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CONVENTIONS
Just wanted to let you guys know I'll be at Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) March 28-30 in Seattle, and at Toronto Comic Art Festival (TCAF) May 10 and 11. I'll be selling TJ and Amal Volumes 1 and 2, Kung Fu Hustlers and Whisper Grass (adult side story comics), and will be taking commissions.
At ECCC, I'll be at table KK-09, on the third floor.
Also, check out the Boom! Studios booth at ECCC-- I did a wraparound cover illo for their con-exclusive hardcover Adventure Time collection. :D

I had hoped to debut TJ&A Volume 3 at TCAF, but RL crises pushed the press date back a couple of weeks. I don't know yet whether it will be printed in time.

As for summer cons, I will *probably* be at San Japan (July 18-20, San Antonio-- I would only be there the 19th and 20th, though), but that depends on a family situation. As soon as things solidify, I'll post whether or not that's happening.

I'll also be a guest at Otakuthon  (August 22-24, Montréal)! I haven't been to Montréal in about 20 years, and am super excited to go back.

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TJ & AMAL
As you may know, after six years, TJ and Amal is about to come to an end. Right now, the final update is scheduled for May 13, though that may change. (I really want to pace the updates so that the last one goes up when the Volume 3 book is available, so it may be later.) The whole shebang tops out at 498 pages.

TJ and Amal Volume 3 is almost done; with the exception of the last few comic pages, everything's ready to go-- layout, endnotes, cover, etc. I'm hoping to send it to the printer on March 25 (and maybe check the proof sheets during downtime at ECCC :U) but not sure if that will happen.

A lot of folks have asked about a TJ and Amal omnibus/collected edition; there are plans for this, but they will not solidify until probably late summer. I plan to shop it to a couple of publishers who have previously expressed interest. If one of them picks it up, great; if not, I'll run a Kickstarter for it. The omnibus edition will happen either way. :)

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FUTURE PLANS
Shortly after TJ & Amal wraps up, I'll do another side story comic. It'll be two stories in one floppy book - probably about 32 pages. One story will be adults only and the other will be PG-rated. Like Whisper Grass, it'll be a limited edition print (prob. 1000 copies), but unlike WG, I'll probably also sell PDFs.

This summer I'll be working on a stand-alone short comic, totally unrelated to TJ&A, for Image. I'm not at liberty to say much else about that yet, but I'm real excited about it!
I've also got two other new comic projects in the nebulous stage; not saying anything about either of those until they're confirmed.

As for any more webcomics or long-running stories? Your guess is as good as mine. After TJ&A ends I am going to need a lot of creativity recharge time. Please bear with me.

Thanks so much! Hope 2014 is treating you well.
Cheers
-ekw
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ekf501 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
What a huge accomplishment to have finished such an extensive and gorgeously written and illustrated story! Congratulations and thank you for posting it online so we could fully enjoy it :) 
Hopefully I will be at Otakuthon as well since I live in the area, but I was wondering what sort of works of yours are you planning on selling there? Super excited to see you in the meantime :D
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'll have Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of the comic, plus Kung Fu Hustlers -- I'll also be doing commissioned drawings :)
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ekf501 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Oh that's just awesome :) do people have to preorder for a commission to give you time to work on it?
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nah, I just do them at the con. They turn out less detailed and messier than regular in-studio commissions, but they're also cheaper.
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ekf501 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Cool! Can't wait to go! :)
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DreamingTwilight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014

Hi EK. I started reading TJ&A almost from its beginnings, and I immediately absolutely loved it. I feel like I should thank you for writing it. So – great thanks for bringing this into the world! I also have to tell you I honestly believe it's a brilliant work. You write these charters with such sensitivity, but it never devolves into the clichéd or the stereotyped. You also have a rare talent for expressing so much with seemingly simple brush-strokes – glances, facial expressions, the framing of each panel. The whole is engaging, funny, and – even better – wholly believable. TJ and Amal both live and breathe on every page. Even as I'm re-reading it, they feel like fully fleshed, fully realized, and complex characters. I would love to have written a (professional) review of your comic, but I at least wanted you to know that I think it has the long-term potential to stand out as one of the best in its genre (however it is comics end up in genres), and also one of the best, period, that I've read in ages.



Thank you, again, and I'm sorry this was so long! Enjoy all of TJ&A's well-deserved accolades, and All the Best for the future.


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lullish Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
I can't believe it's over ;^; Will always love TJ and Amal, thank you
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for reading :)
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hitohai Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Wonderful ending...No words -- just brightness:) And it happened exactly when my girl began her apprenticeship at the tattoo studio!!! Thank you!
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much - and good luck to her! I actually got my first tattoo to commemorate finishing this thing.
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curlpop Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
cant wait to see you in toronto!
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fox914 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
After starting to read TJ&A sometime in college, it's a pleasant (and appropriate, for me at least) coincidence that the last page will be posted sometime around my last week of my last semester before graduation! I can't wait for the last page, though it will be bittersweet to see such a lovely comic come to an end. :') Thank you, EK.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for reading! :D
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Aqualoure Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
everytime you say tj & amal coming to an end my heart just hurts so baaadtears Toujou Ayumu (Cries) [V1] 
i love those 2 so much! you're so amazing! i just hope that you let us be with you in your next projects as well Let me love yous plz 
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tarorae Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm so sad I'm going to miss ECCC. I've told my friend who is attending to find you and tell you how much I love and how inspired I am by you. So if a bloke shows up to shower you with praise, I'm there in spirit!

I'll be buying an omnibus, for certain. I've actually been holding out for one this whole time. Just let me know when and how much, and you can take all my money. I cannot thank you enough for the joy that has been following your comic these past few years. It has made me laugh when I most needed one, it can wrenched my heart and made me melt by turns. Your attention to detail and endless dedication to presenting the best story as possible has been a goad to never settle for less in my own work. I have taken several cues from your professionalism and encouraged them to others who are starting comics. Thank you, for everything.

And whatever you do next, let us know. I'll be there, with bells on.
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ShadyMeadows Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you are coming to ECCC this year! I'm excited to come see you to get my copy of TJ&A 1 signed.
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TA15 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Look at you gurl, getting that webcomic finished--going on to bigger and cooler and better things. You've done an awesome job and you will continue to do so. I'm proud of you, E.K.

Hug 
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lajvio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I will miss AJ&Tamal so much. I will probably cry a bit over the empty space they will leave =/
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nic-anime Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
omgosh all the feels !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Scalewings Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I'll be sad to see TJ and Amal go, but thank you so much for your hard work. This comic has meant a lot to me.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for reading!
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BobbieLee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ah im so excited for these things!!!! I can't believe that TJ&A has been around for six years!! you have really dedicated a lot of your time/life to it and all your work has been such an inspiration to me so thanks for that EK!!
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AshleyCope Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome you've about finished TJ&Amal. That's a major achievement! Good on ya :)
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! <3
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spectrosity Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
Ahhh, so many important times in my life up until this point have had TJ&Amal playing in the background of my mind. It's an inseparable part of my psyche now--or something along those lines. :P

I'm so excited to finally be able to read the end. Years of speculation and reading and traveling alongside the boys are going to pay off so soon! I'm thrilled you are seeing it through to the end, though I expected nothing less. Congratulations for coming this far and for creating something that means so much to so many people, me included. :heart:
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NoChristmasJokesPlz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, I'm sort of dreading the end, but at the same time, I'm excited that it's so near my birthday! I'm going to miss it so much. I've really grown to adore your story and characters. Those dorky boys are special to me now.
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brumagem Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's been amazing EK, it's still amazing. Thank you so much for your story.
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Kumata Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist
I both can and can't wait for TJ and Amal to end. On the one hand it'll be great to see it all wrap up, but on the other hand it'll be sad to think there'll be no more updates... ah well, I guess there are the side stories to look forward to.

Wish I could visit you at a con and tell you in person how unique and entertaining your comic is, but there's a stupid great ocean in the way. I guess here'll have to do. Best of luck in your current and future creative endeavours! :D
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