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I’ve harped on about this before and I’m going to do it again…..and again and again…..until people stop doing it.

I do not fave pictures that have watermarks right across them.

This isn’t me being monumentally arrogant and thinking that I alone faving a piece of work bestows upon it some kind of greatness. This is just me having an artistic eye.
If you’ve slaved to create the most astounding piece of work to have ever graced the galleries of deviantart, something that puts all your peers to shame and will remain a benchmark that others aim to match for years to come…..and then across the middle of it you decide to slap a watermark that you spent 5 minutes farting out: you just f**ked up your artwork. You have added something that detracts from my enjoyment of the piece and I’m not going to fave it.

There are a number of brilliant artists out there who I’m on the verge of unfollowing, simply because it irks me so much to see a tacky watermark (or worse, the default DA skidmark) ruining what would otherwise be a beautiful image.

Once upon a time....

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 26, 2015, 9:01 AM
Alex and Stripes were in fact together. they met just after he had become a zombie at 16 or so. He was the sweetest undead creature in all the land.

He had run into her one day after murdering and instantly fell for her. After he told her how pretty she was she took the time to hang our with him a few times before dating. 

When he was 17 she took him to meet her father. Her father blatently approved of Alex banging Stripes, leaving Al really confused but Stripes was happy anyway. 

When he was 22 he had adopted Lulu as his younger sister. After finding what Zalgo did to her he went to stripes for help to rebel against him. He tried to convince her but her obedience to her father was too great. 

After one swift argument he left her, leaving both him and her heartbroken. 

Now he is 24, the older brother to Rodger and Lucy. He is a heavy drinker, smoker and he has adopted a very assholish attitude toward everyone. He tried dating another girl but it wasn't the same as Stripes so they didn't last long. 

Conventions have become big business in the last few years. More shows keep popping up, attendance keeps rising, and there's more money than ever being passed around as comics continue to merge with pop culture/big media/corporate sponsorships into what I've been calling Supershows.

For the most part, I think this is a great thing for the creators and our industry. While a few might miff at the thought of comics being intruded upon by other industries, it means more chances for starving artists to make money, more money for commissions and prints, and chances to travel to exotic locations that were never previously on our agenda.

More and more frequently, creators are being lured to shows all over the world with free flights, free hotels and free food. When they arrive, they'll be met by capable handlers, lines of cheering fans, and fancy parties while they're given the brief whiff of stardom that's usually reserved for Mick Jagger.

But not always.

While many of my pro friends are eternally grateful for their careers and for these generous invites, some of the shows are taking advantage of creators, and not following through with what's promised. Believe me, I love traveling and I want to visit all my readers in every country I can, but there's nothing worse than getting off a plane in a foreign country--where you don't speak the language--and find that there's no one there to greet you.

So here's a list of Creator's Rights when it comes to comic convention, compiled from many different conversations I've had with other creators. This is also meant to help conventions: there's a lot of money at stake and if you're guests aren't happy, then creator word-of-mouth can sink you.

Because there's too much money being made by shows for us all not to get it right: both creators and conventions. We all gain from communication, so hopefully this will start the ball rolling.

*I'm also including bits about shows which are good examples of getting it right.

1. WORKING FOR FREE

If you expect the creator to sketch for free, please check with them ahead of time and make it clear what you're expecting of them. They're taking days off from being paid by their publisher, so it's fair to let them know whether they can supplement their income. Can they charge for commissions? Can they sell prints? Books? Some creators have an attendance fee, which I think makes more sense for writers, because they're not making money sketching.

And I don't mind working for free. In fact, I'll likely be doing it this week with my great friends at Urban Comics to attend Angoulême. A few years back, they put my wife and I up for an extra week at a 5 star hotel while Hurricane Sandy delayed our flight, while also providing us with some of the best wine I've ever had. They took care of us, so I take care of them by helping in any way I can. They were clear about their tradition with sketching in France, so I'm happy to do it. And I recommend them to everyone creator I can, even providing them with contacts they don't have. Because that's how much I love their wine.

2. UNFAIR SCHEDULING

Before agreeing to a show, I ask to see a proposed schedule. And if I agree to go, then I'll print the schedule out and have it on me in case there's ever disagreement between me and the show about what's expected. But most shows don't have a schedule ahead of time, and this is something I'd like to see changed.

Here's what creators don't want to see: back-to-back signings with no breaks, events that force them to skip lunch, panel discussions that start after 9pm when they'd rather be at the bar, surprise extra signings at the local comic shop, parties where they've raffled off “hang out time” between you and total strangers, and late night duties followed by early morning duties to ensure that you only get 4 hours of sleep.  

I did a show in North Carolina with the great Tommy Lee Edwards. And because he's a friend and also an artist, I knew he'd take care of us: when I arrived with Fiona Staples, I knew my schedule, the walking distance to the free dinner, the time of my panel discussions (which I agreed to ahead of time), and we even had someone to grab us from our tables to make sure we weren't late for anything. I highly recommend that show.

3. TRAVEL ASSISTANCE/HAVING A GUIDE

Like I said before, getting off the plane and not seeing a representative of the show starts everything off on the wrong foot. And reimbursing us with cab fare isn't good enough, because we usually have no idea where the cabbie is going, and having us chase after you for money isn't professional. Better to send a friend in a run down Honda then ask me to take a cab. Shuttle buses are also helpful, along with someone to guide us through the subway or train. Even if they barely speak English (or whatever language the creator is), it's huge in helping give us the great time you promised.

I was recently in Brazil where I was scheduled to fly back home 24 hours after the show ended, which is 24 hours I could have spent drawing pages. Luckily they'd hired an event coordinator--whenI found out that another creator had a flight back to NYC immediately following the show, I begging the coordinator to switch my flight. Which she did! I'm not saying every show needs a coordinator, but the Supershows definitely should.

As a side note, Brazil also paid each creator for giving a 2 hour talk. So even if we didn't make money selling prints, we were guaranteed at least some income for our time away.

4. BAD HOTELS

A bad hotel can ruin a trip. I've walked into convention hotels with greasy windows, unmade beds, and dirty showers. Creators don't expect expensive 5-star accommodations, but being stuck in a bad hotel means you're going to bed and waking up in a bad mood.

Also, is there anything to do in the hotel? Do they have a store to buy the toothbrush I forgot? Are their restaurants within walking distance? Are the streets outside safe, or is all the German razor wire just for decoration?

One of my favorite con experiences was at a small show in Pennsilvania. The promoters didn't have much to work with, but I appreciated their honesty from the start: it's in a small farm town with nothing much to do, the hotel is the local Howard Johnson which wasn't amazing but it was guaranteed to be clean, and the town had been hit badly by the economy so they hinted that I likely wouldn't be selling many $500 commissions. But they'd pay for gas, buy a few meals, and told me how they tried to invite other guests I was friends with. I went, I partied, and I loved it.

5. FOOD AND FRIENDS

Here's a convention insurance policy I can't stress enough: invite a group of creators that you know get along, and give them amazing food.

Sometimes even the best shows have problems: higher attendance than expected, a few fans that lack convention etiquette, or broken bathrooms and air conditioners. Some of this stuff gets to me even when I know it's not the promoter's fault, but it's less of a problem if I know there's good food and great friends waiting for me. Inviting a clique of friends will always increase the experience, and the promoters will have a better time as well as they witness stuff no one should ever tweet.

Promoters: if there's one takeaway from this list, then it's this one. DO NOT skip on the food and drink.

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Can you think of anything to add? Please comment. I'd also love to see a similar list on the side of conventions: what can we do as creators to help? And how can we better understand what our duties are? Please help spread the word by retweeting, linking, and favoriting.

Another more raffle for you guys QvQ ! 
The only think that you have to do to enter is :

 Bullet; Green Be a watcher ! 
    Bullet; Green Fave this journal ! 
Bullet; Green And have a visual character reference ! (no need to post it now haha c: )
Winners will be able to choose between a chibi or icon. Samples here (chibi style may change a bit ! ):
[Com] Lisbeth - Juuri-no-sekai by Nelliette[RAFFLE] Limette - miriamdrawschibi by Nelliette[Comm] Caseykinz by NellietteC4 - JigokuShii by Nelliette
Madoka - F2U by NellietteIcon commissions batch 1 by Nelliette
Raffle will be open from today to 20 of february(more or less), when I'll choose 2 winners with random.org. I won't be answering comments here unless there is any question, but I appreciate and read them, for sure <3 

LAST RAFFLE WINNERS : 



:iconnayuuta:


:iconbethan134:

Note me or comment if you're one of the winners <3
Freddy: I'd like to clear some things up, so nobody gets confused!

  • Yes, we have seen the trailer!
  • If this really IS Golden Bonnie (99.9% sure it is), he will be added to AtFBB after the game comes out!

Bonnie: Gold, do you know anything about this rabbit?

G.F.: U-uhm...

Colourful Contest!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 26, 2015, 12:41 PM


Hi there > v < I thought as a thank you for 200+ watchers, I'd hold a contest!

I'd like for you to draw my characters [shown below] in a colourful and cute situation. You can either draw one alone, or both of them together!

Honey -

{ commishie } honey by Mocafe 
Personality - Super shy, a big scaredy cat.
Likes - Sheep, naps, hot chocolate with marshmallows.


Boo -

[at] miituru by iioniq Boo by miituru

Personality - Outgoing, joyful, extremely oblivious. 
Likes -Stuffed toys, icecream, blossoms.  

To Enter -

- Watch me.
- Share this journal.

Rules -

- Must be fully coloured / lined.
- No bases / traced art.
- You can change their outfits, but please only their outfits!
- Max of 2 entries per person.
- You CAN donate a prize and join,
- Comment with a link of the shared journal/poll. 
- If there's 3 or more requests to extend the deadline, I will do so > v < 
- Digital / Traditional art ONLY.
- If traditional, only scanned art!

Prizes -
1st Place -

- 12 Month membership OR 2,500 :points:
- Fullbody w/ Pattern background.
- Icon by xLemonBerryx

2nd Place -

- 1 Month membership OR 396 :points:
- Chibi w/ Pattern background.

[Prize donors are more than welcome! Please note me if you'd like to contribute!] 

Participants -
:iconpojopojoko::iconmocafe::iconiikuzo::icondaifuno::iconxlemonberryx::iconhotaruin::iconreine-chi::iconponepon:

Contest Entries

Deadline - 1st March, 12AM GMT.

If you're not joining or donating, it'd be greatly appreciated if you could share this journal anyway and spread the word for others! 


Really Sick + Blizzard

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 5:00 PM
Hey sorry I haven't really been responsive or active lately --

My twitter followers may already know, but I've been really sick the past few days!! ):
I can't focus on anything because my sinuses feel like they're going to burst constantly! All I can really do is lay down, use my phone, or sleep. It's been like this for 4 days with no sign of relief, so I'm hoping I will at least feel better by the weekend.

---

Also, the Northeastern United States is currently experiencing // about to experience a huge blizzard; New Hampshire just declared a State of Emergency and we are predicted to get 27 inches of snow x__x 

Which is nice, because classes are completely cancelled,  but I'm guessing we'll lose power and will be snowed in, unable to go anywhere for a while.

So if you're in the blizzard area, stay safe! :00


Hope you all have a good rest of the week!

SimplySilent - Journal


I LITEERaLLY HAD THE WORTST NIGHT LAST NIGHT AND THEN I  CHECKED TO SEE IF THERES ANY FNAF 3 UPDATES AND I FIND THIS ANDNO W IM SCREAMING


OH MY GOD IS THAT GOLDEN BONNIE WHO IS THAT

((also, the freddy/bonnie poster at 0:01 made me giggle like an idiot. somebody kill me.))
Random fun facts while I wait for food to cook and keep myself busy.

1. Zero use to also have lightning as an ability. Use to. No longer has it.

2. Sketch use to just be a human that hunted Zero down.

3. Sketch use to have a full head of hair (Instead of his mohawk) and a blind fold.

4. Zero use to have a blonde streak in his hair.

5. Zero killed a little girl once - though he was trying to protect her at first against an entire army and got a little carried away. Random doodle of it: kodayz.tumblr.com/image/107055…

6. There is a god that created the ancient flames. God of gods basically xD lol. And she can wipe them out just as easily as she created them :|. I haven't named her yet or designed her ;u;. ONE DAY.

7. Zero had a thing with North's sister at one point ;D.

That's it for now.