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Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.

Mike

Website Updates

If you have occassion to visit this website, you’ll see some updates and changes. First of all, the color scheme. I really don’t have favorite colors anymore, but I do have a bit of a fondness for deep purple and gold.

You’ll also see I’ve posted links to my other current projects in the left hand sidebar, along with an archive widget, so that you can visit old news and entries a bit easier.

I’ve also made, what seems like, a million little cosmetic and other changes to make your visit a bit better. But I’m not done yet. I will be try to spend some time each day doing updates, making the site more interesting and something worth visiting at least once a week.

Back to work.

All New Classes Added

I’ve taken some time to update the Classes/Programs page. I’ve added a few classes, clarified some descriptions, changed all of the page titles taking out the word “description”, and basically cleaned this section up in anticipation of booking summer classes.

I hope you’ll take a look. And keep in mind, most of the classes are available for private tutoring sessions, too.

Upcoming Projects

Yesterday, I told you about upcoming classes and appearances.

Today, we’ll look at upcoming projects from Mike the art guy!

First up, May 1st will see the first installment a new webcomic project that I’m starting. I’ve been threatening to do a webcomic for years now. After several failed attempts, I’ve finally picked an arbitrary date and said this is it! I won’t go into a lot of detail here, lest someone feel compelled to steal an idea or two, but the comic should be a lot fun for both the reader and for yours truly.

This extra secret comic should run either 2 or 3 days a week. I need to produce some pages first, to see how I can work it.

Next, I will be producing a second podcast. Yesterday, I was listening to Logan’s Run podcast on Talkshoe.com, and apparently this version of it is an encore. Encore meaning re-run. I loved the idea so much that I stole it, but with some modifications. Instead of re-running whole episodes of Open Mike, Insert Foot, I’ll be doing a “best of/worst of” (your milage may vary) format. That will spare the listeners from having to live or re-live the dated material and other embarrassing dreck from the past. And if I can wing it, I will stick in additional commentary myself and from other people who may have been involved in the show. DVD extras!

I haven’t pinned down a launch date yet, but I’d like to get that going before May 15.

And last, but not least, some time this week, the new Sandstone Summer Theater site should be going up. I don’t do much website work anymore, but I wanted to contribute something to my favorite theater group. Hopefully it will be a smashing success.

And of course, I’m always working on new artwork, notecards, prints, commission work and other projects. More about those projects later.

Website Updates and Free Wallpapers

I updated the Freebies section today, by redoing the wallpaper downloads and the Freebie section.

Each wallpaper has four different sizes that you can choose from.

Back to work now.