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  • Stickers!

    Stickers!

    I'm having NICE vinyl stickers made in preparation for LAZF. I was really hoping to have a few more things together (Enamel Pins mostly) but I'm satisfied with what I will have. Zines I can be proud of, and some new stickers! Aren't they awesome!? Anyway, I'm going to have time after this show to make some pins. I'm excited for the opportunity, because I've never done it, and I never even considered making my own enamel pins!

    The Rottweiler will eventually be an awesome enamel pin, but for now, I'm satisfied with how the sticker turned out! My family has owned Rottweilers since my grandfather's first Rott, Hilde. My best friend growing up was Hiedi, and this one is inspired by my parents' little girl, Bee.

    That Sylveon one is just a big middle finger to Fanime. I was hoping to get in this year, but after two years of rejection, I'm done. I enjoy Anime, but it's not the path that my art is going. I do the occasional doodle because I love it, and I will always love Pokémon. Someone will love this adorable sticker, so I'm not worried. she would have made a cute pin too, but the market is hard if I stop doing Anime shows.

    If you like the stickers, I will be posting them on etsy after the show!

  • Long Nights

    Long Nights

    The last few months has been a vicious cycle of sleeplessness. 

  • Digital, Digital get down~

    Digital, Digital get down~

    For those of you who aren't ancient grandmothers, I was quoting an N'SYNC song. I'm trying to make my switch to digital, and I got this comic started with Ru yesterday, then finished today. It's nice to have that sweet undo button. I will endeavor to do one every Sunday. Too much hilarity ensues to not immortalize in comic form. 

  • Dog commissions are open! (and cat...and pokemon)

    Dog commissions are open! (and cat...and pokemon)

    Dog portraits so far!

    COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

    if you’re interested, hit me up at rachelannmillar@gmail.com

    I will do cats too! 

    Simple cel shaded portraits of your dog like the one above! Please send at least 2 reference photos so I can see your dog’s (or cat’s) coloring!

    Dog with pose I pick: $20

    Dog playing with favorite toy, $25

    Cat: $20

    I’m down to 15 slots, but I can be persuaded!

    I am also willing to do Pokemon, as I love pokemon. I’m not ashamed. It’s a real love. 

    Gotta make duckets for that wedding yo!

  • San Jose ZineCon!

    San Jose ZineCon!

    Ruth and I will be tabling at San Jose ZineCon this weekend! (Flyer made by Ivy Atoms) I admit I was a bit sceptical about doing this show, which is per usual when it's a show I haven't tabled, but I'm ok with it. I have some zines I still want to get through in lieu of more that are coming down the pike for me and Ru.  Not to mention a new print I'll be debuting at this show, which you can see progress shots for on my Instagram. Ruth will be finishing alot of her own projects she is working on to debut in the other shows we are going to be attending this year. So far,

    Rose City Comic Con in Portland

    SFSF (it is getting more competitive to get in, but they haven't kicked us out yet. registration usually happens in late spring early summer)

    Cake (Waitlisted for this Chicago show)

    LA Zinefest (Applied, fingers crossed.)

    If you want to take a peek at what Ruth will have, here you go

    If you want to take a look at what I have, here you go

    I've got a ton of awesome friends heading over there, so I am excited to see them. 

    #SJZineCon

  • Come what may, I know the way.

    There will be hate and criticism for Disney's Moana, of that I have no doubt. There is definitely a fair amount of cultural pigeon-holing that makes up the film, but I will focus on the things that matter most to me in a Disney film. 

    1. The musical.

    2. The color of mood.

    3. The moments of wonder. 

    Hiring on a man who knows about writing a musical is fine. Hiring a man who understands that ethnicity is an important part of the music for a film is PRICELESS. Lin-Manuel Miranda was a strong choice, and his style of music, and understanding of syntax makes the soundtrack something extra special. I can only describe by the way that I feel it. For me to have a song fill my ears and get caught in my head is one thing, but when it travels down deep into my chest, that is how I know a song has done what it's supposed to. 

    The visual development of the movie was incredible. I just went to Hawaii with Ruth this year, and I swear I could feel the breeze, and smell the sea. I felt warm in the scenes with the sun, and cool as the night fell. When a discovery was made, the colors exploded, and my heart felt each blast. 

    The moments of wonder made me smile uncontrollably through my tears. As you get older, you experience life and death more severely, and for the moments that brought me sadness in this movie, there was plenty to raise me back up. Flawed characters learning to mend themselves. Characters who need help and have the humbleness to accept guidance and learn. It was everything I wanted in a movie without too much stupid humor or overwhelming mascot characters. 

    and the most important thing. Baby Moana. 

  • We are renegade crafters in our hearts...

    We are renegade crafters in our hearts...

    Renegade Craft Fair

    My best friend and I had a lovely time checking it out. Originally, we were going because her coworkers suggested and outing, dinner and a movie. Naturally, that turned into Ruth and I getting up when we felt like it, showering when we felt like it, and finally making our way to Fort Mason at our leisure. It was a wonderful show with lots of cool things, and I made sure the make links of the things that caught our eye. (yes we share a spirit eye. I hope you too will one day have a connection like we do. I have starred the places I really liked. 

    JEWELRY

    http://www.amandahuntjewelry.com

    http://nikkimontoya.com

    Has the palm necklace that I love.***

    http://www.bizucollection.com

    Website under construction.

    https://www.forestceramic.com

    Ruth got a few things from this guy. Studio is on Orcas Island.***

    http://sunrayflieger.com

    Handmade custom watches.

    http://www.emikoshinozaki.com/#emiko-shinozaki

    Amazing jewelry that ACTUALLY FIT ME. honeycomb gorgeous.***

    http://www.hollywoodfodder.net

    Pretty jewelry that is adjustable.

    http://www.uppermetalclass.com/about/

    Cool jewelry with a collection dedicated to donation towards women’s shelters. (boob ring. Very fetch.)***

    POTTERY

    http://www.jfishdesigns.com/shop/

    Pretty and simplistic designs.

    http://www.madebyrheal.com

    items are made of of concrete and other materials, not porcelain.

    http://www.hollycoley.com

    Most memorable are the adorable little ghost peeps.***

    http://www.jessicawertz.com

    Pretty pottery we didn’t get.

    https://www.thedemocraticcup.com/collections/all

    Historical figure cups. Good gift for feminist and POC pals perhaps.

    http://www.workshop-thegranite.com

    Ruth got her vase with the 3 black line pattern and the light Hexagon tealight as well.

    https://www.erisugimoto.com

    Ruth got her small black snowflake vase from here.

    QUILTING/TEXTILES/LEATHERWORK

    http://www.specksandkeepings.com

    Alternative clothing and leather footware. (Hillery Sproatt)

    http://sscy.org

    Bags made in NYC. Courier specific.

    http://www.fluffyco.com/

    Wallets and other accessories

    https://modernshibori.com

    Beautiful handmade Shibori textiles.*****************

    http://emilygutmanquiltshop.bigcartel.com

    Wonderful lady that does 2 pupil sewing classes. Ruth and I will do this. Sounds amazing! I would love to get back into that.***

    https://www.heinzandninth.com

    Beautiful handmade pillows and cushions.***

    FUN story about this particular stall. I was wearing my "PARDON MY FRENCH" Sweater, and the women there commented on it, one of them, a very kind French woman. Since I had just been to France, I was excitedly babbling to her about how bread is not the same to me anymore. I asked her if she knew of any place in the Bay Area that even came close. She told me about Fournee Bakery in Berkeley, located at 2912 Domingo Avenue. She said it's the closest thing she has had to bread in France around here. I certainly hope it comes close. 

    And my favorite part of this story is that I proved that the iPhone is priced appropriately for the class of people that buy a new one every year. When I said the word "Boulangerie" into the microphone, that is exactly what I got. Not Boo Lingere, but the French word for bakery. Truly delightful. 

    http://www.aplatsf.com

    Wonderful cotton casserole and bread bag manufacturers. Featured in Sunset magazine. Amazing for the friend that is kind enough to bring you food. 

    https://smallbatchsupplyco.com

    Wallets and bags and such.

    http://hellonipomo.com

    Gorgeous handwoven blankets. Maybe Daddy’s christmas present. ***

    http://www.curiowolf.com

    Small bags, wallets and things all watercolored, then digitally printed on the fabric. The watercolor kit was the coolest thing.

    ART/PIN GAME

    http://www.yardsalepress.com

    fun art!

    http://www.kristinamicotti.com

    Table that was with Yard Sale Press. Had amazing scorpion and stag beetle pins.

    HOME DECOR/WOOD WORK

    http://woodthumb.com

    Awesome wooden goodies with classes available for you to learn how to make some things. Events coming up on the 10th and 15th of December.***

    http://www.thealibiinteriors.com

    Reclaimed wood home decor.

    ARTISAN FOODS/PRESERVES

    https://lemonbirddesign.com

    Delicious preserves. Ruth has 2, one of them was free.***

    http://www.beautifulbrinysea.com

    Gourmet salts.***

    http://www.neakita.com

    Fine teas. Ruth got Strength for Chris, a potent ginger tea.***

    HEALTH/BEAUTY

    https://www.yuzusoap.com

    Pretty soap.

  • Ringing in the new year, 8 months late.

    There has been A TON of stuff going. Truely, too much. I'm actually happy that it's over for a while, but what an incredible experience. Thanks to my Aunt, I got to go to Europe, something I honestly wouldn't have tried to do on my own.  France, England (when they exited the EU) and Ireland.

    Right before that my wonderful bestie, Ruth, took my ass to Hawaii for our birthdays, friendaversary of 16 years, and in celebration of her getting a job that is much better for her. I had an amazing time, and now I'm just trying to keep myself afloat as I take on my design gigs, try to take advantage of the new software I was kindly given by my wonderful roommate and friend, and go back to school. For REAL this time.

    I'm capable of so much more than I have been doing, and I know that I can get a job I deserve, but I have to make the effort to be a good student. That is my responsiblity, and I know that I can make it happen. 

    It's time to beef up my work and get a big girl job.

  • Getting back on the horse.

    Getting back on the horse.

    It's been a long time since I updated this blog so I wanted to take a moment and do so. I have been dealing with some pretty frustrating things in my personal life that had left with with an overall defeated feeling. I'm full of great ideas, and I want to get ready for the upcoming shows that matter to me, like Fanime in San Jose, but having this incredible art block is making it difficult.

    I do suffer from mild depression. I've never needed to take medication for it, but that doesn't mean it's any easier a journey. Like making the effort slim down after the holidays, it means taking that first step out the door. Every one after the first gets a little easier. It's hard to look at the good things in your life when you're overwhelmed by everything at once. 

    I'm going to make the effort in January to do Inkuary. Much like Inktober, but in January instead. it really was a great way for me to have the push to draw daily, and more importantly, FINISH drawings. I will be posting some of those inktobers soon, by the way, along with revamping this whole site! 

    When I feel like this, it's important to take stock of what's important. 

    February, I'm moving in with my Fiance. 

    I'm going on a two week trip to Europe in the Summer courtesy of my wonderful Aunt. 

    I'm a bridesmaid for the first time EVER.

    EEEEEEyup. It's time for this rootin' tootin' lady outlaw to hitch up her horse and ride into that sweet sunset towards tomorrow. One step at a time.

  • Gotta roll with the punches!

    Gotta roll with the punches!

    As of last week, I have taken on the responsiblity of posting twice a week for Paperlinks.org, on Wednesday and Monday. Thanks to the new format I'm working it, it's not too horrible. I'm going to focus on doing comics about what interests me, and I can only hope that people enjoy it.