The Kickstarter's got only about a week left. I've gotten quite a few new pledges the past two days or so (yay!), but there's still so much to go (boo). I really hope the book gets funded! Without funding there wont be a Split Screen book, I'm afraid. Not for a very long time anyway. I am so far in the deficit with my art/comics etc. that I wont be able to afford to print the books out of my own pocket until I actually start turning a profit. Who knows when that will be, haha. I have my fingers crossed for Emerald City, although it is a very expensive convention. I have no guarantees that I'll even cover my table, lodging, travel costs etc... I've heard that it can take 2-3 years of conventions before people start to make money and I'm only on the first year. I didn't mean for this blog post to turn into a "I'm such a sad starving artist" whine-fest, haha. Sorry guys.
I just ordered my prints for Emerald City. I was hoping to get a few more designs done before I submitted the order, but I just haven't had time what with working on the book and KS rewards. But I didn't want to leave things to the last minute and run into any snags with printing before the con, so I sent in what I had. If inspiration happens to strike, I can always submit a small order later. I'm hoping to do at least one Wyldstyle (from the Lego movie) print.
I watched the movie "Frozen" a few days ago. While I thought it was really pretty and I enjoyed the snowman (Olaf?) and the blonde guy (Sven?) a lot, I'm kind of stumped at why everyone is creaming their jeans over this movie. I thought the character development was super rushed to make way for more songs. Two of the songs were okay, but I didn't think they were great enough to warrant making the movie a musical while sacrificing plot and character development. Probably not a popular opinion, haha. I do actually like musicals, but I wish this one had just been a regular movie. Oh well. I'll watch it again at some point.
I had dental surgery yesterday to remove this molar, that despite having it refilled about 7 times and actually getting a root canal done on it, it was still always hurting and giving me grief. I had the option of seeing a root canal specialist or having the tooth yanked and replaced with an implant. Implants are mad expensive but I didn't see the point in going to the specialist, having/paying for another root canal, and facing the possibility that it didn't fix the issue and getting the implant anyway. The first surgeon I went to charged me $250 just for the consultation. He and his nurse were very pushy about getting anesthetized for the surgery. Telling me only later when I finally agreed to it that it would be an additional $600. Their surgery price was higher than my dentist had estimated it might be and I felt kind of iffy about scheduling the surgery. I had anesthesia for a previous (unrelated) surgery and I was sick for days so I really wasn't looking forward to it. That was back in December, so you can see how long I had been putting it off, haha. I had a dental cleaning at my regular dentist office so I took all the paperwork in with me. My dentist said that the surgery price was pretty high and that they shouldn't have charged me $250 for the consult and regretted referring me there. I don't know what kind of shady business is going on at that first place, but the second place he sent me was way better. They didn't charge me anything for the consult and they didn't push the anesthesia on me. And I'm glad I didn't go with that option because the surgery went really fast and it would have been completely unnecessary. So now I have a hole in my mouth with like a screw in it. That has to set for several months before I get a fake tooth put on it. I kept the tooth. It's pretty cool, I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. I can see the spot that was causing problems, I think it would have had to be removed so I'm glad I had the surgery.
Anyway, that's about everything I've been up to the past week. I'm going to get back to working on the book and getting back to the gym. Then I've got to get ready for my friend Joey to come visit, after that Emerald City!