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The Tavern / Is Having a Fanbase a Responsibility?
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:31:18 AM »
I was reading this article about Anne Rice posting a link to a scathing review on one of her books, and the fans harassing the blogger.

People seem split on whether Anne Rice is responsible for her fans invading this blogger's journal.

I think when you're a public figure, you bear more responsibility for your actions in public than a normal person who expects some level of anonymity even in public. Particularly if you've been around long enough to know your fandom well enough to expect this kind of thing.

But this is just my opinion. What do you think?

Webcomic Talk and Squee / The Sleep of Reason Anthology
« on: November 11, 2012, 04:41:47 AM »
One of my friends from another forum is putting together an anthology of Horror. She recently did the Smutpeddler anthology.

For anyone interested, she is taking story proposals until Nov 30th. You can find the guidelines here:

This is a paying job, too.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Deviantart Premium Content?
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:30:28 AM »
Has anyone else been selected for the beta of DA's Premium Content?

I'm a bit wary of it since people pay with points, and those have already been much devalued that artists will have to work hard to change that.

Webcomic Talk and Squee / Nanomango
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:46:21 AM »
In a few days, it will be the summer version of Nanomango.

Nanomango is the comic version of the Nanowrimo writing challenge. It started out as an livejournal community but is now more than that.

The challenge is 30 pages in 30 days, starting June 1st. It doesn't matter how finished.

So, anyone doing it? Nano is how I got Ravenfell started.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Our Goods
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:10:48 AM »
I ran across this as an alternative to Kickstarter. It's a bartering system for creatives called Our Goods.

It could be a useful way to obtain skills one might need for a project(like music or such) with your skills rather than money.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / QR Codes
« on: May 01, 2012, 04:08:17 AM »
I used to have a good generator for them, but I seem to have lost it in a computer crash. Anyone know of a good one?

They're a bit gimmicky right now, but a few of my friends said they do bring a decent amount of attention to their con tables if they put one on their banner, so I was thinking of trying it.

The Tinkerer's Workshop / Dropcards
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:38:10 AM »
Once I compile my comic, I've been thinking of getting some dropcards for digital downloads on the spot at conventions, and perhaps conveniently bundling an ebook version of the comic with the physical copy.

Has anyone tried them? Run into problems?

I have an idea to do a limited run with a special image on the card for a bit of added value. Kind of like how some Japanese anime or manga would have limited edition phonecards.

The Tavern / TV Shows
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:01:11 AM »
See, I don't have cable. As such, I do like knowing what other people are watching so I can find new shows.

These are what I'm currently watching:
Grimm: ah, this is a cracktastic show like Buffy but with fairytale creatures. Also: Sasha Roiz as the mysterious Captain Renard. You can't go wrong, especially when you look at the actors twitters and interviews to see how much fun they're having.

Downton Abbey: I don't know exactly what makes period dramas different from regular soap operas except that they're addicting. I also like how they focus on womens rights.

Psych: I tend to buy the DVDs after the season rather than streaming them, but I do love this series as the cop drama parody that it is, especially since it has a healthy does of nerd humor.

Natsume Yuujinchou: this anime is about a boy that can see spirits and how it alienates him from people, and his attempts at making friends with both the spirits an people.

Brave 10: ninjas and warlords. Its nothing particularly amazing, but they know how to tell the story in a way that keeps me watching.

Inu Boku Secret Service: this is about characters of prestiged families that have the blood of supernatural creatures, and are throwbacks of them. Its very very shojo, but handles it as a parody most of the time, much like Ouran does.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: it starts out typical magical girl show, but gets progressively darker as it goes on. It very much has the theme that power comes at a price.

The Artist's Studio / Sketchbook: Copic Edition
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:59:46 AM »
I thought this was pretty neat. It's a limited edition of Autodesk Sketchbook with all the Copic colors in it.

Events and Conventions / ColossalCon 2012(Sandusky, OH, USA)
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:33:45 AM »
Anime convention, June 7-10. I'm going with a few other friends. Sadly, I've been waitlisted for the table and it's doubtful I get one. However, they do have an arts and crafts show on day to sell some of your things.

The best thing about this con, apparently, is that it's at a water resort! If you get a hotel room, you get 4 free tickets for it, too.

If anyone wants to go, I've already reserved a room and anyone is welcome if they are willing to split the costs of it with the rest of us.

The Tavern / Favorite Fantasy Novels
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:24:04 AM »
Clearly we're all fantasy fans here, do list off your favorite fantasy novels and/or series!

Mine. I'll include the individual books since some publishers are reluctant to number or label the series:
Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling (Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness, Traitor's Moon, Shadows Return, White Road)
Thremedon Series by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett (Havemercy, Shadow Magic, Dragon Soul, Steelhands)
Doctrine of the Labyrinth Series by Sarah Monette (Melusine, Virtu, Mirador, Corambis)
Gentleman Bastards Series by Scott Lynch (The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies)

In general, I tend to go for books with a GLBT leaning since it's relevant to me.

The Tavern / Recipes
« on: March 03, 2012, 10:40:55 AM »
I've been trying out a lot of new recipes lately, so I figure, why not! Share your recipes that you enjoy!

I just gave this one to my friend, so might as well post it here. It's a good dessert for people that like Asian food or nothing overly-sweet.
Okay, found the recipe.

Strawberry Mochi Dumplings:
1 and 1/2 cup(200 g) sweet rice flour/glutinous rice flour
1 cup(250 g) lukewarm water
1/4 cup(50 g) sugar
Cornstarch for dusting
16 fresh strawberries
1/2lb. (250 g) smooth red bean paste
1 tsp canola oil

Remove the stems from the strawberries and rinse. Pat dry.

Microwave the red bean paste on a plate for 30 seconds. Make 16 balls from the bean paste. Cover them in plastic and set in fridge until ready to use.

Coat a bowl with the canola oil. Combine the rice flour and water and mix with fingertips. Add sugar and mix until smooth. Heat the mixture for 2 minutes in the microwave and mix it with a rubber spatula. Heat again for 2 minutes, stirring after. Continue at 30 second increments until very sticky.

Cover your work surface with cornstarch, turn mochi onto the surface, sprinkling it with cornstarch. Knead for about 30 seconds and then roll it into a thick log. Cut into half, then cut each half into 8 pieces.

Have strawberries and bean paste on hand now.

Pick up a piece of mochi and flatten it into a disc and stretch it. Set a ball of bean paste on the circle and flatten it almost to the edges. Take the strawberry and tip side down, set it on the bean paste.

Stretch and pinch the dough over the bottom of the strawberry, enclosing it. Pinch until well sealed. Turn it over and lightly roll in your hands to smooth the sealed edge. Dust with cornstarch and cover in plastic wrap.

The Artist's Studio / A Photoshop Add Water Tool
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:46:30 AM »
Click Here For Tutorial

I've used Photoshop for about a decade, and this simple tip BLEW ME AWAY. And made me feel like an idiot, but y'know. Happens.

Applications & Introductions / Application: Overlord of Ravenfell
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:56:35 AM »
Hey. Got an email, seems like a nice place, so figured I may as well apply!

Obligatory comic link: Overlord of Ravenfell

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