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How do you deal with waking up exhausted? The only reason it took me around a year to finish a 28 page comic was because there's just no energy. Even then like most of it was done in 5-10 page bursts when I wasn't depressed. It actually took me getting bronchitis to finish the damn thing because for a week I was so groggy I couldn't think about anything and I slept for three days straight. LOL I mean, you can't work around a month a year and accomplish anything.


I know that seems like a stupid answer but yeah… rest… go to bed early, take a nap if you feel like it. Make a good sleep schedule for yourself. I’ve NEVER drank coffee in my life and sometimes when I desperately need it, I’ll take an energy drink for work, but only in small doses and never all the time, like… maybe once every couple weeks or months.

But yeah… if you’re tired… nap.

But that’s just me… Don’t take my advice purely on that basis because everyone is different with how they deal with things. Sometimes things take up a lot of energy and it takes while to recuperate. Like this weekend, I got back from Comic Con and it’s taking its toll on me, but… If I just go to bed earlier, I can overcome it.

What are your thoughts on artist being depressed and suicidal that they're artwork is not good?

Everyone should know they’re not alone, everyone has these issues and thoughts of sadness but they shouldn’t give up because they mean something and do something.

People great and small all have a purpose, and as little as they feel they’re doing, they ARE making a difference, even for someone else whether they know it or believe it. If they don’t feel they’re doing something for themselves, they’re at least doing something for someone else, and that’s a terrific feeling. I think people should embrace the idea that perhaps in the bigger picture, we’re not in this just for ourselves, we’re in it for others no matter how small or big of a difference we make. It IS something.

I can’t honestly say for certain I know or understand what people with depression go through, as I do have my own times of depression and sadness as well so I only know my own experiences. but I can only let them know that they are special, especially for themselves, if their heart is in the right place for others. I do what I do because it makes me feel good, and knowing that others enjoy it is even greater to me because I’m making just a small amount of people in the world happy, that’s enough for me. But I like to try and go with that and do more because even though it may not happen like I’d like it to, for better or for worse, I at least made that small amount of people happy. And I just hope that others can also understand that and go on believing that they make a difference.

When it comes to art, I always tell people to EMBRACE their weaknesses and try to do something different, something their not used to. If they get discouraged over that, they should understand that it takes time, patience, practice, and that nothing happens overnight. Because who knows, maybe what they DON’T feel confident about will be their greatest ally in the end. It just takes awhile. It’s OKAY to feel bad about rejection and such, because that’s a factor of life, but keeping in mind that you are trying, you will succeed, even if it takes years.

You may not like what you do now, but just continue to be passionate about what you do, embrace your mistakes, learn from others examples, in a few years, everything you did back then if just a few steps in the evolution of what you want to achieve. NO artist truly ever reaches their goal, but it’s the journey TO that goal is what makes being an artist so fun.

I hope in some way what I said means something.

Hey Andrew, will you cover Megaman 4-10? Because I started playing Megaman 4 a few weeks ago and that‘s where a lot of people claimed the series got "stale". So I wanted to hear your input on that.

I’ll get to it soon. I’m thinking of putting 4-6 in one video because they’re taking so long to do from eachother. But we’ll see. I love giving each game its own video.

The “Furry” Problem



Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.

My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.

As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.

How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?

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You can draw whatever you want. You can like whatever you want. In the end, don’t be a damn generalizing asshole about anything you may or may not like.

Look at all this cool stuff I bought at SDCC wish I could’ve gotten more stuff from artists. It’s tough to at that con.

Traded this for an awesome t-shirt

Traded this for an awesome t-shirt

Sexual harassment Pac-Man

Sexual harassment Pac-Man

Some more awesome folks I spotted at SDCC

SDCC 2014

Hey everyone! First off, thank you so much for your continued support! You mean so much to me and my friends that it’s inspiring us to continue our work.

WHEW!!! San Diego was insane, as usual, as I had no doubt considering that it’s getting more maddening every year, what with the several outside convention antics going on. I’m hearing more and more that SDCC is going to collapse into itself at some point.

I’ve always kind of felt that, these past couple years I haven’t even wanted to go just for the fact it’s so difficult to do anything or see any of the panels that mean a lot to myself (No, not Hall H…) and also, seeing my friends and folks that truly inspire me throughout my life is a treat, but I’ve noticed that more of them are slowly disappearing from the convention BECAUSE of all the bigger brand names and studios taking over and pushing artist alley aside for their toy exclusives and whatnot… It’s to be expected! Comic Con is one of those things for crazy fanatics who LOVE this stuff and… I dunno, be themselves?

The sad part about it all is that I just don’t see it working for the artists anymore. I’ve spoken to several folks who have just all out quit SDCC and are not going next year, and I don’t blame them. But I guess that just means Comic Con is for the big time folks and we can go along with the other smaller conventions and have fun and sell our work.

It seriously felt amazing when people came by who just found out about us, looked at our work and decided to buy a print or something, and we sold quite a bit of stuff, nothing that necessarily sold out (except for Diane’s TMNT pins ;) ) It was a real confidence boost, I loved seeing my fiance’s work being picked up more than anything, as she definitely proved to herself that her work is fantastic and loved by several people that don’t already know of her. Also it was fun seeing some folks who DID know about my work come up and get some stuff now and then. Very eccentric folks, but we love ‘em ;)

As far as other conventions go, I’m looking into possibly getting tables for other events close by such as WonderCon, Anime EXPO and CTN and maybe even FurCon or Califur. I really would love to do this again, just not at SDCC because, while it was my first and I had too high expectations, it was a great experience nonetheless. =)

So thanks again everyone!

PS, I’m going to possibly start opening up a store or something to sell some of the prints and posters that we have an excess of, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Garfield exclusives sold like hotcakes!