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Rose City Comic Con is nearly at hand, so if you’re in Skyfaux’s home city of Portland, OR next weekend you should check it out!  Even though we won’t have our own booth there (this year), very best of luck to everyone attending.

Portland is an awesome city, so if you have any time that isn’t con-filled be aware that many wonders await downtown and beyond.

Be sure to grab some donuts!

Skyfaux.com

Greetings all!  I am incredibly pleased to announce the unveiling of Skyfaux.com, the new, official homepage of all things blue and leaf-tailed. 

Skyfaux.com is Tumblr-powered, so if you’re a Tumblr follower, any updates to the site will continue to show up in your feed. Convenient!  

In addition to his web presence, I am delighted to report that Skyfaux will also be making a confirmed appearance at Emerald City Comicon 2015 in the Artist Alley, presumably with plenty of excellent souvenirs and stories to tell. Be sure to clear your schedule for March 27th-29th and keep your fingers crossed for sunny skies in Seattle.

There are even more announcements to follow along with a plethora of drawings, photos, character bios, and more.

Stick around!

ECCC 2015 - Thank you!

Just got home!

The hour grows late. There are dozens of hours of sleep to catch up on, emails to write, photos to sort through and mountains of unpacking to do, but I wanted to make sure this got posted first. 

To every artist I met, every vendor, every event organizer and minion, every costumed attendee and enthusiast, everyone who checked out Skyfaux’s debut book or stopped by the booth to talk (or to grab a mint!), thank you. This was the first time Skyfaux exhibited at any convention and it was truly a wonderful experience. I am honored to have shared a roof with so many talented people at once and am simply blown away by how helpful and positive the ECCC community is. 

It was a fantastic show, and I’ll always look back on this weekend with fond memories. Everything is awesome.

Good night!

National Novel Writing Month: Announcement

I’ve dropped hints here and there over the last several months, but tonight at near the dawn of NaNoWriMo seems like a great time to finally make things official.

I am pleased to officially announce Skyfaux, the graphic novel!

The book’s release is planned for early 2015. It will be available to order online, or if you visit Skyfaux at a convention you can buy the book in person! More updates on the release of Skyfaux will be posted as they are known.

The premise:  Skyfaux is an enterprising Elemental who finds himself unexpectedly pitted against a powerful villain.

In addition to the story, the book will describe in depth who the Elementals are and where they come from. Skyfaux will present a great starting point for what I hope will become a series of grand adventures.

More updates coming soon!

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Skyfaux - Only $9.99 on IndyPlanet!

As promised, here’s a link that will let you obtain your very own copy of Skyfaux, that graphic novel that I wrote and illustrated! You can buy it right now, at this very moment!!

The price is only $9.99 for a real, genuine book complete with covers, pages, and other book things. I can personally attest to the fact that they are nice gifts, perfect for reading on a gloomy day inside (or a nice day outside), plus if you buy one and track me down at a show I’ll add some free artwork to the book’s inside cover! If you’d rather, the digital version is also available for a mere $0.99… less than the cost of a value chicken sandwich.

If you’re a skeptic, you can preview seven quasi-random pages if you click the link and I’m pretty sure they’ll convince you!

The book is done!!

Now, much like the groundhog, I can finally emerge from my burrow and see the sunlight!  And… then promptly disappear again to finish up the rest of Skyfaux’s Emerald City Comic Con 2015 catalog. 

Purchase info and previews on the way later this week!

Skyfaux History 1 - The Legend of bob.gif

Note:  The contents of this post are entirely from memory. They may be more nostalgia than fact.

Prior to ever starring in a comic or having his own Artist Alley booth, Skyfaux started out as a far more primitive concept known simply as bob.gif. 

Animated gifs are enjoying a sort of renaissance now, but back in the late 90s they were charmingly tacky and also somehow (bafflingly) quintessential. They each had about as much humor and relevance as a knock knock joke, but that didn’t change the fact that they were used absolutely everywhere. They were giant block letters, shooting stars, stick figures, and all other manner of ridiculous things, each with its own brand of color limitation and dither. 

These old gifs defined an age of the internet; an age where hamsters danced and pixelated construction workers blissfully shoveled away alongside tiny, blinking road barriers. You see, most webpages of the 90s internet existed only to enthusiastically exclaim “THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION,” preferably in a scrolling marquee of Comic Sans. The whole thing was so definitive of the decade that in some ways I can’t believe animated gifs didn’t fade into obscurity with POGs and portable CD players.

Bob.gif was born into that era. I think this is the first animated gif I ever made, though I can’t remember for sure. If that’s true, then this image was definitely the most cutting edge thing I had ever created, and I recall being pretty proud of it. More importantly, I’m pretty sure this was the first time anything proto-Skyfaux had ever been brought into existence… though it would take several naming and stylistic revisions before he looked anywhere near what he looks like today. For those wondering, I think I used the program “Microsoft Image Composer” to build this, an application bundled with Microsoft FrontPage back in the day.

Though the image is now probably 15+ years old, I think there is a personality defined here subtly that persists to this day. I honestly cannot recall how long the name “Bob” stuck around before I decided to go with something else, but to my knowledge this gif is the only place he was ever named as such. 

Anyway, thank you bob.gif. You’re a piece of internet history, and you’re a piece of the Skyfaux legacy.

Alas, Rose City Comic Con plans fell through today at the last minute and thus those pictures we were going to take of Skyfaux around the con were not to be. We’ve been living vicariously through photos of the event, though, and we sincerely hope everybody had a great time. 

On the plus side, we did get to meet a celebrity today… Godzilla! He made a special trip out to Beaverton and stopped by just to see us. High fives were exchanged. Career advice was shared. He’s actually a pretty nice guy, and just look at that dazzling smile. 

Paper cutout Skyfaux is just getting started… we’ll be on the lookout for more photo ops wherever we go.

Everything beyond this point will require oven mitts to touch (it's on fire)

Many things have been stirring behind the scenes during the past several months. I’ll be breaking some updates in a subsequent post, but in the meantime I wanted to reconnect and let everyone know that there’s a new project in town. 

Skyfaux!

That’s right - the Elemental formerly of War for Arcadia notoriety has his own gig now, and I’ll be posting more details shortly! Since a lot of the art, concepts, and old work in this feed are already Skyfaux-centric, as an experiment I am going to continue to use this space as a place to share Skyfaux work and announcements. Whereas all posts before this one may be a bit eclectic in content, future posts should have a sense of continuity as it will nearly all be centered around the blue Elemental himself. 

As both a character and a project, I’ll be sharing Skyfaux’s triumphs, pitfalls, and progress as everything develops. So, read on!  There will be more most excellent news soon.

News!

If you stopped by my booth at ECCC, thank you again so much for your support. I know that some of you asked about buying the book online, and it occurred to me that the site does not make that information readily available. In fact, lots of information is not readily available, and this leads me to believe that perhaps Tumblr (as great as it is) is not the best way to run a comprehensive website. This leads me to my next several points:

1. The book! - If you would like one, click here to buy it online!  It’s $9.99 for hard copy and a mere 99 cents for digital. 

2. The website! - I will continue to use Tumblr, but things will probably slow down here for a bit while I work on building out a full, real website to better accommodate the displaying of artworks and distribution of products and information. I’m using Weebly, which so far has been the model of efficiency. I make no promises about when exactly the new site will be up, but I imagine it will not be very long from now.

3. The Facebook! - If you’re looking for another way to stay on top of the latest and greatest Skyfaux news, facebook.com/skyfaux is your best bet. The Facebook page will probably be updated a lot more than the Tumblr until I can get the full site online.

That’s all for now!