The month is ending, WHICH MEANS everybody who’s backed my Patreon so far is getting all their ebooks.
Since we reached the $300 goal, I’m sending an enormous sketchbook package to all current backers. So far it’s 270 pages; I think I can get it to a round 300 pages in the next day. Above, some samples to give you an idea of the breadth of content. Anyone who backs the Patreon (at any amount at all) by October 2 will get this thing.
Thanks everyone so much for your support!!

The month is ending, WHICH MEANS everybody who’s backed my Patreon so far is getting all their ebooks.

Since we reached the $300 goal, I’m sending an enormous sketchbook package to all current backers. So far it’s 270 pages; I think I can get it to a round 300 pages in the next day. Above, some samples to give you an idea of the breadth of content. Anyone who backs the Patreon (at any amount at all) by October 2 will get this thing.

Thanks everyone so much for your support!!

baumbydahm
baumbydahm:

"Let me have your name, and I will ask Glinda if she will receive you." They told who they were, and the girl soldier went into the Castle. After a few moments she came back to say that Dorothy and the others were to be admitted at once.
This is the Chapter 23 illustration, though maybe it pertains a little better to the end of chapter 22. Wrapping up the journey through Oz, finally!
I have a couple more illustrations to post, and will be launching a Kickstarter for the Oz book (with Make that Thing, friends who are good at production & fulfillment) in the near future.

baumbydahm:

"Let me have your name, and I will ask Glinda if she will receive you." They told who they were, and the girl soldier went into the Castle. After a few moments she came back to say that Dorothy and the others were to be admitted at once.

This is the Chapter 23 illustration, though maybe it pertains a little better to the end of chapter 22. Wrapping up the journey through Oz, finally!

I have a couple more illustrations to post, and will be launching a Kickstarter for the Oz book (with Make that Thing, friends who are good at production & fulfillment) in the near future.

baumbydahm
baumbydahm:

The four travelers passed through the rest of the forest in safety, and when they came out from its gloom saw before them a steep hill, covered from top to bottom with great pieces of rock.
"That will be a hard climb," said the Scarecrow, "but we must get over the hill, nevertheless."
This is the chapter 22 opener. ALMOST DONE posting everything here. I counted it all up a little while ago and there are 88 illustrations in total! Anyway I’ll be talking about the plan for the print book shortly…
This one was a little tricky, as I wanted to situate it at the start of the chapter when they reach the hill, and also show a little of Quadling Country beyond, as that’s also a significant part of the chapter and there’s not really another chance to see much of it.
The little heads peeking out are the hammerheads.

baumbydahm:

The four travelers passed through the rest of the forest in safety, and when they came out from its gloom saw before them a steep hill, covered from top to bottom with great pieces of rock.

"That will be a hard climb," said the Scarecrow, "but we must get over the hill, nevertheless."

This is the chapter 22 opener. ALMOST DONE posting everything here. I counted it all up a little while ago and there are 88 illustrations in total! Anyway I’ll be talking about the plan for the print book shortly…

This one was a little tricky, as I wanted to situate it at the start of the chapter when they reach the hill, and also show a little of Quadling Country beyond, as that’s also a significant part of the chapter and there’s not really another chance to see much of it.

The little heads peeking out are the hammerheads.

benignkingdom
benignkingdom:

SPX was last weekend, our first convention tabling with Topatoco, and Becky & Frank & I have barely recovered before we gotta fly off to do two more conventions!
Frank Gibson & Becky Dreistadt are going to be at MONDOCON, in Austin, TX, on September 20 and 21. This is the very first Mondocon, and there’s a hugely impressive guest list of people in illustration and cartooning.
I (Evan) will be at Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR for the same two days. I’m at table F-15 in artist alley! I haven’t done this show before but Portland is a good crowd and the now sadly passed Stumptown Comics Fest was a good show. Also RCCC is run by the folks who do ECCC in Seattle which is a really excellent convention! Signs point to yes.
If you’re in either of those areas we hope you’ll come see us!

Portlaaaaaaand

benignkingdom:

SPX was last weekend, our first convention tabling with Topatoco, and Becky & Frank & I have barely recovered before we gotta fly off to do two more conventions!

Frank Gibson & Becky Dreistadt are going to be at MONDOCON, in Austin, TX, on September 20 and 21. This is the very first Mondocon, and there’s a hugely impressive guest list of people in illustration and cartooning.

I (Evan) will be at Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR for the same two days. I’m at table F-15 in artist alley! I haven’t done this show before but Portland is a good crowd and the now sadly passed Stumptown Comics Fest was a good show. Also RCCC is run by the folks who do ECCC in Seattle which is a really excellent convention! Signs point to yes.

If you’re in either of those areas we hope you’ll come see us!

Portlaaaaaaand

Anonymous asked:

Is there a plan to roll out all four Vattu books in a neat (less expensive than the sum of its parts) collection after the story's finished up? Or is it going to be a more souped-up deluxe special edition type of affair? Or is this all a ridiculous level of prognostication for something that will be occurring in roughly four years?

It is a little too early to make any specific promises, but here’s basically the plan:

Vattu will be 4 books, each in the vicinity of 300 pages but maybe way more. They’ll be published individually in formats to match the first one: 6 by 9 inches with similar design elements and paperback and hardcover versions. Prices will probably be consistent (30 paperback/60 hardcover). The whole thing will be too big to ever fit into one book, so there will never be one book of all of Vattu. Even Order of Tales (~800 pages) is pushing it, and Vattu will be longer.

Waaayyy down the line, when the whole thing is done and I’m phasing out that first format, I might consider doing a 2-volume set, as that would be easier to deal with. It would be nice to have it in two books that are sold together and not prohibitively expensive, and just be done with it. Ooo, maybe two books that come with a matching art/appendix book and they all go in a slipcase together. But I am not in any position to guarantee that that will happen!

I wrote about conventions and independent comics

The last two conventions I exhibited at were SDCC in July, and SPX which was last weekend as you may have heard if you’re on social media in the vicinity of anybody currently involved in the independent comics world. I came out of each of those shows feeling weirdly enlightened about Where Comics Are At, in a wide-angle way.

SDCC was fun but kind of discouraging, and presents an image of what is now, I guess, the Entire entertainment industry in a bluntly capitalistic way: the most space is given to the companies with the most money for it, and the events and products are talked about according to a similar hierarchy. I don’t like it but it makes its own kind of sense and it’s how things are: work that makes money has more mobility in the culture, and barring any strongly-principled management at events like this, the amount of money the work makes will be the thing that decides its place. I try really hard to not get pessimistic about this. And of course popular things can be quality things! I like a lot of popular things. But the connection between popularity and your or my specific notion of quality is tenuous.

I leave SDCC and shows like it having spent huge amounts of money the exhibit there and feeling like what I’m doing is insignificant and untenable. I want to emphasize that this is an issue I have with the philosophy of the show, not with the attendees. I have met some very excellent people who attend SDCC every year.

I came out of SPX this year extremely excited about the huge volume of beautiful and idiosyncratic work being produced by artists working outside of entrenched & monied institutions. It’ll never be the same amount of room as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or whatever, but there is room in the culture for this stuff, in terms of attention and money and enthusiasm. It’s hugely inspiring to me to see so many people making work independently or with publishers they know personally and believe in, and seeing that a lot of that work is sustainable for them, and seeing that a lot of it takes full advantage of its independence by being brutally honest, or strange, or socially conscious.

SPX is run by people who believe in it and are uncompromising in how they do it. I’ve disagreed with some aspects of how it’s put together (honestly, less and less each year), but WAY more than that I value that there’s a specific vision for it and clear steps forward every year. I feel basically the same way about several other shows and organizations, TCAF in particular.

Anyway the image of the Scene that I leave SPX with is something variegated and vibrant. Many people doing ever-better work in an ever-better-connected world where not one of us can really afford a big SDCC booth but there are more opportunities to make space for the work than there have been before.

More and more It seems like kind of an obligation to me to use that space productively and consciously. With that in mind here are some uh “action items” I’ve been thinking about a lot lately for myself and my own relationship to the work & independent/web comics in general; take them as you will:

  • Push yourself in directions that wouldn’t have been available or viable to you a few years or decades ago, when finding an audience for your particular thing was a hundred times harder.
  • Look at creative compromise as a sliding scale: it is impossible not to compromise; making anything at all is a string of compromises and small failures. Compromise or sell out on what you have to, so that you don’t have to on the parts that are most important to you.
  • Be aware of the political context in which you are working. The removal or mitigation of the power of gatekeepers is essentially the change that’s been happening for independent media recently. In their absence, don’t perpetuate the lowest-common-denominator ideas they perpetuate. Don’t think that because you’re not making things for mainstream culture, you’re not participating in the creation of culture and you’re above regressive mainstream ideas. No creative work exists in a political vacuum, and you, independent creative person, have the luxury of some control of what your work is saying on that level.

I started this as a convention recap and now it’s a call to arms or something. All I ever have to say is work hard and be self-critical.

FULL DISCLOSURE I WON AN AWARD. The Ignatzes mean a lot to me and SPX means a lot to me; I’ve been going to it since 2009, longer than any other convention. The jurors and the voters are people with demonstrably excellent taste, so I am really honored to have even been nominated.

I’ll put up some pictures or something less overwrought later!!!!

roguelazer asked:

I love reading your work, especially in print. After enjoying Rice Boy and OoT so much, I decided to read Vattu in print first, rather than online first. Do you have any idea when/if you'll be doing a print run of Vattu Book 2? The Book 1 Kickstarter produced a gorgeous book and I am super-excited for the next one.

I will do that; the Wizard of Oz thing is first so it’ll be a while!! I will make a lot of noise about it when it happens. Thank you so much!

baumbydahm
baumbydahm:

For three days Dorothy heard nothing from Oz.  These were sad days for the little girl, although her friends were all quite happy and contented.
Chapter 17! Skipping around a little here. This is actually the very last drawing I made for the Oz book: I finished it last week and now the book is DONE AND READY TO GO VERY SOON. I’ve been posting art early on the Patreon.

this is the last one I drew but I still have a lot more stuff to post! on the Inter-net!

baumbydahm:

For three days Dorothy heard nothing from Oz.  These were sad days for the little girl, although her friends were all quite happy and contented.

Chapter 17! Skipping around a little here. This is actually the very last drawing I made for the Oz book: I finished it last week and now the book is DONE AND READY TO GO VERY SOON. I’ve been posting art early on the Patreon.

this is the last one I drew but I still have a lot more stuff to post! on the Inter-net!

vattucomic
vattucomic:

Just wrapped up SPX in Bethesda, and I WON THE IGNATZ for Best Online comic!!! SPX and those awards (and the comic for which it is named) mean so much to me and really appreciate the award.Vattu book 3 begins today. This one is a big one, and we’re starting out with the first look so far at the absolute upper echelons of Sahta’s government. Thank you all for bearing with me during the break. I’m looking forward to getting into the thick of this book.The Oz project is wrapping up and a book is happening soon. My Patreon has cleared 300 a month, so everybody who pledges within the month will get a ton of sketchbook pdfs. I’m feeling good and optimistic about the things I am working on, and I really appreciate you reading.

WE’RE BACK Y’ALL
I WON AN AWARD

vattucomic:

Just wrapped up SPX in Bethesda, and I WON THE IGNATZ for Best Online comic!!! SPX and those awards (and the comic for which it is named) mean so much to me and really appreciate the award.

Vattu book 3 begins today. This one is a big one, and we’re starting out with the first look so far at the absolute upper echelons of Sahta’s government. Thank you all for bearing with me during the break. I’m looking forward to getting into the thick of this book.

The Oz project is wrapping up and a book is happening soon. My Patreon has cleared 300 a month, so everybody who pledges within the month will get a ton of sketchbook pdfs. I’m feeling good and optimistic about the things I am working on, and I really appreciate you reading.

WE’RE BACK Y’ALL

I WON AN AWARD