Ana

Ana May is the creator of the Sugar Ninjas and lead Ninja. Her knowledge of comic books and Hello Kitty can't be beat. She enjoys teachings kittens comics and editing giant books.

Nov 122012
 

It’s been waaay too long since my last blog post and I’ve had to deal with a number of personal issues, including various health problems and my recently successful KICKSTARTER campaign for my upcoming A GIRL CALLED ANA TEACHES KITTENS HOW TO DRAW graphic novel. And as usual, many of you out there have had various obstacles to deal with, too. And then there were numerous technical problems involving the submission dropbox thingie…arrgh!

So anyhooz, we decided to go ahead and extend the deadline for volume 4 all the way to FEBRUARY 7TH, 2013. This gives us time to figure out why some people are having trouble getting their submissions to upload, as well as giving some sugar ninjas extra time to finalize their pieces.

With this new deadline, the SWEET and SPICY books of SUGAR NINJAS VOL. 4 should be ready for printing sometime near the end of February,  in plenty of time for next year’s convention season. Sounds like a plan, eh?

Gally will be in touch with those of you who have written about problems uploading artwork. For basic info about the submission process, click on the JOIN THE SUGAR NINJAS button on the front page. Remember, this is our first Read More

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Jun 042012
 

It’s been half a year since our last Sugar Ninjas update about the release of volume three. Why the long delay, and whatever happened to the interviews with Sugar Ninjas creators that were supposed to be posted many, many moons ago. The truth is that I was simply exhausted from three straight years of working on Sugar Ninjas, writing and illustrating my soon-to-be-completed graphic novel (ANA TEACHES KITTENS DRAWING AND DESIGN), and searching for another school interested in starting up a comics-based Sequential Art program. Despite being unemployed for the past three years, I still managed to fall victim to overwork and the dreaded “s” word: stress. Coupled with the relatively poor printing quality of far too many copies of volume three, I found that all I could do was temporarily shutdown and hope my batteries would recharge with time…and so they have!

My trusty assistant editor, Gally Articola, has been working with me to produce another version of Sugar Ninjas volume three, which will soon be made available at Amazon.com. Unfortunately, we couldn’t use the 9 x 7 inches format, so we had to settle for 8.5 x 8.5, which was just as tricky as you can imagine. But the superior Read More

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Nov 182011
 

It took us much longer than we’d originally hoped, but Gally and I have finally finished uploading the files for the third volume of SUGAR NINJAS, including both the SWEET and SPICY books. This volume features art and stories by many returning ninjas, as well as a large number of brand new ones. Each book can be ordered for less than ten dollars and they would make great Christmas presents for some lucky girls, especially young girls interested in becoming artists themselves.

Many, many thanks to any of you girls… Read More

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May 282011
 

It will be another month before we get the forum up and running, so until then I’ll be using some posts here on my blog to get messages out for different Sugar Ninjas. Today’s special message comes from Sugar Ninja Heather Lewis:

 “Hello all you Sugar Ninjas! There is a Sugar Ninjas table at AnimeNEXT (June 10-12th) being run by Avantika, Melissa, and Heather. We welcome everyone to visit the table! If you want to sell artwork/books/etc, please email Heather at MadelineLimeatgmaildotcom (of course, replace “at” with “@” and “dotcom” with “.com”) with the subject: “Sugar Ninjas Table!” We’re asking that anyone submitting more than one or two items to please assist in the table fee. You do not have to attend the convention to be a part of the table, we are willing to place and sell your items for you, but we ask you also submit some business cards with your package of items. Even if you don’t have anything to sell, but are attending the convention, you are welcome to come hang out at the table and help explain what and who we are to the con attendees.”

Any other Sugar Ninjas planning to hit the convention circuit this Read More

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May 242011
 

Two years ago, with the able assistance of Sugar Ninja Zelda Ravenel, I refused to let rough times deter me from my plans to produce a showcase for female sequential artists. Originally designed to feature only current and former students from many years of teaching sequential art, I decided instead to throw open the doors and allow any female artist/storytellers to submit material. Volume 1, both the Sweet & Spicy Books, premiered two years ago. Those first books featured over 100 creators spread out over 700 massive pages! As it was our first attempt,  Zelda and I faced many difficulties related to behind-the-scenes production issues, as well as my inability to say no to anyone, ha ha. Sugar Ninjas Vol. 1 was also simultaneously edited while Zelda was bringing to life the first version of the website. Considering some of the stuff I was going through two summers ago, it’s hard to believe that we got either project in shape in time for our premiere at the 2009 DRAGON CON in Atlanta, GA.

The truth is, both the website and the first volume of the Sugar Ninjas anthology series, were labors of love where the laboring started vastly outweighing the loving. Adding in the Read More

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