I am typing this from the train back home after a very fun, productive, and exhausting trip to PA and NYC to sicn, package, and distribute my Kickstarter rewards! I couldn't have done with without tons of help from Megan Lavey-Heaton (author of Namesake) and her awesome husband Mike, who have been an incredible help by helping pack and ship everything. Megan will begin sending out the packages immediately, and she is emailing tracking numbers as she goes, so keep an eye out for yours!
I can't express how much relief I feel to have the majority of this work behind us. It's been nearly a year since we began this Kickstarter, and we learned a lot from it. I am confident the next Kickstarter will be much, much faster now that we have ironed everything out. Thank you so much for your support and patience, it shall soon be rewarded. <3
For those who wanted to back the Kickstarter and/or get a book but missed the chance, Megan will be putting some of the extra books up on her online store. I will make an announcement as soon as she does! But be warned that the leftover stock is extremely limited, so it is first come first serve. I will make a re-print of Book 1 a stretch goal for the Vol. 2 kickstarter, so there will still be chances after this, just not as soon. I am also taking some books to sell at future conventions, so look for my announcements on those soon!
Now that I have one less thing to stress over, I am going to focus on increasing my page output to 2 pages a week. Before I do so, I need to build up a buffer in case of travel or sickness, but I have alread scripted most of the next book out and I am very excited to get to work drawing it! =)
I just got the kickstarter reward charms in, and they look amazing! They are 1.5 inches tall and printed on black acrylic.
I used Ink it Labs, a company I have used several times before to print my Sailor Mew charms for conventions:
Ink it Labs is amazing. Their customer service is personal and helpful. In every order, they have sent me samples of my charms on other materials and sizes. This time they sent me some samples on wood, which turned out really cool! I might actually order these Claire charms in wood next time. It would be more fitting for her, don't you think?
They also sent me a surprise gift: Two gigantic Claire charms! Whoah!
Dear backers, look for these charms in your reward packages, which will be mailed in a couple weeks! Charm straps will be included!
Sister Claire will update on Tuesday instead of Monday due to Connecticon + travel eating up all my time. It's a good page though! Worth waiting for. =)
ConnectiCon was AWESOME. It was great meeting so many people from Hiveworks and seeing their art in person! Pictured up top is an epic drawing of Sailor Venus and Princess Serenity by Isa (Secondlina) of Namesake!
In the center are more shippy commissions people requested of me today. The second row of sketches are a quick sketch I got from Josh Lesnik, and one I collaborated on with Nillia, Juudisu, and TheFirstMcCloud!
Bottom pic is a creepy decapitated villager head we found sitting outside the hotel when we came back from sushi dinner. I knew he was no match for Wii Fit trainer.
I ended a super tiring but very fun weekend with a skinny dip in the hotel’s hot tub with my girlfriend after the pool was technically closed. Yeehaw!