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That's a nice number! Thanks guys. :)

I thought I'd update everyone on my projects and prospects.

2012 was a terrible year. Besides two deaths in the family, and dealing with extended-family drug problems, I had a lot of promising career outlooks fall through. Every month things got crappier, to the point where it affected my outlook on my art-making ability. And this meant a lot of staring at paper or the screen, trying to start something and then deleting it, etc. Eventually it meant I wasn't even doing that, and just staying away from the pen and pencil altogether.

But I've now gotten another 'day' job and finally moved out of the parent's house after college. While this means I have less time to do art, it also means I now have a little room dedicated to art-making (I'm looking forward to hanging up some whiteboards and corkboards on the wall soon to cultivate more creativity). It's helped things.

I've been able to do art a bit more consistently now - especially the main project that was intimidating me for so long: Mayflower. I want it to be exactly what I've been envisioning, but it never felt like I could get there last year. In the last month, I feel like I'm getting a little closer, at least. Enough time has passed since the the worst of last year that my brain now throws a few encouraging thoughts at me from time to time.

Mayflower: The Seeker did not win that contest that I posted about last time in my journal. We got REALLY close. In fact, we actually DID get in the top 5 who would win grant money. But then oddly enough, a few of our votes were disqualified after the contest ended and we fell from 4th to 6th place, leaving space for a team who paid for their votes, and a team who magically got votes after the contest ended, and even more oddly, had team members who were involved in the running of the contest itself. As one might imagine, me and my friend, Mike, who's doing all the programing, were not happy campers.

The positive note though? Since we didn't pay for out votes - we saw that we had managed to scrounge together a huge heap of earnest, kickass support from people, like the person reading this right now. That's really encouraging! So The Seeker is still quietly being toiled on at the moment, despite our loss and lack of resources. Expect more on that front in the future!

Until then you'll have to deal with Mayflower, the comic! I've been planning this universe for 3 and a half years now, and now the first story within it is finally becoming a reality. I'll be posting preview pages in the coming weeks, and I hope to have a printed and digital copy for sale in April, where I'll begin setting up shop at a few nearby comic conventions. I hope I'll have your support in this new venture, or better yet, I hope Mayflower will earn your support.

More to come!

P.S. Thanks for the poll responses - I'll be doing more of those soon and using the results to inform my ideas on Mayflower funding and distribution.
  • Listening to: My Morning Jacket
  • Reading: Legacy: Frank Frazetta, American Gods
  • Watching: Star Trek, Breaking Bad
  • Playing: Assassin's Creed Revelations, Skyrim: Dawngua
  • Eating: chicken wraps
  • Drinking: green tea
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watzup148 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I hope you have a good year man, I've always loved your stuff since i first started watching you (no creeper) and Hope your May Flower project goes better than expected. Also, just because I can't resist IT'S OVER 9,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to do that. :megaphone:
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, thanks!
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watzup148 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
no prob
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Unikraken Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww no mention of your concept work for Sins of the Prophets? :(
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to rectify that soon. :)
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Unikraken Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I look forward to it!
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Gazas Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope this year will be more pleasant for you. 2012 was not my favorite year either and I've wished a good 2013 for all the people I know both here and IRL.
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I hope it goes well for you as well. :)
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AardvarkEcho Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'm doing Aggie Con this year. It's a tiny convention, but it's my first as a merchant.

I'd totally buy your book, though, not just because it's great stuff (you have never produced anything but, as far as I have seen, so I don't even need to see it first to know) but because I like to support and encourage my fellow artists. If we don't stick together, we all fall apart.

Been down myself... here's to a gloriously artistic and pleasant year ahead.
-AE
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
To you, as well.

AggieCon sounds fun. I hope I can start to make enough money on this to at least help support some trips to conventions out of state and the like.

Thanks for your interest on the book. I hope you like the final product. Still lots to do!

But it feels good to be busy with work. Much better than having too much time on your hands and not knowing what to draw.
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noble6211 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
congrats on your new job levi
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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noble6211 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
welcome
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Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Writer
Sincerely looking forward to your work once again Levi.
Hopefully I'll actually be able to pull off that commission I talk with you about.

Anyway, here's to another year, and best of luck to you my friend.
If you ever need anything feel free to hit me up. :)
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Congrats on the comic efforts! I shall await them eagerly. You still owe a Bat-Pod, though. >:C
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't say if it was going to be micro-machine sized though...
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
What good is a Bat-Pod if only real bats can ride it?
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He can take on terrorist mosquitoes?
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
"You wanna know how I got these scars? So I saw a lamp once, beautiful glowing light, and I loved it so much that I chose to fly to it..."
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, perfect. :D
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry to hear that last year was such a rough ride, but I believe that 2013 is going to prove to be an awesome year. I'm looking forward to seeing Mayflower; when you think you're far enough along to warrant a kickstarter, I'll be there. :)
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to have ya support. This premium-ness is already helping. :)
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great to hear it! Just remember: With great power (such as it is) comes great responsibility (more or less).
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I won't let ya down Uncle Ben.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Good man! ;)
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SIERRA120 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Good to see you back on the horse! :) Looking forward to what you have in-store :)
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ForgotTheNewName Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Wow. Mayflower sounds awesome, I hope the 3 years of planning comes to fruition. Definitely lookin forward to it. Good luck on getting out there and making a living for yourself, full support! :3c
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome. :D
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome things are getting better for you! I really look forward to see Mayflower published. :)

If you need any help, discuss ideas or concepts, or just to talk a little, have no problems in giving me a call. I would love to help you pull through. ;P
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the offer! I'm looking forward to all the feedback.
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Writer
No problem.

I'm looking forward to your incredible work. :)
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Necro-Romancer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'd love to buy a copy if you would be willing to ship to the uk?
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LeviWasTaken Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure we'll work something out when it gets down to it. :)
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Necro-Romancer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't wait :D
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