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Extra Life NEWS!

I've participated in the Extra Life gaming charity for the last 4 years.  Sadly, due to other obligations (I'll be moving; a small move less than 5 minutes from where I am now, but a move none the less) I will not be able to participate directly in this year's charity.

HOWEVER!  I would like to do what I can to help encourage and cheer on those folks who ARE participating.  I can't do much, but what I can do is this:

First, if you're participating in the 24 hour gaming marathon and have a donation page, let me know! Just post a link in the comments.  If you'll be streaming, I will share that too, and - if the stars align and I'm lucky enough to have internet hooked up at the new place early - I'd love to jump in as a guest if you think it'll help bring in eyeballs. :) Plus I love gaming!

Second, to encourage you guys to really raise the money, if you follow me on Twitter and raise more money by the end of the event than any of my other followers, I will do a 100% free digital commission for you.  I don't have specific limitations for said commission, but I'll be happy to work it out with whomever wins it. :)

Hopefully I'll be able to toss my hat into the charity ring next year.  But for now, I'll just have to sit on the sidelines and cheer on everyone that IS participating.  You guys are awesome!  ^_^

-Lizzy B

"The Dreamer" : Broken Plot Device issue 2 OUT NOW!

Issue 2 is out and online right NOW!!  Go read it online and/or download the PDF for FREE.  

 CLICK HERE!

Remember, Broken Plot Device 2.0 is supported 100% through the generous patronage of our Patreon subscribers.  If you enjoy BPD and want to fund this & future comics, please consider signing up for an optional monthly donation of the amount of your choice.  :)

Hugs & high-fives all around!  ^_^

-Lizzy B.

League of... Furries?

I draw furries.  I also play video games.  I am what some may call a "nerd", and I happily celebrate the term.  Yay nerds!

I recently got the urge to draw my mascot character, Lizardbeth, as Jinx "The Loose Canon" from Riot Game's League of Legends.  I thought it an appropriate fit, given Liz's hyperactivity and colorful nature.  Plus, Jinx is just one of my favorite heroes in LoL, both in terms of design and gameplay.  What's not to love about a rocket launcher shaped like a shark? I mean come ON. 

Of course, having doing that, I got the itch to do a few more. I told my followers on FurAffinity "hey, if any of you want me to draw your character as a League of Legends champion, I'll totally do it."  I opened two slots initially, with the intent that if I got enough demand I'd open up a couple more spots later.

Well wouldn't you know it? There's a lot of furry LOL nerds. out there. :)

I'll likely continue to do these until interest dries up (whether it's mine, or potential buyers).  But I'm certainly enjoying them for now.  

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One last note: during the month of December, I'll be doing a Patreon Advent Calender for all of my $2+ patron subscribers.  There will be one exclusive post per day from the 1st to the 25th, including anything from digital icons and backgrounds, secret doodles, printable greeting cards for friends and family, and more. And it won't be only Christmas-centric; there will be some Hanukah, Yule, as well as lots of general winter fun. As long as you set you're Patreon subscription to at least $2, you'll be able to see everything that gets posted all month.  

If you're not a Patreon subscriber yet, please head on over to my Patreon Page and show your support.

-Lizzie B.

Returning to Comics : With YOUR Help!

HEY! You!! Yeah, you!

Are you one of those people who have been asking "Hey, Whatever happened to BPD? When is it coming back? Can you please make more comics, Liz? How do I make more comics happen??"  Well, trust me, I hear you.  And I feel you, I really do.   Putting BPD on hold last year, which started as a very temporary "just till I get my head on straight" break to a long-term "I need a new business plan-of-attack with this" stalemate, has been super hard on me.  

Comics, while super fun and enjoyable for me to do, also demand a lot of time and energy to get right.  This isn't a complaint, don't misunderstand; but it's the main reason why my fight to turn this into a viable full-time job is so important to me.  I've been spending the bulk of my day time either working at a dead-end temp job or doing solo commission work; the former won't last another month or so, the later isn't consistent enough to be reliable, and they both take a significant time away from creating new comics.  So what's a girl to do?

THE HURDLE... 

The long-term goal for me has always been to do comics full time. The simple fact is that the more time I have to dedicate to comics (due to not having to work a typical 9-5 job), the more fine-tuned awesome I can deliver to you, my super supportive & wonderful audience.  Not only that, but I also wanted to shift away from the one-page-at-a-time model to one that favored long-form stories.  More storytelling flexibility, better pacing, and more enjoyable to read overall.

There are many different methods and models for doing that in the online webcomics & internet world, but I had a very specific requirement in mind: I wanted to be able to both earn a reliable living doing my comics - allowing me to devote more time to creating awesome, fun content for YOU - but also still retain the option for people to read everything online for free.  The last thing I wanted to do was put everything I did behind a paywall. I don't want people to feel like they HAVE to pay me, but rather that they WANT to because they like what I do and want to support it.  

How do I do both of these things at once? That's the question I'd been struggling with for most of the last year.

THE EXPERIMENTAL SOLUTION... 

Inspired in part by services like Kickstarter, I've decided on a model I think could work well in the long-run.  It will take a bit of effort and finagling to get off the ground, but I think it combines the best of both the Payment-Is-Optional and I-Still-Get-To-Pay-Rent worlds.  

Here's how it will work in a nutshell... 

Periodically, I will post a small preview (most likely one page + text synopsis) of a full, self-contained, multi-page comic story. It could be something BPD; it could be a BPD spin-off; it could be something completely brand-spanking new.  Each story will be accompanied by a "Ransom" - a dollar amount that needs to be reached for that comic to be released.  You can then choose how much you would like to pay towards that ransom; it can be $5, or $25, or $1; however much you decide you want to contribute, or "sponsor".  

Once the ransom is met, the comic in it's entirety will be posted on the site for everyone to read. Those who contributed - regardless of amount - will get a full PDF download e-mailed to them to read on whatever device they choose.  

As an added incentive, sponsorships over certain amounts will also be sent a special, super-exclusive thank-you physical gift *.  The more you choose to sponsor, the more exclusive your gift will be. These items will not be available to buy from my online store or at a convention. They are just for folks who sponsor comics!   I already have a bunch of awesome sponsor gifts lined up, but details on what exactly they are will be coming soon!   *International folks may need to pay a small additional fee for shipping. 

THE ROLLOUT... 

Right now, the main thing that is holding me back from the full launch is setting up the back-end that will keep track of Ransom progress and sponsor information.  I already have numerous story ideas fleshed out - including a few new BPD stories - and am ready to get kicking on them.  I'm hoping to get all of this live as soon as possible; once that happens, all that stands between you guys and new comics is the generosity of the BPD fan community.

Remember, while you don't have to contribute a dollar to any comic to read them once they go live, every dollar put forward towards the Ransoms will help them go up faster. If you can't contribute at any point, pass the word on. Share the site with a friend, or a bunch of friends.  The more the merrier, I say!

FAQ

Nothing here yet!  However, if you have a questions about anything I've talked about above, feel free to post it in the comments and I'll answer it here!

FINAL THOUGHTS...

Admittedly I'm as excited as I am nervous.  I really, REALLY want to get back into making comics. But now more than ever, what with my current temp job seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and all, I want to be able to devote myself to it 100%. To do that, I'll need your support.  

I want this to work out.  I want YOU to be as excited about this new system as I am.   With luck, my silly scribblings and humerous word jumblings will be appealing enough for you and a few of your friends to throw a few bucks my way, so I can keep creating them for you.  It's like the circle of life.... but with Rafiki holding up a graphic novel and all the animals are throwing dollar bills at him like he's a stripper.

. . . Um, maybe that wasn't the best analogy, but you know what I mean. I hope.

Oh man, it's good to be getting back into it. ^_^ 

-Lizzy B. 

"Mix!" : Illustrated Cocktail Cards - Previews & Preorders!

Hey, guys!

I'd like to officially announce my brand new project, "Mix!" an ever-expandable series of illustrated art cards featuring fun, thematic cocktails, shots, & drinks. Each poker-sized card features a single drink recipe on one side and a colorful piece of artwork on the other. This is a fantastic set for all you home bartenders, mixologists, and party hosts! 

To kick off Mix!, I'm releasing a basic Starter set of 24 cards (the art for many of them is featured below). It contains a wide variety of recipes for all different tastes and preferences, and is an excellent way to start your Mix! card collection. 

Also being released are two themed "booster" sets, which you can purchase either by themselves or in addition to the starter set.  

The first of these boosters is the "Here Be Dragons" set, which contains 6 cards with cocktail & shot recipes themed around your favorite mythical reptilian beasts.

The second Booster, "Bronie Bombs", is a collection of 7 cards (6 + 1 bonus card) featuring an original collection of bomb-style drinks featuring your favorite characters from MLP:FIM. These are of course aimed at all the grown-up Bronies out there, as they contain alcohol. These are NOT for kids!

The artwork for the 7th card, featuring Rainbow Dash, is not shown.  It will be a surprise for all those who purchase this booster set!

All 3 of these sets will be available for purchase at Anthrocon 2013 However, if you want to reserve one or all of these sets ahead of time & make sure they don't run out before you get a chance to snag 'em, you're in luck!  I'm opening preorders NOW for those of you who just Can Not Wait to start collecting your Mix! cocktail cards.  Preorders can either be picked up at the convention or shipped to you*.   As an added incentive, I'm offering some exclusive preorder-only deals.

Everyone who preorders any Mix! set (starter or booster) will get a FREE sketch card featuring a surprise doodle by yours truly absolutely free.  These cards are the same size as the Mix! cards or any standard ATC/ACEO, and will feature a fun piece of doodle art on the front hand-drawn just for you!  

Even more exciting, the first 10 people to order a complete set of all 3 card sets will get a limited-edition acrylic box engraved with the Mix! logo by the truly amazing Phishee Boner!  Only 25 of these are being made, but you can guarantee yourself one of these goodies by preordering early.  As soon as the boxes are out of production I'll have a preview photo up.

I'm super excited about this, guys.  :D I've been working on it for a number of months now, and I hope you get as much of a kick out of these as I did in making them.  I'd love to expand these in the future with more fun themes and drink styles, so if you like these sets, than let me know and spread the word!   

-Lizzy B. 

 

*Shipping costs apply. Current est. shipping date is late July.