Speaking of Comics – Lackadaisy

This is my hands down favorite webcomic.  It’s right up there with the Sandman and Fables series in print comics as well.  If you haven’t seen this comic, you are seriously missing out on one of the most well done, beautiful pieces of art I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

Have I got your attention?  Good.

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I am a huge fan of the art nouveau style of artwork.  The turn of the century was one of disparity.  Poor people were horrifyingly poor, working in terrible conditions, and yet the rich were living opulent lifestyles that would rival most royalty.  Art Nouveau was born out of the need to blend natural curves and topics to a more modern style set.

It’s beautiful.

Lackadaisy takes that time period and runs with it.  The art is stunning, the line work and the colors are beautifully done, and always fit the mood of the scene.  The details are intricately drawn and draw you into all the little nooks and crannies of the picture.  The artist, Tracy J. Butler, has no problem showing you the grand luxuries of the time period as well as the darkerside.  And they do it with cats.

Yup. All of the characters in the Lackadaisy comic are cats.  Cats, I may add, with amazing facial expressions.  You always know what they are feeling despite not having human facial features.

Tracy is prolific.  They are always putting out comics, teasers, illustrations and a vast array of extras.  They even have tutorials!  I can’t express how much their website is a treasure for artists and comic lovers alike.

The story is about Mitzi May, a young widow who is desperately trying to keep her deceased husband’s speakeasy business open in a time of prohibition.  She and her merry (and not so merry) band of minions work tirelessly to avoid cops, warring factions and angry mobsters, sometimes less than successfully, to keep the Lackadaisy open and profitable.

The cast of characters is large and varied, reflecting the oddities of the world they live in, working class folks, farmers, thugs, socialites and more make the world Tracy writes in as deep as the trouble the characters always seem to get into.

You need to read this comic.

Tracy has one book out and available for sale.

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Keeping up

Focus, drive, motivation.  These are all things that many of us struggle with every day.  I have a ton of drive, quite a bit of motivation, but if I am not organized I lose focus quickly.  I spend much of my time on Mondays organizing my week, making sure everything that I need to get done is laid out on a calendar.

Then I find I’ve missed something, and I need to add that to the calendar.

Then I’ve got interruptions, and distractions, and oh yes, cleaning the house as well…

By the time Friday rolls around I’ve completely lost my focus again, and I end up staring at the screen pondering what I need to get done and how in the world I’m going to meet deadlines if I can’t prioritize what I need to do.  I am very good at organizing physical objects, but I’m finding I’m not so great at organizing tasks.

I really need to fix that.

I have the next 3-4 comics scripted, I’ve got the photos for them as well, now I just need to find the time to sit down and put them together.  I *might* have time to do that this weekend.  I have so many characters I want you to meet, so many twists and turns in this story I want you to read, and I need to find the time to get it out of my head and out where you all can see it.

Sounds like I need to have an planning session on Fridays as well as Mondays.  *laughs*

 

Convention Prep

So next week is Midwinter Gaming Convention in Milwaukee, WI.  It’s a really great convention run by one of my friends.  If you love gaming, be it table top, LARP, Magic the Gathering, or whatnot, Midwinter is the convention for you.  Seriously, it feels like this thing has everything.

I will be there with Dystopia Rising: Wisconsin, hosting one character creation session and two actual mods.  (I had better be, I own the dang chapter!)  If you have ever been interested in Post-Apocalyptic, survival situations, building a community or beating people with padded weapons I highly suggest you come check it out!  It’s amazingly fun and it will be a great time to try out the game without having to commit to an entire weekend, which is what the game usually runs.

Needless to say this week and next are going to be insanely hectic for me.  I have next week’s comic laid out already, I just need to add the dialogue and post it.  Hopefully I’ll have that done this weekend.  However, don’t be surprised if there is no blog post next Thursday.  I’ll more than likely be pulling my hair out by the roots trying to herd cats.

It’s fun you see.

Dystopia Rising: Wisconsin’s first official game is February 5th – 7th so that’s close on Midwinter’s heels.  At some point they say I will get into the groove of things and have less pulling-my-hair-out-by-the-roots moments and I am really looking forward to that.  Until then, I will just enjoy flexing my organizing muscles and getting everything prepped for the first big push.

It will certainly be a learning process, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to.

I hope your 2016 is filled with amazing new things!