Winter Wrap-Up & What’s Next?

Spring’s here at last. Finally. Maybe? We are based in Buffalo, so you can never be too sure about these things. At any rate, though our winter was pretty quiet, we did manage to produce a few things worth talking about, and it’s been a while since our last update, so let’s go!

December

Scare Dare

I participated in Ludum Dare 37, and produced a “game” over the course of one weekend. The theme for this round was “One Room,” which admittedly threw my newly-found game development powers for a bit of a loop, and I ended up focusing on every detail other than gameplay. Scare Dare is (kind of) a simple platformer, in which you are dared by a friend to explore just one room of a creepy mansion. While it more or less fulfilled all the needs of the weekend challenge, I’m not that satisfied with it as a product. (There’s no sound, the file size isn’t optimized at all, and the gameplay is lacking.) However, by devoting an entire weekend to making my own game, I learned a ton about how games are made! And I definitely know I can do better in the future. Unfortunately I’m not sure I love Scare Dare enough to polish it into something playable, so play at your own risk… of boredom. I posted a few notes on Tumblr while I worked, so check that out if you’re interested.

Download Scare Dare (and comics!) on itch.io »

(I haven’t decided whether or not to make anything for LD38 yet but I’m definitely considering…)

January

January: a lot of catching up and prepping for the start of 2017. Not much to talk about here!

February

For the month of February, some of our work was on display at Project 308 Gallery in North Tonawanda, New York as part of the “Process” exhibition! The exhibition focused on how an art piece is made, so we showed how a Follower page is made, step by step.

March

Follower began Chapter Five! We consider this chapter the ending of the first major story arc, and it’s been a long time coming, so we’re both very excited to have reached this point in the story.

What’s next?

Our events schedule for this year is pretty light so far, but we’ll be at PIX in Pittsburgh this upcoming weekend – Sunday, April 9. It’s a free event, so if you’re in the area stop by and say hello! We had an amazing time last year, and can’t wait to do it again.

We’ve also decided to open up commissions for Chio characters who will also cameo in the current chapter of Follower! For more information, please check out this page.

January News & Upcoming Events

I can’t believe it’s 2017 already, but here we are! We’re already hard at work starting to put together our events schedule for the upcoming year, and have two items already on our agenda:

February 2017: “Process” at Project 308 Gallery, North Tonawanda, New York

This exhibition examines the process of making a finished piece of art, showing pieces of the journey an artist takes on the way to a final product. Process pieces from a Follower page will be on display in the gallery, along with works from other artists. The exhibition runs from February 9th until the end of the month.

April 2017: Pittsburgh Indy Comix Expo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We’re happy to announce we’ll be returning to Pittsburgh this spring for PIX! We had a great time last year and plan to bring some new work this year. Hope to see you there!

Other News

After a short hiatus, Follower resumed regular updates this week. Patreon backers can see previews of the next three pages-in-progress now.

The Way It Shall Be: A Chio Legend is now available as a digital download from Gumroad. This story was originally published in the paperback version of Messenger: Chapter Two. The comic is 12 pages, full-color, minimum $1.50.

Messenger resumes weekly updates this Saturday.

To Boldly Go! A Star Trek 50th anniversary zine

To Boldly Go: A Star Trek 50th Anniversary Zine

To Boldly Go: A Star Trek 50th Anniversary Zine

I contributed an illustration to an upcoming zine titled To Boldly Go, a celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary! My piece is a big illustration of some of the many excellent women from Deep Space 9. DS9 is my favorite Trek series for a lot of reasons, so I decided to celebrate it with an illustration. The preview above is just a small sample of the final piece, which includes 17 individual characters!

The book is up for pre-orders from now through October 8th, with the option to buy just the book, or a bundle including some extra postcard prints and buttons.

While I was working, I also put together a bunch of video clips, so please enjoy about 10 hours of work condensed into about 16 minutes! Watch on Youtube »

If you love Star Trek, check out To Boldly Go and grab your own copy today!

Stardust + Candy Pre-Orders Open!

Stardust + Candy Pre-Orders Open

Stardust + Candy Pre-Orders Open

Hey there! It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update, because we’ve been hard at work on several projects! The first of these (that we can talk about) is a mini-comic created for Stardust + Candy, a Pokemon-Go Inspired Fanzine!

Our contribution is a short comic by Bug, telling a real-life story about her quest to find a Pikachu in the first few days of Pokemon Go, with some slight uh, augments to reality. (Pokemon Go is an ARG, after all!)

I don't think I'll ever find a Pikachu.

Stardust + Candy includes work by approximately 30 artists, and proceeds will benefit animal rescue and adoption through PetSmart Charities. The book is available for pre-order from August 3 through 17! If you love Pokemon Go, please give it a look!

Pre-Order Stardust + Candy ($15; free US shipping) »

A-May-zing! (What we did last month.)

May 2016 Wrap-Up

Bad puns aside, I’m beginning to think we never have an “ordinary” Radio Chio month; there’s always something going on. This month we had a bunch of unusual events lined up and it kept us pretty busy!

Bug and Delade set up for the day at Pulp 716!
Bug and Delade set up for the day at Pulp 716!

On the 14th, we were guests for a day at Pulp 716, one of our favorite local comics shops! Pulp 716 is unique in that they don’t just sell comics, they also have an awesome coffee bar and serve coffee, cocoa, and bubble tea! When the opportunity came up to hang out for the day and share some of our books and art, we jumped on it.

We arrived at noon and set up a little table in the corner of the shop, and that’s where we spent the day! It was a pretty busy Saturday, and we had the opportunity to talk to a ton of (hopefully!) new readers. We brought along some shiny new Radio Chio bookmarks to give away, and the highlight of my day was giving one to a kid who then informed me that he’s really “good at books.”

Look, it's us!
Look, it’s us!

Thanks for having us in, Pulp 716! It was a blast!

The next day, we had to make a trip into downtown Buffalo for the opening of the comic art show at Main Street Gallery! Back in late March, I was invited to join in on a show featuring comic art by local cartoonists. I had big prints made of a bunch of comic pages – including some from Follower, Messenger, Home in my Pocket, and others.

There were a ton of really great local artists at the meet and greet, and we met some wonderful people, including members of the Visions Comic Art group! Hopefully we’ll have the chance to hang out with them again.

We headed back to the gallery the following weekend for the closing day, which also featured a comic art market! The gallery turned into a mini comic-con for the day, and we had the opportunity to chat with lots of new readers.

Opening Meet & Greet
The show opened up with an artist Meet & Greet, and the turnout was great!
Art vs Artist
Is it weird to take photos of yourself with your art? I don’t know the answer to that, but here I am anyway!
A selection of our comics up on the wall
The work we hung included some of the latest pages from Follower and Messenger, as well as Home in My Pocket and cat comics!

 

Showing off our work at the gallery was a completely new, but completely great experience, and I hope we’ll be able to do it again in the future. It’s really neat to see comics up on a wall instead of on a screen or in a book!

 

We’re still working out the rest of our summer schedule, so stay tuned for more information! Is there a convention or event you’d like to see us at? Leave a comment, or use our contact form and let us know!