Comic-Con Signing @ Womanthology Booth

I’ll be signing at SDCC on Saturday, 3:30pm – 7pm at the Womanthology booth (EE-04). I’ll have a bunch of Vampire Academy books as well as some prints. :)

Adventure Time: Queen of Rogues Snippet

My favorite part of Queen of Rogues:

“Spend the night? Out here?” Fionna gaped.

“Keep it together, girl.”

“It’ll be all right,” Gumball said. “Why, if we’re lucky, we may be able to see a school of bioluminescing eyeball stingers. Don’t worry, the name is a misnomer. They don’t sting your eyes, they lay eggs on them, and then the eggs hatch and the larva drill into your eyeballs and eat your retinas. But that would only happen if you stuck your face in the water while they pass by. Though I suppose if the wind kicks up enough spray–”

“GUMBALL!” Cake slapped her hand across the young man’s mouth. “You need to quit it with the science lessons.”

Because SCIENCE!!! Thank you, Animal Planet. Where would I be without the nightmare fuel that is “Monsters Inside Me”? :)

2012 Kittens – Wrapping Things Up

Quickie update – all the X-Men kittens have been adopted! Except for Marie. We cracked and decided to keep her. Because, like my sister says, it’s not as if anyone would want a tiny, stunty-growth cat with really big eyes and a really cute face. -_- Pics coming soon.

Flowers in the Attic

I’m live-tweeting Flowers in the Attic at 7pm PST this Friday because VC Andrews is FUN! It’s currently streaming on Netflix so if you’ve got an account, feel free to join in.

Window Seat – Manga Studio Brushes

I’ve been struggling for about a week now with the inking brushes in Manga Studio. There’s so much I love about the program, especially the perspective rulers (which you can pry from my cold dead hands), but I’ve had a terrible time using the program’s out-of-the-box brushes. I could SORT OF use them, but the results were always erratic. Half the time a brush or pen would behave the way I expected, and the other half of the time it was like trying to ride a really pissed off horse. The results didn’t really look bad, but they didn’t look great, either. That said, yesterday I stumbled across this guy’s post, and it was a lifesaver.

Here’s a panel from a project I’ve been working on (I wish I’d thought to save a “before I adjusted the brush settings” version, because the difference is pretty dramatic. Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to trust me). I finally feel like what I’m producing looks like MY inking, not MangaStudio’s.

Also, thanks to my friend Karen luk for the head’s up about MS 5. I’m biting my fingernails down to the quick waiting for the EX release! Can’t wait to get my hands on that version.