In which I reveal the poster for the End of Summer Nerdfighter Gathering


Tadaa! The poster I designed and illustrated for the End of Summer Gathering this August. What is this gathering you say? It’s a large Nerdfighter gathering that happens in summer in Utrecht, we’ve held it twice before and this will be the third one. The group of people showing up is so large that we can’t just walk around the city centre and hang out in a public park anymore, so for this edition my friend Roland who organizes the thing reserved a venue. Of course venues cost money, so people will have to buy tickets. To make it extra appealing I’ve designed this poster, so if you pay more you get this snazzy thing to remember it by and to put on your wall. We plan on making it a fun event with lots of interesting things to do (we’re thinking about maybe doing a small scavenger hunt for those who want to participate, similar to the one in Arnhem earlier this year) and people can bring games and play them and make music (there is bound to be someone with a ukelele).

I think you need to be a member of the Dutch and Belgium Facebook group (see here) to be able to see/join the event page, but check it out if you are curious!

I’ve used illustrator for the illustrations and indesign to put everything together. I don’t use illustrator as often as I would like, and I had some frustrating moments in which I had to get used to how the pen tool is slightly different in it than it is in photoshop (where I use it a lot for cut outs), but I am very happy with what I’ve been able to do. I hope you like the poster as much as I do. 🙂

In which you get to see an illustration and a link to the newest issue of The Anglerfish


My illustration of Jennifer Lawrence for the newest issue of The Anglerfish! It is the illustration for an article called Jennifer Lawrence Stands Up For You, about body image and misrepresentation in the media. Jennifer Lawrence speaks up about these things, loving her body and loving food. So I gave her a pizza halo. 🙂 She likes pizza, nerdfighters like pizza, I like pizza, it seemed logical to me!
Go check out the issue! It’s full of Hunger Games awesomeness and other things.

Do you like this illustration? Let me know in the comments! I’m also thinking of using this type of headlines for my posts more often, like the chapter descriptions in old adventure books. “In which our hero discovers an evil plot and tries to warn the Countess” So let me know what you think of that too.

Exciting new Anglerfish things are happening

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You might have noticed the newest issue of The Anglerfish already, but if you haven’t here is a link to it! It’s a lovely Harry Potter themed issue full of interesting articles with amazing illustrations. I feel we are improving with every issue and that is including my own work. The illustration above is one of two I made for an article about Harry Potter fan culture. It is the first time that my illustrations are fully digital.

One other awesome thing is that starting with this issue you can order a physical copy of The Anglerfish! The digital copy will still be entirely free so everyone can read it, but if you like to have a pretty print version and you’re willing to pay for it you can get it on our MagCloud page!

We also have a spiffy new website to function as a hub for all things Anglerfish. It’s still a work in progress but it’s a nice place to keep up with the extra tumblr articles for instance. There is also a nice introduction of the staff, so everyone can see who we are.

And last but not least The Anglerfish is on Redbubble! Because there are all these illustrators making awesome art we figured there might be some people who would like that art on stuff like their wall or iphone case. It’s also a way for our readers to support us if they would like to! An other way to do so is to become our patron on Patreon. Patreon is a new way for people to support online content creators, it’s similar to Kickstarter but suitable for people who make a lot of little things instead of one big thing. (Like our recurring magazine.) If you like our magazine go check it out!

I got back into making videos for my youtube account. This is something I was thinking about several months ago, and I have been planning this video for a long time but only actually made it now.

It is the first time I wrote a scrip (for the voice over) so the message of the vlog is a lot clearer I feel. I’m still not very good at speaking as clearly as I want to be, but the script did help. I don’t know how having a script to read would work with me actually being on camera though, I’ll try that sometimes in the future.

In other news, yesterday I went to a nerdfighter gathering in my home town in Utrecht and it was awesome. Over 80 (!) people showed up and it was great spending time with all of them. The best thing about nerdfighters is that everybody gets accepted and everyone is curious to get to know each other. The one thing I think we all have in common is how unabashedly we can get excited about fictional things. We all appreciate fandom because we understand what it’s like to be a fan. Get excited! It’s good for you.

A lot of nerdfighters are also video bloggers on youtube. Every gathering there are always people filming and we get why so we don’t give each other weird looks like ‘why is this person filming? That is not normal I must judge them’. The way most people on the street always seem to think you filming (yourself or something in public space) has something to do with them.

I also filmed a bit, though not a lot because I was busy talking to people, and I will try to edit it into a cohesive vlog sometimes later this week. (Giving myself a deadline, though a vague one.)

Anyway, I would love for you (hello person stumbling onto my blog!) to watch the video above and to let me know what you think in comments!

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