LIFE: Back From Shuto Con

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Kaiden and I at my artist alley booth at Shuto Con 2016.

Thank you, everyone, who stopped by my artist alley table at Shuto Con 2016! It was a blast, and super successful! I can’t wait to do it again next year.

It means the world to me that so many people were interested in my novel! I was able to pass out a lot of business cards with the link, and I even sold some original prints from The Art of Falling. You guys have shown me that not only do you think this story is worth reading, but it’s also worth supporting. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Here are some of my favorite commissions that I drew over the weekend:

ARTICLE: Liar, Liar, Shakespearean pants on fire

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‘The Liar’ mashes Renaissance-style wit and crowd interactions for a unique stage experience.

To lie or not to lie.

That is the question asking in “The Light,” the Department of Music, Theater and Dance’s
current play showing in Varner Studio Hall. It will be shown Nov. 13 through Nov. 23.

Directed by Anthony Guest, the play is adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille. It follows the story of the liar Dorante, played by Gabriel Jamison, and his attempts at winning over the young maiden Clarice, played by Jillian Hoffman.

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LIFE: I’m Going to Shuto Con 2016!

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Big news! I will be attending Shuto Con 2016 in Lansing, Michigan from March 17-20th as a vendor in the Artist Alley.

In addition to selling pencil and ink commissions, 5×7 matted prints of my nature photography, and fan art prints of popular cartoons (including Steven Universe, Teen Titans, Danny Phantom, and Miraculous Ladybug) I will also be selling EXCLUSIVE prints of characters from The Art of Falling! With every AoF print sold, I will be providing the first chapter of the novel and an excerpt from the sequel.

If you or someone you know is going to be at Shuto Con, please stop by my booth at A14 and say hello, support the novel, and give me your feedback! I would be more than happy to meet some readers and fellow fans of great cartoons and anime.

AOF: Mood Music

While I finish up writing the sequel to The Art of Falling, I’ve noticed that I’ve been listening to a lot of Panic! at the Disco. Their music really gets my writing juices flowing, especially for Regal. Brendon Urie is practically the personification of Regal’s allure and energy.

Of course, Panic! at the Disco isn’t the only music that I listen to while I’m writing. I typically create a playlist of songs that either fit the scene I’m writing, or the over mood of the story.

Here’s the playlist that I created for The Art of Falling during the years that I was writing and editing. For those who read the rough draft, do you agree with my choices? For those who haven’t had a chance to read it, what sort of vibes do you get for the book from this playlist? Let me know what you think below!

  1. Panic! at the Disco: Lying is the Most Fun
  2. The Ballroom Thieves: Vampires
  3. Ellie Goulding: On My Mind
  4. Circa Survive – Frozen Creek
  5. Kongos – Come With Me Now
  6. Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood
  7. The Cab – Angel with a Shotgun
  8. Mieka Pauley – Marked Man
  9. Two Gallants – Despite What You’ve Been Told
  10. Adam Lambert – For Your Entertainment
  11. Snow Patrol – The Lightning Strike
  12. Paramore – For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic 
  13. A Perfect Circle – Pet
  14. Linkin Park – What I’ve Done
  15. The Glitch Mob – Bad Wings
  16. Papa Roach – …To Be Loved
  17. The Bravery – Bad Sun
  18. Bastille – Flaws
  19. The Classic Crime – Salt in the Snow
  20. The Paper Kites – Willow Tree March
  21. Emarosa – The Weight of Love Blinds Eyes
  22. Barlow Girl – Never Alone
  23. Fall Out Boy – Just One Yesterday
  24. Silverstein – Burning Hearts
  25. Attention – Your Heart
  26. Breaking Benjamin – Evil Angel
  27. Cover Drive – No One Knows
  28. Jem – 24
  29. Zedd – Clarity
  30. Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 
  31. Radical Face – Welcome Home
  32. Relient K – Devastation and Reform
  33. The Hush Sound – Wine Red