The most important page.

A new comic page posts every Monday-Wednesday-Friday at midnight U.S. eastern time, but we announce its update on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram around noon of that day's new update.  If you follow us on any of those platforms, you'll see that I called yesterday's page "the most important page we've ever made for STAR POWER." 2017-06-21

AwesomeCon was awesome.

Conventions have been slow for us and many others this year.  The crowds have been attending, the staffers have been doing great jobs, and we've been mostly on-the-ball with new merchandise.  But even with everything being the same as previous years, sales have been lackluster.  Maybe people are more frugal with their spending.  Maybe original content is of less interest to the average con-goer than fan art (grr).  Maybe these changes are to be expected after being in the circuit for close ...

The Awesome AwesomeCon

Michael and I will be venturing back to AwesomeCon this weekend! We had such a great time last year that we signed up for the show this year before we had left the show last year. We were delighted to be there and exceedingly happy to be heading back. Hopefully we'll manage to see some familiar faces, get some of Volume3 into the eager hands of a few readers who only read deadtree and only pick up the books at cons (it's quite the little ritual we've started...

Patronage.

We're done with the latest push of our Patreon campaign and we want to thank everyone who either modified their pledge levels or signed on as new patrons.  Pledging your monthly support for the comic really helps us out.  We wasted no time in getting right to posting our June rewards for both our established, modified, and brand new Patreon patrons! $3/month patrons got a glimpse of

A little naughty.

When we were reworking the reward tiers for our Patreon campaign, we discovered that it's become fairly common practice for webcomic artists to offer scandalous pictures of their cast members at their highest Patreon pledge levels.  Garth and I entertained the idea of going the full NSFW route for our cast members, but it didn't feel right.  Safe-for-work lingerie, revealing outfits, or implied nudity seemed more appropriate than going the full m...

On the subject of scriptwriting.

As revealed in yesterday's update, if you pledge $10/MONTH to our Patreon campaign you'll get access to the scripts for complete Issues before they're even put to pencils.  It's the most behind-the-scenes access you'll get for supporting us, and it's a glimpse into how I communicate my ideas to Garth.  Well, it's not a glimpse because you get to look at the scripts for as long as you like, but it's better than saying "you get to stare at our scri...

A different world.

We've been doing conventions for a long time.  It's been over a decade since Garth and I exhibited at our first shows, albeit separately.  The landscape and atmosphere of the convention scene has shifted dramatically over the years, as communities are prone to do given enough time.  This past handful of shows has taught us a few lessons and clearly illustrated what has changed since we began our lives as webcomickers. The most dramatic change has been the content of Artist Alleys.  When w...

The Patreon push!

Now that Issue 18 has come to a close it's time for our regularly-scheduled break between chapters.  We usually fill these two weeks of updates with lore goodies relating to the story and/or the people of the Millennium Federation, but every so often we need to do the equivalent of running in-house ads.  In this case, we'll be promoting our Star Power Patreon campaign because we've made some changes to the reward tiers and self-promotion is part ...

The Amazing Animazement

This weekend we'll be returning to the convention that introduced me to what is now my home town. Michael and I will be spending this weekend in Animazement's artist alley! So if you're in the Raleigh area, if you're going to the con, if you're looking to pick up the latest volume of Star Power or any of the brilliant new art we've got, you can find us at table i01. We should be imminently visible. Come say hi. We always look forward to meeting folks.

On Inspiration vs Dedication

There's a question that crops up often in artist circles: "How do you stay inspired to draw?" This is a doubly important question for cartoonists, animators, any of the "marathon" arts. There's always another page, another issue, another book. It's not enough to have your head in the game long enough to finish one drawing. You have to finish half a dozen drawings to make just one page. Gotta make 22 pages to make an issue. Half a dozen issues to make a book. At least three books to make a series...