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Name: Garth Cameron Graham
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Getting back to it!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Just a quick update while I have something resembling a moment to think. We’re almost done with our guest appearances, and I’d like to thank everyone who submitted a piece. You all are awesome and I appreciate the help. We should have chapter 4 starting up next Tuesday and going from there.

So far I’ve hit 2 of the 3 cons, and they both have proved A-mazing. Ohayocon was a great con to attend, and it was fantastic meeting my fans in the north! WhatTheHell?!con was also equally epic, if much smaller. I do enjoy the little college conventions. Terribly welcoming, and you actually have the ability to do everything and truly have fun. It was also entertaining to be auctioned off like a piece of meat for charity. I know the ladies were entertained as well…

So that brings me to Katsucon this weekend! I’ve always enjoyed Katsucon and I expect this year to be better than its ever been! Despite the insane amount of snowfall we’ve had in the area, I’m going to be there! I hope you guys will be too! I’ve got a couple of fun panels including a never-done-before Finder’s Keepers Q&A! That’s right! I’m opening the doors, giving out the secrets, but you have to be at the panel to find out! I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I will have some rather important announcements and more in-depth reviews of the last couple of weeks after Katsu, when my brain is a tiny bit more together than it is right now.

Super Art Fight 6!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

SUPER ART FIGHT 6 is coming back to Baltimore! Next Saturday, the 23rd, ten hyper-talented artists will throw down and duke it out the only way we know how: on canvas! This is an important match for me. I will be facing down the veteran and co-founder Nick “Ghostfreehood” Borkowicz for a chance to regain my title of SUPER ART FIGHT CHAMPION! That’s right, it’s my title. It may currently be held by the insanely talented and amazing Michael Bracco, but it will always be my title. And I will win it back, oh yes I will. But first I must do artistic battle with Borkowicz, and defeat him soundly! If you have never been to an Art Fight you have done yourself a disservice, and if you have gone before you need to be at this one. If not to watch me trounce my opponent then surely to watch all the other epic matches. And I have my suspicions that they will be most epic in-deed.

Happy National Human Trafficking Awareness Day!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Well, ok, so National Human Trafficking Awareness Day was technically yesterday the 11th. Did you know that? I certainly did not. In fact I was under the impression that human trafficking was more a problem for pretty female tourists in parts of Europe. Yes, Liam Neeson has a very specific set of skills to deal with just such happenings, but seriously. Turns out it’s not just a global issue, but is in fact happening right here in the grand o’ US of A. You’d think we’d have gotten past this by now, but apparently no. So what can you do about it? What can we do about it? Well ya might try checking this out. A bunch of very fine folks, fine folks who also happen to be webcomickers are running a fund raising drive to help out organizations that are attempting to combat what is possibly one of the oldest and most unpleasant of human commerce. Give it a look over.

Snow!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

It snowed this weekend! This is amazing, as I can’t remember the last time we had snow this early in the season. Frequently we won’t see any significant (i.e. sticks to the ground) snowfall until February. This is awesome. I have a love of Winter that many people don’t share. I love the feel of a cold crisp winter morning. The glitter of sunlight in the trees after an ice storm. The muffled crunch of fresh snow beneath my boots. I love it all right up until I realize how fucking cold it is and how my blood is rapidly cooling. Curse you lack of insulating fatty tissues!

In other news, Shark Robot can help you cover up your shameful naked walls. That’s right, you can now get my artwork directly from my printer. Snafu Dave is the reason I’m actually able to offer those gorgeous giant glossy posters at all, so many thanks to Dave.

More news to follow as it develops.

Sound Tracks

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

I listen to a great deal of music when I’m working. This is not uncommon for a lot of artists, and there are some people who say that you shouldn’t, as it’s a distraction from the art and doesn’t help you focus wholly on the work. I disagree on this, and feel that the music helps put you in the right mindset and helps tune out all the distractions. However, unlike a lot of people I listen to a wide range of music while working. Some of it is very fitting for Finder’s and other stuff not so much. And I’m thinking of putting together a playlist that is FK specific. So! What do you guys think? What tracks should be on the “official” Finder’s Keepers score?

Awards and Dust Bunnies

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Hey folks! Sorry for the late color update. I spent far more of the weekend cleaning out Alice than I anticipated. My darling Alice (my computer for those who haven’t read Comedity) was running out of room on her hard disks. Who’d have thought that all those Photoshop files took up a lot of space? So I went and acquired a 1.5TB drive a month or so back. Yeah, yeah, I’m only now getting around to installing the bugger. Anyway, while I was in there, I figured I’d do a deep clean. Now, I keep my computer pretty well dusted out. Could be cleaner, sure, but I like to think I do fairly well. I was shocked by the size of the dust bunnies I pulled out of there. Whew! But she’s clean and back together and full of awesome! Rawr! Fear her mighty disk space! Now all I need is a 64bit OS and she will have reached her true potential!

Also! I have been made aware of the Web Comic Reader’s Choice Awards! The nomination stage ends at the end of the month (as does the slashed prices on FK artwork), and while I would never tell you how you should vote, I think you know where this is going. That’s right. It’s time for some recognition! It’s up to you, though. You, the reader, are in power. You decide what is awesome and deserving and what is not! Do it! Cast your nomination! If you don’t you’re a communist! Lots of readers tell me how awesome Finder’s Keepers is. Now it’s time to tell the world! Well, at least the internet.

That’s all for now!

Finder’s Keepers Anniversary!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

It’s kind of amazing, really. As of the 31st I’ll have been doing Finder’s Keepers for a whole year. And what a doozy of a year it’s been. I won’t lie, it’s been a rough year all around. But I am touched that you all have stuck it out with me and kept reading. I can’t do this without you guys. And not to sound too much like a PBS special, it’s readers like you that make this comic possible. So happy anniversary guys! Here’s to a year gone by, and to an even better one ahead of us! Cheers!

And what anniversary would be complete without presents? So! For the rest of October, I am slashing prices on all Finder’s Keepers related artwork. Let’s see… how about a whopping 40% off? 40% OFF ALL FK ARTWORK? Yup, that’s what I said. Crazy you say? Nah. I just like you guys. But this insanely good deal won’t last forever. Once the 1st hits all that lovely artwork goes back to it’s regular reasonable price. So get ‘em ludicrously cheep while you can!

I’ll also be updating the wallpapers sometime tomorrow. This month’s wallpaper will include a second anniversary edition wallpaper as an added gift to all donors of over $1 to the great cause of keeping Finder’s Keepers alive and online. I’ll post both wallpapers here tomorrow, so look for them.

Oh, yes. Because I said I would keep you informed. The position with Thinkgeek fell through. Case of bad timing it would seem. The filled the position before I could get my portfolio in to them.

Hobbies and Hobbyists

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

I have fewer hobbies now than I did when I was young.

Granted, growing up I was into everything. I played music, I painted, I roleplayed, I designed RC zeppelins (though they never got built), I built models, I launched rockets, I’d go biking, hiking, rafting, I collected dice (still do actually), hell I even sang. And of course I read a lot. But nowadays I find myself not doing much outside of drawing. When I do find some time away from the sketch pads and wacoms I manage to read and I climb rocks. Well, fiberglass ones anyhow. I kind of miss some of my old hobbies.

Sadly all of the people that would be interested in roleplaying are at considerable distance. I haven’t seen my bike in god knows how many years, and it probably wouldn’t fit anymore. Model rockets are so niche as to barely exist anymore. The models have changed in a decade and the same can be said for the plastic model selection. Mostly cars anyhow, and there’s only so many f-16s you can build before you get a touch bored.

I did manage to lay my hands on basically the complete collection of Starship Troopers miniatures. I didn’t even know they made such a thing. Like every geek, I’m sure, I tried getting into miniatures back in highschool, but I actually found Warhammer 40k to be a touch boring and frightfully expensive, though I did like the massive Tyranid swarms. Recently I discovered a miniatures game called Warmachine, which it turns out I’ve been enjoying the production and concept art for years. I’m told it’s a good game, but honestly I think I’d have a lot more fun putting together a 1/16th scale model of one of the warjacks rather than building an army of the miniatures.

Maybe there just aren’t hobbies in the world anymore. Not like they used to be. It seems like for most people, spare time enjoyment is keeping intouch through the facebooks and twitters or keeping up on celebrity gossip. None of these are necessarily bad pastimes, but as a hobbyist it doesn’t seem terribly hobby like.

In totally unrelated news a friend of mine informed me that The KGB is both aware of Finder’s and loves Cailyn. This made me absurdly happy. So thank you KGB, you guys are officially awesome.

Also my fortune cookie reads: “You will be successful in everything.” Best fortune, ever.

Schedule-Impaired

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Now, I’m not one for being all politically correct. I believe in calling an egg an egg and a duck a duck. Not an ovoid protein source or a bobbing aquatic avian. However, I like the phrase “Schedule-Impaired.” And I feel that yes, yes I am schedule-impaired. I’m not lazy, because I work my ass off. But I always do seem to miss my deadlines, often by a far wider margin than I’m at all pleased with. Perhaps I am simply incapable of accurately measuring how long something will take me to do. Perhaps I guess correctly, and then decide in the middle of it, “nah, let’s go all out on this one and get detail happy!” I feel this latter bit is more accurate. I have been throwing in a lot more detail into my drawings as of late. It makes them orders of magnitude more awesome, but it does make them take an obscene amount of time. My most recent example (aside from some of my current commissions and the in-progress new wallpaper which should be available by Monday) is the first new 16×20″ poster which you can scope out here. See how awesome that is? Took me twice as long as it normally would have. Easily. So yes, because of my shift in quality I am badly out of sync timing wise.

Because of all this I currently have a huge stack of commissions ranging all the way back to Animazement several months ago. I really need to focus and get these polished off so that I am not constantly behind on everything. Because of this, I expect to have to drop Friday updates for the next couple of weeks while I catch up on backwork. I apologize profusely for the inconvenience. But I can’t put off these pieces any more. People pay me good money to have me draw for them. I owe them that work, even though my clients are extremely patient people. I hope that you all will extend me the same courtesy while I play catch up with myself.

Believe me when I say that while this is frustrating for you to be sure, it is infuriating for me. For someone as schedule-impaired as I am, it’s amazing how much I hate missing deadlines. That’s all for now. I’ll return with more art soon.

Connecticon Preliminary Report

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Ok, I was going to do a huge write up on how awesome Connecticon was. However, I am dog tired. As you can probably tell by the temporary appearance of a color-less comic. Tomorrow! After some sleep I will have colors go up, as well as an indepth report on the awesome that occurred in the state of Connecticut last weekend. Thus the plan is formed! ::passes out::