BreeBree Bootique is Now Kitties By Kelci

a black cat stands on hind legs, holding a shield and wielding a laser pointer like a wand. The cat wears a wizard hat embroidered with a ball of yarn rolling around the base. The cat also wears a purple tunic and gold vest. The shield has a dark green cat face and a red gem on the front.

“Whaaaaaa? A name change?” Yes, because BreeBree Bootique is now Kitties By Kelci.

You see, I had a mighty brainstorming session with art buddy and professional cool person Deci Belfry the other day. I’m working with them on something secret (details will come soon), but soon we got to talking about BreeBree Bootique.

And…well, Deci brought up a good point. Which is:

“Dude, if I found out you were drawing cute cats, I’d be ALL OVER that. Because I know you’re the one drawing them.” (Or something like this. I’m paraphrasing here).

I was like, “…You’re right.”

So, Kitties By Kelci will have the same cute kitty art, just with a new name.

The Instagram has the new handle. If you already followed BreeBree Bootique, then Kitties By Kelci will still pop up in your feed. If you haven’t followed yet, now’s a good time to do it.

That said, the RedBubble link has not changed. Lesson learned: once you pick a username on RedBubble, that name becomes the permanent shop name. Even RedBubble says so. Future merchants: LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.

Maybe Kitties By Kelci will expand to other shop fronts because of that? Who knows?

For now, this is the biggest change I have. All of my other projects are still going smoothly (for the most part). And if you’re a backer of The Legend of Jamie Roberts, volume 1, I’ll have some good news for you tomorrow.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.

Throwback Thursday – Phoenix

x-men phoenix marker and ink sketch from 2013

Today’s Throwback Thursday is going to reveal how much of an absolute hipster I am. Because here’s why I drew Phoenix from X-Men:

I’ve never read the comics that featured Phoenix. I only ever saw X-Men 3 for context for who Phoenix is. (And looking back on it, X-Men 3 wasn’t that good).

I drew Phoenix because of the aesthetic.

I wanted to play around with shadows and light on a superhero figure, and this sketch was the result. This was drawn back in 2013, so I’ve improved since then.

But yep – I’m a freakin’ hipster. Only hipsters would draw a character because they looked cool, not because of anything actually pertaining to the character.

So please forgive 2013 me.

Still, I wanted to share this so a) you could learn from my mistake, and b) because I’m actually pretty pleased with how this sketch came out.

If I ever do a redraw of this, I would change the character to someone whom I actually know and like.

Writing for Comics 101 – The Beginning

comic script for the legend of jamie roberts page 3

I’m beginning a new blog post series. Called Writing for Comics 101.

I had an epiphany recently, thanks to some new work I do. See, I’ve been hired as the Chief Creative Officer at NeverEnding. (Find out more about NeverEnding over on their website.) This new work has gotten me in contact with artists, because we’re looking to grow the team a little bit.

So I’ve been talking with other artists a lot more often. That’s nice, considering that the coronavirus pandemic has shut down convention season. So my options of chatting with other artists got a bit more limited.

That said, I realized something talking with some of these folks, pre-virus and presently. The thing is, many of them start as comic artists…but then they get frustrated at the lack of readers, so they leave the business. Many of these artists have moved on to just freelancing in general. There’s nothing wrong with that! But it made me realize something.

You can be the most killer comic artist on the planet – but that doesn’t mean shit unless you can write well.

And the thing is, many of these former comic artists…are not great storytellers.

This gave me the inspiration to start the Writing for Comics 101 blog post series. I’m going to keep this series to 4 posts. If there’s enough demand for it, I’ll expand it. But 4 posts (not counting this one).

We’re going to talk about:

  • why a comic is more than just cool-looking characters
  • why one-liners will not save your ass
  • design tricks to make the reader actually read your page
  • how to STOP packing so much dialogue into your pages

I hope with this short blog post series that I can help my fellow artists get more confident in their writing ability. I KNOW you can draw AND write killer stories. You just need more guidance than Google can provide.

So stick with me. And be sure to sign up for the email newsletter so you can keep up with this series as it posts.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading!

You. Are. Awesome.