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The Changing of the Guard – WordPress.org

Prior to having this wordpress.com blog I had a self-hosted blog using wordpress.org. There is a bit of give and take between the two. With having a .COM account, I don’t get much control over the look of the blog or what type of widgets I can place on it. But, I am connected into the wider WordPress network. Making it easier to find other writers and followers. Who in turn I follow.

With a .ORG blog, I have a load of control over the look. I have a much cleaner address and whatever plugins and widgets I can think of. The big draw back is that I’m then disconnected from that network of other blog users. Which is a bummer.

But, I still felt that having a cleaner web address and having control over the look of the site was most important. With that said I am going to draw down my usage of this blog in favor of my self-hosted one. If you’re a follower of mine using wordpress.com, I was not able to migrate your subscription to the new site. Another part of the limitation.

So, if you’re still interested in keeping up with my thoughts on writing and the progress of my first book, head on over to http://jeffreynbaker.com/blog! I look forward to seeing you all there.

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Cantankerous – Kickstarter Campaign

Two of my very talented friends, Joe Karg, Chris Bivins, and Elio Guevara have put together a Kickstarter campaign to help promote their web comic, “Cantankerous.” Check out below for the official press release.

Cantankerous

By Joe Karg, Chris Bivins, and Elio Guevara

On November 16, 2012 Atlantan and Archer illustrator Joe Karg and his partners Chris Bivins and Elio Guevara will go live with their first comics-related Kickstarter for the Cantankerous web comic and a limited-edition hardcover book, The Art of Cantankerous.

Karg and his team have spent the last year developing and producing a brand-new epic of visual storytelling that is now available and can be read for free on their website: cantankerouscomic.com 

Plot

Cantankerous follows a 78-year-old man named Tennessee Ruckus on a whirlwind adventure to replace the body of a decapitated aquatic god.  Imbued with the incredible new powers by a magical turn-of-the-century deep sea diver’s suit, Tennessee faces the challenges of life’s decline like no other old codger ever has.

FUNDRAISING

In order to document the fabulous illustrative work that makes Cantankerous its own world, the creative team has gathered all of its best drawings and designs into a limited-edition 100-page hardcover book (9 inches x12 inches).

In addition to all the wonderful drawings, the Cantankerous team has reached out to industry professionals from the worlds of animated feature film and television, video gaming, illustration, and fine art in order to include in the book a discussion about designing imaginary worlds.  Each of the following artists shares his unique perspective regarding the challenges of design within his field.

Ryan Prows:  Academy Award-winning director of Narcocorrido

Marcelo Vignali:  Production designer of Hotel Transylvania

Jorge Gonzalez:  Illustrator for The New Yorker magazine, creator of Dear Patagonia

Claudio Acciari:  Animator for The Road to El Dorado, illustrator for Totoro Forest Project

Bryan Wynia:  Character artist for God of War: Ascension, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and the forthcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Michael Brown:  Fine artist represented by Gallery Nucleus, Sarah Bain Gallery, and Roq La Rue Gallery

Neal Holman and Chad Hurd:  Art directors for Archer

HOW TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT

Supporters can visit any of the social media outlets listed below and/or the Cantankerous website from November 16 through December 16 in order to link to Kickstarter and give support.  We appreciate the generosity of everyone who chooses to give financial support, but beyond that crucial level we ask you to share links to the project with your friends so that more people can see what we’re doing.

Grab your deep sea diver suits and get ready to welcome a little bit of Tennessee Ruckus, the incomparable Sharkboxer, onto your bookshelf.

Cantankerous Kickstarter

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Joe Karg is available for interview:  josephkarg@gmail.com.

Founded in 2011, Cantankerous Comics devotes incredible energy toward the creation of quality storytelling and spectacular visuals.

How Prolific Are You?

I follow a blog of local author James R. Tuck, and yesterday he posted an update on what he’s up to these days. His list of upcoming projects is impressive. Several novels are in progress, a couple of anthologies, and more. This is on top of running his own tattoo parlor.

Talk about having irons in the fire.

It’s an aspect of my own writing that I would love to have. The more material you can generate, the more you’re able to put yourself out there. Currently I’ve only two projects going. My first novel and a submission for Tuck’s “Thunder on the Battlefield” anthology.

The first is on simmer. I’m separating myself from the book so that when I get back into it I can see it as fresh as I can. In the meantime I’ll be letting my writing group read the full manuscript at their leisure. Over the year they had been reading it in smatters of two to three chapter chunks. So giving them the full manuscript should give them a better idea of the story.

While that story is set to low, I’ll be working on my Sword and Sorcery style short story for “Thunder on the Battlefield.” It’s requested that it be in the style of Conan. So, low magic with lots of grizzly combat. The idea of  a low magic world got me intrigued. That’s when I thought, wouldn’t it be great if the main character is a carnival performer who specializes in illusions. Secretly, he longs to be an adventurer. One day he gets his chance. He signs up with a group of mercenaries and tells them he’s a powerful sorcerer. They accept his offer. Their first mission, ransacking a group of what everyone believes is a cabal of wizards. And his expertise will be just what they need.

Oh no.

Putting this liar into a situation well over his head is something I really enjoy.

That’s it. Two projects. Sure, I have some other ideas sitting around in notebooks, but nothing I’m actively working on. Am I falling behind? Or on the right track for a first time author? What with my own day job, wife, and now kung fu training. Are these excuses? Maybe, maybe not.

One thing is for certain. I have a solid direction on the things I’m working on and feel comfortable with the speed I’m at. I’d love to be more prolific like Tuck. But for now, I’ll focus on my projects and see them through.

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