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Friday, June 17th, 2016
1:10 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Kris now has a Patreon.
It's there in the title, folks. Or, rather, it's here:

https://www.patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=3388493

To explain why I'm doing this:

First, last year (2015) was my most successful year as a convention vendor, which was good, because I'd taken on a bunch more personal bills (health insurance, house insurance, etc.). I still only notched up about $9000 or so net profit for the year, which is only liveable because I own my house outright.

But the first few shows of 2016 showed an general downward trend from 2015, with a few exceptions. First, here's the net profit from all the conventions I've sold at to date in 2016, with the difference from 2015:

Ushicon 2016 - $493 (-238)
OwlCon 2016 - $300 (did not attend in 2015)
VisionCon 2016 - $300 (did not attend in 2015)
CoastCon 2016 - $574 (+112)
Texas Furry Fiesta - $1,354 (+689)
TexanCon - $395 (did not attend in 2015)
AggieCon - $335 (-118)
CyPhaCon - $699 (-401)
ChupacabraCon - -$260 (-100)
MobiCon - $125 (-661)
A-Kon - $522 (-1413)
NOLA Time Fest - $45 (did not attend in 2015)

So, except for March, everything was down, performing below expectations. The biggest reason for this is my T-shirt line, which has dropped sales gradually over the past twelve months and PLUMMETED in the past two months- I sold fewer than half the number of shirts at A-Kon 2016 I did in 2015, and at Mobicon the drop was TWO-THIRDS. T-shirts are my largest profit item, so when they go south, so does my income.

Put it another way: I need about $1000/mth to cover my basic bills, including minimum debt service on my credit cards. This doesn't count non-monthly expenses, like the new stove I need, the four new tires on my van which will be needed imminently, or other issues.

Convention sales are about nine-tenths of my total income at the moment, so let's add up the profits above: $4,822 net so far (not counting non-convention business expenses like web hosting, credit card merchant account, etc.). That means, with one convention left in June and nothing confirmed in July until the very end of that month, I'm more than a whole month's worth of bills in the red...

... not counting the cost of all the extra merchandise I bought specifically for the last two cons, almost none of which actually sold.

So financially I'm in a bind, and I no longer have confidence that things will balance out down the road at other conventions.

Furthermore, 2015's success, such as it was, came at the cost of my creative productivity. I was too busy working at conventions or preparing for the next convention to relax enough to WRITE. The most I could do was toss-off little snippets for a crackfic collective project. I struggled to work on Peter is the Wolf, and everything else just fell flat.

I've been thinking about Patreon for a long time, but I hadn't wanted to commit to it until Peter is the Wolf Book 2's IndieGoGo project was cleared out. That's taking forever, though. (Book 3 will be handed off to a professional colorist, rather than wait for Ben and his day job to cooperate.) And I don't think I can put off the begging bowl any longer.

Now, I've tried offering commissioned writing and soliciting direct donations for my writing before, and with a few exceptions it was a failure. My muse often wouldn't cooperate with the requests of the commissioners. I'm hoping that a bit more maturity, and the Patreon platform, will reverse that trend.

If nothing else, I want to be able to relax and write, dammit.

So, again, here's the Patreon link: https://www.patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=3388493

And I really hope this works.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
11:43 pm
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Filler
EGADS! We've actually got a STORY UPDATE!

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
12:39 pm
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Filler
Because Ben's working on a big project for Palladium:

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/

(And yes, you should pick up "Warnerd of Mars.")
Thursday, June 4th, 2015
9:16 am
[redneckgaijin]
PitW, CM Updated, Plus New WLP Shirt Designs
The last chapter of Book 3 begins!

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/

I need to get more script to Evhor so this can continue!

http://www.wlpcomics.com/cm/

And I have two new shirt designs to offer, one already in print, one in preorders!

"Black Widow": https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=1023

"Gamma Irradiated Society": https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=1024

Also, I have to announce with regret two T-shirt designs on the way out. (Two more are likely on the way out, but the decision's being postponed until Fiesta Equestria at the end of the month.) This is your last chance to snag these- at 50% off the regular price!

"Anime Princess": https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=649

"Forklift (Klaus)": https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=582
Friday, April 17th, 2015
6:10 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Peter is the Wolf (barely) updated
Page 350 posted as image-only on the main page- HTML links next week.

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
11:09 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
11:40 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
12:25 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Peter is the Wolf Update
This wasn't the threesome Jean was asking for:

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
8:33 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Peter is the Wolf Update, CM Holiday pic
The leprechaun girls might have been a bit too quick on the draw...

http://www.wlpcomics.com/cm/

And the new year brings Peter is the Wolf's 10th anniversary!

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
10:25 pm
[redneckgaijin]
WLP Holiday Sale Continues!

WLP Holiday Sale Continues!




First, a reminder of what was posted Sunday night.

WLP Online Store: https://wlpcomics.com/shop/
Adults-only Store: https://wlpcomics.com/sbostore/

10% minimum off all books, games, DVDs, etc. with some things discounted 25%, 33%, 50% and even 80%!

20% off ALL T-shirts (and I've just updated http://www.wlpshirts.com/ and http://www.wlpshirts.com/boobs.html with the newest designs)!

And 33% off the following four designs... which will get the axe if they don't sell some copies in December!

Have You Seen My Time Machine? - http://www.wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=666
Pimp Dalek - http://www.wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=766
Epoch Fail - https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=837
Legend Dairy - https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=839

Plus I'll be adding more books, manga, and ESPECIALLY DVDs (including classic Doctor Who stories and some great old-school anime) over the coming week!

ADDED MONDAY: the most recent Haruhi Suzumiya manga releases!

ADDED TUESDAY: all the Spice & Wolf manga, novels, and the complete DVD/Blu-Ray collection!

ALSO ADDED TUESDAY: eleven classic DOCTOR WHO adventures on DVD!

TO BE ADDED WEDNESDAY: a bunch of great classic anime hits Kris Overstreet loves and thinks you should own!

Orders need to be placed by December 15th if you want them for Christmas delivery.

I need to reduce some inventory and get cash for the lean winter months- so please keep checking the online stores and shopping WLP!

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
7:34 pm
[redneckgaijin]
WLP Holiday Sale Begins!
It's that time of year again!

WLP Online Store: https://wlpcomics.com/shop/
Adults-only Store: https://wlpcomics.com/sbostore/

10% minimum off all books, games, DVDs, etc. with some things discounted 25%, 33%, 50% and even 80%!

20% off ALL T-shirts (and I've just updated http://www.wlpshirts.com/ and http://www.wlpshirts.com/boobs.html with the newest designs)!

And 33% off the following four designs... which will get the axe if they don't sell some copies in December!

Have You Seen My Time Machine? - http://www.wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=666
Pimp Dalek - http://www.wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=766
Epoch Fail - https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=837
Legend Dairy - https://wlpcomics.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=62_71&products_id=839

Plus I'll be adding more books, manga, and ESPECIALLY DVDs (including classic Doctor Who stories and some great old-school anime) over the coming week!

Orders need to be placed by December 15th if you want them for Christmas delivery.

I need to reduce some inventory and get cash for the lean winter months- so please keep checking the online stores and shopping WLP!
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
8:47 pm
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Update
IndieGoGo sponsored pages, story ideas by Ryan Frank!

Also, the filler from the last few weeks is now available in the Gallery page!

http://www.peteristhewolf.com
Thursday, July 31st, 2014
9:30 am
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Update
Let the inevitable tragedy roll. (Inevitable, because this is a were legend.)

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
8:34 am
[redneckgaijin]
Webcomics update
Images only, for now.

Peter is the Wolf: http://www.peteristhewolf.com/

Chocolate Milkmaid: http://www.superboobsonline.com/
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
11:40 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Peter is the Wolf Update
Not easily scared, is our hunter friend.

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
8:50 am
[redneckgaijin]
Off to A-Kon! (Oh... and Peter is the Wolf update)
Hope to see lots of you in Dallas!

Oh... and things take a turn for the dark (did you expect otherwise out of a were legend?).

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
5:22 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Peter is the Wolf, Chocolate Milkmaid update: last call for shirt orders before cancellations
In which we learn that "Tamamo-no-Moe" is Japanese for "Mary Sue":

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/

In which we learn that blah blah blah topless female sorceresses:

http://www.wlpcomics.com/cm/

And in which we see eight shirt designs, four of which are going to be discontinued come Sunday, so this is your last chance for your order to affect which four out of the eight get the axe.

http://www.wlpshirts.com/
Sunday, May 18th, 2014
9:43 pm
[redneckgaijin]
Four shirts soon to be cancelled...
OK- just spent the evening putting together a bunch of ad bids on Project Wonderful to get people over to the WLP Shirts site. Four out of eight particular designs are going the way of the dodo, and which shirt gets the axe will depend on their sales numbers come January 1.

 Go check 'em out- and if you're reading this, you can use code GENERIC for a 10% discount on your purchase through the end of the month!

http://www.wlpshirts.com/
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
3:54 pm
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Book 2 Release Delayed
Okay, it's time to face up to it: we're not even close to sending PitW Book 2, either version, to the printers. That means we simply won't have them in time for Project: A-Kon 2014.

Ben and I are both very sorry about this.

The main reason for the delay is that Ben still has a day job, PLUS weekly updates of PitW (which has been two-page updates for several months now, hence so many missed updates), PLUS freelance work for Palladium Press and other outlets. He simply hasn't had all that much time or energy to devote to bringing the Book 2 pages up to print quality.

To speed things up we're adding more manpower to the problem. I'm going to be doing re-lettering work (resizing word balloons smaller for the print version) on all pages that don't need any further touching up. Ben has got a friend of his to do toning work on some of the other pages. Hopefully this combination will get things into high gear and allow us to get the book printed around Labor Day for a release at Anime Weekend Atlanta...

... but this time I'm making no promises.

Instead I'm doing this:



That's a progress bar of the pages I KNOW are ready to go. Last I heard Ben had completed work on story page 161x. With none of the backup material ready, but with covers and frontispiece in hand, that's 68 out of 206 ready to go- less than a third of the way there. I hope to bump that number up by a lot in the next few days as we comb through the pages and see what can be done.

When that bar is fully red, we'll be about one month from books-in-hand, counting print turnaround time.

So please be patient with us; we know we blew it, and we're trying hard to get it fixed.
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
11:26 am
[redneckgaijin]
PitW Update
And that's it for Chapter 13! Some special (and expensive) filler next week!

http://www.peteristhewolf.com/
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