#GivingTuesday

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There has been radio silence from me during the time Black Friday seeped into Thanksgiving, the weekend, and became a whole Black Friday Week. Now it appears Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week. (a/s/l?)

No, I haven’t been shopping. I didn’t do any special sales at my webstore on my books either. I spent way too much time promoting sales last year and did not make one sale. Instead, I used that time recovering from throwing my back out two weeks ago moving furniture, getting caught up on cleaning, and decorating for the holidays. also-availableDuring that time, I also had a breakthrough on figuring out which software to use for the layout of my third book in The Sick Rose Vampires series, The Heart is a Rebel.

I will save you the details, but I had beaucoup problems and frustration putting together my last book. There was time and energy lost with using sub par software when it could have went towards making additional and better quality illustrations. Despite lack of funds and training on the fanciest and current ways of putting together a book or the means to hire someone who can, I may have figured out a way to make this go easier. This has always been a fly by the seat of my pants operation. Without yet saying what I’m specifically using this time around, so far so good.

So, it’s “Giving Tuesday”. A day set aside to make consumerism feel better, if there is money left after Black/Cyber Week/Month/Whatever events to donate to charity. Let’s make giving a part of our lifestyle, and not just because we need to feel better about our spending habits, or because it’s the holidays. If you don’t have the moola, donate your time or skills. Last week I got to spend time with elementary school kids making art.

drawing-for-a-cureI thought today would be a good day for me to announce that I’ve been working with Drawing For A Cure, a non-profit organization of artists who contribute artwork with all sales going towards the American Cancer Society. You may have seen my Joker/Harley fan art as a coloring page. Soon you can get it as a full color print exclusively from Drawing For A Cure, with all proceeds going to a good cause. WIN

Did you do something special for #GivingTuesday? How do you make giving a part of your life the rest of the year?

Binge on Dark Shadows this Weekend and Win Free Stuff

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I just discovered via The Collinsport Historical Society that Decades TV Network is airing a Dark Shadows Binge this weekend! I’m happy about this perhaps becoming a Halloween tradition! To say that the show had an impact on me personally, and in my writing and art, is an understatement. The Binge is a nice way for new fans to get a crash course on the show and for us old ones to enjoy the nostalgia, whether we were running home from school to watch during it’s original airing, getting acquainted in the 90’s on the SciFi channel (“wasn’t it that weird vampire show?”), or in my case, getting the DVDs mailed to me from Netflix because someone said my Dad resembled Willie Loomis.

I’ve included a couple of pieces of Dark Shadows fan art in my Halloween Giveaway package, in addition to two signed paperback books from The Sick Rose Vampires! Enter the giveaway HERE by Halloween! I will randomly select a winner on November 1st.

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Prize package includes:

The Sick Rose Vampires, Volume I: Blood & Alcohol (signed paperback)

The Sick Rose Vampires, Volume II: Skin of the Night (signed paperback)

Chibi Barnabas Collins 8-1/2″ x 11″ glossy print

Decorated and hand-painted, one-of-a-kind “Explore the Shadows” trinket box

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

My eerie and ethereal ambient dream pop seasonal playlist seems to grow every year.

2016 Book Tour Ends this Saturday at ComiqueCon

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Saturday is your last chance to come out to one of my book-signings this year.  The schedule for Comique Con sounds so awesome, it’s going to be difficult for me to stay behind my table. See the full schedule here.

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WW GAME starter kitI signed up for a half-table, so the items that will be on display for sale will be scaled back. After looking at photos of my table from Monroe Comic Con, I was surprised at how much stuff I had! The featured goodies I will have at Comique Con will be The Sick Rose Vampires books, Wonderful Drinking Game posters and starter kits, and the debut of my new limited edition “Girl Fight” print with Harley Quinn and Batgirl. And again, free #IndieBooksBeSeen catalogs and Harley/Joker coloring sheets!

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Comique Con is this Saturday at:
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
10am – 5pm
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Monroe Comic Con This Saturday!

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I’m happy to remind you that a huge convention appearance is coming up this Saturday in Monroe, Michigan! There will be 200 tables of comics, art, toys, crafts, cosplay, celebrity guests, panels, and yours truly! I attended Monroe Comic Con last year as a cosplayer and it was great! It was my official first attempt at cosplaying, which makes it my one year anniversary of cosplaying. It feels much longer (especially since I’ve already placed 3rd as Lady Penguin at Redford Comic Con and judged two days of Taylor Town cosplay contests in my first year)!

This year at Monroe Comic Con, I will be cosplaying as a local artist and published author and illustrator of vampire books. 😉 I encourage you to attend the Alloy Ash cosplay panel. I consider her my cosplay fairy godmother. She got me into cosplay after I attended a panel of hers at Motor City Comic Con 2015. I got to met her and thank her for the inspiration at Monroe last year!

In addition to my COSPLAnniversary fast approaching, I must share that today is the two-year anniversary of my first published book, Blood & Alcohol! It is available in paperback from Amazon, Createspace, my Sick Shoppe, and I will have copies at Monroe Comic Con. If you buy my first and second book together, you get 10% off at the show! See you soon!

MONROE COMIC CON

October 1st

10 am – 7 pm

TOTAL SPORTS MONROE

987 Stewart Rd, Monroe, Michigan 48162

60% OFF Summer Sale

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If you missed my DOLLARCON sale on art prints, my next sale for this summer is 60% OFF one-of-a-kind hand-painted trinket boxes!

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There are currently only four to choose from at the shoppe: three Dark Shadows styles, and one inspired by Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl! There is also a secret hidden Magnum P.I. one floating around. You may have seen it at shows. If you are interested in that one, please contact me directly at: thesickrosevampires@gmail.com

Once these boxes are sold, they are gone!

If any are still available by Ypsilanti Comic Con, I will honor the sale price at the show. However, I cannot guarantee there will be any left by then. If you are interested in ordering one to pick up at the con please contact me directly at: thesickrosevampires@gmail.com Let me know which one you want, and I can reserve it for you and take it down from the web store.

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If you are in SE Michigan, Keep Cool and Carry On! Fall is going to feel especially good this year. I hear stores are already stocking Halloween stuff. Leave a comment if you’ve seen some by you!

Taylor Town Comic Con

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If you missed “The Big Show” this past weekend at the Taylor Town Trade Center in Taylor, Michigan, you missed a lot of fun! I was not tabling at this two day event hosted by yourcomiccon.com’s John Kalel, but I made it out Saturday to cosplay Lady Penguin with some of my friends as Batman villains and compete in the cosplay contest. The Rogues Gallery ended up getting in on this awesome DC Universe group photo after the contest.

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Photo courtesy of Nathan Hays

A full write-up on the convention including three more photos of my Lady Penguin cosplay by Dark Knight News can be seen here.

If you weren’t able to make Taylor Town Comic Con, John’s next show is Ypsilanti Comic Con on September 24! I will be back behind the vendor’s table selling and signing books and art. If you’ve been holding out on attending one of the yourcomiccon.com shows, now’s the time to join us. Tickets are only $3! This will be a smaller scale one-day show packed with comics, art, toys, and cosplay. There’s a reason why I still go to all of John’s shows even when I’m not tabling. It’s called FUN! See for yourself! RSVP on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/258091981249189/

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I’ve also just uploaded a new promo video for The Sick Rose Vampires. It follows the journey of Elend Arcana so far in the series. All music is written and performed by yours truly! I hope you like it!

DollarCon Summer Sale

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I’m still picking up the pieces after having my vehicle stolen two months ago. I haven’t scheduled any conventions or book-signings for the rest of the summer. Why would I do that if I need the money? I don’t think people realize how expensive it can be for an artist or indie author to appear at a convention. Aside from paying for table fees, we have to make sure we have enough stock on hand to actually sell. Most times I am lucky to make back my table fee let alone what it costs to bring the merchandise to you. I am usually paying more to make an appearance. When you’re an indie, that’s the way it goes, and I accept that. But I also need to be realistic right now as I continue to struggle from the financial blow I took to replace my car.

dollarconI’ve decided to try doing some fun sales online in the meantime over the rest of the summer. My first summer deal is DollarCon! I’ve marked down all 8-1/2 x 11 prints in my portfolio to $1.00!!! This will be for an undetermined limited time due to there being VERY limited quantities of prints. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. I’m not planning on printing any more. All $1 print orders include a FREE copy of the 2016 #IndieBooksBeSeen catalog for you to pick out some reading material to get through the dog days of summer!

My two books published so far in The Sick Rose Vampires series are still available as a discounted bundle.

You may also help with the car replacement fund at gofundme.com or at my webstore.

I am signed up for two conventions in the fall. Monroe Comic Con and Comique Con in October. Please check my Events page for more information!

Stay tuned for more summer steals from my store, Sick Shoppe!

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