2014 July 9
Rough character study of Ana [née Anna—I have one of those already], nearly there but the tail is WAY too bushy [don’t fight me on this, it’s against the point of the character]
…this is the best I can do lately, it seems, until the 12-hour-per-day job commute nausea wears off… I’m getting too picky with digital stuff, and I don’t feel like cleaning up a scan—or even hooking up the scanner, for that matter [limited desk space] =p
[[granted, I could use some more practice being “imperfectionist” if it gets things done, so there]]

Rough character study of Ana [née Anna—I have one of those already], nearly there but the tail is WAY too bushy [don’t fight me on this, it’s against the point of the character]

…this is the best I can do lately, it seems, until the 12-hour-per-day job commute nausea wears off… I’m getting too picky with digital stuff, and I don’t feel like cleaning up a scan—or even hooking up the scanner, for that matter [limited desk space] =p

[[granted, I could use some more practice being “imperfectionist” if it gets things done, so there]]

2014 June 30
uh, hi, been a while, huh
Full disclosure: I’ve been sick, and my Muse decided to conk out along with me, declaring the best treatment other than sleep [which I can’t do for more than like 18 hours straight without totally ruining myself] is going through Ye Olde Steam Backlog… which was recently extended by Transistor+ thanks to a gift card and the Summer Sale… =p I could explain myself away, but short of it is I haven’t felt like drawing in a while, and I don’t know when that will change, but you’ll know when it does. I mean, I gave myself an hour to do this, and it dragged out to two for various reasons…
Anyway, if I haven’t sung the praises of Mischief in a while, it’s totally awesome, and you should try it out if you dig LOSSLESS raster drawing, especially since they’ve added in “flip canvas” support and some other features. Definitely worth the investment if you work with print at all.

uh, hi, been a while, huh

Full disclosure: I’ve been sick, and my Muse decided to conk out along with me, declaring the best treatment other than sleep [which I can’t do for more than like 18 hours straight without totally ruining myself] is going through Ye Olde Steam Backlog… which was recently extended by Transistor+ thanks to a gift card and the Summer Sale… =p I could explain myself away, but short of it is I haven’t felt like drawing in a while, and I don’t know when that will change, but you’ll know when it does. I mean, I gave myself an hour to do this, and it dragged out to two for various reasons…

Anyway, if I haven’t sung the praises of Mischief in a while, it’s totally awesome, and you should try it out if you dig LOSSLESS raster drawing, especially since they’ve added in “flip canvas” support and some other features. Definitely worth the investment if you work with print at all.

2014 June 3
I should maybe work on a cast page, I think

I should maybe work on a cast page, I think

2014 June 2

what is this i don’t even

2014 May 31

Minzoku’s Professional Amateur’s Guide to the eBay [unfinished]

So, I haven’t touched this in over a month, I believe, and I don’t think I will again—in part because most of what I’ve written feels obvious after selling once (and at any rate is difficult to describe concisely), and in part because I just feel like I have more interesting things to work on.

The main pieces of advice I would give to first-time sellers that I didn’t get to illustrate but feel are worth sharing have to do with shipping.

1. Final Value Fees on Shipping [yes, you read correctly!]

This is basically a few jerks ruined it for everybody by putting their stuff for sale for pennies but charging like $20 extra for shipping to avoid paying FVFs on the sale amount. Now you can still do that, but eBay will charge a fee based on the amount the buyer pays for shipping, plus the buyer may ding you for charging excessive shipping costs. You can avoid the FVF on shipping by offering free shipping, of course, and eBay also offers a shipping discount if you use their shipping label service for Priority Mail, which is [ideally but not always] the same as the FVF on shipping.

Mostly I point this out so there’s no surprise when it shows up on your monthly invoice, but also note that it will show the discounted postage cost on your shipping label if you do not uncheck the box to display it. It doesn’t matter to the post office if you don’t show it, but the buyer might not understand that there’s a discount to balance out the FVF and think you’re overcharging.

2. The Global Shipping Program

This is eBay’s way of making it stupid easy for sellers to ship internationally—just opt in to the GSP, ship the item to their distribution center in Kentucky, and they’ll handle all the customs and such! Easy, no? So what’s the catch?

The catch is your convenience is paid for by the buyer, and some of them aren’t so eager to pay for the extra charges. This is particularly problematic when the buyer doesn’t understand how the GSP works; you as seller are actually unable to send invoices for items sold with the GSP active, so trying to disable it after the fact basically means going outside of eBay and not having eBay’s built-in protections. It’s fine if you use it, but if a buyer wants to change the terms after close of sale, DO NOT AGREE TO DO THIS. The buyer needs to ask for the GSP to be removed from the item before the sale is final. If the buyer persists, you should report the buyer as trying to circumvent the terms of agreement.

All of this should be in your item description, for clarity; e.g., “International buyers agree to use the Global Shipping Program. If you do not wish to use the Global Shipping Program, please do not bid, or specify a domestic address.”

If you do not decide to use the GSP, international shipping is actually pretty easy to do directly from eBay, anyway, especially for anything under four pounds. The customs forms are now available electronically and even come with “E-DELCON” tracking in most cases.

3. Excluding Shipping Locations

As it turns out, a few countries [like Russia] have extremely poor shipping times from the US, especially for economy post. I had one buyer who felt obligated to open a case after 30 days because otherwise eBay would not have allowed a case to be opened. The item did show up, but if you don’t want to go through a similar hassle, you can pre-emptively block buyers from those countries from being able to bid.

Actually, if you don’t want to deal with international shipping at all, that would save you loads of hassle, but it’s up to you.

4. Lots

I really don’t recommend selling anything together that isn’t sold that way in the store; e.g., if you have six of the same item, sell them separately!  No one is really going to buy “a pallet of Xboxes” [and you might be flagged following the theft of a pallet of Xboxes]. Huge lots might be quicker for you to sell, but most buyers only want one or two things out of the lot, which means they won’t bid as high as if the items were sold separately. Also, it is more difficult to ship items safely if there are a lot of them; I had two boxes each containing more than ten items arrived damaged because I underestimated the durability of the items, despite packing them carefully in bubble wrap.

Those are the most important things in my guide. I do keep thinking of more I could add, but by this point it’s more of an instruction manual, and I really don’t want to write a whole book on a subject that can change at any given moment—I mean, the first three points wouldn’t have been applicable when I first started on eBay ten years ago. It’d have to be updated constantly, and I really only know what I know because I happened to sell a lot of things in three months—there’s got to be someone who knows more than me about this stuff =)

2014 May 25
oh yeah did y’all wanna play a game

oh yeah did y’all wanna play a game

2014 May 25
poorcraftcomic:

Hi, folks! Welcome to the webcomic debut of Poorcraft.
Poorcraft was Kickstarted in 2009, completed in 2012, and now I’m posting it online for everyone to enjoy. I’ll be updating it every day with a new page until the whole comic’s been posted. Where applicable, I’ll be adding comments and updating sections here in the text section.
This should take a few months. About five, to be exact. If you’d rather not wait, you can always buy Poorcraft from my store, in PDF and softcover format, or from Amazon, softcover or on Kindle. or both! Go crazy!
Thanks again to all the folks who made this book possible. that goes double for the picnicking trio on the cover, the three top project backers. Literally couldn’t have done it without you, folks.

THEY’S TALKING ABOUT MEEEEEEE *eats a sammich*

poorcraftcomic:

Hi, folks! Welcome to the webcomic debut of Poorcraft.

Poorcraft was Kickstarted in 2009, completed in 2012, and now I’m posting it online for everyone to enjoy. I’ll be updating it every day with a new page until the whole comic’s been posted. Where applicable, I’ll be adding comments and updating sections here in the text section.

This should take a few months. About five, to be exact. If you’d rather not wait, you can always buy Poorcraft from my store, in PDF and softcover format, or from Amazon, softcover or on Kindle. or both! Go crazy!

Thanks again to all the folks who made this book possible. that goes double for the picnicking trio on the cover, the three top project backers. Literally couldn’t have done it without you, folks.

THEY’S TALKING ABOUT MEEEEEEE *eats a sammich*

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2014 May 23
Bunny Hunter: ACTION GRANDMA
[note: might not actually be a grandmother, though I did want to throw in a bunch of nonstandard traits, like “over forty years old”]

Bunny Hunter: ACTION GRANDMA

[note: might not actually be a grandmother, though I did want to throw in a bunch of nonstandard traits, like “over forty years old”]

2014 May 22
rough character + ship design for a shmup [card game???] idea, photographed b/c it’s slightly easier than lugging out the scanner for a couple of index cards

rough character + ship design for a shmup [card game???] idea, photographed b/c it’s slightly easier than lugging out the scanner for a couple of index cards

2014 May 16
I’m doing things, I swear

I’m doing things, I swear

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