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CELEBRATORY COMIC TIEM

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 10, 2012, 8:21 AM


To war I went, and while nothing much really changed I put my foot down and spoke my peace on the matter. Everything is settled for the time being, so I can relax for now and get back to doing what I love, and that is making comics.

CELEBRATORY BONUS COMIC! I shall push it on the production line right now!
-Lourwind.

== Update ==

I'm off to face the gallows, if they cut me off, GOOD! I've got a back up plan guys thanks to some good friends! If they cut me off it means they can't force me to leave my job here at Bottomless Pit.

So I'm off to go say a few choice words to their faces at my Employment group! Then when I get back, I'm going to make another funny bonus comic!

I've done nothing wrong, so why should I be worried? Thank you for all your support guys, I honestly appreciate it. You're not fans, you're friends. :)

NOW LETS CHARGE INTO THE FUTURE!
-Lourwind.


== Previous Update ==

Lourwind here... you're probably wondering... or not, about why I haven't updated or completed the blogs and everything I've promised? Well here is the stark reality.

They are there waiting to either be completed or created, but I've been stressed and taxed to within and inch of my life. I am stressed, I have almost entirely stopped sleeping save for medication given by my doctor these last few days to help me sleep. I've got extremely high blood pressure and stress.

But why? Well here is the thing. Centerlink here in Australia agrees with me that I am working. I prove that I work up to forty hours a week, and more organizing group projects, working on comics, animations and vlog related materials along side, Duke, Dannie, RJ and the rest of the team.

Sweet, sounds good? You're right, it is. I love what I do, but some people, like my Employment Services group has become out spoken towards me, claiming what I do, regardless of the income I make and report to them and centerlink... is not work. The fact we are a REGISTERED company, PAYING taxes, working our asses off to make enough money each week, is apparently NOT work.

Apparently sitting at a desk, belittling me, is a job. In which case, they can tell me to ditch my job, my pay, everything. If I don't, tomorrow I face losing my support money that we need on shit weeks.

But it gets better, Dannie is facing the same situation as me. She isn't just a partner in the studio, she is my wife. We can't keep this group running if we lose our money and support from Centerlink.

If we lose our money we can't afford to stay in our house and then we're on the street. Then I won't be able to make comics.

Last year we made 14000 from fans buying House of Heroes merchandise on my old account. If we could some how make that kind of money again, I could ditch Centerlink entirely and continue on with comics.

But I'm being forced to do what they say, and currently I need my money.

If you guys want your comics from me so badly, at least show some support. Spread the word and help me get past this shit.

I have TRIED for years to find other work, I'm a fully qualified techy and Fitness Instructor, I'm a fully set up and ready to roll comic artist. But nobody ever hires me?

I'm done scrounging for support, if you honestly don't want to see us shut down, do something, help us.

Each week, we get very few donations. All those free subs we gave away came out of my pocket, I don't do it for views, or to gain interest. I do it because I know how HARD it is to get anywhere in the art industry. Life is a fickle bitch, one that I am gonna battle until the day I finally make my stand and succeed.

So help us.

We need it.

I need it.

All my life, I've tried hard to be something, to do something. This was the first time I've made something of myself, 700 fans might seem small, but you've all become friends to me. People I try to support as much as I can.

I've said time and time again, I don't care for views or being famous. I just want to be a comic artist.

So again, please, we need help.

I need help.

-Lourwind.

I'll try and squeeze a comic out tomorrow... my best comics always happen when I'm angry at someone, so I'm gonna aim my cannons at the rat bastards responsible for my situation.

Also, to my employment group, if you read this. No that I won't take your jokes and belittlement anymore. I'm taking a stand, and I'm making my plight, and the situation you're trying to force on me public.

Alone or with help, I will fight to the end.

Image by PhiTuS ❘ CSS by Lourwind
  • Listening to: The laughter of life.
  • Reading: The amazing work of talent.
  • Watching: The world get brighter.
  • Playing: The music of inspiration.
  • Eating: The food of long life.
  • Drinking: The fountain of Youth.
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aikotaski Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
since i dont know how to help i shall repost this and let people know where to find you. No one deserves to lose everything due to stupid companies and discriminations.
Wish you all the best
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ElayneCapahony Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
That's total discrimination. They shouldn't do that to you. Don't worry, friend, I'm in the same condition as you, I 'm stressed out over my studies, and I had difficulty in sleeping and my skin's all dehydrated. Due to that, I'm currently taking a little R&R while resting this poor fizzed out brain of mine instead of forcing myself to write meaninglessly.

Don't push yourself. Just take it easy and recuperate for a while. Put on some of your favourite music or go and watch a movie to de-stress yourself.

And if you want to be a comic artist, by all means, go right ahead. Those guys have no right to stop you in being an artist. I like to see them try producing comics or novels with your level... (If you know what I mean)

PS : Sorry if I sound offensive....
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BottomlessPitStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
No it doesn't sound offensive, I hear exactly what you're saying, Elayne. And it is discrimination, they have no right. I have done all that is required of me, but I'm so over being on the centerlink system. Once I'm off the system, it's all smooth sailing. :/
-Lourwind.
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ElayneCapahony Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
This is the main reason why I didn't approach big publishers. Most of them actually force the author to write something within a short time just so that they could make the profit. Just do what you can, and tell them to back off. Or better yet, challenge them into writing something that is on par with your level (Sorry, I was a little pissed off.)
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Jokar216 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Goddamnit! I hate it when crap like this happens. I'm not sure what I can do to help, but I'll alert folks to spread the word.
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BottomlessPitStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well this effects us all, R.J, you're part of this team too. We're family, and you know better than anyone what we've been through, you have helped at every possible chance and stuck by me and the team no matter the circumstance.

-Lourwind.
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Jokar216 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Just like I always plan to no matter what happens. I mean, I literally only just officially fully joined up with you, but I feel like I've been a part ever since the group founded. Odd to say, but you guys are that welcoming and supportive.
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PinPastor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Artist
1st thing that comes to my mind is that you need a lawyer to deal with that thing, Centerlink.
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BottomlessPitStudios Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Centerlink ironically isn't the problem, they've actually been helpful and even helped me set things up like when we got our ABN when we first started making money and paying our taxes.

They've been there and played ball from the start.

It's my employment group. They have belittle me every visit, they make me do weekly to fortnightly appointments even though I have proven, both via tax, payslips and all business material that I am infact working every moment that I lay claim I have.

But no, comics are not a job. Even though the comics take up little of actual business time.

We've been setting up a printing deal and a convention appearence alng side filming our first professional vlog series. We had people putting forth to help us set it all up.

But they refuse to except that I work, regardless of my money I earn, or the taxes I pay, or the proof I give.

I have followed EVERY legal requirement given to me. I'm exhausted from defending myself against them constantly.

I shouldn't have made this public but I won't take this sitting down anymore. :/
-Lourwind.
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PinPastor Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Artist
You should probably start considering yourself as an illustrator for legal purposes. But i'm not even remotely a legal expert.
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