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Jake Richmond
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United States
Jake is an illustrator and award winning game designer. his comic, Modest Medusa, updates weekly here: www.modestmedusa.com/

His games include Panty Explosion Perfect, Sea Dracula, Ocean, Classroom Deathmatch and the shoujo dating sim GxB (Girl x Boy).

Current Residence: Portland
Favourite style of art: Manga
MP3 player of choice: PSP
Favourite cartoon character: Daria
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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?

Kumoricon 1 by JakeRichmond

Kumoricon 2 by JakeRichmond
  • Listening to: Charisma.com
  • Reading: Ready Player One
  • Watching: Blue Exorsist
  • Playing: Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeros
  • Eating: pork tacos
  • Drinking: Ariba

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Business-student Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I love your comics, Jake. I never get tired of it!
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JakeRichmond Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks!
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miawell1990 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student
THX for the fave Clap 
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IzaKat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist

Heh, saw this on my newsfeed and it reminded me of Modest xD
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JakeRichmond Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Ha! I need one of those stickers.
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IzaKat Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, yes you do! ^-^
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Uratoh Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
How do you think Modest would react to meeting Squid Girl/Ika Musume? Your comic has very little in common with the show, aside from comedy and protagonists with prehensile hair, but I can't stop wondering how something like this would go.
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JakeRichmond Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I think they'd get along, although not at first. Maybe I should do some art? i should watch teh rest of that series first though. I only saw a few episodes.
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Uratoh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
You should get kraken on that. it's a really funny series.
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VirgilsCreed Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the comic Modest Medusa :D
It's very funny and sometimes sad. The references to some films or games are great :D
I spend the whole day with reading all the Modest Medusa Comic :)
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