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C. Spike Trotman has been shared in 11 public circles

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Meilani MacDonald5,498Readers and Writers CircleCame across a request from +Amanda Blain for circles of bloggers and writers.  So seems like a good time to share them :)  This circle contains both writers and readers aka fans of writing and writers. Added myself because although I looooove to read.  I dabble a little bit in writing, but nothing I've shared with anyone besides a select few friends.  Well stories anyway, goddess knows I put my two cents out there enough here on G+ in posts and comments, lol.edited:  woopsie and of course I forgot to add myself in there.  Please do me a favor and add me in somewhere if you share?  Because I do love a good story!!  Are you a writer or fellow lover of good stories?  Leave a comment below and let us know so we can add you to this fabulous circle :)2012-08-25 05:23:241203011CC G+
Trever McGhee11,231+Matt Lichtenwalner has done fantastic work putting this artists' circle together. I follow quite a few of these #artists   #illustrators   and they do amazing work.So I've added the rest to check them out, as we continue to search for inspiring photo's, stories, work ...to promote in our relay.Day 96 of our journey away from home to inspire you to Take2seconds to follow us, to share this post so that we can reach out to more people. Every new follower encourages sponsors to invest in our community projects that generate income to support more community projects that save lives.+Take2seconds  #Take2seconds  2012-08-20 16:58:1350016214CC G+
Matt Lichtenwalner0Been a while since I shared out my 'fellow artists' circle. If you're looking for a little inspiration, or maybe just a bit more color/creativity in your life, you could do FAR worse than to circle these #artists and #illustrators.Hope you have a creative day!2012-08-20 15:24:3550113111CC G+
Meilani MacDonald2,931Reading and Writing!I love a good story! In fact, I'm not sure there's anything I like more. Well, ok, flowers and nature maybe, but it's flowers, nature and good stories all the way! One of the things I love about Google+ is that it has exposed me to many people who are great writers, bloggers, self-published book authors, and also other people who love to read, oh and also publishers and services for authors. I've been collecting them into a circle I call Reading and Writing. As I finally get settled for a good Sunday read with +Jacob Dix's story The Hives, that he has been so gracious to share with us here on Google+, I thought why not share my Reading and Writing circle so that you all can connect with these great writers and fellow book lovers too :)And btw here is the link to Jacob's story: https://plus.google.com/100152754393360938972/posts/cuaV9awxrsmHappy Reading! #reading #writing #writers #authors #booklovers #books2012-05-27 22:19:42103113CC G+
Chris Lion6,744Hey folks,this is my RANDOM-CIRCLE.or my GIVE IT A CHANCE - Circle!!! ;)it includes a random selection of people and i don't know what they'll post, and i don't even know why it includes exactly 442 people, but i believe that every Google+ User deserves to be circled. Maybe there are some of the most interesting people among them, maybe some of the new Google+ Stars are in this circle, i don't know. All i know is, that i gave them a chance, i circled them and you should probably do the same. Give this circle a chance. Maybe you'll find a new friend or another interesting person you could work or collaborate with. Who knows!_____________________________________________________+The Best Circles on Google+ +Shared Circles on G+ +Music Artist Circles +Public Circles +CircleCount +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles +Public Circles #sharedcircles #shared #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #circlesunday #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #publiccirclesproject2012-04-24 19:40:294426210CC G+
Daniel Sandstein10,037The Cream of the Crop of March 2012What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:February 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92012-04-02 07:48:20308503455CC G+
Meilani MacDonald0Awesome Women on Google+I've noted there is a demand to know more of the awesome women on Google+. The people in Google's "Top 100" list are all male. So I created a circle of women I find interesting and engaging. Some engage a lot, others not so much, but they are all awesome. Please feel free to share, and if you know any awesome women who would be a great addition, please mention them in the comments! I have already shared this circle once, but have added several awesome women to it since then, so consider this an update. #awesomewomen2012-03-16 20:10:3365602CC G+
Joel Poirier3,351Ultimate Webcomics CircleIf you like webcomics, then you'll want to add this circle. It has all the creators and pages I've come in contact with so far, including some of my favourites like:+D. M. Rolfe 's Mighty Monocle+Charles Dowd's +Lilith Dark+John MacLeod's +Space Kid!+J. Cebron Cook's +Shattered Myth+Jonathan David Lim's +Vampires FROM Mars and more! If you have a webcomic are you aren't included, or if you know of one I've missed, please let me know and I'll start circlin'!2012-02-13 15:20:091982067CC G+
Charles Dowd (CDowd)3,062Support Independant Comic CreatorsA circle of indie creators including Cheese Circle Curator and writer +Dale Lazarov among others.2011-12-02 00:47:28474361112CC G+
Angel Rolon0#manga #mangastudio #drawing #anime #Sketchbook #illustrator #photoshop #artist #art #inking #storyboard #toonboomHeeeeeeellloooooo all. I just updated my circle of AWESOME PPL that love manga/anime and some of them use great software like Manga Studio, Sketchbook, Photoshop and much more. Check out some of their work...its just awesome!!!Angel Rolon shared a circle with you.2011-10-26 11:47:11189204CC G+
Charles Dowd (CDowd)2,117Indie comic/webcomic creators. Support indie talent!Charles Dowd shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 17:37:004788513CC G+

Latest posts

2013-12-14 03:16:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

HEY EVERYBODY! Come watch three to four cartoonists draw and chat! This week's Friday the 13th topic: HORROR.

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2013-06-13 03:17:14 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 19 +1s)

My latest Kickstarter, an anthology of horror comics, is now funding on Kickstarter! Please check it out! 


2012-11-20 12:55:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

Recipe Time: Not-Exactly-Raw Pizza Kale Chips

I made these yesterday and, according to Matt, they taste more like pizza than some pizzas he's had. Folks have been asking for the recipe on Twitter, but I can't link them; The recipe I used is something I made up, basically a mash-up of three different kale chip recipes I found online. Two of the recipes were from "raw diet" sites and required a dehydrator, but I don't own one or want one, so my directions will involve an oven. You can use a dehydrator if you want, though; set it to the highest temperature (118 F) and just keep checking until the chips are crispy.

1 large bunch of kale (variety doesn't matter, but curly-leaf kinds hold the seasoning better)
1 cup raw cashews, soaked for two hours and drained.
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained.
2garlic cloves, ... more »

2012-05-16 22:55:19 (27 comments, 7 reshares, 8 +1s)

I need an artist who wants a long-term project, likes to draw aliens, likes to work from a script, and likes to get paid. I will need them in about four months. I may need them for years.

Know anybody like that? Note: They have to be very good.

Some details:

- I do not like "superhero-style" art. If the stuff you draw would look at home in an X-Men book, I don't think you'd be a good fit.
- "Anime/manga-influenced" is fine. "Anime/manga style" is not.
- This will be for full-page comics, not strips. I'd like to see a portfolio containing full-page comics, sequential pages preferred. I need to know you can tell a story, place word balloons, etc.
- I like expressive, cartoony-but-not-too-cartoony styles, more interested in being fun to look at than making the characters beautiful. If I could, I'd try to hire Tyson... more »

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2012-05-15 16:04:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Anime Update: Smut Peddler Kickstarter More Than Doubles Goal ...

2012-05-06 21:59:24 (50 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Spike presents: WHAT SHOULD I WORK ON IN 2013?

There are three ideas.

Blikada is a low fantasy adventure epic. It's about a three outcast brothers from a nomadic society of herders, slave-drivers and warlords, compelled by their own misbehavior to abandon their home and strike out east for civilization. Unfortunately for them, civilization is in the middle of a devastating war.

Wreckers is a sci-fi comedy/adventure epic. A pair of twins, born to a stone-age culture that considers them the salvation of their species, ruthlessly grooms them for savior-hood and sends them against the encroaching, space-faring colonists that have just touched down on their planet. The twins immediately ditch their pre-determined destinies, lie/cheat/steal their way to mega-wealth, and buy their own home planet. Nothing good comes of it.

Lucas and Odessa... more »

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2012-05-06 04:32:59 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 20 +1s)

Ever since Smut Peddler's Kickstarter (see link!) went up, I've been getting a lot (A LOT) of private messages on KS, asking me how I got it funded so quickly. I'm just gonna go ahead and post my usual reply right here.


Kickstarter has created an environment where strangers will show up and say, "Yes, show me a commercial for your product. I've got my money right here; give me your best pitch!" So, give 'em your best pitch.

Make a video that demonstrates your competence. A video that explains what you want and what you plan to do exactly, clearly and succinctly. Not your life story, not YOUR hopes and dreams, but the story of your project. And prove that, if you get to goal, you can and will deliver. Kickstarter's failed project graveyard is full of projects by people who didn't think very... more »

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2012-05-04 18:21:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Repost for the daywalkers: The Smut Peddler Kickstarter!

We are less than $400 away from offering private commissions, and a $250.00 bonus for SP's artists! Help spread the word! Help pay the artists!

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2012-04-27 01:45:19 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 13 +1s)


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2012-04-16 19:59:12 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)

Supposedly a real poster from the 1950s, issued by Senator Joseph McCarthy at the height of the Red Scare and anti-communist witch hunts in Washington.

Keep your eyes open, ctizens.

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2012-03-22 03:10:51 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

New page!

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2012-03-20 02:48:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

New page! Warning: Butt.

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2012-03-16 20:22:11 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

New paaaaaage!

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2012-03-14 21:35:15 (2 comments, 30 reshares, 52 +1s)

Alienate me more, fellas. What could possibly go wrong?

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2012-02-21 17:10:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

New page. And it took forever. Forgive me.

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2012-02-17 04:50:02 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 29 +1s)


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2012-01-31 02:03:57 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)

I'm getting pretty good at this. I can actually make them circular, now!

Tonight's dinner: Pizza. Again. Homemade crust, homemade tomato sauce, fresh pineapple, ham, colby, jack, and parmesan cheese, with fresh sage.

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2012-01-21 21:06:18 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

State-of-mind update.

(Also whenever I talk about Krazy Kat with anybody, like I'm doing on Twitter right now, I'm compelled to remind everyone about how AWESOME IT IS)

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2012-01-21 16:19:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

So we don't have the money or time to start redecorating the new place just yet, but +Matt Sheridan and I are already throwing around ideas. Namely, paintjobs, because this neutral eggshell-toned wall stuff is not doing it for us.

We want a mural on at least one wall pretty darn badly. But that presents multiple problems. Did we really wanna dedicate a single wall, and all it's potential picture-hanging space, to one image? And what about my propensity to completely hate any art I've done after a few months? But now, I think we're on our way to solving both issues.

This is a mock-up of one possibility; it would be painted (and possibly embellished) by me, and it's based on a photo Matt took. So, total joint effort, and I probably won't want to die every time I see it 1 week after it's finished!


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2012-01-13 04:02:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

New page!

Young lady, I expect you to conduct yourself with some decorum.

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2012-01-11 19:32:16 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Wave goodbye to Chapter 5.

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2012-01-11 12:54:40 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)


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2012-01-05 21:44:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

New page! Ouch.

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2012-01-03 11:18:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

So I've been wanting to learn to digitally paint... not just color stuff in, but actually paint... for ages. I've been repeatedly thwarted in my quest for digi-painting competence by various roadblocks.

- Programs so unstable you could almost imagine they were just being goddamn vindictive about it. (Crashing on save, AND corrupting the save file? Thanks, Painter 10!)
- Frustration/Being overwhelmed by the tools.
- And, probably most pointedly, loss of interest. I work so slowly, especially when I'm learning, that it's easy to get bored.

Recently, I decided to try again. I found a new critique forum to lurk in, a shiny new (more stable) painting program, and was bookmarking tutorials. And I've decided to fight the boredom problem by appealing to narcissism!

My learning pieces will be avatar portraits. This is the first, and it's very... more »

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2011-12-21 09:09:58 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)

So, now that it's inevitable, inescapable, and nunna youse can swoop in and snatch it away from me, here are some shots of the place +Matt Sheridan and I are buying. We get the keys the 30th, move on the 31st, and we'll start the year in a brand new apartment. I am super duper excited.

It's two blocks from the place I'm currently renting, so we're really barely moving at all. Which is fine by me! I love this neighborhood.

In case you didn't know, the real estate market in Chicago, and my neighborhood especially, took a massive hit when the housing bubble burst. I remember seeing signs offering $300,000 studio apartments in the mid-2000s, and the place was crawling with people looking for "investment properties." (Basically, house-flippers, but without the renovation aspect. They buy places, sit on them for a year or two, and then sell for a profit. Why... more »

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2011-12-21 09:06:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

My new apartment!

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2011-12-21 09:02:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2011-12-16 08:25:24 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 23 +1s)

Later, Hitch.

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2011-12-15 07:17:21 (21 comments, 17 reshares, 44 +1s)


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2011-12-13 04:21:49 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

New TAZ! Ouch.

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2011-12-12 09:22:31 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)

Artist of the Day: John Kenny.

These images were taken during one of Kenny's trips to northern Kenya in 2011 to document the effects of climate change on pastoral eastern Africa. I love them. They are filled with dignity, pride, and beauty.

Ethnographic photography of Africans has a pretty uncomfortable history. There are lots of suspicious, awkward stare-downs of anthropologists' cameras. The contrast with photographs like this, where the subjects are willing, self-possessed participants, is striking.

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2011-12-08 04:48:10 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)


I wish the show were like this.

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2011-12-07 18:31:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Artists of the Day: Franz Sedlacek.

An Austrian, Franz was part of the artistic movement called "New Objectivity," which was similar to Magical Realism. Pressed into Wehrmacht service in his fifties near the end of World War 2, he disappeared in action in Poland in 1945.

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2011-12-07 18:25:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Yup. Pretty much.

2011-12-06 07:12:11 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 20 +1s)

I've been saying this for ages. I've never really liked Scooby Doo, but it's pretty much the perfect kid's introduction to rational skepticism.

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2011-12-04 21:09:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Reagan sketch!

The pose is based on a post I saw on the "Plus Size is Pretty" tumblr.



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