Sunday, August 4, 2013

"No Excuse. Draw." is a challenge devised to help artists to get into the habit of drawing everyday. This is a challenge against one’s self.
The 24 Hour / 24 Week No Excuses, Draw challenge will officially start on August 11th, 2013! Though people can start at any time, but it is recommended to start at the beginning. This project will have direct links to the expanded week themes (plus suggestions) on the main No Excuses. Draw. website, as they get posted.
Remember to tag your Twitter and/or Tumblr posts with "#NoExcusesDraw”, so you and others can follow the progression!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Art and Business to Making Comics and Webcomics

So Lee and Lisa Blauersouth (Godseeker), The Gerbil (Cordyseps Tickles), and Fes Works (Ardra) were joined with Randy Milholland (Something*Positive) were on some panels at Anime Detour 2013 in Bloomington, MN.

The results were three panels all about comic making. So here is loads of fun and information, from three panels into six videos. Approximately three hours in total.

The Artistic Side of Making Comics



Breaking Into Webcomics



The Business Side of Making Comics



Here's the link to the Print-on-Demand Options podcast episode mentioned in the last video.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Woop Woop! New opera post over nyah!

 Hamlet!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Warren Ellis has a really neato post on time and space in comics. 

Read it here: Boiling Spacetime

Monday, October 15, 2012

Affordable Tablet Pc's?!

Hey all! So, there's been some interest in the nifty little tablet pc's a few of us have been getting our hands on, so I thought I'd make a post about the where's and how's in case you want to snag one for yourself.



They're made by a company called 'Motion Computing' and while they cost just as much as a new laptop, you find them re-furbished for dirt cheap. they get used a lot by businesses, so they usually come out in pretty decent condition, and the few nicks you might have are nothing for a computer marked down from around a thousand to a hundred or less!

What makes em' really dandy is that, not only are they tablet pc's, but Wacom made the screens and pens. Yup, ever wanted that cintique? Well here it is in laptop form for several hundred bucks cheaper. Now they are Pc's, so you Mac natives may be a bit apprehensive, but anyone who wants to take em' for a spin, we've got three blackhatters already who have one, so feel free to pester us at the meets, we all respond well to bribes.

 If you feel like taking the plunge, here are a few links:

The 8 inch model at deals.epcusa.com
And the 12 inch model at gainsaver

 Personally, 'd say go for the 12 inch. the 8 inch is dandy, but I had one come with a broken pen, and that was 30$ to replace, so I didn't save that much in the end. plus, the 12 inch comes with windows already installed (though the savvy user might consider re-installing with a slimmed down version of win xp tablet edition...just sayin'...)

So the 8 inch for about 60 bucks, and the 12 at 100 to 150... pretty awesome if you ask me... and yes, Photoshop works beautifully, and more importantly, so does paint tool sai! So go chek em' out, trust me, you won't be disappointed.

 /out!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Black Hatter books now available for sale!

Is there empty space on your bookshelves waiting to be filled? Do you find yourself thinking, "I need more awesome things in my life, but what?" Are you a fan of supporting indie artists? Well then, you'll be excited to learn that a few of us Black Hatters have published books recently! 



Cordyceps Tickles Volume 1 collects the first 99 pages of an autobio comic about the nerdy, gender-funky ex-shut-in we know as Gerbil. Honest, delightfully weird, and frequently laugh out loud funny, Cordyceps Tickles is one of the best things this collective's peer pressuring has wrought. The ongoing webcomic can be found at itsinyourheadnow.com


Godseeker Volume 1: Shadow Puppet Pantheon is the first book of Lee and Lisa's excellent prehistoric adventure comic, Godseeker, which follows a renegade fertility goddess and the human who summoned her on their quest to overthrow the pantheon and save mankind. With gorgeous art and an epic story that never forgets the humanity at its center, Godseeker is a comic you'll be picking up to read again and again. You can also read it online at godseekercomic.com


Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth (by me) isn't a comic, but it does have 18 pages of unicorns texting in theaters, farting in elevators, eating your leftovers, and generally acting like jerks under the guise of being all pure and magical. Appropriate for all ages, Unicorns Are Jerks teaches a valuable lesson about not making the people around you want to smack you.

Have you heard about this little pile of wonderfulness? Smut Peddler, a lady-created, Kickstarter-funded porno comic anthology, is now available for purchase in both PDF and dead tree format! On top of being sexy, hilarious, and all-around fantastic, it accidentally turned out to be one of the most diverse comic anthologies many reviewers had seen in years. "Thistlebed," a short comic about a thistle nymph looking for love that was written by Abby, drawn by Lee, and inked by me, has been called "so sweet it could crack my teeth." (All those satyr penises were totally worth it. Boy is THAT a sentence you don't get to type every day.)

And as ever, we've got more projects in the works. Stay tuned, we'll have more awesome stuff for you to look at soon!