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  • Listening to: SpaceSynth
  • Reading: Fahrenheit 451
  • Watching: the news
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Turkey sandwich
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper...my drug of choice
  After talking with the current con-ops fellow, it would seem that I'm back in the saddle again to do A-Kon's badges and staff shirt. 

 Yay.  Sort of yay.  

 They want something else, no more Geishabots, "it's time for something new", apparently branding means nothing.  Also they want a male mascot along with a female one...sounds like the militant yaoi crowd demanded a change.  It would seem that some of you that responded to my last journal were correct about the way things are going, but they don't want to lose all of the old A-Kon crew( most of which have quit or moved on), and were seemingly happy to have me do the work.

 But I've got some ideas, and we will see what transpires.  But I'm not going to bust my ass over this, and my geishabots will still be made for me and y'all to enjoy here on DA and over at Pixiv.  The robot girls may also have a new enterprise to be a part of soon, if all goes well...but I cannot share any details at this time.

But Aki, Uma, and Hitomi...as far as convention work is concerned, they are retired...but their adventures will still continue in artwork.

I've just finished a very well received piece of art for that USAF intelligence flight. They were extremely happy with what they got, and wanted me to visit them.
Sadly, they were in Maryland, and I'm here in Texas, and I really don't have time for a trip.   They also promptly paid me, with a note that I earned every penny, and will be sending me a couple of the t-shirts and a group photo.     
Happy customers and new fans.

So, back at it...A-Kon back in the job cycle, got my submission to issue 34 of North American Furs to work on, I've got some things to do for my villainous patron...The Supreme Dark Lord of the ELofE, some more SF hardware, more aliens, and of course more girls. 
  • Listening to: SpaceSynth
  • Reading: Conan The Swordsman
  • Watching: the news
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Cheap steak
  • Drinking: Sweet Tea
 I'm upset.  Maybe I've become sensitive about my art and years of effort I've put in, but the seemingly off hand dismissal of the value of my work by the current A-Kon staff has really upset me.  It would seem that the Geishabots are no longer desired, it time for a change from the iconic robot girls, and the work has been given to others without notice.  Oh, they will be happy to use anything I give them and use it for any shortfalls in art coverage. Plus they will still let me have my artist alley table for this year.  
This has made me a tad bit upset, doing the work for A-Kon has ment so much to me. 

Why is it that I can have fans, followers, and contacts with other artists and SF writers, and be recognized for my skill and imagination by folks all over the world, but still get little recognition in my local area and by the convention I've done work for the last 26 years, when I'm remembered at all.   A rep from a USAF intell unit can find a way to contact me to do a morale t-shirt( and they were so stoked to have me do the work), but A-Kon's staff cannot...even though they have my info.  

I have always felt like an outsider in regards to DFW's cliquish fandom, like a comet that comes in once a year, produces a show, and then plunges back into the outer darkness.  
It would seem that the comet is now cast off...into the outer darkness...the light dimmed...far from home. 

The only thing that keeps me from completely despairing is that I do have fans and the attention of SF professionals, people that consider what I do as valuable and worthwhile.  It still hurts that I have to find such affirmation so far from home.  

I must work. I must do the work for myself.   
NAF33 printcover by Artraccoon
NAF33 printcover
Lookie at what came in the mail today!! The latest issue of NAF, North American Furs, with my wraparound cover art. They did a great job at keeping my colors, and their placement of text, labels, and frame. The publicly available issue will be out soon.
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Robert and Company by Artraccoon
Robert and Company
The trio of Sad Puppies have finished the work on their latest project, "Robert the Robomutt", named as all the puppies are for SF&F lits greats...in this case Robert Heinlein.   This was done for the new "Sad Puppies 4" campaign..."The Embiggening"...this time an effort to get fans involved in the whole Hugo Awards process and to have really represent the "fan faves" in SF&F instead of the process being dominated by insiders.  The eventual democratization of fandom, to have fun, and to encourage creative efforts!!  This version is without the letters( that version can be seen at the link below at the Mad Genius Club), so that it can be seen fully...and so that maybe SJWs can enjoy it's artfulness without so much guilt.  ;P

More about it here...madgeniusclub.com/2015/09/03/i…
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Expedition 33 Security Officer by Artraccoon
Expedition 33 Security Officer
Risa Zowe is one of Expedition 33's Security Officers.  She checks her scanner to check the perimeter of the exploration area and monitor the expedition members positions. 
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  • Listening to: SpaceSynth
  • Reading: Fahrenheit 451
  • Watching: the news
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Turkey sandwich
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper...my drug of choice
  After talking with the current con-ops fellow, it would seem that I'm back in the saddle again to do A-Kon's badges and staff shirt. 

 Yay.  Sort of yay.  

 They want something else, no more Geishabots, "it's time for something new", apparently branding means nothing.  Also they want a male mascot along with a female one...sounds like the militant yaoi crowd demanded a change.  It would seem that some of you that responded to my last journal were correct about the way things are going, but they don't want to lose all of the old A-Kon crew( most of which have quit or moved on), and were seemingly happy to have me do the work.

 But I've got some ideas, and we will see what transpires.  But I'm not going to bust my ass over this, and my geishabots will still be made for me and y'all to enjoy here on DA and over at Pixiv.  The robot girls may also have a new enterprise to be a part of soon, if all goes well...but I cannot share any details at this time.

But Aki, Uma, and Hitomi...as far as convention work is concerned, they are retired...but their adventures will still continue in artwork.

I've just finished a very well received piece of art for that USAF intelligence flight. They were extremely happy with what they got, and wanted me to visit them.
Sadly, they were in Maryland, and I'm here in Texas, and I really don't have time for a trip.   They also promptly paid me, with a note that I earned every penny, and will be sending me a couple of the t-shirts and a group photo.     
Happy customers and new fans.

So, back at it...A-Kon back in the job cycle, got my submission to issue 34 of North American Furs to work on, I've got some things to do for my villainous patron...The Supreme Dark Lord of the ELofE, some more SF hardware, more aliens, and of course more girls. 

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Lee W. Madison
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United States
Current Residence: Arlington , Texas
Favourite genre of music: Techno, Rock, Metal, and Classical
Favourite photographer: Bunny Yeager
Favourite style of art: Anime, fantasy, pin-up,& Sci-fi
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: none
Shell of choice: KwK43 L/71 8.8cm. Armor-piercing
Wallpaper of choice: A girl wearing only a cowboy hat & a smile
Skin of choice: female
Favourite cartoon character: Courage the Cowardly Dog
Personal Quote: Time to envision the future and new worlds.
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FireFiriel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you do the new Rabid Puppies logo? I love the one drinking from the skull, and not just 'cause he's drinking from a skull; he's so cute! :D
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
Yes I did.  I'm glad you liked it. 
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8ighteyed Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for taking another look at my doodly thing! /waves!
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Waves back like a nitwit...
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8ighteyed Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I hear a couple stooges we know booted you from their cosmic flists. Just wanted to assure continued support!
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Thank you eDge. :)
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
Whoopie doo...they didn't like different opinions or challenges.  They put their politics first, friendship and humanity last.    I can't worry too much about them, I've things to do...art to make, stories to write, and battles to be fought to help save the soul of SF&F.  Funny enough, I've made a lot of new associations, most of them successful authors, outside of our usual mutual circles.  
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vgmaster9 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015
Happy birthday
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Artraccoon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Thank You!!
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M00N-CHASER Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday you magnificent B*****d~!
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