Livestream going on now! www.picarto.tv/live/channel.ph…
Hey guys...again sorry for the radio silence. I was down in Florida a few days to visit my family, went to Anthro-con the following weekend (updates on that below!), and then got really sick and ended up in the ER. We're still waiting on the results, but I have strong suspicion it might have been a bad case of salmonella poisoning. I ended up missing almost a week of work, which was REALLY hard for me. I've only ever taken a sick day once in my 12 years of working (yes my first job was at 16...), and it was due to having my wisdom teeth pulled. I become very dedicated to my work...*shrug* >_>;
Anyway, I'm finally feeling like my old self again, and thankfully not vomiting or bleeding from my ass
I couldn't have recovered without Sergio, the man babied me and carried me to no end (/w\) *sob*
First and foremost, Stream
this Saturday at 1PM EST!!
Commissions are still coming along...slowly...but still going. I wanted to clarify this because I get asked constantly; I'M NOT TAKING ANY COMMISSIONS CURRENTLY.
I'm still working on my batch from last year....yes, last year.
I got over 50 customers who prepaid commissions last year, some buying 30, 40, 50, even as high as 80+ vouchers per customer
. Remember vouchers = a character....you do the math. I'm just talking about sketch vouchers here, not even coloring. While the money was great a year ago when the company I worked for went bankrupt and I lost my job, it's instead become very challenging to handle the amount with my day job. It sucks that I had to use all that commission money to pay rent, bills, etc, yet here I am a year later, haven't made a dime since late last year, but I have to give up my nights and weekends. It's REALLY a frustrating and shitty feel to have to constantly tell my friends "I'm busy", or not be able to play FFXIV with my husband or co-workers because even after work, I still have work. Please stop asking when I'll be open, if I'm taking commissions, requests, or want to join your contest. I'm sorry, but my time is extremely precious, and I apologize, but I can't spare an ounce more. Responding to questions that are clearly marked on my landing page take up my time.
Please be understanding...
I just continue to ask for your patience while I get through these. Trust me, I want my freedom back. I want to get home at 9PM from a long days work and do literally nothing. I preordered the PS4 and still have not played it. I've had Arkham Knight literally duct taped to the inside of my front door for almost a month now so that I see it every fucking day and hurry the hell up. Not only that, but I still do want to actually talk to you guys. I feel horrible that my responses are often "ok", "thanks" "I'm good" or "I'm busy". I want to open the the door to conversation, which is why I personally respond to all my watchers with a thank you note...but I just don't have the time. It's a daily frustration of mine. Comments are fine and greatly appreciated (no seriously, I love them), but I'm sorry I don't have the time to chat or ask about your life. I'm really sorry. Please just be considerate when it comes to PMs, notes and e-mails
I read them all...please don't steal more time from me if it's not important...at least until I'm done with these commissions ><;;
With that said...no, I don't plan to open up any time soon. If I'm lucky I'll have these done at the end of the year, and after that I'm going to focus on comics. I have my Veronica and Sergio mini comic I promised to gift exclusively with the Veronica figurines I'm selling, I promised to come out with 4 short size related comics, and I'm hoping next year to start running a Veronica and Sergio Patreon. I want to draw them all the fucking time...and maybe other things, but them mostly.
NYC Macro-Micro Meetups and Possible SIZE-CON!
Happy Hug a giant day guys! <3 I already hugged mine, but if you haven't hugged one yet, go find one!
So, just wanted to keep you guys updated on our meetups. We've had 4 successful meets so far, and have kept attendance in the double digits...which I think reflects how important and helpful these sort of interactions are amongst people in our *unique* situation. I still encourage people to try and make meetups within their areas to help strengthen our network. Even small meetups, like the Jacksonville Macro/Micro meetup whom only had 2 members attend both responded with positive feedback, saying that the meetup was a good experience, that it was exciting to speak to someone 'like us'. Trust me, the experience without a screen in between is so different (in a good way of course)!
I hope to have a starter-kit made soon for aspiring meetup coordinators, but until that's up, feel free to request one in your area or see if someone in your area is looking to meetup. All it takes is a second to make an account on our meetup forum here
. I also wanted to mention that the coordinator for the Indiana/Michigan/Ohio area meetup had to step back from the responsibility, but there are about 5 people in the area looking to meetup. If anyone wants to take the reigns on that group, it is ripe for the picking
In other exciting news, we DO plan on starting a size related con. This is one of many goals for our NYC meetup group. DON'T WORRY
, we will give you all plenty of heads up, I'm thinking 8-12 months of a warning at least. We are looking into venues, we are looking for con coordinators with experience
, and trying to work out all the kinks. Luckily, being a content creator, I have many connections. I know the owner (and previous owner) of the process, I know several video and content producers, I've spoken to Katelyn, Vivian, Toyogub, etc, all one-on-one. I'm not saying they're coming, I haven't spoken to them yet on the subject, but I am equipped with the proper channels to communicate with them, as well as other creators all over North America, Europe and Asia. We still don't have a budget planned out, but once we have something solid, we will start fundraising and taking donations to help pay for the space and entertainment, with plenty of exclusive VIP goodies and experiences for con donors of course
We really have high hopes for the con and are really going to be strict with our paneling requirements. A lot of cons let people run whatever shit-show they want at cons...that wont be our strategy. Quality over quantity. Some panels might be light hearted and fun, showcasing a well known artist or 'celebrity' in the industry or making niche panels that overlap with the size fetish, like furry or vore for example. Some might be more serious, like discussing the addictiveness of the fetish, or how to share your size interest with your partner. I'm sure our fellow NYC meetup member and shrink *rimshot* Mr.
will also be excited to share some of his very captivating (and IMO pretty solid) theories
It's gonna be fucking awesome.
Aside from being bummed about missing the panels I wanted to go to the most, I had a blast! People can talk shit about furries, but holy crap, they sure as hell know how to throw a party!!! I had such a great time dancing the night away <3 I also got lots of compliments on my Ferret TF cosplay! It isn't something normally seen at furry cons, but I figured this was more my style ^w^ Too bad it was hot as balls and my prosthetic starting peeling off (-_-);;; I should have took pictures earlier in the day :/ Well, for the time I put into the costume, which was about...3 hours (my half of the8 drive from NYC to Pittsburgh), I think it came out pretty awesome! Aside from the prosthetics, most of this was done with stuff I had at home, or recycled from other costumes. And yes lol...I only have one tooth XD