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Not only do I illustrate a comic about warring squirrels in a post-human apocalyptic world called Squarriors there's an official card game coming out. Please back our project! :)





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  • Listening to: Living Tombstone
  • Watching: Riverdale
  • Playing: Guild Wars 2
  • Drinking: A&W
After months of struggling there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Squarriors issue 5 got a nice big two-paged ad in Previews magazine. Look at this thing~!




Both Scorch and Squarriors got on the featured items list and I was part of their "Women in Comics" mini interview section. I am all over PREVIEWSworld magazine this month. That's huge for an indie creator!
(Yes, they mixed up my bio with Kate or Die! but I'll take it!)
This comes as a sigh of relief after months of just being generally miserable about my financial struggles. Devils Due Ent (DDE) had planned to do a kickstarter for the Squarriors trade paperback back in October. Those plans fell through which caused a gap in production of the next issue. Every time they do a kickstarter, whatever money is left over after production and shipping costs, Ash and I get some of that to help pay our living expenses (like when I sell an original art page). This usually offsets our bills between our normal quarterly paychecks. Unfortunately, without the kickstarter and a diminished paycheck I ended up going months unable to work on my projects. I was picking up freelance work just to cover our arses! Which forced us to push back the release date on issue 5 because I literally could not afford to work on it. (I never want to go through that again.)

So here we are, March, Squarriors is making a come back and that kickstarter DDE had planned months ago is finally happening (maybe). If you haven't gotten your hands on the TPB of Squarriors yet you're gonna want this. DDE is doing an oversized hardcover version with an exclusive bloody pawprint cover. This thing is meant to be on your coffee table, disturbing your guests. :heart:

*note, the KS has been delayed for another week.



At long last, I'm crawling out of the deep hole these last five months have been. I'm working on finishing up issue 5, along with a handful of commissions. ...of course I have do this while I'm sick! 'Cause why would anything ever be easy? ;)

btw, this is my all-time favorite meme (apply it to your life):



Most of my books are available on Amazon now:
www.amazon.com/Ashley-Marie-Wi… A Note.. I Run...with BOOKS 


Con Schedule


Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo C2E2 - Chicago (Illinois)

March 18-20th

LitWorks - Harwood Heights (Illinois)

April 16th

Collected Comics - Various locations (Texas)

May 7th

Garden State Comic Fest - (New Jersey)

July 9th-10th

Count-I-Con - Grayslake (Illinois)

August 27-28th
  • Watching: Horrible Histories
  • Eating: Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Drinking: Coffee & cold meds

I posted this the other day on my personal facebook account. It felt good to get out of my system. Something I've been holding in and dealing with for years now.

Morning thoughts (rant): Ever since I started doing comics professionally there have been these periods where I go MONTHS without income. Money in comics, especially when you're doing creator-owned properties, is not a guaranteed thing. The comics (that I've done) typically pay quarterly and sometimes shit happens and that quarter check pays less than what I'd make doing freelance work. When I can't afford to pay things like rent I pretty much have to drop what I'm doing (comics) and pick up a bunch of freelance to make ends meet. Sometimes those freelance jobs are canceled for xyz reasons. So where does the money come from then? Well... I'll get paid next once I finish that comic (*if* everything goes well) but I actually can't afford to work on it. Or I'm overwhelmed with freelance so I cannot work on it. Oh yeah and there's also deadlines... This is... horribly discouraging. :P

And it's been this way for years.

People tell me they're proud of me for being so successful or that they really enjoy my work. Well, it makes me happy that people are enjoying what I do. Most times it's what keeps me going, and it's rewarding. Because, despite the lack of money it makes, I enjoy what I do. I like making art and storytelling. To have people reading and enjoying it, that is key to doing comics in the first place.

I've had many friends make suggestions on how I might get out of my situation but I feel like no one seems to understand that I'm too busy struggling to do anything about it. Yeah, that happens even when you're "living the dream".

There are days when working a minimum wage 9 to 5 at the local CVS seems comfy and safe... but its just not my skill set. I'm a much better artist than I am a cashier. I know because I did the cashier thing! Simple math gives me anxiety... but I can project emotions onto viewers using things like color theory.

Then I see these bright-eyed kids telling me that they want to do what I do! They want so badly to get into the comic industry. I want to tell them to follow their dreams but on the inside I'm screaming, "do anything BUT art for a living. Be a scientist, be an astronaut!"

Then I get interviewed by people in the industry and all they want to talk about is WOMEN in comics and gender stereotypes and how "oppressed" I am because of my gender. ...but nothing about art or what I do. It's humiliating and frustrating!

I am thankful though... to have a few good mentors in my corner telling me things like how comics are a life-long love/hate relationship. That always puts me right again.

For whatever reason, I keep telling myself, one day all this will change. I won't be standing there clueless about how I'm going to pay rent this month or the next. One day that this will all come together and I'm doing the right thing. I am so done with the stress of it. I don't even get mad anymore. I don't know if it's because I'm so full of hidden rage it's become a constant or I'm spent. (haha spent)

I will end on this note. You fans out there who buy our books, read them, love them, do fanart, or tell your friends about it, and do reviews. You guys are awesome! Whatever fire that's keeping me alive stays lit because of you guys and girls. When I see profile pics, banner art, (omg the cosplay photos!) or some nice words about my work I ...forget all the bad shit I'm dealing with for a few minutes. I say to myself, "oh yeah, that's why. I am doing this right."

/rant



Most of my books are available on Amazon now:
www.amazon.com/Ashley-Marie-Wi… A Note.. I Run...with BOOKS 


Con Schedule

NWI Comic Con - Indiana

February 20

LitWorks - Harwood Heights (Illinois)

April 16th

Collected Comics - Various locations (Texas)

May 7th

Garden State Comic Fest - (New Jersey)

July 9th-10th

Count-I-Con - Grayslake (Illinois)

August 27-28th
  • Listening to: Radiohead
  • Playing: Goat Simulator
  • Eating: Pumpkin Spice Puffins
  • Drinking: Caramel Macchiato
Hello DeviantArt!

I've been pretty quiet lately because I'm hibernating/hard at work in my tower. I will be leaving my tower for North West Indiana Comic-Con this month so I hope to see some of you there.

I've got a lot of cool stuff going on behind the scenes. There's going to be a kickstarter for the Squarriors trade paperback that came out. Devils Due is making some exclusive items available through this. I did an eight-page mini Squarriors issue for Free Comic Book Day. So be sure to check that out in May. Ash and I will be down in Texas at Collected stores to celebrate FCBD. I've got some other secret projects I've been working on.

Most of my books are available on Amazon now:
www.amazon.com/Ashley-Marie-Wi… A Note.. I Run...with BOOKS 


Con Schedule

NWI Comic Con - Indiana

February 20

LitWorks - Harwood Heights (Illinois)

April 16th

Collected Comics - Various locations (Texas)

May 7th

Garden State Comic Fest - (New Jersey)

July 9th-10th

Count-I-Con - Grayslake (Illinois)

August 27-28th


  • Eating: Pierogi
  • Drinking: Tea
My last journal entry was the beginning of the Scorch Kickstarter campaign which was a huge success. Thankyou everyone who backed Scorch on Kickstarter. I plan on continuing Scorch online with regular updates once the trade paper back is in people's hands, which should be around October. I could not have done it without your help, guys! This is something I've been trying to get back to for years and now it feels like it is time. How fitting that everything should line up in time for Halloween too.

:pumpkin: S :pumpkin: W :pumpkin: E :pumpkin: E :pumpkin: T :pumpkin: !


I'm still insanely busy. Squarriors issue 3 came out, Squarriors issue 4 is on its way. Another comic series I did work on, Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water, also comes out in September. I started getting heavy into doing cover illustrations which is something I've wanted to pursue. 2015 went by so fast but I think in 2016 I'll be in my prime. I know I have a lot of cool things lined up for the coming year. Oh my gosh, so cool!



Con Schedule


Wizard World Chicago - Rosemont, IL

August 20-21 & 23

Round Lake Public Library - Round Lake, IL

August 22

Lake Count-I-Con - Grayslake, IL

August 29-30

Eisenhower Library Comic Con - Harwood Heights, IL

September 5

Cincinnati Comic Expo - Cincinnati, OH

September 18-20

New York Comic Con - New York, NY

October 8-11

Aw Yeah Comics (Signing) - Munice, IN

October 17

Planet Comicon - Kansas City, MO

May 20-22
  • Reading: Mercy Sparx
  • Watching: Youtube
  • Playing: Sims Freeplay
  • Eating: Lucky Charms
  • Drinking: Coffee


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  • Reading: Squarriors
Whew it's here. Devils Due has launched a preview of the Scorch Kickstarter. You can leave feedback on exclusive items you'd like to see. You know I'm up for anything. ;)



Check it out!!



Save up your pennies because the Kickstarter goes live in a week.  Yahoo!
  • Listening to: Michael Jackson
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: pizza
  • Drinking: black coffee

An official announcement has been made: graphicpolicy.com/2015/04/20/a…

"Before Squarriors, and before her adaptations of Interview with the Vampire, Ashley Marie Witter built a massive online following with the suburban-goth web-comic, Scorch, about a macabre yet cute demon living in suburban America.

This July Devil’s Due Entertainment brings Scorch to print for the first time, collecting the hundred pages of content into a trade paperback, featuring all new cover art by Witter.

Both written and illustrated by Ashley, Scorch is the story of a demon living an immortal life as a young teen in suburban America. To gain this immortal gift, she made a deal with a more powerful demon who has since manifested himself as a monster (living in her closet) to keep tabs on the debt she needs to settle — the payment: 10,000 souls, plus interest.

Accompanied by her gang of misfits, hoods, and dweebs, Scorch sets out to discover her true past, prevent the end of the world, and pass the 10th grade.

“Every artist has a project that they feel is an extension of themselves,” said Witter. “Squarriors is my epic, but Scorch is my down-time, my fun, and my love. It was my first series and its fans have kept it alive for more than a decade. Releasing it as a TPB is every bit for them as much as it is for me.”

Scorch is available for July release through Diamond and will have a unique offering available through Kickstarter in May."

May!? ...that's my birthday month, happy birthday to me! Guys I'm pretty excited about this. Scorch is finally going to be in print and that's something I set out to do when I first started it. On top of that, I'll be coming out with Squarriors and Scorch stuff, back to back. This is one of the highest points in my life and I look forward to producing awesome work for you all to enjoy.


  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: chicken noodle soup
  • Drinking: tea


So this got sent to me this morning. I think the cats out of the bag? I'm in shock... it seems surreal to me. --Anyways.

We're coming out with a Trade Paper Back for Scorch!

It only took me eight years in the making, but I'm finally doing that thing that I'd promised myself I'd do. Think of the TPB as a remastered version, in print, the way it was always meant to be. I believe the plan is to do a kickstarter for it (possibly?) so there will be KS exclusive goodies you can get. From there, I hope to continue the series so you guys can find out all about Scorch's world. :boogie:

In addition to that awesome-sauce, the lineart edition for Squarriors #1 will be available through Diamond that same month! This is truly one of the highest points in my life. Squarriors then Scorch, then Squarriors, then Scorch. Back to back. Doing exactly what I want to be doing, I love it!

If you haven't already, be sure to pick up issue 2 of Squarriors, it just came out last week. You can get a physical copy from Devils Due here
Or the digital download from Comixology! It will be greatly appreciated. :heart:

This month I'll be traveling north for Calgary Expo! I also found out this morning that I'll be doing a panel with a handful of lovely ladies... and I'll be there speaking on behalf of independent female artists in the comic industry. REPRESENT! (no pressure)

That following week Ash and I will be at C2E2! So if you're going, stop by the Devils Due booth and say Hi!
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Watching: Howl's Moving Castle
  • Eating: Mostaccioli
  • Drinking: Eggnog coffee
Where are all my Scorch fans at!? Seeing how I haven't updated my webcomic in almost a decade this is going to be tough finding the audience it once had.



Anyways! If you're out there, and you're reading this. Give this link a 'like'. Tell your friends, tell your family. I'll be using the official Scorch facebook page for making announcements as they come in. I don't know what's going on just yet, but I do know that something is happening. Something... awesome.

wee update - Thanks you guys! It means a lot to me to see that people waited around for this series. If you don't use the facebook that's alright. I'll be posting info everywhere that I can.

I'm waiting to hear back on what our plans for Scorch are. I've been negotiating doing a print run for quite some time, but I always felt that I was too busy to do it the "right way". However, now it seems that everything has lined up in such a way to make this a possibility. CARPE DIEM!

Regardless of what happens with that, I would like to continue the series.  Perhaps in a few months depending on what happens with my work & con schedule. I've very happy about it. :nod:

'nother update -
  • Listening to: Grim Grinning Ghosts
  • Watching: Ghost Hunters
  • Playing: The Sims
  • Eating: Carrots
  • Drinking: Vanilla Latte
Hey Deviants,

I don't know about you but I haven't left my apartment in months due to copious amounts of work with tight deadlines. That's normal right? Working 9am to 2am everyday. gnnnurrghhh...

This is one thing I don't like about doing comics for a living. Having to deal with periods of extreme isolation and then BAM total sensory overload at the wide open world of conventions. I won't lie, it makes me feel like a feral animal in a circus cage. I wish I could have a nice middle ground where I do my nine to five and get out to socialize regularly. (how it used to be) 

Even though things have been wonky, it's you guys who make it all worth it. When I do these conventions and I hear that someone enjoyed my work, that makes me happy. That really makes everything worth it and I can't thank you guys enough. :)

So Next week, Ash and I will be with Devils Due Entertainment at Kansas City's Planet Comicon. We'll have this super awesome and super exclusive variant for Squarriors issue 2 available there. We'll sign it for ya!


Issue 2...is gonna make some people cry... Every time I read it I get choked up. After we sent it to our publisher he told us the same thing. So...if you get your hands on it this month, have a tissue ready, just in case.

Next month we're booked for Calgary Expo. That is if my passport gets here in time. Come on gubment, GIVE! And immediately after our return we'll be at C2E2! whew.

If you can't make it to these cons and still want Squarriors swag you can order stuff directly from Devils Due here


That's all for now. But I do have an itch to do some small art tutorials if there's anything you'd want me to go over. I made a "How to draw a Squarriors" as a gag but I was so pleased by some of the response sketches it got on facebook I feel that I should keep it up. So leave a comment if there's something you want me to try tackling in a tutorial. I will do my best!
  • Reading: Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water
  • Eating: biscuits
  • Drinking: Hazel Nut Coffee
Look what came in the mail today! It's really strange seeing your work in print after working on it for months. Issue one hits shelves on December 10th.



hmm what else... oh yeah! Ash and I will be going on a mini signing tour for its debut. Texas, we're coming for you!



Follow Squarriors on the facebook for regular updates and upcoming previews.
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Watching: Sons of Anarchy
  • Drinking: tea
Hey Deviants,

I saw this link posted on the Lestat's Book Coven fbook page and it reminded me that, "Oh yeah, I did that."



It's my most recent work with Yen Press and.. I'm not going to pull the wool over anyone's eyes on this, it was not my favorite project to work on. Werewolf on human action just isn't my forte. However, I did put effort into writing the adaptation of the book because it was something I could play with. I thought, hoped, that someone out there would appreciate this and I gave that person my all. I was surprised to see that they'd kept my original lettering too! Yen tends to do script lettering and I felt this book reads like a vigilante comic book so I went with a more standard manga/comic book approach.

If you enjoyed Wolf Gift, you may like this too. If you read it but were kind of on the fence about the book, try reading The Wolves of Midwinter. I actually enjoyed it more than the first book.

I also want to give credit to the anonymous artist who had to retouch all 200 pages at the last minute. ...you brave soul. We'd gotten to the end of the book and suddenly there were some massive changes that needed to be made right before it needed to go to print. It was an impossible feat and I was already juggling too many other projects. So whoever you are, kudos on wrestling that beast.

Now I'm down to just two projects! ...and a handful of commissions that I need to continue wading through. I don't understand how I can work this hard and still be poor. WHAT GIVES!?

Squarriors is doing really well! I can't thank you enough, all who have supported it thus far. I'm hoping that it does so well that I can make that my primary job and that it will enable me to work on other personal projects. "*koff koff* Scorch" Regardless of what happens, the story is really good. Ash is a phenomenal writer and I think you're all in for a treat.

My other current project is Mark Landry's "Bloodthirsty: One Nation Under Water". Which... I believe, comes out next year? I'll have more details on that as they're revealed to me. It has something to do with Vampires and New Orleans. (...man I've got like a theme going on here.)

Now... I was contacted by a few Twilight fans because of my involvement with the Twilight Graphic Novel series. I know you're all dying to know the status on New Moon volume 2. Unfortunately, I couldn't tell you what's happening because I don't know anything about it. Wolf Gift was my last project with Yen Press and I haven't heard from them since. There's a vast amount of reasons as to why the book has been delayed. Pick any imaginary one of them and your guess is as good as mine. But, rest assured it will come out eventually. :)
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Playing: Eve
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: day old coffee
There's been a lot of fun and exciting stuff going on behind the scenes of my life. One of the big ones being mine and Ash's comic series Squarriors getting picked up by Devils Due Entertainment. Since we began we've had a successful kickstarter, positive reviews, really fun-fantastic interviews, and a lot of support. This month, we got ourselves a staff pick in Previews World which means we need to get the word out to comic shops all over!

Devils Due came up with this fantastic give-away idea to help promote the book. Check it out:

www.doyousquirrel.com



I encourage ye, do it! :woohoo:
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Watching: Horrible Histories
  • Eating: candy corn
  • Drinking: pumpkin spice coffee
I remember back in Highschool I had this vision of what I was going to be doing with comics. I had these grandiose ideas that I'd land some graphic novel gig that was "Hollywood famous" and I'd be rolling in the dough, signing autographs for adoring fans, lights, camera, action--etc. ...and I did that, actually. I landed a Hollywood-famous graphic novel gig. I wasn't rolling in the dough but I had made more money than I'd ever seen in my entire lifetime, considering that I was of the below average - minimum wage working class up until that point. I went to cons by my own admission. I didn't have big companies sponsoring me so the funding usually came out of my own pockets. And there were a few fans of my work who I did live commissions for (thankyou guys, I was able to eat for another week). Dream accomplished right? ...but I ask myself was it worth it. Well, yes and I have a few regrets.

THE WORST

Doing comics professionally is sort of a dream come true. Key term there, "sort of". The problem I have had with it is that I've been doing something that I love, as a JOB. A rather unpleasant, corporate-like job. I've cried on the shoulders of a few close friends about it throughout the years. They've likened my work situation to an abusive relationship. Here's a list of stuff I hadn't considered when I got into doing comics "professionally": There's always drama, there's lies, there's manipulation, there's questionable legal stuff, contracts (oh my god, so many contracts), threats from angry or upset clients, and ass-raping taxes that make you wish you'd worked a 9-5 in some chain restaurant. Luckily, I've avoided lawyers, so far, but those threats (and daggers) just fly left and right. So you have all this going on, and you get hired to do a project that you're just not into, and the book is a total flop anyways. *le huff le wheez*

I have avoided being vocal about this stuff because I was worried how it might affect the future of my career. However, if you're an employer or client and you're reading this I will have none of what's listed above. NEVER AGAIN!



THE BEST

So what did doing comics professionally do for me? Well, I learned A LOT about the industry and general making of comics books. I laid a lot of myths to rest as well. I was a little girl once that thought the only way to make it was to get a big ol' publisher to publish my work. There was such a barricade to getting into the industry when I was an animation student. The whole concept was mysterious, and it seemed impossible to gain access to that mystery world. How do you get a job without work experience!? It's some sort of riddle! There's no sure-fire way to explain how to get in other than it's only a matter of time for most. But once you're in, you're invited into the teeming metropolis of the creative industry. After you survive swimming through the shark (and piranha)-filled moat that is.

Some people would say that having printed books got my name out there...but let's be really honest. What got me noticed was actually me just doing my own personal work. Someone would see a drawing or painting I would be working on and it would lead them to discovering my published books (or hiring me). I used to think that I owed my success to the people I worked for. NEVER EVER THINK THIS. You, yourself, all your hard work, perseverance, conviction, and passion is what earns you your success.

Now, I've had some bad experiences when I first started my career path. A lot of it was almost enough to turn me off of ever doing comics again. But it's because of this, I think I became impassioned to fight for what I really want. Money pays the bills (and creates them), so I have to keep doing comics as my profession, but the thing I value most is creative freedom. I've been fortunate enough to find publishers who are like-minded in that respect.  I mean look at Squarriors. That's what happens when a publisher lets me have free rein. aw-yeah boi~! A happy, healthy artist = good art!


MORAL OF MY STORY
: Mind the sharks and piranhas, children.
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: toast
  • Drinking: pumpkin spice coffee
Devils Due Entertainment is running a kickstarter for my latest project Squarriors! We're halfway funded and our super rare perks keep selling out. However, the better that this KS does, we'll keep coming up with more interesting perks. So please, back issue one so we can make it a huge success~! :)

As some of you may know, most of my projects are a labor of love. And the projects that are not, tend to wear me out and drag me down into a deep dark pit of DAHKNISS! And when you're beaten down for about three years you tend to become corrupt and tempted by the illusion of security.  I lost sight of what I was passionate about and couldn't figure out why I was so damn miserable or how to fix it.

I had the opportunity to take a six figure job. It was life changing money but it would have eaten up all my time and I was looking at having to drop multiple projects... I was tempted because I'd had such terrible experiences with the professional world up until that point. I felt that I NEEDED the money, and I probably did... But when some great force of the Karmic Cosmos smacked the golden shackles out of my hand... I was forced to re-evaluate myself. I think it's very important for all you budding artists to get a sense of self worth. Don't get desperate (like I was), in fact don't even think, just do. When I turned down a job like that just so I could follow my dreams, that really spoke to me about how I value myself, artistically. What kind of asshole turns down a job like that!? ...well, me I guess, haha. I've just got more important shit to do than to have my talents exploited so I can barely afford to pay the IRS to leave me alone. I'm no cog in the machine, never will be. ;)
  • Listening to: Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: grapes of wrath
  • Drinking: iced coffee cantata
Well this came sooner than I had anticipated. Thank goodness, I was holding my breath on the subject of my next project.  Today at Special Edition NYCC, Devils Due made an official press release for Squarriors. As I've posted elsewhere, I feel very strongly that Squarriors will be my magnum opus. It is something that I have worked towards my entire life. It's one thing to be a professional comic book illustrator, it's a dream come true to be a creator. I couldn't have done it without my partner, the handsome and talented, Ash Maczko.  Also, I couldn't have come this far without YOUR support! So I hope that continues, and this huge step in the direction I've desired for so long to travel, leads to bigger and better things. ...you know...like Scorch! ...and other art-webcomic related things. haha!

I'll have to keep it short for now because I am a busy busy bug. Check out the press release link above. I'll be updating con/tour dates (yes we're going on tour!) and other projects as they're released.

Squarriors C2E2 Promo Poster by WittA

Con Schedule


Comic & Drawing Panel feat. Ashley Marie Witter!
Round Lake Library
June 20, 2014

BeachFest
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 21-22, 2014

Lake Count-I-Con
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 28-29, 2014
  • Listening to: End of Nations Main theme
  • Reading: Squarriors
  • Eating: grapes of wrath
  • Drinking: coffee cantata
Following up on my last blog. Count-i-con is this month! So far it's looking like it's going to be a big success! We have a lot of amazing guests and vendors and generally people have been excited for it. One of the many highlights (for me on a childhood-hero level) is the guest appearance of Philo Barnhart. You may not recognize his name but you'd certainly recognize his work. I can't even list everything he's done, but some of his notable key animation work would be The Little Mermaid, Fox and the Hound, American Tail, The Rescuers Down Under, Smurfs, and Secret of NIMH. All of those have been a huge influence on me as a child. It got me wanting to be an animation student when I first started college. So, lucky me, I get to meet the LEGEND. But there's also many other legends attending Counticon. I pity the po' fool who has to miss out on this event. For a small con it turned out way bigger than we expected and we hope it continues to grow. :)

As as part of renting the convention center out of our own pockets, I got traded to do a public event at the library. Ha, I'm a human commodity, it feels so weird!! I'll be doing a panel at the Round Lake Library where I talk about the comic industry, my experiences, and drawing... I even do a little demonstration. I did one of these before and it turned out pretty fun.

Team Ash will also be making..like... some totally awesome HUGE announcement at Counticon. I can't say too much but this entry is a bit of a precursor to my next journal. I'm expecting great things in my near future, and when I say future I mean like next month.

I'm hoping to get myself, FINALLY, some free time that I can crawl out of the dungeon I've been dwelling in. I would like to get more involved in art communities like DA. If I ever figure out streaming options, I'd really like to do live sketch/painting like I see so many other artists doing. Every project comes with an NDA and I miss being able to show people what I'm working on. If anyone has some specs on streaming, TEACH ME. I have two monitors, I'd like to stream my second display monitor separate from my workspace. Anyone?

I'm not sure where webcomics are going, ever since Drunk Duck sort of "disbanded". I know there's other communities out there but I haven't had the same vigor towards them since I lost a huge network of readers/friends. I have played around with re-mastering Scorch and throwing that up on the tumblr. People at conventions are always interested in my Scorch banner and they always ask "where's the book?" So I will see what I can do about that depending on what happens in the next month or so. There's so many things I WANT to do. But it's hard when your sole income comes from your main passion in life and everyone who stands to gain from it want you to use your powers for Eevil. (not the good kind of Eevil)

to be continued...

Con Schedule

Comic & Drawing Panel feat. Ashley Marie Witter!
Round Lake Library
June 20, 2014

BeachFest
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 21-22, 2014

Lake Count-I-Con
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 28-29, 2014
  • Playing: Wildstar
  • Eating: Granny Smith Apple
  • Drinking: iced coffee
Oh my god May is over, I lived! That month was particularly brutal this year. I had to throw myself into deep isolation and focus on work. Which is in itself a bit of a psychosis.

I always preach that when you get into this art industry you should 'do it for the money'. The next step is to be careful with what you spend your life doing in order to make it. I had a family friend (surrogate mother) asking me if I had original art to sell online. She'd recently surprised me with buying a small collection. It was at a time where we were desperate for money. I briefly talked to her about some art I had and that I'd message her as soon as I put it online. She told me she would keep checking back.

I'd been putting off uploading my personal, original art because in my mind I kept thinking, work, that's where the money comes from. Not doing what I love (what I want to be remembered by) but hard work on a project that's not exactly my cup of tea. Eventually I'd put my art online. I thought it was a bit strange that my friend wanted to start buying up my art out of nowhere. The point is, while I'm working my ass off at job-related things, it was apparent that my own personal art stood to make some money. ...if I could just get to it. It can wait though, because work has to get done, work comes first...

My friend, Yvonne, died the following day. I recall the last words she spoke to me, hours before passing. I'd told her I'd hoped she was doing well and she replied with, "Thanks, I am finally ok and moving on with life... take care, catch you later... "

The next few weeks I did everything I could to travel back home to pay my respects. I couldn't leave because I had to work. During her wake I'd heard that a graduation ceremony was going on at my old college and my art professors were retiring. If I couldn't say goodbye to the dead at the very least I could say goodbye to the living. No, I couldn't leave work. It was maddening.

On the subject of mortality, my own birthday was coming up. Thankyou, by the way, for all the birthday wishes. It was really a surprise to see my DA account covered in wishes. It certainly made things easier. Because while I was missing out on life, friends, family, people dear to me due to work... That birthday was one last reminder that I'd spent another year... not living. I mean, what's the point of making money if you can't enjoy it. If you're working so much you can't even leave your house to go to a funeral. I might as well be a goddamn atm. Sadly I'm not even rich, I'm barely getting by on a day to day basis. Boss man decides when to giveth and tax man taketh away.

Yet, I had to keep working. It certainly made some people in my life happy, and supposedly there's a check on the way to make life "better". But this is not... This is not how I want to spend my life, haha "spend". Sitting in front of a computer everyday for the past three years, drawing stuff that anyone else can draw. I want to do what I do best. I want to be able to explore and express through art... not ghost art for someone else. That's probably a fine job, just not for me. I didn't learn these skills so I could just not use them.

*sigh* There, I've purged. This is probably only the surface but I can't keep holding shit like this in. The harder I repress whining about it, the more crazy, self-loathing, and intrusive thoughts I have. I can't afford the luxury of professional help so all I can do is write a journal about it. (which I'm probably going to want to delete asap but... meh *shrug) if anyone were to be offended I can apologize accordingly.

On the flipside there are a lot of good things coming THIS MONTH. We've got Count-I-Con and Beachfest. We've got loads of cool guests and events. You should check out the website in the link below to see who's coming. I think there might be some tables left but I'm not sure if it's officially a sold out show as I'm typing this. I'll follow up with a better entry about what projects I am working on and future announcements. (yknow the good stuff). ;)

Con Schedule

BeachFest
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 21-22, 2014

Lake Count-I-Con
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 28-29, 2014
  • Eating: cottage cheese
  • Drinking: day old coffee
HELLOOO EVERYBODY,
Springtime means Con time and we at Team Ash just picked up an order of three new art prints. They're available at Store Envy and cons we'll be attending. All proceeds will go directly to keeping me fed, clothed, and a roof over my head so pretty please buy stuff. I also did my first batch of sketch cards for DanCon 2014. You can preview them here. Be sure to check back later since I'll be adding a few more as Sunday approaches.

Con Schedule
DanCon
Orland Park, IL
March 23rd, 2014

C2E2
McComick Place, IL
April 25-27, 2014

BeachFest
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 21-22, 2014

Lake Count-I-Con
Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center
June 28-29, 2014
  • Eating: tacos
  • Drinking: caramel coffee cake