May 2005

05.29.05

To everyone that's asked- yes, I had a great birthday (and yes, my birthday tart was delicious). I got some very nice gifts from several people I know, such as a figurine of a rabbit dressed up as Tutankhamun, rabbit salt and pepper shakers, a purse, some money, makeup, and new perfume. The perfume is beautiful and is called Maybe Baby. Go to your local Sephora or department store to get a sniff of what my new stink is like.

Buzzcomix is no longer in existence, I just found out. I'll probably find another top 100 list to join.

Also today's cartoon actually has two different punchlines. See, Ucomics sometimes craps out on me and doesn't upload the revisions to a cartoon I've made, even if it's hours before the computer is supposed to pick up the cartoon of the day and post it on their site. So if you want to see an alternative ending to this comic, head over to my comic on Ucomics.

 

Jen

05.25.05

Today is my 23rd birthday. I should probably start feeling like an adult or something- since 25 is only 2 years away, but I don't. However, most of my friends have jobs and support themselves. Some of them are getting married (god you're nuts)... and in a way I suppose I'm slipping away to some state of adulthood. Why, just a few weeks ago my friend Aimee and I were talking about cleaning toilet bowls and washing dishes.

I haven't had a big birthday celebration for myself in a while, and I don't plan on having one this year. Tomorrow I'll be going to class (at least German is cancelled), ridin' on the bus, and going back to UCLA for a fiesta dinner with the Art History Undergraduate Student Association (I had the honor of being their president my senior year). Afterwards, I'll probably go with my friend to the local market to buy a fruit tart and then to the coffee shop to eat it with a tea latte or ice blended drink.

Of course, if I had the money I'd totally skip the fruit tart and buy one of these. It'd be ideal for drawing comics on the go.

Also, thanks to Sandy, who does Felt Up. She did a really nice tribute to my bunny Nibbles on Friday, the 21st and it really made my day. It's a good felt likeness of her, and dandelions were one of her favorite treats (cheerios were her all time favorite). Anyway, it was just nice to see this because I've been missing Nibbles a lot lately.

I also want to let her know that I'm known to be quite the Ms. Pacman myself when delicious food is in view.

 

Jen

05.19.05

Please check out this webcomic/blog: Felt Up. It has an interesting look and it's the only blog type thing I can stand reading. It is hilarious. I love this comic so much I wish I could be this woman's friend. Seriously, she sounds like someone I'd hang out with if I knew her. She also has some rabbits, and the comics about them are my favorite.

Oy vey, tomorrow I have my big German presentation. We were supposed to talk about anything from German culture for 15 minutes (auf Deustch, of course), but my professor told me that if I wanted to I could talk about Tutankhamun since I study Egyptian art and she'd thought it'd be interesting, particularly since Tut's treasure is going to be on display in Los Angeles starting June. I hope I don't stutter or stumble over my words.

Anyway, I'm really exicted about Episode III. When I was a kid I didn't like watching Star Wars because it scared me, but I've come to like it a lot over the years. Sure, on the surface it's a rather simple plot, but when you get involved in it, there's a lot of intricate details that make it even more interesting. That said, Episode I was disappointing, Episode II was a vast improvement over I, and I hear Episode III ties together all 6 episodes perfectly. If Episode III is as good as people say, I'm going to hope that they make Episode VII, VIII, and IX (so long Lucas doesn't screw up). There's a lot of material they can work with, and I'm guessing they'd probably focus on Leia and Han Solo's children (yes, according to many sources, they end up having a pair that have Jedi powers).

More news later- right now I have to study for my German thing-a-majig.

 

Jen

05.16.05

Wow, it's been a while since I put up a news post- I didn't even realize that two weeks have gone by. Anyway, I've been really busy doing end of school stuff- I have a big oral report for my German class coming up on Friday so I've been prepping for that...

Ok, enough with those excuses.

Sorry I haven't put up the FAQ that I've promised. Like I've said, I've been trying to keep up with school, this comic, my plans for next year, and *gasp* my social life, so I haven't had much time to put one together. I also have to give some people a call before I can answer some of the questions you have to my best ability.

One of the questions I get a lot though is, "Should I visit the Ucomics site from now on?" I don't really know how to answer this, b/c I'm not sure precisely how the people at uclick decide how each cartoonist gets paid. However, I think it IS important that they see that I'm bringing more people to ucomics, and that they see my comic is getting a lot of hits there. More importantly- and I think I've said this before- is that I get subscriptions via My Comics Page (remember with a subscription, you can read not only my comic, but any other comic on Ucomics as well, such as Calvin and Hobbes, Doonsbury, Red Meat, etc.) Anyway, the bottom line is that I encourage people to visit Ucomics and CLV there, but please don't forget about this site- it has a cool newsbox n' everything.

I also have a store set up with one item for sale (I'm hesistant to sell t-shirts... e-mail me if you want to know why), but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to put it up b/c of the contract I have with Uclick. This is another one of those things where I'm going to have to call someone and double check if that's ok.

I hope that answers some of your questions, and I apologize if it seems like I'm some lazy cartoonist that doesn't get anything I promise done (ahem, my book), but I really am busy trying to make this comic to be the best that it can be.

More news this week, as well as some links to some great webcomics I've discovered.

 

 

Jen

05.01.05

Yay, so this is the big secret I had to keep for this whole time. Starting today, I'm what is considered to be a "syndicated cartoonist." CLV will be on Ucomics.com, which is run by Uclick, a company affiliated with Universal Press Syndicate somehow. What does this mean?

Well, I'll get a steady flow of cash from now on. When I say "cash" it's more like "pocket change," but since I've been working for free for so long (with some generous donations from you), this is a nice step up.

Secondly, I suppose this is like getting my foot in the door. I know that online syndicated cartoonist often face a lot of hell when trying to reach paper syndication and often feel unappreciated. However, I've already gotten a fair share of such sentiments already. There have been times when I was tempted to throw the towel in, but I believe in what I'm doing, and I believe in my goal. Maybe if I can get enough readers at Ucomics, or if I'm really lucky, CLV will be in papers someday. It's a pipe dream, but I made it this far (and I thought my chances of getting an online deal were pretty slim) and I won't give up.

Finally, this website will NOT go down. However, I'm still unsure what I should do with it- particularly with the archives. I do know for certain though that I will continue posting new comics on a daily basis here.

I'll write more about what this all means some other time. I wanted to do this big deal FAQ thing, but I had a ton of German and French homework to do this weekend. So sorry about that.

CLV should be up on Ucomics sometime this afternoon btw; and if any of you were curious as to what I look like, I let the people over there post a picture of me on my bio page.

Thanks everyone for their patience these past few weeks! I hope you thought the wait was worth it.

(Oh and don't let this news stop you from voting on Buzzcomix if you have the time)

 

Jen