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REAL LIFE is extremely busy/complicated as of late, which always means art has to take a back seat - BUT things look to be slowing down a bit soon, so I'll be able to hit the drawing board again WHEEEEEE

also I will be able to breathe again which will be pretty nice

some quick items

- DOUBLE K contest prizes have been sent out; you rad winners should have those items in your hands very soon

- Dudes who haven't gotten commissions back yet - your patience will be rewarded this weekend.  THANK YOU for your understanding.

- DOUBLE K itself will return soon as well; pressing priorities must be attended to first, but they are SURMOUNTABLE


You guys rock :thumbsup:  I'LL BE BACK
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It it TIME


and there can be only THREE


2nd prize, 1st prize, and GRAND PRIZE

WHO WILL WIN?! Find out.... RIGHT NOW


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2nd PRIZE goes to evikted!!

Double KICKASS by evikted

The amazing high-energy lineart, the super-bold colors, the ridiculously amazing pose and the off-the-charts homoeroticism made this one a LOCK

evikted for your work I will be sending you a framed, signed print of THIS SHIT JUST GOT REAL

CONGRATULATIONS :thumbsup:


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1st PRIZE goes to Renny08!!

Double K Contest Entry by Renny08

This obviously took a damn lot of work, and it SHOWS.  The composition is completely fantastic and the body language on everyone is just PERFECT

Renny08 you have won a SIGNED COPY OF DOUBLE K: VOLUME ZERO in which I am also going to draw something totally ridiculous

KUDOS TO YOU :thumbsup:


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And the GRAND PRIZE could not possibly go to anyone else but child-clueless!!!



I don't even know where to begin, this just completely blew me away and then I laughed my balls off

There is definitely a certain sensibility that sets Double K apart from its source material and this dude just NAILED IT even better than I have in 53 pages

plus I mean come ON, it is PHENOMENALLY drawn. Give it another look, you'll probably see something you didn't notice before and lol all over again


child-clueless you are a class act, my friend

and as our GRAND PRIZE WINNER, you not only get a SIGNED COPY OF DOUBLE K: VOLUME ZERO (which I'm also going to draw in), but also THE ORIGINAL ART FOR PAGE 5 OF DOUBLE K.

that's right, YOU HEARD ME

YOU HAVE EARNED IT :toocool:

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There you have it, friends.  WINNERS, you will be getting a note from me very soon with MORE INFO.  Everyone who entered, THANK YOU SO MUCH.  This was a seriously amazing turnout, and I can't wait to do this again when the next big milestone hits.

YOU ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE

Thank you again, and thanks as always for stickin' with DOUBLE K :thumbsup:



'BYE FOR NOW
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At last, HERE THEY ARE


I figured I should do an update with just the entries; I want everybody to get the recognition they deserve before JUDGMENT DAY

so, without further ado, LET'S DO THIS.  Bear with me folks, this is going to be a HUGE list!
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:: NO CAKE FOR YOU :: by LinkWorshiper by LinkWorshiper

I don't think there's a a better way to kick things off than with this one, I love how violently that stumpy little Kamina is shoving that cake in Kittan's face

happy 50 double k by Kishi005 by Kishi005

Continuing the CAKE THEME. This was the first entry I got! I was so happy :heart:

Double Fucking K by defineprog by defineprog

I very much enjoy the bluntness of this one

DOUBLE K by Gee-Man by Gee-Man

Along the same lines, though Kittan's expression just slays me.  The bodies were a great touch too, ahahaha

:thumb165215688: by spacerocketbunny

MORE EXPLOSIONS!  This was one of the first entries, I was like YESSSSS when i saw it

by millionfish

One of the more creative interpretations of the FIFTY theme. Also I love the idea of Kamina and Kittan chaperoning Simon's date, hahaha

Double K - Tear into the 1950s by Saylom1234 by Saylom1234

And speaking of the fifties, this wins points for simultaneous reference to Back to the Future and Nighthawks (the painting, not the little-known Stallone vehicle)

Double K Contest 50 BUMPS by ZIX89 and Double K 50k DONUTS by ZIX89 by ZIX89

TWO ENTRIES!  Daaaamn.  God their faces in the donut one are incredible hahaha

K is for KICKASS by Quilofire by Quilofire

AWWWW they're so CUTE here!!!  Nice homage to the TTGL eyecatches, too :thumbsup:

Here come the 5-0 by PhlamingPhoenix by PhlamingPhoenix

Kamina's FIVE beard is amazing, I am going to assume it is a play on "five-o-clock shadow"

:thumb165201027: by FeatherNotes

Hey hey, first appearance of Yoko (well, disregarding her bra's cameo back here)!  This rules

:thumb168498936: by OoEmeraldButterflyoO

More Yoko!  Very subtle use of the 50, I dig it

DoubleKContestEntryOHLORDY by is-teh-lurvz by is-teh-lurvz

Some MORE Yoko!! There is nothing about this I don't like

:thumb168162153: by mythicalcheese

ALL THE YOKO YOU CAN HANDLE

Double K Contest 1 by Flipkat by Flipkat

Hey, a LEERON!  And COSPLAY no less!  God the T-shirt is perfect, hahaha

Double K contest WIP FLASH by twilitprincesses by twilitprincesses

This is a MOVIE, WATCH IT!  It is the start of something truly MAGICAL

by child-clueless

You will be staring at this for HOURS.  I guarantee it :toocool:

:thumb168556677: by abandonedXmemori

God Kittan keeps stealing the show in these things, lol

Double K Contest Entry by Renny08 by Renny08

See what I mean?!  Look at that showboating dingus, hahaha.  Also this completely rules, phenomenal composition

Double K Contest: ROCK YOU by ComradeCommunism by ComradeCommunism

As a reader once put it: "so eighties I got kidney failure"

Double K is 50 pages long by Kna by Kna

There was a relative lack of Simon abuse up to this point, but NO MORE

DOUBLE K CONTEST ENTRY SPEEDIN by RoughReaill by RoughReaill

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN'
HEAD OUT ON THE HIGHWAY

Double KICKASS by evikted by evikted

As I said in the comments of this masterpiece, "this is wonderfully, phenomenally homoerotic, which completely fits an 80s throwback like this to a fucking T"
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SO THERE WE ARE!  God, thank you guys SO MUCH.  You really went above and beyond.  It was so awesome looking through these again, aaaaaaaa




And so, JUDGMENT DAY APPROACHES



I WILL SEE YOU VERY SOON :toocool:





p.s. If you don't see your entry here, NOTE ME RIGHT AWAY.
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Hey folks, work got in the way this weekend.  Page 54 and the contest winners are comin' up very soon though :thumbsup: Thanks as always for your patience.

TODAY:  DOUBLE K RETURNS - PAGE 1 of 2

TOMORROW:  Winners of the 50th PAGE SPECTACULAR contest ANNOUNCED

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY:  DOUBLE K RETURNS - PAGE 2 of 2
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MAN that was some weekend.  WHO'S READY FOR SOME BULLET POINTS?!

- This had to have been the most rewarding convention I've ever done, in every sense of the word.  You guys came out in FORCE and I LOVE YOU FOR IT.  Seriously, there was almost never a lull at the table, everyone was just outrageously nice and supportive, manly handshakes and sound-barrier-breaking high fives were happening all over the place, ET CETERA.  Freaking fantastic time.  You people are the greatest fans a dude could hope for :heart:

- Along those lines, I was completely cleared out of merchandise by the end of Sunday (!), which is awesome in and of itself, but the popular items - namely the DOUBLE K book and the new Zelda print - went so fast I could barely keep up.  The books were all gone within FORTY MINUTES AFTER I ARRIVED, I wasn't even done setting up.  AAAAAAAA YOU GUYS RULE.  I'm going to have to seriously consider starting some kind of online print shop kind of thing now, hahaha

- Speaking of the books, since they were gone so quickly, I had to set up an order form for folks to pre-order the next batch.  It grew to SIX PAGES LONG by the end of the con, which is - along with commissions - the task that is going to completely consume my brain for the next few days.  Those of you who are down on that list - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING UNDERSTANDING, and THANK YOU for pre-ordering.  The books will find their way to you VERY soon.

- And as long as we're talking about books and commissions, those of you who couldn't make it to AX will soon have a chance to grab a book of your own.  Those on the pre-order list have priority, but I'm going to burn through all that as quick as I can.  As far as commissions go, I still have a couple from Fanime I need to finish, as well as the ones from AX to fulfill.  I know you guys know I'm good for it, but I do want to thank you for your continued patience.

- Last but CERTAINLY not least, it was beyond rad to meet/talk to a bunch of the incredibly talented folks from the Alley (far too many to list here, I'll yell at your individual pages hohoho), not to mention completely excellent to once again share a table with the badass :iconoh8: and our amazing neigbors woofycakes and EU03.  You guys all kick ridiculous amounts of ass :thumbsup:

Ok, I think that about wraps things up.  Sorry for WALL-O-TEXT, haha

and SEE YOU AGAIN SOON, FOLKS

THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
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I am heading out the door for LA right here right now!

And I'm anticipating having to stand in a gigantic line to pick up my badge/register for the Art Alley, so I don't think I'll be at the table until probably 1 or 2 p.m. today.  Please don't hesitate to stop by TABLE D18 to visit the rest of the amazing crew from :iconcutesysexymanly: though!  They were responsible and got their badges last night, unlike my dumb ass

TWO THINGS

1.  Remember, there's a very finite amount of theDOUBLE K book available, so be quick if you want one, and

2.  YES, the Zelda print that is currently destroying my dA inbox will INDEED be available at the table as well -

- along with many other fine wares!  SEE YOU THERE, DUDES
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I've been kinda quiet lately, and the reason for that just showed up at my doorstep:



I'm pleased to announce that DOUBLE K: VOLUME ZERO - a "limited-edition" collection of the first 50 pages of Double K plus a smattering of ridiculous bonus sketch material - will be available to you beautiful people at ANIME EXPO 2010!!



My silly phone camera pictures do not do this book justice at ALL, it is GORGEOUS.  The front and back covers are luxuriously glossy and the print quality of the interior exceeded my already-high expectations.



Here's the back cover.  I was happy with the design. :D

So YES, I am PUMPED.  You'll be able to find this beauty along with myself and the magnificent :iconoh8: at table D18, right next to the other members of our awesome group, :iconwoofycakes: and :iconeu03:.

ONE CAVEAT - I was only able to get an initial order of 25 of these things thus far.  More are on the way, but I can't absolutely guarantee they'll get here by the end of the convention, so STOP BY EARLY if you want a copy!!!  I will of course find a way to get these to anyone else that wants them very soon, but for now, it's AX or bust!  


And with that, it's back to the grind for me now.  I've got commissions, new prints, a contest to judge, and a new page or two of Double K to get done all before Friday, so my work is cut out for me.  WISH ME LUCK

and as always, THANK YOU SO MUCH for being EXCELLENT

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT AX :thumbsup:
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Oh man, guys, what a great time that was, seriously


BULLET POINTS

- Those of you - fellow dA folks and fans alike - who made it out to the con and found me, man did you make my weekend, ALL OF YOU.  There are just way too many to list for SHOUT OUTS, but just know you completely rule and it was so awesome to meet all you folks.  Thanks so much for coming by the table :thumbsup:

- :iconscrotumnose: was a phenomenal table partner and is a supreme bro (no homo [ok yes homo])

- We had some incredibly awesome neighbors, namely oh8 (with whom I'm going to be sharing a table at AX) and the Lava Punch crew, and chupachup who is amazingly nice and an amazing artist.  So great to meet/hang out with all you dudes :toocool:

- People went NUTS cosplaying this year, some of the stuff folks put together was seriously jawdropping, especially this one Captain Falcon who was a good enough sport to do the pose from this drawing. It was hilarious

- Those of you who haven't gotten your commissions yet, they are on their way POST-HASTE.  I'll note/email you as they're finished.  Thanks so much for being patient.

- It should be stressed that my girlfriend, who is NOT AT ALL into anime/manga/comics, was a super good sport about the whole thing and was an invaluable help at the table, especially since I was pretty unprepared for the weekend, haha.  THANK YOU BABY, I LOVE YOU :heart: She surprised herself by having such a good time, too, mostly due to how awesome and gracious all you folks who stopped by were :thumbsup:

- Probably the highlight of the entire con, though, was this unbelievably adorable little girl named Sarah (who spoke with that lisp you get when you wear braces) who came by and was SO EXCITED that I was there, it caught me completely off guard.  She was SO SWEET.  Seriously, I got kind of choked up talking to her.  Sarah, WHEREVER YOU ARE, thank you for being the best fan EVER and such a nice person in general.


I'm probably going to do an EXPANDED version of this post on LJ so I can include a huge picture dump, since I've got a whole bunch of pics that really need to be shared.  I'll link that when it's all typed up.  For now, THANK YOU AGAIN, EVERYONE.  I can't say it enough, you guys rule.





P.S.  Anyone who's interested, there's a little lest than two weeks left to enter the Double K 50th page contest, so YEAH

DO IT WOOOOOO

Entries are already flying in and they are TITS
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So like I said previously, Double K hit a big milestone yesterday - 50 PAGES - and I want to celebrate by having an art contest

Then I noticed that the 555,555 kiriban is right around the corner and it would be dumb if I didn't do something for that too

SO, here's how things are going to go down


CONTEST 1 - Whoever hits 555,555 gets an digital ink/flat color drawing of their choice.  It would be extra flattering if you asked me to draw something Double K or Daidogan related but seriously it will be entirely up to whoever grabs the magic number

CONTEST 2 - For the big 50 contest, I'd really just like to see you guys go completely nuts drawing anything Double K related, with the one caveat that your piece has to involve the number 50 in some way.  I encourage you to think outside the box

- The deadline will be MONDAY, JUNE 21st


- The prizes are going to be rad as hell and will be revealed when all the entries are in



Any questions, feel free to note me or comment here

and of course, GOOD LUCK



I cannot wait to see what you dudes come up with, oh mannnnnn
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FOLKS


there are TWO BRAND NEW PAGES OF DOUBLE K IN THE GALLERY RIGHT NOW

bringing us to a grand total...

OF FIFTY PAGES, YEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!



I think this warrants a celebration


So to that end, I've got a couple of special gifts comin' for ya (in addition to the bonus page of course) - but that's not all, I think this calls ....for a CONTEST


I'll be back in the morning with details for that

But for now, READ AND ENJOY


YOU GUYS RULE, thanks for stickin' around :toocool:
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IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR, FRIENDS

I was a no-show at AX last year, and I'm planning on making up for that in SPADES, dammit


TO THAT END, here's how things are going to shake out for me this con season:


- I'll be hitting FANIME for the first time at the end of this month, and - here is the ridiculously awesome part - I will be partnering up with the living legend known as SCROTUMNOSE :iconscrotumnose:.  This is a team-up bel grande the likes of which has never been seen, we are going to destroy artists alley with rad

- Of course, AX is happening, and I'll once again have the distinct honor of sharing a couple tables with the illustrious :iconoh8: and the rest of the incredible dudes from cutesysexymanly. Like Fanime, this is going to be a supernova explosion of excellence and is NOT TO BE MISSED

- OTAKON is a maybe; I'd really like to make it.  If I can swing a hotel/table space somehow, you bet your ass I'll be there.  I will keep you POSTED on this


I'm going to have some seriously excellent new prints, some old favorites, and some surprising and very exciting new merchandise on display.  And of course, most importantly, I'll be there to shoot the breeze with/high five/BRO BUMP all you badass people.  I HOPE YOU CAN ALL MAKE IT :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:



One more important thing - you guys are seriously the best.  I know I'm not the greatest at responding to all your comments, but rest assured I read and prize every last one of them.  I really  couldn't be luckier, you are the best group of fans anyone could possibly ask for and you're sincerely appreciated.

THANK YOU SO MUCH

and HERE'S TO GREAT THINGS ON THE HORIZON
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ugh dude i have the damn flu, fuck this (better not turn out to be PORK FLU)

alex, if you're out there, are you driving or flying to LA?  because you might have to grab my seller's permit to give to woof so he can actually use our table on thursday. if not i'll figure something out

everyone else going to AX, i hope i'm better by then but realistically i'm probably going to have to skip thursday & possibly friday, i just feel way too shitty, so sorry :(

i hate my life right now
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Grabbed a table this morning, YEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH

I'll be there along with :iconoh8:, :iconwoofycakes:, and apparently one of the dudes from MECHA FETUS which basically means the hall is going to implode from how unabashedly AWESOME our group is

Now, I have to figure out a way to juggle my job, getting the comic back up and running, and making some new art for prints.  BUT IT SHALL BE DONE

Also if you guys want to peruse my gallery and let me know if any of my current/older stuff might interest you as a print, it would be rad of you

ANYWAY YEAH, lookin' forward to it.  WHO ELSE IS COMIN'


also gah gotta get out of here, almost late for work
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HEY DIG IT

Everyone's favorite fan comic author guy - me, in case you were wondering - is part of a rad little feature on FAN ART that the magnanimous John Funk put together for The Escapist.

THRILL at the fact that I'm flanked by two vastly superior artists, :iconaxl99: and the legendary :iconspacecoyote:!!

CHILL at my absurdly long run-on sentences!!

DON'T BE AT ALL SURPRISED by my brazen admission that I am an attention whore!!

All this and more, plus some thoughtful ruminations on fan art and fan communities, can be found here.


Thanks for the opportunity, John :thumbsup:
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BACK IN TOWN

Real quick post here, gotta run to work but I'll be back soon with a FULL REPORT

Long story short though:

Pixar = AWESOME

Getting a brutally blunt lecture on HARD WORK and GUTS from one of their senior staff = SO AWESOME

seriously, i don't think anything has ever inspired me so much

that plus watching ROCKY BALBOA and AIR FORCE ONE with some pals right before i hit the road for home pretty much transformed me into an unstoppable force made of PURE TESTOSTERONE

WHEN I RETURN, I WILL BRING GREAT AND MIGHTY THINGS

stay beautiful, dudes and dudettes

things are gonna get real
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I've been back from AX for a full week, it's about time for a con report

in BULLET POINTS!

- Our impromptu group :iconcutesysexymanly: really is a super great bunch of folks.  It was so rad to meet/hang out with you guys, and a HUGE thanks again for the invite/booth space. :thumbsup:

- Speaking of :iconcutesysexymanly:, there are rumblings of a SECRET GROUP PROJECT that promises to be pretty badass.  STAY TUNED, everyone.

- I sold out of captainosaka.deviantart.com/ar… and captainosaka.deviantart.com/ar… TWICE.  Seriously, I had my print files on a CD with me and I was luckily able to get them reprinted in increasingly greater quantities but they STILL sold out (except on the last day when things slowed down a little bit).  I think I've got 4-5 of each left (if anyone wants one, I'll be adding another journal soon with info about stuff I've got left over)

- the dealer's room kinda completely sucked, all the real ACTION was in the artist alley, seriously jeeeezzz

- :iconspacedrunk: and :icon021: made me some SERIOUSLY badass Double K fanart, just you wait till I scan that hotness.  Also they are insane, but I mean this in the most endearing and positive sense possible

- Speaking of Double K :iconsakusakus: and her Double K cosplay group seriously made my weekend, it was SO BADASS seeing all of them in these ridiculously perfect costumes

-  And last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all the readers/watchers out there who took the time to say hi and have me sign stuff, you made me feel like a damn million bucks :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

All in all, FUN TIME.  I am definitely going to make it a point to go to more conventions now, and DEFINITELY making AX a yearly thing from now on.

HUZZAH


also keep an eye out, I snapped a whole mess of pictures from the con and I'll throw those on my LJ soon for you dudes to see

now to finish commissions and get back on the Double K horse
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WHO'S COMIN' TO ANIME EXPO

Because I know I am!  I will be there with a cadre of incredibly awesome people, and we'll all have some seriously great prints and other assorted merchandise on display, as well as taking commissions and whatnot.  Pretty sure :iconoh8: is gonna have a working demo of his VIDEO GAME(!) there too, so YEAH!  STOP ON BY

this is our sweet table graphic, keep an eye out for it
heyoooo

Ok now to whip up some new art for a print and get this Double K update finished and get the rest of my art to the printer and also finish moving aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

oh btw due to popular demand, THIS will be available as a nice glossy poster.  I might do the same for these two, those those might be better suited to just be prints.  WE'LL SEE
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This week's update is unfortunately going to be a bit late due to work, so check back tomorrow evening for your DOUBLE K fix.  THANKS DOODS
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Dude, you guys are seriously the best.  

Thanks so much for giving Double K a more epic welcome than I could have ever foreseen.  YOU ARE AMAZING

And I hope you stick around, because things are only going to get WAY better from here.  SEE YOU SOON.

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

(aaa and hopefully I can finally get to answering your comments arrgh apologies all around)
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YES DUDES IT IS FUCKING HHHEEEEEERRRREEEEEE

F5 THAT SHIT

BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE PAGES COMING YOUR WAY

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR PATIENCE, I LOVE YOU ALL
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