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I was just directed to this article on Bleeding Cool. Definitely worth a read. This guy is a bonifide criminal, no ambiguity about it whatsoever. AND he has an account here on DA. I just wanted everyone out there to be aware in case you're approached by him. Read on:

www.bleedingcool.com/2014/02/2…

Best!

~T~
Just saw this article on Bleeding Cool about yet another blatant rip-off artist. I love articles like these. I wish there were more. I'm not sure if this guy is on Deviant Art or not but keep your eyes peeled for him, both here and at conventions. If you see him set up at a show be sure to alert the promoters.

www.bleedingcool.com/2013/10/2…

~T~
Hey peeps!

         Any of you who follow my journals know how passionate I am about pursuing the seemingly endless procession of art-thieves that pop up with increasing regularity. I was recently directed to this website, I Am An Art Thief/Plagiarism Exposed: www.iamanartthief.com/

        I'm putting this out there so those not in "the know" can educate themselves and, even more importantly, so that any of us can easily report these people when we stumble upon them. No, these aren't the art-police but, in my 20+ years of experience in dealing with these types, I've found that public exposure is the best tactic. Cockroaches HATE the light. Just be sure that if you're planning on outing someone have your evidence ready to go. This isn't a witch-hunt against people copying someone else art in an attempt to learn or for mere enjoyment. It's for people copying someone's art, claiming it as their own, and/or attempting to turn a profit from it. Be discerning. I also recommend contacting perpetrators beforehand in a polite manner, explaining the situation non-threateningly, and let them take it from there. Some of these people, baffling though it may be, just don't understand what they're doing is wrong.

      Best!

~TiM~
Hey peeps!

         First and foremost, I'd like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. 

         Second, I wanted to introduce you to friend of mine :iconaustin-hockenberry:. Austin is a fledgling photographer who, in my opinion, is exhibiting a lot of natural talent right out of the starting gate. I strongly encouraged him to open himself up here on DA and tap in to the bottomless depths of the world class talent pool we have here.

         If any of you are so inclined, pop on over to his page, check out his work, and give him some tips and encouragement. 

Thank you!!

-T-
Hey folks~

I just read some very disturbing news. My good friend and all-around-great-guy, Steve Niles and his family lost damn near everything in the recent Austin, Texas flooding. Here is Steve's harrowing account of the experience:

"Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn't much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil. It was waist deep almost and strong enough to throw around logs. I reached him and he was submerged and freaking out. Don't remember much more then lifting him and carrying him all the way back to the house. Looking back I can see how scary it was."

We are securing the house as much as we can and going through the damage. A scrapbook full of original art I've kept for 30 years is gone. A lot more.

Our friends Belinda and Steve are setting up a fund to help. I feel terrible about this but once things settle I'll have to face up that we need help. I just wish I could catch my breath for 5 minutes and I can make my own money. Austin has had other ideas I guess.

We'll keep you posted. We're sort of trapped here for right now. Going to pack and move as much as we can before the next storm hits.

Thank you guys so much."


Steve is ALWAYS one of, if not THE, first person to stand up and help a friend or fellow creator in need. As Mike Mignola states, "It's time to pay it forward." Let's rally together and help Steve and his family get through this unimaginably tough time.

You can read Steve's update and how to help here:

www.steveniles.net/2013/10/flo…

Thanks for your help!
Hey peeps~ I just wanted to do one last follow-up here regarding my previous two posts. It appears that, though completely unapologetic and still self delusional, Theresa has decided to stop selling the copies of copyrighted artwork. Id love to say she saw the light but, ultimately, I think it was just the path of least resistance. Hey, maybe Ill get a thank-you card some day thanking me for helping her to avert a law suit! Probably not.

At any rate, its over. Im going to take down my journal entries so no one is encouraged to flame her. As I stated in my initial journal entry, that wasn't my intent to begin with. Thanks to all for the feedback and for following up with DA. This community needs to look out for one another and not sit idly by while others prey on our hard work and creativity.

Peace!

~T~
Hey peeps~

         I've got a lot to say in this entry. Ill start off by sharing some good news. Some of you may have seen my journal entry from last week asking to speak to people with experience with Chronic Kidney Disease. Basically, about two weeks ago I was "diagnosed" with Stage 3 CKD. It was discovered during the course of a routine blood test. I went through the worst week of my life. Words simply can not describe it. Some amazing people reached out to me to share their stories and lend their support. It was humbling to say the least. It's really amazing when a total stranger is willing to lend comfort to someone in need. The range of emotions I experienced was vast. So many cliches'. Cliches' exist for a reason, right? Ive always been a worst-case-scenario kind of guy, a worrier by nature. I had a lot of people in my ear telling me not to give up just yet. "Wait for another round of tests. Get a second opinion." But the thing was that I had, at one time or another, exhibited various symptoms of the disease. THIS is what convinced me the diagnosis was correct. So I did a LOT of praying, a lot of soul searching. When faced with mortality, even if its not immediately impending, your senses become very acute. You get a whole new perspective on life, on living, on health, on what you take for granted. I learned a lot about both myself and my friends. The amount of love, prayer, and support I received was beyond humbling. It was one of those times where I was able to sit back, look at the people Ive chosen to surround myself with in this life, and tell myself I must be doing something right. It was very profound. I did the "bargaining with God" thing. I've always been a Christian. I've just always maintained a personal, private relationship with God. Im not the "in your face" type and Im not judgmental about it. We all have our own paths to follow. I made some very lofty promises. "Just get me outa' this!". So I went for a second round of blood tests last week as well as an ultra sound. My follow-up appointment to go over the results was yesterday. I've never been so nervous and anxious in my life. I'm surprised I didn't pass out. As it turned out, my new blood test proved to be normal! You can imagine my reaction. A weeks worth of pain, anxiety, and terror mixed with the most overwhelming sense of relief imaginable washed over me in a split second. The new doc' was understandably annoyed that the first doc' made a diagnosis based on so little. Apparently I had some acute kidney issues due to dehydration or some other stimuli. He gave me a clean bill of health and sent me on my way.

       So here I sit. I'm still trying to soak this all in. The last week took me to both extremes of my mental spectrum. I feel gobsmacked. What now? Today I'm making a list. I'm making a list of all the promises I made. I'm going to systematically tackle them and do my best to live up to them. I'm also armed with new knowledge of how certain parts of my body work, how fragile, and how resilient they can be. I learned not to go a gazillion years between check-ups. I learned how important simply drinking a gallon of water a day is. I learned to slow down a little and smell the roses. I learned to be more patient with people.....and myself. I learned exactly how amazing my friends are. I learned the true depths to which I love my family. I learned that stress is the root of a LOT of problems. I think this last one will be the hardest part for me, to learn how not to stress out about everything. I could go on and on. Suffice it to say, I am forever changed.

      I also realize that I was very fortunate, that not everyone gets a happy ending like this. I'm happy but not celebrating. I'm carrying the people in the CKD community, a community I was a part of just days ago, in my heart and praying for strength and healing for them. I'm aware that, though I'm ok now, I could easily be back to square one at some point in my life, be it CKD or something else.

      When I was going through this I kept thinking how much I'd wished I'd known more about this disease years ago. I wished I'd had the opportunity to take better care of my kidneys by just doing simple things. Now that I have the opportunity to share my story I really want to tell everyone I can reach to get a check-up, drink a ton of water each day, be VERY careful about taking supplements, go easy on the alcohol and coffee (moderation is the key), watch the sodium intake, and just BABY THOSE KIDNEYS.

       I apologize for the rambling nature of this. My head is still spinning so I'm just letting the thoughts pour out as they come. I just wanted to let everyone know that, at this point, I'm ok and to take my story to heart and just go get checked out.

Much love to all!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

         One of my numerous addictions is art books. I buy everything I can get my hands on. Once in a while something really exceptional comes along and I just had to sing its praises. Last year Dave and Greg over at Creature Box :iconcreaturebox: started at Kickstarter project for their art book, "CreatureBox: The Monster Volume". To say they were successful in their endeavor would be putting it mildly. I just got my book in the mail yesterday and havent been able to put it down. Its just pure fun. Even the packaging is well-thought-out, a part of the overall experience. Im not sure how many of these are still available but I put my personal resounding stamp of approval on this awesome book! Go getcha' one!

     Thanks to Dave and Greg for a great product and also for my little extra "something special"! Cant wait for the next project!

~TiM~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps~

       It appears that my Facebook account was hijacked yesterday. Somehow someone got a hold of a password and wreaked havoc on some of my accounts. I seem to have things locked down but my Facebook account was totally taken over. The criminal not only changed my user name and password but also the e-mail address associated with the account. This means that most of the check and balances they have in place there are useless because, if I attempt to change the password, it will be sent to the criminals account! Seems like a small hole in the security system. Anyway, I was finally able to lock down the account ("temporarily" was the term they used) and work my way to a page that asked me to scan and send my photo ID so that they could review it and confirm it was me. Thats the last thing I heard.

      My question is whether any of you have dealt with something like this. Do you have any experience with how FB works in these matters? Im wondering if Ill have to wait hours, days, weeks, etc. Hell, Im wondering if theyll even bother to follow up. Its a pretty helpless feeling and, naturally, the fine folks at Facebook make it all but impossible to communicate directly with a human being.

    Any and all input is welcome.

Thanks!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

          I just wanted to give a shout out to one of our own, Wayne Chin :iconwayner8088:, and thank him for his help with solving some lingering issues with my MAC. Wayne is a friggin' genius and can work remotely. I have yet to have an issue he hasn't been able to solve. If you're ever in a bind, here's his contact information:

Wayne Chin
Certified Macintosh Specialist
------------------------
Dr. Mac Complete Computer Services
for the Greater Vancouver Area
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www.drmac.ca
wayne@drmac.ca
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778-233-1815

          He comes with my stamp of approval!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Another birthday and, once again, I find myself overwhelmed and humbled by all the well-wishes. Im so thankful for all my friends and fans. You honor me. Thanks to each and every one of you for taking the time to think of me today. Much love to all!
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

           If you haven't already heard about it, you might want to check out the new book called POSTER ART of the DISNEY parks. If youre a fan of design, classic retro graphics, Disney, or just plain awesome art, you'll want to check this out. I know Stuart Ng is selling them. Not sure if he's sold out yet. Best darn book I've come across in a while!

Peace!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
I just thought I'd follow up on my previous two journal entries and let everyone know that I finally decided on and ordered a camera. I opted for the Nikon D5100! Some of the other bridge cameras that I was considering, while technically what I needed right now, didn't have enough room for growth for the long term. I felt the Nikon D5100 was a good balance of entry level ease-of-use and long term room for more advanced photography. I'm really excited about my new purchase and can't wait to give it a test drive.

Once again, I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to help me out. I've learned a LOT!

Best!

-T-
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who took the time to help me out with this. As I suspected, there was a ton of great advice. I spent a lot of time yesterday pondering your input and researching your suggestions.

There are a couple of very tempting higher end cameras but, after reading up on them, there seems to be a significant learning curve as well as amazing features that might be lost on me in terms of my limited needs. I'm a bit hesitant to buy a Ferrarri just to drive to the grocery store. :)

One camera in particular that has caught my eye is the Fujifilm hs30 exr FinPix. It's a bridge camera and seems to have a lot of great features and quality for the price. My only two concerns are its ability to handle low-light situations and it's ability to capture action shots. I realize it's not the best at either of these, hence the price, but wanted to know if it's still good enough at both for an amateur like me. I don't mind buying something that's not necessarily cutting edge technology but I also don't want to get something that's on the verge of being obsolete. If any of you have experience with this camera I'd love to hear the pros' and cons'.

As always, so much for taking the time to help!

-T-
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

I know there are a ton of highly talented photographers here in our community so I wanted to avail myself of the resource and seek some advice on getting a new camera. Basically, I'm looking for something relatively high end (but not crazy) that easy to use, intuitive for a beginner. I'd like it to be good for point-and-click, high speed, able to capture motion really well, works well in low light as well as normal settings, and can shoot in black and white as well as color. It doesn't have to be compact. Larger cameras with zoom lenses are fine. In essence, I just want the best camera I can get for ease of use and versatility for at or under around

I appreciate any and all input!

Thanks!

-T-
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

        Every now and then one stumbles on a high quality small business that exceeds expectations. I believe strongly in rewarding businesses like this by word-of-mouth and shouting my endorsements from the roof-tops (so I hang out on roof-tops a lot....what of it?).

       Ive got a lot of collectibles and some of them require higher end accommodations other than just shelf space. I recently stumbled on a great company on line called SPECIALTY PLASTICS. They specialize in acrylic display cases of all types. Whats great is that they have a customize feature that allows you to create the dimensions of the display you require. It will give you the cost on the web site but, for custom orders, you have to e-mail them directly to place the order.

      The prices are competitive and the turn-around from order to doorstep is about a week (at least mine was)! Cant beat that.

      Anyhoo', Ill be using them often and wanted to share my enthusiasm with you collectors out there. You can find them at:
www.casesforcollectibles.com/
      And, in case youre wondering, I dont know them and have no affiliation with them whatsoever. This is just a good old fashion endorsement.

Best!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

     If youre looking for a top notch affordable sketch, head on over and check out my good buddy, John Beatty's :iconjohnbeatty:, latest journal entry:

fav.me/d57e43j

I own some of John's sketches so I can vouch for the quality. He does NOT disappoint!

Best!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
So I just got back from Heroes Con and am finally recovered from 4 nights of mayhem and madness. Im getting too old to be staying up drinking until 5 am. I had an amazing time as always. Many of my best buds were, a family reunion of sorts. It always re-energizes me to see them. They know who they are.

Just prior to the show, my 6 year old son, Laine, mentioned to me that he wanted to start his own original art sketchbook, something he could take around to artists at shows and get sketches......"like daddy does". Imagine my surprise and utter joy at the idea! Anyone who knows me knows my passion for original art. Ive already been aware of my sons interest and notable artistic ability but I wasnt sure if he got the concept of what it was I was doing in terms of collecting originals.

Seeing as how Laine has an obsession with Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, doing a Capt Jack themed sketchbook seemed like a no-brainer. Its also a fun idea, not your typical Batman/Wolverine, that so many of us get asked to do. Its something a lot of artists can really have fun with. So I got him a book and off to the show we went. I managed to help him get on about 5 sketch lists at the show but only one person was able to come through (the book was tied up most of the weekend with someone who wasnt able to get to it. It happens.) , Andrew Robinson :iconandrew-robinson:. Andrew absolutely knocked our socks off with what he did. I cant think of a better piece to start out his book with! And Andrew also happens to be one of my dearest friends. I really like the idea of starting out my sons books with contributions from some of my closest buddies. Anyway, the attached photo is Laine seconds after he saw his drawing. The look on his face says it all.

Thank you, Andrew, for making my sons day and my weekend. He'll always remember this as his first!

~T~

  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps! My buddy, Wayne Chin :iconwayner8088: is looking to take on some commission work so I thought Id post a link to his latest journal entry with the details. Also, if you have any MAC computer needs, he's the man!

fav.me/d51lejl

Best!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water
Hey peeps!

         So I recently did something stupid. I decided to fiddle around with MINECRAFT just for shits and giggles. Any of you who play know how addictive it is. Now I know as well. What Im wondering is if theres some sort of guide book I can buy IN BOOK FORM. All of the books Ive found on Amazon are KINDLE downloads. I havent been able to find a single paper book and Id really like to buy one.

        Im wide open to any and all suggestions. Im a total noob' but Im totally hooked!

Thanks!

~T~
  • Listening to: A.F.I, The White Stripes
  • Reading: Shantaram
  • Watching: Madmen
  • Eating: Lots of salads
  • Drinking: Lots of water