Hey all! First off, yep, I’m still alive and kicking! Sorry for taking such a loOOoooong break from the site. I know it’s been almost a year since my last update and that just sucks. As a mea culpa for the absence, I’m having the BIGGEST BOTSALE EVER over at The BOTshop. You’ll get 50% off of everything there as long as the total’s over $10. And you won’t even have to put in a code or anything; the discount will be applied automatically at checkout, so if you’ve ever wanted a JEFbot book or JEFbot tee (reminder: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!) but were waiting for the right time to pick one up: now’s the time! You’ll also be helping me clear out some inventory to make way for some new merch in the future, so it’s win-win!
So as for what I’ve been up to the past year: longtime readers will know that I’ve been working to get into the animation industry since losing my office job a couple years back. Well, sometime around September of last year, I made my first steps into doing just that. I was contracted to do 7 cartoon shorts for an Internet variety show called Rooster Teeth Entertainment System. It was an exciting, stressful, hectic and fun experience all rolled into one, big, crazy learning experience. It was hosted by a funny, talented guy named Colton Dunn, who you can see all over the place these days (NBC’s Superstore, Lazer Team, Steven Universe and more) and had great guests, including IGN’s Naomi Kyle, Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller and Rooster Teeth’s Burnie Burns, among others. The show allowed me to produce and animate cartoons, go to live shows and watch a bunch of amazing actors, musicians and artists do their thing. It was all super cool, right up to the time it got cancelled. Yep, for a variety of reasons the show was pulled before the entire first season aired, which meant that a ton of sketches, shows, guests and about half of my cartoons weren’t seen by Rooster Teeth subscribers. (Oh yeah, most of the show was behind a subscription paywall, which is why I didn’t post links to it when it was airing.) The decision to cancel the show was disappointing, especially as I thought it was really finding its groove, but these things happen, and it was awesome working with Rooster Teeth and the people who produced the show. Hopefully, the content will find its way online in some other form one day, and if/when it does I’ll let you guys know where you can check it out.
In addition to the animated stuff, I was working as a storyboard artist and doing motion graphics for a variety of companies, most notably at CollegeHumor, which was another exciting and fun place to work. Not sure if I can post any of that stuff – I’ll look into it and see if it’s cool. I had a job where I literally drew hundred of kittens for a couple weeks and I’d love to show some of that to you.
As for the present and future, I’ll be looking to get more gigs drawing and animating, and working my way into a place where I can pitch some cartoons, including one based on JEFbot (!), eventually. I should also have some time to finally finish up the latest Christmas Bat and hopefully get back to the forever-paused adventure Musashi and jefbot are still on! I hate to make promises as I’m currently working on pitches and also don’t know when the next paying gig will pop up and consume my life but I will try to be more active here as I miss the comic and talking with you all. I’d love to get back to that, and I’ll do my best to make it happen, especially since I’m not doing many conventions these days (although I’m still scheduled for the San Diego Comic-Con this July, so hope to see some of you there!) due to my random schedule.
To wrap this long blog post up, let me give a BIG THANK YOU AND HUG to all of you BOTpeeps who continue to check out this site, even when things seem stagnant and dire. You guys are the ones who make me want to keep writing and drawing more JEFbot adventures and I can’t thank you enough. Hopefully I’ll have a new strip up in the next week or two, but in the meantime, enjoy the BOTSALE and I’ll be talking to you soon!