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March 13th, 2013

Delayed Tuesday

Last Thursday my car exploded. Seriously. I turned it on and exhaust started spilling out the back pipe. So I turned it off, called my mechanic, tried turning it on again to answer one of his questions and it made a loud banging pop and then refused to start. I've been without a car for almost a week and it's screwed everything up.

I didn't get to go to Kung Fu for three days. It makes me whiny. Last night Kung Fu kicked my butt. I'm spazzing about Pitch Madness. There's a short, six hour window on Friday between 6am to noon EST in which to submit. I'm on the other coast. I should just be able to wake up early and go back to bed, except I'll be taking my Dad to the airport early that morning. I should be okay. But I'm spazzing.

Maybe by next week I'll have my car back, a date for my green sash test, and at least participated in Round 1 of Pitch Madness.

Oh. And I just did THIS contest as well.

Spaz.

Almost through...

I got 90 minutes of sleep last night (from 5am to 6:30am), and I've just been on campus for more than 14 hours, so I'm going to make this really short. And then fall into bed. So I can get up early and go back to campus to work more. :/

That sounds bad, I know. But I'm actually feeling good today. That is, one final project is out of the way, one is finished and turned in and will be critiqued tomorrow. And I'm really proud of it. Seriously, something feels like it clicked this weekend--probably one of the editors made suggestions in such a way that they got through--and something is just.. sticking. I don't know. Coming easier. More dynamic. I'll show you what I mean later, when I have more brain cells to spend on it. I've got one project left to do, and it's halfway done and also looking pretty good (except for the second part of it that I decided to just not worry about, on pain of super-stress and brain explosion).

The editors came. They were very nice, and said some interesting things about the business and how it works and what they do, and how it relates to us. And I had my portfolio reviewed, but it was kind of disheartening. Especially after the awesome comments I'd gotten from other artists. But that's okay. As I said above, something stuck in my head, and I'm in the middle of a sort of breakthrough. Also, I'm imagining how great it will be when they come next year and see how much I've grown. (OH! Another piece of news--Axel Alonso, the Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, is coming next quarter, and he's only doing portfolio reviews for seniors and grad students. I love being a grad student.) Also, CB Cebulski sent me [and a bunch of my classmates] those sample scripts to play with, and said he's looking forward to seeing what I do with them. I'm sure he says that to all the hopeful young artists, but still.. That's awesome, too.

Word count this week has risen to 7,016 due to the project I did last night/this morning. Also, I've been reading a lot of comics this week. I've been reading Young Avengers, and I LOVE the art of it (the story is still warming up for me, but I'm interested in finding out more). Also there's the Hawkeye comic, which has a much simpler, graphic style of art (and then they switched it up to a different artist for the next arc, and I was MAD!!)--but the writing is FANTASTIC. It's only been out for a few months (I think they're on #7 or so), but it's in its 5th reprinting, which is really huge for comics. If you get a chance to read that one, you should! Hawkeye = snark, after all! And I love me some snark. Also, it features other Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, who took over while Clint was in his Ronin persona (I only know about that from New Avengers: The Reunion, which I reviewed a while back). Kate Bishop is the first character you see in Young Avengers, so I wanted to learn more about her. And from what I see, she's pretty dang cool. So yeah. Read those!!

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