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SilverWolfJudge:iconsilverwolfjudge:
Pain is weakness leaving the body!
Fri Oct 17, 2014, 1:49 PM
ThisPers0n:iconthispers0n:
Gogo Needs to Hug Me!!
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BloodArt-Gallery:iconbloodart-gallery:
others were not able to stand it's own madness and pollution makes consumer in a economy fashion it hide behavior in a safety understand what was not able to be imposed everyday business lies for money.
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really love your work, happy birthday by the way!
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XD ahahha ohmmmmyyyy your webcam X'D hahahah:rofl:
Tue Sep 30, 2014, 10:41 AM
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WOMB ESCAPE DAY
Tue Sep 30, 2014, 6:55 AM
Alberthein1:iconalberthein1:
so many hams. soooooooo many hams.
Tue Sep 30, 2014, 6:22 AM
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HAPPYY BIRTHDAY
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you are amazing artist !!
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Happy birthday! :party:
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little lion man by VanHeist
little lion man
a followup to the (startlingly popular) "Halcyon Boy": halcyon boy by VanHeist

So, no, it wasn't ALLLL JUST A DREEEEAM, but Andy's still making it complicated for himself. Andy joins me and a million other people in the ranks of those who can't do anything spontaneously without scrutinizing it with an agonized conscience afterwards. ("WHY OH WHY DID I GIVE THAT STRANGER SUCH A WARM AND FRIENDLY GREETING?!? I bet they think i'm a FREAK OH GOD...")

Of course this is kind of new territory for the little guy. It's to be expected to have misgivings.

What's that smell? It smells like...emotional vulnerability!

Gogo picks up the scent and closes in.

dun dun dunnn.


....dunnnnnn.

Enjoy. Oh, and as a side note, thanks a TON for the immense amount of feedback on the latest journal and the last comic. I haven't been hit with that many messages in a long time, but tons of positive vibes and very helpful input regarding crowdfunding options and moving forward artistically. I haven't been able to respond to everything but i'm super grateful for all the insight and support. Once I've established a clear set of goals and a working timeline, I'll put forth more information.

In the immediate sense, though, I need to take a short break from answering messages and get back to commissions and such. I just wanted to post this to keep things a bit current and say hi. (Hi!)

Okay, bye for a little bit. :salute:
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  • Listening to: Gaelic Storm - Beggarman
  • Watching: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
I'm at a bit of a crossroads.

Let me give a little bit of explanation here.

I've done a fair amount of professional comic work. It's almost entirely by accident, which I realize is kind of a blessed situation, but happily, the one constant in my life as a "professional" has been a weird character I happened upon many moons ago: Gogo.

Which is awesome. I cannot lie. Gogo and the whole "Bomango" canon (such as it is) has been my sushi perfection (see: Jiro) for many these past years. I don't want to change the world; I just want to make a delicious dish. Some might see this as an obsession, some might see it as a sickness, even, others might not even care (why are you reading this, then? The world is on FIRE! Put your passions to that!) But for my part, I have come to terms with the idea that I'm a cook whose entree has attracted a few aesthetic stomachs. There are more and better artists out there with haute cuisine, but this sushi needs development.

Here is my life: I work 40-60 hours a week doing a job that I do not like. I work in a warehouse lugging groceries. This is a job that nobody likes, but a job that you eventually come to grips with and can retire on with moderate comfort. On the plus side, it keeps me in shape to do a physical job. I'm lucky to have such security. It gave me an apartment, a car, and what every job ought to: a means to keep going.

But here's the thing: i hate it. I'm never happier than I am on weekends or in the short time between shifts when I can just draw. I use all my sick days and call-ins to get back home to write and draw. (Well, I used one or two to go up north and swim/fish with the family this summer...worth it!) Certainly, my main focus is making stories and silly comics about Gogo and Andy and what-have-you. But I'm also obligated to work to clients and also commissioners. In between these things, I keep myself afloat artistically by trying to advance my own works. But there is only so much time in the week, and while I love and appreciate every ounce of support I've gotten here on deviantart--seriously, it's been a deciding factor between comics and just cashing in and being a working stiff--I'm genuinely at a place right now where I need to make room for doing what I love and what I'm good at. I want to make this sushi great, but I simply can't afford it.


This sounds like a sob story. My life is actually okay, don't worry.

If you've read this far, the cut of my jib here is exploring ways to keep me here, in front of my desk, and drawing. That means time to do commissions, time to work on making Bomango the delicious sushi it ought to be, just generally time to do all the art I want to/need to do.


I've done a lot for free, and by no means do i wish to hold myself back just for the sake of money. Times are hard for everyone, I understand that as well as anybody, but as I sit here on the cusp of launching a new website home for a new iteration of Bomango as well as trimming back the hours I work lugging boxes of food, I just want to get a feel for the possible options ahead. If I started a Patreon account, for example, would anyone wish to donate?

I'm simply in need of making time to work on what I really love to do. I just want to know what I can do apart from commissions to keep myself here, at my desk, and doing what i love to do more often.

thanks :salute:
halcyon boy by VanHeist
halcyon boy
i'll be returning to commissions shortly. I just thought I'd put the finishing touches on this since it fits thematically with the last couple of submissions ;)

Hmmm...i can't think of much to say with this one, kind of self-explanatory. I love the fall, always a season of change. Summer ends, but before bleak winter hits, there's the transitional period between. For most of my life that meant starting a new year of school and everything that goes with it, and even years later that sensibility is still triggered when the leaves change color and the temperature starts to dip: it's time to go.

So it goes with these characters. This strip isn't much of a bombshell, really, but it's an advancement of sorts. The endless summer of dancing around relationships and "will they/won't they" is wearing thin. And a kiss is something, but it's just a kiss. Just another step amongst the stairs.

It's time to go.

enjoy. :salute:

next comic: little lion man by VanHeist
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You Make Me Feels by VanHeist
You Make Me Feels
Thanks so much everyone for the birthday wishes, for the support, and...ahhh, just thanks a whole lot :) It means so much to me.

Spine-crushing, loving Gogo-hugs to you all!

peace :salute:
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  • Listening to: Gaelic Storm - Beggarman
  • Watching: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
I'm at a bit of a crossroads.

Let me give a little bit of explanation here.

I've done a fair amount of professional comic work. It's almost entirely by accident, which I realize is kind of a blessed situation, but happily, the one constant in my life as a "professional" has been a weird character I happened upon many moons ago: Gogo.

Which is awesome. I cannot lie. Gogo and the whole "Bomango" canon (such as it is) has been my sushi perfection (see: Jiro) for many these past years. I don't want to change the world; I just want to make a delicious dish. Some might see this as an obsession, some might see it as a sickness, even, others might not even care (why are you reading this, then? The world is on FIRE! Put your passions to that!) But for my part, I have come to terms with the idea that I'm a cook whose entree has attracted a few aesthetic stomachs. There are more and better artists out there with haute cuisine, but this sushi needs development.

Here is my life: I work 40-60 hours a week doing a job that I do not like. I work in a warehouse lugging groceries. This is a job that nobody likes, but a job that you eventually come to grips with and can retire on with moderate comfort. On the plus side, it keeps me in shape to do a physical job. I'm lucky to have such security. It gave me an apartment, a car, and what every job ought to: a means to keep going.

But here's the thing: i hate it. I'm never happier than I am on weekends or in the short time between shifts when I can just draw. I use all my sick days and call-ins to get back home to write and draw. (Well, I used one or two to go up north and swim/fish with the family this summer...worth it!) Certainly, my main focus is making stories and silly comics about Gogo and Andy and what-have-you. But I'm also obligated to work to clients and also commissioners. In between these things, I keep myself afloat artistically by trying to advance my own works. But there is only so much time in the week, and while I love and appreciate every ounce of support I've gotten here on deviantart--seriously, it's been a deciding factor between comics and just cashing in and being a working stiff--I'm genuinely at a place right now where I need to make room for doing what I love and what I'm good at. I want to make this sushi great, but I simply can't afford it.


This sounds like a sob story. My life is actually okay, don't worry.

If you've read this far, the cut of my jib here is exploring ways to keep me here, in front of my desk, and drawing. That means time to do commissions, time to work on making Bomango the delicious sushi it ought to be, just generally time to do all the art I want to/need to do.


I've done a lot for free, and by no means do i wish to hold myself back just for the sake of money. Times are hard for everyone, I understand that as well as anybody, but as I sit here on the cusp of launching a new website home for a new iteration of Bomango as well as trimming back the hours I work lugging boxes of food, I just want to get a feel for the possible options ahead. If I started a Patreon account, for example, would anyone wish to donate?

I'm simply in need of making time to work on what I really love to do. I just want to know what I can do apart from commissions to keep myself here, at my desk, and doing what i love to do more often.

thanks :salute:

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SilverWolfJudge Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hello!
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DZWestman Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Gold! 
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dinsidious1 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Life is full of changes.  Best part is that you never really know what is coming next.  Often the change is a better condition than you ever anticipated!  Best wishes on your new endeavour, and remember, you still have lots of friendly support, even when things seem, er, quirky!
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Wolfdrums19 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Like your work and the characters, especially Gogo; she's got a loveable charm to her to where despite being a tempermental she-hulk I can't help but like her and the odd humor that usually follows with her personality!
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Kant-Lavar Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
And because of The Rydering I had to go watch the Space Mutiny episode of MST3k. I'm not complaining, mind.
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ericnthered123 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Really enjoy your Gogo stories and looking forward to seeing more of your work. 
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sharknob Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great gallery man! nice to meet you :iconmonkeythumbplz:
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SirAwesomeDrawsAlot Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
VanHeist, have you ever thought of making comic books with stories from gogo, and sell them? and i mean real comic books, volumes, alot of pages, for the fun!
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I've thought of that very much. In fact, I'll hopefully be doing that as my main work in the near future. I won't stop with the occasional short comics to deviantart (time permitting), but i've been working on making a bigger story out of "Bomango" for a long time, and it's long overdue that I started doing that seriously. Once I've completed a few commissions and the current little comic story, it's time for something new with Gogo and the gang :)
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LamangoKaijura Featured By Owner 6 days ago
So actual paper back comics, or a webcomic? I'm confused.
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