EDIT: Is my new icon causing seizures? I got one complaint that it was.
After five years I finally decided to change my icon to something a little more relevant. Normally I hesitate to change icons, since I know for me at least that's how I identify some artists on DA, but I was tired of my old icon showing off art I did in 2004... so for now it's all about THE COLORS DUKE THE COLORS. If you get that reference, awesome.
I am having a hard time dealing with this new print company I'm probably going to use. They sent me a sample of their stickers and they are really high quality, and they are the cheapest place I could find who do pretty much everything I want them to do for the comic convention in May. The only problem is, they aren't like the nice printers who did my business cards (they are, unfortunately, a little expensive and don't offer much for stickers or book printing). They don't offer templates-- what they call a template is also usually just a really bad walk-through. Their website doesn't even state everything they need from me (like... they failed to mention CROP LINES...). It reminds me of those really old computer games where you type in "walk to the left" and the character walks left, then you say "Open refrigerator" and it responds with "Cannot compute", because you have to say "put hand on refrigerator handle" before you can tell it to open the door. This print company is like that pixel-tard. They asked me to specify a cutting path, and I did but I forgot to delete an empty path layer that I had open. It was totally blank, and didn't even have a name, just "new path layer". But the printers emailed me and said "DO OVER-- THERE IS AN EXTRA LAYER -- PANIC." So I have to go in, delete the layer, and then upload the image and wait for them to check it again. Can someone over there not go "Oh, this layer is blank. I should call this Brooke girl and see if I can just delete it and work with what she sent me."
ARGH. These better be the best damn stickers ever. Of course, the plus side is that once the problem is solved I'll know what to do in the future, but still. Leading up to it is giving me a headache.
Oh, and to everyone lately who has been trying to pick a fight with me... cut me a break. I'm really stressed out. I'm sorry if I mistook something viciously mean you said to be a joke, I'm sorry if I don't think Fairy Tail is the greatest manga ever, I'm sorry if your doodle on notebook paper didn't get accepted to a group I help out with... and I'm especially sorry if you don't believe me when I say I live in Japan and have worked with professional mangaka and such. It's really not something to brag about, and I'm not bragging, but I don't just know the difference between a Maru pen and a G pen because OMG BAKUMAN YAYS. I think the only thing that pissed me off this week was being told I'm a liar. I'm not 11, I don't run around online making up new identities for myself.
I'm sure in two weeks, when this work event is over, I'll be in a better mood because by then my new comic will be finished and ready to take to publishers, I can go back to planning my wedding, and I can finally FINALLY take on assistant jobs again. But for now, ugh.
And to the winners of my art contest: I'll start working on your gift pics probably in early April. I think I told you guys that before, but it's just a reminder.
Reading: March Story vol 2