It’s been a while since our last fur con, hasn’t it? Well, the wait is over.
NEW AND EXCLUSIVE FOR FURTHER CONFUSION 2017 FROM IRIS JAY SUPER COMICS: ICON BADGES!! Yes, after years of experimentation and struggle, we FINALLY figured out how to get real reflective gold foil on a badge!
These things are so fancy they’re practically jewelry: Four types of ink on grey-toned paper, knife-cut by hand and assembled on shiny reflective gold-patterned paper! The ideal badge for those who want to give their character a touch of class… or who are just helplessly attracted to shiny things. (IT’S 2017 AND IT’S COOL TO BE SINCERELY INTO SHINY STUFF AGAIN. CALM DOWN NAYSAYERS.) I’m only taking orders for these at FC’17, so once the con ends, that’s it!
They’re running for $50 each, and we’re doing something a little different with these: 20% of all profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood! I’ve made about seventy billion zillion badges in the nearly 9 years since I started going to furry conventions, I might as well start using them to give something back to a fantastic network of caregivers who need it right now. Get some cool art and help out in the process!
I have juuuust enough time for three pre-orders before the con starts. If you’d like one, hit me up irisjaycomics [at] gmail and I’ll have it ready for you by Friday at Further Confusion, table #89! (Or, if you aren’t attending, I’ll mail yours to you afterwards!)
Another Crossed Wires Volume 1 guest piece! This one is by Aramis September, longtime friend and MASTER INKER. Look at that beautiful linework!! AGH SCHIELE LOOKS SO COMPLETELY COOL.
Remember, you have only three weeks left to preorder a delightful physical printed copy of Crossed Wires Volume 1 (as well as any of our nifty campaign perks)! Currently we’re still stuck at juuuuuust under 30% funded, so please help if you can– even sharing with your friends would be super useful. Thanks!
[Heyo! To promote my ongoing Kickstarter campaign for Crossed Wires Volume 1, I’m writing a series of short essays on works of film and literature that have influenced Crossed Wires’s creation. (I was thinking about calling it “Legacy Systems” but I should probably strive for clarity, lol.) If you’d like to read the comic, you can at http://crossedwires.irisjay.net, and if you’d like to pre-order a slick, fancy printed copy of Volume 1, you can at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/irisjay/crossed-wires-volume-1. Peace!]
HACKERS. Film. 1995, dir. Iain Softley.
I’ve said it dozens of times, to countless people, but I can’t repeat it enough: Crossed Wires would not exist, would not exist, if Dade Murphy had worn that dress to his date with Kate Libby at the end of the movie.
Our first featured piece of guest art for Crossed Wires Volume 1! This one is by Talbert Johnson, whose work can be found at http://whatatinybug.tumblr.com. As seen here, his crisp, enticing cartooning skills are only matched by his twisted, sadistic mind. How COULD you, Talbert? First you bricked up all the bathrooms in the house, and now THIS?? (Seriously, though: Thank you so much!)
ALSO, UPDATE: We finally broke $1000, which means we’re 1/6th of the way there! YAY! Also, we’ve been chosen as a “PROJECTS WE LOVE” on Kickstarter, which means we’ll pop up on the front page every so often! There’s no such thing as bad publicity, but good publicity is preferable, and this is some great publicity.
Let’s keep up the pace! I’ll upload another guest piece when we hit $2K! Remember to keep an eye on my Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook accounts for more updates. I’ve kind of been trying to get #CrossedWires started as a hashtag, so if you want to talk about it with other XW fans that’s a good way to start! And if you think you know friends who are into webcomics, queer literature, hacking, cyberpunk stuff, or just a good-ass time, send them our way!
ONCE AGAIN, YOU CAN FIND THE CROSSED WIRES VOLUME 1 KICKSTARTER HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/irisjay/crossed-wires-volume-1
Our Kickstarter campaign goes until November 9th! We’ve got plenty of cool perks up for grabs, as well as the printed books themselves! Please consider helping us birth our beautiful book baby by checking out the KS page HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/irisjay/crossed-wires-volume-1
[So hey! I’ve wanted to write about music in more detail for a while now, since Twitter isn’t really the greatest place for lengthy criticism pieces. Expect more stuff like this in the future on music new, old, bad, good, whatever.]
It’s pretty codified, in the annals of How Everyone Knows These Things Work, that second albums have a lot stacked against them. When a band’s first album is a critical success, the ideal follow-up elaborates on the ideas and aesthetic put forth by its predecessor, without veering too wildly into new territory. Sometimes, bands can pull this off (Daft Punk’s Discovery, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, Yeasayer’s Odd Blood), but just as often sophomore efforts get judged harshly due to unrealistic expectations. Which sucks! People change over time! Not all bands want to crank out the same shit over and over! Creativity is a journey, not a destination!
THAT BEING SAID: I’m not really into the new Glass Animals album.