Remember me? it's been quite some time...
September 2017, to be more accurate since I last wrote. Before composing this update I took a moment and reread the one from 2017. It was full of such hope and enthusiasm - and my how the ensuing years took a turn. Not a necessarily negative one - though there were some lows - it was just an unexpected detour.
THE QUICK AND DIRTY...
To quote my good friend Karl Kerschl "I’m changing the way I think about, create, and distribute my work."
Many of you signed up for this newsletter as fans of Kukuburi expecting related updates regarding the comic. There's more on Kukuburi below but I'll be expanding this newsletter to focus on all my independent projects as well as Nadia and her friends to curate a direct relationship with all of you. I hope you stay and enjoy the adventure.
WHERE I'VE BEEN...
Following my prior newsletter, I took off to Japan for a month in the fall of 2017. I took part in a couple conventions in Tokyo, visited an amazing custom hot-rod and motorcycle show in Yokohama, and toured the southern length of Japan exploring such great cities as Nagasaki, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima, and many more. I had the time of my life, and returned in time for Christmas with friends and family, met someone wonderful, and celebrated New Year's eve with enthusiasm for the future.
Come 2018, art unfortunately was not to be my main focus. The ensuing years saw me become more of a renovator as I literally, with the help of some friends, built out our new RAID studio location (as we were forced to leave our original location and the contractor we had hired went AWOL) all while dealing with a tragic family accident at the end of that same year. 2019 Saw more renovations and building, fractured friendships due to the aforementioned, as well as strengthened bonds. It was a trying time. Being a freelance artist seemed like a previous life.
But things were improving, and I stepped into 2020 restarting Kukuburi and working on a then 'secret' project called Stillwater with Chip Zdarsky. The future was bright... and then Covid hit, and the whole world went topsy turvy.
it's now 2021, Covid and quarantine lockdowns are still a thing, but I remain positive.
(I promise future newsletters will be more succinct - it's been almost three years after all!)
NOW, LET ME CATCH YOU UP ON THE FUN STUFF...