The trouble with the Caribbean, especially at wintertime, is that the weather is rather unpredictable. When the rain came down I'd head to my hotel to do some work for the coming semester. As soon as I'd start, the sun would come out and the temptation to go and play was too much and I'd run outside again, just in time for the rain to begin again. Still, I did some swimming and snorkeling which had its pros and cons. On the con side I was, AGAIN, attacked by angel fish! what is with these fish and their insistence in harassing me? I managed to eventual escape that trio, as well as a plethora of foot long hermit crabs (Why am I seeing so many in such a short period of time? They are up to something!), but another con was not bring my camera. The pros were that I swam with a sea turtle for a while and hung with a (much friendlier) trio of cuttlefish and a school of parrot fish (I've never seen so many in one place and time!) as well as something I assume was a sea cucumber (it looked like a giant slug! Eeeew!). To top it off I found myself right on top of a stingray--they are so funny how they flop around the sea floor. So despite the problems it was still a fun day.
Dodged upside-down SUVs on the icy highway in the morning and swam in Caribbean waters in the evening! First day was arriving and getting settled in, but the next included (well, shopping for food , which is still about settling in) more swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking! I fed the fishes both off a dock and under water! Sure a foot-long hermit crab snapped at me, but I'm sure it was meant as a friendly greeting. Tried to balance having to prep for next semester's courses with hammock time, but I think the latter got the better deal.
This is your last chance to get on the list for receiving a Christmas Card from us this year! Make sure we have your current (physical) address if you want to get one! Email it to cej@armzrace. com
Of course, you can always buy a bunch for you and your family and friends! Check us out on Etsy.
We're about to send out this year's Christmas card! Make sure we have your current (physical) address if you want to receive one! Email it to cej@armzrace. com
And there's still time to buy some cards to send out to all your friends and family! Check us out on Etsy.
Thanks to everyone who submitted such great captions for the Kitty Caption Contest! There were so many great ones that I have selected 16 of them to be used in the final, fully interactive piece. Now it's time to vote for the Grand Prize winning caption. Cast your vote for your favorite(s)! Get your friends to vote too! You have until 11:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 20, 2013 to get your vote(s) in.
Some of you submitted more than one fantastic caption. If more than one of yours was selected (and is not the Grand Prize winner), you'll get a print of the crowd favorite from the voting. The Grand Prize winner will receive a limited edition, fully interactive, framed piece.
How did we get so many new fans? Whatever the answer: Thanks you all and keep it coming!
You may have seen my recent 24-hour Facebook contest in which I asked ArmzRace fans to vote for which kitty they want to see me create for the upcoming Fresh Arts Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM). Kitty with Fishy was the hands down winner!
Now that you've chosen the cat for me to draw, I'm going to be so busy sketching and inking that I won't have time to be funny. That's where I need your help again...
Call for Punchlines
What is that cat thinking?
If you have a great idea for a Kitty with Fishy punchline, submit it either in the comments here or become a fan of the ArmzRace Facebook page and submit your punchline idea on the post.
You have until Nov. 15, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. to get your punchline in. Oh, and do limit yourself to a maximum of 10 punchlines! So, hit me with your best one-liners. I dare ya!
And Then What Happens?
I’ll cull through all of your submissions and select the ones I like the best (up to 20 total will be selected), and they will be part of the final interactive piece. If your punchline is selected, you will receive a signed print with your punchline featured (similar to this one):
On Nov. 18th, I’ll post all the selected punchlines and ask you to vote for your favorite. You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2013 to vote. The popular favorite will win the Grand Prize of a signed, framed, fully interactive, limited edition piece with all the punchlines (similar to this one):
If you’re able to make it to WHAM, we’ll arrange a time to for us to meet, smile for the paparazzi, and make sure you get your piece to take home with you.
Rules and Fine Print
By submitting a punchline to be considered, you are agreeing that I have unlimited print and digital usage and royalty-free license until the end of time to use that punchline in any and all materials created by me. You also agree that the contact information associated with your profile (either on the ArmzRace site, on Facebook, or via Twitter depending on your submission method) is a valid way for me to contact you. If your punchline is selected, you will need to provide me your name and mailing address to send you your unframed, signed print. I will probably not have those ready for pick-up at WHAM, but I'd love it if you came by anyway and would be willing to take a picture with me. Please allow 2-4 weeks from Nov. 25, 2013 for delivery.
If you are the Grand Prize winner, you will need to provide me your name and mailing address to send you your piece if you are not able to pick it up at WHAM between Nov. 22-24, 2013. If I have to mail it to you, please allow 2-4 weeks from Nov. 25, 2013 for delivery.
It would be really great if all winners would take a picture of the piece when they receive it. It would be even more fun if that picture included you in it. And it’d be even MORE amazing if you would post it to the ArmzRace Facebook page (and/or Tweet it out)! However, this is not required.
Join us at the Houston Zine Fest October 12, 2013, 3-8pm at the Museum of Printing History: 1324 W Clay St Houston, TX. (Free Admission!)
So somehow I got selected to be a participant in WHAM: Winter Holiday Art Market, which showcases artists from around Houston, provides them a space to sell their wares, and benefits the local artistic community. It's a great and terrifying honor. Now I have to figure out what the heck I'm going to do!
Preview Party: Friday, November 22: 6 - 10 p.m. ($10 general admission/Free for Fresh Arts members)
Saturday, November 23: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Free admission)
Sunday, November 24: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Free admission)
Just what is Mark!s strange obsession with fish? Join the ArmzRace gang at the Houston Zine Fest and ask him yourself. Or maybe go the safer route and just pick up a copy of Tales of a Fish Whisperer by Mark!
Autobiography and humor. Color and B&W interior.
October 12, 2013
3-8 pm (Free Admission)
Museum of Printing History 1324 W Clay St Houston, TX.