Posted October 4th, 2013 by Alina
First up – if you’re in Vancouver this weekend, you should come check out VCon. I will be hanging out with Tarol Hunt in the “Cyberspace” area of the Artist’s Alley, and on Saturday I will be testing my drawing skills again both him and John Kovalic in the Pencils at High Noon panel, which is pretty much guaranteed to be a blast!
Ok, onto business! The singer in the first panel is a nod to the very first filk I ever heard in person. I was at MisCon in Missoula, Montana one year, and it was rather quiet in the dealer’s room. That is, until Eben Brooks strolled through with his guitar, singing this hilarious version of Hey There Delilah. It immediately became one of my favorites and I insisted all my friends listen to his songs, which had the wonderful side effect of one of my friend’s kinds singing about Cthulhu at her play group, but that’s another story altogether.
What I’m saying is = check out his music. It’s hilarious. And search for more filk in general! There is some great stuff out there. In fact, if you have any cool links to share, please post ‘em in the comments! Here’s one to get you started: In the Black – by Marian Call
Posted October 3rd, 2013 by Alina
Today’s cameo features my good friend Errin Mitchell, who is dancing up a storm with the troubadours. This cameo was a gift from her husband, so I hope that she enjoys it!
Also, I’ve never, ever seen a filk rap battle at an sci fi con, but dang, I would love to see one! Who can I talk to to make this happen? :p
Posted October 2nd, 2013 by Alina
Hey everyone! On my way back from the Edmonton Expo, I had a terrible allergy attack and am now too full of allergy medicine to even think straight, let alone try to finish drawing the comic. So, here’s an early Friday sketch update. Regular comics are back tomorrow and Friday. I’m going to see if I can’t sleep this thing off.
I really like this commission I did for one of my readers at Edmonton Expo, as a joking apology piece for ruining his DMs carefully-crafted plans. I don’t know if any actual table flipping occurred, but I’m pretty happy with the look of sheer rage on this guy’s face!
Posted September 20th, 2013 by Alina
This is one of my favorite commissions from Gen Con – Knifehead (from Pacific Rim) holding a corgi. The only thing I want to know is, is that a giant corgi, or a really, really tiny kaiju?
I’m really pleased this drawing came out as well as it did (even if the scan is a little grainy), because it was drawn on a play mat, not on paper! The fabric takes to Sharpie surprisingly well. I was quite honored to think that my art would feature, front and center, any time this person played Magic from here on out, and would continue to baffle their opponents with the question – tiny kaiju or big honkin’ corgi?
Posted September 18th, 2013 by Alina
Hey, good call-back there, Joshua Villines! Way to keep a running gag going.
The rules for this game are based on some of the most common rules for North American LARPS. (I’m not sure if they’re the same for European games.) I’ve left a few out – surely they would mention the all-important ‘no groin shots’ rule (and complimentary ‘no chest shots for the female gamers’), and no one’s even touched on rules for archers or spellcasters, but I just wanted to show that there are a lot of important safety considerations in running a boffer game! You get a huge group of people running around in the woods and engaging in combat, and odds are someone’s going to get hurt, but it’s one thing to come home with a ‘war wound’ and a good story about how you earned your bruises, and quite another to have to rush off to hospital because someone’s weapon wasn’t up to spec!
Anyone out there have any war wounds they’d like to share? The worst I ever got was a few bruises from dying a little too enthusiastically, but I can imagine big battles also lead to big bruises!