NEW COMIC PREVIEW: THE AFTERPARTY

Remember how I promised I’d be doing a Halloween comic? I’m trying to hold myself to deadlines, so as part of that effort, here’s an official preview for my upcoming one-shot comic, The Afterparty. This comic came about while I was researching for a different story and came across a very interesting tale straight from Chilote mythology. A lot of my efforts this season have been about familiarizing with my Chilean heritage, and doing so through stories is one way that I feel I can “connect” best. Something that stands out about Chilote (and Mapuche) mythology is how the people who believed in it viewed Death and the afterlife, so without giving away too much, this story has to do a lot with overcoming the fear of the end.

Anyway, onto the preview! These pages are mostly finished, though they need a little pilishing up here and there. I plan on this being a longer one-shot comic, and I’m even working on a soundtrack for it that will hopefully sync up to provide even more impactful reading. Thanks for checking it out!

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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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Where to Find Me at Star Wars Celebration Orlando

It’s that time of year again! I’m putting on my space pants and leaving my house to attend Star Wars Celebration Orlando with my trusty co-pilot,  and while this year came at us like a tidal wave, we’re more than excited to get down to the Orlando Convention Center (where I attended my first major con over a decade ago please shoot me im so old) and see everyone. I’m involved in all sorts of mischief this year, so I’ve decided to compile it all here into one post for you! Many of the events this year hold a special place in my heart, so I’d love to see all my Star Wars pals at them.

The Bounty Hunt

Sign up outside of Room W303
  • Thursday (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
  • Friday (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
  • Sunday (11:30 am to 1:30 pm) – Bounty Hunt for Kids!

The Bounty Hunt is an annual adventure that I can’t wait to be a part of! Find me along the way as you scavenge for some of the galaxy’s greatest items and prizes. Get all of the info here and remember to stay on target!

Drowning in Moonlight: a Memorial Gala in honor of Carrie Fisher

Rosen Center Poolside – Thursday (7:30 PM)

Carrie Fisher’s passing is still something that hits me (and several people, I’m sure) on levels that are surprisingly personal. I’ve been given the honor to speak on one of the podcast panels at this wonderful charity event, and I’d love to see you there. Come by for the good cause, stay for a night of dancing and dining on themed goodies. What better way to celebrate the galaxy’s most infamous rebel than by sharing stories and partying down in her name?

We Love Rebels! 

Star Wars University (W300, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (12:30-1:30 PM)

If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with Star Wars Rebels. I’ve hosted podcasts about it, I’ve written endlessly about the show’s characters, and gone above and beyond to defend my faves. Now, witness all of that obnoxiousness in real life! Join a panel full of Rebels experts to talk about where we think the Rebellion is going after that incredible finale.

These Are Not The Writers You Are Looking For: Bloggers Discuss Writing About Star Wars

Fan Stage (W308, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (4:30-5:30 PM)

Some of my favorite Star Wars-centric journalists (and yours truly) are getting together for a very special panel!  We’ve covered Star Wars all over the web, and now we’re sharing stories about how we ended up blogging about a galaxy far, far away.

A Unifying Force: Keeping Fandom Safe & Welcoming

Image by Star Wars TFA Fan.

Star Wars University (W300, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (6:30-7:30 PM)

As our favorite franchise continues to grow, it’s important to keep the gates open instead of turning our noses up at other fans.  Join us for a special discussion on keeping the Star Wars fandom a welcoming, knowledgeable, fun place for everyone.

Women in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Fan Stage (W308, 3rd Floor) – Saturday (3-4 PM)

Join a panel ofdie-hard fangirls as we discuss Star Wars heroines from past, present, and future stories. If you’ve been waiting to hear my Patton Oswalt-esque pitch for a Padme book series (and I’m sure you have), this is probably the panel to head to.

Phew! Outside of this, I’ll be attending a ton of panels and haunting the local cantina spots in the evenings, because I’m attending with no other responsibilities! What will you be up to at the show? Follow me on Twitter and let’s connect for meetups!

 

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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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