On a journey north to visit her ailing grandmother, Elanore Redley encounters the reclusive Count Wolfram while fleeing a monstrous pursuer.
As the mysterious Wolfram draws her into his magic-filled world, her childhood friend Edmund must come to terms with his own feelings towards Elanore and his identity as a hunter.
While the world slips into darkness and the threat of monsters looms, Wolfram struggles against a fate that would force him to live out a famous but decidedly unpleasant fairy tale.
“Red Riding Hood” is the introductory book to “Tales of the Big Bad Wolf”–an epic fairy tale world full of romance, mystery, and self-discovery.
PLUMSPEAK:
Hi all — it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted any art. I’ve been focusing a lot on this project the past six-eight months!  This is the cover of the paperback version compiling the “Red Riding Hood” arc from “Tales of the Big Bad Wolf,” which is a weekly serial that has been running since 2010.
The art from this cover actually is part of a larger piece I did featuring the three major characters. However, by going for a cut-off view of the lead, the sense of drama was amplified further.  
In any case, I will try NOT to spam you too much but I wanted to share that the paperback was made available at Sparkler Distro this past Monday!  It represents a year of me going through multiple proofs and trying to improve my Microsoft-Word-fu. ha!
The neat thing about this is that you can read the pre-edited version for free! Just follow the link now for the books and more information http://sparklermonthly.com/product-category/big-bad-wolf/
And since I have like no tumblr presence here (other than the random viral posts involving cosplayers and Labyrinth), I do appreciate any sharing/reblogging you can do :).  

On a journey north to visit her ailing grandmother, Elanore Redley encounters the reclusive Count Wolfram while fleeing a monstrous pursuer.

As the mysterious Wolfram draws her into his magic-filled world, her childhood friend Edmund must come to terms with his own feelings towards Elanore and his identity as a hunter.

While the world slips into darkness and the threat of monsters looms, Wolfram struggles against a fate that would force him to live out a famous but decidedly unpleasant fairy tale.

“Red Riding Hood” is the introductory book to “Tales of the Big Bad Wolf”–an epic fairy tale world full of romance, mystery, and self-discovery.

PLUMSPEAK:

Hi all — it feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted any art. I’ve been focusing a lot on this project the past six-eight months!  This is the cover of the paperback version compiling the “Red Riding Hood” arc from “Tales of the Big Bad Wolf,” which is a weekly serial that has been running since 2010.

The art from this cover actually is part of a larger piece I did featuring the three major characters. However, by going for a cut-off view of the lead, the sense of drama was amplified further.  

In any case, I will try NOT to spam you too much but I wanted to share that the paperback was made available at Sparkler Distro this past Monday!  It represents a year of me going through multiple proofs and trying to improve my Microsoft-Word-fu. ha!

The neat thing about this is that you can read the pre-edited version for free! Just follow the link now for the books and more information http://sparklermonthly.com/product-category/big-bad-wolf/

And since I have like no tumblr presence here (other than the random viral posts involving cosplayers and Labyrinth), I do appreciate any sharing/reblogging you can do :).  

Get your Paperback! | Queen of Swans updates!

Queen of Swans update | Order your Red Riding Hood Paperback! #serial #fairytales #fantasy

book_squareNew readers: Explore a fantasy world full of the fairy tales that you only thought you knew. Start with Volume 1: “Red Riding Hood” here or consult the “Guide for New Readers” above.

Continuing Readers:  Chapter 14, “The Moving Shadows” of “Queen of Swans” concludes! 

And here’s the best part of this post.  The “Red Riding Hood” will be available (later) tonight at Sparkler Distro’s storefront at 

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Chapter 14 of Queen of Swans continues

Flying objects. Mud tornadoes. Chapter 14 of Queen of Swans continues! #amwriting #fantasy

New readers: Explore a fantasy world full of the tales that you only thought you knew. Start with Volume 1: “Red Riding Hood” here or consult the “Guide for New Readers” above. Thank you for stopping by!

Continuing Readers: Naughty powerful beings. Flying objects. Mud tornadoes. It’s all incredibly bizarre and frightening at the same time in the land of Swans.  “The Moving Shadows” (Chapter 14)…

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"Bonjour Montreal" or s-girl makes another video on her phone.

From a trip, May 2014

In this case, took the 40 second clip made in splice+imovie and then exported it out to the Mac version of imovie which has a few more transitions and titles options. Also changed the soundtrack from the first one since I was adding more content via additional pictures and video.

I have been looking forward to seeing how Kiriska was going to write up her weekend here in Atlanta with me for Momocon.  You can tell my big-sister side was totally coming out… there are TONS OF FOOD PICTURES from the places I made her eat at xD.  

Also, lots of shots of my booth by accident because of all you cosplayers.

But no shots of me because I’m secretive like that >_>

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artist-black:

Alright so this is what happened at Fanime 2014

Two staff members came to my booth and told me that one of the dealers in the Dealers Hall was selling my DMMD print. We went over to the dealer’s booth, and staff immediately confronted her, asking, “Where did you get this print?” The dealer did…

This unfortunately not the first time I’ve heard of such a practice. Saw this at Megacon a few years back and the con staff did try to hunt the vendor down but he or she left before they could be confronted.

This was also reported at Japan Expo several years back:

http://tavington.deviantart.com/journal/STOLEN-ART-AT-MCM-EXPO-Lookout-this-weekend-305116737

http://tavington.deviantart.com/art/art-thief-314416729  

Edit: Sacanime as well: http://silencedrowns.tumblr.com/post/59753142373/t1mco-art-thieves-at-sacanime-this-is-pretty

Some general precautions for artists — watermark your work. Not just once,but several times (subtle and not so subtle). Don’t post high-res images to the web. Drop the dpi. 

The artist did the right thing in this case — and that was to work with staff and friends to document what was going on as well. 

Guest art! Wolves, Swans, and Elves

Guest art, Queen of Swans! Wolves, Swans, and Elves #momocon #serial #fairytales

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New readers:  You may wish to jump in with Volume 1: “Red Riding Hood” here or consult the “Guide for New Readers” above. Thank you for stopping by!

Continuing Readers: No new update this week but convention sketches from other artists below. In case you still need to catch up, read last week’s entry in which one member of the party reveals something he’d rather not. Queen of Swans Chapter 12…

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News: Starter Serials Enters the Fray and other “serial player” changes

Online Novel News: Starter Serials Enters the Fray and other “serial player” changes #serial

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Hi guys – Back from a fan convention with a few stories to tell whenever I can recover from all this traveling and crazy convention prep!

The end of May marks the soft launch of StarterSerials.comby Drew Hayes and his posse.  (The man doesn’t sleep apparently). He had written me via email to solicit my thoughts about “what’s needed in the indie community” and where a new webfiction or web serial…

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Momocon has been a consistently good convention — happy people, increasing attendance, and nice staff.  

I’m definitely a bit cramped and tired after an intense four days but was glad to see new artists and some old familiar faces. 

First, I’d like to thank all of you who bought prints from me. I was tickled that many people said “Hey, I saw your stuff on Tumblr.” For once, hashtagging actually WORKED for advertising my stuff at the con. 

I also reconnected with a lot of customers from years past.  Very happy about that as I will be off from AWA this fall and just enjoying the convention like the rest of them.   I appreciate that many of them made a point to buy something as part of their Momocon experience. Also, several stopped by more than once to talk. I love that they took the time to see how I was doing and also tell me about their convention experience. (I also made a list of what they said I had to watch as they know I only draw what I watch! :3 )

 Business stuff

For the curious, I did increase my profits from last year significantly by 50%. That is a pretty staggering amount considering that every year we’ve had different locations. I have to say the signage and location helped tremendously.  I was able to almost nearly close out several prints (to my relief) although I still have some ways to go.  

Also, I did sell books, much to my surprise.  They only comprised about 10% of overall sales so I have to warn folks that from a product standpoint, I did not break even on those items yet.  Authors shouldn’t expect to go to a con just for one book and make back their table cost with no other product. That said — I had questions as well from attendees about the book itself, the process, and my motivations as a creator.

I really hope some of them will come back and chat with me further or become regular visitors to the full serial site at talesofthebigbadwolf.com

Rest of 2014 

Conventions: 

In any case, I will be like the rest of you this year and just enjoying what cons I’m able to go to as a visitor.  If you think you’ll be at AWA and want to grab coffee or a meal, ping me as we get closer! 

I’m going to try to go to some oddball conventions the rest of the year, possible in different parts of the country. Tell me of any good ones you know where there’s a healthy artist alley and booksellers. I really want to hear about them!

Creating:

I’ve just got to hunker down and finish Volume 2 of the serial and also work on refreshing merchandise for Volume 1. Trying to work out also what I’ll do after Volume 2 is wrapped up.   Thinking about a prequel Cupid/Psyche (Beauty and the Beast) illustrated work instead of Sleeping Beauty OR working on a children’s webcomic for a while.  I’m trying very hard to expand my platform but to do that I need to find new ways of finding readers.

Other projects? Are you nuts

Possibly. I’ll wait until I’ve actually really started contributing but there’s something small in the works that I want to help out with — more of a mentoring role in the creative realm, but will keep mum for now :3