Friday, September 29, 2017

CREATOR UPDATE: Magical Creatures and Adventures Abroad!

Hello again, everyone! Thanks for all the awesome reviews and comments we've been getting. We're very happy to see that Owl's Flower really is doing what it set out to do (and beyond, it seems!) for fans of sci-fantasy and romance and pretty pictures.

Now... on to our weekly madness!

First off, we're pleased and proud to announce that Ginger will be working with Transfiguring Adoption on their ongoing series A Guide to Magical Creatures Around Your Home. TA works to develop media resources for foster families, using the worlds of Harry Potter and other fictional works to enable discussion, trauma management, and personal healing.

The first two she's illustrated are the good dream granting Dipsy Toad and the hair-tangling Tangerella. There are plenty more to come! You can check out more magical creatures right now on the TA website.

In other news, KARA IS FLEEING THE COUNTRY... for two weeks. It's time for one of her regular UK visits. She'll be over seeing friends, grabbing content (and guests?) for (Re)Generation Who, and being overall insufferable. If you want to follow her trip, keep an eye on her blog! She may well remember to update it occasionally like she's planning to.

Thanks for all your support as always, and see you next week!

Friday, September 22, 2017

CREATOR UPDATE: Upcoming Projects!

It's almost the end of September and that's sort of terrifying. Kara's heading off to England in just over a, but that won't stop progress on much of anything. Both Ginger and Kara are working away on some cool new stuff that can hopefully be in your hands before long!

Our lips are sealed on what it's for, but check out Ginger's work on this magical little critter! More forthcoming on what he's for and where you can get it. For now, enjoy the sparkles and see if you can guess what it'll be!

Speaking of new projects, be sure to preorder Ride the Star Wind, which drops next Tuesday! Released by Broken Eye Books, this new anthology mixes Lovecraftian horror with space opera. Kara is included by way of a story titled "Canary Down" -- be sure to check it out!

And last but not least, you might want to keep an eye out for this anthology, coming in the near future. Relics is another release from Red Ted Books, who released the Doctor Who charity anthology Nine Lives. This one in particular is special because it includes a short story set in the Owl's Flower universe! We'll tell you more when the time comes... but for now, look forward to "Clarity."

That's all for this week!

Friday, September 15, 2017

CREATOR UPDATE: PotterVerse in Review!


We had an amazing weekend at the first-ever PotterVerse. Ginger's first-ever branded con, tons of interviews and presenting for Kara, and (finally) some time in the hot tub for both of us.

The entire Onezumi Events crew did an amazing job this year, even with the expected (and unexpected) first-year hiccups. Saturday morning involved a fire alarm going off, followed by a huge influx of day-pass attendees! Sunday was equally well attended, and the reg table and panels were rocking!

Speaking of panels, we had an amazing turnout for our Saturday panel on self-publishing. Lots of interested and engaged attendees learning how to create their books on their own terms. Hopefully soon we'll be going out and reading their creations!

And thanks to all our new (and vocal!) fans! We sold books while we were at the con, and got some awesome reviews on Facebook. Which means... you guys were reading in your hotel rooms??? That's freaking amazing, guys.

We also ran straight out of our collab art created by Ginger. Don't worry -- we'll be sure to memorialize it somewhere!

So what does this mean for future...

Will you do more Owl's Flower stuff at cons? Yep! Likely Onezumi Events joints since that's the one place where we're both sure to be, but I'm sure if we got an offer that let us hike out to an event together without breaking ourselves or the bank, we might consider it.

Will you do the self-publishing panel again? Almost certainly, and it will probably be different next time you see it. Any time we encounter a new issue, our approach changes. So a year from now we will likely have learned enough to have new information to offer.

Will you do other types? We're kicking around a couple ideas that integrate our Owl's Flower work into a wider fandom/creativity scope, so we may look into that. At the moment our fan base doesn't feel quite wide enough to do a solely Owl's Flower panel, but we look forward to the day when we can just bring out coffee and cookies and shoot the breeze.

What about more collab art? That worked so well. Honestly, the idea came about because Kara is such a sucker for how hard Japan goes with collab cafes/art prints/etc. and Ginger made it good. It was great for advertising and drumming up support, but neither of us really predicted running out. So yes, more art will be on the horizon we hope.

Thanks again for coming out to see us, hanging out with us, and taking a chance on our book series! We'll have more news soon about what's going on here, and where you can see us next!

Friday, September 1, 2017

CREATOR UPDATE: PotterVerse Panels and Seasons of War!

It's a busy time at the Owl's Flower office! (Offices?) Kara's just come back from the first Crunchyroll Expo, and we're both preparing to head out to the very first PotterVerse next week! You still have a limited time to grab early registration, and you might want to -- we hear it's filling up fast!

September 9 at 5 pm in Panels Room 2, we'll be doing a panel about self-publishing from the ground up: how to format, print, code, and market your book without a middleman. And we'll have some handy handouts with this adorable collab art featuring Iris, Stormy, Dumb Baby, and the return of THE HAT! We'll also be appearing with our buddy John Peel at the 3 pm World-Building panel that same day.

You'll also be able to spot us throughout the weekend elsewhere. Ginger will be working the merch booth (where she'll be selling those sweet shirts she designed), and Kara will be conducting interviews on the mainstage with our awesome guests! We'll probably also be at the bar at some point.

RSVP here on Facebook if you're interested in going. (Remember, this does require PotterVerse admission.)

Oh right. And then there's that Doctor Who book.

Early next year, the Seasons of War line will be releasing Gallifrey, a novella co-written by Kara with author Paul Driscoll. The story takes place during the Time War and features four new characters -- a soldier, an Academy student, a senator, and a dissenter -- as the War changes and pulls apart their lives.

The sharp-eyed among you will notice Ginger's handiwork on the cover! The finished product might change over time, but this amazing circular work will be staying as you see it.

You can preorder now:
In the UK
Outside the UK

And the more you order, the more panicked Kara will get about finishing her part of it! So light a fire under her!

See you next Friday at PotterVerse!