4.11.2014

Something in the wind

Hi readers! It's Friday and here's an update on some of the things I've been doing.
Last week, Kyle and I performed in Brain Frame Lit at SAIC. Our performance was a live meeting in which we collaborated on our work in front of a room of on-lookers. It was a blast and totally weird. I was very nervous as you may be able to tell from some of these images. But after we were done, we passed out a new mini comic that will be available from me at conventions while supplies last. These books are really awesome and made through a scrapbooking technique I was playing around with called a Circle book. So each "page" is a full circle and when you close the book it forms sort of a pizza piece. With this mini, you can read the "Kyle Section" or the "Beth Section" all the way through the book, and then it directs you to turn the object and read the other part of it. It is a really neat object that talks about our process of collaboration.
One of my students, Tori Kwon, made this awesome comic version of her experience of us.


As the semester is coming to a close for me, I'm able to find more time to put in on inking Half Asleep Volume 2 (hopefully coming out for TCAF in early May). But here's a sneak peak of one of the pages where Ivy is day-dreaming about her obnoxious and lecture-y mom.


I've finished listening to the second book of the King Killer Chronicle, as well as finish both books 1 and 2 of the Divergent series. Book 3 here I come! And then... who knows what will be next to listen to while I finish inking this. As of last night, I cleared page 21 of completed inks which means there are only 27 more to go! I'm nearly at the tipping point from the uphill climb to half way, to the downhill launch into completion.


I am also very happy to say that I just printed a fresh batch of the FUGUE Omnibus which is available at MY STORE along with volume 1 of Half Asleep purchases and newly added International shipping prices!


Thanks so much and see ya next time!

3.14.2014

Beware the Ides!

My faithful readers!! Happy Friday.  I'm pleased to officially announce a few things and remind you of a a couple as well!

First and foremost, I will be tabling at the Chicago ZineFest at Columbia College Chicago's 1104 S. Wabash Building from 11am until 6pm on Saturday the 15th! (THE IDES OF MARCH!) Come find me at table 48, here's that handy map again.


Second, not only will I have copies of Half Asleep Vol. 1 and Cycles but I will have a few minis that you can't get online and are only sold IN PERSON by me. If you can't make it to ZineFest, I hope you will take advantage of my electronic store front and order some of my books!

Saving the best for last. I am EXTREMELY pleased to announce OFFICIALLY that FUGUE: a Family in Three Parts has now been collected into an omnibus edition and will be debuting at ZineFest! I was very hesitant to announce its completion as there were a few moments back there when I didn't think it would happen. However, I have a wonderfully supportive community that encouraged me to give it the 'old Beth Hetland magic' and low and behold, dear readers, a book has been born. Here I am with the very first copy lovingly and proudly gazing at it.





Each book has cream interior pages, color chapter breaks, digital colored covers and is handbound by yours truly. They are a STEAL clocking in at 136pages and for the low, low cost of $12.00 (plus shipping). If you stop by at Zinefest for one of these, you'll save on shipping! Hooray! They will also be at all of the other shows I'm attending this year (listed to the right) while supplies last.

Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon!

3.07.2014

Burning both ends of the Candle

Just when you think things couldn't POSSIBLY become any busier, they always, always do dear reader. If you don't make time for the important people, projects or appointments then you never will. There will always be something boiling on the back-burner that in the time it took you to stir one of your many pots, it has over flowed or exploded meat all over your kitchen (mom). Regardless, this is where I find myself as I'm typing this to all of you. If I don't make time now--when I know I have an appointment to meet, papers to grade, comics to draw, minis to fold--I will find a way, ANY way, to put off what I know in my heart needs to happen. For the good of the Beth.


That being said, exciting stuff is coming down the pipeline EXTREMELY quickly! Conventions! The first of which is happening NEXT WEEKEND! Saturday, March 15th is the Chicago Zine Fest and naturally I'm busy printing minis, assembling funny books and sorting sequential pages. There will be one NEW item at my table but I'm not ready to announce it yet. You'll be able to find me on the First Floor of the 1104 S. Wabash Building at Columbia College Chicago. Here's the inside map!


You can all start marking your calendars now though for Kyle and I to give a one time only performance of a LIVE ACTION COLLABORATION on April 2nd at the Neiman Center in Chicago, IL at 4pm. I hope you can make it! It's going to be very unpredictable and totally weird.
Other news is that on the right hand side of the website, you can see my Convention appearances list! I'll be at all of those place this year and that's pretty much it. I'm slowing down a smidge on the Convention end of things in an effort to focus and direct my attention to projects and personal growth.


Until then, I'll just keep plugging away at Volume 2 of Half Asleep (Volume 1 can be purchased here) and leave these sneak peek images right here for all of y'all!
As well as a super weird one page comic for the CAKE book that I'll be in that debuts at CAKE Chicago at the end of May/beginning of June!
See you next time!

2.21.2014

Whatever happens

Greetings dear readers!
Some exciting updates for you. Inking is in full swing! Most of my time not spent in the classroom or huddled under a blanket right now is being spent hunched over my drawing table, with world-cancelling headphones, listening intently to my audio book and making progress on my pages!
As you'll see from the sneak peeks, there is a new element going on here, white ink on black! I'm using a pro white guache mixed to my friend Ingrid's advice ("as if it's the consistency of half-and-half") and it's working MARVELOUSLY. I'm very pleased with how these pages, as few as they are, are turning out. It makes me excited to be able to put down my other work and log in some solid time at the desk. And HOPEFULLY by the end of all of this, I will have a new book to push down your throats!happily promote!
On top of comics-ing, I'm still working my way through the semester. A new set of Captains and our first guest lecturer!
One last thing, if you're in Chicago, make sure you pick up a copy of the most recent New City because my good friend Ian McDuffie has a comic in there!!
Till next time friends!

2.14.2014

If you feel, like I feel, sugar...

Welcome back dear readers. As I continue to do my best with updating and pursuing the perpetual juggle, I appreciate your patience and loyalty in visiting!
As the weeks tick on, they seem to move even faster. Projects in school are reaching critiques (or finalization), lectures are starting to build themselves, handouts are assembled, and demos are demolished. These are all good things. The more my classes can "run themselves" so to speak, the more studio time I can squeeze out of my packed schedule.
This week I was finally able to start laying some ink down on my pages
It's not much, but it's a step. I've dove head first back into my audio book "The Name of the Wind" aka the first book of the King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (BIG SHOUT OUT to Surabhi for the rec!). I'm excited to keep putting hours in on these pages as chug ever steadily to the finish line!
This week I also had a wonderfully unexpected moment of mental relief when a good friend came into town and took me to lunch and the opera (Barber of Seville) between my two classes on Wednesday.
A wonderful opera, completely hilarious and with a HAPPY ending! Who knew!? I highly recommend going if you're in the Chicago area and have the time. It's not so long as a Ring Cycle but some spectacular talent and stunningly lit and designed sets!
Another unexpected moment this week was another friend got stranded in Chicago due to mass amounts of snow dumpage in the East, so I was able to catch up and chat with the one and only Joe Lambert as he was in the process of fighting jetlag from his European Extravaganza. Glad to see you Joe! Even if it is under crappy circumstances...
Last my dear readers, I'll leave with what I received on the train this morning. Happy Valentine's Day, I love you all. I should say it more often but I for one thank this "holiday" for reminding me to take time in my life to appreciate and show the ones around me how much they mean.
Lots of love,
Beth

2.07.2014

Best laid plans...

Hello dear readers!
It seems I've fallen off that horse again, however here we are attempting to ride through the woods. Since I left you school has begun! All four of my classes are spectacular.
I love all these students and think they are making some pretty amazing work. Now don't get me wrong, I'm pretty tuckered out at the end of the day. I go home to create lectures, draw handouts, and organize. But Beth, I hear you cry, what about comics!?
I'll be 100% honest with you, my dear, it is going slow. Much slower than I had hoped. Issue 2 of Half Asleep is FULLY penciled though and I'm excited to say it passed the Kyle inspection.
This weekend, I've caught up a lot in my classroom prep and I'll get to spend TWO FULL DAYS in the studio slinging ink. This, above anything else, makes me incredibly happy.
Now don't you forget, you can order your VERY OWN COPY of Half Asleep Vol. 1 for only $5.00 (plus shipping) from the STORE.
I also, in the time I've written, aged a full year. That's right, I'm now older and wiser. For my birthday I had a wonderful time eating delicious food and playing pinball. I even found that my FAVORITE pinball place recently acquired an old friend... That's right, Headquarters Beercade now has Medieval Madness!
I do have to say I experienced a loss recently... my beloved desk chair has finally given up the ghost.
It had a good run but it will be GREATLY missed. I'm still on the search for the perfect new desk chair.
Over the weekend I pulled myself from my cove and saw my good friend Tyrell Cannon perform at Brain Frame! He did a really spectacular job. Make sure you keep your eyes on his and the Brain Frame website for a copy of the video. Here are some pics I took during.
Thanks for reading! See y'all soon!

1.20.2014

It's shocking

Greetings dear readers. You may have noticed that I didn't update my blog last week. But that's because I was too busy being overwhelmed by sun and fun in Cal-i-forn-i-ay!












The sad news is I haven't made any progress on Half Asleep Volume 2, but the good news is that Kyle finished the script for Volume THREE! So we're really cooking with gas which is AWESOME and I truly can't wait to get back to the drawing board.

During the last moments of my winter break (school starts on Thursday!) since you know I haven't been drawing, I've been prepping for my classes. Creating lectures, handouts and assignments. It's been fun, but I'll be happier when I'm actually hanging out with my students.

Although yesterday I was able to teach one of the SAIC Studio Preview Days for seniors who might be thinking about attending SAIC. It was a BLAST! These guys are so talented. I had them create a mini comic from scratch, pencil, ink, photocopy and assemble in a little less than an hour and a half. What they came up with was pretty stupendous.




Next time I hope to have some new comic pages to show you, and maybe even some inks! In the meantime, don't forget you can purchase Volume #1 of Half Asleep for only FIVE DOLLARS at the store.