As some of you might have noticed, we've reached the not particularly magical threshold of 200 comics on this little website. Feels REALLY good man, not gonna lie. Anyways, to celebrate the occasion, there's a special little treat for you all: A massive, awesome storyline, co-written by my good friend Spike (thanks a ton mate, I O U) AND a new update schedule: Piece of Me is going to update TWICE a week from now on, namely every Tuesday and Friday. So you'lll have even more nonsense to look forward to, and with your ongoing support, I'm sure I'll be able to pull it off.
Thanks for everything folks! Here's to another 200 strips!
So this is it. The end of an era. After about three years, I bid my Wacom Intuos 4 L adieu. It's served me well and I'm not gonna lie, I feel kinda sad at the thought of letting it go. However, I've gotten to the point where I felt that my abilities could benefit from a tablet with a monitor to draw directly on. Alas, I searched the interwebs and found that my bank account and my standards don't seem to see eye to eye – until I stumbled upon a rather promising, yet rather cheap alternative to Wacom's heartburn-inducingly priced, but market-dominating Cintiq tablets: The Yiynova MSP19U+, or, as I like to call it, 'The Bang For The Buck'. (I don't really call it that, by the way. That'd be just silly.)
So after studying pretty much every review I could find (of which there aren't that many out there, honestly), I decided to order one and give it a spin. All I have to say is: It holds up insanely well, especially considering the price of just about 670 bucks. The glass surface takes a little while to get used to, but feels great to draw on, the 1440 by 900px resolution of the 19 inch display is plenty enough and the LED display looks and feels pretty good and responsive once the whole calibration business is done (which could take a while – the drivers are a little fiddly and lack the polish of Wacom's driver software, but they get the job done). The only two minor gripes I've got with it are the VGA cable (yes, really) which is pretty short and, well, a VGA cable, and that the viewing angles of the display aren't stellar – but since I'm mostly sitting right in front of it, that's really just a minor complaint. At the end of the day, the Yiynova MSP19U+ (good lord, that's one unsexy name) does a phenomenal job with little to no lag and is well worth its price. If you're considering to get yourself a monitor digitizer but lack the funds to buy a small fighter jet, I can and will whole-heartedly recommend Yiynova's Cintiq alternative.
And now for something completely different. Last weekend, Spike and I decided to visit the Vienna Comix, which is one of Europe's biggest comic conventions. If you live in central Europe, you might actually want to check it out! We met tons of really, REALLY nice people and it's just a blast to hang out there. As a matter of fact, I'm going to see if I can get a table in the artist's room there – maybe even with a small book for sale. I'll keep you up to speed as good as I can, of course. Until then, I recommend you check out the Vienna Comix for yourself – the next one's on April 18. & 19. 2015, by the way, so save the date – you might even see Tami, Spike and me behind a table there. Either way, I'm really looking forward to it!