Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ginger Girls present: A Very Ginger Girl Hang Out Holiday Spectacular

This Saturday (12/22/2012 @ 8PM eastern standard time)  be on Google+ hangout for a holiday special to remember. You will laugh, cry, and dance with two of the production team members of Ginger Girls; The Secret life of Red Heads. Join Director and Producer Alexia Anastasio and Animation Producer Mina Sanwald for a Very Ginger Holiday.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

What I'm working towards

Always nice to remind myself what I'm working towards.

GAH OMG THATS SO SOON. *Panic*

GINGER GIRL ANIMATION AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Toys on the Hudson

Hi everyone. Just dropping a line to let you all know i will be at Toys on the Hudson this weekend. Sadly this will be my last show of the year. So don't miss out!!!

See you in Jersey City, Pinky Punks!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Albany and a Video

Ah yes, another show is coming this weekend. I will be at the Albany Comic Con this Sunday with my good friend Michelle Doherty. If you would like some more info on the show check out their website at http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com

I hope to see a ton of people there. Come by and commission me... SPEAKING OF COMMISSIONS...

My number one fan, Jason commissioned me a while back for an mini avatar. Kinda like the one of my banner. Well I finished it not to long ago and totally recorded color it.

I hope you like it Jason! :)

If you would like a commission feel free to contact me; I love a good challenge. Up next I'm prolly going to post about the crazy map I just illustrated for an up coming novel... but more on that next time.

See ya Pinky Punks!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sleepy Mina is out like a Friggin light

Due to the Gas Crisis on Long Island I can't really go anywhere. So i stayed home and got a lot of work done......... And uh fell asleep at my desk.

So I will be at the Mastic/Moriches/Shirley Library for a very special Anime Club meeting. I'll be talking about myself and my art and give fun draw along demos. :) See you there at 4!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

I hope everyone is warm and safe after Hurricane Sandy hit last Monday. You will be happy to know I was one of the lucky 8% who did not lose power on Long Island. I also was lucky enough to have little to no damage done to my home. I only wish I could say the same for friends and neighbors here in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Walking around yesterday I go to see the damage first hand. Down towards Mastic beach, only one or two blocks away from my home, people were so flooded that docks had washed up onto their lawns. There are so many downed trees and so many flooded home. For a long time I thought disasters like this only happen down south. Long Island hadn't seen a bad Hurricane since before I was born.

It's going to take a while for everything to get back to normal; specially for those who lost their homes to the storm. If you are in the area do your best to open your home to friends who may need a warm shower and food. If you aren't in the area you can also help out the hurricane effort by donating some money to a hurricane relief organization like The Red Cross.

Do what you can and stay safe!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

NYCC Recap

Me at NYCC artist alley table N16.
Wow I'm tired. NYCC was amazing but really taxing. I'm really surprised I didn't get sick. I shared the N16 Artist Alley table with Alexia Anastasio. In case you haven't been following me for long Alexia is the director of Adventures in Plymptoons (now available on amazon and Hulu) I am working with Alexia on her new documentary Ginger Girls. Poor Alexia was going crazy; running between Bill Plympton's table and mine.

Also at my table (only for certain hours) was the Super Herologist, Dr. Travis Langley. This is the man who wrote the book on Batman... No really he did. He is the author of, Batman and Psychology; a dark and stormy knight.  Dr. Langley is also known for college course he taught on the same subject. (Can I go back to college?) It was great getting to pick his brain on the strange relationship of the dark knight and the feline fatal. You can follow Dr. Langley on twitter and pick up his book on amazon.

A commission of my original character, Art
I was surrounded by talent. It was a bit overwhelming. Luckily for me I also was surrounded by good friends. Some of which I haven't seen in a while. A ways down was the super talented Sara Richard (http://www.sararichard.com) Her work is getting more and more beautiful ever day. Truth be told I pull a lot of inspiration from her work. Across from Ms.Richard was an old college mate Alex Cormack (http://www.alexcormack.com). He has a wild and crazy style. Currently he is working with Red Stylo Media on a number of twisted comic anthologies. You know who else has done work with Red Stylo Media and was down the way from me? M3 creator and writer Erica Shultz. I have slept on Erica's couch now more times than I can count. She was there with artist Vicente Alcezar. I met Vicente briefly; Erica keeps him very busy when he is in the US. 

I always say, "When at a comic con make friends with your neighbors.", And thats just what I did! Across from me was the very well established Joel Adams. Joel has done work on Hulk the animated series, King of the Hill and has done work for Continuity Studios. Currently he is doing work on his own brand Lilz. No he did NOT design Monster High. He was a really swell guy who even gave me his new table display. Crazy right! You can check out his work at http://www.joeladamsdsg.com.

Sailor Venus and Twilight sparkle Sketch cards
Next to me was Michael Dolce who is a writer and colorist. He had a really great sales pitch, "Everything at this table is awesome" Hey, isn't telling the truth the best method? You can follow his work at http://www.mikebooks.com.

One of my last sales of the con was SO COOL. I lady wanted to buy my Star Wars cookies print. I did my thing introducing myself and giving her my card and she in turn introduced herself. "I'm Lisa Ortiz" My jaw dropped and I tried not to stutter. Liza Ortiz is the Voice actress who brought to life the english Lina Inverse from my FAVORITE anime Slayers. Thats only one of the many characters she has played. I had met her brother Jeremy Ortiz; whom is an amazing 3d artist, a couple weeks back and had flipped but didn't think I would ever get the chance to meet Lisa. I chalk this up to amazing. Lisa (if you read this) it was a pleasure meeting you!!!!

This is my new set up. Much thanks to Joel Adams for the rigging
And of course I cannot forget everyone who came around to see me. I need to thank everyone who got a print or commissioned me. You make all this hard work truly worth it! It was great meeting you all and I hope you will continue to follow me here on www.CallMeMina.com cause it only gets better from here!


Love you all Pinky Punks!



Here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

First sale at NYCC
First Sketch card commission
The winner of the NYCC tickets from Mastic Con.
"Oh my Glob!" Lumpy princess. She made a poem for me.
Catwoman, Meow
Donatello playing Xbox and er... OMG I KNOW THIS....
Thank you for commissioning me!
starting Sailor Venus
A Howl card

original character

the Howl sketch card came out nice.
 Sorry i don't have a larger image.

Another happy customer.

Gang green gang from PowerPuff Girls.
Sailor Venus

"Dear Princess Celestia"
This is actually at The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo

Missy Cap America
I think she liked it!

My super fan Jason 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo

If you are in the Allentown area come on down!!!
NYCC was a crazy ride. I will be posting a blog about it soon.

My next appearance will be in The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo THIS SATURDAY!!!

It will be held at The Alternative Gallery,
  • 904 West Hamilton St
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101

The show will run from 2 to 8 and there will be an after party at 9. (I don't know if i'm going to make it to the after party. I will have a long drive home.)

See you there Pinky punks!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NYCC print #2

This Korra print will be available tomorrow at NYCC Artist Alley Table N16!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

NYCC Print #1

Ooh la la!
Yes, here it is folks. The first print I have set for NYCC. A Halo Print with Master Chief anf Cortana sharing a moment. This beauty will be available this Thursday at NYCC Artist Alley Booth N16.

See ya there Pinky Punks!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ginger Girls Session 01

Ginger Girls for LIFE!!!!!!! Come watch and listen in as Alexia and I talk about the Ginger Girls project together on a Google hang out! Come hang with us Pinky punks!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My crush at Roc Con

This con is SO MUCH FUN. If you are here you may have noticed all the girls swooning over the awesomely talented and handsome Vic Mignogna; Edward Elric in FMA and Tamaki Suoh in Ouran, just to name two). Many of you fine ladies explained to me in a cooing fashion "Vic gave me a hug!"

Of course this hatched an evil plan in the head of my dear friend Michelle. Of course Michelle knew about my silly school girl crush on Mr.Mignogna. And she had to drag me over with her to get HER OWN book signed by him.

And of course Michelle had to DECLARE MY UNDYING LOVE TO HIM... I haven't flushed so red in a very very very long time. (She was so smug with herself, outing of my affection)

He gave me the mostly lovely kiss on the cheek and warm hug. What a sweet man *blush blush blush blush blush*

Of course now Erica, AJ, and Michelle are having a field day with my lapse into giggly, lil school girl-ness. Ah, but it is so worth it...

But...

What do I tell my boyfriend? He is going to be so delouse he didn't get a kiss from Vic. (^,~)


I also did a ton of Illustrations. Check them out:

An Original character I got to draw.

This fine gentleman bought my Red card from the 5finity Grimm's fairy tales card set.


Two more original characters. I think they really have spunk.


I'm so T.O.ed with myself cause I didn't take a picture of the  final version.



This was a gift to my crush. Thanks for making my long friday and much better day Vic!

Yet two more original characters. Aren't these girls just adorable?

The Three Edwards: The short Edward Elric, The creeper Edward Cullens and the spoony bard Prince Edward. 


NEXT UP IS ASBURY PARK COMIC CON Saturday September 29th
http://asburyparkcomicon.com

See you there Pinky Punks!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

I've been Shippee-afided

Hello again Pinky Punks!

My good friend Jerry Shippee from Shippeetoons sent this AWESOME character of myself. Gosh, I can't remember the last time someone drew a picture of me... (it was the fall of 1832...lol)

She is the one name Sailor Mina Venus-KUN. Art by Jerry Shippee
I believe he did this using the fabulous Copic Multliners. If you want to know more about Jerry or his artwork You should check out his website:

http://www.shippeetoons.com/

While your there check out his Clamcakes comic strip. It's delish!

Well thats all for now my Pinky Punks. Remember I'm the Champion of Justice. The Pretty Guardian in a sailor suit! Sailor Mina Sanwald has arrived!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Events and Appearances *UPDATED 10/9/2012*

UPDATE UPDATE!!!!

Hey there Pinky Punks!

I think it is about time I let you in on where I'm going to be. Thats right! All the appearances I have planned so far for the rest of the 2012 year.
 

Sep. 15: Art in the Park (waiting on confirmation)

Sep. 21-23: Roc-Con
        Appearing with author Michelle Doherty
        Table: aa15
        Main street Armory, 900 East Main street, Rochester NY
        http://rochesterscifianimecon.com/

Sep. 29: Asbury Park Comic Con
         Appearing with the lovely creator of M3, Erica Schultz 
        Asbury Lanes, 209 4th Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
        http://asburyparkcomicon.com/

Oct. 6: Monmouth County Library: Comic Book GRRRLS 
        Appearing with the lovely creator of M3, Erica Schultz
        1pm-3pm
        125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249
        http://www.monmouthcountylib.org/ 

Oct. 11-14: New York Comic Con
        Table: N16
        655 West 34th Street  New York, NY 10001

        http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

Oct. 20: Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo
              Time: 2pm to 8pm
              The Alternative Gallery, 904 West Hamilton st, Allentown, PA
              https://www.facebook.com/events/326467814119007/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Oct 30: (Post poned till January Con Artist: Create a Con at your Library
             Time: 10am to 12pm
             627 N Sunrise Service rd, Bellport, NY
            (check you local Long Island NY Library for details)

Nov. 5: Mastic-Shirley-Moriches Library Anime club: Why They Call Me Mina
        Time: to be announced
        407 William Floyd Parkway Shirley, NY 11967
        http://www.communitylibrary.org/ 

Nov. 11: Albany Comic Con
         Appearing with author Michelle Doherty
         Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Rd, Albany NY
         http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/

Nov. 23-25: Toys on The Hudson
        appearing with Ninjas Don't Knit creator Chris Grillo
        479 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey 07310
        http://toysonthehudson.com/

If there is a show by you I should be at just contact me and let me know. I also do bookings for Copic Marker Demos.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Mai and the Honey Badger just don't care

Mai and the Honey Badger just don't care; They don't give a sh*t! I MADE A NEW MEME! SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!

Watch live streaming video from callmemina at livestream.com



"not a single cr@p is given in this picture"

I love Mai from Avatar the Last Air Bender and I love the Honey Badger. So I mixed them together. I colored this beauty with my trusty Copic Markers. Above is the video of my coloring and below is the final piece. ENJOY.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

From PA to OR to FL

Wow... I have been traveling a lot. Sorry for the delay but I'm pooped. I'll bring you guys a big update later.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Super-Average.com

If only they knew of the monster they were creating.
I know you like web comics. Who doesn't? But what about web comics that also features pop culture? Oh so you have heard of Penny arcade... okay but have you heard of Super-Average.com?

If you answered "Yes" then keep reading.

If you answered "No" then keep reading


(see what I did there... no it's not supposed to be funny... you are mean!)

Super Average is an awesome web comic about a bunch of dudes who have... super powers... but they are kinda useless super powers, or at least the way they use them. and among this super powered group of friends is the one average guy who doesn't have diddly squat. Honestly it's a really fun read and updates regularly (yeah I'm looking at you VGcats)

Anyway, the guys over at Super-Average were nice enough to feature me on their site. How cool is that?

Go check out the article here: http://www.super-average.com/a-few-of-my-favorite-things-3-webcomics/

Don't forget this Saturday

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo

Cause we are all a lil starvin!
The day is almost upon us! When I get back to going to Comic cons. are you excited?

I AM!

As I stated in an earlier post I will be at The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo. Now I will answer all of your "W's".

Who: Me (and hopefully you)

What: The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo

When: Saturday, August 18th 2012. 11 am to 8pm

Where: Encounter Comics & Games, 811 Union Blvd Allentown, PA 18109

Why: Really? are you actually asking, "why"? well cause I'm STARVIN and so are YOU! Not to mention there will be more artist at this expo than ever before. Oh, and I assume lots of Ramen noodles. So come on down!

For more info check out The Facebook Page

See you there!!!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Commissions Ahoy!

This is just a quick update. I just wanna show you the neat stuff i have been drawing. :)

This is an illustration my good friend Erica Schultz, writer of M3, wanted. This is a Mini Mina version of herself; aint it cute?
Tyrael from the Diablo series. This is a Kiriban for hitting 3000 on this page. Here ya go Kenneth Kersul

If you like what you see and what a commission yourself, let me know! My commission list is almost always open. And I'm not looking to kill anyone with prices, i'm just lookin to have fun drawing. :)

See ya pinky punks!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Shi Puzzle card for sale on EBAY

Yes yes, you have guessed correctly. I have put yet another card up for sale on the internet. This time it's one of my favorite 2 cards. Shi's eyes are so very entrancing, aren't they?  I did this card back in January with watercolor, prismacolor markers, sumi ink and pitt pens. I gotta say i'm most proud of the blood splatter. :)

The starting bid on this card is $50 or you could buy it now at $100. Bidding ends August 8th so act fast.

Click here to check out the listing.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Sky Pirate War is about to Begin

A quick sketch of Shyni. Meow!
ARRRRRG; There Be a war-a-bruin! 

Last August I went to a lil con in Connecticut called ComiConn. While there I got to meet Everett Soares the creator of Sky Pirates of Valendor. Now admittedly I didn't know if the comic then but, I sure do now. He commissioned me to draw a picture of one of his characters Shyni; a rather sassy cat girl. Unfortunately I do not have a copy of the picture I drew that day, it's locked away safely in Everett's uncrackable vault-o-illustrations; his sketchbook.

Fast forward to May of this year, Everett contacts me and says he has a job. He was so please with the picture that he wanted me to draw a short Comic about Shyni (who has since become my favorite character in Skypirates.) I was so delighted to get to draw her again... and this time it was for a publication in the upcoming volume two of Skypirates of Valendor.

I can't say what my portion of the comic is about but i can say it's a really nice side story. We learn a little bit more about Shyni and where she may be heading. I can't wait for you to read it. :)

With that said I'm very proud to announce that Jolly Roger studios is taking pre-orders on Volume 2. In addition to pre-ordering you can be apart of the next volume. FOR EXAMPLE $20 pre-orders Volume 2 (I believe will have my contribution... but don't quote me on that.) and $50 gets you INTO VOLUME 3. Yes, you heard right; The fantastic artists of Sky Pirates will draw your ugly mug (no offense, this is just pirate speak) into an issue of the comic. You want in? go to:


http://www.indiegogo.com/PirateWarsValendor?c=home

And putt in your orders!

What are you waiting for matey, GO!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Markers & Shows

They are oh so pretty.
Well I must have woken up on the right side of the bed today. I went upstairs and there was a package at my door from Copic. Now I dont know if anyone remembers the last time i got a package from Copic is was a pretty exciting time for me but I knew what to expect. However today I had no idea what I was in for.

Copic gave me this awesome set of random markers. I'm so excited and can't wait to start using these. :)

I guess it's time to share the news. I was recently hired by Copic to become the new North East Regional Instructor. What does that mean? Well it means i get to share my love of these wonderful markers even more. I'll be heading around the north east coast to conventions, stores and colleges to give lessons and teach about all the great things you can create with all these markers. I go in for training in August and I couldn't be more excited to become an official part of the Copic Family. To Copic; Thanks so much for the new markers and I look forward to sharing the creativity.

***

In other news I will be making a couple appearances.

First up is MASTIC CON, tomorrow (07/28/2012). This is an event putt together by the Mastic-Shirley-Moriches Public Library for teens. I'll be there doing what I do best, teaching about my love of art, comics, anime and cartoons. If there is time I will give demos on how to make a comic book and how color with my most favorite of marker COPICS.

If you are in the area and in the age group check out https://www.communitylibrary.org/Programreg/view.php?resource_id=9578 for tickets. There is only a limited number left so act fast. :)

Finally attending

ATTENTION ANY GREAT ALLENTOWN COMIC CON GOERS: as you know I can't make it to this great show HOWEVER I will be in your area soon enough. :) The Lehigh Valley Starving Artist Expo on August 18th. (that is a Saturday so no excuses) I talked about this show a while back on one of my "Message from Mina" videos (does anyone remember those?) ANYWAY I will be there with my good friend and amazing writer Kissy-chan (Michelle Doherty) If you catch us we may let you in on our lil furture project. (ooooohhhh saucy!) Want more info on the show? check out https://www.facebook.com/LVStarvingArtistExpo  I really wanna see all my Allentown fans so COME ON DOWN!!!!

Also I am officially confirmed for NYCC.  Their website should be updated soon with the exhibitors info. Def' look for me. As I get more info  on tables and what now I will post.

I luv ya Pinky Punks!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Korra Cosplayer Commission (confusing I know)

"No one understand my pain. I'm just so beautiful"
I know, I know the title is very confusing. I'll explain. :)

A couple days ago A fan, Lawrence Brenner, approached me with an odd but truly fun commission idea. He was going to be Cosplaying General Iroh II for NYCC. He wanted me to illustrate him as General Iroh II in the Korra style.

Now I'm not sure how close i got it to the Korra style but boy did I have fun with this piece.

How did I do this, you ask? I penciled it out and then went right over it in ink. From there I used grey scale markers to shade. You may notice that his coat looks blue. It's actually just the cool grey bouncing off of the warm (i love the way warm and cool work together) Finally I finished off the piece by dirtying it up with willow charcoal (i haven't used that since college). Sprayed some fixative on it and Vuala, General Lawrence Benner Iroh II.

If you would like a commission I'm totally open for it. Just message me via email or any social networking site and I'll hook you up.

I'm still here.
Also guys my Absinth Green Fairy Card from 5finity/Zenoscope is still up for auction. Get you bids in now, I think this one might be a nasty showdown.

To big head to my ebay page:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140800459793?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

You only have 2 days left to bid. I'm excited to see her get a good home.

Stay alive,
 Pinky Punks