On learning how to make Comics, and where mine are going in October/November

I make comics now! That’s a thing I do!

In no official capacity, I’ve decided to start putting my stories to paper (or pixel, as it were) in the form of comics and short stories. Treasure in the Core has been a progressive learning experience, and within my time working on the comic over the past couple of months, I’ve been developing more stories to tell within the medium. I am by no means perfect, but with a milestone birthday on the horizon, I decided that the only thing keeping me from doing these things was my own self-doubt and impostor syndrome.

With all of that in mind, readers of Treasure in the Core have been excessively patient with me as the comic published on LINE Webtoon. I have no plans to ever make it a comic that you’ll need to pay to read, and while I think the ‘free’ aspect might be part of what’s letting my delayed uploads slide with my readers, I want to work hard to develop the story to a point where I can publish consistently and with the best possible quality my sadly very mortal talent allows. Both my writing and artistic capabilities are still developing, and I’m thankful for everyone who has supported and provided feedback on my first big outing into the world of publishing my creative work.

That means that Treasure in the Core will be going on temporary hiatus until November 1st, so that I can focus on developing concepts, characters and storylines, while getting scripts and other work knocked out ahead of time. Having this prep time is going to help me finesse the way I publish this comic, but more than anything, it’s going to give me time to get used to drawing these characters and settings efficiently.

Concept Art for Halloween Story – ohcatrina

Along the way, I’ll be sharing concepts, developed bios, and more info on the official Treasure in the Core site — so make sure to check back there often for short stories, character deep-dives and bits of lore that I hope will compliment what I have planned for the comic’s rather motley little cast.

With Treasure off the air, I plan on releasing a one-shot comic to celebrate all things Halloween on October 23rd. While he subject itself isn’t directly Halloween-themed, it does have to do with ghosts and monsters — but what’s most exciting about it is that I’ll be drawing from my Chilean roots to tell this story, which revolves around a haunting sailor’s tale of redemption and a never-ending, seabound party. I am really, really excited for this one!

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has given my work a chance this year. Rebuilding after last year’s gigantic creative slump has been a lot of work, but every time I see another read on Treasure, I remind myself that people are giving me an opportunity to tell the world these stories that I keep to myself. It might not be that deep to some people, but to me, it is motivation and reinforcement that writing compelling and weird stories is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. Thank you!

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Announcements Regarding Podcasts and Vlogs for 2016

I’m narrowing down my schedule and committing to some great projects over the next year, including the continuation of Woman Up! Podcast (Live at 8PM PT on Wednesdays – follow here for the show schedule) with Sarah Rodriguez. Woman Up now has it’s own YouTube channel, where we’ll upload our episodes and extra vlogs! I’m also periscoping our pre-show, where Sarah and I brainstorm our ideas and pitch songs at each other before every podcast. Those will upload to my YouTube channel after the show!

I actually get to serve as co-host on a few shows this year, including From a Certain Point of View (weekly uploads here) and Hangin’ With Team Kanan (LIVE on Google Hangouts, Sundays at 10am PST). Comics in the Cantina (formerly Mos Eisley ComicPort) is now a monthly show with a wider focus — we’ll cover the most recent comics, then have a broad topic or guest interview to explore!

Topping off this incredibly unbalanced list of podcasts is #ForceFangirl (LIVE on Periscope every Thursday at 7pm PT), my half-hour block on Parachute TV dedicated to all things from a galaxy far, far away.

I’m still vlogging sporadically on my YouTube channel, primarily documenting my adventures in Los Angeles and talking about comics.

The only bad news here is that I’m indefinitely shutting down Mos Eisley Underground — because with that much on my plate, it’s just a tad too much to run a podcast network at the moment. Luckily for you, my friends at Making Star Wars have just launched an awesome podcast network that you should check out!

TL;DR

Here’s my show schedule:
From a Certain Point of View (weekly)
Comics in the Cantina (monthly)
Hangin’ With Team Kanan (LIVE Sundays at 10am PT)
Woman Up! Podcast (LIVE Wednesdays at 8pm PT)
#ForceFangirl (LIVE Thursdays at 7pm PT)

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Episode 18: A Name Change, Feelings, and the Future

Shattered Empire, Team Kanan feelings, and Chewbacca’s narration are just some of the highlights of our all-new episode of the show that used to be called Mos Eisley Comicport! With a name change — Comics in the Cantina — and a new guest host (this episode: Blair Beveridge, host of Webisode Watch) every episode, host Catrina Dennis is now navigating the Star Destroyer-sized amount of information that the Star Wars comics are doling out.

Listen:

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Shattered Empire #3
  • Kanan #6
  • Chewbacca #1

… and much, much more!

Make sure to get the episode on iTunes or download it here!

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Top 5 Upcoming Comics Featuring Badass Ladies in Autumn 2015!

It’s been a while, folks, but I’m back with more comic book goodness to help move your fall season along! This season’s lineup is just beautiful – from engaging stories to artwork that I need plastered all over my walls, the comics I’m most attracted to outside of my standard superhero pulls seem like engaging, heartfelt reads. If you’re interested in any of these titles, make sure to contact your local comic shop and ask your faithful clerks to order them!

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Read the first issue online, for free!

One of the most interesting titles coming this season is Dennis Liu’s Raising Dion, a story about a single other raising a son with extraordinary powers. We’ve seen similar stories told with Nikki and Micah Sanders, but what makes this title stand out — beyond the mother-son duo taking center stage — is it’s heartfelt take on the story, as a young mother slowly learns how to develop her own “super powers” while struggling to keep her son’s secret from prying, dangerous unknown agents. The comic made headlines with a live-action trailer, which fans are already begging to see come to life as a TV show.

Shattered Empire
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Release Date: September 9th

Publisher: Marvel Comics

This four-issue miniseries is the first official comic series in the new Star Wars canon to take place after the events of Return of the Jedi. Quite literally, the series begins smack dab in the middle of the Battle over Endor, and it stars rebel Pilot Shara Bey. Just as she and her husband Kes believe that the war against the Empire has been won, they’re sent right back into the heat of the battle — will they ever find peace in their galaxy?

Monstress

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Release Date: November 2015

Publisher: Image Comics

For anyone looking to spice up their lives with valiant tales of heroines and mystic magic, this dark adventure might just be the comic for you. Monstress is the story of a young girl who shares a psychic link with an otherworldly monster. Set against the backdrop of an alternate universe Asia in the 1800’s, this comic is written by Marjorie Liu, and brought to life with artwork by Sana Takeda.

Paper Girls

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Publisher: Image Comics

For those of us who miss the days of Riot Grrl confidence and hard-earned friendships, Paper Girls might be able to fill that static hole in our hearts. Saga’s Brian K. Vaughn teams up with Wonder Woman’s Cliff Chiang to bring Halloween of 1988 to life, as told through the eyes of four 12-year-old delivery girls who uncover the “most important story of all time”.

Zodiac Starforce

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Release Date: August 26th

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

2015 has been a great year to be a magical girl. With the return of TV shows like Sailor Moon Crystal and the launch of the new (amazing) Jem comics, girls and women everywhere have been celebrating their own interpretations of femininity through these new, fun heroines. Zodiac Starforce — out now — aims to up the ante on the genre, delivering a diverse cast and a fun, engaging story along the way.

Are there any comics that you can’t wait to read this Fall? I’m always looking for new titles — so leave yours below in the comments!

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