Getting Started in Webcomics Panel with Vas at Lion-Con

Hey gang,

This is Vas letting you know that I will be part of a panel at Lion-Con where I will be sharing my knowledge and experiences with the webcomic format. If you want to check it out, here’s the info:

Location: Lion-Con, Panel Room 2 at River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN
Time: Sept 2, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Panel: Getting Started in Webcomics

If you’d like to know more about Lion-Con, visit http://lion-con.com/ and check out some of the great activities that will be happening there.

Cheers!
Vas

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The Big Velvet Rasputin Roadtrip + A Painting

I could've painted a forest or a landscape, but these assholes decided to crash the party.

Today, I spent a good portion of my afternoon painting. It’s the first quiet day where I haven’t been insanely busy that I’ve had in a long time. Not too long ago Loki, Jonathan and I were in Austin, MN, checking out the SPAM Museum. After that, we tabled and had a great time at Chapel Con in Albert Lea, MN. Finally, we headed to Indianapolis, IN, to help Jonathan take his stuff back to his new home in Minnesota.  I am hoping to get back to writing again, very soon. Until then, check out my latest painting of Dima, Sasha and Zoya, that I made for the exercise room.

Until next time, have a great August!

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Velvet Rasputin at Chapel Con

Hey gang,

Vas here! Loki, myself and our latest collaborator, Jonathan from Cloudy Sky Comics, will be hanging out at Chapel Con this weekend. I will be tabling in the back arena at booth B36.  Be sure to stop by for discounts on Velvet Rasputin books and to say hello. Here are all the details on when and where:

Chapel Con at the Albert Lea City Arena
Saturday, July 22: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, July 23: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Later today, I will be posting another mini-webcomic collaboration with Ram Lama for your viewing pleasure. It’s about getting rich, and how you can do it too. Do not miss this!

Cheers,
Vas

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Wanton Ice Cream

Wanton Ice Cream

I’ve done a lot of catching up with comics now that my health is decent, so I’d like to introduce the latest installment in the Rasputin Catamite series, Wanton Ice Cream. This is a self-contained follow-up to the storyline introduced in Aleksandra Is Not Dead. This eComic, just like the previous issue, features a cover by long-time Velvet Rasputin collaborator, Amanda “Mandarr” Wearstler, along with Ram Lama’s lovely interior illustrations.  If you haven’t seen them already, be sure check out Ram’s animations at NewGrounds.

Wanton Ice CreamA tentacled spirit guide urges Sasha to leave a desolate dreamland where the only ice cream to be had tastes like raw eggs and ashes. In order to survive a drearier reality, Sasha must make a choice between submitting to the whims of a predatory lover, or taking a chance on a friend’s crazy plan to get back home.

Buy it now!

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Aleksandra Is Not Dead — Now Available

Aleksandra Is Not Dead

Happy Easter and U.S. Federal Tax Deadline, everyone! My health condition has finally been stabilized after finding a new physician, leaving my day job and consulting with my psychiatrist.  Now that I’m feeling better, the team and I are back to work on Rasputin Catamite at full speech.  In our newest eComic, Sasha gets an IQ test that changes his life and Dima gets reunited with his dead girlfriend, Aleksandra.  If you are ready for the drama that ensues, get it Amazon’s Kindle Store!

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And Old RaspCat Sketch And The State of Vas’s Health

Due to a factors related to stress, the death of a beloved pet, the suicide of an old burlesque peer and an extended illness, my schizophrenia has worsened to the point where an independent and self-sufficient lifestyle has become physically impossible. Because I was forgetting to do things like religiously take allergy meds, monitor allergens, sleep, do my art therapy, meditation/prayer/relaxation regimens, etc., both my physical and mental health started to collapse rather precipitously and in tandem.  Currently, I am on a course steroids and antibiotics to help my severely taxed lungs, as I recover from a series of viral and bacterial infection that have ravaged my body for over a month.

It seems that at this moment, I can no longer hold a regular day job with hours beyond my control, regardless of whether it’s part-time of full-time. This was incredibly devastating because my employment as translator has been extremely wonderful and spiritually enriching. My boss went out of her way to accommodate me, and my workplace was wonderful beyond words.  Unfortunately, I have reached the point to where I am now disabled and may get worse if I continue pushing myself in employment activities that don’t directly contribute to self-care. I am still relatively high-functioning for a schizophrenic, but not at a point where I can live a fully independent life without further modifications to my lifestyle. My therapist and I will be discussing what that will look like in the next three weeks.

I’ve always prided in being fiercely independent, so getting this bit of bad news is pretty hard to process. Sadness is a gross understatement.  Thankfully, my life as a Christian, my faith community, friends, family, pets, and the therapeutic nature of the art I make, have been keeping me safe during this very difficult time.  I am especially grateful to my husband, Mandarr, Ram and our newest illustrator, K.M. Claude, as we work on ensuring future Velvet Rasputin comics happen.

Wish me luck, blessings or whatever you are comfortable with as I do my best to deal with this disruptive ordeal.

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News from the Velvet January

Serpent - Art by Mandarr

Hey gang,

My health has been atrocious to say the least.  Ram and Mandarr have also been struggling.  January has been a stinky month to say the least.  Thankfully, we continue to work on the comics and I am optimistic that we’ll have something to share next month.  Meanwhile, enjoy this beastie Mandarr designed for me with input from Loki and I.  It is based upon the seven headed serpent in Revelations.

Hope you all like it!
Vas

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A moment to breathe…

Ram and I have been missing in action for a while,  but it’s for good reasons. I got a wonderful new job as a construction manual translator for an alternative energy firm. Ram has been dedicating a lot of his free time doing animation and enjoying it very much. Not surprisingly, our priorities in life have changed considerably.

Things have been hectic on both our ends, so the comic projects have gone to the wayside. Don’t worry,  we are still working on the Rasputin Catamite project and Velvet Rasputin,  but not as fast as before. Behind the scenes were producing some of your stories, and I can’t wait to share them when we’re ready to unleash them on to the world. Mandarr, will be doing covers once again so it should be need to see what happen.

I’ll have more news sometime in January. Happy Holidays everyone!

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