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2013 in Review!

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This year is best described as OVERWHELMING. In the good ways! But also in the very exhausting ways.

Art Things:
- Had interviews with JetPens and HoustonPress
- Talked with girls so they could get their Comic Artist Girl Scouts badge with Jessi
- Got a Daily Deviation on my business card design
- MANGA STUDIO 5 CAME INTO MY LIFE
- Went from about 300ish followers to just about hitting 1000 on Tumblr this year
- Sold at my first con outside of Texas!
- Built a relationship with a WONDERFUL printer, Catprint
- Had an amazing time selling at an Adventure Time gallery show
- Made a con banner (which I need to replace because of Kara’s new design)
- Changed my Username everywhere to JamieKinosian

Non Art:
- Rammy came over for a week!
- Met Bruce Boxleitner (Tron)
- Met Dee Bradley Baker (The Voice of Viewtiful Joe)
- Adopted a wonderful pet Leopard Gecko, Legate Vincent
- Maintained plants successfully
- Got a 3DS and a WiiU
- Saw Anamanaguchi
- Went to Video Games Live (fourth year)

Entertainment of this year:
Adventure Time
Final Fantasy 9 (Replay)
Trigun (Rewatch)
Star Trek: TNG and DS9
Marathoned all Star Trek movies 1-10
Started Mass Effect

It has bugged me that I’m a bit of an astronomy/space nerd but never found myself into SciFi. The thing is I think SciFi, like Fantasy, so often easily goes into epic stories that comes across as a bit stoic and that’s not really my tastes. And also often end up large stories which are a bit intimidating for me. But I finally got over the hump and started watching Star Trek. I made it through TNG and DS9. The Next Generation was cute and fun, but Deep Space 9 really moved me with the character dynamics. Now I’m taking a bit of a break from Star Trek and playing Mass Effect. Like Star Trek I’ve been wanting to play it but was super intimidated by the amount of it.

I also got into plays this year. I went to my first play, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, with my best friends Jessi and Sasha. I enjoyed it so much that Jessi got me tickets for my birthday to see The Hollow. Which was also brilliant. Just between the two shows I found myself attached to the actors. They’re surprisingly inexpensive and so intimate. It’s a feeling I could get addicted to.

This year’s goals aren’t really that solid. I don’t like to make them too much so anyway.
- Finish the Face the Music pitch pages
- Continue to develop Gods in New York (gonna make a Patreon for posts about it!)
- IMPROVE ART but really that’s a given. Master damn backgrounds and start doing comics
- Make sure I can keep on top of everything and not get too overwhelmed

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

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I finished watching Star Trek: The Next Generation the other night and I almost can’t believe it! I spent about a month only watching it while I was working. It’s kind of funny having a fresh experience with a 25 year old show that most people grew up with.

A lot of people are getting into Star Trek lately, but to be honest it wasn’t because of the movies for me. First of all my husband is a fan, so we’ll have conversations about it sometimes. Often enough that I was familiar with the characters with only watching one or two episodes of each series. I was always too intimidated by the sheer amount of it to even try to approach it.

Data & Spot Commission from Comicpalooza

Data & Spot Commission from Comicpalooza

But a big factor that got me to finally jump in was conventions! At Comicpalooza I did a commission of Data & Spot and I was so excited that I watched every episode that had Spot in it. I’m boring and Data’s my favorite so it really dragged me in. I hadn’t really gotten around to watching more after that due to being busy, but then Space City Con happened. At one point I ran to the bathroom and as Robert Picardo had just walked out of the men’s room, I gave him a smile and a nod (I just do that to people ok). Immediately after my brain went “!!! IT’S THE DOCTOR FROM VOYAGER AND HE’S ADORABLE!!” and felt bad that I was excited but didn’t have the appreciation of having watched the show. Also the original bridge from Enterprise-D was nestled into the Artist Alley for people to take pictures in. It was kind of inconveniently placed so I tripped on it a few times. I wanted to take pictures on it, but again felt bad that I hadn’t seen the show. And at another point I passed John de Lancie walking down a hall. It was kind of frustrating having all of this culture around me that I wanted to experience and appreciate, but couldn’t yet.

AND THAT’S WHERE IT BEGAN. I started finally watching TNG. I’m having a little tiiiiny break before DS9 to let it settle in a little bit more. Hoping to have a marathon of all the movies here soon too!

doodled this on Miiverse on the Nintendo WiiU

doodled this on the Miiverse on the Nintendo WiiU

So here’s kinda ~the final verdict~ on my experience with TNG.

Favorite Episodes (chronological order):
♥ S2E3 Elementary, Dear Data
♥ S3E16 The Offspring
♥ S4E2 Family
S6E16 Birthright Pt. 1
♥ S6E19 Lessons
♥ S7E15 Lower Decks

Favorite Characters:
♥ Team Data (w/Geordi, Lore, Lal, The Soongs, Spot, etc)
♥ Worf & Fam
♥ Guinan

Favorite Minor Characters:
♥ K’Ehleyr
Sergey & Helena Rozhenko
♥ Commander Pulaski
♥ Sito Jaxa
♥ Lieutenant Yar

Scenes from the episode "Family"

Scenes from the episode “Family”

I was so inspired by the whimsical adorableness of Data, but also how he can have some heartbreaking moments. That’s usually how I like it best. I’d say what my favorite moments of his but there are just so many. His daughter, being a Sherlock Holmes fanboy, him as a captain, his haunting brother, his actor, his dreams… I could go on forever. I find it so exciting that Brent Spiner is from Houston! I’m hoping to make a painting that’s a tribute to Data here soon. Here’s a sketch I did of Data & Lore. His line “Often Wrong’s got a broken heart, Can’t even tell his boys apart” made me nearly poop myself.

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There’s a couple characters I wish could have been in the series more, specifically K’Ehleyr and Pulaski. Kind of a weird thought, but I would have loved to have seen K’Ehleyr meet Worf’s parents. It would have been so sweet and I think they would have gotten along well. I wish Pulaski was the doctor through the series. I loved her as a character and I actually would have liked to seen where her relationship with Data would have gone. Everyone on the Enterprise has so much faith in Data and gives him all their support, so it was interesting having one character that didn’t just go along with his fight to achieve humanity and didn’t entirely believe his potential. I wish that dynamic could have evolved as she watched herself be proven wrong.

It feels good to finally jumping into the Star Trek culture after I’ve been wanting to for so long! I’m looking forward to watching the other series.

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JetPens Goodies!

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I actually started planning to make an order through Jetpens before they approached me about the interview. It was a pretty crazy coincidence.

Here’s all the goodies I got:
Pink scotch tape doughnut dispenser
Blue uni color pencil lead .7
Deleter nibs spoon model
Green Pilot Dr. Grip play border shaker mech pencil .7
Pink uni Alpha gel slim mech pencil .3
Zebra disposable brush pen fine
Gold uniball signo
Two white uniball signos
White pilot choose
White uniball signo angelic
Five packs of four pentel pocket brush refills

I’ve been wanting to try out nibs for a long time, and Hell Rammy bought me this tachikawa nib holder that’s been waiting for some nibs to be put in it. Looking forward to see how I’ll like it.

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I couldn’t resist the green .5 mechanical pencil. I was sold the minute I saw you can put a charm on it. I immediately put on the cockatiel charm I got from Jeff who is actually doing cheap commissions right now! Also you can put stuff inside, so I put a few of my Banao stickers I’ve been hoarding. The blue .5 lead is being used with it.

I got the fancy pink .3 mechanical pencil because .3 is pretty much my default pencil. That’s all I use anymore. So I thought it’d be lovely to have a nice one instead of my ugly Steadtler ones. I never lose pens/pencils anymore so I figured it’d be worth the investment to have a cute pink pencil to work with.

I wanted to try out the Zebra brush pens I’ve been seeing some people use lately like Paul Maybury and Fiona Staples. It’ll be interesting to try something different.

The rest is just fun stuff or restocking. ♥ Even with free shipping, my package came in three days. Jetpens really is a remarkable company, and I’m thankful they’re here for us artsy folk.

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An Interesting Return

After I graduated high school and started college, I began dipping my toes into exhibiting at conventions. I started with anime cons for they seemed to have a more relaxed environment. I learned so much and it also helped to drag me out of most of my social anxiety issues.

A few years later I stepped up to doing comic book conventions and felt more comfortable in that environment. However now after several years of strictly doing comic conventions, I thought it’d be fun to return to an anime con and see my old friends. Anime Fest was my first choice as it was always my favorite and most organized anime con in Texas.

It was quite the return. The weekend was full of meeting amazing artists, spoiling myself with One Piece stuff, and fighting off tears every so often being reunited with old friends (many of which were at my wedding). I got to see Jenni, Cindy, Amy Krista, Raimi, Steph, Rebecca, Nostalgia and my old Ace Attorney crew, and just so many more.

One Piece may have been a big influence in getting me to think about going to an anime con and I got some sweet random merch as well as a tiny figure of Robin I’ve been wanting super bad! Thank goodness for that dealer that let me just pay $1 to open more blind boxes so I could get her. And Krista brought a bottle from Japan of Franky Cola. So excited to have such an awesome souvenir.

I couldn’t believe how nice other really talented artists were! Monday was an exciting day of print trades. I’m so flatted so many were willing to. So many of them has beautiful business cards too. You should check out all their incredible work:

Mackenzie WalkerAshley CassadayAmanda Coronado
Grace FongHanna
& AllyJessica WilliamsGreat Impressions
Emily SmithJose EsquivelBethanyWhite Oblivion

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Gods in New York

Alex and Kara REDO REF

Very recently I obtained the domain GodsinNewYork.com, and ever since I have been fueled to make it a more solid reality.

Gods in New York is a comic I’m making about my two characters Alex and Kara and their developing relationship and adventures in New York. Alex is the wood nymph of Central Park that needs to leave her immediate domain for a while. She befriends and room mates with Kara, but brings her energy with her into Kara’s life.

For quite some time I struggled with Kara’s design. I didn’t feel like the characters complemented each other. But very recently and quite out of nowhere I thought about making her black. I was so excited by the thought because it was just felt so perfect, but I had just printed my banner for convention with them on it so I was a bit hesitant at first. I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind and had to go with it before I regretted it. I am so much more inspired by her design now and finally happy with it.

Kara and Alex photo

I’m excited about the way Gods in New York is going and I’m glad these characters have been slowly but surely been coming to life.

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I also just recently commissioned a friends of mine, CJ Rasmussen, to draw them for me! I adore her art, so it means the world to have my characters drawn in her style.

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Getting Rolling Again

June was a lot of struggling to recover from May, but July is a fresh new start. I’ve learned a lot of lessons on how to keep from burning myself out like that again.

But I still have many projects rolling! Crone character art is finished and now I’m on to getting some of the illustrations finished. So hopefully I will have that done shortly.

Following that I will be doing sample pages of the comic Face the Music for writer Meredith Nudo. I’ll be doing all of the art with watercolors.

I was aiming to start my own webcomic during the Spring, but it didn’t seem like a logical idea to jump on it yet while I’m still fresh and adjusting to freelancing. I am still hoping to launch it in the not too distant future. Starting a webcomic is a big responsibility, and I want to make sure I’m ready for it. However I may have a little tease soon~

I also went to Screwattack Gaming Convention a couple of weekends ago which was a blast! It was a refreshing experience. Video games are the biggest influences on me as an artist, so it was nice being around that community and being able to do some art for them. Above are some of the commissions I did there. I’ll definitely be going back if they’ll have me!

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Comicpalooza and Denver Comic Con 2013

The past two weekends I exhibited at both Comicpalooza and Denver Comic Con. Needless to say, I’m exhausted.

Comicpalooza 2013

Overwhelming is the only way I can describe every aspect of Comicpalooza. The amount of support for my work by the Houston community grows beyond what I can even possibly conceive. The entire convention I couldn’t escape from either chatting with people and/or getting commissions done.

I also gave E.K. Weaver a piece of fanart of TJ & Amal which I’m stupid happy that she likes it. On Saturday night I participated in the Live Art Event and watercolored a Stalk from Saga to be auctioned for charity.

Goodies I got:
- Original inked art of faun ladies by my friend Chris Beaver
- Titty Time! Vol 1 by Amanda Lafrenais
- D,O.G.S. of Mars from artist Paul Maybury 
- The Bottom Floor by Karina Farek/Dilfosaur
- Local Heroes by Keith Quinn
- BF-38 Franky figure!!

Goodies I traded:
- Moon Deer & Deer Bird by Shakusaurus
- Iron Man by Karina Farek/Dilfosaur
- Bubblegum, LSP, & Marceline by SeaHorseSpaghetti
- Ice King & Jake buttons from Chelsea/Radtastical
- Freya/Faun lady button from Kaleigh/Kalo

Denver Comic Con 2013

Denver Comic Con was my first convention outside of Texas after doing them for three years. To be honest I was pretty nervous. In Houston I have so much support that I was worried about going somewhere fresh and feeling alien. In the end it was totally a needless worry. So many people were still supportive and wonderful. I did about just as well as Comicpalooza.

It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a con. Sometimes I have a hard time finding guests I’m interested in, but there I almost had too many people I was flipping out over. 

I met Dee Bradley Baker which really means the world to me. He’s the voice actor for Viewtiful Joe who is probably my favorite character from my favorite video game. He makes the character who he is. I’ve wanted his autograph more than anyone else’s for nearly a decade. He was hilarious and a joy to chat with. I’m pretty surprised I held back sobbing afterwards, I was just so happy. As one of the biggest Viewtiful Joe fans out there, it was such an honor.

Chatting with Andy Runton, the creator of Owly, was a big highlight too. His personality matches his work. He’s just a super sweet guy and lovely to talk with. There were other random fun things like chatting with Amy Reeder, listening to Jamal Igle critique a colorist, and getting a Big Barda from Fiona Staples.

The con was even more special for Robert. Two of his all time favorite creators were there, Farel Dalrymple (who I also very much admire) and Dan Parent. To top it all off, TwoMorrows publishing was there, which we have a stupid amount of their books and magazines.

Robert and I road tripped this con too which is an 18 hour drive from Houston. It was all fun and well other than the night driving up there it was storming like a bitch in Oklahoma and Kansas. Then when we checked the news upon arriving at the hotel, it said there were a ton of tornadoes specifically in the areas we were driving through. WHAT FUN!! Glad to know pissing myself driving through that wasn’t unreasonable.

But the weekend was so much fun. Seriously, I’ve been to a butt ton of a cons so it’s some pretty big words claiming this as my favorite convention I’ve attended. I’ve already purchased my table for next year! 

Goodies: 
- Big Barda by Fiona Staples
- Owly shirt and button by Andy Runton
- Band Vol. 1 by Erin & Christine Humiston
- Kitty sticker and magnet by Crystal Carpenter
- Colorful lady pin by Kit Seaton

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Bring It On Conventions & Huge Etsy Update

It is time for me to rock out the coming conventions, and I am ready for them. My two biggest conventions are coming up this month and both are back to back. Comicpalooza in Houston is in a week and a half and Denver Comic Con happening a week after that.

I’ve been working hard to get some nice stuff going for them. I finally got a huge banner made for my tables, so you can find me more easily! I’m so excited to finally have one.

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I also got a buttload of nice prints of my more recent work. I took a chance with these and finally used an online service. Now I’m totally sold on using Catprint as my printer. Their prices are insanely reasonable and the full bleed looks amazing. Getting these in the mail was like it was my birthday.

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All the prints and also some originals are now listed on my Etsy shop!