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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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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