Well hello everyone. It’s been awhile hasn’t it? Hope 2014 was a great one for all you wonderful con goers!
We were at a handful of conventions last year but were pretty silent online, especially with Mahou Shounen FIGHT. We’re not the type of folks that talk too much about our behind the scenes lives but with the support and friendship we’ve received from all over you over the years, we’d like to let you know what has been going on with us.
This year will mark 5 years since we decided to make our artist alley business our full time work after many more years of fun times as a couple and performing with our cosplay group, Gomu Gomu no Cosplay. We are so blessed to have had such fun and exciting times, performing and judging and spreading our art and comics across the country. Things went well for us for the first few years but we ended up against a lot of challenges in the last several years, including family deaths and illnesses, money struggles and ultimately both of us battling poor health.
Neither of us have ever been the healthiest specimens of humanity and as we’ve started to lose our spring-chicken-ness, it’s been much more difficult to keep up the pace required to make an artist alley business work not to mention also try to do a comic. After struggling for some time, we decided last year to go back to the normal job life for 2014. JD has a very fun job that is working out great and I (Dusty, the wordy voice of Scuttlebutt emails and Facebooks and the mohawk that you see at most of the conventions) had a really excellent career plan laid out. We had hoped that getting back into something more normal and stable to provide our income would let us have the inspiration and energy to be able to take Shounen FIGHT to its next level after the Kickstarter.
Regretfully, my health hasn’t held up in the last year and everything I’ve been trying to handle has been way too much for me. And with the MSF book entirely in my hands at this point (JD’s part has been completed) it’s been absolute agony to not only be unable to have a normal life but be unable to work on our labor of love that all of you wonderful people have stepped up to support. In the last couple of months, I’ve completely deteriorated and we decided that it’s time for me to take a break from trying to manage the full time job thing and get my health and our project under control.
I don’t want to go too deep into it and I don’t much care for talking in specifics but just to let you all know, we are both fine and will be fine. For my part, I’ve had a lot of health issues since childhood that are catching up with me along with some new diagnoses and I’m dealing with massive amounts of pain and exhaustion. Neither of us are in danger — just in need of lifestyle changes.
The good news in this is that I am now going to be able to put all of my energy into Shounen FIGHT and getting this very late book done.
In the meantime, we are using 2015 to do two final conventions and clear out all of our badge and print stock. Last weekend I was in Hawaii for KawaiiKon and in July we will be in Los Angeles for Anime Expo. We’ll also be at San Diego Comic Con with Prism Comics but only featuring Mahou Shounen FIGHT. That means AnimeExpo 2015 will be LAST CHANCE to get our badges and prints.
We’re marking down a very large selection of our designs to $3 per badge or $5 per print. AND we will have a selection of freebies that you can get 1 of for every $15 you spend. These might be old designs or ones we have a ton of stock of or prints that might have a sub par print job or less desirable paper.
In the future, as we do our best to focus our path back toward comics, art and storytelling, we are going to attempt to continue going to conventions occasionally but only with Shounen FIGHT once we have our book and products ready to go.
As far as that goes, if things go according to plan, hopefully this will be a long awaited and desired revitalization for Mahou Shounen FIGHT. When I get back home I will be throwing all of my energy into finishing our book and products and getting us back on track. Don’t think that for a minute our love of this project and intent to continue and FINISH it has waned — we haven’t abandoned either the comic or our Kickstarter backers, never fear.
Because everything is so behind, we’re going to be starting to ship the things that we can out early. For backers getting stickers, prints and phone charms, we will be in touch soon to confirm your selections on those and get that to shipping while everything else is finished up.
It’s been quite a crazy ride for us two for really a shocking number of years. You have all made our life together something incredible and we are so thankful to have met every one of you and to have seen every corner of our great nation. Thank you all for all of the love and support and memories that have made us who we are, inspired us and kept us going. This has been a truly satisfying, gratifying and exciting adventure and you all made it happen for us.
Thanks for everything,
Dusty + JD
PS! We’ve been dealing with some TERRIBLE email issues over the last few months. If you’ve tried to get a hold of us but heard nothing back, please drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry about that!