With the help of my husband, this is now the NEW Whatcher Studios! Welcome everyone! Thank you for dropping by! Hopefully soon I'll be updating with actually pictures rather than just my long-winded blogs. I'm hoping to show a bit of what I'll be working on for my upcoming Anime Convention Artist Alley appearance (I only get one a year so it needs to be capitalized - heh heh) at Tsubasacon. For those of you who do not know, check out www.tsubasacon.org and come to the Huntington, West Virginia convention. The only perk I get for working my butt off on publications staff and running the artist alley is my chance to get a table in order to attempt to sell things. Some years I've done really good, last few years though, not too great. Most of my money comes from stalkers and my family members. ^_^;
Since I happen to be on the topic of websites going live, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about myself and my world in the website "business". No, I don't make any money for website stuff, although sometimes I wish that I'd gotten into web design back when I first started teaching myself HTML back in 1999 or so. Back then there was Geocities and there was a pretty straight-forward editor where you could make a title, place a picture, and write some text and put some kind of obnoxious backgrounds in. It took me awhile to learn all of the fancy text in order to get more pictures on there and before I knew it I had created a Highlander: The Television Series website. It had quite a few incarnations until finally it became "Ricki's Immortalisque". During that time I played with multiple other websites, and had one that was very pretty and floral-ly that basically hinged on my interest of Paris at the time ("A Walk in Paris" was the name I believe) and then another little website I posted artwork on (long before I discovered deviantART) and later on one that I started to dabble with anime stuff.
That website, which was under the unassuming name "whatcher_2" with a geocities prefix, became waaaay more popular than my Highlander site ever was (although at the peak of that site I had some 2,000 visitors a year). My second huge website hit was Ricki's Anime Planet. That name eventually was changed to "Ricki's Trigun Planet" because at first I talked about all sorts of anime, but by that point had basically become obsessed with Trigun and thus www.trigunplanet.com was later born when Geocities announced it was closing down. By that time I wrote all of my own HTML, designed most of my own graphics, and I still update it when I can, although back in the day I had a LOT more information to post because Trigun Maximum the manga was still being published in Japan and I got it hot off the presses a week after its release every month. That basically dwarfed my measly Highlander site when I would get some 2,000 hits a week, sometimes over 200 a day. Not to say that's anything like what Facebook or heck, many blogs get out there, and I'm not tooting my own horn. But, for a hand-made little website with information on one subject which not a lot of people look for, it did pretty good for awhile. I think I get only a hit or two a day now on that site, but I do get an occasional email and since the Trigun: Badlands Rumble movie is still playing in theaters and is set to come out on Blu-Ray later this year, I'm keeping the website around.
Meanwhile, that's when I decided that I should start a blog site for myself. This site was to have nothing to do with any fan stuff. Just me, my writing, my blabbering, my artwork and just some random things here and there that make me happy. If I only get a few hits here and there from a friend on Facebook or two, that will make me happy. It's not for you, dear reader, whoever you are, this one is for me. Although, I will admit that it would bring me additional joy if you happen to comment and say something from time to time in response to what I write. That'll be nice too. ^_^
So, here I am, writing what I know and getting down to the nitty-gritty of what Whatcher Studios is all about. I'm all about pointing out my own personal flaws, laying some things out on the table, and making peace with myself during the trying times of my 30's. I'll try not to bring my work into it, nor will I bring a bunch of friends or point fingers or anything like that. It's about me, what I'm thinking about, what I'm doing, and if you're interested, I'm glad to share.
Meanwhile - it's live! Whoot!