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We had a good time. It was a bit of a relax-O-con for Baron and I. Sales were soft, but we expected that. This show was more about networking than selling for us.

One thing I was really pleased to see this year is such a variety of different books. In past years, when in San Francisco, it was all hard-core Crumb/Too-much Coffee Man styled titles. While I like books like that occasionally, I think it helps everyone if there is more than *just* those style of titles. But the move back to San Jose seems to really adjust things to a more balanced mix of stories and artists.

Do we plan to go back? We sure hope to and are planing on it. But seeing that money is tight and tables are not free, we have to see how fiances balance out before committing to another year.

FYI - we still have copies of both 'To kill a Dragon' and 'The Keeper's Warrior' available. If your interested in either, drop us a line. ^.^

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APE2015 Table Layout

APE2015 Table Layout

Things have been hopping here as we prepare for the Alternative Press Expo 2015 next weekend. The new books, 'To Kill a Dragon', have arrived and in glorious color. We will also copies of 'The Keeper's Warrior', as well as complete runs of 'Bureau of Mana Investigation' and 'Liberty from Hell'.

If you at the show, come by the table and say "Hi". I'll be there with Baron, and James from Fox Den will be helping out as well. We'd all love to see you!

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Woohoo!

Just got word that I just won one of the Judge's pick awards from the WeLoveFine Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt design contest with School of Hard Knox.

Check out all the winners!

**does the happy dance**

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Hey all - just a reminder, there are 14 days left on the WeLoveFine Dungeons & Dragons Neverwitner MMO T-shirt contest. Smudge has 4 designs up and they need up ratings. So come make your voice heard!

School of Hard Knox - Dwarven Drinking Contest - Feed the Mimic - Laughing Troll

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The long awaited last issue of 'To Kill a Dragon' is now up on ComiXology. Come Check it out!

To Kill a Dragon #4

To Kill a Dragon #4
Written by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Art by: Christina "Smudge" Hanson
Price: $0.99

Conclusion! After Benard's death, Nadine makes a mad dash to find help. Meanwhile, the half-dragon rushed to face Veniamin head long inside Nadine's apple orchard. It's a battle of magics and wits with the winner walking away alive.

Buy now on comiXology!

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It has officially opened, the We Love Fine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest is open to rating it's entries.

WeLoveFine D&D Neverwinter Design Contest

I have really high hopes for my 4 designs. Though if I loose to RedMorpho's Boo I will totally not cry. They are awesome and I'd sure like one on my shirt.

Anyways - come rate my designs at We Love Fine!

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Sat. May 2nd is Free comic book day. And to celebrate, We here at SmudgeMarks and EngelWerks are offering up grab packs of Smudge's comic work! Starting at midnight PST 'til midnight Monday, full runs of Bureau of Mana Investigation, Liberty from Hell, and a grab-bag of random fury books will be offered for FREE (with shipping). This is a limited time offer, so don't miss out!


Bureau of Mana Investigation Sample (RadioComix) Liberty From Hell Sample (RadioComix) Random Furry Sample (Mixed)

Bureau of Mana Investigation pack - Liberty from Hell Pack - Random Furry Pack

**Please make a note in the shipping notes at checkout you'd be okay with some random adult titles (mostly Genus Male/Dangerous) in your order**

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So we've gone and done it.

Both Baron and I have created Patreon accounts. Baron will be funding his dreamscapes sketch blog, including his current Pony Dreamscape that he's been running on DeviantArt and Furaffinity, While I will be using it to help offset the development costs of my new project, "Magical Homeowners Association". Like all things of this nature, it will start slowly and built up over time. You can check both pages at out:

Baron - https://www.patreon.com/baronengel
Smudge - https://www.patreon.com/smudge

Thanks so much for looking!

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This have been really busy here at SM-EW this past week. Baron is getting ready for BABScon tomorrow and is currently matting his little heart out. He's got a panel in the artshow, so if you happen to be going to the show, please feel free to stop buy the artshow room and check it out. Here's a quick look at some of the stuff he'll be hanging:

As far as things here on the site - We have found a new project management system, Project Panorama, that I think in the long run will be a lot better than our previous one. It's a lot simpler for one, and it was expressly designed to be a communication tool between clients and services, so using it as a quick reference for who has what commission and at what point it's currently at is going to be great. It's already up and going for select commissions and will be filling in the other outstanding work in the next week or two. Please note - you need to have a login to smudgemarks-engelwerks.com as well as an outstanding commission to be able to see this feature.

I have also been busy redoing the code to make the site much more mobile friendly. I still have a ways to go with the menu bar and the gallery pages, but it's moving along at a steady pace. Next up on my work docket - getting our SSL in place so we can take cards directly online. Until then, it's PayPal via the shopping cart or contact us and we can send you an invoice that is credit card capable, via our merchant service. Once that gets all in place, it's time to start filling out more of the online store. ^.^

In future news, once Baron gets back from BABScon, we'll be making him a Patreon account. We know several people have asked for this and we listen! So keep your eyes peeled.

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Just a heads up to Commissioners - due to an error (then followed by the worst tech support I've ever seen), we are going to be migrating to new a project management system.

Yes, I know we just got this last one installed and were just starting to put it though real-world stress tests.

This sill take a while to get it all in and working again. However it will not affect Baron's current schedule for turning work out.

Thank you for your understanding.

In the meantime, have a interwebs cat. Cats make everything better.

ComputerIndy(color)

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So now that 'To Kill a Dragon' is in the can, I now contemplate what my next project will be. Only problem is, now that I'm not consumed in a project, ALL my other ones are scrambling for attentions... at the same time. Including a new one, something I told my self I wasn't going to do. Thanks, brain.

Right now, I'm trying to sit down and organize the different stories: outlining basic arcs, getting characters ironed out so I know the different casts I'm dealing with, and trying to take a long look at the media each of the stories wants to exist in. As such - my art production is mostly going to be super rough pencil sketches and semi-random doodles that probably will only make since to me for a while.

In the meantime - here's what I've been poking at for a bit; Character designs for the new story I told myself I wasn't going to do. Tentatively titles "A Song for the Earth and Rain", it's a Romeo and Juliette styled love story set in a fantasy Far-East.

Gau-studyThis is Gau (Farwalker), an Elf and main character. He's a long traveled merchant who ends up in the orient ala Marco Polo. Since doing this, he has told me that he's also dances Ballet, but thinks he's no good at it and keeps it more as a hobby.

Do note, his "not that good at it" is kind of like someone who just missed the cut at the Royal Ballet saying they are "not that good". We all wish we were "not that good." ~.~

Design is totally NOT final. Not sold yet on the Tutor fashion, but I really like the concept of the cod piece as part of his native dress.

Rest below cut due to slightly NSFW artistic nudity.

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My new plugin, SMEW Comic Easel ♥ s2Member, is now available on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory. It's designed to let you integrate Comic Easel with s2Member for drip feeding of webcomics. Free to use and enjoy!

Because the comic weasel said so!

Comic Easel

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We are so happy to announce that 'To Kill a Dragon' is now available on on http://www.smudgemarks-engelwerks.com! It will be posting 3 days a week from now until the end of the 4 issue miniseries. While you can read the entire story for free, we also are offering a subscription version (for 99¢ a month via PayPal) that gets you +1 week access and larger/higher definition images of the pages and no adds.

We hope you all enjoy!

To Kill A Dragon, Part 1, Cover

To Kill A Dragon, Part 1, Cover

To Kill a Dragon

After a devastating attack by the assassin Veniamin on the King's airship, a lone survivor wakes up confused and mute after falling into Nadine's apple orchard. With the entire kingdom in an uproar, only this strange, quiet man holds any knowledge on what happened that day and where the Great Dragon 7th, the assassin's real target, has disappeared to. Now both friend and foe want him, and the race is on to who can find him first.
4 issue miniseries, full color
Fantasy/Drama
by Christina "Smudge" Hanson
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Sorry things have been quite here lately. Mostly it’s due to having our noses to the grindstone.

Baron’s been working hard getting commissions done while getting work together for FC next year. Will post new stuff on that, hopefully, Monday.

As for me, Smudge, Fox Den and I have got ‘the Keeper’s Warrior’ edits in the can and hope to have the proof copy from the printer any day now. ePub version will also be released at the same time so you have your choice of digital or dead trees. Oh, and I was able to include all the art in the digital version too. It was a pain, but I think it will be well worth it in the long run.

To ‘Kill a Dragon’ is still chugging along. I’m in talks with MadeFire, a comic app, to have it posted there.

And last but not least, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Mostly to try and kick me outta my mental block when it comes to writing. This past few years have not been good to me stress wise and it means that my writing creative juices are not only not flowing, but acting like molasses… in Montana … during winter. And before you ask, ‘To Kill a Dragon’, story-wise, has been sitting on my desk complete for nearly ten years. But with luck, and a little nudge, now that the worst of the stress is off me, I can get things not only going again, but completed.

I’ve decided this year, I’m going to get Dis’ tale done. Right now, it’s under the working title of ‘the Inn of the Cat’, but I am hoping to find something better. After all, the current title, while descriptive, is pretty dang common. Wish me luck!



the Inn of the Cat

DisLoungingAround

Dis was a wanderer, but not by choice. All he wants is a place to call home. And he finally thought he’d found it, in a small inn run by Edio within the bustling trade city of Daleport. Yet, politics, the coming of a new lordship for the city and fear are threaten to, yet again, force him to flee. After all, it’s hard to be a magical being in a city that faces any magic with torches and pitch-forks.


SmudgeDragon on NaNoWriMo

Current word count: 1770

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I’ve gone ahead and created a Tumblr for SmudgeMarks & EngelWerks. It’ll mostly be a house organ, cross-posting anything we put on our main web-site as well as highlighting new products we’re putting out. And probably random randomness to. We’re artist. We’re prone to that. ^.^;

Anyways – come check it out. And it your already on Tumblr – come follow us for all the neat stuff!

http://smudgedragon.tumblr.com/

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To Kill a Dragon pg. 3To Kill a Dragon pg. 3

I’ve posted three sample pages of my new(ish) comic, To Kill a Dragon, that should go live any time @Crunchyroll. Enjoy!

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So after FC2014, Baron and I sat down and really took a look at things, on where we were art career wise. Our old company, BackBreaker Studios LLC, is long since gone, and at the beginning of last year we were able to pay off the final debts that had incurred. Now, we both agreed it’s time to get back on the horse, a little wiser.

Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be opening a new artistic business and putting our artistic works back on the market for all to enjoy. This site, smudgemarks-engelwerks.com, will slowly, over the next few months, be turned into the main hub on where to find us, our projects, and products. It will take a little bit to get all our business paperwork put together before we can formally open our doors for sales.

We are taking the lessons we learned from BackBreaker and applying them here. For one, we will be forming the new business as an unlimited partnership, not as an LLC. We are also not going to try to reach for the brass ring of Hollywood again. While we *almost* made it work last time, we simply don’t have the resources to try again. Doesn’t mean we’re aren’t willing to talk if someone approaches about one of our projects, just that we won’t be trying to case the industry again. Lastly, we will be focusing more on Baron’s art than my own, getting it out to a broader audience. I, myself, will be taking more of a behind the scenes position, running a lot of the day-to-day stuff as well as product management so he can focus on creating great content.

In the meantime, is there anything you’d like to see us do? Any image from the old BB catalog you’d like to see returned? New product you’d thing would be awesome to have? Ideas for the website? We’re open to suggestion! Feel free to comment below! We’d love to hear from you!

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Bureau of Mana Investigations #8, Digital Edition, is now available via Comics+ and Graphicy.

Bureau of Mana Investigation #8

Bureau of Mana Investigation #8

Amark faces off against Lord Sheilba amongst the panicking concert. The thrilling conclusion of the Bureau of Mana Investigation series! Jam-packed with drama, action and magic!

Comics+ New Releases
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Bureau of Mana Investigations #7, Digital Edition, is now available via Comics+ and Graphicy.

Bureau of Mana Investigation #7

Bureau of Mana Investigation #7

Amark and Holly have finally made it back home from the Demon Lands! Together with Sgt. Yoko Saki, they race to Sharrdan’s concert to try and stop Sheilba’s assassination attempt. But things go badly when one of Sheilba’s henchmen shoots the wrong person, causing the concert full of demons to panic! Now Amark and his crew have to successfully get Sharrdan and the band out safely before Lord Sheilba can find them! Rock & roll was never like this! Action-packed fantasy adventure from popular Furrlough artist Christina Hanson!

Comics+ New Releases
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