I used to do a reflective post every year, but for the last couple things had been pretty stable so I skipped it. That said, I felt like 2013 was eventful enough where I wanted to look back a bit - so let's go through it.
1. I did some new conventions I branched out in my cons in 2013, trying a nice little con in Milwaukee called Nezumi Con and I was the artist guest of honor at Anomaly Con out in Denver, CO. I had a great time at both, and I seriously recommend anyone check out both of them.
I'll be back at Nezumi Con in a few weeks, so you should come out and stop by. I won't be back at Anomaly Con (I only was able to go since they had me out as a guest), but if you're in Denver it's a great time. Their staff was super awesome, and I was glad for the opportunity to do a show in that region since I rarely do.
2. I launched a new podcast This summer I started a new podcast with "ProfessorPher" and "Nick Izumi" and it's been going really well. We've done Nerd & Tie every fortnight, and a good number of you have been listening - including those of you who came out for our first live show back in November at Daisho Con. It's been a pleasure working with those two, as they're both exceptionally talented.
If you haven't checked out their live talkshow styled panel, Otaku Tonight, you should at the next con they're doing - Anime Milwaukee. You should also come out the next time we do a live episode of Nerd & Tie, which is likely going to be No Brand Con in April.
3. I did a full year of color comics I'd done spots of color in UnCONventional over the years, but 2013 was the first year where I did the entire thing in color. It turned out well, and I'm happy with the results. I have big plans for the future of that comic strip, but for now I'm happy with the way things are.
4. I was reminded the Con scene is a darker place than I like to pretend it is Bad stuff happened this year in the con scene, but bad stuff happens every year. The good news is that now we're finally talking about it (even if some people would prefer we didn't). Stuff is still pretty bad, but at least we know how to fix it now.
And that gives me hope
So yeah, that was my 2013 more or less. I also went to the drive in more often and explored some towns I'd never been to before. All in all, a good year. Here's looking forward to 2014.