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I just returned from Colorado. This summer has sucked so much that I decided to take a trip out there to clear my head and find my center....sorta decompress. Well, my Mom has had a sh*tty summer too, so my Dad and I talked her into going with me! We had a blast. Heck, that isn't even a big enough word. My mom is my best friend. We always have so much fun together, and I have always wanted to take a trip with her. We visited the Great Sand Dunes, Taos, New Mexico and several museums, including one of my absolute favorites, the Sternberg in Hays, Kansas. If you dig prehistoric stuff (literally and figuratively) then you would LOVE that place. Very cool.

So I am on a high still, and feeling great. I also came home to a totally unexpected thing: five baby snakes that my garter snake had while I was gone! For those who don't know, garter snakes give live birth rather than laying eggs. So Carter the Garter is definitely a girl. And the babies are adorable. I'll probably post pictures soon. I haven't gotten them to eat yet, but I'd like to raise them if I can get them to.

Maybe this year is finally looking up. :D
For those of you on it, that are friends there (and here) I am leaving Facebook. Just a heads up so you don't think I dropped off the earth. :)
Hey, anyone who is a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fan! I have started a new group here (think it's about time there is a group like this): CSNY Fans.

So if you have CSNY related art or know any fans, send them here:

csnyfans.deviantart.com/
Summer of 2014, I dub thee Summer of Suck.

Yeah, let's start this thing on a positive note. =p Seriously though, wow. It started off with one of my best friends' mom dying, my boyfriend's mom died...then things just seemed to snowball from there. My grandma, who is 87, was in a severe car wreck where she was t-boned by a dually pickup truck (that's like a super macho truck, btw) pulling a fifth wheel. While she was in rehab, my Dad went to the hospital with chest pains. Not his heart, so they sent him home after two days. A day later he was back. Gall bladder tests, tests for possible blood clots in the lungs, then they finally found out what it was. Two ulcers. Not serious, thank dawg, but man. I have been spending a lot of time visiting people in hospitals lately...

Here's the cherry on the sundae: my boyfriend came home two days ago and announced that his boss had just fired him. He had worked that job for 15 years, and worked his ass off at that. For chump change. No real good reasons were given for his termination, either...apparently some places don't have to have real good reasons to fire someone, y'know?

So anyhow. Yeah, sounds like a bad country western song or something. Comic work and pretty much any artwork have come to a standstill, obviously. My boyfriend is a broken soul right now, always on the verge of tears. At this juncture, he's past shock and just has now sunk into a deep blue funk. I will be spending most of my time trying to help him through this.

What is it with me and summers, anyhow? I seem to remember a time long ago when I looked forward to them, now I just dread them.
You gotta see this. Thanks zillions, :iconsimplecomics: !!
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SC Movie Trailer #3 - Composerz by simpleCOMICS
You can't fix yourself by breaking someone else.
A friend of mine on here got this message from another friend recently.

Hey, everybody. I'm writing this to warn y'all that there's an unidentified imposter running rampant on DA, stealing from other users to create fake accounts, just to destroy others. He creates accounts using your name and starts to troll and insult your friends, forcing them to block you or having DA unfairly ban you. So be careful, if this happens to one of your friends, do NOT block it without investigating first to see if that attack really comes from your friend, and report that fake account, proving that it's an imposter and not your friend and to avoid true accounts being unjustly banned. Just to let you know, I am NEVER getting a second account, so if you find another with my name, warn me as soon ASAP, please. Thank you very much."

Even knowing that DA cares for things like this to not occur, it's always good to stay alert.

In case someone is out there doing this, I figured it should be passed on. And as it says above, I have never, and will never, get another account here on DA nor will I ever change or alter my user name. If it isn't from hankinstein, it isn't from me.

I do run two groups (JE Fans and AntPeople) too, but I don't think they're preying on groups in any way...at least not yet.

Also know I will NEVER, EVER insult anyone on DA, period. Not in the comments, not in your inbox. If I get anything nasty I might respond, and I can't promise it will be in the nicest way. But as for starting fights/drama/any other crap, that will never be me. I will never instigate it.

That is all....be careful out there.
Wow, it seems like I have had a surge of new readers in the past few weeks. Thanks everyone who dropped in to read the comic, I can't ever tell you enough how much I appreciate your comments/feedback.

To those worried that I've quit or am going to quit on it: NEVAAAAAH! (Don't worry, I may be slow at getting pages up, but I will never quit on it, so don't lose any sleep guys). :3

Anyhow, you are awesome, thanks again, and yer all peaches, really!!
:iconimhappyplz:
This one. YES.

Often people who criticize your life are the same people that don't know the price you paid to get to where you are today.
The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation rather than trying to hurt them back. :nod:
Now this looks like it is going to be super cute.
I hate to do it, but I'm going to quit posting comics on the Duck (formerly known as DrunkDuck). It makes me sad, because that was my intro to the webcomics world. Back when I joined in 2007, it was a totally different place. I met a lot of great people, discovered so many fantastic comics, and it really felt like a community. Now it's laden with obnoxious ads, and is buggy as hell. Many people have left for the same reasons I am.

I will, however, always appreciate the good times I had there, and the fact that they featured both the Compozerz and Antcomics back in 2008. But it's just so unpredictable and goofy now that it isn't worth it.

I found a better site to post comics on, called Comic Fury. So, the Compozerz will call that home now, along with DA (I'll still post everything here too).

The new address is compozerz.thecomicseries.com
Have any of you ever visited the "Bad Webcomics Wiki?" I am strangely drawn (no pun intended =p ) to it. These guys choose webcomics they think are, well, bad, and review them. They are very blunt, some people would say downright mean, but they're honest. It's a call 'em like they see 'em kind of thing.

If you have visited it, what are your thoughts? I think personally they could lighten up a little (like, the name calling and stuff), but the positive side of this is it sort of made me take a look at my stuff and think hard about what I could improve. In other words, it's a good place to go when you need to know what not to do when making a webcomic.

I'd be interested in any feedback on it, if you've seen it. If not, and you want to take a look:
badwebcomicswiki.shoutwiki.com…
So I been thinking of all you great fans out there who have drawn me fan art, supported me, cheered Connie and the Guys on and what not...and decided it's time for some cameos. I'm not going to tell you when or where your character may show up, but just keep your eyes peeled, amigos. :D I did this several times with the Ants, and it was a fun way to pay tribute. So keep watching! Same Compz time same Compz channel!

Please note that this is not a request thing, so to speak. That is to say that what characters appear are up to me. Not trying to sound mean here, and I figure most of you guys wouldn't do that. I'm kind of mostly trying to avoid someone coming to my page, seeing this entry, and saying "oooo put my OC in pleeeease..." I am mostly doing this to avoid people randomly coming over here, seeing this, and doing that. If that makes sense.

This is for faithful fans who have stuck with me, given me feedback, and of course, those of you who have paid tribute with fan art will be included. You know who you are. :D

Just wanted to clarify.
I still have three drawings to do for people from wayyy back in October (Halloween Art Jam):

:iconxadrea: - Ben
:iconjwthamajestic: - Rodger
:iconginseng-cielo: - Madison

Don't worry guys, I haven't forgotten you. The holidays n' stuff happened in there, ya know. :D

But they will get done! Hope you're all having a dynamite 2014 so far!
Many slots are still open for this! Don't be shy! YOU KNOW YOU WANNA! :D

My bud, :iconjwthamajestic:, did this and I thought it was a neat idea. I love stuff like this. This is how artists discover each other right here! :nod:

The rules:
1. For each person who comments on this journal, I will feature one of their characters. I'll also tell you what I like about them. Only 15 slots though.

2. If you comment, please do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (or original journalist) in the first slot. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!

And....GO!

1.:iconjwthamajestic:
Jasper, from his comic "Bunny and Bear"
I love dogs, and I love shy, timid nerds. Jasper is both, and he is quite adorable. I just wanna hug him! :D
KGC Reference Sheet: Jasper by JWthaMajestic

2.:iconlainykins:
Barabus Seratt
I love that he’s a priest and a slayer. He’s very cool looking, kind of reminds me of Adam Ant a little. Two different eye colors…he can be both caring and sadistic…what more could you ask for? “)


3. :iconpauleberhardt:
The Tiger, from his comic "Master the Tiger"
I just love how Paul has a total grasp on the tiger, its movements, the contours of its body...just an all around great character. Realistic, yet cartoony. Love that about his whole comic, actually. Very cool and unique comic, by the way, that you definitely should check out.
Tiger in a Lapin birch forest by PaulEberhardt

4. :iconhellomynameismozart:
Vampire Vivaldi
Well, Vivaldi was a real guy, but Hello here has turned him into a vampire. Which I love! He's awesome looking. JUST LOOK AT HIM! :)
1771: Under the grounds of Vienna, Austria...... by HELLOmynameisMozart

5. :iconagentc-24:
J. Leslie Carmichael
I love vain, self-centered, pretentious characters. I know how fun they can be to write in a story, for one thing...well, J. Les is the perfect example of that cocky dude you love to hate. He also thinks, of course, that he is god's gift to the ladies. He's a character in Fac's comic, "Kickline," which is aces. If you don't know of it, you should definitely check it out.
You're Welcome Ladies by AgentC-24

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:star::star:REQUESTS FOR THIS ARE CLOSED AS OF OCT. 25, 2013.:star::star:
Thanks for tour entries guys, I will get them all up asap!

Okay, I got this idea from a friend on here who posted a journal entry for a group I'm in where our cartoon characters participate in battles. His idea was your character dressed as one of the characters he/she battled with. So it got me thinking...

What about you list one of your characters here, and here is the deal:

I dress one of my characters as yours. Then you have to do the same for me. When you give me a character, I can pick any one of my characters to dress up as him or her. Then, whatever of my characters I chose, you pick one of yours to dress up as him/her.

Example: Someone gives me a character named "Rocky." I choose to dress my character, Felix, as Rocky. Then, Their character Rocky can dress as whichever one of my characters (it could be Felix or any of the others).

So kind of like an art trade with a twist. I'll take requests till October 25th. So y'all have one week. If I don't get overwhelmed, I'll extend the time.

GO!

THE LIST:

:iconchandraraj: - Sae Dist DONE
:iconagentc-24: - J. Leslie Carmichael DONE
:iconwebghost: - Alyssa DONE
:iconmurasaki99: - Indre Harusame DONE
:iconbluebottleflyer: - Flyer DONE
:iconpauleberhardt: - Gundula DONE
:iconxadrea: - Ben
:iconjwthamajestic: - Rodger DONE
:iconginseng-cielo: - Madison
So I'm sitting here and I was surfing around for Duran Duran stuff here (my interest in them has become rekindled since seeing a concert from 2005 on Netflix recently). And it made me think of something funny that I might try playing around with. The oddest pairings of pop/rock stars you can think of.

I figured I'd start with some and let you guys come up with some of your own, because I know you guys will come up with some great ideas. Kind of a fun thought.

The idea is to take a member of a band, or a solo artist, and pair them up with a member of another band that does the same thing.

Example: Looking at DD stuff made me think of Nick Rhodes vs. "Pigpen" of the Grateful Dead (both keyboard players, but polar opposites). Now that would be a blast to draw.

Axl Rose and Barry Manilow? Slash and John Denver?

Now your turn. Go!
Wow, did that two weeks go by fast. First week we went on our road trip, second week I was a total bum. I played SimCity a lot, watched a lot of movies, and generally was totally worthless. =p

I will get on that next Compozerz page now that I'm all good and rested. The Action Figure Museum got me inspired to work on it, so that's a good thing.

I have also been writing around on a story I have been thinking of for years. Its main characters are two guys I came up with as a kid, actually. The story about that is somewhat interesting--they started out as Lego Guys. Spacemen to be exact. They evolved over the years and, well, maybe one day I will elaborate on that. I just been thinking lately about how I haven't actually written a story in a while. Everything's been comics since I was in college, pretty much. I used to write stories all the time.

If this one turns out okay, I may post it here. I'm rusty with my writing skills (well, non-comic--it is a lot different describing things than drawing them) but I am pretty happy with it so far. It is a lot of fun, and kind of a switch of gears for me. I forgot how fun writing is, and how immersed you can actually get in it.

So that's some ramblings from me. Back to life, back to reality. Well, as much as I have to, anyway. ;)
I will be headed west, again. I didn't get my "Out West Fix" last year so I am soooo excited. :excited:

We're heading to Palo Duro Canyon and renting a cabin there for three nights. They have cool little cabins built of rock-bricks with fireplaces and bunk beds. Real rustic. So kinda like camping without having to pitch tents or pull a trailer. I can't wait to turn over some rocks and look for reptiles. Oh man, I am psyched, to say the least.

Then to Roswell, the BF wants to see "Alien Stuff" :lol:. Then on the way back we are hitting this place:

www.actionfiguremuseum.com/

We are both big kids so this should be a hoot.

Anyhow, Sept. 1st is the day we leave. Weeeeeeee! :dance: