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Thought Bubble 2012 is on its way
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

13/11/2012

As the title above suggests, I'll be ultimately attending this years Thought Bubble convention at Leeds, being the second time in a row since I first attended in 2011. Better get my iPad's camera and internet connection ready, for I'll be sure to get some snapshots for you either when I get back or if I can access Twitter during the day. I'll be attending as a fan once again this year but perhaps someday, maybe next year, I should perhaps consider booking a table to present my webcomic... Maybe!

On the side note, I have been working through the spare hours to produce a sort of contest entry for Jon Exparza's 'Christmas Experiment', where you must reimagine everyones favorite second rate christmas celebrity, Frosty the Snowman. The objective is simply: "What if Frosty the Snowman was real?" And here's the work in progress; if Frosty the Snowman was real, he'd probably be a giant robot built to fight climate change. The motto: "I will keep the spirit of Christmas alive, bitches!"

 

A little influence
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

6/11/2012

Gotta say, I enjoyed last nights firework display. But enough about that, I feel I should show you a few YouTube vids that inspired the NC Central Mall scene that I uploaded last Friday.

 

Disclaimer: All copyright to these videos belong to their respective owners.

Today's Soundtrack No.2
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

30/10/2012

Anything special? Maybe. I just had laminated lights installed in my room the other day, so I can practically see what I'm drawing more efficiently during the night. (Unlike my other generic energy saving lightbulb, inconviniently equiped with a large lightshade, which was no help at all!) Anyway, here's my second playlist of the week to get any of you readers into that 80's frequency while reading Beep Club:

  • Exit - Tangerine Dream
  • Ooh To Be Ah - Kajagoogoo and Limahl
  • Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama
  • Rainbow in the Dark - Dio
  • 恋にBooing ブー!(Booing To Love Boo!) - S/Mileage

If you want to know what each song sounds like, same as before. iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, whatever...

 

Hierarchy of Needs... For Webcartoonists!
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

23/10/2012

It's been boggling me for a few days now, but I just had to get this odd yet awesome idea out of my mind. Behold, The Hierarchy of needs... For webcartoonists!

For anyone who can't find the text legible, here's the typed up version. Starting from the bottom up to the top.

First and obvious: Take away pizzas, accomodation, rent, internet access, income, exercise, sanity.
Influences: Films, Anime, video games, comics, nerdy interests, novels, non-chart music.
Comic: Drawing, writing, art utensils, Photoshop, Buffer, inspiration.
Publicity: Professional website, Social Networking, blog, regular updates, audience engagement, branding.
Monotization: Publishing, merchandise, distribution, conventions

A Website to be
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

16/10/2012

Well, I'm officially three weeks in at University and working hard. But in four weeks time, I'll be attending this years Thought Bubble convention in Leeds at the 17th and 18th of November. I'll be sure to blog about this again prior to the coming week.

Right now though, I feel I should share with you what I've been up to during my first few weeks at Uni. This time, I've started to get down and serious with web design. Why? I believe that if I ever want to get serious about running webcomics professionally then I'd ought to - after getting a good quality comic down and out of the way - grasp as much as I possibly can about how to build and design a website from the ground up. If I could do that, then my website could very well complement my comic and make it all the more appealing.

You might be thinking, "you're already running the comic, fine and dandy! Why worry about the website". True, you could make it successful with the webcomic alone, but I believe a really good webcomic creator should have full grasp over every aspect of his/her practice. From the artistic freedom to the nitty gritty aspects of technology and commerce, and even to any other related (or unrelated) subject that you might feel could contribute significantly.

Well, I've said enough. I guess I should get back to work. Or better still, keep ahead of schedual by producing more pages for this webcomic. Indeed, Phoebe Rivet won't get her designer robot if I either slob out or get caught up with other problems. So yes, be sure to check Beep Club out this coming Friday for the weekly update.

See you soon.

Odmo