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Darwin Comics Patreon!

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 30, 2015, 1:28 PM
EDIT:  I already have rewards for $1 and 2+ tiers!  <_<  >_>  I think I'm a bit obsessed here! LOL

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I'm so totally late to the party!  But after a month and a half of debating it, I decided it was worth a try to try monetizing my efforts with the comics.

So I am jumping on the Patreon Bus!  If you like my comics and would like to help me support both my hosting, and making a good reason for the nearly 12 hours I spend a week creating two sets of comic pages, please consider becoming a Patron!

I was going to kick this off officially on January first, but I was impatient and decided WHY WAIT!?  So here we go! LOL!

Check out my profile here:  patreon.com/DarwinComics

Thank you for taking a look!

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Tales from the Dead Zone Vol 2 Chapter Art

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 14, 2015, 5:39 PM
HOOO kay!  I realized as I was trying to tell my SF buddies about my requirements that "900x300px) seems to translate to 2"x0.66"  O_O  Nope nope NOPE!  So this journal has a few edits including an extension on the deadline and the new dimensions I would like to see for the images!

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When the previous Tales from the Dead Zone was being prepared for publishing, I asked my readers and followers to help me out by making art to head up the stories.

I would like to bring that back for the next TftDZ (vol 2)!

As last time,  all entries will be credited (including links of your choice and a listing in the illustration credits).   

PROMOTION: TOHS: Tales from the Dead Zone

RUNNING: December 18-May 01

SYNOPSIS OF PROMOTION: Would you like to see your art in a published novel?? Would you jump at the chance to read a story from the collection before the public can get their hands on it? Now is your opportunity! Tales from the Dead Zone (Vol 2) is slated to be published in October, 2016.

I am looking to include small black and white images at the beginning of each short story in the collection and I'm hoping my fellow artists will be willing to help me out!

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RULES!

~The promotion will run from Dec 18-May 01

~Each interested artist will be emailed one of the eight short stories at random to read, with the expectation that the artist will provide a piece of art to exemplify that particular story in the novel. I will accept up to two artists per story (16 total entries). One entry per artist please. Please let me know as soon as possible so I can get the story to you ASAP. Include a good email address (Here if you're not shy or via PM if you don't want the world to know it)

~The image needs to be 300dpi or higher in resolution and needs to be reducible to a dimension of 4"x2". It should also represent the content of the story without being too spoilerish.

~Save the image as a .png with a clear (or white) background or a .jpg with a white background and email them to me @ tgrshrk06@hughes.net Include the following information:
-Your name or alias or profile name
-Any links you would like included in the credits (please limit this to one or perhaps two: such as a novel website or a DA profile)

**If multiple artists submit an image for the same short story, it is up to the discretion of the author which of the two images will be placed with the story.

**Images not chosen to accompany a story will be distributed throughout the extras section of the novel.

***All entries will be given credit for their work and get linked to a site of their choice for cross promotion. All illustrations will be listed at the beginning of the book (list of illustrations) and what page their work can be found on.


INTERESTED ARTISTS:
1. :iconebilrubberducki: - The Rescue
2. :iconhchan: (??) - A Chance Encounter
3. :iconkezhound: (SF) - Flesh of My Flesh
4. Thiefy (SF) - Not Ready to Die
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Book Have Arrived!

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 4, 2015, 7:31 PM
My shipment of Endgame books has arrived!  (WOOTS!)

So those of you thinking about getting a copy, I can send it ASAP after payments are received!  Please note me for details on how to go about paying!

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*NOVEL* Gift Ideas... Pun Intended!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 26, 2015, 5:54 PM

Christmas is just around the corner! Looking for a unique gift to give your loved ones? How about some original fictions (personalized for your special someone!)!

Post Apocalyptic Vampires? We got that!

-The TOHS trilogy is now COMPLETE! How about purchasing "Before the Fall," "Redemption," and "Endgame" as a set? For $40 (plus S&H) you can get the trilogy and as a bonus I'll add the Tales from the Dead Zone Volume 1 at no additional cost!

Vampires and Dhampirs not your cup of tea? How about Mutants?

-For a mere $20 plus shipping and handling you can get Gemutations: Mercenaries and Angels and Plague!

Let's not forget about our Cyborg lovers out there!

-Brothers Martin: In the Beginning and Forgotten Ties, bundled, can be secured for only $23 (Plus S&H)!

With the exception of the TOHS Endgame, these books are ready to ship now! Endgame's books will be in December 9th and should be ready to add to an order to ship the following day!

I accept Paypal. Please note me for details on payment and shipping. Remember I will need a zipcode at earliest convenience to calculate total cost. grin emoticon

Thanks for supporting a local author!



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Drama... too much Drama

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 21, 2015, 8:00 AM
Oh my...
Potentially offensive art... check
Artist overreaction... check
White knighting... check
Rationalizing and demonizing... check
Hurt feelings... check
Childish reactions... check
Retaliation... check
Polarizing views... check

Yup Drama...

I guess every fandom has it.    Currently it's in the TF fandom and I'll be staying the FUCK out of it! 

I think both sides of the drama are getting a bit out of control TBH. 

Stay out of the poison, keep away from the crater, it's toxic.  It's a black hole that will suck you in and never let you go.

There's a bully in your fandom?  Stay away from them... don't answer them, don't stalk their journals, don't add to the cycle.

That is all...

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Comic Updates Resume TOMORROW!

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 8, 2015, 9:26 AM
That's right, it's been a long month without any updates for Plague and Of Dhampirs, but that ends tomorrow! 

Check out darwincomics.spiderforest.com/ for updates!

And be looking for the wordless updates here on the site!

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TOHS: Endgame PREORDERS!

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 2, 2015, 5:27 AM
Now Available for Preorder!

Endgame:  www.amazon.com/dp/B017GU5Y8Y

Nearly five and a half centuries have passed since Cabal swore vengeance on his father.

The road hasn't been easy. His presence has come to the attention of Garrett Kelly, a Wanderer working for the supernatural hunting organization known as Victor Sierra. They would like nothing more than to see him dead.

Despite the persecution, the dhampir is finally closing ground on Renate.

As Cabal approaches endgame, he begins to wonder what purpose his life will have when it is all done. Is the quest really still about killing his father, or has his desire to track Renate down morphed into something else?

$4.99 or free for Kindle Prime members!

Reserve your copy today!  The book will be released on November 10th.

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WHENI Make a Group....

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 20, 2015, 5:11 PM
HAHAHAH...

After mulling it over, I decided to go ahead and set up the group.  No skin off my nose if it flops right?  And I never know it might become something popular!

SOO without further adieu, I announce the grand opening of :
:iconwe-the-empusai:

The group is for OC's in the vampire universe (including dhampirs).  I like the idea that this is open to all forms of the vampire lore, from the greek to the traditional, to the African, to Asia...  So if you have a lamiai, a empusai, a strigoi, please consider sharing your art with us! :D

If I get enough requests, I will consider expanding to include some popular Vamp and Dhampir IP's into some fan art folders.
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I've been looking for cross promotion opportunities through groups for my vampire and dhampir oc's across DA and am finding it very difficult to do.

I had my works in a vampire group at one point, but it seems as if that one has gone defunct on me.

I thought I found one, looked really promising, they accepted my membership quickly... and then... I posted three of my works into the folder awaiting permissions... and that was a week ago...

No response.  Returning to their site, they have a journal entry saying they can't keep up with the influx.  O_o  and if you didn't already know your request only sits in a queue for 15 days before it drops off the radar.

Looking at other vampire groups, they are very specific and usually for a small sliver of the vampire populations (IE a specific movie or TV show)

So this has got me thinking.  PERHAPS I should create a Vampire (Dhampir) OC group...

Thoughts?

If I did would any of you be interested in becoming members, co-creators etc?

If I go through with it, I also need some really awesome name...

I'm looking forward to responses from my followers in this matter.

Thanks!

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Early morning stream? (off)

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 18, 2015, 7:13 AM
Thanks all who swung by!  Was fun!

NOW?  LOL

Playing with lines on the next TOHS page in CSP will probably switch to PS for colors (because I can't figure out how to import my color pallette! and I don' feel like doing a ton of sampling)

Join me?  picarto.tv/DarwinComics

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Plague Gets a Facelift!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 11, 2015, 5:14 PM
That's right!  Inspired by a redesigned logo from my fellow Spiderforest Comic Creator Tiana of Stargazer's Gate.  After playing with it and making it what I wanted, I put it in on the old look and realized the two wouldn't work together! So QUICKLY I made some cosmetic changes to the CSS and wala!!  BEAUTY!

Check it out!  gemutations.spiderforest.com/c…

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Livestream? OFF

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 11, 2015, 6:56 AM
I plan on livestreaming comic pages today and possibly the TOHS Endgame cover.  I am hoping to start about 11AM (?).

If you'd like to come by to keep me company (and on task) I would really appreciate it! :D

picarto.tv/DarwinComics

Hope to see you there! :D

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Imposters....

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 10, 2015, 11:10 AM
As of yesterday afternoon access to the faux Dream Scar on Tapastic has been cut pending the investigation into the thievery!  The same for the Webtoons site!  Hchan plans on putting a mirror on Tapastic (maybe) and if that happens I'll pass the word!

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Please pass this along to your readerships.

There is someone on the internet who is pretending to be :iconhchan: the creator of Dream*Scar

So far she/he has posted early pages of the comic in both Webtoons and in Tapastic!  Neither of these are sanctioned by Heather, nor will going to them support her in any way.  The trend seems to be the person is posting in places where there is potential profit to be had.... don't help this person out.

AGAIN DO NOT PATRONIZE EITHER WEBTOONS OR TAPASTIC FOR DREAM SCAR! 

If you wish to help support :iconhchan: monetarily please support her through her Patreon

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Darwin Needs a Short Breather....

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 4, 2015, 8:20 AM
Heh... always in October it seems!  LOL!

So here's the skinny... been busy keeping up with my classroom.  That means I'm focusing on my students work, emails and the like during the week.  Weekends, while MEANT for me to get my comic pages done, have been taken up with family time - can't fault me right?

Between the two, my buffer has gone bye bye, and I'm truthfully tired of rushing pages to meet my own deadlines. Sooo... I am going to purposely take a few weeks off from updating.

This will allow me to:

-Focus on my TOHS: Endgame book and get it knocked out and published. (including a cover I have to paint for it still X( )
-Allow me to rebuild a small buffer of pages for both comics
-Give me a slight sanity check.  LOL!

SOOO

I am going to go on Hiatus for the month of October.  I will resume updates on my comic pages on November 9th with Plague and TOHS resuming on their respective days.

I will be posting Fan Art and concept pieces to fill in the days and give you all something lovely to look at. 

I do apologize, but I am starting to feel a bit too stretched thin.

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*PEEKS IN*

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 22, 2015, 7:42 PM
Well I won't say I haven't been active here, I'm still posting art, but I think I've allowed the journal writing to drop off something fierce.

Not a lot going on right now, sorry to say.  Just struggling to maintain my comic creation schedule.  I'm also working final "polishing" edits on The Only Half Saga: Endgame.  I'm not really sure I'm even going to make my self imposed deadline of Mid-October.  Still a lot to do - especially when I am normally up to working through a print proof by this point in the creation process.  :(

So it may have to be pushed back to later in the year than around Cabal's birthday.  LOL

I've also been building a site for another comic creator.   If you'd like a peek you can go here:  heraclesknot.spiderforest.com

It still needs some tweaks but is very close to being ready to go live! :D

So that's been my life outside of teaching the 6th grade. :)

Hope all is well with my DA friends and Family!

Until next time!

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I'll Just Drop This Here

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 22, 2015, 6:41 AM
Though I've been lucky enough (So far and to the best of my knowledge) not to have had art stolen or reused without permission, I still wanted to share this with my readers.



My only caveat to the journal (Which is a mite long, but VERY thorough) was that if a person asks for permission of an artist to reuse a work in another place and that artists says "No", to respect that.  People shouldn't cop an attitude and think "What a Bitch, fine I'm going to use it anyway". 

Some artists are very touchy about their IP getting out of their control (Me included).

I've not had it happen, but I've seen it happen. I have been asked by RP'ers to use several of my characters and politely refused the request.  Luckily they respected my refusal and didn't push the issue.

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In the Beginning News! (UPDATE)

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 9, 2015, 8:26 AM
Ze books, she be here!!!  I've already sent out copies to several people including :iconshaharw: (Who did the major part of the editing process for me.)

If you are interested in a signed copy pm me for details!

In the Beginning Cover Composite by Tigershark06

The cost will be $12 US plus shipping and handling to your location.

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Vacation has been a bit too vacationy....

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 1, 2015, 5:27 AM
LOL... what I mean by that is I've been having so much fun I
A) first forgot there are 31 days in July.... and
B) JUST approved the file for In the Beginnings print version.  SOOOOO... print version will be out a bit later than expected on other channels. 
However, it is available on Createspace NOW if you want your print order shipped ASAP.  www.createspace.com/5580140

Kindle versi9n went live last night and those who preordered it will be able to download it at any time.  If you didn't preorder it, you can still find it on Amazon for $3.99
www.amazon.com/dp/B0112SRS5S

ENJOY!

 

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Maraton Livesstream 8/22/15

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 18, 2015, 10:51 AM
I will be streaming on Saturday August 21st about 10 AM until I just get tired of arting...

www.picarto.tv/live/channel.ph…

Hope you'll be able to join me! :D

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A Reflection

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 18, 2015, 8:29 AM
This journal is going to be a reflection on the recent notice DA sent out about art theft, intellectual properties, etc.
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I'm not going to harp the details of it, most of it was information I already knew.

But I found a lot of anger and resentment in the comments regarding the "apparent lack of caring" by the DA staff regarding reporting infringement.  I rather disagree with that assessment.

People seem to think that DA has a massive staff of people dedicated to assessing reports and punishing violators.  While I think their staff is large, I don't think they all are sitting at their computers all day looking over the MILLIONS of reports that come their way regarding misuse, misappropriations, and infringement that has to come through their servers daily.  (This is not even mentioning the trouble calls they have to look into!)

I don't think most people understand the ratio of users to staff here.  I'm sure they're inundated with reports all the time.  I'm sure reports get lost, buried, over looked.  They're human, just like we are. 

I'm sure that sometimes reports get looked into and there isn't enough evidence to support the claim of the report.  They don't get back to users - they don't have to - they don't have time to. 

Sometimes I feel it's just users lacking patience to allow the process to be completed.
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While this was going on various users dropped links in the discussion about ("infringers" ) who the users wanted taken care of.  I actually looked at a few of these links.  One in particular struck me.

Two profiles had the exact same images, one (I was  pretty sure the person was the original artist) had posted images back in late 2014.  The other claimed that the first stole them off a site that person had posted on five years prior and that was why the art was the same.

The person was ADAMANT in their denial, even when the art had signatures from the artist still attached.  How can infringers even TRY for that kind of argument when the proof is against them?  Yet almost every time, these trolls act as if either A) they've done nothing wrong or B) insist it's their art and the other people are lying?  Just by the responses I've seen the thieves are young , immature, and unable to communicate effectively (or in an intelligent manner) their position.  They often degrade into huge flame wars between the two users and each groups support.

What was weird (And this is digressing seriously) was that several of the images were posted at the same date and the same time.  So it struck me as odd... was it a elaborate hoax to stir drama in readers?  Were they in fact the same person posting two different places (Another DA violation BTW) and then creating a mock fight to get attention?

Are people really so starved of attention they would need to do something like this to get it?

Hmmmm... thoughts to ponder....

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