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Kurt Sasso, over at the TGT Webcomics Podcast, has unveiled the landing page for his third round [ed.: year, that is] of the TGT Webcomics Tournament. This time around, owing to my interview with Kurt back on episode 150, Odori Park is in the battle. Starting on August 1st, you can head to the landing page and cast your vote for the comics creators you’d most like to hear interviewed on the podcast again. Vote for me and Odori Park, and I might win some fabulous prizes, plus you’ll get to hear me babble on in another podcast with Kurt.

What’s not to like?

A few weeks ago, my buddy John told me about Camp NaNoWriMo. I was already familiar with the regular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which challenges authors to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November), and I’d thought in the past about giving it a shot, either for a novel or a graphic novel. The “Camp” version is a virtual construct, but puts a community and some web features around a July version of the challenge, and John proposed we both use it as an opportunity to make headway on our graphic novel projects.

Long story short, then, I’ve taken the plunge! My goal is to make 24 pages of comic in the month–not a full graphic novel, which would be a real ordeal for just a month, but at least some significant progress toward one. Now, I would normally have used this as an excuse to work on the kids graphic novel I’ve talked about before, but at about the same time, in mid-June, I heard about the newest WebToons challenge. It’s a contest to create several episodes of a serialized comic with a hefty $30K prize for the winner. (One of my heroes, Stephen McCranie, won this last time around…) BUT, the current contest is for a science fiction comic, and that means a totally new story (and starting totally from scratch).

I don’t have much time left to finish and submit the first three episodes, AND drum up reader votes for it, but I’ll keep on trucking! At the very least, by the end of July, I’ll have 24 pages of something I didn’t have before! :)

Wish me luck! I’ll try to post occasional updates here when there are snippets of art or interesting developments to share!

Today is a double-shot of awesome (for me, and hopefully, you’ll agree). Let me start with this:

BorderWalker at Webtoons.com
Over the summer, I caught wind of a new comics competition at the LINE Webtoons site. Webtoon is a (massive) anthology of serialized strip and long-form comics, and the first time they ran this competition, one of my favorite creators, Stephen McCranie, came away with the grand prize. That’s $30K and a publishing deal. Not too shabby! So, even though I found out late in the game, I took a stab at creating a new comic serial for the contest. Through the month of July, I plugged away at my idea, BorderWalker (not to be confused with my old BorderWalker, if you remember that site). Ultimately, it just wasn’t enough time to get a submission together.

Cut to today: Webtoons has launched a new competition, and this time, I’m ahead of the game! I’ve launched the first episode of BorderWalker today on Webtoons, and I’ll be making more updates in the days and weeks ahead. The description of the rules are a little unclear, so I’m not sure if I make it through the current “Submission” round just by posting sufficient updates, or on the strength of reader Likes and Ratings. Assuming I make it into the “Voting” phase, however, I’ll be trying to drum up a lot of support then, as reader votes on their favorite comics will determine who makes it through the brackets to become the final winner!

For now, I hope you’ll go read BorderWalker at Webtoons, and if you enjoy it, please share it, subscribe to the feed there, rate it, and/or “like” it :)


In the past, I’ve posted about Odori Park being picked up by the Comikka web service. I’m super happy to announce that they’ve now officially publicly, for really-real, launched the Comikka service to readers! It’s designed for mobile reading, so please go check out Odori Park on Comikka using your phone or tablet, and tell your friends! :)

Many thanks are due to Carla, Henry, and their staff at Comikka for processing the hundreds of OP strips to make them readable on the service. Thanks, guys!

So many comics!

I’m happy to say my new comic, BorderWalker made it through the Submission round of the Webtoons contest! Which is to say, I had three episodes uploaded by the deadline :) Now the real hard part has started: I need to collect Votes, Ratings, and Subscriptions (I think).

See, the top twenty vote-getters will move on to the final stage of judge-based selection. To get there, I need a lot of folks to vote for my comic, and to come back and vote every day. The order the comics appear on the contest page seems to be related primarily to a nebulous Popularity score, which I’m guessing is based on a combination of Rating and number of Subscribers.

So, long story short: If you like my new series, and you’d like to see more, please pop over to Webtoons.com, log in with Facebook, Twitter, or a Line account, and throw a Vote, a positive Rating, and a Subscription my way! I’m going to try to post regularly during the Voting phase with previews of pages to come.

And please share the comic, too! The more folks who read it, the better–and it’s people enjoying my comics that I’m really after through all this. :) Thank you!

With that in mind, here’s a look at a little art from the next episode (click to enlarge):

Here’s my huge thank you to everyone who voted for, shared, rated, and subscribed to my new comic, BorderWalker, in the Superhero Comics Contest over at Webtoons.com. The voting period ended a couple days ago, and unfortunately, my comic didn’t have enough votes to make it into the top twenty. There are some pretty cool comics in the top twenty, and over the next couple weeks, the powers that be will select the grand prize winner and three runners-up. I’m disappointed I don’t have a shot at a piece of that pie, but I can’t be too disappointed, because I was able to realize the beginnings of a new story, and I drew a huge amount of new work.

When the contest came along, I back-burnered two specific kids comics projects to make time for it. Although I’d love to carry on with BorderWalker, I also want to get back to these projects I put on hold. I’m planning to be at Kids Con New England in June, so I need to focus on that work for now! If you checked out my new comic and enjoyed it, please stay tuned–I’ll bring BorderWalker back to life at some point in the future.

For now, I have tomatoes and tanuki to draw… ;)

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