Monday, 19 December 2011
Keep an eye on that Facebook page if you want to see the progression of the brown dingy studio space into a real bright exciting studio! We'll be posting photos as we go! Thanks for your support that's helped us grow to this point! <3 we love you!
Monday, 28 November 2011
|weighs so much for a little box!|
It looks great, and I was so stoked to hold that heavy box.
The rest should be arriving shortly, so we're beginning mailouts.
You'll be informed individually when your package ships for those of you with Pre-Orders and artists copies coming to you, so please be patient. It's a lot of work for us.
In the mean time, you should take advantage of our one day only Cyber Monday sale! On until midnight tonight - Everything (with some exceptions) is 25% off :)
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
“Once Upon a Time…” is Gurukitty Studios second Anthology, and you guessed right, it’s going to be a folk/Fairy Tale themed anthology.
If you participated in the Ghost Tales anthology, be aware that things are going to be slightly different this time round, so don’t assume anything at the moment.
The Theme:The theme for “Once upon a time…” is obviously Fairy and Folk Tales. We chose this because when we did a public poll and it was one of the ones people voted most that they wanted to participate in, after ghost stories.
Here is the challenge though, we are all familiar with the mainstream typical stories such as Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding hood, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the other popular classics. They have been done over and over again and unless you have some masterfully twisted version of the very well known stories, there is no point in doing them again.
We want you to dig into lesser known or culturally relevant folk stories from various cultures from all over the world. We want folk stories from many different countries all in one book so people can see how different cultures influence the different types of story telling. You can tell a classic if you like, but you’d better tell it in a mind blowing way noone would ever predict or it’s not getting in this book.
Please be careful of copyright infringement and be sure you are taking the essence of the story and telling it in your own words. Also make sure the story is free from copyright (over 100 years old, public domain or author-less). Because these stories are often published, and re-told and published and re-published you need to make sure you are taking it from it’s original version and not someones adaption/publication.
Example, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is very different from the original story, if you used Disneys telling as your reference point, you are going to get yourself in legal trouble and us along with you. You will be required to sign a contract stating that you have researched this point and you will take sole responsibility for any infringements.
Read more here...
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
So day 1: entire layout, is bad. Signage and price tags are good.
Day 2 did little to improve the layout. We added some canvas prints #1, moved the lights to the ghost tales display, and propped the pendants on a necklace display.Things overall looked more clean and simplified, and sales did improve quite a bit. Dopey looking Guru probably didn't help that much, HA!
Tasirt in his plastic case didn't work too well. He's still invisible. Why are the prints books still closed?! We just forgot to fuss with them.
day 3 was a winning day! I mean, it did have the benefit of being the most traffic day, and in general the last day of a con is the best, but we learned some valuable things.
Clarity! This table is clean, there is space between each item and each thing stands out of its own.#1 ghost tales was moved to the side, and we included a ghost tales mini comic right next to it. This made it easier to promote the Anthology. we could mention the mini comic showing them an example from the anthology, then also show them that a pre-order is available. It was great. We moved the charm rack to the centre, and put the lights on it. this worked best! The rack was black, set against the yellow wall, so it stood out, and the lights really enhanced it against the black. This is the only day of the 3 that we sold charms at all! #3 the canvas prints are together, and once we sold one we moved the sketch card sign down onto the stand from the wall. #4 the Daqueran comics are with the New reader pack instead of being separated. Same situation as the Ghost tales. It allowed us to streamline our customer interactions, thus getting better results. Last but not least #5 , the prints! finally they're folded out!the price sign was on the table above them, and just about everyone who stopped flipped through. we sold several of them as a result. We actually got compliments on our table display from several people on this day. This was clearly successful.
Sometimes talking to people it scares them off, but when you're not selling a product people know about (like fanart) and you're promoting your own work, you need to sell it verbally!
Talk to your customers, and tell them about your project. come up with a streamlined little description for each of your projects, and spew it out at everyone who stops by and shows an interest. We had a little tagline for Daqueran that was just working so well. Ya, its hard to muster the courage to talk to strangers sometimes, but it's the difference between selling your stuff, or sitting around frustrated that your stuff isn't selling.
So I hope this was a little useful for fellow con goers out there. We're getting pretty experienced at the little cons! As a side note, on the Gurukitty website now on that side ---> there is a little widget that shows our upcoming convention appearances! check it out often.
We also got the proof for the Ghost Tales comic today! you can check out some photos of it on our facebook page!
Monday, 3 October 2011
So lets do a little review of Vcon for those of you thinking of taking a chance on the artist alley.
I'l going to start with the Cons so that the blog ends on a high Note.
- The venue was pretty easy for me to find because I had been there before, but some outdoor signage would have been a huge help!
- In the area where Vcon actually was there was absolutely no garbages! Turns out there were a couple small bins under the water service on each end, but there really should have been a big bin in the hallway somewhere. We had to keep going into the bathroom to throw garbage out.
- Most cons I've been to had major enforcement when it came to blocking walkways and doors for photos but the people in the booth beside us basically kept our aisle blocked off from people the entire weekend. I saw many people avoid the alley all together because of it. We also had people really blocking the way into the Vendor area getting photos of the GhostBusters. also not cool.
- We were against the wall in a new table set up and god it was cramped! we couldn't get out of our area without having to get everyone in the table beside us to move out of the way, and they have huge cameras blocking the path sometimes. We also were very close to the wall making everything awkward. If you can ever help it, get an outside table! We did talk to the host of Vcon about it, and she agreed and said maybe next time 2 tables per section. then people won't have the problem next year.
- The attention from the staff of Vcon was awesome. They'd come check on you now and then and see if everything was ok. That was Nice!
- Water service! There were 2 tubs of water with cups in the vendors room! a godsend! It was quite dry and I'm always thirsty!
- There was a hospitality room with food that was free (technically by donation). I never got to take advantage because every time I went up there was a technical issue! HAHA! Lot's of people did take advantage of it though, and it's a great service!
- In the end the traffic was worth the effort, and they gave us a bit of a discount for pre registering on the spot! That's nice too!
Monday, 19 September 2011
:) The shop is back up! Please resume pre ordering Ghost tales and buying our cute stuff! If you notice any issues with something either not working, or countries not being available to ship (I have to manually add all country codes AHHHH!) please email us and let us know - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience! We had to re install the whole shop, HA!
Monday, 5 September 2011
The results of the polls (various online and offline) for the cover was that Option #2 will be the cover!
It is a wrap around too, which is nice! We really like this cover, and we think it will serve us well!
So, Thank you L.M. Silva for this amazing cover!
Thanks also to everyone who submitted one!
|Cover Art by L.M. Silva|
So,whats going to happen next? Well we have to wait for our hardcopy proof to arrive, we will go over it, and make sure everything looks good and then we will be doing the orders for the free copies all the artists get and all pre-orders!
If you want to be first to get a copy then pre-ordering is the way to do it. Pre-ordering is actually quite important, as they help up pay for the printing costs involved.
If you'd like to pre-order, now is the time! All pre-orders will be signed by Gurukitty Studios owners Jeri and Jayleen Weaver
Pre- Order now: http://gurukitty.com/magento/ghosttales.html
Friday, 2 September 2011
Ghost Tales is nearing completion and so we need to decide on a cover. We have some submissions sent to us by contributing artists that we are going to allow the public to vote on.
We ask that you please vote for the one that you think would make the best cover for a Ghost Story Anthology and not just because you or your friend drew it.
This cover is going to be the face of this book for it's lifetime and it needs to be something that people will see on a convention table and want to pick up and look through and hopefully buy!
So without further ado, here are the candidates:
There is a poll at the bottom to cast your vote, please note that these poll results will be combined with other online and offline poll results.
This cover has a wrap around (Back and front)
Voting has ended, these poll results will be combined with other online poll results and offline polling. The Official Ghost Tales cover will be announced soon.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
Pre orders help us cover the cost of initial printing so please promote this as much as possible.
There is no purchase limit.
Order Online, or come to Heritage hall in Vancouver 11am-5pm today and purchase it in person at Comix And Stories.
Ghost Tales is a graphic novel Anthology published by Gurukitty Studios that includes comic shorts from 4 - 15 pages by comic artists all over the world.
This graphic novel contains the following artists:
Lindsy Silva & Aileen Balucanag
Liz Young & Matt Jordan
Bevan Thomas,Jayleen Weaver & Dianne Esson
note to Contributing artists: Please don't purchase any copies through the shop here, you get copies at cost.
Thank you everyone, for your support!
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
If you Contacted us about an extension you're still OK.
IF you DIDN'T contact us to extend your deadline, you're in trouble because we aren't granting extensions unless you've contacted us and shown us something.
If you only need a day or 2 more, this is your last chance to get an extension. if you don't email us by the end of the day today, you're hooped.
Thank you to all who submitted work! we had a great turn out! we'll do this again!
Monday, 8 August 2011
Thursday, 28 July 2011
We are stuck in the 90's when it comes to web design and we thought it was time we started using a content management system and clean up some of the old useless content.
So bare with us as we clean up and add redirects on all the old pages. if you notice anything amiss please do let us know!
Also, we are raising money to get our butts to Calgary Expo! We have an indieGOGO campaign and there are lots of nifty prizes and perks for donaters.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
It would be really amazing if you could help us by donating some money, or even just promoting it for us! If you have Twitter, facebook, google+, Tumblr, blogs, or websites or anything (your dA journal for example)! if you could just promote our cause, and get the word out we'd be forever in your debt!
We have a campaign goal we're trying to meet.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
We had a full table, and even that seems too small sometimes because we have so much stuff!
Prints and little captured ghosts were the hot items at this convention for us.
|A closer look at our table with our prints in our new portfolios and our last remaining stock of little captured ghosts.|
The Market was an odd mix of crafters, comic artists and cosplayers which worked well for us as we had lots of cute little trinkets.
It was disappointing, as always, to see how many people were making a profit off of other peoples characters, concepts and ideas (I'm referring to the sale of fanart), which is usually rampant to festivals with a large anime fan group, unfourtunately. Which is why we usually avoid them and stick to small press shows.
We even heard a couple girls (who kept coming back and admiring our table) say how much she loved our books but didn't buy them because she "didn't know who the characters were."
Very disappointing but gladly that wasn't the attitude of everyone as we had quite a successful venture.
I think the staff of MiniComi did a really great job putting it all together.
We are going to try and get some better ideas for displaying our stuff more upright and visual, everything laying flat sucks beans.
|Mini Comi table Next time we're getting display boards! woo hoo!|
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Its called Bad Kitties, and its based around random scenarios that our kitties torment us!
So I'm not entirely set on the timing for this, but it won't be weekly I don't think. Maybe Bi-Weekly. I'll see how much interest there is (that means the more enthusiastic you are, the more you see).
I'm trying to still work on Hello, Albertosaurus, and we have many conventions and stuff so time is tight, but I'll do my best for this :D
Additionally, some days there will be 1 page, some will be 5 pages. Whatever is needed for the Gag, But each blog post with comic will be a complete gag. They'll be inked traditionally and coloured digitally, but simply! well, you'll see :)
So this is going to be Blog only content! I won't be posting these comics ANYWHERE ELSE! so it's in your best interest to follow this blog if you want my random insane kitty comics! You can follow with Google Friend Connect, or add it to an RSS feed!
So here we are, Issue one of Bad Kitties!
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
<p>With the Ghost Tales Deadline less than a month away the submissions are staring to march in!</p>
<p>There is still plenty of time to submit an entry. Please only small web sized pages for the review process, we will request print ready files if you are accepted.
If you are planning to submit to the antholgy we strongly reccomend you join this mailing list: http://eepurl.com/eMo1w
It will inform the artist on the behind the scenes info and releases ect. If you are just interested in the process, feel free to join as well.
We will be sending out artists agreements soon to artists who have already been accepted.
You will know you are accepted because you will recieve the email with the contract.
Saturday, 16 July 2011
There was tons and tons of cosplay of course, and lots of people milling around. the big hits at this one were the ghosts! Everyone loves the ghosts!
It was SO COLD! SUMMER FEST WAS FREEZING COLD... O_O
It poured rain all day, cleared up for the even kinda, then poured on the way home, but its was so damp peoples art was curling on the cork boards, and our little moleskines and comics were all wrinkly with the damp. even when we got home the damp was in everything. Not fond of that at all! But still, overall GREAT!
so here are a couple photos of the day! I didn't take many cuz I just had my phone.
|Kitty at the table watching the books curl from the fog.|
|Kitty Checking out the neighbors|
|Darth Vader and sailor Moon doing that Carmella Dansen on the stage.|
|Guru eye view from our table.|
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Also we have a new pile of buttons for sale as well!
So cute! Here's a little production photo of the Moma charms!
it'll also be a good chance to come and talk to us about the anthology if you had questions or ideas to share with us.
|Available as cell charms and keychains|
We have our Table Number for Mini Comi, it is F3.
If you are interested in a floor plan for that convention you can see that in a Journal post by Nyurt.
It also shows where the other members of DeviantArt will be situated.
A more recent convention, that has tables available still if you are looking to sell some stuff is Summer Fest!
That is happening this saturday at SFU. We will hopefully be showing off our new table banner at this show.
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
We're Preparing for convention season! We have 3 conventions this month (check out our calendar)! We have Vancouver Comic Con this Sunday (July 10th) and Kitty will be in attendance at this one, then we have Summer Fest the following Saturday. This is the first time we're attending Summer Fest so we're not sure what to expect! You can RSVP to this event on Facebook.
Then we have the MiniComic coming up on the 27th which we are really excited for! Our friend MyntKat will be there too!
We're preparing for them all! I spent all day yesterday finding new merchandising stuff for our tables, and I think we have a much better system for displaying our little charms!
We're also going to be launching some new stuff related to Ghost Tales, and If we're really really lucky, we'll have our table banner in time for at least 2 of the cons! I don't think we'll have it for VCC.
We're also confirmed for a table at Comix and Stories! This ones August 28th! We're going to be at C&S with Donut! That should be interesting.
Well, back to work! I just wanted to drop in and say Hi, and let you know what's been going on!
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Monday, 13 June 2011
July 10: Vancouver Comic Con. ($4 admission or a kid friendly comic book donation)
July 16: Summer Fest at SFU
July 23: Mini Comi (Free admission!)
Sept 30 - Oct 3: Vcon
Clearly July is a busy month for us. All of these conventions are in the greater Vancouver area. We're planning on having some unique items for these conventions.
If you'll direct your attention to the top of the blog underneath the header you will see a little ribbon linking to a Calendar page. There is a google Calendar with our convention appearance Schedule. There are also direct links for you to bookmark them or even import them into your own google calendar and keep track of where we will be! Pretty swanky Eh?
Newsletter: We've got a newsletter but it only comes out every 6 months. we clearly have too much information to pack into that much time, so we're going to switch to a quarterly newsletter. Didn't know we had a newsletter?! well... go on and Sign up for our free newsletter! (its even got a mobile version)
Well, that's the news!
Hope you're excited! We sure are!
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
|Look how they shimmer and glow! ....well they would if I used a real camera!|
|Please love me!|
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Monday, 18 April 2011
a quick note to say that we will be at Vancouver Comiccon again on May 15th and the Tiks in a bottle will be back in stock in time for that con. We ran out of them last convention which was a little embarrassing but we've been busy making tiny tik sculptures and mixing and dying resin and popping it all into tiny little bottles.
Also, Chapter 5 has just been shipped to us and if the comic faeries are with us, they might arrive in time for the May 15th Comiccon! Please note that Chapter 5 is not part of the Daqueran Clearance sale, only 1-4 are.
Also, Chapter 6 is the final Chapter of Daqueran. Sad I know, but We need to move on and get more projects on the go.
I thought I'd show you some close up shots of some panels in Daqueran. You don't really get to see all the details in the hard copy comics and especially not on the web.
So I thought this might interest some of you watercolour lovers.
Just click the image to get a larger view.
Sorry for the watermarks, but you know how the internet is...
|This is the page as a whole before it's scanned and gutters and text are added. All the panels below are part of this page.|
|I put lots of time into this panel. I think it turned out pretty snazzy, it was much better after I added the pink into the whites.|
|Typical Daqueran grumpy face, but he looks cute.|
|Iada's a spaz.|
|I likes the inking on her profile, unfourtunatly lots of it got covered when the background was added.|
Monday, 21 March 2011
We're going to be at Vancouver Comicon
11am to 5pm Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
• May 15
• July 10
• September 11
• November 13
Comix and stories
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
• August 28
and The MiniComi Art Fair: http://minicomi.orangesanctuary.com/
:bulletblue:UBC Student Union Building, 2nd floor, Ballroom
• July 23rd.
This one's new!
Well, I hope you take advantage of the sale, and hope to see you at the next con!!!
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
So here is a sneek peek and the chapter 1 Chapter page:
Albertosaurus is Sad by `guruubii on deviantART
I also coloured some of it on livestream as well if you're interested in that sort of thing
So, Chapter 1 is going to be posted online for all to read, while the rest of the comic is going to be print only.
you will be able to buy it online in our shop or at our conventions.
I'm excited! The Comic is available now, the page 1 is up, it will update on Mondays!
Read and RATE Chapter 1 online at your favourite places:
Kitty and I are working on getting a pretty fancy pigment printer for our studio so we're not ordering online for prints. The benefit of Pigment VS the standard dye based printer is the archival quality. Pigment is archival and has better ink stability. So we can be more assured that the prints I sell will be worth the price no matter where the purchaser puts that print. I also have access to lower cost ink refills for the printer I have in mind through my work so it makes it a rather cost effective adventure for us.
We can then print on special papers that will best reflect the medium they're create in (and will also serve to further protect the art work being printed).
Canson has created a gorgeous line of artists print papers that I've now used quite extensively and they're phenomenal. When you can and print a watercolour painting onto their arches paper, it's incredibly hard to find any difference from the original painting! On top of that, the paper (being watercolour paper and other types of artists papers) will actually allow you to continue to paint on the print itself! This is a good way for us to create a unique product to sell.
This all came about with a few print service frustrations lately.
Over at deviantART I found that half of the prints I wanted to order hadn't gone through the approval Queue, so in order to purchase the bulk quantity I needed, with a shopping cart of mixed approved and some not approved, I'd have to go through the cart twice and place 2 separate orders with 2 separate shipping charges! I angrily submitted to this and went to purchase them to find that when I went to put through my order of the un-approved batch that they had cleared from my cart. So the orders were quite big and that was a lot of wasted time. besides that, the quality control of dA prints is very low now. They used to be good, but now I get prints that have bad trim on them and on top of that there is no artists identification on the prints at all.
Other print places online have a great reputation or wonderful services but have limited payment options, or don't ship to Canada.
So our solution will have a big start up cost (at least $1000) but in the end we'll have amazing print quality, the ability to print mini posters, cards, ACEO prints, and an infinite number of other things. The quality of our notebooks/ sketchbooks (convention only product) will go up as well as our bookmarks, and comic covers (mini comics).
This change will hopefully be happening in the Summer sometime (July/ August) so watch our for Print sales, and if you want to order prints from deviantART before they're gone forever, you better get on it, because once we have our own printer it will be prints through our shop only.
So there's the news! Back I go to work on more comic Pages!
Monday, 21 February 2011
Did some skin colour tests for The Bachelors and the Python, even though the comic is in black and white, it’ll have a colour cover (done in watercolours of course). Also, it’ll help plan how I’m going to do the black and white in the comic, i haven’t decided on if I’m going to do greytones at all.
What do you guys think? Do you like just ink comics, or do you prefer greytones?
Would it look funny to have only a couple things in the whole comic greytoned?
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
We will also have other merchandise such as buttons, notebooks, 2010 sketchbook, a free The Bachelors and the Python minicomic, sketch cards, prints and much more.
These are the other convention dates we plan to attend
• May 15
• July 10
• August 28 (Comix & Stories)
• September 11
• November 13