K.M. Claude at NOCAZ – Freebies and Webcomic Update!

Hello Velveties!

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to announce that the webcomic version of Rasputin Barxotka is back online. Please let me know what you think!

If you are in the New Orleans Area, be sure to say hi to K.M. Claude at the New Orleans Comic And Zine Fest. Claude will be selling his latest books and floppies, and will be giving out free limited-edition Rasputin Barxotka bookmarks! NOCAZ is a free two day event which takes place at the New Orleans Public Library on November 18-19, 2017. For more information visit their website.

As for me, Loki and I are going to be taking it easy this weekend as a reward for all the hard work that went into getting the webcomic ready to go.  Have a great Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it, and happy November to those who don’t.

Cheers,
Vas

Birthday Stuff

Hey Velveties,

So, I’m 44 now. It’s kind of weird that I am this old when my mom wasn’t sure I would survive my teens. I’m not complaining at all. Life has been decent lately, and my birthday celebration was lovely. Mom took me out for Italian food at a fancy restaurant and gifted me with homemade chutney, applesauce and chocolate. My husband and roomies enjoyed cake and company with me tonight. I am very grateful for every blessing in my life right now.

I don’t have much to say, except that I returned another Rasputin Barxotka book online. It’s available for your reading pleasure in webcomic format, free for you. It’s my way of sharing today’s joy with you.

Cheers!
Vas

THE SERPENT

Now Available: The Serpent #1 + K.M. Claude at NOCAZ

The Serpent #1A smuggler indulges in a kinky liaison with a mysterious Spanish doctor. Homoerotic pleasure soon turns to stomach-churning terror when a diabolical vision of the future appears.

Featuring the seductively beautiful illustrations of Southern Gothic horror comic creator, K.M. Claude, author of 99 Righteous Men, a story written by Vas Littlecrow Wojtanowicz and cover art by Amanda Wearstler. Get the eBook for free when you buy a print comic. Exclusively available at the Amazon.com Kindle Shop.

Speaking of K.M. Claude, you can now meet this fabulously talented comic creator at the New Orleans Comic and Zine Fest. He will be debuting his latest print comic, Midori-Chan and giving out free limited edition promo bookmarks for The Serpent #1. Velvet Rasputin’s free limited-edition promo bookmarks for Stormbattle and the Widow were gone within two hours at Fall Comicon, so be sure not to miss out.

NOCAZ is a free two day event which takes place at the New Orleans Public Library on November 18-19, 2017. For more information visit their website.

The Serpent #1

Release Schedule Change: “Theoria” Coming This Halloween

Out of respect for Amanda “Mandarr” Wearstler, Rasputin Catamite: Twin Freaks, will be postponed until at least December. Mandarr’s cat Mochi is missing and she’s been frantically looking for her furbaby this week. Any information about Mochi’s whereabouts would be greatly appreciated. Please refer to this Facebook post for more details.

Comics are less important than the well-being of our team members and their families, so I want to be very mindful of Mandarr’s time and emotional space, as she deal with this painful ordeal. Instead, you will see her cover art this Halloween on a collaboration between K. M. Claude and I entitled, The Serpent with its first installment, “Theoria.” It’s pretty intense and it’s rated for age 17+ audiences due to graphic depictions of adult situations and violence. It was originally slated for February 14th next year, but Claude and I agreed that we were ready to share this with our readers now in order to make up for this delay.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding.

It’s Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th, and I am rather sick. I was looking forward to doing my local 24-hour Comic Day event, instead I’m stuck here at home with the flu. I have been doodling around in my sketchbook. While doing so,  I found an old drawing that I made at Chapel Con of Irina. I am trying to post from the WordPress app so I’m not sure how it’s going to look once it’s on the website, but there you go.

On sad news, there is a possibility that the next installment of Rasputin Catamite is going to be delayed. Amanda has been frantically searching for her beloved kitty Mochi, and as a result hasn’t been able to work on the cover for now. On the bright side, the final edit requests have been sent to Ram, right on schedule.

I hope that you are all doing well today my Velveties, and that tomorrow treat you well.

Happy Coming Out Day!

Dima's Bi-VampireHello my Velveties,

Here’s a clip from May Day to help commemorate National Coming Out Day! It features Dima coming out as bisexual in a time and place in history where the the word, “bisexual” didn’t even exist in the Russian language without being a horrifyingly offensive synonym for “hermaphrodite.” These days word finally exists, but for many people, it’s still REALLY hard to come out.

As for me, my current sexual orientation is simultaneously “I don’t give a fuuuuuuck,” and “meh.” When you’re monogamously married, non-binary, and your sex drive is petering out with age, it’s really hard to pin down exactly what sexual orientation even means in this context. I suppose the most concise answer would be “queer demisexual,” but kids these days often think that the Q word is offensive, so I’ll just stick to praying, drawing and getting flogged every once in a while.

Whatever you are, do your best to be kind to yourself and be honest about who you are.

Cheers,
Vas

How Did Ram Do It? (Featuring a Preview From Twin Freaks)

When we posted the image below on Twitter, we got the following  question from @monkeycomics:

That does look like old film footage. How did you get it to do that?

Ram’s answer:

In photoshop-
Top layer: a hue/saturation filter set to sepia tone with +20 lightness
2nd: a ‘spotlight’ style film texture set to multiply and sized to each panel to darken the edges
3rd: content
4th: a film scratch texture that shows through the blank spots

Having a texture above the content and a texture below is the secret ingredient- lets you make it feel strongly textured without interfering with the legibility of the images.

Fun at Fall Comicon!

Greetings gangs,

To everyone who stopped at my table and bought Velvet Rasputin stuff, thank you so much! It was really fun to engage with new fans and old friends alike. I shared lots of cool pictures up on the Velvet Rasputin Facebook page, so be sure to check them out here and here! I also have them at Instagram if that’s more your style. I am extremely tired from all the doodle hooping (as seen on the video below,) and convention-related stuff, but I am back home in Rice, and looking forward to another week of Velvety goodness.

Bye my Velveties,
Vas

Vas at MCBA Fall Comicon + Grand Reopening!

Irina Cosplay

Hello my Velveties,

 

Welcome to the brand spanking new Vas Littlecrow’s Velvet Rasputin website. I’m so excited to share it with you. There’s lots of stuff happening in this newest incarnation of our collective from the team and I. Here are some of the highlights.

I really hope that you enjoy our hard work, as much as I am enjoying my newly found health!

If you’re anywhere near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds tomorrow, do stop by my table at MCBA Fall Comicon to say hello, and to buy print editions of our comics (which I will happily sign.) If you’re feeling brave, $20 will get you a quick caricature done while I hula hoop at the same time! Be sure not to miss this.

Fall ComiCon
Saturday, October 7th, 2017
10am-6pm
AT THE MN STATE FAIR
EDUCATION BUILDING!

I hope to see you there my weird little muffins.

Cheers,
Vas