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My rent's due this Friday, and my complex charges $50./day late fees, won't work with me (I tried), so no foolin' gotta raise $300. $190. $140. $50. by Friday.

UPDATE $230. to go! $190. $140.   $50. TO GO,  DONE!  YAY! YOU GUYS ROCK! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

So, here's how I'm trying to raise it:
Commissions (shipping inclusive!)
Near-Life Experience Original Art Sales (special pricing!)

There's a lot of images, so scroll down!

Price is $55., payable via PayPal to divalea @ gmail.com, which includes shipping, for a 5x8" watercolor, single figure. I am ace, as it turns out, at painting cats with wings, but I also do amusing portraits and character commissions.
Some recent pieces:





ALSO: Near-Life Experience Original ART SALE!

Any one is just $25., which includes Priority Mail shipping. Except for Making Chicken, which is a three-piece set and is $50., First come, first served!
They're about 5x8 inches, acid-free paper, made with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, Prismacolor pencil, white paint, and an abiding love of the absurd.

SOLD!                                                    SOLD!

Pool People                            Glee                                                    How to go to Bed


Thanks, everyone! Please share the link to this post if you're not in the market for art right now!

Lea at MangaNEXT in New Jersey: NEXT WEEK!

I'll be at MangaNEXT in East Brunswick, NJ, from October 29 through October 31!

MangaNEXT is the only US convention devoted solely to manga, encouraging more manga and doujinshi in its dealer's room and an expanded Artist's Alley.

I'll be there, debuting two completely new programs!

Friday October 29 6-7p:
Otaku no Mori: 12 Stories About 1 Year at Gainax
By December of 1989, I had survived the Loma Prieta quake, had a shoebox containing $1,000 in dollar bills and quarters for catalogs that didn't exist and had been dressed as a Japanese bar hostess. The nervous breakdown was still five months in the future.
Otaku no Mori will a presentation of spoken word with drawings done on the fly. Come see me fling myself into the maw!

Saturday October 30 11a-2p
Manga Boot Camp:
Where do you go when you've devoured every book on being a comicker
from the dreadful to the intimidating? When you have every disc of
tones, two each of every Copic color and type, the latest manga drawing
program, the scripting software, and the 72" flatscreen bajillion
levels of pressure Cintiq?
To boot camp! Learn how to make manga anytime, anywhere.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS HERE: http://manganext.org/node/192

This is a three-hour workshop for artists AND writers, the goal of which is to end with a 1st draft of a nine-page story, or series outline, using the tool of Mike Rohde's Sketchnotes as a kickstart and confidence-builder.

VIDEO: Dear Vincent Painting Playback

One of the things I love about Brushes is that you can grab a playback vid off of the Brushes server. I got the one for Vincent, added some sassy surf-inspired music, and here you go:


Dear Vincent

It's almost Halloween, so I painted Scream King Vincent Price on my iPhone using the Brushes app.


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I Survived 24 Hour Comic Day 2010!


Here's my 2010 24 Hour Comic. Following the first four pages, there's a helpful LJ cut to save bandwidth, and also because there are about 4-5 NFSW pages.
I made it ENTIRELY on an iPhone 3Gs using an app called Brushes for the character drawing, & Brushes plus various photo enhancing apps for the backgrounds. (I mean entirely: notes, painting, textures, lettering, tweeting. EVERYTHING.)

Team Dickcookies (that's me ad my comicking compatriots Kat, Jason and Grady) had a 100% success rate! We ALL got 24 in 24, Jason finished first, Grady second, Kat and I finished at 11 hours, 59 minutes.

We met and mastered at Dragon's Lair in San Antonio, under the bewildered eye of manager Bob Schafer, following the daytime team of Elin and Clint, and evening team of Will. The miserable bane of the previous two years, the appalling Club Antro (it had beds in it, BEDS), was closed for numerous violations (gang violence, fights, etc.), so no glass shelves vibrating to bad music bass from 8:30pm-2am.

Team Dickcookies made up for the Antro-lack with our own outbursts of laughter every half hour from about 6-7pm on through 6am. These guys were seriously funny, and we were all seriously punchy. Most of what we laughed at is still funny to me, but maybe not to anyone who wasn't there. The rest of TD doesn't know it, but I'm assigning them each  24HCD story to draw, because the story of "dickcookies" is too good to write out.


More Jackwagon behind this curtain!Collapse )
More Jackwagon behind this curtain!Collapse )
More Jackwagon behind this curtain!Collapse )

NLEx: Fireflies

A note from the comicker: Near-Life Experience Original Art Sale is going! Most pages are $35. You get cool art, I pay my bills and keep making NLEx! 
Now, the comic!

Inspired by the song "Fireflies" by Owl City. Owl City's official video and Captain Valor's American Sign Language performance follow. Both are massively charming. Thanks to raggedrobin for the ASL link!


I made this from my Tweets about coping with rejections.

It's all gold, people, if we are alchemists.

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roaring dragon, spore, monster friday
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