Sunday, September 30, 2007

Page 39, and the six-month milestone!

Whoo-hoo! Six months of regular, uninterrupted, full-color updates! Take THAT, internet!

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Page 38 - Anime Weekend Atlanta is in Full Swing!

And I'm not there yet... -_-;;

I'll try to get over there later today. Enjoy the comic, folks!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Updates: The Last Resort Twitter Feed, Anime Weekend Atlanta, and FWA

Twitter: The Last Resort feed has a new name! If you're not familiar with Twitter, it allows you to post and receive tiny messages (140 characters or less), and you can set it up to work through facebook, RSS, your cell phone, and instant messenger.

What it basically means is that if you're already in a situation where you're using one of those constantly anyway, it's not much more effort to go and pick up Twitter, especially if you're already on the facebook group.

Anime Weekend Atlanta: This upcoming weekend! If you can make it, I'll try to spot you. Unfortunately I'm still in 'wandering exhibit' mode because I couldn't secure a table, so if you're planning to find me, contact me somehow (reply to this post, email, something to that effect) so I can give you a better idea of where I am.

Furry Weekend Atlanta: Almost six months away, but securing a table here is infinitely trickier because there's two options here to get a table: pay $80 to secure a dealer's table, or try to do it for free and hope to get one of the tables at the same time as everyone else. This would be my first time there, so I'm not sure how fierce competition is at FWA for these tables.

If you've been to FWA previously and have any advice on how to handle working a table there, I could use the advice.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Page 37 comes early this week!

I'm going to be out in the middle of nowhere (i.e. South Carolina) this weekend, so you guys get this week's update early!

... Ssh. Don't tell anyone it's early.

DO tell people about the comic, though. We're coming up on six months of regular updates soon.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Page 36, and Some Facebook Fun.

Is it still racism if they're different species? Probably.

Some notes for future fun:
  1. There is a facebook group for this comic, and it is currently rather small (which is bad). The more people are in it, the more interesting it becomes (which is good).
  2. Last Resort will be visiting Anime Weekend Atlanta, but no tables / panels have been arranged for yet. While I intend to correct that, help in figuring out the best way to pull it off is always appreciated.
Until next time, folks!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mission Complete! Unlocked "New Last Resort Layout"!

Thanks to Llearch and Darkmoon, I've picked up a frickin' sweet new layout which ought to be a good sight spiffier than the old ones. As a bonus, the comic sits a little higher, the site is a little cleaner with fewer columns of content, and . . . we now have the blog on the main page! Now instead of the news posts, I can post to here and have it show up on the front page where it belongs!

More to come as I feel like posting it, but for now . . . New Site Design! YES!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Dragon*Con Post Mortem

The con's been fun, but getting promotion down to a science is still a hard sell. I've got a lot of information recording and general crashing to do once classes finish, but in the meantime, here's hoping the following lists are useful.

Tips for Promotion:
  • Get a damn booth, or at least take over a fan table for a little bit. Giving out random fliers have a pathetic return ratio; most of the cruft tables' material ends up in the trash within six hours if not less.
  • Panels are your friend. The more experience you take in, the more ideas you'll come up with, and that's always useful.
  • Make as many friends as you can. Being an interesting person makes it more likely to see a return for your efforts.
  • The smaller the con, the more likely you'll make an impact. In lieu of this, follow certain tracks.
Tips for Artists:
  • Bring your Art. Don't talk shit without bringing something to back it up. Pamphlets, business cards, demos, sketchbooks, art slides; if it's compact, it's good. If you can give people something to remember you by when they go through their con cruft, it's better.
    • Printing in color is ten times more expensive than black and white. If you do it, it better be worth the money.
  • Don't argue with the people in the Art Show. Yes, they may be arrogant and condescending, but they've been doing this stuff for a lot longer than you and they're the ones with the table and the money to back it up. Even if their art is the just the exact same pair of eyes on fifty different paintings, they at least know how to make money at it.
  • Don't pick fights with the Comic Artists; they're too fucking awesome to want to argue with.
    • If you do disagree, don't do it in defense of your own artwork ("But it's my style!") or a fan-pairing. Pointing out already-successful ventures works much better as a counterpoint.
    • Take notes either way.
  • Focus on the methods more than the content if you do get advice from either type of artist.
For any Con-Goer:
  • Sleep Better, Eat Better, Bring the Damn Vitamins.
  • Don't order at the per-pound buffet; the food is good but you'll be eating out of the consuite the rest of the time from the price.
  • Hand Sanitizer is a must; if not to keep healthy than to get the sticky feeling off your hands.
  • SHOWER; you'll feel (and smell) better.
  • The more you eat, the less you need to sleep. To a point.
  • Don't count on having 'just one' of anything. I managed to ruin a perfectly good pair of jeans in one panel by getting a hideous ink stain.
  • You're carrying too much shit. You just ARE. Pare it down.
    • Your cosplay better be doing double-duty for the bulk.
  • And, most importantly, if you're rooming with unfamiliar people, be honest about any mental/physical issues you have. Sharing a room with people requires several levels of trust and co-ordination, and if you're not acting the way they expect you to, people will get suspicious and rooming will suck (assuming they don't turn on you outright).