Posted November 27, 2011 at 09:46 pm
In observance of the ridiculous salesaganza known as Cyber Monday, All KB books and book bundles are $5 off today! These guys reflect the temporary new prices, which'll end early Tuesday! So if you've been thinking of grabbing one or getting one as a gift, now's the best of times.


EDIT: Sale is now over. Huge thanks to those who bought books! I'll be shipping them all out today (tuesday). :3

And a huge thanks to everyone who's preordered Cautionary Fables and Fairy tales so far! It's over halfway to being funded and I'm pretty excited about it!

Posted November 15, 2011 at 05:52 pm


Most of you probably remember my Jack and the Beanstalk comic adaptation I made a while ago. I said at the time it was for an Anthology, and now the anthology is finally here!


Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales is a comic anthology run by Kel Mcdonald and featuring several cool webcartoonists, including KC Green of Gunshow and Ktshy along with several other awesome people! And also me.

This is my first time being included in an anthology, and also my first time being paid a pagerate for makin' comics! Plus it's just gonna be a great book, so if you're interested at all I'd recommend at least checking out the $5 pdf version!

Oh, and if you happened to buy the Jack comic either digitally or physically from me, you'll notice that this version has the difference of being in black and white. It's been a long time since I did a purely toned comic! But I'm reworking the pages for this format and I'm liking how they're turning out! Here's a small preview (though I've still got some more spot blacking and such to work on):





So please check out the video and the kickstarter page in general! I'll give ya' a big kiss if ya do, and a punch if you don't!
Posted October 15, 2011 at 10:56 am
EDIT: Sorry for sending CCs instead of BCCs to those who ordered. Stupid accident ._.
Hey Everyone!
On Thursday I finally got the Jack comic issues in from the printer, so I sketched in them all and shipped 'em out! (along with KB books for anyone who bought the bundle of course)
I'm planning to save the rest for once convention season starts, but I'll keep offering the bundle in case anyone wants to buy both.
Thanks so much to everyone who preordered for your patience, and I hope you enjoy the comic!
Posted September 13, 2011 at 06:37 pm
Heya guys, the Jack and the Beanstalk comics are now open for preorders over at the Store!
I also had some people asking me if I'd make a bundle with KB vol 1, so I did so! If you live internationally, That one might actually be worthwhile since the Jack floppies cost as much to ship internationally as the price tag >_>
I'll keep preorders open for a week, but order the batch a bit sooner. Then as soon as they arrive I'll sign 'em all and ship them off!
Thanks to everyone who's been asking about 'em!
Posted August 21, 2011 at 02:57 am
Okay, I am going to make this post. I am going to somehow sum up my feelings after Baltimore Comic-Con. But it's not gonna be easy!

Basically, my summer con experience was amazing. I made some money, met great people, hung out with friends, learned a ton, and had a blast of a time!
So many things happened at Baltimore that it's hard to even start to put 'em down! But let's try to get some of the highlights.


Dogs
As it turns out, I'm not the only one who friggen loves dogs (duh!). Baltimore's sales were all about dogs and Pokemon. Early on some people asked me to draw their dogs because of my poster, so I put up a sign offering dog 'n' pokemon commissions for $10 pencils or $15 inks. I spent much of the rest of the con doodling people's pets and pokes! Which of course had the added benefit of getting to SEE everyone's adorable dog pictures. This is definitely something I'll be doing at cons from now on, and may need to work into an online thing as well. Especially if I finally draw that dog comic sometime~


Amanda Conner
So, self-indulgent con story! At the bar the night before the con, Scott introduced me to Amanda Conner, one of my favorite Western comic artists out there. She was so nice and approachable! I ended up going over to her at the con to give her my Power girl fanart like a big dork. Jimmy Palmiotti (her boothmate and often writer) saw me holding it in the line and let me skip ahead, which filled my heart with sillytimes. Amanda really liked it and asked me where my booth was and stuff! So basically I had the biggest of dorkout times. It was rather great.


Style
Another interesting thing I noticed (and tweeted a bit about) was that the only people who seem to think of my style as "anime" are people who also consider themselves "aspiring manga/anime artists", whatever that means. I was really glad that the Baltimore attendees weren't judgmental of my style. A few asked what I 'call' it (which I wasn't sure how to answer honestly! I tend to default to 'anime-influenced cartoony something'), but these Superhero convention attendees were very open to my cutesy drawings, for which I was very grateful. Kids especially (which Baltimore had a TON of. It's definitely a big show for families!) don't give a crap about where your style comes from, which I love.



Books-sellings
Honestly, I sold almost no books at Baltimore. A lot of people like to throw around the idea that anime conventions are the ones you can't sell anything besides fanart at, and I'm here to say that the notion is officially bunk. My KB books moved pretty well at both AX and Otakon, and not just to readers. I think there's actually been a bit of a cultural shift lately, and anime con attendees are interested in finding new material to read. Heck, I was sitting across from Mad at Otakon and she sold out of her new Sakana books on the first day!
What I could really use is something at a lower price point, which is one of the reasons I'll be happy when I have those Jack issues to sell at cons. Still waiting on the proofs to ship of that, BTW. I'm getting pretty disappointed with both ComiXpress and Ka-Blam for taking so long to be honest!
But I'll probably start bringing fewer books to cons in general, just so I don't have to lug these heavy things back and forth. Which will, of course, become a bigger issue next year when Volume 2 is out! And speaking of next year...

Convention Plans
Since conventions have been so great to me, I definitely want to try more out next year!
I fully plan to attend both Baltimore and Otakon again, as well as ECC which I'm already signed up for.
AX I'll probably pass on, because honestly it's run with a kind of assholeishness towards AA exhibitors.
Other conventions I want to try getting to include:
Sandiego Comic-Con, which I applied for a Small Press table at. We'll see how that goes! I may attend in some capacity even if it doesn't work out, so let's work on the assumption that I'll be there!
Sakura-Con in Washington, which I hear is super difficult to get an AA table at. If you live near Washington. Since it's only a week after ECC, I'd really love to go. Since I'd already be there and have somewhere to stay, I sent them an email asking if they might be willing to have me as a guest artist thing. If you live near there, please drop them an email saying you'd like to see me as a guest! I may not have a shot, but it's worth a try! Otherwise I'll try to grab a table the normal way for sure.
A-Kon in Dallas, which I couldn't try for this year 'cause of my sister's wedding. But it's in driving distance and I'd love to try it out!
Anime Central in Illinois, which I've heard good things about and could stay at my relative's house for!

If you'd like to see me at any of these conventions, dropping a mail to the con itself would help me a ton! And be sure to recommend any other cons you'd like to see me at. I'm open for trying about any decent-sized con I can afford to attend! Hopefully next year will be full of lots of new con experiences, and thank you so much to everyone who made this year so great!
Posted August 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

So I'll be in Baltimore again this weekend for BCC! I don't know if any of you will happen to be there, but please stop by if ya will! I'm both nervous and excited to do my first big Western-style comics convention with my own booth. I'll have to make a post comparing my experience there to Otakon when I get back! It may be rather educational.

I'm also pumped to attend the Harvey Awards while I'm there, which my Big Comics Bro Scott Kurtz will be MCing for his third year in a row! I'm actually packing a DRESS. And MAKEUP. This is serious business people.

And for all of you who won't be able to attend, I'll seeya next Tuesday!
Posted August 13, 2011 at 03:02 pm
The prints I had in the store are now mostly out of stock, but I've got the most popular prints from the summer up there now if you'd like either one!

I'll be working on a new KB one soon~ The old one was getting pretty outdated anyway!





Dogs are Awesome

Pokemon Starters



$10 + $4 shipping









$10 + $4 shipping










Posted August 10, 2011 at 03:21 am

Oh thank god I finally figured this all out!
First off, KB page will be up later tonight(wednesday) and the second page for the week will go up on friday morning! The two updates a week is STILL A THING OKAY.
Now that that's established! Above are the first four pages of mah Jack and the Beanstalk comic which is now finally finished. I'm planning to get some copies printed up, but it looks like it may be a month or so before that's worked out. Meanwhile, I'm offering the digital version for download for $2.99! So if you think the comic looks like a fun read, please check it out!



Jack and the Beanstalk- Digital Edition

A digital PDF of my 26-page comic adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk! Told in a silly and half-serious manner, much like the rest of my comics! Be sure to hit return at the end of the paypal transaction to reach the DL page. Comes with bonus concept art! Just email me if you have any problems with the download and I'll make sure it's sorted out!

$2.99








Posted August 9, 2011 at 11:51 am
EDIT: Stream is over, but the comic is almost done and will be up in a few hours for your consideration!

Hey Guys! I usually don't post these here for some reason, but I am doing a livestream right now as I finish the rest of this Jack and the Beanstalk comic. KB will update Wednesday and Friday this week in favor of finally getting this bad boy done. Meanwhile, please stop by!
Posted July 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Okay, so several things are going on! But I think they're all pretty relevant so please read!

FIRST!
KB will update Thursday next week instead of Tuesday, to give me some time to get home and make the page after Otakon! BUT! After said update, KB will be moving back to twice a week! Finally! So you can expect an update every Tuesday and Thursday from then on.



SECOND!


Speaking of Otakon, well that is coming up in a couple days! So many people I'm excited to meet and hang out with! Especially since I'm going with my friend Tina from SCAD and we're boothing together. I miss you Tina can't wait to see youuuu!

I'll be offering a few new things there, all of which can be seen on the pricing chart to the left. (Click to enlarge of course) You may also notice the $1 preorder thing in the lower right, and wonder what is up with that. Well lemme tell ya!





THIRD!
Jack and the Beanstalk Digital Comic. If you follow my twitter or tumblr, you've seen me give the occasional update and preview of my Jack 'n' the Beanstalk comic I've been working on for a webcomic fairytale anthology. I'm a few solid days of work away from finishing it, so it'll be done about a week after I get back from Otakon. At that time, I'll be sending it off to get some floppies printed for Baltimore Comiccon, but I'll also be selling it as a digital PDF. I settled on a price of $3, which is pretty regular for a comic issue (which it's a bit longer than), and I think is a reasonable amount without being too crazy. You may disagree! I would not fight you. In any case, I thought it would be a nice experiment to see if people are interested in original digital content of this manner. If it works out well, I may try doing something like this for a KB-related project! (It'd be a bonus side-story, don't worry!)
But if you see me at Otakon, I'll be selling a special discounted $1 preorder of the Jack comic, which seemed like an okay idea and is hopefully not too crazy. That way ya pay less and we don't have to bother with paypal fees and whatnot. (I'd just take down the email of anyone who preorders to send out the pdf link once it's done in a few days).



Anyway, time for me to go get a few hours of sleep before my plane flight! If you'll be at Otakon, I'll see you there! If not, seeya thursday!
Posted July 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm
Hey guys! Otakon is coming up fast, so here's where I'll be! Click to enlarge the map.

My booth number is N-12. I'm a bit scared by this layout, so please stop by to comfort my quivering lonely self! I'll have all the stuff I had at AX, plus hopefully a few more things!

Much like AX, this is my first time exhibiting at this con! I'm very excited but also nervous!

So who's coming? :<
Posted July 5, 2011 at 01:25 am

Guys! Guys!
Okay first, there will be a KB page this week, but a bit later! First I gotta get home, and then get to my sister's house so I can help watch her freaking adorable new corgi. I shall bring my supplies and draw the page there!

Now, ABOUT ANIME EXPO!
Aaaagh I can't even express how cool it is to meet people who're fans. Right on day one, an awesome gal (whom I forgot the nickname of like a big jackass! Please post in here so your awesomeness can be known!) gave me the Winston plush you see up top. It is life-sized and super soft and so freaking adorable. There's something kind of strange and touching about a total stranger from across the country taking the time to make something for me, just 'cause they like my comic! It is a pretty amazing experience.
Huge thanks to the Misters Sato as well for coming by three of the days with food and gifts! I bet I gained a few pounds on Japanese pastries, but dammit it was so worth it. And further thanks to Driflooning, and everyone else who came by and gave me a little something or bought a book or just said hi! This is the kinda interaction I live for!

I've already signed up for a table next year, though I'll have to figure out the best thing to do for where to stay and how to get there and such. But that's later pffft. Right now I'm thinking about Otakon and the things I should prepare for THAT!
But first I better get a few hours of sleep before this early morning plane flight. I love you guys and you are the best and I'm sorry for the delay but I'm very excited to make the next page!
Posted June 28, 2011 at 09:54 am

EDIT: So tomorrow is the last day~! I'm now in the front row of AA, by aisle 1200! I'll be discounting basically everything tomorrow 'cause I don't want to lug it all home, so stop by for half-off prints or $5-off books!

I was really planning to do a regular update today, but things got batshit in these last few days before AX and I will stop making excuses right NOW!
But meanwhile, I am very excited! This is my very first big anime con, and I've been getting emails and tweets from people who're

planning to see me there! It's gonna be so great I hope! Also I'll be boothing with Kel McDonald of Sorcery 101 so we finally get to hang out properly! Plus a lot of other awesome artists will be there whom I hope to say hi to oh boooyyy!
I'll be sure to post a wrap up post, in the proper blog area when I get back :<

Oh yeah! The images are the new prints I'll be debuting at the con; the left one is all the starter pokemon, and the right is from an anime called Puella Magi Madoka Magica which is super bitchin. I'll also be doing commissions, selling older prints and original art, and of course selling books.

It's a FOUR DAY CON! This is gonna be nutshits!

And apologies to everyone this doesn't matter to whatsoever, and I love you.
Posted May 15, 2011 at 01:46 am

SO! If you've been on the site much lately, you probably noticed (and maybe voted on) the poll about what gender ya are.
I gotta say, the results really surprised me!

I always assumed more girls would read my comic, for a few reasons. But apparently the guys outnumber the gals by more than 2 to 1! Which has really got me thinking about this whole topic of gender demographics and whatnot.



In general, I've always thought of KB as being kinda gender-neutral. It's action-oriented and involves mechs and robutts, but it's also ridiculously colorful and cutesy and stars slightly more female characters. I always assumed that it would naturally draw more girls due to the latter elements, and just 'cause I'm a girl and will subconsciously hit on some... girly elements? Heck, any time I ask someone who read the comment what they think, the response is almost always "It's so cute!" This is not generally a hallmark of male-centric comics!

Well, except in some Japanese comics, where moe is a thing. I'm actually starting to wonder if this dynamic is catching on among American males, but I couldn't even begin to guess at that kind of cultural shift. Also, if you feel like you want to be Steffi's dad then you are crazy (much like Steffi's dad).

This is actually something I'd like to hear about from you guys. If you're a guy, what drew you to KB and/or keeps you reading? Same if you're a girl! And "everything" doesn't count, though I appreciate the kisskiss. ;< Did you make any initial assumptions based on the art style that changed or dissolved when you read the comic itself?

Note that this is all a matter of curious speculation, and probably won't change much about how I draw the comic. It'll actually be interesting to see if the demographic shifts a few years down the line! Perhaps the slightly darker parts later on will draw men, but the introduction of at least a little romance might get some more girls? WHO KNOWS! But as long as people keep reading, you know I'll keep drawing whatever my manly mind finds cool!
Posted May 6, 2011 at 03:09 am
It's true! If you look over to the right, you'll see a button to donate to KB. The author of KB that is. Which is me, incompetent college student Mary Cagle!
It'll let you put any amount in, but a dollar is just fine! Once the transaction is complete, it'll take you to a page containing the wallpaper and metaphorical hugs.

This time it's a Pokemon-related one (as readers suggested during a livestream), but I'd love to do more of various themes if this one goes okay! So if you'd like to see a specific piece of art, just comment here with your suggestion. I know I'd like to do Magical Girl Steffi at some point! ;<

I've never asked for donations until now, for a couple reasons. One is that I was worried I couldn't offer anything worth a dollar (which is kinda silly I know! It's only a dollar, Cube!), and the other is my constant fear that I'll put work out there that nobody will be interested in. I gotta say, that fear stifles a lot of initiatives on my part!
But you guys have been super supportive of the comic with the books and just your comments in general, and I can't tell you how much it means to me. I honestly was incredibly relieved when so many of you preordered Volume 1! I really earnestly hope that I can make my living at this someday, and you guys are helping me inch my way towards that goal! So whether you donate or not, I love ya to bits.

C'mere so I can give you a big ol' hug!
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