Hello! It’s the end of the year, and I’m procrastinating from wrapping up Christmas presents by writing a blog post looking back on the last year and all the fun Rose-related activities we got up to! Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights, shall we?
Yay! Rose #7 came out, and I was pretty dang happy with how everything came together! It contained one of the silliest stories I’ve ever done, about Rose getting married of all things, which was not only great fun to write but nearly almost killed me in the process of drawing her detailed wedding dress over and over and over and over and over again.
It also introduced her best friend Dahlia and wow I just can’t imagine this comic without her in it. Dahlia’s really changed the tone of Rose for me – it’s much more than a single-note strip about a hungry redhead, and instead it’s leaning towards the power and fun of friendship.
Oh hey this one isn’t exactly Rose-related but on my Patreon I started doing a monthly bonus comic exclusively for my backers, about my years in Game Development! They were years where I was, um, actually a bit of a jerk. Sorry about that, everyone that had to work with me back then! I swear I’ve become a better person since then, not coincidentally since I stopped working in game development!
Anyway, people seem to really like these, so I’m continuing to do more and it lets me experiment with new techniques and ideas. New episodes of Game Dev Dramas are posted at the start of every month on Patreon, so come check it out!
In March I started posting Rose comics to Instagram, and people seem to really like her on there!
I’ve since moved the comics over to a dedicated Rose Instagram account, so give her a follow for fun comics and other goodies!
It’s on instagram.com/rosecomicbook
I like Instagram, people post a lot of pictures of Japanese curry there, and I can pretty much just look at pictures of Japanese curry for days on end.
Japanese curry: Try it today!
After the success of last year’s Kickstarter for Rose Book 1: First Taste, I was super excited to do it again for the next book: Second Helpings! This collected issues five through to eight of the Rose comic book, and also included brand new stories that aren’t seen anywhere else!
Running a Kickstarter is a lot of work, and there were a lot of long, long nights involved in making the book and the crowdfunding campaign happen, but thankfully it was a great success and the book was made a reality thanks to some incredibly generous backers!
Stay tuned for the next Kickstarter campaign in 2019…it’s going to be a fun one!
While the Kickstarter was running I was scrambling to finish Rose #8, another 24 pages of full colour fun and nonsense starring Rose, Dahlia and their friends!
Particular highlights of the issue for me include the story where Rose is allergic to cats, or the one where she spends a whole night trying to figure out what her favourite pie is, or the one where Rose and Dahlia engage in needless violence! This one is a lot of fun and it’s definitely the silliest issue yet.
Oh, the one where she goes off at Geoff for being the worst person ever alive ever is always worth a laugh.
June – Oz Comic-Con Melbourne
This was a huge deal! While I’ve been doing conventions with Rose since the comic started in 2015, this was the first time I’ve ever done an interstate convention! I had no idea if anyone in Melbourne would like Rose – after all, besides being in a few awesome comic book shops there I hadn’t really had any opportunity to show Melbournians what Rose is all about.
So it was with a lot of nervousness I hauled two packed suitcases of comic books onto a plane and rolled the dice…
…and boy, was it worth the trip! The audience at Melbourne Oz Comic-Con were just so nice and friendly and loved what Rose is all about. Thank you everyone who I met there, it was lovely to see you and I can’t wait to be back one day! It was a huge leap of faith to do an interstate convention I’m so glad the faith was rewarded. Thank you.
This was a pretty crazy time for Rose – I had just gotten back from Oz Comic-Con and it was already time to do Comic Street!
It’s one of my favourite parts of the entire year – a fun, open-air comic festival with local talent showing off their latest comic books! It’s a great way to introduce comics to people who wouldn’t normally go to comic conventions, and a book like Rose is perfect for all audiences! I’m always grateful to the organisers for letting me be a part of it.
Debuting at Comic Street (because it’s always polite to bring a new book when you do a convention, you know) was Colour in with Rose, a funky 40 page colouring in book! This was a fun book to make and I love seeing what colourful creations people come up with when they get their hands on it!
The latest and greatest Rose book saw its release! Rose: Second Helpings is 104 pages of full colour fun, with brand new stories not seen anywhere else, and remastered versions of the stories that ran in Rose #5 to #8!
I love, love, love how this book turned out. It was a lot of work tying it all together, as I took the extra step of fixing up little art (and, uh, spelling) errors that were bugging me for a while, and of course making the bonus stories.
SUCH AS: Rose plays a role playing game! Rose meets a musician! And…Rose runs a bakery? And the follow up to the bonus stories that ran in Rose: First Taste where she meets her neighbour!
So, yeah. It looks fantastic on a bookshelf, too, and I can’t wait to follow it up with the next book!
I slept really well after this one was done. 🙂
Also – in August I was featured on Comic Book Resources! That’s so cool!
I don’t remember much about September except working on this comic about Dahlia pulling pranks!
It, uh, took practically forever to make. Physical comedy isn’t something I can draw really fast – I spend a lot of time redrawing poses, and this one was a bit harder than usual since there were new characters in there that I had never drawn before, and everyone was a different height, and I hadn’t really drawn the interior of Dahlia’s house before, and, and, and…etc!
Glad it got done though. I hope you like it!
October – Nothing
Honestly, this was kind of a bad month for me. Sorry! They can’t all be gems I guess. ANYWAY MOVING ON!
November – Supanova Brisbane
Now this was super fun! It was great to do my first Brisbane convention in what felt like aaaaaages, and meet friends old and new at the show!
It was also the public debut of Rose: Second Helpings which was a great success, so thank you everyone who turned up to check out the world’s hungriest redhead!
Oh and I debuted a rather neat banner! I always wanted to have a banner at a comic convention. It’s like I levelled up or something. The first time I did a comic convention I didn’t even here! have a poster on the wall!
(Or decent comics to sell, but that’s another story)
December – I wrote this blog post!
Look, it’s late, and I had a few too many pies, so I just want to post this and be done with it!
Actually now that I think about it – a nice part of December is that Rose is now available in many more stores around the world! You can check them all out on our handy-dandy interactive map here, and you should go give one of them a visit! Or all of them if you’ve got the travel miles, that could be fun too!
So…that was pretty much 2018! Thank you so much for being a part of it. I love drawing Rose, Dahlia, and all the other characters in this silly comic, and it’s a real joy to share them with the world.
So onto 2019! I have so much planned for the year ahead…and I can’t wait to show you!
2018 was the appetiser. Let’s make 2019 the main course!
Living off the grid sounds great, and they certainly make it look wonderful on all those TV shows, but they leave out the common pitfalls, such as being attacked by a monkey or running out of phone battery. And have you ever tried putting together a tent? Literally impossible. I mean, I guess someone’s done it, somewhere, but it’s not exactly something they teach kids at school these days.
I guess monkeys are better than the mythical Irish wolf.
I’m not entirely unconvinced this could work. For someone who is a bit of a foodie, I’ve long thought that the biggest problem with eating is that it takes your whole mouth to do, and you can’t talk, and it makes it hard to be at like lunch with someone and you have a lot to catch up on but you also are super hungry so what are you meant to do? It’s a delicate balancing act. But if I had two mouths that solves a lot of problems.
So what I’m saying is that science has a long way to go before we’re living in a two-mouth utopia.
We all remember the important milestones in our lives – the first time we drank chocolate milk, the first time we could order whatever pizza we wanted, getting a car license so we can go through drive-throughs – but I’m not sure sock placement ranks up there.
Now, the question is, where do you stand on novelty socks? I think they look great, but the problem is that I don’t want people staring at my stinky feet, so what am I meant to do? I soon realised that the best solution is to have socks that stay in the original packaging on a display cabinet.
Thanks to my pal Mister J for his help with this comic – go give his stuff a read!
Here’s the thing. All the movies I watched when I was a kid had pie-eating contests, or hot dog eating contests, or some wacky contests about eating stuff, but I never saw one in real life. Where were the pie-eating contests in my local country fairs or whatever? I would have done great! I feel like Hollywood lied to me just like they did with the hoverboard or those self-lacing shoes.
Of course, Rose is uniquely passionate about pie, having many strong opinions on the subject, and will doubtless write a book about them. Well, she’ll think about it anyway,
I do however dearly love my fair enabler, who is always giving me great advice, such as “have some chocolate”, “order an extra-strong hot chocolate”, and “have some more chocolate”. Where would my life be without her?