Roxanne Starr's forum posts

#1 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@M.S. Feather:

Hi, Feather! I started on your box, but it's been one thing after another. Right now it's just Tony and me at The Hacienda. He's catching up on BBC business after being away for a couple of weeks and I've got my own marching orders until Bob gets back from being away since before Tony got back.

Bob will be back in a couple of days and then Tony and Bob will get back to work. At that point, I hope to spend more time in my condo again and concentrate on getting that box finished. Then we can talk about my getting it to you and your paying me. ;-)

#2 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

I added a new category at the Bob Burden Comics online store. It’s called Roxanne’s Garage Sale. I’ll be putting more items on sale over the weekend, but first, I’d like to explain what Rox’s Boxes are all about.

I had spent some time at a Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC, with John Cassaday. I think it was in 2004, because John’s hotness was at a high point due to his awesome work on Astonishing X-Men. I was so won over by the covers, I was actually following the series, and I’ve followed very few mainstream titles in my entire life. John had done a sketch for me at Heroes and I wanted to do some artwork for him in return. I went to a local Michael’s to pick up some supplies and something caught my eye. There was a section where wooden boxes of all shapes and sizes were being sold. Then the idea struck me. Instead of returning art for art, I’d do something more original. I’d use Cassaday’s art to decorate a box and that would be my gift to him.

I chose a hexagonal box that closed magnetically and got to work. As soon as I got to a point where I had to let some paint dry, I pulled out a cheese box (the wooden kind that brie comes in) from the refrigerator. Then I found another cheese box in the garbage. The first cheese box, I glued Alex Ross art on…I think. And I kept on going from there.

Some of the boxes got to the artists whose artwork was on them. Some didn’t. I know for sure that Jason Pearson got his box, and Arthur Suydam got several. Charles Vess got a box, but his box was made up of Arthur Rackham’s art (Charlie’s favorite artist).

James Jean didn’t get a box. He got a little wooden FABLES stable, with little hinged doors that opened up to show tiny wooden barnyard animals with glow-in-the-dark eyes. But contrary to the artists that I just mentioned in the last paragraph, I didn’t know James Jean from Adam, and almost had security come after me at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) for stalking James while he was giving some kind of panel.

When other fans saw my crafts, I got commissions for awhile. I know that the first one had me using Conan art by Barry Windsor-Smith. However, at some point, I had to give up this hobby. Because of financial pressures, I no longer had the time.

As I said earlier, some of the boxes got to the artists they were made for and some of them didn’t. John Cassaday never did get that first box. After years of not running into him again at one convention or another, I ended up sending it to Lukas Zenisek an X-Men fan in Australia. And whatever happened to the Flaming Carrot boxes? They are now the property of Tony, our Production Manager at Bob Burden Comics.

#3 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@Hawkeye446:

Backatcha, Lukas! :-)

#4 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

ROXANNE SPEAKS!

Welcome to one of our TWO cutting-edge on-site newsletters….ROXANNE SPEAKS! It will be the 21 Century version of the BOB SPEAKS! editorials that Bob wrote back in the 80’s. It’ll give you updates on things like convention plans and upcoming new projects. Hopefully, it will also be a depository for some of the great letters we get from our fans. The second current newsletter will have practical information like how to download our digital products and where to go to find what and is being written by Tony Dumont, your web developer and Production Manager.

It’s been a crazy busy January. Since opening the Bob Burden Comics online store early in the month, the new Flaming Carrot Comics website has generated more business transactions in three weeks than the former site did in over a decade! This is extraordinary, but at the same time understandable.

Back at the turn of the century there were only 361 million internet users. Now there are about 2,000 million. And the daunting reality of this situation is that nearly half of these users are on the Asian continent. http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/10/22/incredible-growth-of-the-internet-since-2000/ http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

This purely statistical advantage certainly is working in our favor, but internet user numbers alone are not the only key to our success. Social media, especially Facebook, has exploded far beyond anyone’s expectations. The Social Network has fabulous benefits, but also nefarious dangers and has to be used carefully and STRATEGICALLY! We have been using Facebook as a great advertizing tool. It costs us nothing but the exposure that it gives us is huge.

And our runaway Facebook presence started with Craig Gould, a FB poster who had also been a backer on our kickstarter campaign. He contacted me about a month ago and made me what seemed, at that time, a strange offer. He asked me if I cared to be the administrator of the Flaming Carrot character page on FB. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flaming-Carrot/399622050083412?fref=ts He told me that HE was currently the admin, but that hardly any people went to The Carrot’s page. This was the case because Craig, who knew little about what was going on in our organization, was at a loss as to what to post to make the page interesting and exciting. As soon as I read Craig’s post, I turned to Tony and read him what Craig had written. Without flinching, Tony said to tell Craig “Yes!” which is what I did. So Craig handed me the reins, with Bob and Tony as co-admins. Bob will actually play the role of The Carrot on occasion, but most of the time it is me who is doing the talking. Tony, however, never jumps on as the Carrot. So if you ever read a post from The Carrot and think, “Is that a comment from Tony?” the answer will always be “No.” Tony is here for technical support and should always be taken seriously. I, however, am free to make a fool of myself. This character page has turned out to be gobs of fun and Facebook subscribers are “liking” it a lot! Additionally, the success of The Carrot character page spawned the idea of my administrating the Mysterymen Comics page as well which has also been generating plenty of noise. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mysterymen-Comics/469918329739149?fref=ts

While I’m on the subject of Tony, HE is the third ingredient that was absent from the original Flaming Carrot website. Tony started programming in the 80’s. While Flaming Carrot Comics were gaining momentum, Tony was hard at work honing his craft. And when I was generating my own original comic book lettering fonts, Tony, coincidently, was in technical support at Macromedia for the Fontographer program…the program that I was employing. By the time the first decade of the current century came around, Tony was at the pinnacle of his programming career. He led a team of programmers whose mission was to create artificial intelligence to predict financial trends for a hedge fund. This was his last corporate job. He developed an intense dislike for corporate politics and ended up “dropping out” to fade into obscurity, which almost identically mirrored what had happened to Bob after the Mystery Men movie. Long story short, Bob and Tony met a couple of years ago and the rest is history.

We have fulfilled all our kickstarter orders now, except for THE GREAT RACE posters, which are still in production. When we opened our store a line the fans, who had missed the kickstarter several months before, had queued up to get a second crack at some of the products that were in the campaign. And the really great thing about the store opening is that we didn't get a SINGLE cancellation from all the customers who had been standing in the queue, some since as early as the beginning of September! Well, That’s All Folks! (from me.)

Now here is the really important part of this news broadcast. We want to see letters! Lots and lots of letters!!! Like back in the 80’s! We would like to see letter-hacking brought back stronger than ever! We’d also love to see your videos about The Carrot and other Bob Burden properties!...or Fan Art…or photos of your costumes…or animations…or ANYTHING Burdenian! It’s all up to YOU…the fans!!! Please send all submissions to speak@bobburdencomics.com

#5 Edited by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi, Feather!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flaming-Carrot/399622050083412?fref=ts

#6 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@Silkcuts said:

@Roxanne Starr: ^_^ looks like Wiki Time

Nah...not yet.

When http://www.facebook.com/BobBurdenComics?fref=ts becomes a production company, creating videos and animation for OTHER people...and Tony moves up from being a Production Manager to being a "PRODUCER"...then he can have his Wiki! :-)

#7 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@Silkcuts:

Tony has been credited in the comic book world for the first time, Silk, on the credit page of THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN compilation, in both hardcover and digital formats. He is credited as the Production Manager. We could not have produced the damn thing in a timely manner without his expertise.

Tony's on the map now. He may not be a writer or illustrator, but his name will probably be seen by tens of thousands of people before the end of the year. :-)

#8 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:

@Roxanne Starr said:

@turoksonofstone:

Ray lives on the upper West Side, turok...my old neighborhood. Tony should be picking up Ray RIGHT NOW! I just tried calling Ray and his phone went to voice mail.

Curious.

Ray is staying put as well right now.

The hard and steady rain and cold temps that are passing through Georgia at the moment are headed your way to become the nor'easter that should hit you between tomorrow and Friday. :(

#9 Posted by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:

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@turoksonofstone:

How's it going in Westchester, turok???

Mostly still no power here I am one of few that have it in my area., many in high rise buildings in city are are suffering and lots of sea water in subway etc. Coastal areas are ruined.

I knew what was going on in Manhattan and the coastal areas, turok. I just didn't know what the situation was in NYC's suburbs. Hang in there, dude. Act of God and all that...something that mere mortals just have no control over. They just have to deal with the hand they were dealt.

True. Very true.

Also everyone is coming up here from the City buying up all the gas they put a 10 gallon limit into effect. And Bloomberg insists on running NYC marathon on sunday what a waste of resources..

I just heard on the radio that the marathon was cancelled, turok.

Tony bought a full tank of gas before Sandy struck, and I don't think he ever left his house since...until he started his trek to come down here about 2 hours ago. And if I know Tony, he also has a full gas can tucked away somewhere in his SUV...just in case his tank full doesn't make it past Philly. :-)

Yeah, keeping marathon on was getting bad press glad it was cancelled.

Cool, I hadn't even considered gas while en-route but I'm sure he'll make it just fine.

He ended up staying put for now. :(

There's another Nor'easter that will be passing through your section of the country tomorrow.

#10 Edited by Roxanne Starr (9093 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone said:

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@turoksonofstone:

How's it going in Westchester, turok???

Mostly still no power here I am one of few that have it in my area., many in high rise buildings in city are are suffering and lots of sea water in subway etc. Coastal areas are ruined.

I knew what was going on in Manhattan and the coastal areas, turok. I just didn't know what the situation was in NYC's suburbs. Hang in there, dude. Act of God and all that...something that mere mortals just have no control over. They just have to deal with the hand they were dealt.

True. Very true.

Also everyone is coming up here from the City buying up all the gas they put a 10 gallon limit into effect. And Bloomberg insists on running NYC marathon on sunday what a waste of resources..

I just heard on the radio that the marathon was cancelled, turok.

Tony bought a full tank of gas before Sandy struck, and I don't think he ever left his house since...until he started his trek to come down here about 2 hours ago. And if I know Tony, he also has a full gas can tucked away somewhere in his SUV...just in case his tank full doesn't make it past Philly. :-)