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[VIDEO BLOG] MSP Springcon 2019

Posted in video on May 18th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] MSP Springcon 2019

Meet me Saturday, May 18th (10A – 6PM) or Sunday, May 19th (10AM – 5PM) at the MN State Fair Grandstand for MSP Springcon 2019!

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Find more information and the full guest list at MCBAComicons.com!

MCBA MSP Springcon 2019

Bid on the original comic artwork below at the “Charity Art Auction,” located in the Guest Panel Room on the second floor, Sunday, 2:30PM. Proceeds benefit the Hero Initiative and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Monster

Happy bidding, and I hope to see you soon!

[VIDEO BLOG] Free Comic Book Day!

Posted in video on May 3rd, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Free Comic Book Day!

Meet me Saturday, May 4th at Hot Comics and Collectibles in Richfield, MN, for Free Comic Book Day! (8AM – 4PM, 6609 Nicollet Ave S Richfield MN 55423)

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[VIDEO BLOG] Heavy Lifting

Posted in video on April 17th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Heavy Lifting

Bro, do you even lift?

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Three-ish weeks on ADHD medication, and I feel a little like I have developed a super-power. A few evenings ago, I was attempting to have a conversation with someone soft-spoken while his TV blasted a talking-head news program only a few feet away. In the past the two streams of competing sound would have sent my brain bouncing back-and-forth like a pinball, but I found that I could follow him easily, and even recall what I was told in detail later. I think this is probably an ability most people take for granted. The feelings of being “out of sync” with everyone around me have slowly faded, and I certainly feel more present and engaged, generally. I am being mindful of creating “good” habits while I am medicated, that will hopefully carry-over at least somewhat to the times when I am not. The consuming sense of impatience and urgency that I experienced when hyperfocused on something is fading, as well.

I was apprehensive about the loss of hyperfocus, but the increase in day-to-day productivity, and time not lost to disorganization more than makes up for it. Now that my office is clean (I was excited to show before and after pics to my therapist!), next is my convention prep for this year, then finish getting my financials in order. I have continued to be on-time to things, and not missed a single gym day this month, in spite of coming down with another cold.

I am not sure if this is “being normal,” but I like it.

[VIDEO BLOG] Work-in-Progress

Posted in video, work on April 11th, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Work-in-Progress

Getting the most out of every day.

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I made a Calvin and Hobbes practice/tribute/fan artwork.

Since I was comfortable with the technique after the commissioned piece last week, I went ahead and produced a start-to-finish video of this one.

Calvin and Hobbes

Recently I received this humbling message about one of my comic art prints. I wanted to share it here, with permission. I feel truly blessed when my work is able to touch and communicate with others on an emotional level.

“Hello, I wanted to tell you my story. In 2016, I was diagnosed with non-curable cancer. Five weeks later, my firstborn and only daughter was with me at treatment. She fainted, and upon being checked, out we discovered she too had Stage 4 colon cancer. We did cancer treatments together. She passed away November 17th, 2016. I’m still battling. Six months before she died, my son was in a horrific accident that left him in a coma and permanently in a nursing home. This has devastated our family… When I saw this about deviled eggs, I cried and laughed, as you see [Daughter] and I made deviled eggs together for every family get together. I don’t mean 2 dozen, we made 10 dozen for our family of 18! This comic was us to a tee! Thank you for bringing back so many memories. [Daughter] raised chickens and ducks, bees and rabbits… she had chicken dishes and signs about “wicked chickens make deviled eggs” even… She’d approve of this purchase… I’d like to send you a photo of her. And [Son] who could eat a dozen by himself!”

Devilled Eggs

I forgot to mention in this week’s vlog, but at the gym, I am finally able to do a real bench press, bar only — about 45lbs. I probably could have put another 10lbs on the bar, but I did not have a spotter and did not want to risk injury. In the past I could never lift the bar up once I got it down, so even though it is a small thing, this is still a big milestone for me. Next is a push-up!

[VIDEO BLOG] Jin’s Office Tour

Posted in health, video on April 3rd, 2019 by Jin Wicked – Comments Off on [VIDEO BLOG] Jin’s Office Tour

A short video tour because MY OFFICE IS CLEAN!

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Jin's Office

So, I have been on ADHD medication for almost two weeks now, and this has been a game-changer for me. It feels incredible to not be exhausted all of the time. This drug is also used to treat narcolepsy, which makes sense, but even with a full eight hours of sleep and multiple energy drinks in me I would often be sleepy throughout the day. I drastically reduced my caffeine intake!! Other than the first few days of caffeine withdrawal headaches, I have felt great.

Tuesday last week, I completed the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) so my therapist can do more of a general evaluation, and help me develop more effective strategies to accomplish my goals. Since beginning my medication I have been on time to my day job every day, knocked out a list of over-due errands, cleaned and organized my office and supplies, and created that past-due watercolour commission in a week instead of a month. (Actually less, because I painted it once, was not satisfied, and redid the whole thing.) The lower dose is sufficient to keep my head in the game at my day job, but I did need more to keep my ass at the table while I was inking and painting. It feels so good to just DO WHAT I WANT TO DO, rather than chase every stray thought or shiny object in the periphery of my brain. And I found even as the medication wears off for the day, or the days of “break” I have taken when it is not needed (recommended by the doctor to help reduce tolerance), I feel less overwhelmed. I can listen when people talk to me, it does not turn into gobbledegook after five minutes! I can remember things for longer than thirty seconds! I CAN READ A BOOK. WITH THE PAGES. IN ORDER.

Golden Hour after Bill Watterson

Golden Hour after Bill Watterson

So, yeah, game-changer. I am also back on my carb-free protein shakes, and in the gym four or five days per week. Sadly I did lose some of my gainz. I am working out harder and more frequently than before, and eating more. Now I get to really learn how quickly I can build muscle. On to Swolehalla!!!