And The Winner Is…

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 ***NIKKI M.***

Congratulations! You won all this stuff!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you missed this one, don’t despair. I’m planning two more prize package giveaways before the year is up. You’re going to have to wait and see what they are!

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween!

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And if you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, good luck! I’ll be once again trying to do the 30 Day Plank Challenge. ūüėõ

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.

The Sick Rose Vampires Dark Shadows Halloween Giveaway

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Prize pack includes: an autographed copy of both books in The Sick Rose Vampires series so far, chibi Barnabas Collins print, and Barnabas Collins trinket box.

ENTER HERE!

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!

The Tale of Batty Bat

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Once in a while as some of you may know, I volunteer with elementary level art classes. It’s how I can get in some kid time, have fun with art, and relax. My favorite projects to do are around Halloween (my favorite holiday). This past Halloween I made a bat out of a toilet paper roll with the little ones. This bat has¬†come with me to all my comic book shows since then. Whether or not people¬†noticed him at my booth, he was a permanent fixture there. His name was¬†Batty Bat.

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Me pictured with my stolen display and Batty Bat

When my truck was stolen almost a month ago, much of my comic book convention supplies were inside: shelving, display hooks, posters, and signs. I was hesitant to confirm all of what exactly was lost with the setup. All I knew for certain was all the big stuff was gone. While I was organizing things to bring to Cosplay Con last Friday night, I got a pleasant surprise!

Batty Bat was still here! My vehicle was gone. All the fancy signage and display was gone, but my TP roll bat attached to a Popsicle stick was here! Sometimes it’s the little things.

Did you see Batty Bat in my set-up at Cosplay Con? Taylor, Michigan, June 4th

Thank you to everyone who chipped in to help make my first book signing appearance since the theft a smooth success.

You may help me replace my stolen vehicle by donating to my gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/replacerachelsride

You may also help by purchasing items, including my new book “Skin of the Night”, from my webstore.

ComiqueCon This Saturday!

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Come be a part of the first ever comic book convention highlighting the talents of women comic book creators! I am so excited and honored to be an exhibitor!

I will COMING SOON SIGNbe signing copies of Blood & Alcohol, promoting the next book, Skin of the Night, and premiering the new line of Sick Shoppe merchandise featuring my original geeky fan art. You may see a list of items that will be available here. I will also be bringing my one-of-a-kind Barnabas Collins trinket boxes to the show.

General admission to all ComiqueCon panels / workshops (depending on space availability), exhibitor room, and full access to the Arab American National Museum galleries. Cosplay / fancy dress encouraged! 

Sat Nov 7th 10:00am – 5:00pm

Advance General Admission Tickets $10.00 Advance pricing ends on Thursday, November 4th at midnight.
TICKETS ARE $15.00 at the door

Friday night, November 6th, there is a VIP meet and greet with buffet dinner at Green Brain Comics on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn¬†8:00pm – 10:30pm . There are¬†a limited number of tickets for an exclusive VIP party at Green Brain Comics the night before ComiqueCon. ALL of ComiqueCon’s featured guests will be present for mingling, the store will be open for business exclusively for ticket holders, and a Mediterranean buffet dinner will be served. Cosplay / fancy dress encouraged! As of now I am going as Doctor Doom. Please purchase tickets for the VIP event at comiquecon.com.

The Detroit Free Press wrote a great article about ComiqueCon, talking about how and why it came to be, the featured guests, and some of the days events. Check it out!

RSVP on my facebook event page here!

sick shoppeHalloween may be over, but I will still be celebrating the vampire this weekend at ComiqueCon. The publishing date of my next book has been pushed back because I’ve been running around getting things ready for the show. With the new offerings and updated table display, I think my fans will be pleased.¬†Hopefully,¬†I’ll make some new ones!

Best of luck to this year’s NaNoWriMo particiapants!

 

Bird is the Word

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Still by Ian Smith of Weekly Entertainment TV

I was jealous of my best friend Meghan at 4th grade recess. We would play “Batman” on the playground based off the old Adam West reruns, and she always got to be Catwoman as she supplied her own cat ears. ¬†She graciously lent¬†me a rubber toucan nose with an elastic string attached and said I could be Penguin. So I ended up carrying an extra straw with me from the school cafeteria and perfecting Burgess Meredith’s evil laugh/quack at the age of 9 or 10.

Meanwhile behind the umbrella factory…

Fast forward about 23 years later and I am winning third prize with my boyfriend as Lady Penguin and Catman at the Redford Comic Con Cosplay Contest! This was my second go at cosplay and my first time entering a contest for it. Why Lady Penguin? As you can see, it has nostalgia attached to it. I was able to modify my Zatanna costume and use it again. Most of both costumes were items I already owned (including a rhinestone studded cigarette holder thanks to¬†a two decade long obsession with Audrey Hepburn). ¬†It was also great for a gender-swapped villainous duo cosplay. And I like purple! ūüôā

This was just the beginning to an epic bird-themed weekend of fun! But while we’re talking Batman ’66, allow me to¬†mention that Franchi’s Radio Funhouse also premiered on Saturday (the same day as the con). This may be part of the reason why I was a little late (it was) because I was listening to hear how to win a complete DVD set of the Batman ’66 TV Series. It could not have¬†been more appropriate listening to the show while I was getting ready. It’s a new radio show hosted by Christopher Franchi featuring my friend Lizmo as co-host. ¬†They talk comics, horror, movies, collectibles and all things geeky. Please follow their radio show page on facebook!

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Franchi’s Radio Fun House

I had a legitimate¬†reason to be late to Redford Comic Con (my winning the DVDs is TBD), and I was still able to enter the cosplay contest and pick up a nice little haul of goodies. I took a chance on one of those little Funko mystery boxes with the vinyl figure inside and ended up with this tiny surprise, foreshadowing an upcoming costume. Too cute and perfect! You’ll have to wait to find out what the costume is! Redford had¬†a nice¬†local, smaller-scale, affordable and FUN con. I would like to become involved with them as an exhibitor in the future.

After the con, it was off the meet legendary film actress Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie.” I attended a VIP dessert with her at Redford Theater where I ate wayyy too many sweets and got to hear her talk about her experience working with Alfred Hitchcock and all the humanitarian work she has devoted her life to. What and amazing and stunningly beautiful human-being inside and out. It was a pleasure to get to sit with her and chat about “Marnie”. She signed my two DVDs and took a picture with me.¬†

The VIP Dessert ticket included an 8×10 signed glossy and entry into Saturday night’s showing of “Marnie” and Friday or Sunday’s showing of “The Birds.” Tippi was present at all¬†movies to talk about the films before they started and during intermission. I enjoyed the¬†Sunday afternoon viewing of “The Birds”. It was the perfect way to wrap up my exciting weekend!

With all this fun going on, I’m beginning to accept the¬†postponing of the release of Skin of the Night. With Halloween being basically my Christmas I am SO busy right now. I put my first round of orders in for items that will be available for purchase at ComiqueCon next month. This may be my only book signing for 2015 and also the debut of my line of geeky original fan art merchandise. Please come out and support me and also be a part of making history: this is the first ever comic book convention devoted to women comic book creators! I am honored to be a part of such an elite event and grateful it is so close to home. Mark your calendars! I will be posting more details and also what I’m bringing soon!