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I just watched V/H/S and well......the title speaks for itself. Seriously this has got to be one of the most freakiest movies out there. I am a huge fan of found footage films. But this one really scared me. Now I am going to be stuck watching Adult Swims Toonami cartoons. Like I know what the heck is going on in that cartoon called Bleach. When I first read that the title was called Bleach I really thought that there was going to be a bunch of Clorox bottles fighting crime or whatnot. But instead, all I got was a bunch of demons and monsters and swords and ...things......and people talking about who knows what. I guess if it gets bad I will go watch Food Network and learn how to make crème fraîche.
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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--ALL levels 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 at different level. 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.

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Well more of an opion really.

I have been thinking of changing the name of my person OC (the one trotting at the bottom). Right now he is called Brass Arrow. The name came form a mix of a name generated by a MLP name generator at rum Monkey and the metal I think of when I say steampunk. The original generated name became the main focus of my fan fiction starring Steel Arrow.

If any of your read this what do you think keep it or change with something else? If enough interest is show I post up another journal (because you need a premium account to make a poll) with some of my options.
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Wow that Luna episode. Not quite the voice I imagine little to high pitched and not as soft as I imagined. Well at lest one of our theories was correct she does seem like a trickster, and she just trying to fit in but a lot has changed in 1000 and she just trying what she remembers to be the norm. But that leaves one question what has she been doing for over a year? Unless the episode are not in chronological order in the airing time line.

So this episode could in pony universe time it could have taken place right after she came back so ponies could have been still scared of her. But in the past season there is really no proof to support my theory in full. But it would explain a lot of the trouble she had during the celebration one year after her return.

By no means does this take away from the episode. It will be in my top five favorites. Viva the new lunar republic.
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This is for you DashieFan1(from FIMfiction.net) and the rest of the people reading my little story.

So yeah the next chapter in "All that is Fair Part 1" has been taking some time to complete. I am going to tell you why, it has been taking so frakkin long.

I last updated the story back in December during my last winter break from college. By last I mean that as the last winter break of my undergraduate career. After that I focused on completing my senior thesis. That included completing my experiments and writing up the results,write a grant, and I also prepared three different presentations of my work. This took me to Graduation at the end of May.

I know I should have put my story on Hiatus but I was scared that I would lose some you. I didn't complete drop the story I would work on it here and there. Then I had a little bit of time before my family, friends and fiancee showed up so I reviewed what i had done in those five months. To make it short I didn't like what I had written for the next Chapter. So I spent the last month rewriting it all.

As it stands right now I have complete all rewrite for what I had done and it in a form I can agree with. It only leaves two final since until it is complete and then it is off to my editor so you all can read it easily.

Also my style of writing is a bit different. I don't just sit an type it all out on a computer in the first go. I write down the rough draft in a note book. Then I type it up make adjustments as I go. It take a bit longer for me to produce the works. It allows me to revisit my work so it can be the best it possible can be.

Also I worked on a few pieces of art work (as you can see her on DA) and I also got a bunch of ideas for stories, a tumblr, and something big (More on that later. Check my Deviantart for those updates).

One other thing. Life has been slapping me about. My family has been keeping me busy and so has the hunt for a job for last month.

Thanks for patients and readership. I hope to get it to my editor soon. It should be out to you by the turn of the month.

Thanks for reading my long winded rant. Now time to get back to work.
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Well Seeing as MaximillianVeers :iconmaximillianveers: has gotten out of the MLP FanFiction PDF file game, and this story would not make it on to the pages of EqD. I have decide to put one up myself.

Mainly done in the same style with just some slight formatting changes and inclusion. I got to say trying to make it all work was a pain but I think I got a good system down. Yes I did check it out with my own ereader.

Go take a look for your self. fav.me/d4yg4nf

No the story is not dead. I have just spent the last month and half working on my thesis. Both the paper and the expirement that has gone into the paper, along with the various presentation I had to give with it. With my graduation coming up soon I hope to spend some more time on the story, over the summer.

P.S. Max did a great job. Thanks for all that tireless and thankless work you did to start and build up the PDF archive and gallery.  :iconjlryan: Jlryanwill do you proud in mainting your work, while add his own flare.
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Why do I get all my creative idea around testing time. I got a a midterms and a Final presentation in the up coming week. But yet I find my mind full of different drawing ideas, story ideas, and even an idea for an ask tumblr blog.

Let me tell you when you start to thinking of Zecora dialog, the rhythms just seem to come at you all the time, they come and the go paying no heed to your needs.

That last part was said in a Zecora voice within my head. How about you?
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So yeah I was going through a little writing slump for the past two months or how ever long since I posted my last chapter. So I was trying my hoof art some drawing and digital art to try and get my writing mojo working again.   I was reading over what I had written and thought is was pretty bad. So I throw out most of the first half of the chapter and I am currently rewriting it. I will be a little while until I am able to get the next chapter out.
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I was sitting in Class with those desk chairs. You know the ones the chairs where an extremely small table top is attached to the side of the chair.

Well I was talking notes in one of those spiral note books which took up all the space on the desk. I was trying to highlight the passages in one of the philosophy book my prof was going over as I had it balanced on my leg.

I just thought to myself, This would be so much more easier if I was Unicorn.
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Spy's sapping my internet. Internet down.

Just borrowing a friend's internet connection for the moment. But they leaving on a week long vacation.

So see you when they get back or my telecommunication company fixes the problem.
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