Monday, June 18, 2012

A Little Down Time...

Hey ARTfans,

Well, we survived ACE. We had a blast, and all the work and effort we put into getting ready for the show... payed off! I'm glad we managed to get it all done, and I'm proud of us for putting our stuff out there, and representing. Ego Comics is GO!

[caption id="attachment_180" align="aligncenter" width="202"] Stomping Ground 2012 Field Guide to the Necessential and Strangerous[/caption]

If you didn't see the post on, go RIGHT NOW over to our store and get your hands on a copy of the book we printed up for ACE. The Stomping Ground 2012 Field Guide to the Necessential and Strangerous is available now through our store on Storenvy. Books are $3.50 each (cheaper than we were selling them at ACE), but after going to the post office, it looks like shipping is going to be $3.00 each. So if you factor in shipping, each book will be $6.50 total. We will discount shipping on orders of multiple books.  We have a limited number of books available (54 at last count We're down to 51) so if you want one (or three)... order soon - before we run out!

I'm also working on getting our prints put up there as well - but I need to find out shipping costs on those (as well as find a cheap source on mailing tubes). As soon as I get those up, I'll let everyone know.

The 2012 Official Ego Comics Camping Trip

Well, in other news, as per 'the plan'... Neil and I took off early from work this last Friday, and headed out to one of our favorite camping spots, just a ways past Jemez Springs. We've been to this particular spot at least once before (possibly twice, Neil seemed to remember another time - which I don't remember - he's probably right, as these trips do tend to blur together in my head).

[caption id="attachment_171" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This is our spot. Notice the giant boulder on the left... home to many a camp fire.[/caption]

We both needed this weekend, after the show... to get a little perspective. To rest / relax / recharge / re-focus... to be surrounded by the sounds of nature, the rustling of trees and the chirping of crickets.

[caption id="attachment_172" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This is the view from our camp site. Yeah... it's pretty much awesome![/caption]

Unfortunately, as our fair state of New Mexico is in the midst of an already devastating fire season, pretty much all of the forest areas are under EXTREME fire danger... so, as you can imagine, there is a ban on any and all open flames... i.e. No campfires. Admittedly, that does take a lot of the luster out of planning a camping trip. There is something primal and visceral about 'making fire'. Something beyond just warmth that you get from sitting around a crackling fire, surrounded by the shadows and sounds of the forest, after the sky darkens, and the stars start to emerge over your head.

[caption id="attachment_177" align="aligncenter" width="700"] My favorite picture from the trip.[/caption]

As much as that part of the experience was sorely missed, we still needed to be out there. We made due with the use of a battery powered lantern.

[caption id="attachment_174" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Not a very good substitute for a camp fire... and not nearly as warm.[/caption]

This camping trip... afforded us a much needed opportunity to break from the 'production' aspects of our work (which we've been wrapped up in for the last month or so now), and immerse ourselves in the 'creating/plotting' aspects of our story. Specifically - to work out a couple of lingering 'elements' that we have to lock down before we set sail with the story proper. We made some progress (never as much as we'd like, but progress nonetheless) towards wrapping up a couple of annoying little threads from the story. One of the biggest challenges with a story as big as ours... you have to follow all the threads and know where they all go... we are, and have been concerned about doing something only to find out that it doesn't work later on down the line... and after twenty years... we have a LOT of threads to track down. But as I said... we made some progress. And ideas abound.

[caption id="attachment_176" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Panorama shot... A ways further down from our camp site... this is another place we like to camp... stopped by here on the way back home to have a quick lunch.[/caption]

We had a good time. We enjoyed the peace... the quiet... let our minds wander and wonder. We re-focused our efforts. Came up with some good ideas, may have fixed a few problems. All in all, it was a good trip.

And now we're back. Another one of our plans executed.

Inspired... and ready to work.

Atomic batteries to power... turbines to speed... ready to move out...




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