The Rest of Our Lives

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I know I did.
Just really quickly, HAPPY 160th POST TO ME!!!

Something I saw my buddy Colleen Frakes  do was a holiday pile up drawing of all the goodies she made away with like a bandit.  So my dear friends, here is my drawing of holiday joy manifested in consumerism!

 However, it's difficult to talk about my holiday experience without the mentioning the fact that on Christmas Eve my family received an EXCELLENT early gift. Her name is Eleanor Jane Dasho and she is the newest member of the extended Hetland-Janssen-Dasho clan!

Since I've only just returned to Chicago, not too much to update about. Though, this is the last blog post of 2013 which is a cause for reflection. My resolution last year was to update my blog more and on time, make more comics, read more comics and be more generous with my time for others. I think I've only done well on two of those.  I think these are some pretty good resolutions and are a good idea to keep. Definitely things I'll be working on for the next forever. But instead of making resolutions this year, I would like to think about things I'm excited for in 2014.

1. TRAVEL! I'm excited to be going more places and have the ability to do so within budget. From Vancouver, to LA, to Wisconsin, to Toronto and Seattle next year will bring even more destinations to my tippy-toes.

2. COMICS! I'm so thrilled to be looking at the progress I've made so far and to see where this is going and to be happy to see even more comics come off my desk in 2014 than in 2013. Especially exciting is that since I'm almost 100% sold out of Fugue single issues, I'm already in the process of combining Fugue into one solid book! Not to mention of course, new issues of Half Asleep. PS- did you know, that you can purchase Half Asleep Vol. 1 from my online store.

3. TEACHING! Can't wait to see how this semester will go. I'm teaching the most classes I've ever taught, not to mention that I will be teaching two classes that are brand new to this world. Straight from my mind to the classroom.  AND on top of all of this, I have agreed to be teaching 1 class in the Fall of 2014, and 3 in the Spring of 2015.  It has been such a thrill to watch my students learn and grow.  A few of them have been with me since the beginning and many of those will be graduating this spring.  Talk about exciting!

4. FRIENDS! New and old. Every year is full of them and ever moment I am with them I feel like I'm going to explode with excitement. So 2014, keep 'em coming!

Everyone, I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and start to 2014.


Happy Holidays to you

Well here we are at December and we're almost at the end. December has been full of more studio work and more relaxation. Plus a little internet fame.
Before we jump right into December, something HUGE I neglected to mention in November's post was I got to visit my sister and brother-in-law while I was in Seattle. The reason this is HUGE is because my sister was 8months pregnant at the time and in fact as I type this she could be giving birth at ANY MOMENT! I'm about to be an aunt which is very exciting.
As December began, the semester wound down and a lot of my time was spent in meetings, grading papers and critiquing work. Between that though, I was able to put in a lot of hours in the studio and finish all the pencils for Half Asleep Vol. 2!!
Don't forget Volume 1 can be purchased ONLINE in my store! (link on the right--->)
This is really great because it keeps me on schedule for when I expect to complete Volume 2 and lights a fire under Kyle's ass to finish writing Volume 3 so I can start drawing it! Inking for Volume 2 will begin with the New Year and then we'll be about half way done with that whole issue. I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it's a huge series and I can feel the excitement for sharing each new part with people.
In between working on Half Asleep, I also made a little mini for my students called "The Ruiner" which is a collection of anecdotal stories of how I, or people near me, have ruined important moments.
I also am happy to be a participant in a neat little group who make an album of music about the last year called Diary Tunes and send them through the mail. I'm not so great at getting it done on time every year so I still had not done an album for 2012. Whoops. That being said, I finally finished mine up and since it was SO LATE, I made my album for 2013 at the same time and sent out a DOUBLE ALBUM!! I'm not gonna post the song list cause I know some of the members read this blog, but they'll get a little sneak peek of what the covers look like.
Being the crafty lady I am, I had to give into my crafting needs and what perfect timing to feel the familiar itch of crafts than Christmas time. I made my sister some ADORABLE onesies for my new niece and since they'll be receiving the box asap, it's alright that I share a few of these pictures with you all, but this isn't all of them.
I suppose now is a good time to discuss the internet fame I eluded to earlier in the post. Last year for a certain someone's birthday, I thought it would be funny to wrap their present as BMO from Adventure Time. So this year, I went a little over board and made almost the entire cast of Adventure Time for the same certain someone.
I made those probably a good two weeks before we were even going to exchange gifts so it was killing me that I couldn't share them yet. However, my roommate and I decided to do presents a little early since the gift I was giving her was going to help with our cookie date that we had planned. In a last minute decision I wrapped her gift as Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.
This made Amanda VERY happy, so she took some photos and posted them to her tumblr.
Which then became popular almost over night through reblogs, likes and shares. The count as of Sunday (after posting it on Monday) was 2,675 people shared or liked this. It also then prompted people to ask for a tutorial. Amanda and I obliged with this post which earned about 313 shares. Of course this made me hungry for fame, fortune and followers so I followed up with the post of my Adventure Time characters.
But fame was just a flash in the pan. Ah well.
To wrap up (heh heh heh) this post, I'll share these Christmas-y photos.
Till next time friends! Happy Holidays!


Do you remember?

Well, it's time to cover that blustery month known as November my dear faithful readers! As November began, the travel season for me continued.  I got to catch up with some good friends and former students and travel to places I had never been before. My list of destinations was as follows: Des Moines, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Rochester, Columbus, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Denver and Oregon, Wisconsin.

Penina, David Yoder, some Art and myself in Columbus!

Sally Carson, CEO and myself in Ann Arbor before a storm!

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Me, my older sister Alison and my VERY soon to be niece [insert name here] in Seattle!!!

Aside from traveling and starting to wrap up the end of the semester with my students, a lot of November was spent starting the pencils for Half Asleep Volume 2 and organizing my incredibly-messy-and-cluttered-from-traveling life.

This update was mostly images, but I think that's just fine and dandy! Check back next week for another post!


Bloggin' the day away

Okay, how many of you checked back to see if I was gonna mess up and not remember to post? It's okay... raise your hands... I forgive you. I know it's going to take a while for me to earn back your love and trust. But until I do, here is the update about that busy month known as October!

October was a month that was so much fun while it was happening, that when it was over all I could think was 'holy crap, was that ONLY a month?!' As I said in my last post, October for me marked the beginning of the travel season for Admissions. And what that means is that every weekend from the start of October to Thanksgiving break, I was in a new city every Saturday and Sunday talking to high schoolers about their art portfolios and what they would be interested in if they came to SAIC. My list of locations for the month of October is: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Richmond, Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis.

This is how I travel...

When I wasn't traveling, I gave a few artist talks. One was at Northside College Prep, which is a Chicago High School in my neighborhood. I talked about my comics career, my process and some of my philosophies on making work.  I also did a short reading of the new book Half Asleep. And at the end of the month, on Halloween to be exact, I was a speaker for Laydeez Do Comics at Quimby's. It was a blast and THANK YOU to everyone who came out on that wacky night.  Yes, this drawing is accurate, I was dressed up as several different Pokemon as I evolved through my artistic career (wakka wakka). I also gave an interview for Lady Drawers Documentary. Basically I babbled about how I love comics and how I think they're a magical, wonderful universe. Totally useful, I'm sure...

Don't worry though, just because I'm doing a million things in other places, doesn't mean I wasn't putting in hours at the drawing desk. I had the wonderful pleasure of being asked to draw the cover of the newest issue of The Cartoon Picayune for Josh Kramer. Here's a cool gif he made of parts of my cover:

So keep your eyes peeled for that new issue!

And to top off my October update, I also began thumbnailing the second volume of Half Asleep!

I can't tell you too much about it yet, other than this volume will have more than DOUBLE the color "dream pages" and its total page count is 48pages of delicious content. Remember you can buy Vol. 1 from the website by visiting the store over on the right hand side of the page.

Thanks for stickin' with this, and come back next week for blog post update about November!


Long time, no see!

My dear, dear readers! Thank you so much for sticking with me despite my internet silence.  Sometimes, you just need to get a handle on one thing at a time.  Until then, you can only introduce tasks back into your life little by little. I'm happy to say, that this blog is back.

In honor of my great return, I'm going to update you on what's been going on from month to month. Lots of pictures, lots of stories and lots of blog posts.

Since my last post was pre-SPX, I figure I had better start in September.

September was a whirlwind, having just finished my full time position in August, I was working hard to prep for my class this Fall (Engineering Comics) as well as trying to wrap up the convention season before my Admissions travel season began! SPX was FANTASTIC as usual. It is so great to be able to travel around and see friends even if it is so very, very brief.

The days went well, sales were a little lower than average for me but I was proudly able to display and sell many copies of Kyle and my newest book, Half Asleep (vol. 1). I know you all have been seeing these sneak peeks of this book, but probably you are wondering what the heck it is about! Well... Half Asleep is the story of a young girl named Ivy whose mother enrolls her in a college program in a reality where you can learn to manipulate dreams and they alter the real world.  Dr. Lassette, Ivy's mom, is a co-founder of this method of study as well as the head Professor in the field at this school. 

The book, as of now, has one completed volume of 44 pages, but is envisioned to have 6 to 10 issues of roughly the same page count. I'd tell you more about my progress but that will spoil the coming months blog posts! All I can say is, if you want to know more, feel free to read the wonderful review by Rob Clough or pick up a copy at the online store (available soon!) to judge for yourself.

SPX wasn't the only convention I did in September, my dear readers. I know I didn't let you know and I am truly sorry about that, but I was at MICE in Boston, MA. Another FANTASTIC show. 

This was its first year being a two day show and boy do I hope they keep it that way! One day shows are hard for me to justify but a two day show, is almost always worth the trek.  I got to see a lot of friends who I missed at SPX because it was so busy, and some friends I had not seen in years. Sales were up much higher than SPX for me personally, but I know that smaller shows have a bigger hit-or-miss range.

In between my convention travels in September, I journeyed home to Wisconsin to relax and see my very first ever Badger game. It was a GREAT trip and well needed since I knew I was going to be so busy, I wouldn't be home again until the holidays.

As September came to a close, Kyle and I sold out of our first editions of Half Asleep and began reprints for our 2nd print run (!!!), I settled into my teaching rhythm and packed my bags for a full travel season with SAIC's Admissions to review portfolios and talk to high schoolers about Art School.

Tune in next week for the update on what happened in October!