Grand Junction Comic Con!

My first comic con exhibiting. It was so much fun!

I’d like to take this time to thank the Mesa County Library for doing such a great job at organizing. The costume contest was a real hit. I got to meet a kiddo dressed up like Georgie from the movie IT, who won for his age group. He was pumped to have my tshirt as a prize, but not as pumped as I was at seeing such a creative crew.

 

Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching

The author of the Tao-te Ching (Dow deh Jing) is speculated to be name Lao-tzu. He was a slightly older contemporary of Confucius. Lao-tzu’s writings offered a precursor to Taoism. However, the Tao-te Ching focuses mostly on governance.

“The Master leads

by emptying peoples’ minds

and filling their cores,

by weakening their ambition

and toughening their resolve.”

This is such an interesting verse. I think Kim Jong Un follows this advice more closely than any American leader. His ideology Juche, translates roughly into “self-reliance.” Kim 11-Sung developed the ideology as a variant of Marxism-Leninism. Juche was first referenced to inspire the people to fight Japanese dogmatism. ┬áPersonally, I think it’s a way for dictatorial leaders to keep their power while their people live in squalor.

“When they think that they know the answers,

people are difficult to guide.

When they know that they don’t know,

people can find their own way.

 

“If you want to learn how to govern,

avoid being clever or rich.

The simplest pattern is the clearest.

Content with an ordinary life,

you can show all people the way

back to their own true nature.”

This made me think of our recent election. The first verse, I feel, is many peoples’ response to Trump’s being our president-elect. I sincerely do think I have answers, however. I mean, a lot of people say they’re socially liberal and financially conservative. How did we elect a president who is the inverse of those two things?

I actually do see the merit in the second verse. I think people felt ignored or steamrolled by the government, when the numbers suggested things were getting much better. Unemployment happens during every administration. Sometimes you can’t blame a leader for those things though. I think the majority of people don’t realize how good they have it. We will see how bad things can get within the next four years, however.

 

Graphic Novel Trailer

Originally, I intended to use this trailer for a kickstarter campaign. However, due to Amazon’s algorithms, I think it would make more business sense to work on publishing a new product within the next 90 days of publishing Beanstalk. But I couldn’t let this go to waste! Even though I looks like I’m drunk half way through, I assure you I’m not!

Good to Get Back to Work

I don’t think of myself as a sociable person. I hate small talk. Sometimes I wonder how I even became a waitress. (It’s most likely because I failed Algebra 2 twice in high school. That doesn’t mean your server isn’t smart. Some of them are working on their master’s degrees. But that doesn’t even make them smart. I mean, what if they’re getting a master’s degree in a useless subject.) Anyway, the point is I don’t want to get to know you if you’re a customer. I’m not going to waste time being friendly on a person I’ll never see again. Why are you talking to me? However, I am glad to see some regulars. Some other regulars, not so much.

I’m not an extrovert, but it was good to get back to work after a 4 week hiatus. Certainly, I got a lot of things done concerning my graphic novel, and there was freedom to be sure. I mean, I’m not a wealthy person obviously, so there were some restrictions, but it was nice. I missed my coworkers though, and having a routine. It got to a point where I had to go back to work or never go to work again and develop friendships elsewhere.

We need people in our lives. We have a compulsion to get together and work toward a common purpose, not merely because it pays the bills but because survival is ingrained in our DNA, and in order to survive we have to rely on others.

More updates and fun stuff

I sent my graphic novel, Beanstalk, off to get a copyright two days ago. Very exciting stuff. Hopefully that’ll go through quickly.

Yesterday I went to createspace.com in order to purchase one print on demand book, just so that I would have a copy for when I film my kickstarter. However, the website wouldn’t take my pdf file. I wrote an email to the website’s tech support; they say they’ll get back to me in one business day. I hate it that Saturday isn’t considered a business day. I always work Saturdays… Why doesn’t everyone else?

I also designed some merchandise/prizes for the Kickstarter campaign. My featured image above is the front design for my bookmark. I also have a tshirt and a mug in the works. Those will be for sale on this website after my Kickstarter campaign. (I want to give investors a chance to own something unique before I delve into the whole taxes and whatnot associated with selling items on here.

I wrote the script for my Kickstarter movie. You’re s’pose to have a short movie on Kickstarter in which you give your whole spiel. You should check it out. Even if you don’t invest in my comic, there are tons of talented people putting up entertaining videos. I downloaded Windows Moviemaker, and I’ll have to become an expert in that within these few days. I’m waiting for microphones which I ordered on Amazon, before I actually record, so that’s frustrating. (Again, I have to wait for people to work on those business days) But I can’t be too mad. Usually I’m one to plan ahead. This time, I didn’t.

Sorry if this stuff is dry. I don’t mean it to be. I kinda wanted to write everything down in order to get myself centered. As soon at some of these logistics get resolved, I’ll start posting some entertaining things, like character bios and behind the scenes things.

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