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First of all, do not NOTE me in response to this.


Just know that I am still alive, and no, I have neither forgotten you, nor run off with your money. Going into the "Commission Extravaganza", there was a small piece of information I had yet to share: I owed my Patrons and Donors some THIRTY pages of comics. That's over-and-above the 6 main commissions I took. But also, substantially BEFORE I took those jobs. After a long struggle with technology, nerves and scheduling, I now FINALLY have the lineart done for most of those. However, in addition to doing the inking and coloring MYSELF on my main comics, "Ship in a Bottle" and "The Lavenders", I must also now ink and color those additional pages as well. So, what I am saying is, I am trying to schedule your delinquent commissions between those pages, but my health hasn't exactly been tip-top since January 1, and sadly, I still have a "Day Job" that prohibits me from spending 8 hours a day just doing this. Now, that said, I DID finish UncolaMan's "Ship in a Bottle" related dealie back in February. And with Oshigan's help, I am constructing the reference sheet of Susan so she looks the same as our version in the "BGR" comic. So, that'll be one more "oldie" off the plate. Next will be BLADEDGE's, followed by the page for ninjamon, Kim's new RP character, Nel's Persona 5 inspired thing, and so on. Basically, just hang in there a wee bit longer. I'm getting there, but I got mya ss kicked by a respiratory infection again on my days off this week, so I'm over here dying, but not dead, yet. I'll keep you posted.

~Mac/Mace

P.S. I am being completely unironic when I state that I still have 12 sots open. I dunno. Drop by one of my comic-specific Patreons and boost those, and who knows. I might be able to live another month and put my artist pals back to work as well.
  • Listening to: Gods and Generals OST
  • Reading: Credit Card Statements... always and forever

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First of all, do not NOTE me in response to this.


Just know that I am still alive, and no, I have neither forgotten you, nor run off with your money. Going into the "Commission Extravaganza", there was a small piece of information I had yet to share: I owed my Patrons and Donors some THIRTY pages of comics. That's over-and-above the 6 main commissions I took. But also, substantially BEFORE I took those jobs. After a long struggle with technology, nerves and scheduling, I now FINALLY have the lineart done for most of those. However, in addition to doing the inking and coloring MYSELF on my main comics, "Ship in a Bottle" and "The Lavenders", I must also now ink and color those additional pages as well. So, what I am saying is, I am trying to schedule your delinquent commissions between those pages, but my health hasn't exactly been tip-top since January 1, and sadly, I still have a "Day Job" that prohibits me from spending 8 hours a day just doing this. Now, that said, I DID finish UncolaMan's "Ship in a Bottle" related dealie back in February. And with Oshigan's help, I am constructing the reference sheet of Susan so she looks the same as our version in the "BGR" comic. So, that'll be one more "oldie" off the plate. Next will be BLADEDGE's, followed by the page for ninjamon, Kim's new RP character, Nel's Persona 5 inspired thing, and so on. Basically, just hang in there a wee bit longer. I'm getting there, but I got mya ss kicked by a respiratory infection again on my days off this week, so I'm over here dying, but not dead, yet. I'll keep you posted.

~Mac/Mace

P.S. I am being completely unironic when I state that I still have 12 sots open. I dunno. Drop by one of my comic-specific Patreons and boost those, and who knows. I might be able to live another month and put my artist pals back to work as well.
  • Listening to: Gods and Generals OST
  • Reading: Credit Card Statements... always and forever
If you're still wondering where the hell your commission is, it's coming. Soon. I promise. There's been a few things going on that everyone should be aware of. And one of those things is, I AM working on them. Specifically, I have a slate of 27 comic pages I am working on dating back to 3 years ago. It's a bit of a collaborative effort, but in terms of "owing", these are the highest priority due to age. And I have very limited time thanks in no small part to my "Day Job". Actually, I think the total is 35... at any rate, we've knocked the total down to 30, but that's still THIRTY comic pages. All of which I am inking and coloring myself (with the help of a penciler). So, yeah.

Secondly, I have contracts already signed to make several animated features. That is a MONUMENTAL task as I am literally the proverbial "holdup" on this one. i.e. I am the asset creator. They can't construct the film without me. By the way: if you'd like to help us get the funding so we can hire our actors in good faith, here's this old thing. You get a mention in the credits and early access to the final movie when it is complete. Since production has already begun, I'd say that will be "soon" as well. Possibly before the end of Summer.

www.gofundme.com/sdhstuff <-- Ze Link

I thought I might have a third thing, but really, those first two things are a clusterfuck of several smaller things wedged together. So, that's enough for one guy. But rest assured: I AM doing the commissions. Keep in mind that the majority of them out there right now are my "bargain rates" from the past few months, and that means I will simply be turning them in to you with minimal (or no) corrections. That's why I so meticulously hounded you about the details in the first place. So, hang in there just a little bit longer, guys. Because once I finish yours, I need to get off my dead ass and get a whole slew more commissions so I don't fuckin' die of starvation. Or malnutrition. Or, something...

~Mac
  • Listening to: Gods and Generals OST
  • Reading: Credit Card Statements... always and forever

Update for ALL of My Commissioners

Thu Apr 12, 2018, 1:33 AM
Noooo, I haven't forgotten you. But, please understand that, like so many artists, when all of my anxiety stress points collide, I hit a kind of paralysis. It's temporary, and you WILL get your stuff. Few things: #1) I didn't make enough in commissions so far to cover even 1/100th of my expenses so far. I got a little "leg up", but it was very short-lived. You'll note I am not flogging away at the "commissions slots" because I actually consider it unethical to keep taking on more and more and more commissions when I have made this little progress on what I have. This is made all the more daunting because I have all this labor to do, and no additional income as of yet. #2) my workspace is, or rather WAS a disaster. I finally got some semblance of control on my apartment, and I am "phasing out my hoard", so to speak. I'm not that big a hoarder per se, but I do tend to keep more than I need around. That has finally been at least 80% organized, and I have a fantastic workspace (finally). Plus, I moved my art workstation, got the Internet routed to it (I have no money for wireless, but I had a TON of old wired equipment laying around) and I am set there. #3) Tax season. It always creeps up on me, and since I am a one-man-operation, I am extremely nervous about making sure I have my books right. Keep in mind, I ALSO have a full-time (not part-time) job, that exhausts me to no end. So, when you factor job, commissions and THEN taxes? I'm fucking useless for about a month. I am also doing my own taxes this year and e-filing. Pray for me.

Here's what IS going on:

I owe.... about 23 comic pages across three platforms. UncolaMan is a HUGE sponsor behind that, and I am gradually making arrangements to settle that.

SPECIFICALLY: Oshigan is belting out "sketchpages" (as he calls them. Effectively, he is the Penciller) of the BGR final chapter to Book I he commissioned. I will ink and color, if it kills me. I worked with Oshi and Verias on the Cover and Page 1. There are 13 more to go.

I am MOST LIKELY going to work AGAIN with Oshigan on pages 3-9 of "Episode 3.5" of Ship in a Bottle. Some funds will free up in the coming months as I have most of the remaining Chapter 4 pages "in the can" from the original series artists. I will be re-using those pages with some dialog tweaks and plaot-point alterations to make it align with what I refer to as "New Canon".

We still owe FIVE pages of Frilly Pink that were pre-paid. That is a collaborative effort between me, BlackWalker80 and Verias. Since all of the funding went toward studio operating costs that were overdue, I am savagely trying to acquire new revenue streams to get that finished as originally promised.

As for Specific Commissioners:

UncolaMan: I still owe you that Eloise character reference sheet. That is my first priority to you BEFORE we do anything with the caption contest (which I believe you need to pick our three winners for, if I recall the terms correctly).

BLADEDGE: I have not forgotten you, my friend. I've been vainly doodling in what spare time I've had. I realize this is bordering on unreasonable, but I walked away, temporarily, because I couldn't get Beatrice hanging upside-down the way I want. It sounds silly, but I am fussy about shit like that.

Ninjamon: I'll start it as soon as I can. I not only have a balance I desperately need to collect (when I complete this), but we also have what? 4 more pages planned? This is one I WANT to do. It's actually pretty adorable, and I think the fans will really like it. (as a reminder, I post all commissions to DA if the content will allow)

Kim: As a longtime patron and friend, you're a special priority as well. Nothing more need be said. I just need to do it.

Nel: Same for you, buddy. I know I've been giving you all kinds of "extras" on Discord for being as awesome as you've been, but you're also a client.


Anyway, that's all for now. No, I am not ducking you. But I have no progress to report, and like the computer shop I work for, the basic rule is that I will call you with the status. That said, I am NOT ignoring the pokes or "gentle reminders". Nor am I upset about it. I'm just advising you that they make me anxious, and don't motivate me, so please be advised that I love you all and I WILL get your stuff done. VERY SOON. (Like, shortly after Tax Day in the US, which is 6 days away).

Hopefully that gives everyone some hope. Because I am in dire straits, and I need to be able to take on more and more clients. Immediately. if not sooner. Actually, donating to those "Bonus Comics" I referenced in the first "bullet point" could help, too. Like I said: instead of working solo, Oshi and I are teaming up so he has work while I am running the backlog of original pages. So, you're helping BOTH of us.

Ok, that's seriously all. *hugs*

Mace

  • Listening to: Gods and Generals OST
  • Reading: Credit Card Statements... always and forever
Ship and Alan - The Diner (for UncolaMan)
Post your own caption to this picture for a chance to win a free commissioned picture by the artist. Restrictions apply on subject and subject matter.

Rules:
Captions must be submitted/dated by 3/18/2018
Limit 3 submissions per post. Limit 1 post per contestant.
There will be 3 prizes divided among 3 separate winners even if one person makes multiple excellent captions.
We're not looking for short stories: captions must be 30 words of less.
Judging may take a few days. Final decision is final.


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Original Ship in a Bottle Piece commissioned by :iconuncolaman: <-- HIRE ME TODAY (see my journal for details)
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March Commission Update!

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 9:51 PM
The original sale is over, but I am still offering HALF OFF my regular price and 25% off my sketch price for March! That is... until my remaining 12 slots are sold. So, act fast! I need cash and you need art. Everyone wins! Here's the deets:

Full-color pinup, up to two character (with minimal revisions) $50. (50% off regular)

Character Sheets, single character, 3-position turnaround: $50 (50% off regular)

Pencil sketches either single character or bust: $15 (25% discount price)

Comic pages are still $150 each, but certain exceptions apply. (feel free to note for conditions)

Note me, message me, hire me before time runs out!

Payment via PayPal only, and all payments are up-front. (large orders 50% down)

Operators are standing by!

UPDATE!

Slots are slowly starting to fill up! Consider this "Round THREE", and do not hesitate to ask me for more than one. I am intending to make this my job, full-time. You have my undivided attention after 6:30PM Arizona Time.

1:  :iconuncolaman: PAID 100% Complete  Ship and Alan - The Diner (for UncolaMan) by MaciaPaladin
2: :iconuncolaman: PAID 0% TBA
3: :iconuncolaman: PAID 0% TBA
4: :iconuncolaman: PAID 0% TBA
5: :iconbladedge: PAID 10% Complete
6: :iconsfallen: PAID 10% Complete
7: :iconninjamon102938: PAID 10% Complete
8: :iconxeresbelmont: PAID [Pending] - 0% Complete (Instructions received)
9: Open
10: Open
11: Open
12: Open
13: Open
14: Open
15: Open
16: Open
17: Open
18: Open
19: Open
20: Open

Add at least a couple days to each order the further down the list you are. Estimated turnaround is one week. Maybe less. Depends on how much luck we have here. Thanks! <-- major asterisk on this. This is "typical". My last month was NOT typical.

UPDATED 3/2/2018

  • Listening to: Gods and Generals OST
  • Reading: Credit Card Statements... always and forever

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Michael C. Prokop/ Mace Paladino
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Current Age: 41, Current Residence: Tucson, AZ, Favourite genre of music: AOR, 80's, J-Pop, Favourite photographer: Darkmatterzone, Favourite style of art: Manga, Operating System: Windows 10 Pro and OSX BIOTCH!, MP3 player of choice: iTunes, Shell of choice: Meh., Wallpaper of choice: ^^, Skin of choice: As much visible female skin as possible, Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny (Anime are NOT cartoons.), Personal Quote: I'm not in denial, but even if I was, I wouldn't admit it.
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