Hey all,

So, I really enjoy Geek and Sundry's The Pull, and I've wanted to do something similar for awhile, and thus The Skinny was born!

Aaron Lenk - Creator of The Last GiantAs you may know, I went the Toronto Comic Con back in March, where I met a lot of really cool people! Among these, I met some awesomely talented, indie comic artists. This is how I connected with Aaron Lenk, who is the homegrown, Canadian creator of “The Last Giant”, a fantasy, all ages comic.

“The Last Giant” is a simple, funny, yet captivating tale about two would-be heroes that are on a quest to defeat the last a ginormous being who happens to be the last of his kind. Aaron’s unique and interesting art helps pull me into the story and I was transported into the Last Giant’s world just like any other of the books I've enjoyed.

I highly recommend you check it out, as well as Aaron’s other books  at:

Big Simple Comics Website

Big Simple Comics on Twitter

Big Simple Comics on Facebook

Hey guys I hope you are well! Sorry I haven't written in forever; life has been pretty freaking crazy for me, which is usually why I go MIA, and drop off the face of the Earth! Life is especially crazy at the moment. I'm facing some wicked stakes (not to be confused with the awesome tale of two witches), and just a few life-altering decisions... no biggie! I'll save said decisions for later posts ...but no, I'm not exaggerating or hyperbolizing, I'm just not good with sharp, pointy objects.

Two of the decisions will have a profound impact on my health and physical ability. However, the odds may or may not be ever in my favour, thus before I say yay or nay to anything, I've decided to go on a quest for some peace of mind. To start my quest, I'm going to reach out to a couple of my fellow indie artists I met at the Toronto Comic Con, and see if they'd be interested in helping me with or taking on the art for my comics. Now, please don't get me wrong, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ILLUSTRATING MY OWN STUFF, so this isn't me giving up on doing what I love by any means. This is me trying to make sure that if,and I put emphasis on the "if" anything happens, and it turns out the odds are not in my favour, I'll still have a way of being creative, as well as a way of continuing to get awesomeness out to you! I want to do this stuff for a living, you know? I'm really working on making this a reality, and I've been getting amazing opportunities to help me achieve this! I really don't want to drop the ball, so I'm going to start building a team, which was what I have wanted to do for awhile now!

In other news, Jason and I just had our first year anniversary earlier this week! We went to a hotel and a Hedley concert, which was AMAZING, and my very first concert ever!!! A lot has happened this year; lots of tough times and new experiences for the both of us. Jason is the first boyfriend I've ever had, so all this is still kinda new and scary for me, however, I think I've learned a lot, and started to step into my own. I'm not that scared little teen anymore, in some ways I am, but in many ways I'm not.

Anyways, stay tuned for the upcoming posts about my stakes and big decisions. Plus keep an eye out for one about the extremely awkward and uncomfortable yet kinda funny experience I had at work last month!

Later guys!

The second issue of Starkeeper is out!! (Longing: Part Two) 

As Cal accepts his role as Earth's Starkeeper, foes force him and his friends into a game, distancing Cal from his family but saving a life.

At its heart, Starkeeper is a story of self-discovery and exploring challenges like bullying, not fitting in, due to having an apparent difference; differences like sexuality, being of a certain religion, or having a disability. Some people face these challenges everyday, and this is why the message of the series is that things will change, though it might not happen when or how you'd expect.

This second and full colour installment of Starkeeper was released on January 2nd, 2016, and just like the first, a percentage of the profits will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

Starkeeper is an ongoing, sci-fi comic series that has been in my head for a long time, and needed to be told. So, I started to write and illustrate this saga, because everyone has felt different and alone at some point in their life.

Check out a preview of Book One: Longing - Part Two today!

Get your copy of Book One: Longing - Part Two on Amazon!

OR

Get it on Kindle!

The first issue of Starkeeper (Longing) 

Cal, a disabled teenager, wants his life to change. He is tired of the obstacles that he has to face, and all his bullies who consider him as their personal entertainment system

However, on his 17th birthday, Cal is given something that might just grant him what he wishes for, and more!

Longing is a black and white comic, released on July 1st, 2013, and a percentage of the profits will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

Check out a preview of Book One: Longing - Part Two!

Get your copy of Book One: Longing - Part One!

 

Do you ever feel like everyone and everything in your life is on fast forward, while you're just standing still? That's how I'm feeling at the moment. Things with ILC are getting worse (again,) so much so that my apartment has become a revolving door or King's Cross Station. There's no consistency in the PSWs I get - I grow comfortable with certain people, but then months later, they are moved elsewhere. While this isn't my only issue, this one is really weighing on my mind.

In the midst of living near the famed Platform 9 and 3/4, (which sounds MUCH cooler than it is,) my boyfriend just moved to Toronto for his new job. I probably shouldn't be as anxious about Jason's recent transition as I am, but he's my first ever boyfriend, and we've only been together for six months, so ya.. I'm still a little insecure about things, so shoot me...(and by a little, I mean, Grand Canyon size.) 

Anyways, in contrast to all these changes, and like I said at the beginning, I feel stuck in the stickest molasses known to man or woman. While my Indiegogo (see my last post,) didn't go as poorly as it could have, it didn't go as well as I hoped, thus Starkeeper and I are still traveling the lovely countryside of Nowhere. In an effort to rectify this, I made the awesome decision to self publish the second issue, but it's bogging me down, and making me feel really stupid! So now I'm either going to belt out Giles' song from the Once More With Feeling episode of Buffy, or try to get into Hogsmeade, or something entirely different. Who knows.

Hey guys, I hope that y'all are well! I just want to thank everyone for contributing, sharing and/or donating to my Indiegogo campaign! Thus far we've raised $305, which is an awesome start, and I'm so grateful! There are now 16 days left to be part of my Starkeeper comic, but when I started writing this post there were 19 days, though I digress.. If you have any interest in having your name and/or likeness in an issue of Starkeeper, here's your chance. Just follow the link below.

http://igg.me/at/starkeeper

Thanks again guys! See ya!

Hey guys,  I debated whether to post this vid or not because I was a lot happier when I recorded it. I'm kinda...super bummed out at the moment, so posting something light and cheery feels like a lie right now, but hey, things gotta change someday, right? Yeah, I'll just keep on faking the smiles, and telling myself this elusive and whimsical fairytate called "Someday." Heh.

I'm thinking of splitting Starkeeper: Longing into two more parts, and keep later installments short (about 20-30 pages,) so they're easier for me to draw, and get them out to you guys faster. Thoughts?

Who am I? I am just a 24 year old guy who is trying to build a happy and meaningful life. I have Cerebral Palsy, and require assistance to complete all my tasks and activities of daily life. These tasks include eating, grooming, toileting, cooking, etc. I also need help out in the community to go on shopping, work-related, and leisurely excursions.

What am I trying to do? Well, to answer this, I shall start by sharing the following two videos.

I totally agree with Dayna! The media and entertainment industry plays a big role in our society, and maybe it’s time to use it to our advantage, no? This is part of why I wanted a protagonist who happens to have a disability. However, I would still like to get back into modeling and acting, as soon as I find the right people and assistance to help me.

Like the individuals in these videos, I am also trying to create change. A year ago, Starkeeper: Longing, my first graphic novel was published. Starkeeper is a science fiction story that follows Cal, a bullied, disabled teen whose life changes in ways that he never imagined, which led him to discover his powerful birthright. Since its publication, my novel has opened the door to a few opportunities where I got to share Cal’s journey as well as my own with other people with disabilities. Getting the chance to connect with people who have had similar experiences as me was awesome, and being able to let them know that they aren’t alone was even better! I would love to have many more opportunities like this, and incorporate them into a future career, alas I can’t achieve this without the necessary assistance, which I currently do not have.

Therefore, I am trying to find volunteers, a way to hire my own attendants, or some other avenue to get the help I need, so I can continue to build the happy life and career that I so desire.

I know I am a dreamer, but I don't think that my goals and aspirations are impossible, I just have to find a way to achieve them.

P.S. I have looked into the Direct Funding route, as you guys know, and I don’t think seven hours (which is the maximum allotment) would be enough for me, because there have been times when I was out all day.

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