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Thought Bubble 2012, an overview
by Owen (Odmo) MacRae

20/11/2012

I feel guilty now that I've decided to write about Thought Bubble now rather than yesterday, the day I came back. But I guess it's better now than never, so here we go! 

Since the last time I went to Thought Bubble last year, I knew that comic conventions like this one are great opportunities to meet new peers and catch up with the peers you already met last time. Some of those that I've come to know and love (and have also met again this year) include: Tom Siddel (Gunnerkrigg Court), Nich Angell, Destiny Blue (Yay!), Andy (Hexjibber) Skyes, Craig Cameron (Mo-bot High) The lovely ladies at Teen Girl Comic, Jennie Gyllblad and Corey Gyllblad (Clockwork Watch) and Laura Watton!

I know it's needless to say, considering that I'm virtually running a webcomic right now, but going to a convention like Thought Bubble is always reassuring. 'We're living in an age where we can produce and monetize our own content without any capitalist telling us that it won't sell, or any IP troll trying to litigate us to his own ends!'

You only needed to have attend the panels and the screenings at the convention this year to agree with all that. Panels included discussion about, creative independence (in the UK especially), writing for comics, comics in the digital age, and even audience participation in the creation of a webcomic! And there was even a Judge Dredd fan film screening, Judge Minty, which I actually enjoyed even though I've never been too involved in the franchise before.

And so yes! Thought Bubble 2012? Great success! I would like to thank all the people I mentioned earlier for taking the time to chat and well, just being awesome I guess. As for me, I will ultimately yell to myself "Get off ya backside and get back to work! You've earned it, dude!!"

 

Be seeing you at Thought Bubble next year. Perhaps at my own table even.

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