Hey, just a quick update for all you MSTF readers. Obviously, I’m a little behind on the webcomic and haven’t been able to update in a while. I am super sorry to all of you who have been so loyal, supportive, and enthusiastic about the comic. The holidays and freelance work deadlines got the better of me in the last part of 2013 and into this year.
Never fear, I plan to bring you more MSTF in 2014. I hope you forgive my sporadic updates as I continue to finish several big freelance projects. Just wanted to send you this note to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you or the comic. Thanks for sticking with me!
This past Saturday i09, the spectacular website of “science, science fiction, and the future,” highlighted MSTF in their weekly webcomic feature. I received a surge of traffic over the weekend, so welcome to the new readers, visitors, and Facebook fans that have made their way to my corner of the universe! I am looking forward to sharing the comic with you as it rolls forward. (If you need a quick catch-up of the story so far but don’t want to wade through the website, the first volume and most recently completed chapters are available as PDFs in my store.)
The feature was accompanied by a great, flattering write-up by Lauren Davis. Here’s a snippet:
“Jones is a children’s book illustrator (be sure to check out her adorable illustrations for MONSTERS Vs. KITTENS), and My Sister, the Freak has a definite children’s book quality in its artwork. It’s an excellent match for the warm quality of the comic. As filled as the comic is with tentacle monsters and goofy alien critters, at its heart it’s about two girls who love each other very much, even if they don’t always get along. It’s clear that Allison and Mary will have to work together as a team if they hope to keep their corner of the world safe, even if each one kind of thinks the other is a freak.”
Check out the full article here.
Check out this episode of the Kids on Comics Podcast where a father and son discuss My Sister the Freak Vol. 1. Not only is it super fun, but it is also a very informative and intelligent review of the book. I am pleased to see a parent encouraging their kid’s enthusiasm for comics and reading in this way. The excitement is infectious, plus it is a great way to review the comic if you want a recap of the story so far. If you haven’t read the first book though, beware – there are plenty of spoilers!
You can check out the podcast here: http://echorift.com/home/kids-on-comics-podcast-021-my-sister-the-freak-vol-1-by-dani-jones
And click here to subscribe to the Kids on Comics podcast and check out other episodes:
We’re all about sisters here at this comic, but if you want to read some mischievous tales about some brothers, now’s a good time to check out Tales of the Brothers Three by Joshua Hauke. It is about three brothers and all the trouble and imaginative adventures they get into. Oh, and there’s a moose.
I have a guest comic up this week (it actually went up on Sunday, but I’ve been behind with the blog posting because of travel and conventions and such!). It is inspired by one of my favorite exploits from the comic where the brothers go fishing for sharks… in the toilet. Check out the guest comic here (and lovely MSTF write-up here), then start reading the rest of the hilarious comic!
I have exciting news! MSTF was awarded “Favorite Webcomic” at the first ever Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards this past weekend at the Kids Read Comics convention. I am super surprised but very pleased to have been given this honor. There were some quality webcomics nominated with me, and I hope you check them out as well. They just as easily could have won too!
Nemu*Nemu by Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga
Nedroid Picture Diary by Anthony Clarke
Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.
Ellie on Planet X by James Anderson (fellow Spacedock 7 crew member!)
Thanks to the KCR folks who organized the awards. I can’t wait to see where the event goes in the future. Special thanks also to each and every one of you kids that voted! This comic is nothing much without you.
The weekend overall was super fun. The Kids Read Comics show was as swell as ever. I got to meet and re-meet lots of good comic folks and fans. There’s truly a lot of enthusiasm for comics, art, and stories among the attendees which make it a special event. Glad I could join in for another year!