Update: I've raised $1300 for Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund!
I might open up regular commissions in the future. Thanks to all who've commissioned me or considered it.
I was originally going to stop at 20 commissions but decided to keep going. However, this means the cost of mailing out the pieces and Paypal taxes is getting to be a bit more than I can handle, so I've put up two Yokaiden pieces for sale.
Pieces available at my store
Left -- Hamachi and Kyuumon, $150. A bit over $50 will help mailing costs, and the rest will go to Japan Society and will offset Paypal taxes.
Right -- Hamachi and a Yuki-Onna, $100. This will all go to Japan Society and will offset Paypal taxes.
Hey guys, I stopped commissions years ago due to lack of time but I'm opening up temporarily to collect money for earthquake relief in Japan.
GO HERE TO COMMISSION ME--> spacecoyote.bigcartel.com/prod…
100% of proceeds go to Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund
$25 gets you one smiling ink headshot of your original character (or other character of your choice) on approximately 4 x 6" lightweight cardstock paper. The original will be mailed to you once I've finished all the commissions. Comes with a postcard-sized print of my Calvin & Hobbes tribute "Best Friends" that I give out at conventions.
Once you've made this purchase, I'll e-mail you requesting reference pictures or descriptions. Will ship anywhere.
Inspired by Takehiko Inoue's "Smile" drawings on Twitter.
Sorry I don't have more to offer, but I don't have enough free time to do anything more elaborate (assuming I'll get a good amount of commissions)...
Hey guys, I'll be appearing as a guest at Chicago Comic-Con 2011! Not sure what I'll be doing there exactly yet, but if you're in the area or going to be attending, please check me out!
Thanks to everyone who came by my table at the Vancouver Comic-Con. Always cool meeting people who've known me since my Nameless Manga Translation Site days.
Due to popular demand, my Damien Redesign motivational picture is now available for purchase as a print!
I re-scanned some stuff to get a higher resolution, but unfortunately my oldest pic of Damien couldn't be found, so he will likely end up a little pixelated/blurry in the print.
This is by far one of my most popular pics -- maybe not based on the number of favs or views, but by the number of people who've told me how much it has helped them not lose hope in their artistic abilities.
I'm doing more work for Bongo Comics (congrats to them on finally launching their website)! A story I penciled will be in the Winter Wingding #5 issue of Simpsons Comics coming out in a few months, and I'm working on another one right now. There may also be more Simpsons manga in the future, so stay tuned.
Other than that, I'm busy with personal projects (like improving my art, among other things), computer problems, and raising a shiba inu. Haven't had many chances to do artwork I can upload here, but I'm going through illustration withdrawl so maybe I'll do something.
I've been quiet online as of late! Between moving to a condo and getting a Shiba Inu puppy www.flickr.com/photos/40906950… I've been busy with so much stuff, I haven't really been able to work on art. I did just finish penciling a story for this year's annual Simpsons Comics Winter Wingding, however, and I have more Simpsons work coming up.
I plan on doing some original pieces soon to sell on Etsy.com.
Fellow Vancouverites! I will be at our local con, Anime Evolution, as a special guest this weekend!
My panel is called "Mangaka Myths", wherein I'll talk a little about my experience being a manga artist and clear up some common misconceptions (mostly about OEL manga artists). It's on Sunday, from 12:30-1:30.
I might also show up at the "AE Comic Jam" on Sunday from 2 to 4.
An original artwork of mine will be available at the charity auction (which I haven't done yet...)
Zuko's Story is now out! Check for it in stores, but keep in mind that most comic stores get their shipment of new comics in on Wednesdays, so you may have to wait tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy: hope you enjoy!
I had to go to three different stores before I was able to get my copy. Some photos of the book here: ninamatsumoto.wordpress.com/20…
If you liked the story, be sure to send all the praise to the writers, fellow deviants and veteran Airbender comic writers yaytime and AliWildgoose. Though it's a prequel to the movie, they made sure it fit into the original show's universe so that it can be a prequel to the show as well. You can read more about their process at this interview with yaytime here: splashpage.mtv.com/2010/05/17/…
The cover art I did for The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko's Story (coming May 18th) has gone up online!
preorder the book here
Illustrated by me; written by fellow dAers and Airbender fanatics yaytime and AliWildgoose!
I'll post the artwork here in my dA account soon.
Remember, a free preview of the book will be available in the Del Rey sampler on Free Comic Book Day (May 1st) so don't forget to go to your local comic shop that day.
Here's some very interesting news for Houshin Engi fans. If you've read the Houshin Engi manga and have seen the anime, you're probably fully aware that the anime is completely awful. Apparently ShomeiTV will make a new (and hopefully more accurate/better) HE anime if they get 10,000 signatures from fans by March 31st www.shomei.tv/project-595.html .
Normally I don't pay any attention to online petitions and I think this one is kinda iffy, but HE is my favourite manga and it deserves a decent animated version... Might not hurt to try?
The petition is in Japanese, so DokuganBAKA made a handy tutorial on how to sign it.
In other news I've finished the artwork for The Last Airbender Movie Prequel: Zuko's Story. That's 100 pages penciled and inked in 105 days! Right now I'm waiting for M. Night Shyamalan to approve my sketch for the cover art.
Hey guys, Christmas is around the corner and I have a few things to update.
First off, deviantART is reaching 100 million deviations. They gave special mention to Simpsonzu in their article about it: news.deviantart.com/article/10… and I'm not sure if it's coincidence, but today I also received Senior Member status! news.deviantart.com/article/10… ...I had no idea what I meant. I was hoping it meant I had been turned into a handsome Spanish gentleman, but I read the article on it and some people explained it to me so -- thanks, deviantART! I now have a backtic before my name.
Last week, I was given the okay to go by Paramount and so I began inking my pencils for the Last Airbender prequel manga -- virtually nothing was changed from the writers' (AliWildgoose yaytime) vision of it. You can see a preview of it in Del Rey's freebie for Free Comic Book Day (May 1st). Totally free! Make sure to get your copy!
Reviews for Yokaiden vol 2 have been coming in spacecoyote.com/comics/yokaide… It's also been included in numerous 2009 manga gift guides.
I'm a Guest at <A href="animeevolution.com>Anime Evolution</a>, August 13-15 2010, here in my hometown of Vancouver.
I'm excited about AE2010, however, because the other guest will be Little Kuriboh of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series fame. I love his work. The con is flying him all the way from England, and I'm envious. I hope someday a faraway convention will invite me and pay for my airfare!
ETA: Mind you, I've been to Anime Evolution several times...just never as a guest or with a table in the artist's alley. I've also entered their mascot contest five times and never won or placed!
If you have yet to convince someone that Yokaiden is totally worth getting or if you prefer to flip through a comic before buying it, now there's an online preview at Yokaiden.com.
But wait, there's more!
I've posted some character design and concept sketches online, too. --> space-coyote.livejournal.com/2…
If want a "behind the scenes" look or are an aspiring comic artist yourself wanting to see how I work, be sure to check it out.
Also on my LJ are my thoughts on how hard it can be to pace an OEL manga. space-coyote.livejournal.com/1…
Above: Insert illustrations for the book that didn't make the cut
I've been very quiet lately, but thanks to everyone who leaves such nice comments about Yokaiden yokaiden.com on my dA. The second volume came out on November 24. Go out and get your copy now! Or request it as a Christmas gift! Photos of the book found here: space-coyote.livejournal.com/1…
Also available is the crazy coyote figure from PatchTogether - patchtogether.com/store/store/…
I've requested better photos of the figure, which are coming soon.
All I want for Christmas is some nice Yokaiden fanart. Please?
The weather's been completely miserable this month in Vancouver. Nothing but rain. I can't remember the last time I saw the sun. What about where you live?
I have a new design up on PatchTogether! Behold:
Go here to vote for the mal coyote figure to be made!
No rush on this one since the crazy coyote toy prototype hasn't even made yet (and it WILL be made, because it got the required 20 preorders -- hooray), but please vote when you can.
deviantartists may be interested to know that while "crazy coyote" is a representation of myself, "mal coyote" is a representation of my good friend maladies, better known as pupukachoo. We often joke that we are "twins" who are similar in many ways yet complete opposite in others -- one opposite being that I draw in an angular, bright, happy style while she does curly, dark, macabre art. It is also a running joke that crazy coyote is terrified of non-angular things, so mal coyote is like a nightmare to her.
Remember that you can still preorder the crazy coyote for the reduced price of $14.95. Once the prototype has been made, the price will go up to $19.95.
Someone asked me how much profit I make from these toys; I'm not entirely sure. The site says I get 40% of total profits made, but I don't know how much profit is made from each figure. Honestly, I'm not doing this for the money. I just wanted toys designed by me to be nicely made and easily available to anyone else who wants one!
"crazy coyote" resin figure available for preorder! Production of the toy will NOT begin until 20 PREORDERS have been met. Your credit card will NOT be charged until the toy has been made.
The price is $14.95 for preorders; after production, it's $19.95. Currently it's the most affordable toy at PatchTogether! I've seen one of their resin toys in person before (Miss Monster's Foo Dog) and I can vouch for their quality.
Thanks to EVERYONE who voted and commented to make another dream of mine come true. Now I'm just one step away -- I need those preorders so get orderin'!
UPDATE: It hasn't even been 24 hours and 20 preorders have been made. The toy will go into production. Yay! But you can still buy it for the preorder price. I'll ask them when that price goes away...
My appearance at the Vancouver Comicon was a success! For my first table at a con ever, I think I did well. Thanks to deviantART folks for stopping by. I sold quite a few of the Super Smash Brothers Brush Art cards; I redrew some on the spot, but they got sold, too (note to self: Mario characters are where it's at). I'm not sure what to do with the unsold ones...I'll either save them for another convention or sell them online. I'm leaning towards saving them.
For all you Ace Attorney fans out there, I finally uploaded these:
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As stated in the descriptions, I did them close to a year ago for the Court Records Sprite Cup (www.court-records.net/contest/…). I didn't mention my submission anywhere because I didn't want to influence the votes, but I won first place anyway with 52% of the votes! tinyurl.com/mex6t8
And then I forgot about them and just now realized I never made mention of them anywhere...but now you know! Thought it would be cool to put up something other than illustrations by me. Please read the full description!
LAST AIRBENDER UPDATE! The movie prequel manga I'm drawing and yaytime and AliWildgoose are writing is already up for preorder on Amazon. That page count is wrong, though -- it's 100 pages, not 176. Yesterday I finished penciling the first 30 pages.
I'm a featured guest at the September 13th Vancouver Comicon! 11 AM to 5 PM at Heritage Hall; admission is no more than 4 bucks. This is my first time ever having a table at a convention. If you're a fellow Vancouverite, do drop by.