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Emerald City ComiCon this weekend!

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Don’t forget, if you are in the Seattle area this weekend, get yourself to Emerald City ComiCon!

We’ll be at table C-3 in the artist’s alley, and have plenty of comics and buttons to sell. We even have a few shirts left, so be sure to stop by.

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Emerald City ComiCon 2008

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Man, we had a blast this year at the convention. My thoughts after the fact are always a blur of all the cool and crazy stuff that went down, but I’ll do my best to summarize my experience. Let’s start at the beginning…

Here’s our booth, complete with writer and artist:
Our Booth

These tables were pretty small, so we had to be thrifty with the table space, but that’s OK, next year we’ll have 2.

Ok, so how awesome was the awesome con?
SO awesome.

It started with a bang, with a family of fans picking up a bunch of shirts and claiming nearly all of our Jones Soda bottles right off the bat. Thanks again, you guys rock!

There was a bit of a fluke, and Aaron Williams ended up right next to us in Artist’s Alley. Normally, he would have a booth, and after seeing how many people were coming by, I can understand why. He and his wife are both awesome people. They are both hilarious, and made great neighbors. It was nice to finally be next to another comic that is kid friendly. We’ve had some bad experiences with this in the past, but I won’t get into that now.
Aaron, being the cool guy that he is, did this piece of art for me:
Adam by Aaron Williams

He even gave us permission to use it in the next issue as a piece of bonus art. A million thanks!
But that was the end of the second day, so I’m already getting ahead of myself.

The first day was super-busy, and neither Jeremy or myself were able to leave the table for longer than a few minutes. We decided we’d just wait until Sunday to do our wandering.

On that note, Sunday was a lot of fun.

Our friend Jerry from the Penny Arcade Comic Show stopped by pre-con opening to say hi on his way to take a nap under the PA booth.
We didn’t get to have our usual DS battle that had become a tradition over the last couple years, but that’s no biggie. From what I hear, The World Ends With You was dominating the gaming side of the show. Jesse, who was at the show with us Saturday, obtained an obscene level of experience and an equally ludicrous amount of rare pins for the game just by being there. As if the DS was somehow using black voodoo magic to pull experience and pins out of thin air!

Since it was a little slower for most of the day, we had some really good conversations with some fans, as well as other creators, and lots of people who had never heard of us, but either liked the art or just thought the title sounded neat. Either way, it lead to some good conversations.

Once I was able to wander for a bit, it was off to get my very own shiny new copy of How To Make Webcomics, written by the cool guys at Halfpixel.
I tried to adopt a Jinxlet from Kris Straub, but the only one left was missing an eye:
Sad Jinxlet

Kris and I had a really good chat about crazy con goers scaring us. Mutual experience with frightening situations really brings people together.
Oh, and I’ll be holding you to that Jinxlet arrangement we discussed. I’d wink here, but it somehow seems to be in poor taste.

Later in the show, Kris and Erica came by our booth and picked up copies of our books, which was totally rad of them. Kris was super happy to get them:
Kris with robot comics

I got my copy of the book signed by all four guys and got to chat a little with Dave and Brad, who I must say are both really good at selling their product without coming across as pushy. Dave had a really cool bumper sticker for sale, and when I asked for one his response was, “For an even $20, you can get a book too!”
Now, he must have seen me eying the book, or could tell I was a sucker for the printed versions of webcomics, because that’s all it took to hook me.
You win this round Kellett!

Onwards to the Penny-Arcade booth!
I was especially excited to show the guys our third issue, as it had the Gabe and Tycho Shilling Arcade cameo on page 7.
They seemed to get a kick out of it, or at least were good enough at feigning amusement that there is little distinction. Here is a photogram of the event:
PA Cameo

Oh, and did I mention I met Wil Wheaton?
The guy in front of me in line bought the last copy of his book, so we got to see him do a victory dance, then immediately twitter the event.
He was more than happy to sign our copy of Stand By Me, still my favorite movie, and happily took the copies of our books that I had brought him.

Well, that’s pretty much all I can remember off the top of my head. If you’d like to see the rest of my con pics, and even check out the ones from previous years, here is my Flickr page:
Emerald City ComiCon Gallery

A big thanks to Jim, George, Chris, Brian and all the volunteers that make EC3 the best con E-Var!

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Site Outages

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

As far as I can tell, the site was still up, but I was unable to log into the dashboard and create updates.

I’m now working on getting the last couple days of the comic back up to speed. Thanks for being patient!

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Running Smooth

Monday, June 9th, 2008

It looks like our hosts have finally sorted out whatever it was that was making the site load so poorly. Not only that, but at least as of when I write this, we’re actually running quite a bit faster than we were before. So good on ya’ server maintenance people.

Hopefully, this will continue to be true.

*Edit* – Well, we are still having our ups and downs, but it’s still better than before.

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More Site Stuff

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Sorry to bother you with more boring site outage news, but I wanted to let you know we are looking into changing our hosting, as the site is still a bit patchy and running slow.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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New, Easier Podcast Address

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Thanks to John at Rampage Network, our host for the main Random Pirate Comics site, we now have a much easier way to get to The Random Pirate Comics Show page.

Just go to http://podcast.randompiratecomics.net, and it should re-direct you to our Talkshoe page. Thanks, John!

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Tweet

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

I’m sure lots of you out there in internet land know about Twitter at this point.

I’ve had an account with them for a while, but never used to update it. Recently I started doing it on a fairly regular basis, so I figure if people are interested, you can follow my twitter feed here.

We also have a new episode of our podcast, The Random Pirate Comics Show, online. On this episode, we had Ben Paddon as our special guest. Ben is the head writer and creator of Jump Leads, a British sci-fi comedy.
If you are a fan of Here There Be Robots, and I can only assume so if you are reading this post, then Jump Leads should be right up your alley.

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RPC Show Theme Song

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
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I went and wrote a theme song for The Random Pirate Comics Show (my podcast)

You can download it by clicking this link.

Enjoy!

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Site Upgrade/Changes: Good News!

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
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Dearest Public,

It is I, your humble administrator Geoffio. After several months of having Herethereberobots.com Hijacked by Hostonce. We finally got them to release our domain and give us back control. We’re now on faster private servers that we completely control. There will be much much more stability now. Not to mention things should be loading faster.

Anyways along with getting the site back under our control, we’re now able to focus on getting EVERYTHING the way it was meant to be before we lost control 5 months ago. That’s right, we’re going to finish the site. And Get more pages put up.

There have been major upgrades to our blogging software which is requiring a lot of changes made by me, so bear with me and we’ll get everything up and running and hopefully see many many great things come of this very soon.

I will leave everything else up to Jonah, and Jeremy to post about. But Here There Be Robots fans, rest assured, we’re doing things RIGHT this time. We have total control over our servers and should be able to keep everything up and running for many many years to come.

Love,

-The Management

-The Admin

-Geoffio

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Wednesdays!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
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That’s right, for all of you who were wondering, Wednesday is the day for weekly updates of the long-awaited issue #4 of Here There Be Robots (I posted Page 1 a few days early just to get the ball rolling).

In other news, a beautiful trade paperback is in the works, compiling issues #1 – 3, the minicomic, and even the now laughable issue #0. And of course it will include some pretty cool bonus material, too.

Thanks for reading and be sure to tell your friends we’re back. Again.

-Jeremy

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