Modest Medusa 443: Fair Trade Chocodiles
A bunch of people have been saying that they’re excited to see me at Kumoricon again this year. I’ve been doing the Kumoricon artist alley since before Modest Medusa, and I love the show, the attendees, the volunteers and several members of the staff. But…
I won’t be at Kumoricon this year. Artist alley was so horrible last year that I won’t be returning until they move it back to a proper room instead of a 90 degree parking garage with no restroom, air circulation, or water fountain. We were buried in the back of the garage, hundreds of feet from the nearest entrance. To find the artist alley you had to go to the parking garage (and why would you ever do that?), go past registration, go past the dealers area. Artist alley itself was split into two parts, the more visible section and the section hidden back behind a staircase. That’s where I was. We had to bring our own fans for air circulation. It was so hot that my clothes were soaked through with sweat each day, which isn’t ideal when you’re trying to sell your artwork. A friend of mine passed out and had to be taken away by ambulance. The volunteers were very helpful and understanding though. They always do a great job.
I sent an email and a facebook message to Kumoricon staff expressing my concerns, but I never heard back. That’s fine though. They don’t need to respond to every complaint, as long as they hear it. Back during the winter I had a chance to speak directly to one of the organizers when I ran into him at Red Castle games. I told him everything I mentioned above, and he said that he didn’t really think it was a problem. Artist alley wasn’t a priority, and it would be in the same spot this year., although it might change next year. I repeated that the heat was pretty unbearable, and that my friend had been taken away by ambulance. He said that this wasn’t true. I think he meant that he hadn’t heard about the indecent, but saying that it wasn’t true made it feel like he was calling me a liar. I don’t think that’s what he meant, but I was pretty astounded by that. When I said that I didn’t think I’d be coming back to pay for a table until artist alley was moved to a better location he said that there’s always someone else who would pay for the table instead
So I won’t be back until conditions improve. If you like Kumoricon you should really demand better conditions for artist alley.
Here’s some photos from the con of my booth and the area right in front of it. You can see that everyone is sweating, right? you can see how crappy the garage is?
Modest Medusa 442: Chocodile Twinkies
I promised a review of new Chocodiles, so here it is.
Are they the same as the old Chocodiles? No, they aren’t. The cake is still the same, but the chocolate coating is less waxy. It also melts very fast. I feel like they taste a little better now. They’re also about 35% smaller then before. Hostess has labeled them as “fun sized”. I don’t know what’s fun about 35% less Chocodile though.
Packaging: The box is the same size as current Hostess Twinkies. I only mention this because I still have a few of the old Chocodile boxes around that I store odds and ends crap in, and I noticed the difference. The box art has changed pretty noticeably though. As far as I can tell Chocodiles aren’t available individually. You either buy a box or none at all. My diabetes doesn’t approve.
Mascot: Chauncy the Chocodile is gone, replaced by Twinkie the Kid (who is a cowboy. I somehow never noticed that) as the mascot. Which would be weird, except…
They changed the name: The product is now called “Chocodile Twinkies”. Yes, really. This is like if Coke bought Pepsi and started calling it “Pepsi Coke.” Or really, it’s more like if DC discontinued Superman and then reintroduced hi as part of the Batman comics in and called him “Superman Batman”. I don’t think Hostess realizes that the best thing about Chocodiles is the name. Conversely, the worst thing about Twinkies is the name. And on the box, the word “Twinkie” is 3 times the size as “Chocodile”. Way to bury the lead, Hostess.
Verdict: Chocodiles are back, and they do taste better, so that’s something. But changing the name to Chocodile Twinkies is pretty disappointing, and makes the whole thing feel like when your parents say they’re taking you to Disneyland, and then they just bring you to the park instead. Actually, I was going to say it’s like your parents say they’re buying you a Transformer, but you get a Go Bot. Except Go Bots were pretty great.
My Chocodile recipe: Freeze, slice like sushi and serve with blackberry sauce and whipped creme.
Modest Medusa 342: An unexpected return
Today’s comic features reader Matt Senecal. I decided to draw Matt as he appears in his own webcomic.
Modest Medusa 439: Cold Call
Modest Medusa Patreon month is drawing to a close. We haven’t made it to our $800 goal, but we have made it to $678, and that’s amazing! Thanks so much everyone We’ll make it to $800 eventually, and when we do we’ll unlock the regular “Ask Medusa” feature, which I think will be really cool. Your Patreon money is helping me pay the bills, allowing me to do more art like the two illustrations above and making doing this comic for a living a more viable thing. Thanks so much!
If you’d like to contribute to my Patreon you can check out my page here. Even small contributions like $1-2 really help a lot!
Smoking mermaids prefer Prince brand cigarettes!
Medusa fan art by Jenny Fleitas!
Tuesday Sketchbook: Dragul
Orange is the new Medusa!
Hi everyone! Here’s a new wallpaper for Patreon backers! I watched the new season of Orange is the new Black in a single night, and drew this the next day. it’s been sitting in my “to be colored” file ever since, so I’m glad it’s finally done! This wallpaper will be available to Patrons who have been contributing $5/month or more. You can check out my Patreon page here.
Modest Medusa 438: Burglar
This is the last few days of Modest Medusa Patreon month. We’re not going to make the $800 goal, but we’ve come a long way, and that’s totally amazing! Thank you all so much! Every dollar helps, and this month has gotten me a lot closer to being able to honestly say I make a (meager) living doing Modest Medusa, and not have to amend that by mentioning that I also have to do a bunch of other stuff to pay the bills! If you’re interested in contributing you can check out my Patreon page here.
I’ve still got two cool Patreon related things that I’ll be posting this week, and the next live draw session is coming up soon!