17 September 2012

Lily and Andresh, by Juhaihai... And more!

(c) 2012 by Juhaihai. Restricted Image.
I've been meaning to post this but got side-tracked. The awesome Juhaihai did separate commissions of my lead characters from The Name and the Key...and then she surprised me by reuniting them in a third, bonus artwork. Lily and Andresh looked marvelous on their own, but in this single image, there's a whole new layer of context and meaning. There's a clear interaction here, and I love it. LOVE IT!

For more of Juhaihai's art, visit her Deviant Art Page, her tumblr, and be sure to support her web comic, Oresama no Kanojo.

In other news...

(c) Black Chicken Studios
My friend Sami is a writer and editor for the gaming company Black Chicken Studios. And a new RPG/visual novel she's been working on has officially released! It's called 1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum and you can get a copy of the game here.

Be sure to watch the awesome game trailer. And anime fans, check out the amazing artwork! This is a coincidence, but I can see a Tamaki and Kyoya in the cast of characters. Tee hee.

If you like RPGS, visual novels, character-driven stories, adventure and romance, then this game is for you!


(c) Ohayocon.org
When I found out I had more free time due to the novel deadline being postponed, I scrambled to put together my next big project: submitting panels for Ohayocon 2013. Panel submissions opened September 1st, and since Ohayocon is an ENORMOUS convention, it's first-come first served, and panel slots close at 200.

Give Good Spec! was a successful panel at ColossalCon, but I didn't want to resubmit it, and it's not just because I wanted things to be new for Ohayocon...it's also because I've tweaked that presentation to better fit the audience. Give Good Spec! worked when I talked about the basics of writing specifically...not so much the speculative fiction genre. So, I wanted to do a more craft-focused writing panel...and came up with Fanfic into Fiction. This panel uses fan fiction as a stepping stone for breaking into publishing. I'm actually very proud of my submission of this panel--it was really detailed and thorough and full of good ideas (toot toot my horn!). I hope it gets selected, and if not...well, I'll just try it again with another con.

Speaking of trying again, I submitted my panel The Alchemy of FMA to Ohayocon today. This is a tweaked version of a panel I submitted to ColossalCon that didn't make the cut (it's OK, though. Panel heads Codi and Cori Durbin liked the topic and content--there was just an issue with scheduling and events and it couldn't fit). In my submission to Ohayocon, I elaborated on a lot of the subject matter and panel topics, trimmed the time from 2 hrs to 1 hr, clarified the art project, and added Xingese Alkahestry to the presentation. Again, I hope this gets selected, but if not...we'll just keep trying! 

One thing I did do differently this time...I posted on the Ohayocon forums right after I submitted the panels. I think this will help me, actually. I posted on Colossal Con's forums for Give Good Spec!, but not until the panel was approved, so the public could only view the description for about a month before the con. By posting about these Ohayocon panels suuuuper early, I hope that it drums up some views, and helps Programming choose it if the post can demonstrate that people are interested in the topic. 

To get a comp badge, I need to come up with a third hour of programming. Ohayocon's 2013 theme is Zombies, which is going to be FANTASTIC (imagine what people will be doing to their cosplays!), and I actually want my third panel to be on zombies, but I'm having a hard time narrowing down my topic. If I can't come up with something soon, though, I'll probably give up on the comp badge. The other two panels I submitted already require extensive preparation on my part...maybe 3 panels is overdoing it. I'll let you know.

And I guess this needs to be addressed--why am I going to Ohayocon again? My first Ohayocon was just last year. And it was my first anime/fandom convention ever. My extensive review of the con probably came across like I hated the thing, but to be honest, it was both an extreme hatred and extreme love, and a lot of that can be attributed to things beyond the Convention's control. The event was overwhelming, and I think I judged it harshly because I had never been to one before. Now that I've been to various conventions and conferences, a lot of the stuff I nitpicked on is really par for the course. And after being to various other events, I can appreciate what Ohayocon has to offer by comparison.  I've already bought my ticket, booked my hotel, and am good to go. To be a panelist at Ohayocon would be amazing, but if not, I'll be going to Ohayocon all the same. And I hope to see you there!


  1. We're only doing one panel ourselves at Ohayocon this year. Granted we've gone in and asked for special circumstances to get one of the rare 2 hour slots. We usually go late night, so most give it to us since we're crazy.

    Our first trip to Ohayocon was last year as well, definitely was interesting. This year we're going back again...but really have no desire to try and get comp badges. 2 hours of panel time is enough for us and we're only covering one subject matter!

  2. I WILL MAKE IT TO YOUR PANEL THIS TIME!! I'll be surprised if it doesn't get picked, especially with all of the good feedback you guys got from Colossal Con.

    MLP: FiM is in my Netflix cue. I should be good to go in time for Ohayocon! :)

    If you guys (yeah, public!) want to read about Kitsune Hazard's awesome Bronies panel, check it out on the forums:


    Be sure to head over to the AlcoBrony website:


    ...And stalk Kitsune Hazard on Google + (click that magical icon). Yay!

  3. If you want to read what happens when fanficcers turn pro, you can look up Cassandra Clare. Her Mortal Instruments / Infernal Devices series is amazing and totally original, but she started out writing fabulous harry potter and lord of the rings fic, and there's still info about the process online.


    1. And good luck on your panel subs!

    2. You know, I think I did hear something like that about Cassandra Clare. Lev Grossman also has a strong love for Harry Potter and that influenced his writing, too; although I don't think he ever said he wrote fanfiction, though.

      I think I picked a good topic! I hope Ohayocon likes it. The panel is a combo of Give Good Spec! and Rise Above Cliche (my SHU module) with a fanfiction slant, and those were very popular with the audience. So hopefully Ohayocon finds it unique enough to let me do it.

      Thanks for the tip!

    3. Ha ha! And thanks for the well wishes!


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