It's the spring, which means it's time for new print collections of UnCONventional
and The Chronicles of Crosarth
to hit the (mostly virtual) shelves! While it's true that my comics are all still available online for free, I know some people like to hold dead tree versions in their hands... so yeah. It's pretty neat.
You can buy both of these directly from my Createspace shops (UnCONventional Book 6
, The Chronicles of Crosarth Volume 2 Part 2
), or you can get them on Amazon.com
too. If you DO buy the books, please consider reviewing them on Amazon.com as well.
If you want to pick up copies from me in person
, I will be doing some convention appearances over the next few months. I've been cutting back on them this year (to focus on the Nerd & Tie Expo
), but I'm still doing a few. This is where you'll find me over the next couple months:
- INDYpendent Show (Apr 3)
Wyndham West Hotel and Convention Center
- No Brand Con (Apr 15-17)
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
- Anime Central (May 20-22)
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
The main advantage, of course, is that if you buy a book in person I can sign the thing and scribble all over it if you want me to. The disadvantage is that I'm probably not doing any cons outside of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for the rest of the year -- and mostly just the latter two.
But yeah, if you're impatient, you can literally buy them right now
. Get 'em while they're hot. And remember, if you don't
want dead tree versions but still want to help support me, I always have a Patreon running
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Some of you may be aware that in December AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf filed a defamation suit
in the state of Iowa against me for articles I published over on Nerd & Tie
. After I launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover my legal costs, Kopf had the lawsuit amended
to include Pher Sturz (who had vocally supported me on Facebook).
Well, for the first time since this ordeal started, I'm happy to report some good news.
In February my lawyer filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds of personal jurisdiction, and I'm pleased to announce that yesterday that motion was granted. For now, it seems, I am (at least personally) out of the woods.
Now, this doesn't mean this thing is over. The case is still active for Pher Sturz, and he'll need to file his own motion to dismiss. That motion would also
need to be granted by a judge, so the suit doesn't end until that happens. Likewise, this also doesn't prevent Kopf from trying to bring a case against me in Indiana (where I actually live).
But it's still wonderful news, and things are moving in the right direction.
Aaaand Kopf's attorney has filed a Motion for Reconsideration of the Dismissal ruling and also a request to do jurisdictional discovery. Because of course he did.
Hopefully the final update
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Friendly Reminder: You Can Still Support The Ryan Kopf is Suing Me Legal Fund! Y'know, because it's still happening and all.
So I always have about twenty competing project ideas going on in my head, but I'm forced to put them off to the side because, frankly, UnCONventional
and The Chronicles of Crosarth
suck up most of the time I can dedicate to creative projects.
That said, sometimes I still like to poke around at these ideas and flesh them out -- just to see what they'd be like if I ever got around to having the time to pursue them.
This particular example, Intersections with the Corridor
, is one that is literally based off of a dream I had almost sixteen years ago. The concept is simple - playing with the multiverse.
"The Corridor" itself is a passageway that connects the various multiverse. It's ancient and in a state of disrepair. While it was clearly built by someone
, whoever did so has long since abandoned it. I have a lot developed for this project, but I just haven't had time to do anything for it.
I hope I will one day.
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So we do a lot of stuff at Nerd & Tie. We're starting a new convention
, produce a podcast
, just launched a new show
, run panels at conventions, maintain a geek news blog
, and provide in-depth coverage about conventions
. That last one is a particular point of pride for us, as we do our best to dig for stories most other convention news blogs avoid or don't take time to investigate. Most of that coverage starts with reader tips sent to us via our contact form or email address.
AnimeCon.org/Chrono LC CEO Ryan Kopf has apparently taken issue with our coverage of some of his events though, and last week I was served a petition at my home. Ryan Kopf is suing me for defamation in the state of Iowa.
The case (CVCV295431) is specifically about the following two articles:
Now, I don't want to discuss details, but I still stand by what I wrote - as do Nick and Pher (who co-own Nerd & Tie with me). I have secured legal counsel, and intend to fight.
But this isn't going to be cheap for me.
Because of this, I'm launching a GoFundMe campaign
to try and cover my legal costs. If you can contribute, please do - as we aren't exactly a big operation at Nerd & Tie, and can only continue with the help of people like you.
Wish us luck... and, y'know, help out if you can
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So the headline implies that there's a whole new LP of Lt. Snorkel music sitting out there... and, well, that's not really true
. What came out today is a "new" album of Lt. Snorkel music which has largely been released before. What I did was go back to the source files and remix (and in some instances re-record) some of my favorite original songs. So this is like a "greatest hits" album... if I had any actual "hits."
It's called "Recurring Dreams
," and you should check it out.
The reason for this is that I've put the album up on BandCamp -- so while it's still free, you now have the option to pay for tracks if you actually want to. Also it makes my more accessible tracks a bit more accessible than before, instead of being buried between weird, esoteric stuff.
So yeah, check it out
. It's fun.
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Okay, so I've been super busy this month with keeping comics updated (November is always crazy for UnCONventional
), writing content for Nerd & Tie
, organizing a new convention
, and that pesky day job... I almost forgot to mention that I'm going to be at a convention this Sunday!
That's right, it's time for the Fall 2015 INDYpendent Show
It's being held this Sunday (November 15th) from 10am-5pm at the Airport Radisson in Indianapolis, IN. The INDYpendent show is kind of a unique event, exclusively featuring independent artists and publishers from around Indiana. It's probably one of my favorite events, and I try to do it whenever I can.
Admission is only $4 ($2 for student) and it should be a pretty awesome time. They're also adding a whole bunch of Podcasting stuff this time (although I'm just going on my own -- we're not bringing any Nerd & Tie
stuff), which is pretty damned cool.
So if you're in Indiana and you'd like to spend a Sunday talking with a wide variety of creators (including yours truly), you should come down and check out the event. I've done this show twice before, and I can guarantee it'll be friggin' awesome.
This is my last con for 2015, as I won't be doing Daisho Con this year. I literally have never missed a Daisho Con since it was founded. I was a vendor and featured musical performer (hey remember back when I had a band?) at the first Daisho Con, and went back in some capacity every single time... until now. The stars just didn't align this time, and it's kind of sad. I'm still sorting out my 2016 commitments, but I'm sure I'll be back the area at least by No Brand Con (which I wouldn't miss for the world) in the spring.
So fret not, Wisconsin friends -- I shall return! Just not as soon as I'd like.
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We all have dreams. I've yet to ever meet a person who didn't have something that they didn't fantasize about one day achieving or doing. But most of us just sit around, never doing anything about it. Here's the thing - you don't have to.
Life circumstances may get in the way, and maybe it really is
out of your reach -- but sometimes you'll be given an opportunity. And when opportunity presents itself, you need to take it
There are times in my life where I've taken the opportunities in front of me - when I got the chance to build No Brand Con from scratch with a few friends of mine. We ended up building an event that changed the way cons were run in the region, and inspired a generation of event runners.
There are times in my life where I didn't
take the opportunities in front of me. I let my own fears and anxieties hold me back. Now, I don't know if I would have been a success
if I had taken them, but I know that the only regrets I have in this life are that I never tried
when I could have.
I know people who don't follow their dreams because they have obligations or people counting on them -- and that's admirable. I hope their situation improves where they can one day reach for more. But I also know people who sit around and talk big... yet never doing anything.
Opportunity is sitting right in front of those people, but they don't take it.
And I honestly sit here wondering why
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Today is my birthday, and like most of my birthdays... umm... it's not that different than a normal day. It's only notable that it's my thirty-fifth birthday, which means I am now, officially, no longer part of the mainstream "eighteen to thirty-four year old" demographic media seems designed for. I am, officially, no longer "young" according to most people.
Well, the massive bald spot growing on the back of my head told me that already, but still.
I honestly haven't had a lot of time to ponder it though, because most of my mental energy has been focused on this thing:
Yes, that's right -- the Nerd & Tie Expo
. We announced it a couple of weeks ago, and we've now launched an Indiegogo Campaign
to raise funds for the event.
We want to run the best convention we can, and even if you're willing to just throw a few bucks our way we'd really appreciate it. In exchange we've got some pretty decent rewards - including basic stuff, like admission to the event to some absolutely bonkers options.
We think it's a good deal.
Honestly, between the blog and the convention, Nerd & Tie dominates a lot of my creative energy. It's been really obvious in how this blog has slowed down as I'm writing multiple news stories a day over at the other site. This blog isn't going away any time soon, but it's not likely to have more than the occasional posts now...
...but you've probably noticed that already.
Ah well, such is life. At least I'm having fun.
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I realize that there are people who read my personal blog who don't read Nerd & Tie
, so even though we let the cat out of the bag last weekend, you might not know that I'm starting a new convention with my cohorts over there.
It's called the Nerd & Tie Expo
, and it's coming to Eau Claire, WI next year.
For those paying attention, this is the huge news I've been sitting on for a few months, as we wanted to make sure that all the contracts were signed and that we could really pull this off. We'll be starting a crowdfunding campaign pretty soon to raise capital for the event, and I'm hoping you choose to help us bring this bizarre dream to reality.
For the most part, I've been out of running cons for a few years -- but like many addicts, I'm relapsing. We're doing it in a familiar location too, so it's really, really exciting.
We've got a great team of people running this event, including staffers I've worked with for over a decade. This is really an all-star team putting together this event, and I think this, long term, has the opportunity to be one of the best regional cons anyone has ever seen.
Y'know, assuming we don't screw it up.
I don't have a whole lot more to say at this moment that I didn't say over on my announcement post
, but if you watch that space (and this one) you'll see some great guest announcements over the next few months and a whole lot of awesomeness.
Again, I'm really, really excited.
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