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MOOSE RIVER PLANZ du jour!

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

OK, so here’s some new little updates for you…

MOOSE RIVER CHAPTER 7:
As you may have noticed, I hit something of a writers block concerning Chapter 7, which, among other things, was a reason for why I stopped writing. BUT, just like all my other ideas, my writers block suddenly flushed itself! Here’s the story:

Initially it was going to start with Emo digging through his stuff to figure out what he was going to bring with him on his move to Anne’s house. He first finds a book of Claire’s which had some written papers of her’s which made Emo all nostalgic, and then Emo’s mom comes out of nowhere and begins to start bitching to Emo for being a failure or something. I didn’t like that one bit, and felt that its pacing was just too slow and would have taken me forever to get to the “rest of the story”.

Next it was just going to fast forward to where Emo would be waiting outside of his house for Anne to pick him up to take him to Anne’s house, to where, in order to kill time, Emo looks through one of his old books and finds Claire’s written papers which would have made him nostalgia for her. But again I felt that THAT was just too boring and not written well, because it would have just started off with a shot of Emo’s house and him standing there. Plus, I couldn’t think of a good excuse for Emo to just start looking through his boxes and “discover” something like this, considering that he would have “discovered” those things when he was packing to begin with.

So without a good way to star this section of the story, I felt that I just couldn’t move forward. It wasn’t until I started singing in my car (and mumbling through the lyrics of the song I didn’t know) that I finally figured out what I needed to do to move the story forward!

What’ll happen is [SPOILER ALERT!!!] that instead of starting off with Emo, it’ll open with Anne in her car driving to pick Emo up… singing along with her music, but mumbling through the bits she doesn’t know. Which’ll be cute and fun and totally relatable, which is what Moose River is all about! Then after Anne picks up Emo, then he’ll act all… well, emo, to where Anne will be all “what’s up?” and Emo will be “check out what I found while packing” and will produce Claire’s written papers which I mentioned above. That’ll tie everything together, as well as in a well written and properly paced manner. Yay! [/END SPOILERS!!!]

…Well, it wasn’t much of a spoiler. But anyways…

With that out of the way, I can finally get moving on actually making pages now! YAAAYYY!!!!! I FEEL GOOD!!!!

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MOOSE RIVER CONVENTION WARES!:

Inspired by all the tshirts Jen has for her comic… and all the money she made with them… I’ve decided to change up my convention booth wares layout. Furthermore, my brother has been inspired by it as well and have conjured up some ideas as well. Thus, here is my con booth plans for 2012!

1. MOOSE RIVER COMICS – Duh. That’s the whole reason why I’m doing cons to begin with! But specifically, I’ll be having Moose River book 1 and 2, as well as my classic (aka shitty) minicomics. I’ll prolly also have chapter 1 in minicomic form (though I think I already have it) just as a cheap introduction to Moose River. Maybe even give them out for free if someone buys…

2. T-SHIRTS! – The other major money maker for my booth. I was Jen’s booth bitch at two separate occasions: in 2005 when she was a fairly fresh comicmaker at Wizard World Chicago, and last weekend at FanimeCon. The key difference between what Jen had at each con was that at FanimeCon she has more, well, BUYABLE stuff. Like t-shirts, which apparently EVERYONE can use, as opposed to posters and prints of artwork, which not many people could use on a regular basis (apart from spiffing up their walls in their room).

ANYWAYS… because of all the success Jen has selling t-shirts, I figure I would just bite the bullet and sell t-shirts at my booth as well. It’ll be a little more “merchandising” than I care to do, and I personally aren’t too keen on actually wearing those kinds of shirts (preferring just plain ol’ logo-free t-shirts)… BUT it doesn’t mean everyone else is like me! In fact, it turns out everyone else actually LOVES witty and/or awesome t-shirts, to the degree that they’ll easily drop $20 on a t-shirt with something super awesome and/or witty like “My Little Ponyta” (My Little Pony AND Pokémon FTW!!!) or the official Nyan/Poptart Cat shirt…. and that all works to my advantage!!

BUT the key here is to make shirts that are actually wearable. For example, until Moose River becomes SO popular that I can make a shirt with JUST Anne’s face on it, I can’t make shirts which are too specific. Instead, I need to make shirts which are a little more generic and/or famous… either making “technically parody” shirts

SOOOO…. the plan is to make an initial, “test the waters” batch of shirts (hopefully through the guys who do Jen’s shirts via a referral) o

SOON: Graduation! SOONER: Comics?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Time for my regular update in order to prove that I’m not dead!

So a couple of things have happened to me recently which have since motivated me to start work on new pages again…

1. I’m 97.2746% finished with school. Graduation is on the horizon! All I need to do is finish my internship and some other last remaining bits and bobs (like technically I’m still a Creative Writing major) and I’ll be finished! Yay!

The bonus part is that now I have a whole bunch of free time which has opened up which previoisly was spent on school but isn’t anymore. Will that free time be spent on new pages? We’ll see! :)

2. I was at FanimeCon 2011 this year, though not with a Moose River booth. My friend and sister-in-arms Jen (of Mystic Revolution fame) did have a booth, however, and I got to be her booth bitch. At the end of the con, I learned how much she made by selling her wares, which was about… well, let’s just say that she made about fifteen to thirty times the amount of cash that *I’VE* made at conventions. HOLY SHIIIIT!!!!

Now, ok, true, her wares had a higher price point than mine–for example, my Moose River books one and two are $10 and my minis are like $1-$3, versus her wares which are between $12-$20–but still… That’s a lot of dough, and I wouldn’t mind getting in on some of that! :D

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So what does this mean for Moose River?

1. I have more time to spend on it… and,

2. The time I spend on it could mean another chance to make that paper! I GOTTA make that paper!

So… I’m more motivated than ever to work on Moose River. BUT, I have said that a lot in the past but narely shat out a single page. So, all I can do is just let the idea of MAD CASH GOTTA MAKE THAT PAPER PAPER fester in my head for a while longer and hopefully it’ll provide enough critical mass to finally implode and be the spark I need to start working on new pages. We can only hope…

…money money money! Mooooonnnnneeeyy! :D

City of Moose River website

Friday, March 25th, 2011

http://www.ci.mooseriver.us/

Check it out! I’m working on a little portfolio site for college to showcase my technical and professional writing capabilities, and I decided to make a fake website for the actual city of Moose River (run by the local Moose River city government and Chamber of Commerce). It’ll have resources for the citizens of Moose River, businesses in Moose River, links to Moose River government agencies (like the local Moose River-based Tuolumne County Green Cross) and all that jazz, all of which will have SOME kind of paper I did which shows what I can to in a technical writing aspect.

I tried my best to make it look like an authentic city website, complete with inoffensive graphics and regular use of royalty-free clip arts, and–best of all (I think)–the city URL “www.ci.mooseriver.us”. The only thing missing is the “ca” in the address (and thus “www.ci.mooseriver.ca.us”), but that wouldn’t be possible because it’s not a real city website and so I may get in trouble for! There may also be some cameos from Moose River citizens in the site, and maybe when I’m done with it, I’ll add links to other Moose River “sister cities”, wherever they may be. :D

However, you might see it while it’s still underconstruction… Just keep an eye on it and eventually it’ll be finished, ok?

So, whaddya think, guys?

New Years 2011 Resolution!

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

What’s my New Years Resolution for 2011? To work on new comics again! I think whatever lump in my throat that made me NOT want to work on new pages has disappeared, and now I REALLLLLYYYY want to make new pages.

But will I be able to finish three chapters (and thus the entire book) by the end of the year? Or maybe, I’ll make it a TEN chapter book? Let’s see! :)

But yeah, I’ll try to get a new pages up soon, just to prove that I mean what I said about wanting to do comics. As if all the new posts I’ve been making and the minor tweaks and updates to the site wasn’t proof enough. :D

Another Post In So Little Time?!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Your eyes dost not decieve you! You are reading ANOTHER post from me! Huzzah!

So here’s what this one is about…

First off, apparently there’s something wrong with the commenting thingy. I’ll try to get that fixed.

Secondly, I’m looking to work on ANOTHER minicomic, MOOSE RIVER RETAILS, which will be the book I work on after MOOSE RIVER. I got the idea that I should write minicomics to get the “feeling” of a book down before I actually make the book. Kinda like a pilot for a TV show. It’ll also gauge people’s opinion’s on the story and see what I’ll need to change for when I actually start work on the book.

So the two minis I wanna work on–Adventure Battlemon and Moose River Retails–will be what’ll be the foundation for the actual books. I may actually continue writing these mini-comics for some of my other ideas so I can at least have something to show for them later on, and at least have a foundation for when it comes time to turn those ideas into books.

I might just be onto something here….!