Friday, September 27, 2013

T minus 13 days until NYCC!!!!

September starts the cascade of events that eventually lead to New Year's Day.  New Year's Day basically means a wicked hangover and panting.  By panting, I mean finally stopping to take a breath.  Only 13 days until Comic Con!

Until then, I'm pretty much painting when I'm not eating, sleeping, or working.  Lately, a lot has been happening.  I've gained some pretty awesome studio space!  ^.^

Yay!  Studio space!
Promotional SoKo Cat items have been ordered and are beginning to trickle in!

This will be my postcard and sticker!

My buttons!

I'm buying a bunch of small items for Chiller Theatre so I can have items ranging from $1 to lots!

 Aaaand here are my current works in progress for NYCC and Chiller!

Zombie Candy Corns and GID Marley's Ghost - dia de los muertos variant
Marley's Ghost - bloody variant

Top: mini candy/caramel apple dunny WIP / Bottom: NYCC exclusives

Originally for Chiller, but as of last night, someone may have bought it and its mate. ^.^

So very exhausted tired always covered in paint excited!

Ok, kiddies.  I has the works to finish.  Be good and remember: drinking too much apple cider will give you a belly ache and etc.  But mostly etc.  If you don't know what I mean, drink too much apple cider.  Then you will know.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Crunch Time

I ignored looming deadlines in college.  Traditionally, crunch time was after the sun set the night before whatever it was that I had put off was due.  Today, however, after learning about time management and completing projects here in the non-academic world, I call less than a month crunch time.  This is mostly due to the laundry list of things I need to complete by October 10th.  Then we start the dance again for things due on October 25th.

There are currently two things that are on my radar:  NYCC exclusives and promotional items.

Last week, I appeared on the NYCC website.

Look!  There's me!

 This is a really large achievement, and I'm so grateful for everyone for their encouragement and faith in my abilities and talents (Adam, Kris, Mike Die, Cash Cannon, Eric, Karen, Liz, the Robs, NEMO, Benny, Rsin...the list could seriously go on for days.)  Details of my signings and some exclusives are available on the Tenacious Toys website.  I know about half of the artists listed here personally, and they are a talented, friendly, quirky bunch.  Very much looking forward to spending time with them at NYCC!

Needless to say, I am elated.  I'm also crunched for time.  At signings, it is common for artists to offer promotional items such as post cards, buttons, and stickers.  Well, crap.  I don't have any of that, so in a very short amount of time, I have done preliminary sketches and am currently working with two or three different companies' art teams to create something remotely presentable.  That, in itself, is a full time job.  I also have the other full time job that involves me actually painting all of these things for these cons.  And on top of that, there's my normal 9-5 job that involves zero art.  But, hey.  It's my office ennui that allows me to spend the money on these post cards, buttons, and stickers.  I'd definitely say it's worth it.

But I love it.  I absolutely love it and wouldn't dream of complaining lest I sound pretentious.  (ex: "Ohhh, I WISH I had time to hang out, but I'm just so busy being impooorrtant"...ok, maybe not EXACTLY like that.)

What should you expect at NYCC from SoKo Cat?  How about we look at these handy dandy pictures and find out :)

Zombie Candy Corn - Tenacious Toys NYCC Exclusive
Marley's Ghost - KiD iNK iNDUSTRiES NYCC Exclusive

Not all of the Marley's Ghosts are glow in the dark, so I will definitely have more than one paint scheme.  The ZCCs are all the same.

On top of that, I've had a recent Bronzebeet release:


And then there's the artist sketch cards for people who purchase things at the cons:

Buttons and post cards not shown because they're not yet presentable.  Once they're here, I'll gladly show them to you.

So, kiddies, who will be at NYCC or Chiller Theatre this year?  SoKo Cat.  I hope you can make it!  It would be wonderful to meet you.

That's really about all for now.  I'll check back in soon with updates and more pictures!

Stay nerdy, chummers.  And always remember to floss.  Seriously.  Gingivitis is not fun, and a receding gumline is pretty much permanent!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Wrath of Cons

You see what I did there?  I made a pun ^.^

In all honesty, though, it is an accurate pun.  I have two conventions coming up in October, and SO much work to do!  Will someone PLEASE tell me why I've also agreed to some commission pieces in the middle of all of this madness?  Oh yes, because it's FUN!  That wasn't sarcasm, peeps.  When my eyes start to cross because I've been staring at Dunny heads for too long, it's good to pick up a Greasebat and work on something else.

That's a good tip, kiddies!  Always juggle three different projects.  No, really.  I promise I'm not being sarcastic, and I promise I'm not trying to sabotage you!  This is especially helpful when you're working on projects what have components that need to set or dry.  Washing, for instance, puts dark colors into the recesses.  It takes a good long time to completely dry, and if you're impatient, odds are you'll just ruin everything.  Truth.

Currently, I'm working on a number of things -- some of these things are TOP SECRET and will unfortunately not be revealed until I'm given the OK to do so (or until NYCC releases it).  I'll give you a slight spoiler alert and let you know that I will be doing signings at at least two booths!  Details will be revealed later this month.

(Wow, that sounds important and dramatic.  Speaking of important and dramatic, it always surprises me when people email me and are surprised and delighted to receive a personal and warm email as a response.  Yes, I answer my own emails!  No, I don't have minions to do such emailing.  Yes, I'd love minions to do my bidding.  No, you cannot be my minion.  But you can feel free to email me at any given time, and I will most likely email you back that day.  No, this does not mean you should go overboard and email me everything all the time always.)

Those caramel/candy apple Dunnys were very popular, but I did get some requests for less expensive versions.  Well, zip zap zoom abracadabra!  I will be making them using only the Dunny heads, and will be selling them for $30 each.  BAM.  There's your press release.  That JUST happened.  I'll have some up in my store for those of you who are not willing to travel all the way to Chiller Theatre.

On top of that, there will be lots of painted zombies, zombie candy corns, Baby Deadbeets, Argonaut Resins Series 2 monster magnets, O'Bots, and a few EPIC collaborations!  That's all I can say for now.  Whether I'm being cryptic because I don't want to spoil any surprises until at least October 1 or I can't remember everything off the top of my head is up to you to decide.

More updates soon!  In the meantime, go to my Instagram page to see what's on the menu.  What's on my plate?  How full my plate is? 

What I'm working on. 


Remember: three different projects or it's inefficient!  Unless you don't care about being which case I shrug my shoulders.  Whatevs works best for you!  I will not tell you how to run your life or do your art.  That's the wonderful thing about art: it's never wrong!  It's a freakin' artistic expression!  Ug, now I sound like a hippie.  I'm gonna go and wash my hands, finish up some work, and go home.  Oh, bed.  How I look forward to your fluffy, warm, awesomeness.  All in due time, my dear.  All in due time.

hahahahaha...I think I'm sleep deprived.  Damn you, late night art! *fist shake*



Custom Angel Micro Negora

Custom Angel Micro Negora are officially up in my store for sale!