If you live in the St Louis area then you need to see me at the Gateway Geekfest in August 28-30th! This is an all encompassing convention that covers more than comics, so there will be something for everyone here! It’s at the Machinist Hall near 270 and St. Charles Rock Road.
Check out their site at Gateway Geek Fest for all the details on special guests and events!
The St. Louis Public Library is having their first mini-comic convention using local artists and it’s FREE TO ATTEND! It is also kid friendly! If you always wanted to stop by my table to check out my work but didn’t want to pay the entrance fee, now’s your chance! Did I say the event is FREE?!
It’s from 10am to 4pm next Saturday (JULY 25th) and is located at the downtown “Central” branch on Olive St. in downtown St. Louis. Visit my APPEARANCES page for a map to the event! I will be selling all of my comics (minus Frik Vol 4 as that is not in print yet), Frik’in Cosplay drawings, Demotivational posters and more!
I hope to see you all there. You have no excuse to miss this! (unless you live out of town, then I’ll let it slide…this time.)
I’ve been in a really bad place inside my head as of late due to not finding a job that I’m qualified for (been applying for over a year now) and not being happy with life in general. I’m in a dark place right now. This is the first digital abstract I’ve created in about four years since all of my time was devoted to my two comics during that time span.
Someone posted a meme that said “God didn’t bring you this far to abandon you” and I’m clinging to that right now, because I truly feel like I’m being ignored and forgotten right now.
While you’re at it, look at the other digital abstract mixed media pieces I’ve made over the years HERE.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has given me support over the last couple of days. Some people even came out of the woodwork to send messages of encouragement and it means a lot to me.
Over 9 years ago it was easy to make the transition to a stay at home dad while working part time freelance from home. The problem is “stay at home dad” no longer applies as my son is in school full time and I’m having a hard time being relevant again in the job market. I’ve been searching for a job for three years now, but only really hardcore for the past 6-12 months. My freelance work has for the most part dried up, so I’m having a very hard time transitioning into the next phase of my life, whatever that is. (What is a mid life crisis for $400 Alex?)
Although I’ve been an artist since the age of eight, around the time my son was born I had big dreams of making it as an artist. Things started out promising and I even managed to show my work in a couple of galleries, but as the years went on the more I realized that this dream will never come true. I had hoped selling my art and comics would be enough to turn it into a living but it hasn’t so I have to let that one go. In the end I focused too much on trying to make money from it instead of just creating art for arts sake.
I realized that I made a lot of poor decisions from 18-25 years old that are now biting me in the butt some years later. I am in this position because of those poor choices, and I can’t be angry at anyone other than myself. Your continued prayers are still greatly appreciated as I muddle through this. Thanks for reading this. Hopefully something goes my way soon.
For a few days now I’ve been preparing my Frik comic for ebooks. Because people will be able to zoom in on their phone or tablet and get really tight on the details, I noticed that since I was still learning the ropes with my volume one, that most of it is incredibly sloppy work. In print you don’t notice this so much, but if you zoom in you absolutely will see the flaws.
One of the wonderful things about creating a digital comic is that I can go back and fix these flaws now that I’m better at the craft, but on the other hand, because I CAN go back and fix them I HAVE to fix them because I’m OCD enough about my work where it’s just something that has to be done without question.
This means, at least to start, this is going to be a very slow process converting this over. Oy.
Five years and 100 episodes later marks the end of FRIK, and today is the last episode. It’s hard to believe I’ve been working on this for five years. It feels like yesterday when the idea solidified in my noggin and just a few months later it was online. I can’t say it was a whirlwind, but more like a steady race to the finish line throughout its run.
I am proud of this comic for multiple reasons. For one, FRIK is the first comic I created since I was a teenager. It’s also something that I could truly call my own. Anything I made as a teen was a crappy knockoff of some 1980s cartoon. FRIK is also better than anything I could come up with artistically back then.
In a few weeks my FRIK site will be going away as the comic is coming to an end. In the meantime I’ve been moving content over from there to here so I don’t lose it. You may find that this site evolves a little bit over the course of the next couple of weeks. Also the Theme change caused a couple of things to break, so I’ll be fixing those as well.
I am extremely picky when it comes to what WordPress theme I use. Being an artist and a designer can do that to you, and for the past week I’ve been trying to find a new theme. The problem is I hate everything I see out there. I picked this current theme because it didn’t look like all the other themes and stood out. There’s a very cookie cutter approach to a lot of the themes on the net, even ones you pay for. Heck, I probably spent a few days looking before I stumbled upon this one.
The problem is, I didn’t realize this theme is not search engine friendly. None of my posts get seen by search engines. Sadly, I didn’t know this till after using the theme for two years. As my Frik comic comes to an end, I am merging that site into this one in June. This means all my “how to” articles will transfer over here, and I don’t want them to get thrown into the abyss that is “unsearchable posts” land.
So expect a theme change in the next week or so. Most likely what I’ll end up doing is using the theme my comics use, with a few modifications. It’s simple and clean and does everything I need. It’s no where near as fancy as this current one, but I have no choice but to change it.
EDIT: The latest WP update that came out today actually killed my theme somehow. This means instead of the revised look happening in a couple of weeks, it happened today. Things will be a little messy for the next few days as I get this all sorted out, thanks!
Today is a bittersweet day for me. I just completed episode #100 of my comic, Frik, and I’m happy and sad all at the same time. I still have a lot of work prepping everything for print, but as far as the creation part of this goes, it’s all over.
I hope you have been keeping up with the current episodes these last couple of months. There are only FIVE episodes left and that’s it! There will be no more new episodes after this. Hurry to the http://frikinhell.com website to catch up on the latest before the new ones go live. Check back each Monday for the new ones!
I have been giving clues throughout the run of this latest volume that tells you what will happen in the final episode, so I hope you’ve been paying attention!
I’m working on the last handful of episodes for Frik Volume 4 and I am quite pleased with how I will end this comic. People who pay attention to the details will notice hints that lead up to the ending. Can’t wait to hear the responses to it, although given the history from the past 5 years that means barely anyone will respond, much less notice, lol.
I am happy to announce that FRIK’IN HELL Volume 4 will be premiering on FRIK’S SITE in just under 2 weeks on December 1st, 2014! Here’s a promo video I made to get everyone up to speed with what happened in the previous volumes! Hope you like it, spent WAY too much time making it!!