPEN FOR COMMISSION-A-THON CONTRIBUTIONS & ART REQUESTS!

For those who may have missed out on the last time I did this, or may need a refresher, the idea of a Commission-A-Thon is that I will be delivering artwork to any and all people who contribute to my Emergency Fund, the specific type of art to be determined by how much is sent.  There are different tier levels, each with it's own reward, and it is up to you to choose how much you would like to contribute.  Basically, if you're familiar with TV or radio telethons, you've got the general idea.

"Why are you doing a Commission-A-Thon? "

Many of you may know the last year had been rough on me.  While I've been working to get back on track and keep myself a-float, within the last few months a combination of things (namely my part-time job cutting my hours in half, combined with the lower-than-usual commission numbers & making some attempt to split that art time with long-term, not-immediately-profitable projects like comics) has put me in a very tight situation.  

Primarily though, it's because I was informed 2 days ago that I have until Nov. 15th.  My housemate, whom I an currently renting 2 rooms from, will be moving out on that date and I won't be able to stay. While I was planning on moving as soon as I could, I didn't anticipate not being able to stay a little longer in case I wasn't able to find a new apartment in NYC.  So this means I need not only my final rent for my current apartment, but starting on a new place (1st, last, & security, and possibly even extra fees) within a week.  And that's not including moving expenses like renting a truck.

So, in a nutshell, if I want to continue to have a roof over my head, I need to be able to raise a fairly large chunk of money in a short time.

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE

    Simply send me a payment via PayPal, addressed to LizardbethArt@gmail.com.  During check-out, there will be a comment box where you can write in which reward tier you would like.  You can either include a link to any reference images & materials you may have in that box, or send it to me in a separate e-mail (just make sure to include the name on your PayPal account in any additional e-mails so I know to match it with your payment!)  

    I will be broadcasting live HERE during the entire commission-a-thon every day until my goal is reached, starting at 11am EST, so you can even come and watch me draw your piece for you. All artwork will be done 100% digitally, and in the end you will receive the high-resolution (300dpi) image sent to you via e-mail (I'll use your PayPal address by default, unless you specifically request that I use another one.)

            REWARD TIERS

            • $5-$29 - Animated 100x100 cell-shaded icon 
            • $30-$54 - 3"x4" Cell-shaded portrait badge
            • $55-$74 - 4"x6" Cell-shaded waist-up badge
            • $75-$99 - 8.5"x11" Full Body Digital Sketch
            • $100-$149 - 8.5"x11" Full Body with Flat Colors
            • $150-$199 - 8.5"x11" Full Body with Cell Shading
            • $200+ - Full Body with Painterly Colors

            Q: Can you mail my commission to me? 

            Once the commission-a-thon is all over, if you wish to you may pay $6US/$8CA/$15Overseas and I will be happy to send a printed version of your commission to you.

            Q: Can I get a Real-Media (non-digital) commission?

            Yes, but it will not be part of the commission-a-thon.  Real Media prices are listed  HERE; they may take longer to deliver, but you are welcome to order one if you would like that option. :)

            Q: Can I get more than 1 thing?

            Absolutely! I would prefer payments for multiple items be sent separately in this case; however, if this is extremely inconvenient for you (for example, you want 5 icons), sending one payment is OK so long as, when divided, it meets the minumum for each tier you're requesting. (So, in the case of 5 icons, you'd need to send at least $25)

              Q: Why don't you list one set price? Why are they ranges? 

              Because my goal is to raise emergency funds, the hope is that those who wish to support me & help out can choose to pay any amount within each bracket for their commission.  You may pay the minimum amount, or you can choose to pay a bit more if you wish. I like to think of it as a tip; if you feel I deserve a little bit extra, than I would greatly appreciate it!

              Q: Will my art be delivered in time for Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus/Yak Shaving Day? I would like to get a gift for someone!

              YES! Just make sure you let me know what holiday you want it by, and I will make sure it's finished and sent to you in time.

              Q: I have another question... 

              Please answer it in the comments below. Just click the tiny little speech bubble in the group of icons in the lower left corner! 

               

              Here's just a few of the pieces I've done for happy Commission-A-Thon customers...

              $10 Shirt Sale!!

              Just a quick post to let you know about a little inventory-clearing sale I'm having. Ya know, in case you're one of those suave shoppers who loves awesome things but also saving money.   

              Just click the image below if you are both frugal and possessing excellent taste!

              Till next time, my lovelies. 

              -Lizzy B. 

              D20 Comics!

              A couple weeks ago at FA:United, I decided to try something new as an experiment...

              - D20 Comics! -

              The Dice will determine your fate!

              It works pretty much like this: a potential victim. . . er, I mean, customer. . . rolls a D20. Whatever they roll determines the theme of their comic (based on the chart to the right.) I then write & draw a four-panel comic based around that theme, staring up to two characters of their choice (though I may add an extra or two at my discretion if the particular joke requires it.)

              Considering the small-and-intimate size of FAU, the experiment did fairly well! Below are most* of the comics I did over the 3-day weekend. Apologies for the less-than-steller image quality; all I had with me was my iPhone's camera to save the images. ;^_^

              *I DID miss a couple! If yours is missing, I would greatly appreciate a scan if possible.  

              Want a D20 Comic of your Own?

              Black & White: $30  -OR-  Full Digital Color : $80

              Buyers for both comic styles will get the original hand-drawn B&W comic, but  buyers of full-color comics get a bonus color glossy print as well. Please add $5 for US/CA shipping; all others pay $9.

              I'll be accepting these on a very limited, first-come-first-serve basis to start. If you would like to get on the queue, just post in the comments. Please include your e-mail address so I can contact you when it's your turn! Payments should be made via PayPal AFTER I e-mail you.  

              I would prefer to live broadcast drawing as many of these as possible via Ustream, so if there are particular times/days that work best for you, please let me know.  I will do my best to accommodate you (and if I can't, I will make sure I record the drawing session!) 

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              BONUS: General Comic Update

              I am currently working with a friend on the payment/progress logging back-end for the Comic Ransom system (or rather, I told him basically what I need, and he's doing his genius, I-make-magic-with-strings-of-code thing.)  I have a couple-dozen page BPD return story scripted, and right now I'm working on laying out all of the pages.  No ETA on when everything will go live at present, but I wanted to give you guys a quick update as to the behind-the-scenes progress in case you were curious. :) 

              Thank you all so much for your patience and support! You guys truly are amazing. 

              -Lizzy B. 

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              PS: Have you pledged your time/ money to our Extra Life team yet?