As much as I’ve loved having Grimwald in the strip over the past couple months, it’s time for him to move on. But Grimwald will return someday, mark my words! jefbot made that promise to him, after all.
Just as the image above says: SOOOoOOOo sorry for the dearth of new strips this month, y’all! Taking the BOTbooth to two cities, in two different states, meeting readers and driving an accumulated 3300+ miles all within a span of a couple weeks clearly took more time away from JEFbot (and you all!) than I was expecting. But now that I’m back home in L.A. with no other comic conventions (so far) in the near future, I’m nearly ready to get back behind the drawing table/tablet and return to jefbot’s adventures with Mu, Yuki and the Cave Rabbit! I just need this weekend to get caught up on responsibilities I’ve neglected over the past month, fulfill a bunch of orders from The BOTshop and catch up on some much-needed rest, which means I’ll be back to writing and drawing on Monday and should be uploading a new strip to you guys on Tuesday. I should also have something written up about Portland’s Rose City Comic Con (where I was just at) and doing another BOTton giveaway soon.
Again, big apologies for keeping you waiting on bot’s journey through the Rabbit Cave while under the influence of some questionable tea but with any luck, that journey will continue next Tuesday with the 554th JEFbot comic strip: Life, The BOTiverse and Everything. Hope to see you then!
Also, because of my absence the past few weeks, I’m extending the 6 Years of BOT 33% Off Sale in The BOTshop through the end of the month. So if there’s been some BOTmerch you’ve had your eye on but haven’t committed yet, you still have a few days! Just use the “6YEARSOFBOT“ coupon code during checkout before October 1st to get in on the deal. Click here for details / Click here for The BOTshop.
Hey, all! SO sorry for the lack of updates the past couple weeks but I’m back from the Salt Lake Comic Con and nearly ready to continue jefbot and Mu’s adventure! Well, after I recover from the con crud I’ve been battling for the past week, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s what went down in Salt Lake City for those that couldn’t make it:
First of all, I’m extremely happy to report the convention was an unmitigated success! I was a bit skeptical when my buddy Joe, who was producing a reality show near Salt Lake City, told me the con was getting a ton of publicity in the area and I should look it up. I checked out their site and immediately booked a table (one of only two left at the time) and was driving the 700+ miles to Utah in the BOTmobile a couple weeks later. Now, by the time I arrived and started setting up the BOTbooth, I was still skeptical as I had a small, one-table booth (I prefer corner booths since I can spread the BOTmerch out) and was placed right next to Comcast which had a huge blue wall obscuring my area on one side. The con was also limited to a preview day on Thursday, two full days on Friday and Saturday, and… that’s it – the con wasn’t open on Sunday, which was a first for me in the past four years I’ve been doing conventions. Fortunately, my skepticism proved unnecessary as we had a solid first day, and that momentum kept building until we had the best single day ever financially for a con! And, once the tallies are in, I’m fairly certain that SLCC will go down as the best convention for JEFbot, Inc. ever. Pretty awesome. What was even cooler was that I got to interact with a bunch of BOTreaders I’ve never met before, and several of them were long time readers. And “long time” as in some of them have been around since before I booked that movie an eternity ago, so I’m grateful Salt Lake granted me this opportunity to meet them.
Not to say SLCC didn’t have its hiccups – checking in for setup wasn’t exactly smooth, there was a noticeably empty section at one end of the hall (probably due to the con making a last-minute venue change to a bigger space), many visitors had to wait in huge lines for hours to get in, there were no pre-booking opportunities for next year’s con, the groupings (i.e. comics, videogames, webcomics, retailers, toys) were a bit muddled throughout the floor, etc. But most of these errors were fairly minor and I’ve just chalked ‘em up to rookie mistakes. If they do another one next year – and I’m hoping they do – I’m sure they’ll iron all that stuff out.
In addition to all the excitement and buzz happening every day in the convention hall, a lot of fun stuff happened outside the con, too. My friend Joe introduced me to a couple of his buddies in the area, who took us to some awesome local bars and eateries, including The Garage, located just outside an oil refinery, where we watched Joe McQueen play jazz and the Red Iguana, where we had some delicious enchiladas (the “Enchiladas Suizas” were soooooo good – get ‘em if you’re ever there.) We also hung out a couple nights with my awesome buddy and peer, Ryan (and his super wife, Vee!) of Channelate - one of only a few webcomics I saw at the con – for food, beer and laughs.
All in all, it was great to stumble into such an awesome con. I think in 2014 it’s definitely going to vie for the title of “favorite con” with Seattle, Phoenix and San Diego, and it’s going to be a tough fight. A huge thank you to all the BOTpeeps who showed up and made me feel welcome in their city, the city itself for providing such an awesome con and nightly entertainment, and my buddy Joe for letting me know about the con in the first place!
Now, for those wondering if I’m going to give away some BOTtons like I did with the San Diego con, the answer is: YES! I held back a few pins for another raffle, but I’ve decided to do a Double Giveaway with a few BOTtons from the upcoming Portland con, so expect another contest when I get back from that! Which reminds me: the Rose City Comic Con in Portland is happening this week (September 21-22!) so if you’re planning on going to that one, stop by the BOTbooth (Booth #730)! Once again, this means I’m going to have to ask for your patience while I put JEFbot on hold for this convention. I’ll do everything I can to get another strip out before leaving on Thursday, so expect one in the next few days (I’m aiming for Tuesday or Wednesday.) I hate to put the comic on hold again but these comic cons are an important part of keeping this comic strip going by keeping my bills paid. They take a huge amount of time, effort, energy and planning, so I’m looking forward to not having any other cons for this year (at the moment, anyway) so can concentrate on getting back to the strip once I return. Again, thanks for your understanding and patience! You all are what keeps this webcomic alive and I have the upmost appreciation for your enthusiasm and readership!
Okay, I’m off to fight this lingering con crud, get some work done for Rose City and get some drawing done for the new strip! Talk to you soon. - Jeff
Wow! I can’t believe JEFbot has been in existence for 6 years! But, yep, it does indeed say “August 2007″ on that first strip so I’ll just assume it’s true and not a joke my past self has played on my present self. I know some of you have been here since the very beginning, many of you came aboard a few years into the run, and others have joined us just recently. Whichever timeframe applies, I’m happy you’re all here, as each and every one of you has helped me grow as a writer and artist throughout JEFbot’s lifespan (I mean, just look at those first few comics as evidence!) and kept me motivated to keep creating every day, month and year since I started posting these comics to the web.
So, to celebrate the anniversary, and also as a way to say, “Hey, thanks!” I’m having our BIGGEST SALE EVER, marking everything in The BOTshop down by 30%! Just type “6YEARSOFBOT” (without quotes) into the “Redeem a Gift Certificate or Coupon” field during checkout and you’ll see your savings applied immediately. (See example in the light blue box.)
And to coincide with this anniversary, I’ve finally gotten our most popular Prints (Quality Time & Int’l Beastros) into The BOTshop! Previously only available at comic conventions, you can now order these unique and frame-ready prints directly from The BOTshop. And just like at conventions, I’ll personalize the print to you (and a friend if you’d like, which is a popular choice with the Quality Time prints) and sign each one. Just let me know the name(s) you’d like in the Order Instructions field during checkout.
Here’s what the prints look like, available in both 8×10″ and 12×18″ sizes in The BOTshop (click here to shop Prints):
I also wanted to mention that I’ve recently restocked the Quality Time 2.0 and Ramen House (flavored with Cthulhu!) tees in a variety of colors, so if you’ve been wanting to pick up one of these geek-chic tees, there’s been no better time to do so than now! (Click here to shop Tees.)
And don’t forget JEFBOT.VOL01_All Dysfunctions Normal, collecting the first 203 strips that started it all! Now you can get these books at their cheapest price yet in both softcover or hardcover, with the deluxe, Angry Scarf Edition (with exclusive color sketch, stamp, wraparound and signature) still available! (Click here to shop Books.)
That’s it! Enjoy the sale and again, BIG THANKS for the past 6 years, BOTpeeps! Know that your purchases not only fund new merch, but they also keep my bills paid, so you and your generosity have my eternal gratitude. I couldn’t have made it this far if I didn’t have your enthusiasm and support, so here’s hoping for another 6 years (at least!) of stories and laughs together!
This sale will run from now through September 20, so enjoy it while it lasts!
The three winners from the SDCC BOTton Contest have been picked!
The names of each contestant were written on equal-sized slips of paper, mixed up, thrown into a box, mixed again, and then the three winners were randomly picked from the box by Mombot. So without further ado, the lucky winners are (in no particular order):
• Paul – Chiron
Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who played! This was pretty fun so I might do it again if I have any extra BOTtons after the next con. (Which will be the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR, so I hope to see some of you there in September!)
Hey, all! I’m back from the San Diego Comic-Con, and although I’m exhausted physically, drained mentally and spent emotionally, I gotta say: I miss it already and would go back and do it all over again if I could!
This con gets so much media coverage and is so well-known the world over by so many geeks that I won’t rehash just how big this event is or post exactly how many people and comic book/media/video game/toy companies converge on San Diego, California every year to participate in it (but click here if you want the L.A. Times Hero Complex’s Top 10 Moments of SDCC), but I will tell you just how much fun it is and how much of an honor it still feels to have a table there and to be a part of it. It started last Tuesday (gods, that seems so long ago now) when I packed up the BOTmobile, drove over to Mombot’s (yep, she came to Comic-Con this year!), picked her up, made the 4-ish hour trip to San Diego and then started setting up the BOTbooth until we were kicked out around 9pm, at which time we checked into our hotel and started walking around the already-semi-crowded city, to forage for dinner.
Now, unfortunately, there was a mix-up with our hotel and there was only one king bed in the room for my mom and I to share instead of two queens like I requested, so, needless to say – the trip already started off on an awkward foot. Due to Comic-Con, there were no available hotel rooms in a 20-mile radius, so we had to make due with what we could, even though I was like, “Dude. It’s like, one bed for me and my mom,” to the woman at the hotel check-in. Their one brilliant suggestion was that they could give us extra pillows to divide the bed between my mom and I. Gee, thanks. What was to make this situation even more awkward, was that my sister Laura (Lor, in the comic) was arriving to the convention to help out two days later, on Thursday night (you can see my mom and her above in image #3 from the left.) We tried some hypotheticals about sleeping positions with the three of us on the bed but after, say, 10 seconds of mental placements, I decided it would be best if I slept on the floor and left the bed to my mom and sis for the rest of our stay. The floor wasn’t all that bad, especially sleeping on a folded up bedspread, and I was too tired after the con each day to really even care. While it wasn’t exactly fun at the time, it worked, and will surely inspire some future (awkward) JEFbot comics, methinks.
Anyway, the con was awesome, as expected. While Wednesday and Thursday weren’t amazing as far as sales went, things started ramping up on Friday, and by Sunday sales had gotten so heated, I’d completely sold out of some print designs and nearly ran out of 8×10 backing boards. Weird that Sunday was my biggest sales day, as Saturday tends to take that crown at each con, but I’m not complaining. A number of JEFbot readers stopped by the BOTbooth, which – as always – is supercool. As much as I love conversating with you guys in the comments, it’s always fun meeting y’all in person and getting to know you face-to-face. And although I was very stingy with the free BOTtons I give out at every con, and only gave them to true readers this time, I only had a few left by the end so will be saving them to give to friends (or maybe a reader or two? Hmmm… [UPDATE: See end of post.])
While I do already miss the convention and the crazy, kinetic atmosphere the thousands of fellow geeks bring to it, I’m happy to be home and am nearly ready to start writing and drawing JEFbot again! Between all the paperwork, unloading, errands, inventory, and shipping of orders that have accumulated over the past couple of weeks (sorry, peeps who are waiting on orders! I’ll give each of you something special – a little sketch or BOTton or something – for the longer-than-usual wait time) I won’t be able to get back to drawing the strip until late tonight or tomorrow, which means a new strip won’t be up until Friday. I’ve said it in a previous post, but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your patience during the times I put the strip on pause! You BOTreaders are, awesomely, eternally, The Best, and I don’t take that for granted.
I think that about wraps it up, as I just wanted to let y’all know I’m back and about to continue where we left off in the previous strip! I love where this storyline is headed and can’t wait to get back to sharing bot and Mu’s journey with you. See you on Friday!
SDCC BOTton GIVEAWAY! [UPDATE: Contest over.]
After I wrote up this post, I thought it’d be fun to do a little giveaway with those extra BOTtons I mentioned, as these kinds of pins aren’t normally available outside of a convention, so here’s the deal: all you have to do is leave a comment on this post, and I’ll do a drawing sometime at the beginning of August and randomly pick three commenters (I’ll have someone honorable like Mombot do the picking) to receive an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con + JEFbot BOTton. And yes, I’ll make this open to any BOTreaders around the world and will just keep my fingers crossed that the mailing expense isn’t too high. Just make sure you put a distinctive name into the comment field (i.e. don’t leave it as Anonymous) and I’ll announce the winners in another blog post the first week of August. Anyway, comment away, and good luck! [UPDATE: Contest over. Winners have been randomly picked and will be revealed tomorrow. Thanks for playing!]