I have friends who–to this day–still meet every week to play Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve never played. Aside from generally never having time for role-playing games or games of any sort, D&D falls strictly into the category of “pointy-eared BS” that I avoid, which also includes the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Game of Thrones, and basically anything with the word “fantasy” in it. Unless it’s Amazing Adult Fantasy #15.
That said, in my adolescence I did play a role-playing game … once. It was Vampire: The Masquerade (not surprisingly, this was during my proto-Goth period), and it was one of those massive immersive outings, hosted by a local hobby shop at some giant house on the edge of town, where everyone showed up in character/costume, rendering it more like some weird Halloween party. I got way too much into my character (who wore an eyepatch), as did some others, especially the “berserker” coven who generally acted really threatening the whole night.
Anyway, here’s a comic that proves Sean has a life (kinda) outside of randomly bumping into Michelle at college.
Utopian #1 now available on Comixology
I know, I know, I should be drawing new comics, not pimping old ones. But for those of you new to the Utopian world who want to get into the back story without paying $15 for the graphic novel: Comixology is releasing the original four issues over the next few months for only 99 cents to read on your iOS or Android tablet, phone, etc. The first issue went live this week, with more to come soon.
Hiatus will end eventually! Promise! Really!
First I skipped a day, then I skipped a week, then I …
We recently sold our house/home of the last four years. It was something that seemed fiscally smart, but ended up being emotionally stupid. And something that, despite being fully aware of for more than a month, seemed to sneak up on us by the time we had to vacate the house for real and move into a, well, less awesome place. Despite my best efforts, the move consumed more of my time and attention than any move in my 37 years — and I’ve moved around A LOT. So much so, that I did almost NO work during the week of the move. As a freelancer, that’s suicide, folks. It’s not like taking a few days off from your job, where you probably can use personal days or sick time or whatever and still get paid. Nope, you don’t work, you don’t earn.
So, basically, I’ve been playing the worst game of catch-up ever in my life, and the new house still isn’t settled, and that publishing company I “run” won’t run itself, and, well, one thing had to drop, despite my best intentions, and that thing was … this webcomic. However, I do have the next several strips plotted/scripted and all I need to do is find a few hours to draw them, which is of course as hard as it sounds. But I wanted to drop in and let all two of you know that, no, I did not fall off the face of the Earth, and yes, the Utopian Foundation will continue. This unexpected hiatus might just last another few days. Thanks for your patience and readership.
OK, it’s really just one day off. And not entirely off! I mean, I’m working on the next strip. EVIDENCE:
But Sunday WAS my birthday, so I’ll use that as an excuse for a one-day hiatus. In truth, I have some re-jiggering to do with the website in preparation for some promotional things (plus a lot of stuff is out of date), so I’ll be working on that over the weekend. We’ll be back next week with two new strips, a new look, and hopefully me being caught up (hence the other reason for the quick break).
Enjoy the silence!
Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is here!
All right, so I’m feverishly (that’s the only way we do things here in Vegas in June) finishing up this week’s strips (stay tuned), chew on this kinda-news: I’ll be at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con this weekend (June 14-16), kissing babies and selling comics at Artist Alley table 112, which should be right about here:
Given this is my home base and I can return to my house afterward each night, I don’t foresee the delays in updating this comic like I did with Denver Comic Con, in case the one of you were wondering.
See you there!
Denver Comic Con & Hiatus
The good: This weekend, May 31-June 2, 2013, I’ll be at Denver Comic Con inside the Colorado Convention Center, holding down the fort at Artist Valley table
J5A-8. I’ll have fresh copies of The Utopian vol. 1 in trade paperback as well as a bunch of other comics my hands have touched, so if you’re attending the show, please stop by. Here’s where to find me:
The bad: Between prepping for DCC and two other shows this month, plus my usual over-workload, The Utopian Foundation will be on hiatus this week. As usual, it’s timed between major story movements, so as to minimize the interruption, but it still sucks to have to do it. Ah well.
Hope to see you in Denver!
Return to Emerald City
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times, but here are all the details on where and how to find me at Emerald City Comicon this weekend in Seattle, in case you plan to be there: I’ll be at Artist Alley J-09, which you can kinda see on this handy map:
In theory, unless my flight is really late on Friday, I should be there all weekend, during the hours listed on the map. I’m tabling by myself, so there may be a few times I step away for bathroom breaks or food (9 hours is a long day!), but for the most part, I should be available. I’m not doing any panels or workshops, and of course, you can always drop me an email at pjperezvegas AT gmail DOT com or direct message on Twitter if you have any questions.
I’ll be offering 25 percent off all comics, plus some stuff you can’t get anywhere else. I’m also bringing all the original art I have for THE UTOPIAN FOUNDATION, so that’s a thing. However, because I only found out I’d be appearing at ECCC recently, I didn’t have time to restock my comic supply. So if you wanted, say, a discounted copy of THE UTOPIAN trade paperback (you know, the prequel to this fine webcomic), I think I only have maybe 10 of those, so try to get to my table earlier than later. Or request ahead of time for me to reserve a copy.
I’m also doing commissions starting at $10 a pop. Here are some sample commissions from previous conventions:
So there you have it. Hope to see you there. It’s been three years since my last visit, so be good to me, Seattle!
Hey folks! Just wanted to let you know that The Utopian: Foundation will be on hiatus this week. It’s the first break from the twice-a-week schedule I’ve taken since the strip’s launch in April, and I figure a lot of you are tied up with your own holiday shenanigans, so you might not be checking such things anyway.
BUT, in the event that you need a distraction from all that family time (and I know we all do), or if you have nothing better to do, my Christmas present to you is a FREE download of the first issue of The Utopian from fall 2009:
See the origins of this little world in which Foundation takes place come to life in full, gaudy color (and also see how awful my artwork was just three years ago). And if you want to read more, well, you know where to go. Download and enjoy.
And then I’ll see you back here on Monday, Dec. 31 with the next chapter in the continuing saga.