Thursday, February 8, 2018


If you are coming to Planet Comicon, I will be booth #1440 in Artist Alley.
I will be there selling things I made because it is frowned upon to sell stuff off of other people's tables, no matter how awesomely funny that would be.
I will be standing the entire show, because I hate Bartle Hall chairs. If I am not at my booth, I was either kidnapped, abducted by aliens from Alpha Centauri, got locked in the bathroom stall by accident, forgot my keys, might be under the table looking for a bag of chips, or maybe pretending to be a floor lamp. 
I'd like to say I would have Capri Suns for everyone, but that was an abysmal failure on my part 6 years ago, and I've never forgiven myself for underestimating the demand for free bagged beverages and since I also work part time for Aramark, who will be providing food services, I do not want a beat down to occur from my fellow coworkers.
So do come out to the show, bring money, bring children (preferably your own...) that like shiny things, and I will have insanely low priced deals on art. There will be a lot of my creative friends there as well, and you'll hear me tell you who to check out after you all visit me.
Be there or be a random generated geometric configuration of your choosing.

Monday, January 15, 2018

First post of the year, and it's attached to the fence of life.

Way too long in the making, but finally off to the printer.
I'd ended last year with a fairly large overhaul on a long list of goals that are on my main planning whiteboard. I had made up my mind that the only way to possibly get through all of the things that had been weighing me down, was to write them down and chip away at them. Sounds simple, but anyone that's done this knows that it's never that simple.

I started off with the best intentions, a sizeable amount of time off in between contractual work, not a lot else on the schedule to really impede me getting to what I had in front of me. Then I got sick. Thankfully, it was not terrible with the exception of a few days, but it was enough to make things kind of muted for me, and less of the case of enjoying the wonderful rainy weather that made it's way across the midwest.
When I had a tripod mounted to the side door for a b-roll shot, I went through a roundabout, and the ensuing shot that had the reflections in the mirror with the rest slightly out of focus, made for a cool effect. I hope I am able to use this shot.
I of course still worked as I could at the stadium, and working in what is essentially a cold cement underground bunker is only made half way enjoyable because of the people I worked with there. If any of you follow football, then you know that the KC Chiefs got totally and utterly kicked in the head by the Tennessee Titans in a game that was as embarrassing as it was bizarre.

I think that is only the second time ever that I have made a halfway respectable bit of football commentary since I started this website.
Snow has been coming in increments over the last few days.
So as I went through trying to over my cold, and get my art efforts back on track, a puppy mill issue arose along with many animals that were unwanted showing up just after the Christmas holiday.
As cute as they are. They along with a rescue building full of dogs now need homes...
Rescue and fostering doesn't stop. But it can. IF you, I, and everyone else that loves, likes, or even doesn't like animals, remembers to Spay and Neuter. But I'm beginning to think we live in a growing age of ignorance, not just when it comes to this, but many many other things in life. But I digress.
I believe my cat knows what mornings are good for.
So after some ups and downs with being sick (and it's still lingering a bit), I at least did manage to get my new comic finished up. I will also be doing a sale on all of my existing originals. I'm not sure what if any shows I am going to do this year. The more I think about it, the more I am very burned out on the art show circuit.

On that subject, I haven't been posting much on the documentary I was working on because I still need to make a few decisions on the overall narrative and presentation. The original goal was to have had my new cpu up and running by now, but no thanks to the insane prices of cryptocurrency, I've seen 8gig video cards go from $250 while in my cart on Amazon, to $600 and more, to eventually sold out.

I get it. People want to get "rich" quick. It takes a lot of gpus to effectively farm this stuff. But I'm just trying to get a system made without having to resort to selling marrow on the black market to create online content, and finish a silly little documentary. Hopefully prices will drop soon. I can't be the only creative or perhaps even gamer wanting to have an affordable but powerful graphics card for something other than digital monopoly money.
Scroll of wisdom from a cookie. I've played enough role playing games to know this is a horrible plot device.
I have weird habits. Who reading this doesn't? But even though taking anything of merit or meaning from a fortune cookie is about as fundamentally sound as believing in astrology (I don't, but I will admit that I tend to find a lot in common about Sagittarius), there is a bit of wisdom to be found in that slip of paper above. I try a lot of stuff, but I also can be reckless, often leap without looking, and there is a bit of a nutcase thrill in knowing that something could break on me. It's borderline self destructive behavior. So trying things isn't the issue. But thinking about an angle to solve things, along with a sound approach, may yield me some good things over time.

I guess the take away is to try. Try to succeed. Try to save more animals. Try to work on the things I don't like about myself. Try to be motivated. Try to be,...hell, the list can go on and on and on.

Failure is always there. I am all too familiar with it. But, for every bit of failure, there is eventual triumph, even if it doesn't end up like how I thought it would. 
Until next time, enjoy the rest of January! Support your local artists, be kind to your fellow beings, and always take the path less traveled!

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
Illustrator, Voice Actor, Writer, Animal Rights Activist

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December ups and downs.

Detail close up of a project I finished up recently that was a lot of fun for my client APA.
So if you remember my last update, I had some in progress shots of the staff as super hero inspired characters. It was a lot of fun, and I was really happy with how it came out. The great backing design and overall layout, art direction and original idea was guided by my colleague Sara (who worked at APA) whom I'd known since my college days. I'm looking forward to this becoming a yearly sort of project with APA,

So that was absolutely an up for me to have at the beginning of December. For me, this has historically been a month that can be rough for me to get through, for myriad of reasons.

But this year I thought I was going to have a rougher time of it early on, as one of my housecats managed to get out. The weather was turning bad. Rain, forecasts of colder weather. The thought of a less cheery holiday time, now missing two of my three cats (since Zero had passed away only some time ago).

But I was able to purchase a good sized Havahart trap that I had to modify slightly, because he was able to figure out how to not set it off and get to the food/bait that was in it. After some misfires, a few long sleepless nights, and lots of time using a PetCam web camera to attempt to catch him, hunger overtook him, and he got himself caught in it.

He was missing his collar with a bell, very hungry, and thirsty, and in the end had caught what seems like a cold. I have as well. I'm on meds, and he's going to the vet tomorrow to get checked out. But Christmas came and went with all the current fuzzies in my life accounted for.

So as I mentioned, I got sick. Not the best thing to have happen when one is being productive, and I am already way the hell off of the path of project completion dates I had worked out. But, I'm getting there.  
Detail from Ardor page.
I'm about 3 pages from completing the artwork for the preview issue of Ardor, so I'm hoping to have that off to the printer very soon. I have very few shows I will be doing for the foreseeable future, but it will be available at them.
Radar, back on his green comfy rug in the studio, acting as if it was all no big thing.
So yes, Christmas has come and gone, and for all of you out there that celebrate other holidays, may those have been just as merry and joyous. This year was a tough one overall for my extended family, and for what it's worth, not the most prosperous for me, but I had some really wonderful people in my life pull things into focus for me. I'm very lucky for the love, the care, and the friendships I have.
It actually snowed on Christmas Eve.
One thing that almost didn't come together because I was sick was that my parents weren't going to do the whole Chinese food on Christmas day thing. I didn't care how terrible I felt, I had to do it. My parent's didn't start doing that because of any movie plot tradition, or for any other reason than they have never ever done anything traditionally.

Except Chinese food from Warrensburg's King's Chef. Ever since I was at least 16 years old. I was happy to have been able to surprise them with a visit and some take out. Sounds silly, but it's the little things in life.
Now, if there was one big let down, and I'll not wax on about it for very long, it was getting to see the latest Star Wars movie. 

It was enough that not only did seeing the movie make me feel like I fell so far from the target audience, that I actually found myself floundering in my own fandom. I know of many people that did in fact love the film, if not life it well enough.

I did not. I will say there were moments that were very cool, but they were far and few between. I'm not sure I will really want to see whatever JJ has in store for the next film considering the almost flippant nature that this one was handled with by Rian Johnson.
I actually am in the minority on this, but I miss George Lucas. Maybe. As it sits, I just have to admit this is one more fandom I think I have outgrown, or maybe more, have decided to like the stuff prior to Disney owning it.

But that first world problem aside, I am counting myself as a very lucky and blessed person at this year's end. We live in a day and age where sometimes we have to wonder how the days coming will turn out for all of us. Uncertainty is absolutely in the air, but hopefully a growing sense of unity and home grown prosperity.

I've been streamlining this site, and have added my new Ko-Fi account at the link above for you all to check out if you like what I create. It's like Patreon without the monthly donation action.

For all of you reading this, thank you for being on this journey with me as you read this blog. I appreciate it. Sincerely.

Someone much wiser than me once said "if we all loved and lived as fully as our hearts desired, dreams would cease to exist, and today would always be tomorrow." It's taken many years for me to begin to understand it, a moment to remember it, and forever to believe it.

Until next time, have a happy new years eve, and be safe! Support your local artists, be kind to your fellow beings, and always take the path less traveled!

Mario, the Artisan Rogue
Illustrator, Voice Actor, Writer, Animal Rights Activist