I’ve been meaning to write something about the new year earlier but I’ve been really busting my hump to make sure I achieve some of my goals for 2016. First of all 2015 was pretty damn good. I got to do what I love, and meet people who like what I do and I got to make new friends and I really enjoy all my new fans. You guys are what makes me happy with making comics.
I looked at my list of goals for 2015 and I almost knocked them out.
1. Publish Four Books. I put out issues #2 and #3 of Bunny Vomit (very behind on that, but will be adding more this year) I published my two 24 hour Comics “The Love Machine” and “Almost Ocho”
2. Do 3 Conventions. I did Amazing Arizona Comic-con, Phoenix Comic-con and Tuscon Comic-con. I had a great time, and I hope to do two of those again in 2016 with a few more in tow.
3. Utilize My Online Store: This is something I haven’t done yet. I hope to try this goal this year. Working three jobs leaves little time for a 4th job (maintaining a store) I’ll hope to rectify that before the summer
4 Kick some Ass. Oh man did I do this in spades! I did some math and found out I drew about 150 pages worth of comics during the year. I also started a side project and have been in talks with other artists and writers to create some amazing stuff that’ll be part of my goals in 2016.
So finishing 3 out of the 4 goals is pretty good. I’m going to be adding to that for my new goals of 2016
1. Publish 6 books. I’m going to add to my regular publishing some new books and projects I’m working with other great talents.
2. Finally publish one of my Children’s Books, small books of poetry, and or my Bunny Vomit Coloring Book. I’m going to spread my wings in the publishing arena and add my skillset to some alternative projects. This will either be part of my 6 books, or hopefully on top of the 6 book promise I made just a goal before
3. Do at least 10 Events this year. I am doing a handful of conventions, but I’ll be adding events at local shops on this list. whether it’s FCBD or daily events at all the many awesome Phoenix Comic Shops I will be spewing the word of Bunnyvomit on a more regular basis
4. Finally get that Online store up and running. Nuff said
5. Make 2016 my bitch. Each year has been better than the last, but I am ultimately ready to do what I’ve been destined to do and be that Amazing Cartoonist you all have been saying I am. This will be the year everyone knows what you already knew (before it was cool.)
Even though I despise talking about Christmas music before Christmas, now that Thanksgiving is behind us I can say something about the music of the season. These are the 5 holiday songs I love the most (and unironically in some ways)
- Santa Claus is a Blackman – Akim
- Jingle Bells
- Last Christmas – Wham
- Mary’s Boy Child Jesus
- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
Enjoy your holidays everyone!
I spent the past weekend at Tuscon Comic Con. It was my first time in Tuscon, and my first time at this convention. So many things happened over the weekend but I’ll post all the fun people who came to the show! I never take enough pictures (I’m going to need an assistant for my next convention. inquire at email@example.com)
There is going to be a day where I don’t harass someone dressed up as Tina, today is not that day. Luckily she put down her book of Erotic Friend Fiction to take a look at my personalized Bob’s Burger’s cover I did.
WITNESS!!! Seriously this was such a cool group. This is one of my favorite movies of the year and I was glad to see some amazing outfits.
I told Macho Man, “I don’t want this to get dark, but I think it’s pretty impressive that during the Rapture, God only needed you to fight the Devil and his hordes” “Oh Yeah” might have been his response.
Scarlett Wolfe from Scarlett Wolfe Cosplay came dressed as Link and I had to fight ever urge to drop to one knee and let her break a pot over my head.
The best part of Mabel outfits are: when they are homemade, when they are adorable, and when the girl wearing the outfit is also adorable! Thanks for stopping by all weekend! I spent 97% of my weekend behind my table at the convention, but I ran and might have trampled a few people to pose next to Freddie Mercury, the QUEEN OF ROCK N ROLL!!! Such a wonderful weekend!
Thanks to everyone who came by, and hung out with me. I had awesome hotdogs, heard great things, got to see so many great creators doing what they do best. This is a weekend I won’t forget even with all the booze in the world!
1. Meeting you!
2. Meeting you!
3. selling comics to you!
4. MEETING YOU!!!
5. Meeting you!
For those who know me, you’ll know that I’m rabid shopper at goodwill. I visit various stores during the week and I find some crazy gems. From classic Peanuts Digest books to almost everything I use for my displays during convention season. Thrifting is a way of life for me and I found a wonderful blog by a real Fashionista Carolyn of the blog “DC Goodwill Fashionista“
birdie: I know about 95 percent of my wardrobe is thrifted, how much of your wardrobe is thrifted?
Carolyn: Great question! I would say around 90% is from Goodwill or another secondhand store. The other 10% accounts for mostly shoes, undergarments, and pants, which are harder to find in my size. If I could convert my wardrobe to 100% fully thrifted, I would in a heartbeat!
birdie: I know a big portion of your blog is about the fashion of goodwill, do you also shop for other things such as office supplies, or knick knacks or is clothing and accessories the only thing you shop for?
Carolyn: When I first started shopping at Goodwill, admittedly, I only sought after fashions. However, after moving into my own place, I discovered the housewares section. Since then, I’ve been hooked. I buy everything from dresses to soaps from Goodwill! Office and art supplies (paints, markers, etc.) are definitely a go-to. Being also an artist on the side, cheap art supplies are a necessity! At full price, they can be SUPER expensive.
birdie: The only thing I’m ever hesitant to buy at a thrift store is underwear. Do you have any taboos when it comes to shopping?
Carolyn: Surprisingly, I have none! Underwear, I’m definitely hesitant about at times (especially when it’s used), but everything else is fair game. If it’s in good shape, or unopened, I’m all for it! Plus, Goodwill is usually very good at making sure heavily-loved and yucky items don’t hit the store floors.
birdie: How long have you been thrifting, and blogging about thrifting?
Carolyn: Holy cow! I’ve been shopping secondhand since I was a kid. I’ve always been a bit frugal, with a love of fashion. I don’t think I’ve paid for anything at full price in years!
birdie: What inspired you to blog about the subject?
Carolyn: I love finding trendy, unique, and/or designer finds, and I realized that people were interested and intrigued in hearing about my scores. Friends and family thought what I would find was cool, but often became tired of my rants. Thus, I took to the streets of the Internet where I found my community.
birdie: I have a map of the stores I visit on a regular basis and I find myself hitting Goodwill 4-6 days a week. How often do you shop at Goodwill?
Carolyn: Oh boy! I wish I went that often! For me, I go on a few weeknights, and always on weekends. I’d say 4 days a week? That’s still a lot compared to the average shopper though . If I could go every day, you know I would!
birdie: About ten years ago I went to a Goodwill Liquidation center and I found an Avocado green Chair that resembles the chair Archie Bunker sat in during All of the Family. I paid $3 for it and it’s one of my favorite things I thrifted. What’s your favorite thing you’ve found?
Carolyn: That’s amazing! Pictures please! I’d love to see. That’s a tough call! Recently, I found 4 pairs of designer sunglasses (including vintage Ray-Bans!), all for $4 or under a pop. Each pair originally retailed for $150! I’ve been on clouds ever since.
birdie: Do you have a shopping strategy, or a plan when you go out shopping?
Carolyn: Friends say that when I hit the racks, they can hear me going through the store because I first go so fast. What I usually do is quickly sift through every section, then I really dive in and pay attention. Also, I usually hit the shoe, dresses, coats, and jewelry sections first because they have items that I’m always looking for. As for housewares, I first always hunt for vintage Pyrex!
birdie: Are there any thrift stores you visit that aren’t goodwill?Carolyn: Sometimes, but Goodwill is where it’s at! It’s so organized, the staff is friendly, and shopping there provides job opportunities for those in my local community.
birdie: I know certain people at Goodwill annoy me, do you have any pet peeves with goodwill shoppers?Carolyn: Just pet peeves with habits. When I see trash and used paper coffee cups hidden in the racks, I get disappointed. Also, I’m pretty tiny, and sometimes people reach over me. But that happens in a lot of situations though! Overall, I’m all about being considerate and attentive at stores. If an item falls of a hanger, I always pick it up.
birdie: What is your favorite thing about shopping at Goodwill?Carolyn: Eek! Just one? I LOVE the staff. I’m always greeted with smiles and amazing customer service. I also love knowing that when I shop, I’m making both myself satisfied, and providing incredible job opportunities to those in my community. It’s a win-win!
birdie: What advice can you give people who shop at goodwill and future fashionistas?Carolyn: For current shoppers, keep doing your thing! If you only shop in one section, don’t be afraid to look through the whole store! You never know what treasures and offerings you’ll find. All of my furniture, kitchenware, and a good percentage of my wardrobe is from Goodwill. They have everything!
Future fashionistas: Just try it! Go to a Goodwill and just look around. Don’t feel pressured an overwhelmed by (sometimes) the large amount of items. There are treasures to be found and you don’t have to be a seasoned Goodwill shopper to get your share of treats. If you are hesitant, bring a friend who does like to go to Goodwill. They’ll show you the ropes! It’s a fun activity/shopping experience to do with a friend anyway
I hope you guys enjoyed this interview. I love shopping at Goodwill, and Carolyn does for the same reasons. So I hope you read her blog (as I do) and follow her on instagram as @thedcgf (the DC Goodwill Fashionista)