Gosh, the ‘ol website has been down for nearly nine months — the longest hiatus since I started the blog back in 2009. I guess I’ve felt like I’ve needed some space from self-promotion. It’s been nice to draw all these months without catering to an audience. I’ve also had a lot going on in my personal life, and as always, I’ve been evaluating what’s important and what to prioritize.
I used to think becoming a successful artist (whatever that means) was of upmost importance; the only goal worth pursing. With age, I’ve mellowed, and I find more and more value in outdoor activities, and being a good friend and community member.
Speaking of which: for the past year, I’ve been involved in a group trying to get classrooms built for our rural school, thus freeing up our community building. I won’t explain the whole project here, but it’s been important to me, so I thought I’d share it, and offer you the chance to contribute if you feel moved. We have an IndieGoGo campaign running now where you can learn more about it and see my first attempt at filmmaking!
I’ll try to get back in the habit of posting art here regularly. Here’s a recent comic I posted on FB, prompted by the Caitlyn Jenner thing.
By the frequency of these blog updates it must look like I’ve given up on art, or at least scaled back my ambitions. But I assure you, dear reader, things are moving slowly yet surely towards some inevitable conclusion.
As you know, Life is a delicate balancing act involving dream chasing, money making, responsibility maintaining, friendship sustaining, family visiting, relaxing, grooming, and dating. That’s right, lonely ‘ol Dallion ain’t been so lonely since May, when he started seeing a lovely lady who’s been very patient and understanding with this goof. Turns out this summer has been one of growth, more often in areas less-related to art, but important nonetheless.
Yet even artistically, things move forward.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve snatched a table at Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco on October 4th & 5th! It’s a comics convention put on by the same people as the San Diego Comic Con and will be my first experience displaying and selling my work publicly. It has lit a fire under my ass to make merchandise, and lately I’ve been collating and binding my two comic books as well as creating prints and hand painted greeting/thank you cards.
Having no idea how many copies of my books will sell at APE, I’ve decided to horde my limited stash until after the event, but soon afterward, you’ll have a chance to purchase goodies when I open my online store. Start saving your pennies!