doronjosama: (flex)
Mostly for my own purposes/memory...

Radio:
--get Untamed and Furrlough #190 color illos to [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon for header use on Radio Comix Online
--finish prepping Sin Factory sample comics
--wash table cover sheets
--pack con supplies (receipt books, markers, mini-easels pens, CASH BOX & KEY)
--get Radio Comix Online flyers printed
--check mail at PMB one last time
--process online store orders
--GET CHANGE!

Cosplay:
--check cosplay email one final time
--type up FAQ for information desk staff & print out
--pack cosplay stuff (Black Cosplay Binder of Doom, soundtrack CDs, badge stickers, notepaper)

Personal:
--choose & pack clothes
--pack toiletries
--charge DS and iPod (and find my freaking Animal Crossing: Wild World...)
--dye hair (pink)
--fix eyebrows & nails, shave legs
--scoop cat boxes
--groom cats
--clean out purse (too heavy again by half...)
--do dishes
--take out trash (Don't forget to put it on the curb Weds. night!)
--get house keys to [livejournal.com profile] denshousha and work out feeding information for kittehs
--work last pre-Kon shift at Day Job

TO-DO IMMEDIATELY POST-KON:
--call accountant to deal with state tax oddness (#1 priority!)
--bug the printers
--scan more pages for Radio Comix Online & upload
--get color illos to [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon for new online series (Tales of the Fehnnik, Pervert Club)
--finalize ISBN assignment for current books and BMI

Ooogh, so much to do. I so wish I could just escape into a video game for a few hours, some WoW or maybe some Sims2. Alas, that is not for me until after the Kon. (And until the post-Kon list is partially tackled...)
doronjosama: (Default)
Mostly for my own purposes/memory...

Radio:
--get Untamed and Furrlough #190 color illos to [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon for header use on Radio Comix Online
--finish prepping Sin Factory sample comics
--wash table cover sheets
--pack con supplies (receipt books, markers, mini-easels pens, CASH BOX & KEY)
--get Radio Comix Online flyers printed
--check mail at PMB one last time
--process online store orders
--GET CHANGE!

Cosplay:
--check cosplay email one final time
--type up FAQ for information desk staff & print out
--pack cosplay stuff (Black Cosplay Binder of Doom, soundtrack CDs, badge stickers, notepaper)

Personal:
--choose & pack clothes
--pack toiletries
--charge DS and iPod (and find my freaking Animal Crossing: Wild World...)
--dye hair (pink)
--fix eyebrows & nails, shave legs
--scoop cat boxes
--groom cats
--clean out purse (too heavy again by half...)
--do dishes
--take out trash (Don't forget to put it on the curb Weds. night!)
--get house keys to [livejournal.com profile] denshousha and work out feeding information for kittehs
--work last pre-Kon shift at Day Job

TO-DO IMMEDIATELY POST-KON:
--call accountant to deal with state tax oddness (#1 priority!)
--bug the printers
--scan more pages for Radio Comix Online & upload
--get color illos to [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon for new online series (Tales of the Fehnnik, Pervert Club)
--finalize ISBN assignment for current books and BMI

Ooogh, so much to do. I so wish I could just escape into a video game for a few hours, some WoW or maybe some Sims2. Alas, that is not for me until after the Kon. (And until the post-Kon list is partially tackled...)
doronjosama: (bling)
Preparing for A-Kon, which means I am answering some email, and in my email box, I discover Diamond Distribution has finally decided to standardize what they want for bar codes. To whit, ONLY UPC bar codes will be allowed on floppy comic books (periodicals). ISBN or EAN bar codes will not be accepted on any floppy comics. (Previously, when they started the "you must have a bar code" rule in 2007, they accepted other types of bar codes; as long as it scanned, they did not care.)

Well, fortunately, this doesn't really affect us at Radio any more. We've always just used the ISBNs we'd already purchased- and yes, we were using them on our floppy comics. But, we no longer make floppy comics- everything is perfect bound and graphic novel/doujinshi style now. To be more precise, we don't make floppy comics that are meant for Diamond or the Direct Market. (We still publish Genus: Male as a floppy, but did not even bother to solicit via Diamond. We knew it would not generate enough orders through comic shops to make it over their new minimum order cutoff. It's been selling just fine through Haven, specialty furry outlets and through direct sales on our website. But I digress...) So, even though we are using ISBNs on our books, we should be fine. They're book format, after all, which is what Diamond wants from us.

What worries me about this is that UPC bar codes cost considerably more than ISBN or EAN bar codes. We're talking a *LOT* more. This bodes very poorly for anyone new starting out in comics, if they want to make your standard 24-to-32-page comic book. Your average small press publisher is usually doing comics as a labor of love- they are pouring their sweat, tears, hard work and likely all of their disposable income into just getting the comic *printed*- having to invest anywhere up to $2500 on top of printing costs into getting a UPC bar code for a comic that Diamond might not even carry.... well, that's going to be a huge barrier for most people. (If they even know they need such a thing... and that $2500 fee is a possible annual membership fee for UPC membership- it ranges from $158 to $2500 annually, depending. The codes are another charge, and when I last looked them up, the smallest "pack" was a hundred or so.)

There have always been barriers to traditional publishing; they just got higher.

So, I guess work on those webcomics and publish nothing but graphic novel collections, kids! It's the only way to go anymore! Well, if you want to use an ISBN on your book and have it get into comic stores!

PS I thought about copying and pasting the information from the email into this post, but wasn't sure if that would be kosher. As much as this worries and upsets me in regards to the future of independent comics in the Direct Market, I am not a Diamond hater. They're our business partners and we value what they do for us. I understand that they are only doing what they feel they must in order to survive- the economy is bad all over for everyone. Business is business.

OH! And Edit to Add: Diamond owns Alliance Distribution, the big gaming distributor that we use at the store I work at for the Day Job. I have noticed that while Diamond insists on bar codes on *everything* (seriously, everything has one), we get things through Alliance constantly that don't have bar codes on them. Or ISBNs. Or EANs. Or any kind of thing that can be scanned at all. It's frustrating on the retail end, but always makes me go "WTF?!" as a publisher. Why don't gaming items need to conform to the same standards comics have to conform to?
doronjosama: (Default)
Preparing for A-Kon, which means I am answering some email, and in my email box, I discover Diamond Distribution has finally decided to standardize what they want for bar codes. To whit, ONLY UPC bar codes will be allowed on floppy comic books (periodicals). ISBN or EAN bar codes will not be accepted on any floppy comics. (Previously, when they started the "you must have a bar code" rule in 2007, they accepted other types of bar codes; as long as it scanned, they did not care.)

Well, fortunately, this doesn't really affect us at Radio any more. We've always just used the ISBNs we'd already purchased- and yes, we were using them on our floppy comics. But, we no longer make floppy comics- everything is perfect bound and graphic novel/doujinshi style now. To be more precise, we don't make floppy comics that are meant for Diamond or the Direct Market. (We still publish Genus: Male as a floppy, but did not even bother to solicit via Diamond. We knew it would not generate enough orders through comic shops to make it over their new minimum order cutoff. It's been selling just fine through Haven, specialty furry outlets and through direct sales on our website. But I digress...) So, even though we are using ISBNs on our books, we should be fine. They're book format, after all, which is what Diamond wants from us.

What worries me about this is that UPC bar codes cost considerably more than ISBN or EAN bar codes. We're talking a *LOT* more. This bodes very poorly for anyone new starting out in comics, if they want to make your standard 24-to-32-page comic book. Your average small press publisher is usually doing comics as a labor of love- they are pouring their sweat, tears, hard work and likely all of their disposable income into just getting the comic *printed*- having to invest anywhere up to $2500 on top of printing costs into getting a UPC bar code for a comic that Diamond might not even carry.... well, that's going to be a huge barrier for most people. (If they even know they need such a thing... and that $2500 fee is a possible annual membership fee for UPC membership- it ranges from $158 to $2500 annually, depending. The codes are another charge, and when I last looked them up, the smallest "pack" was a hundred or so.)

There have always been barriers to traditional publishing; they just got higher.

So, I guess work on those webcomics and publish nothing but graphic novel collections, kids! It's the only way to go anymore! Well, if you want to use an ISBN on your book and have it get into comic stores!

PS I thought about copying and pasting the information from the email into this post, but wasn't sure if that would be kosher. As much as this worries and upsets me in regards to the future of independent comics in the Direct Market, I am not a Diamond hater. They're our business partners and we value what they do for us. I understand that they are only doing what they feel they must in order to survive- the economy is bad all over for everyone. Business is business.

OH! And Edit to Add: Diamond owns Alliance Distribution, the big gaming distributor that we use at the store I work at for the Day Job. I have noticed that while Diamond insists on bar codes on *everything* (seriously, everything has one), we get things through Alliance constantly that don't have bar codes on them. Or ISBNs. Or EANs. Or any kind of thing that can be scanned at all. It's frustrating on the retail end, but always makes me go "WTF?!" as a publisher. Why don't gaming items need to conform to the same standards comics have to conform to?
doronjosama: (accomplished)
Twitter and Facebook are nice and fun and all, and good for momentary observations, but I've decided I need to update my journal for real more often. This will take a while to get back into the swing of things! Until then, bits of news I found interesting this morning:

Phthalates may cause hormonal changes in fetuses. Of course it's written a bit scare-tactics-y, sort of an "oh noes, yur babby will be gay!!11!" to use the internet jargon, but it is a weird bit of science. I knew phthalates were bad, but I didn't know they could cause hormone changes. Very strange! (And apologies to my pregnant friends out there, I don't mean to freak you guys out.)

A doctor in China was so into his computer game, he ignored a baby patient to death! I made the D: face when I read that. That's just awful! Online games are actually a horrible social problem in China, from what I've read- people will play them literally until they die. Which is horrible! I just am happy it wasn't Warcraft!

Helena Bonham Carter to play Enid Blyton! This news pleases me, I love historical biopics! And I've been curious about Enid Blyton lately... good on the BBC for realizing I wanted more information. XD

Today is Radio Comix work day; there's lots to do. I've got to write up a couple of press releases for our newest online comics (Trouble Express by Will Allison and Tiger Team Three by Mark Moore), I have to get the mail order ready to go out (and use our brand spanking new postal scale and online postage account- we're in the 21st century finally!), get some auction things scanned and posted, sort more inventory in the garage room; answer email (oh so much email, ow), and finally, do some more editorial work on our next print comics (Genus #92 and Genus: Male #9, which we plan to have done for Further Confusion in January)! Can I cram it all into one day? We shall see!

But hey, the cats are already groomed and coated with their Allerpet-C. It works best when I do it before they get fed, because then they are too busy trying to ingratiate themselves to me, the Keeper of Deliciousness, to fight the grooming process! Ha! Score one for thumbs and a brain bigger than a walnut!
doronjosama: (Default)
Twitter and Facebook are nice and fun and all, and good for momentary observations, but I've decided I need to update my journal for real more often. This will take a while to get back into the swing of things! Until then, bits of news I found interesting this morning:

Phthalates may cause hormonal changes in fetuses. Of course it's written a bit scare-tactics-y, sort of an "oh noes, yur babby will be gay!!11!" to use the internet jargon, but it is a weird bit of science. I knew phthalates were bad, but I didn't know they could cause hormone changes. Very strange! (And apologies to my pregnant friends out there, I don't mean to freak you guys out.)

A doctor in China was so into his computer game, he ignored a baby patient to death! I made the D: face when I read that. That's just awful! Online games are actually a horrible social problem in China, from what I've read- people will play them literally until they die. Which is horrible! I just am happy it wasn't Warcraft!

Helena Bonham Carter to play Enid Blyton! This news pleases me, I love historical biopics! And I've been curious about Enid Blyton lately... good on the BBC for realizing I wanted more information. XD

Today is Radio Comix work day; there's lots to do. I've got to write up a couple of press releases for our newest online comics (Trouble Express by Will Allison and Tiger Team Three by Mark Moore), I have to get the mail order ready to go out (and use our brand spanking new postal scale and online postage account- we're in the 21st century finally!), get some auction things scanned and posted, sort more inventory in the garage room; answer email (oh so much email, ow), and finally, do some more editorial work on our next print comics (Genus #92 and Genus: Male #9, which we plan to have done for Further Confusion in January)! Can I cram it all into one day? We shall see!

But hey, the cats are already groomed and coated with their Allerpet-C. It works best when I do it before they get fed, because then they are too busy trying to ingratiate themselves to me, the Keeper of Deliciousness, to fight the grooming process! Ha! Score one for thumbs and a brain bigger than a walnut!
doronjosama: (pengu)
It has been crazy busy all last month and this month looks to get even busier, as A-Kon 20 approaches! Here's what is on my plate:

--turn in our last twp floppy comics to the printers; those would be Genus #91 and Genus Presents: Bun-Buns #1. After those two, we will be concentrating wholly on putting comics on our websites, and doing semi-annual perfect bound books and graphic novel collections of stuff that debuts online. The comic industry has changed, and we are changing with it!

--get more stuff prepped to post to Radio Comix Online. Coming soon: Havoc, Inc., Trouble Express, Bureau of Mana Investigation and a Furrlough section! Ebin & May has already started, and has been updating like clockwork, thanks to the tireless efforts of [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon.

--The Radio Comix Forum is back online, and already chugging along with our usual brand of lively discussion! Go check it out!

--As I said before, A-Kon 20 is coming up, and once again, I am working staff for the show (this is in addition to doing panels as a guest of the kon, and running the Radio tables in the dealer's room... I am apparently a glutton for punishment). Cosplay Staff, to be specific, which means I'm already up to my ears in entry forms and show scheduling. ^_^ Since it is the 20th anniversary of A-Kon, [livejournal.com profile] veltonkyle and I are trying to put together a video clip of past A-Kon cosplay to open the show with; fingers crossed we'll be able to get it done in time for the show!

--Still have to prep all the stock for A-Kon, and get it all packed up. Also, somewhat related, there's going to be a lot of work in the storage units in my future, as we finish the organization process there that [livejournal.com profile] matthigh started.

--Still have to get things arranged for Anthrocon; I'm running behind on that stuff, but hopefully I can get it managed in time.

--Chunking more stuff so we can move once our lease on the Radio apartment expires. Even though we just moved last year, there's still tons of stuff to go through, pack or get rid of. This is consuming my brain.

--Planning the wedding reception [livejournal.com profile] suarez and I didn't get to do last year. (We were married by the justice of the peace at the courthouse; the reception was always planned to be this year in October.) I admit, I am not concentrating on this enough and need to step up my game on it asap!

--Dealing with more day to day business stuff, mail order, auctions, etc. There's lots of that to deal with, and the auctions are important because I need to clear out more of this accumulate STUFF so we can move! To that end, auction plugs to follow this paragraph. ^_^ The FurBuy part is empty at the moment, but I will have fresh ones posted by the evening of 5/8/09, so check back!

AUCTIONS:
New eBay auctions are here in this link!
New FurBuy auctions are here in this link! (NSFW!)

That's everything I can think of now; no doubt I am forgetting something important! I'll make a fresh post when I remember it!
doronjosama: (Default)
It has been crazy busy all last month and this month looks to get even busier, as A-Kon 20 approaches! Here's what is on my plate:

--turn in our last twp floppy comics to the printers; those would be Genus #91 and Genus Presents: Bun-Buns #1. After those two, we will be concentrating wholly on putting comics on our websites, and doing semi-annual perfect bound books and graphic novel collections of stuff that debuts online. The comic industry has changed, and we are changing with it!

--get more stuff prepped to post to Radio Comix Online. Coming soon: Havoc, Inc., Trouble Express, Bureau of Mana Investigation and a Furrlough section! Ebin & May has already started, and has been updating like clockwork, thanks to the tireless efforts of [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon.

--The Radio Comix Forum is back online, and already chugging along with our usual brand of lively discussion! Go check it out!

--As I said before, A-Kon 20 is coming up, and once again, I am working staff for the show (this is in addition to doing panels as a guest of the kon, and running the Radio tables in the dealer's room... I am apparently a glutton for punishment). Cosplay Staff, to be specific, which means I'm already up to my ears in entry forms and show scheduling. ^_^ Since it is the 20th anniversary of A-Kon, [livejournal.com profile] veltonkyle and I are trying to put together a video clip of past A-Kon cosplay to open the show with; fingers crossed we'll be able to get it done in time for the show!

--Still have to prep all the stock for A-Kon, and get it all packed up. Also, somewhat related, there's going to be a lot of work in the storage units in my future, as we finish the organization process there that [livejournal.com profile] matthigh started.

--Still have to get things arranged for Anthrocon; I'm running behind on that stuff, but hopefully I can get it managed in time.

--Chunking more stuff so we can move once our lease on the Radio apartment expires. Even though we just moved last year, there's still tons of stuff to go through, pack or get rid of. This is consuming my brain.

--Planning the wedding reception [livejournal.com profile] suarez and I didn't get to do last year. (We were married by the justice of the peace at the courthouse; the reception was always planned to be this year in October.) I admit, I am not concentrating on this enough and need to step up my game on it asap!

--Dealing with more day to day business stuff, mail order, auctions, etc. There's lots of that to deal with, and the auctions are important because I need to clear out more of this accumulate STUFF so we can move! To that end, auction plugs to follow this paragraph. ^_^ The FurBuy part is empty at the moment, but I will have fresh ones posted by the evening of 5/8/09, so check back!

AUCTIONS:
New eBay auctions are here in this link!
New FurBuy auctions are here in this link! (NSFW!)

That's everything I can think of now; no doubt I am forgetting something important! I'll make a fresh post when I remember it!
doronjosama: (armyofme)
--still super busy, so bullet-style posting again

--I'm apparently Employee of the Month at the comic shop. I am, in fact, the first EotM they've had there on the new plan. ^_^

--it's freezing cold here, and misting water that turns to ice every night, so I have had to sleep at the Radio apartment (which still has no heat!) the last two nights. (And thus, have not laid eyes on my husband in two days...)

--Further Confusion plans have been arranged; I will be attending alone this year, due to work schedules and financial stuff going on with my usual crew of helpers. I'll be staying off-site with [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon and also pre-shipping the stock out to her beforehand. I'm extremely grateful for her help with this con! Hopefully, [livejournal.com profile] thphilster will be able to lend a hand with the table-watching, since we're right next to each other. And [livejournal.com profile] dustmeat, if you need a place to sit, I've got space. I just need to double-check on our temp tax ID now and get the plane ticket and I'm good to go.

--we're still having a sale on our online store until December 19th, check it out.

--the Dave Stevens art book I special ordered at the comic store came in, but I can't buy it yet with bills and Xmas coming at me (it's $50!). And anyway, just looking through it made me want to cry, which I don't have time for right now.

--my S.A.D. is still here; the more overcast it gets, the moodier I get. Hooray for Scandinavian genetic heritage. You know Scandinavians have a higher suicide rate than anywhere else, right? It's because there's NO SUN for six months out of the year! (At least I'm Norwegian, which typically has a lower rate than say, Finland, which has the highest.)

--we're finally getting the Verotel Ticketsclub system set up for the SinFactoryComix site; now to see if it will play nice with the CCBill stuff. I don't want to have to abandon CCBill, but seriously, we can't accept Visa through them, due to weird American regulations against "non-humans" being on the site. (Read: furries, robots, fairies, elves, devil girls, aliens etc. Apparently Visa deems all those things A Threat and Cause For Chargebacks, so they turned us down when we tried to apply. We could remove all the non-human art from the site and be approved, but heh, then we'd have No Site.) Since Visa is the most used card, this cuts out a huge amount of sales we could be making. Verotel is based out of Europe so they are not bound by the weird US-only regulations.

--my on-board graphics card on my PC started crapping out this last week; games were unplayable, and web browsing was do-able, but difficult (weird artifacting and tiling going on...). Fortunately, I downloaded the latest drivers and it seems to have fixed the problem. I was not looking forward to having to buy a new video card suddenly. (I could live without the gaming, but I can't do business without the web- it's impossible!) I will still have to get a new video card, because the on-board one is a bit weak, but I can do it when finances are less tight.

--the post office last night was a madhouse- people really don't understand how the mail works. And they get upset when they have to PAY to MAIL THINGS. Good lord.

Okay, time to go do more work before I go in to work.

PS I have not done any Xmas planning or shopping or anything yet this year. I think we're skipping cards again this year, mostly because I forgot to get any yet due to the busy thing. -_-;

FORGOT TO POST MY AUCTION LINKS! AUGH!
New eBay auctions are here!
New FurBid auctions are here! (NSFW)
Everything is going cheap!
doronjosama: (Default)
--still super busy, so bullet-style posting again

--I'm apparently Employee of the Month at the comic shop. I am, in fact, the first EotM they've had there on the new plan. ^_^

--it's freezing cold here, and misting water that turns to ice every night, so I have had to sleep at the Radio apartment (which still has no heat!) the last two nights. (And thus, have not laid eyes on my husband in two days...)

--Further Confusion plans have been arranged; I will be attending alone this year, due to work schedules and financial stuff going on with my usual crew of helpers. I'll be staying off-site with [livejournal.com profile] smudge_dragon and also pre-shipping the stock out to her beforehand. I'm extremely grateful for her help with this con! Hopefully, [livejournal.com profile] thphilster will be able to lend a hand with the table-watching, since we're right next to each other. And [livejournal.com profile] dustmeat, if you need a place to sit, I've got space. I just need to double-check on our temp tax ID now and get the plane ticket and I'm good to go.

--we're still having a sale on our online store until December 19th, check it out.

--the Dave Stevens art book I special ordered at the comic store came in, but I can't buy it yet with bills and Xmas coming at me (it's $50!). And anyway, just looking through it made me want to cry, which I don't have time for right now.

--my S.A.D. is still here; the more overcast it gets, the moodier I get. Hooray for Scandinavian genetic heritage. You know Scandinavians have a higher suicide rate than anywhere else, right? It's because there's NO SUN for six months out of the year! (At least I'm Norwegian, which typically has a lower rate than say, Finland, which has the highest.)

--we're finally getting the Verotel Ticketsclub system set up for the SinFactoryComix site; now to see if it will play nice with the CCBill stuff. I don't want to have to abandon CCBill, but seriously, we can't accept Visa through them, due to weird American regulations against "non-humans" being on the site. (Read: furries, robots, fairies, elves, devil girls, aliens etc. Apparently Visa deems all those things A Threat and Cause For Chargebacks, so they turned us down when we tried to apply. We could remove all the non-human art from the site and be approved, but heh, then we'd have No Site.) Since Visa is the most used card, this cuts out a huge amount of sales we could be making. Verotel is based out of Europe so they are not bound by the weird US-only regulations.

--my on-board graphics card on my PC started crapping out this last week; games were unplayable, and web browsing was do-able, but difficult (weird artifacting and tiling going on...). Fortunately, I downloaded the latest drivers and it seems to have fixed the problem. I was not looking forward to having to buy a new video card suddenly. (I could live without the gaming, but I can't do business without the web- it's impossible!) I will still have to get a new video card, because the on-board one is a bit weak, but I can do it when finances are less tight.

--the post office last night was a madhouse- people really don't understand how the mail works. And they get upset when they have to PAY to MAIL THINGS. Good lord.

Okay, time to go do more work before I go in to work.

PS I have not done any Xmas planning or shopping or anything yet this year. I think we're skipping cards again this year, mostly because I forgot to get any yet due to the busy thing. -_-;

FORGOT TO POST MY AUCTION LINKS! AUGH!
New eBay auctions are here!
New FurBid auctions are here! (NSFW)
Everything is going cheap!

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