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Changes! Just In Time For 2018

2017 is coming to a close, and I'm taking a much needed break. No more posts (they're all scheduled), no more shows (they're all done), no more work for the last few weeks of the year. I broke 10,000 kilometres (10,700 in total) in the course of hitting a dozen shows across BC, Alberta, Saskatoon, and Manitoba. Slept in half a dozen hotels and hostels, and three gas station parking lots. Crossed four provinces. I sleep now.

It also means that with 2018 right around the corner, there are some changes coming down the internet tubes. Namely a shift in focus. While the ol' blog here has been serving me well for the past few years, it's time for an update. Starting in January the blog will be going away (kind of), and the focus will be shifting to social media. Content will still hit the site of course, but it will be a more structured, or if you prefer "curated," approach. 

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter will be the new wild west. Everything will hit there, then if I like it enough it will bounce to the website. And as always, conventions get first look at anything new. The blog will be replaced with a social hub, where content posted to Instagram will appear as it is posted. So pretty much the same as things are now. Really the only major thing affected will be Picture of the Week. Which will be affected A LOT. 

How "a lot" you ask? Well, think of it as a sort of reboot. It's been over two and a half years since POW#0001 hit the site. In that time I've tweaked pretty much all of them, completely redone some of them, and utterly replaced a few of them. Some of them I haven't actually really looked at in ages, and most of them have descriptions and spiels that probably haven't actually been seen. Like ever.

So, I'm starting at POW#0001 and unleashing them on the world! Again! The last few of 2017 will go live, hitting a satisfying #250. At which point they'll take a break for a week or so, then they'll be moving from Wed/Sat to Mon/Wed/Sat (with digital stuff falling pretty much whenever I happen to put something together) and starting from scratch. I'm looking forward to revisiting the POW archives and unleashing them on a whole new audience. It will also allow me to shift my focus onto some other major projects I want to tackle.

What other projects, you ask? Well, a few months down the road I will be doing what I like to call "I Don't Have A Name For It Yet" where every month I'll be featuring a different gallery subject in greater detail. At present the galleries are snapshots of subjects that interest me, featuring a small selection of photos. With IDHANFIT the gallery will feature all sorts of stuff. Photos I think are my best, photos that aren't but that interest me, alternate angles and takes, and shots I wouldn't otherwise post, mixed in with assorted thoughts and musings. Fun fact: Did you know I have about 7000 photos of jousts, knights, and medieval fights and faires? Yeah, there's some cool stuff in there to show off.

So every month you can swing by, load up the featured gallery, and check out an array of old, new, and interesting shots. No matter where you follow me, there'll be something new for you to see. 2018 is all about FILLING YOUR EYEBALLS WITH PICTURES AND IMAGES and so long as there's internet there's no stopping me!

Also check out my finally functioning store! You can buy things even when I'm not strung out on caffeine! Wait... you can buy things whenever you want now even when I'm not in a booth!

In the mean time, enjoy your assorted Holidays!

I SLEEP NOW

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Changes!

More changes! Big changes! If you visited me at CCEE this year you may have noticed I had some new stuff. I'm talking banners and the like. Well, that's sort of the direction I'm shifting. I did the "sleek and modern" look for a while and you know what? Meh. I'm bored of it. Time for a change. The major changeover of the look was the precursor to that. Getting the technical ducks in a row so that when I start doing new stuff, it doesn't drive me insane. 

I mean, it will still drive me insane because let's face it, I insist on redoing everything every time to ensure it's just right. But I digress.

So stay tuned. You can already see some things happening. Check out that snazzy new Digital of the Week, or Weekly Digital, or whatever I end up settling on calling it, off to the side there. That'll be changing every week. You can totally click it to go to its page and check it out bigger. Also buy it. If you want to.

If you want to.

You want to.

Want to buy it.

Squirrel.

But yeah, lots more content type content coming. That whole Cinematastica thing I started but kinda stalled on? That's coming full on. Which means you're going to be positively bombarded with... me.

Photos, digitals, blogs, every week. Basically it's like having me as a bad roommate who won't move out. Until you buy my things.

So keep on coming around, I want to try and get things moving so much there's always something new to check out. 

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Merry Christmas ya Filthy Animals!

Yep, pretty much this. By the time you read this I'm well and truly gone past Christmas, drowning in a sea of eggnog and festive misery, awaiting the arrival of the next Halloween where the elves and holly are replaced by guts and gore.

In the mean time, Merry Whatever folks and folkettes.

Now go watch Die Hard!

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News: The return of NAM and other stuff

On October 17th, New Art Mondays will be returning! Got a bunch of stuff lined up for you fine folks, so that's pretty awesome.

Also working behind the scenes on some maintenance type stuff. What type of type stuff? Well, there has been a lot of change in how I do things. The website started as essentially a digital resume. I had galleries of stuff, and you could email me, but that was about it.

But now? Now there's a bit of everything. Weekly posts, news, updates, digital stuff, conventions, the whole measure. So I'm doing some work behind the scenes to bring things more in line with how things are now. Instead of generic (or no) info on things, there will actually be stuff. Galleries will be tweaked slightly. Some links will change. Some stuff will go away, and new stuff will appear.

If you're been to the /digitals page recently you'll see things are already shifting. More of that. New versions of some designs are also appearing (yes, I'm pulling a George Lucas) because, well, I like the new versions of things better. Sometimes when I design something new I stumble across a design I want to apply to old versions. It's part of the process I stumble my way through.

There will also be a heavier focus (particularly in NAM) on writing and drawing. Not just the digital stuff I usually do, but a sort of minimalisty type humour thing I've got going. You'll see, it'll make sense when they start to appear. Or not. Who knows.

But anyway, onward and upward as they say. And maybe I'll see you in November at the Holiday Market.

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SASK2016: Day 1 Down

The first day is officially down. Pretty awesome, as per the usual. Now that all you folks that didn't buy my stuff today are done seeing the celebrity guests and getting your photo taken, you have no excuse to not come by Booth 1014 and BUY THINGS!

Hash tag sleep when dead.

Hash tag pray for death.

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SASK2016: Convention Deal!

Hey folks! Are you planning on coming down to Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo this weekend? Well, I've got a deal for you! 

If you spend $50 or more, you get a free magnet. I've got six to choose from. Some are sci-fi, some are funny, some just are. Actually, they're mostly sci-fi. But one is about waffles! 

Whatever your fancy, spend $50 or more and you get one!

Not only that, if you buy a complete set of four or more prints, you get a free magnet!

Basically, MAGNETS!

And yes, I sill have Pokemon type cards. Those are always free. 

I'll be down at Booth #1014 all this weekend, so swing by and say hi!

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How Many Good Ones?

Tin God Vons!

Also I may be running slightly behind on the New Art Monday entries as I gear up for conventions next month, so... there may not be a NAM this coming Monday. Or there may be, I don't know. Stay tuned! There will be some cool stuff this week at any rate.

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POW! New Gallery!

Heya folks. I've been quietly toiling away behind the scenes, and I've finally finished tweaking the pictures such that it's ready. If you head over to the photography page, right up top there's a new gallery: the Picture of then Week archives.

So if you want to check out a bunch of random photos I've taken, or want to get caught up (#100 is coming!) then that's the place to be.

And now that that's done, I can get to work uploading my 100+ Brooks Medieval Faire 2016 pictures.

Joy! *Sleep When Dead*

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POW, NAM, and a Whole Lotta' Swords

Heading out to Brooks in about twelve hours and change to set up my camp for the weekend, where I'll be sleeping after long days getting shots of this years Brooks Medieval Faire jousts. Excitement! Knights and Swords and Horses and Drinking Stuff from Horns!

Which also means a massive photo dump will happen in about a week. In the mean time, everything else carries on as planned. I am in the process of updating all previous POW posts so things will be easier to navigate, which is awesome. Also, quicker to load. Also awesome!

Also have a couple more NAMs set up for the next rotations, so look forward to those ones.

As for the YouTube thing... it's coming. 

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Facebook Issues

There have been some issues with Facebook and my posts automatically pushing to the page this past few weeks. I finally got around to fixing it, so things should be back to normal now. Yay!

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NAM Hiatus

No NAM this week, or for a few weeks. I'm taking the next few weeks to finalize designs and prep for printing for convention season, so I'm not going to be adding new stuff while I focus on that stuff. But don't worry, NAM will be back sometime... some time...

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No New Video This Week Because CODECS!

No new video this week. At least, that's what it's looking like. Something updated in premiere and now "AVI" is no longer considered a video format.

Yay!

Hopefully I'll get that sorted right quick. Maybe the video'll hit some time next week and you'll get two videos. What WAS going to go up tomorrow was a short one anyway.

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It Came from STEAM! Helicopter Simulator - Part 1: DID YOU JUST JUMP OUT?!

HEY YOU GUYS I FINALLY STARTED THE YOUTUBE THING! GO CHECK IT OUT!

I have no idea what the schedule for this is going to be yet. Likely on Fridays, with some regularity. This'll probably be it for a few weeks, then I'll start to up the videos once I get the kinks worked out.

In the mean time, I PLAY A BAD SIMULATOR!

Link after the jump!

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