It’s like, if you’re doomed to be destroyed, you can totally do without the taunting and sarcasm.
I want to do CK four times a month. I want to SO MUCH.
No more commercials after this one! I wouldn’t make such a fuss about this Patreon deal if I honestly didn’t need the help! And even the lowest donation helps a bunch. The response so far has been really encouraging! Thanks to Patreon, CK will update twice a month. Next week brings a new episode of CK, continuing right where we left off! Please consider sponsoring Commander Kitty!
Hi, diehard Spacers! I finally had some time to myself where I didn’t feel guilty drawing CK and crew again!
The past year has been absolute nanners. I’ve been working as a storyboard artist / animator* for the new show ASTROBLAST. (check your local listings)
In contrast to my previous job, where there were lulls and rushes, this is constant non-stop 110 percent ten speed working biz. So a bit of a culture shock maybe (and dare I say an energy drain sometimes?) but it’s super fun doing this stuff all the time. I haven’t had anything comic worthy to post here, but I do post scribbles from time to time on the CK Facebook page.
But health wise, things are back on the up and up. I had some bad depression to go through over the winter which didn’t help things. (does it ever?) But being able to talk about it was part of getting over it for me. If depression hits you, hit back with talking. And patience.
But I don’t wanna bore you!
The big question… will CK continue? I want it to, but you fans don’t deserve this stop and go stuff. To reiterate a Facebook post, I would prefer to finish it behind the scenes and just present it to you all in a collection. A book if you will. And then move onto something else. Another CK story is possible. ANYTHING’s possible! I do like to mix things up.
Enjoy some CK artwork, and keep looking at the stars! I lost my skyfly keys, and they might drift by.
*They call it a storyboarding, but really there’s a lot of animating to do, but it’s in a rough stage. It’s what you might call an animatic. Well, it’s more final than an animatic, but less final than the final piece. Is that a actual position? Animaticker? Cartoons are weird, man!
[Written Jan 25, 2014]
Hey Spacers! It’s been too long. I wanted to write and keep you in the loop. 2013 was a tumultuous year for me. I lost my job, I lost one of my pets, I had nerve damage in my drawing hand for two months, I got a new job, a new ferret, and things seemed to even out. But around September, I began getting anxiety attacks, and through the winter, up to now, I’m trying to cope with a bad depression. I chalk it up to a lot of things happening that I wasn’t prepared for. Y’know, I had it pretty soft til then, and losing my job really rocked my boat. It just took a while to sink in.
But even though I don’t live near many of my friends, I have my family around, for which I’m grateful. I’m trying lots of things to help me get out of my funk, including writing this note. It can be a terrible thing, but it will get better. I just need time. Thanks for reading.
One thing that for definitely cheered me up was this birthday card from my good friend Brian Emling! You’ve gotta see this!
Every mode of transportation has at least one little plastic shopping bag in the back seat. Amirite?
Lots of reasons for this interruption in my schedule. It feels good to get this episode in the can at last.
That project that kept me so busy over the winter? You can check it out here! The good folks there made the right call in wanting a cartoon to show off their product, and it was wicked fun to work with them in creating it. And I want to shout out to my friend Dave Kuhn for recommending me for the job, his team, Katrina Carras and Anthony Gutierrez for their excellent storyboard and Sean Bishop for his amazing voice-over talents.
This is also a good time to let y’all know that I am freelancing full time at the moment. This means even though I have the time to do a new episode every week, Commander Kitty is a bit lower on the priority scale now. At this point, I don’t know what I can do to turn CK into a serious money maker. Maybe draw with my foot and write strips about video games, or punching dolphins like the really successful webcomics out there.
So I’ve updated the demo reel here to show some of my more recent work, and if anyone reading needs a fantastic Flash animator, just gimme a ringy dingy!
By the time you read this, I will have had dinner with MST3K/Rifftrax’s Bill Corbett at the Coast City ComicCon in Portland, Maine. A great reward I got when I supported their Kickstarter campaign. So for this episode, when I was thinking of what MOUSE says, I was doing it in his voice, I don’t mind telling you. If you’re reading this from the con itself, hey! I’m the one wandering around with these crazy characters on the back of his two-sizes-too-big jacket. (long story).
Maybe someday soon, I’ll actually have something to sell at a convention. Til then, I’ll just lurk!