Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Willow Wednesdays: I was right

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

CATBUS!


Er, and some other Miyazaki characters Willow drew for button designs a couple of years back.

(CATBUS!)

Art © 2016 by Willow. All rights reserved; used by permission. You can view Willow's extensive galleries on DeviantArt and Tumblr, see her updates and works in progress by liking her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and buy prints and much more at her Society6 webstore, including exclusive Monkey Queen items!

(CATBUS!)


Sunday, June 26, 2016

all my life is bloggings from the eye

Sunday is catching up, and we open with Willow news: She will be at the Japan Expo in Paris, July 7-10! She'll be at the Collectif Pin Up booth (Hall 6, booth Q678), with two other talented artists, Pikila and Galaxyspeaking! They'll have lots of goodies for sale, including the shiba dog charms I showed a while back, and Willow's debut graphic novel The Journey Of Earth. If you're going, stop by and tell Willow that Michiko and Beth say "hi"! More info on Japan Expo here, and more after the cut.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kobo sale! This weekend only! (EDIT 7/1: Sale Over, Sorry.)

Do you have a Kobo e-reader or the Kobo app? Do you live in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand? Do you need to catch up on Michiko and Beth? Well, this is your weekend! Head over to your Kobo store and use the promo code 50JUN, and save 50 percent on all five Monkey Queen books! But don't wait - this is only good through Monday, June 27! (And you can get other books as well - US readers click here for more!) Search your Kobo store for "Monkey Queen" or "Robert Dahlen" to find Michiko and Beth's books.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

satanic cats, clockwork Alices, and much-needed vacations

Last week, I shared some work from three good Francophone artists. There are a lot of them out there, though, so I'll be sharing three more...after the cut!

First, from Belgium, is AD_e. Her style is unabashedly and unapologetically cartoony, and an absolute delight. The drawing I'm sharing comes from her DeviantArt page, but she seems to be on Facebook the most. And she is always supportive of younger artists and willing to chat; there may not be a friendlier artist in all of western Europe! (Unless cats from Hell are involved.)


Next is France's Rosy Clockomaton. I discovered her work through Willow, and I am amazed by it. Her work is influenced by steampunk, and she has a great eye for color, character design and costuming. I think I like this Alice better than the ones from the recent movies! She's also on Facebook, but her Tumblr blog seems to be the best place to keep up with her and her work.


And I'll close today with Enalizarine. She's really come along in the last year or so, and I'm eager to see her continue to grow as an artist! She's on Facebook and Tumblr. I hope she enjoys her time off!


All art is, of course, © 2016 by the respective artists. If you have any artists (they don't have to be French!) whose work you like, please share them in the comments!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Willow Wednesdays: Take The Air

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Your Crown Of Kylthena update

It's good news...and bad.

The good is that the final draft is almost done. I need to expand one or two scenes, and then nitpick the draft from first page to last, but when that's finished the book will almost be good to go.

The bad is that Willow's tendinitis is taking longer than expected to heal, and work on her thesis is taking up a lot of her time anyway. At this point, I'm going to have to assume she won't be able to complete the cover until September, which means that the book won't be out until this fall.

I hope you'll forgive me for this delay. Sometimes, life does get in the way. All I can do is make The Crown Of Kylthena the best book I can, take the extra time to improve it and make it worth the wait...and I will.

Thanks for your patience, your understanding and your support.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

if we're all blogging somewhere let's get there soon

Sunday means catching up, and here we go! First, and you'll have to forgive me for the short notice, The Doubleclicks are holding another one of their great livestream shows today, starting at noon Pacific / 3:00 PM Eastern / 8:00 PM GMT / 9:00 PM CET! This one is going to be on Twitch instead of YouTube, so click here if you're on a computer or download the app if you're using a smartphone or tablet, and make sure to set up an account before the show starts. Prizes, possible surprise guests, and the chance of seeing a grown woman dressed as a banana! More after the cut.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Willow Wednesdays: That is one happy sheep

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

where the blogs of society howl

On this sad day, my thoughts are with the survivors of this morning's tragedy in Orlando, the families and friends and loved ones of the victims, and the good people there, especially in their LGBT community. I hold out hope that someday, we can finally fully accept each other's differences and move beyond hate and fear and violence.

Happier topics after the cut.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Willow Wednesdays: I'll be doggoned

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Geeks Doing Good!

Want some cool stuff? Want to help a good cause? Time to do both! Worldbuilders, the organization that harnesses geek energy and good vibes to help great charities, has launched their annual Geeks Doing Good campaign on Indiegogo! Head over there to get lots of cool swag, with the proceeds going to charity! (I've got my eyes on that sweet Karen Hallion calendar, and OMG that coffee...) This campaign closes on June 13, though, so get over there now!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

the spotlight's hitting something that's been known to blog the weather

Happy Sunday! Hope all of you are keeping cool where it's hot, warn where it's cold and dry where it's rainy. It's been hot here, and my apartment is quite muggy; I'm tempted to call it "Dagobah," as it feels like I'm walking in a swamp every time I head to the kitchen... More after the cut.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Willow Wednesdays: Moonstruck

Welcome to Willow Wednesdays! Featuring art by Willow, the cover artist for the Monkey Queen series, with her kind permission! Read on after the cut for more!