2020 Convention Booth

Posted in work on September 18th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on 2020 Convention Booth

Hot diggity damn! And I am finally learning to use Adobe Illustrator!

2020 Convention Booth

2020 Convention Booth

2020 Convention Booth

2020 Convention Booth

2020 Convention Booth

I am closing out 2019 with three shows! Hope to see you soon!

Sept 21-22 LionCon in Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Oct 5 MCBA Fallcon 2019 in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nov 8-10 Grand Rapids Comic-Con in Grand Rapids, MI

On Fear

Posted in general, health on September 12th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on On Fear

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” – Dorothy Thompson

Since returning from San Diego Comic-Con, I have been deeply into one of my more inward-looking phases. I am working on a much longer written piece, to accompany an illustraton I have been slowly inking. I also have been focused on cleaning up the minor accumulation of “mess” in my office since earlier this year, and picked up where I left off last fall correcting my book-keeping.

My book-keeping is/was the last major obstacle standing in my way — while I am not really afraid of it, it had snowballed into quite an intimidating problem. The difference after being on ADHD medication for half of a year is incredible. This overwhelming task that has been dogging me for years, which I had put off time and time again due to honestly being unable to handle it — Sunday, I said, “It’s time!” sat down, and bulldozed most of it within a few hours.

I really do not think it is possible to adequately explain to someone, who has not experienced it — how life-changing it is to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. To not be slave to your own thoughts and distractions like a puppet on a string, or constantly at battle with your own impulses.

In the spring of 2018, on one of my regular trips to the Goodwill, I found this jacket printed with butterflies. “This is important,” I thought, like the mashed-potato-guy in Close Encounters. I have had a mild phobia of butterflies since I was a child, which is obviously ridiculous — what better reason then, to place myself into an uncomfortable predicament for your amusement? So, my friend Jon Heller and I set out to the Minnesota State Fair butterfly house, where I spent about half an hour among mostly Blue morpho butterflies.

I was chuffed at the number of compliments about my video-editing.

I love to sing. I have always loved to sing. When I was in grade school, I was considered “gifted” — breezed through classes, could draw, studied multiple musical instruments. When you say someone has a “thing” — so-and-so likes basketball, so-and-so loves to ride horses, so-and-so excels at math — I had a lot of “things.” My younger siblings had many fewer “things” than I did, one of them being singing. This entitled my family to belittle my efforts at singing, openly and frequently enough, that eventually I developed a paralyzing fear of doing it at all. Singing became relegated to the safety of my vehicle, and a few suspect audio recordings on cassettes or shared from behind a computer screen. Thus it was something of a Big Deal when I managed to first record a video of myself singing in 2016. It would take two more years, in late 2018, before I became daring enough to belt it out. And it would take another year after that, and one aborted attempt, before I participated in karaoke.

And it took me more than an hour before I finally stepped up.

I share this not because I believe it is good, but because it does not have to be. This is not about the simple act of singing, but about having the courage to follow your heart’s joy and be true to yourself, even in the face of fear and potential judgement. I believe that embracing one’s faults and imperfections is essential to the growth process. It is a core component of happiness, and of human wholeness. If you are “never wrong,” you will never be right.

Some people make fun of me for my videos, but that is okay.

“I am one of the only people I know,” I told my therapist, “who regularly puts themselves into situations where I know I will have to confront my fears and weaknesses.” “I think there is an admirable quality to that,” she replied.

There are, of course, people I have feared at times in my life, beginning with my parents. I think, on reflection, that an unconscious desire to confront and resolve those fears was part of what drove me to revisit the relationships of my past starting in 2014. I needed answers from the people who have hurt me. I needed to understand why. But once you have stepped through this Matrix and can see the fear and insecurity at the root of hurtful behaviours, it becomes almost impossible to not have compassion, even when compassion is probably undeserved. Perhaps especially when it is undeserved.

The world is changing and we need now, more than ever, to become greater than fear; to rise above fear, and make a conscious effort to understand each other. If we cannot work together, then there is no hope for the future.

I encourage you to step a little outside your comfort zone today.

Creator Spotlight: Mighty Pegasus Art

Posted in spotlight on September 1st, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on Creator Spotlight: Mighty Pegasus Art

“Creator spotlight” is a recurring feature of this blog where once per month, I introduce you to the biography and creative work of some of my best friends and colleagues. Please take a moment to learn about them!

This spotlight is on friend Mighty Pegasus Art. In Victor’s own words…


“Hello, everyone! My name is Victor, but I am known as Mighty Pegasus Art! I am an artist based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and I started my journey as an artist in September 2018 doing comic and anime conventions. My goal is to inspire anyone to start their own journey to find their true self, and express themselves truthfully with art.”

“Before I go any further in my introduction, I would like to take this moment to thank Jin Wicked for giving me the opportunity to share my story with you all!! I met Jin Wicked recently during the grand opening of a local comic store, and she shared a little of her time to give me some great advice to be a successful artist. Thank you Jin!!”

All Might Plus Ultra by Mighty Pegasus Art

“As I mentioned, I’m based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but I was born and raised in France. I moved to Florida in 2003, then moved to Minnesota in 2009. I have the very typical artist’s story — I have been drawing since a very young age, but was always afraid to try to follow my dream and become an artist. So after high school, I quit drawing for a very long time. Fast-forward 13 years later — it’s early 2017, and I was looking back at what I had accomplished after I finished high school. I did not go to college right away. I joined the U.S. Navy at 21 years-old, and had just separated in 2016 from the military. I was a little lost. I went from one job to another just to figure out what I really wanted to do, but no jobs really made me happy. I then saw an old friend of mine who still lived in France. He became an artist like we used to talk about when we were kids. His artist name is Kazamatt. His Facebook was full of events that he attended, helped promote, and exhibited his art! I was so amazed! Since that day, I got back in touch with him, and I started drawing again!”

Wonder Woman Ultimate by Mighty Pegasus Art

“For one whole year, all I did was get back into my passion and try to get better than ever. During that one year of just drawing for myself, I stumbled upon another artist who is known for doing many conventions while vlogging his journey. His name is Christopher Cayco. He inspired me to push myself even more and better myself. At this point, it was almost the end of 2017, and I decided to become an anime/comic convention artist! So for the next whole year, I studied more, I prepared art prints, and I searched for upcoming shows and booked them. In November 2018, I went to my first comic convention in the Artist Alley at Wizard World Con in Madison, WI. I had such a wonderful time! I met people that really loved my art, and who got inspired to become artists themselves! I never looked back since! Today, I’m still going from city to city and convention to convention to showcase my art and my passion. I continue to help, support, and inspire young artists to follow their dream of becoming an artist!”

Venom Rage by Mighty Pegasus Art

Learn more:
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Store Envy
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Facebook
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Instagram
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Youtube
Mighty Pegasus Art @ Twitch

[VIDEO BLOG] San Diego Comic-Con

Posted in video on July 25th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] San Diego Comic-Con

I finally made it to San Diego Comic-Con!

Please Support my Work
http://patreon.com/jinwicked
http://support.jinwicked.com/

My “Created for Me” gift and guest art gallery has been updated.

My “Conventions & Events Schedule” page has been updated.

Updates to my Photo Gallery website:

2019-07-17 San Diego Comic-Con
2019-05-18 MSP Springcon
2019-05-05 Free Comic Book Day

[VIDEO BLOG] EAT THE LEMONS

Posted in video on July 11th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] EAT THE LEMONS

When life gives you lemons, eat them.

Please Support my Work
http://patreon.com/jinwicked
http://support.jinwicked.com/

Life has been a struggle lately. I am attempting to have MnDOT reimburse me at least partially for almost $300 that I had to spend to replace a nearly-new tire and one rim, after striking a large pothole at night. The $20-$50 copays for my therapist, psychiatrist, and prescriptions have taken a huge bite out of my personal budget. Since I have started producing more work (eye strain), I have been plagued with frequent headaches. I found a couple of my old (like 10-20 years) pairs of glasses, but I need an eye exam. And to purchase new lenses and/or frames. And to see a dentist. It is costly even with insurance.

I am doing my best to balance all this with reinvesting into my business, and bringing my work to new conventions and venues in the Midwest and around the country. I am also seeking an affordable civil attorney — if you are, or you can recommend one — to consult regarding intellectual property issues.

August will be a difficult month. I have picked up about 40 additional hours at my day job, and will be returning to my commission waiting list soon. I did not come so far, or work so hard, to give up or be discouraged. If you have been considering signing up for my Patreon, making a one-time gift/contribution, or purchasing some artwork, now is an extremely helpful time to do so.