Monday, March 25, 2019

Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens

I recently announced my impending Star Wars fan zine...and the day has come where it's officially released! Introducing Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens
 If you'd told me a year and a half ago that I'd be releasing a Star Wars fan zine in 2019, I would have LAUGHED. At that point in my life I'd seen exactly one (1) Star Wars movie. Oh, how things have changed.
 Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens is saddle stitch bound with EDGY RED staples, because of course it is.
Now here's what you really came for: more previews.

Available now! Buy a physical copy on Etsy (or from me in person - I'll be at Camden Comic Con in a few weeks) or download the PDF on Gumroad.

New Facebook Page

So after literally WEEKS of attempting to rename and merge my two Facebook pages (Pookie Pixels and Handmade Cards by Amanda), I've officially given up. I did everything Facebook wanted, including posting about the "rebranding*" on my official website. And despite everything, every appeal was denied. As far as I'm concerned, it wasn't worth the headache anymore.

So I've launched a NEW page, where I'll be representing my creative endeavors from here on out. I'll be updating my site to reflect the new link shortly. The lack-of-merging on Facebook's end means I lose all my previous Followers and Likes. Which sucks. So I'd appreciate any Likes you send my way!

*Is it really a "rebrand" if Pook Nero is my artist handle literally everywhere else outside of Facebook?

I don't have any art to contribute today, so here's a picture of my mothering the hell out of some baby alligators.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rebranding Announcement (and BONUS Star Wars mini-comic)

Enjoy these Star Wars mini-comics from my upcoming zine, Garbage Baby: A Fan Awakens as tax for the unfortunately necessary but boring rant/explanation below! Look forward to a post about Garbage Baby soon! The announcement following doesn't concern this site, but my Facebook page, a hold over from previous branding.

I've been trying to "consolidate my brand" as an artist over the past few months. I've been all over the place over the years, with Etsy shops and Facebook pages under both Pookie Pixels and Handmade Cards by Amanda. But the problem with that was that I was only posting a piece of myself at each place...just one aspect of what I do. It left me spread thin between various sites and blogs.

I launched this site under my artist name, Pook Nero, so that I could post ANYTHING here. Cards, jewelry, comics, fan art, writing. Any creative project by me, Pook Nero, the artist.  For more about why I chose Pook Nero as my artist name, you can check out my newly updated About Me page.

Today, most of my branding is in line: My Deviant Art, Etsy, tumblr, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram all have the same name (pooknero). The final holdout is Facebook.

I currently have Pages under both Pookie Pixels and Handmade Cards by Amanda. I plan to merge them and get my Page renamed to Pook Nero if possible. This way, all of my branding, everywhere, will be in line. My goal is to post all of my art in one place, to make it easier for fans to actually find my work. My initial name change request on Facebook was too dissimilar to be approved. I filed an appeal, but  have been prompted to provide an official press release about the name change. I hadn't released anything because the name had already been changed everywhere else, or had only ever been Pook Nero elsewhere, so it didn't make sense to announce anything. But regardless, here I am announcing that I'm FINALLY attempting to get my brand together!

Thanks for reading, if you did, and I hope you enjoyed this preview of Garbage Baby.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Rachel Bard (a.k.a. the Queen of Mini-Comics) and I have joined forces to release a story together! BEHOLD GRAGGULAX!
It's a mini-comic composed of TWO parallel stories with TWO adorable covers. I did the writing, and Rachel did the heavy lifting (character design, art, book layout, literally everything else). 

It's a tale about perspective and faith and cute aliens and the (maybe) existence of GRAGGULAX, an omnipotent space being. It's just super fantastic and I'm so happy with it. I am sad to report, however, that there were no Snorpvivors. R.I.P. Snorps.

If you'd like to pick up a copy, they're currently for sale at Challengers in Chicago. I also stock copies and will be selling them at Camden Comic Con 2019 (currently my only scheduled event this year--don't miss it!).

If you're not local to Chicago or NJ, I'm sure they'll likely be available soon on Rachel's Etsy. While you're there, check out her other amazing works! She's like, so freakin' amazing. Good job being awesome, Rachel.