Saturday, July 8, 2017

Echo Effect, Plus Other Changes

Anyone who’s visited my website recently may have noticed that all my Echo Effect strips have been replaced with this:

That’s because Photobucket no longer allows its users to share images, unless they fork $400 over to them each year. So…yeah, no more Photobucket for me.

As annoying as this is, I’m actually fine with it. Echo Effect is currently on hiatus, so if a mess like this had to happen, now’s the perfect time. Besides doing damage control for this, I’m in the middle of some other major changes that I hope to reveal more about by summer’s end. (Patrons can learn what those changes are now, however.) Anyone wanting to read Echo Effect can do so over at its backup site, in the meantime!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Loves Me Not

Did you know that, in some lore, wild roses are a vampire deterrent?

Jay knows...and he has way too much fun with this fact.

(No one tell Jay that Spencer’s the son of a florist. The irony would make him want to tease Spencer even more.)

As always, a high-res version of this art is available for all my patrons! Everyone pledging at least $5 can also see what this was shaping up to look like back when it was a traditional piece.

That’s right, I hadn’t intended for this to be digital in any way. Unfortunately, the new watercolor paper I was using was terrible, and I even got some blood on it, too. (Thanks, diabetes.) To salvage this piece, I decided to just scan it, touch up the linework, and overlay it with digital colors. Wouldn’t have any art to share with you guys today otherwise!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Shells of Mersing by Sharon Marie Himsl

Author Sharon Marie Himsl has a new book coming out this summer! The cover for The Shells of Mersing is beyond stunning, so I'm honored to be helping out with its reveal today. Read on to learn more about this exciting new book...

The Shells of Mersing

Title: The Shells of Mersing
Author: Sharon Marie Himsl
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Release Date: July 2017

When notorious Uncle Azman disobeys orders, and sends Callie and Lucas to meet their mother's long lost family in Malaysia, fourteen-year-old Callie believes their troubles are over. After all they've endured, what more could go wrong?

Their American dad is dead, Mom is missing, and their foster dad in Seattle was murdered, with Callie falsely accused. If that wasn't enough, Callie and eight-year-old Lucas stowed aboard a sailboat to escape, only to be targeted by their uncle’s boss in Hawaii upon arrival for immediate sale in Thailand’s human trafficking market.

Disguised in case Azman’s boss sends someone after them, Callie believes it’s simply a matter of time. They need to find safety with family in Mersing and begin the search for Mom, but a shell box, a ruby, and a boy from Chicago named Sam are about to change everything.


Sharon loves adventure. Whether traveling through Malaysia on a jungle train, sailing in the San Juan Islands, or flying in an experimental airplane she helped her husband build, her life has been on a road less traveled. She has experienced hurricanes tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. She has seen sunsets that take your breath away.

Her first publishing credit was as a travel writer in Malaysia, traveling by rail from Kluang to Kota Bharu on the now defunct "jungle train." Some of the Malaysian and Thai settings and characters she later wrote about in her novel, The Shells of Mersing, came from her experience living in Malaysia and the diary she kept.

She later edited, researched, and wrote young adult nonfiction for two educational publishers, Greenhaven Press and Lucent Books. Her interest in history stems from a degree in American Studies. Her day job at Washington State University also included editing science papers, articles, and books.

As a storyteller, Sharon knows that facts and life experiences are the foundation of good storytelling. If she were to credit one life experience behind wanting to be a writer, it would be the term paper she wrote in the ninth grade on the bubonic plague. "I don't know why, but I have always remembered the pride I felt writing that paper," Sharon said. And if she were to credit a character in a book who inspired her, it would be “Jo March” in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Jo wanted to be a writer.

Today Sharon is working on a second novel at home in Central Washington, where she lives with her husband on the edge of a desert runway . . . but that's another story!

[“Special thanks” to Jay Aheer, Evernight’s talented digital artist]
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Years Later...A Title Reveal!

Last week on Twitter, I did a poll to see if people were interested in learning the title of my horror comic. I’ve known what it is since 2015, and my patrons have known it since 2016, but I’ve yet to reveal it publicly. I always feel weird referencing this series as simply “my horror comic,” so even though it’s nowhere near ready to debut yet, I wondered if I should just go ahead and spill what it’s called already. Because I’m one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever meet, I left the decision up to fate, hence the Twitter poll.

Most said, “Yes.”

Needless to say, I’m doing a title reveal today! First, though, I’m going to refresh you all on what my horror comic actually is, since 20% of my pollers had never even heard of it, despite me posting about it nonstop for two years. (Haha, welp.)

The comic stars Spencer, a nearsighted vampire, and Jay, a diabetic dhampir. They have shenanigans. (Some bloody, some...not.) Jay’s older sister Tess does not approve of these shenanigans. She’s been anti-vampire since childhood, thanks to their dad becoming one, and wants to keep Jay out of that world.

Besides the main series—which I expect to be two volumes long—there will be side stories that explore certain characters more intimately. (One focuses on Spencer’s descent into vampirism, during the winter of 1955, for example.) While this series definitely delves into the more comedic side of horror, it’s still dark—darker than most of my concept art will allow—so expect it to be tragic at times, too.

Also expect it to be called The Undeath of Me, ‘cause that’s what the title is.

That’s it, you ask? Yeah, that’s it. Apologies if you thought the title was going to be a lot grander, after two years of me hiding it. I’m quite fond of it and feel this fits the comedic tone of the series, so I hope you all like it, too...