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...go on. 
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: I prevail
  • Reading: A Separate Peace
  • Watching: Jurassic World
  • Playing: games with my life!
  • Drinking: Flat Whites @ Starbucks, yummmm
So happy! I've gotten www.ariotstorm.com up and running again. Okay, it's a super, super simple thing built on WIX which I haven't upgraded or made particularly fancy, but it's a start that I hope to build on. I've been reading a lot of indie books and the main thing that grabbed me was a site that allowed me to read it and get it right away without any commentary or a lot of fuss. With that in mind I focused on Foreign first since it's an ebook now. I'm laying out something for Yume and Ever, but I want to create some new art for it. Why has it taken me so long... ... ... ... ...I guess I had to hit rock bottom first.
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: We came as Romans
  • Reading: The Great Gatsby
  • Watching: Avatar: The Legend of korra
  • Playing: Diablo
  • Drinking: Flat Whites @ Starbucks, yummmm
By Saturday my son and I may really be able to say we hiked x number of miles in the snow and cold just to get home. We're attending First Contact in Queens on Valentine's Day. I'm not feeling very good ii general, not sick, but just not in the mood. I've been having something of a rough time at shows lately. There's a lot of meanness out there. I didn't sign up for abuse, or to be abused. It's sort of like putting yourself in the stockades with a free basket of tomatoes at you feet. The fans are always great, I like to talk to people, but only at my booth. On panels it's very, very hard. And I think there's a growing confusion about what I consider my story to be. I draw, I like to do it in spite of any hardship. I draw for industry and for myself, which is all that matters. It sort of hurts to hear people say that they want to read my personal story, not my comics or my book. If my personal human story is all that matters out of my whole career than I've done something wrong. I really am not good enough, and all I was was a token female in a world that had no true place for me. That's terrible! I won't stand for it. I promise to draw more, and I'll strive to be better. We spent all year selling Beta books and refining Foreign's story. It's a journey way, but it's too much fun to stop. I'm curious to know where it will take me. That's the only kind of story I want to tell.
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: War Pigs
  • Reading: random horror and fiction short stories
  • Watching: The Americans
  • Playing: Halo 4
  • Eating: burnt oven-fried chicken (I'll get it right, event
  • Drinking: Flat Whites @ Starbucks, yummmm
    I did quite enjoy the meet-and greet the convention turned out to be for me. It was tons of fun, in spite of my cranky kid (ooooooo was he so cranky). I'm amazed still by how well WWE Superstar was received and the loyalty and generosity of the fans are second to none. Mic Foley is Santa, he's far too sweet and kind to be real, and I want to congratulate my old Editor Paul and his soulmate, Suzannah; you're one year in, 10,000 more.

   Okay, now down to brass tacks. I was hoping the Epson would print some of their new printers out. Adorama did one year and it absolutely changed my studio. This year, Epson brought a super expensive t-shirt press that's not for us little people and I felt very little trying to talk to them. Later, in Jackson Hole is a classic DoH! moment, I was seated next to Epson's party when I expressed my disappointment to my table mate. It led to a very spirited, but nice, back and forth. I'll go to see their line-up at the Photo Expo next month. 

   Another okay. If you didn't know it already, I exploit my own characters in the form of naughty books. Yes I do it to be the first, but I found out I really AM the first, but not the last. I suppose that's just part and parcel. Some very nice young ladies came up to my table. They soon recognized two of my Foreign characters and exclaimed, 'So THAT'S where they come from.' The elaboration made my belly hurt. Apparently, they've been redrawn and used for, hopefully, private purposes. That encounter wasn't bad, just informative. But the one I had soon after boiled my blood. I was practically accused of plagiarism of my own characters. Obviously, I colored over the line art I swiped from some guy's deviant art page. SIGGHHHH...really? I'm still a dude? 15 years of comic work and one baby later? Oh, did you think I'd be miffed about the accusation? Nope! Not at all, I'm too damned old and tired for that, and I have copy right certificates to prove any points I need to make. Overall, I'm glad that, what had been my private work for so long, is being well received. Editing prose is an ugly bitch though. I hate it!! It's NEVER, EVER right! whyeeeeeee...so embarrassing, but I'm learning and having a strange sort of fun. Good news, book 2 is typed and I'm drawing the comic pages now. I'll post the cover design soooonnnnnnn.
   
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Fall Out Boy
  • Reading: 'Gonna prepare for the end of Naruto
  • Watching: Supernatural
  • Playing: Mine Craft, against my will
  • Drinking: going for a tall blonde @ Starbucks
WELL! Set up went surprisingly smooth, inspire of having to drag along a vicious tweenie. oooooooooo, my patience were TRIED! He foamed at the mouth for hours, but we were friends again by the time we left the Javitz Center. Tomorrow, before the show, I'm speaking on a panel at Berkley college about the business and a career in comics. That will be fun, and I hope that the show is good. Artist Alley is so far away from the main floor it has the feel of an entirely different show. The badges are microchipped, but when we arrived yesterday afternoon there were no scanning stations. I walked right in without even showing it to anyone, which is an odd change of pace. Usually I'm bedeviled and circled by the security buzzards. The last time I attended my son wasn't allowed on the convention floor during the set up time so we had to either wait until the show started before we could go to our table or find someone to stand outside with him. Luckily, a friend was available. Not so this year! I guess our superpower is invisibility.
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Lorde
  • Reading: Breaking Dawn
  • Playing: Diablo
  • Eating: Jackson Hole
  • Drinking: going for a tall blonde @ Starbucks
...go on. 
  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: I prevail
  • Reading: A Separate Peace
  • Watching: Jurassic World
  • Playing: games with my life!
  • Drinking: Flat Whites @ Starbucks, yummmm

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ariotstorm
Alitha E. Martinez
United States
My name is Alitha Martinez and I draw comics!

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:iconjasoncomplex:
JasonComplex Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! You remembered lol.
I only went Friday sorry lol
Can't wait for more of your art XD
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ariotstorm Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Of course I remember you! And I'm so glad that you like my art. Thank you so much for your kind words. If you're coming to the show tomorrow throw a wave my way.
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JasonComplex Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO glad i found your DA.
I was at your booth earlier and brought 2 posters and 2 mini pics. 
You probably won't remember me (White hair and red lenses) 
Anyways love your art XD
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Hamiltoons Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Artist
No, can't make NYCC this year :(

Where can I buy #2 and #3?
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ariotstorm Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Hi Hi,
 Ty so much for your kind words. Yes, Yume and Ever is still going strong. I'll have issue 3 @ NYCC in oct. Are you attending the show?
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