Monday, February 18, 2019

FIREBRAT on Amazon


MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Brand new for sale to the public, Vivid's latest title: FIREBRAT.  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732813906

The matte-finish hardcovers from this printer are silky smooth, with a foil stamp to boot.  Sent a crate to Amazon, but most of them are already sold which is bizarre.

Monday, February 11, 2019

12 Years of Anthrocon: VAULTED.

It’s been a legendary run.

Liz and I have been dealing at Anthrocon since 2006, and we love meeting our readers there!  The convention has come to feel like home, and helped launch Dreamkeepers from a single issue comic into a multiple-awrd-winning graphic novel series, webcomic, novel, tabletop game, app, plush line, with a full orchestral soundtrack to boot- a feat unmatched by any creator-owned series in the history of the furry genre.

And we’re just getting started.

However, this year the dealer’s room is curated by AC staff, and their interests lie elsewhere.

Curating a popular convention is undeniably a challenge, so please extend appreciation to staff for their efforts.

If you’re attending Anthrocon, we’ll miss you- but you don’t have to miss Dreamkeepers.

In fact, Anthrocon will play host to Vivid’s entirely new convention-enhancing game:

THE VAULT.










Monday, January 28, 2019

The Finest Furry Convention!


Which one is the finest?

Every furcon we’ve ever attended has been fun, but one convention is now the indisputable leader. Not in terms of giganticness, but in regard to what matters, the winner is:

Further Confusion!

The reason for their newfound status as Finest Furry Convention is simple. They made a small, common sense addition to their Code of Conduct:


AAE and FurCon do not permit membership or attendance by any individual who is a convicted sex offender, or appears on any federal or state sex offender registry.” https://www.furtherconfusion.org/conduct/

After the grisly “zoosadism” leaks of 2018, a policy of this nature is undeniably necessary for all-ages conventions. But you’d be surprised at the back-channel resistance we encountered when suggesting it. Off-record, convention staff formulated excuses so absurd that I lost hope. https://www.change.org/p/https-twitter-com-mephitfurmeet-ban-convicted-sex-predators-from-furry-conventions/u/23558382

But Further Confusion came to the rescue, and showed everyone how easy it is. I have no idea if they were aware of our petition or not, but I’m grateful for their action on this matter.

Further Confusion is now the finest furry convention! Hopefully more conventions follow their lead, and also become the finest. At any rate, if you have the ability, show them some gratitude or donate to their charities. We’re happy to see the world becoming a better place.



Monday, January 14, 2019

Patreon Alternative: DARK MARKET



Time to raffle off some free art!

Everybody else was too slow- Vivid Publishing is launching our own Patreon alternative, today.

If you’re unfamiliar with the #PatreonPurge, plenty of other content creators are covering the circumstances that led to commentators and cartoonists being banned from the platform.

But Dreamkeepers isn’t banned- they love us over there, so why are we launching a Patreon alternative? Because readers were asking for one. A good number of people wanted to support us, but through a different outlet- and my answer was yes!

So we joined Makersupport.

It was shut down by the cartel of payment processors.

So we joined Subscribestar.

It was shut down by the cartel of payment processors.

Hatreon, Freestartr, Gab, everyone who tried to build their own platform to date has been shut down by the ruling cartel of Silicon Valley companies and their payment processors.

The damn cash register is deciding what you are and are not allowed to buy!

But the internet doesn’t like hearing ‘no,’ and now EVERYBODY is talking about building alternative platforms. But nobody’s delivered yet, so Vivid Publishing has stepped up.

Welcome to the Dark Market.


In the Dark Market, you can find creative content you love, support it, and get rewards. The Silicon Cartel can’t stop you, because we accept Bitcoin, and we use a newly founded, independent credit card processing service- Zero Strings.

If you’re new to Bitcoin, there are links in Dark Market to introduce you to the basics. Getting started is about as hard as setting up a Paypal Account, except Paypal can freeze your funds, and Bitcoin you can spend and accept with total freedom. I don’t know anything about investing, all I know is Bitcoin is an unstoppable way to conduct transactions. People are calling it “free speech money.”

Any Dreamkeepers customers who use Dark Market here in January, I’m going to raffle off a free single-character lineart commission. Payment options, instructions, and rewards are listed right there on the page.

Launching with us in the Dark Market is Boneitis, Corvus Publishing, DireWolf Media, Darkspeeds, and possibly more creators coming soon- so check in with them, they might have some launch specials planned as well.

Now, we will continue posting on Patreon. I might not like everything they do, but then again, I don’t like everything the government does, and I still use roads. But all Dreamkeepers Patreon content from here on out will be available through Dark Market- including some things that may be too spicy for Patreon’s TOS.

If you want to know more, go to www.DarkMarketCrypto.com, and join the underground.

We have cartoons.


Monday, December 31, 2018

Waging Art in a Cryptic New Year



What a year.

The war to control crowdfunding is upon us.  Thought you could choose your entertainment, and simply support who you like?  Well strap in.

But let’s recap before looking ahead.

Skirmish delivered.  Our deluxe boxed tabletop game, complete with foil stamping and black-core linen-textured cards, along with the first expansion deck. “Ruthless”.  The guys at EPF games outdid themselves, and Dreamkeepers has successfully claimed another medium with flying colors.

Simultaneously, the Dreamkeepers spinoff novel “Wayward Astronomer” won multiple Ursa Major Awards, as did the Dreamkeepers comic series itself.

And congratulating fellow winner Dogpatch Press, we discovered the most curious thing.  A secret blacklist!  (Not the only secret in the furry community, as it would later turn out.)  They weren’t permitted to even retweet our congratulations.  So I wrote a nice article for them about how to prevent Nazis, and our Patreon boomed. 

Backer support has unleashed more art than ever before.  It’s backlogged, I have too much to post!  Vivid has hired a social media manager to help us keep up.

Aside from a cascade of art from crowdfunding, Vivid published & delivered Mike Rosen’s Firebrat book just in time for Christmas, and the Dreamkeepers Volume 5 soundtrack was successfully crowdfunded by composer Nikolas Albrecht on Kickstarter.

The Dreamkeepers theme, as recorded by a live orchestra in Budapest, will make your hair stand on end when you hear it. 

We also licensed Furrysculptures.com to create 3-D printed Dreamkeepers figurines, and launched a unique Dreamkeepers roleplay system in Discord.

And that’s about when Patreon decided to start violating their own terms of service to ban creators for wrongthink.

If you’re out of the loop, check out Timcast or any of the legion of youtubers covering the debacle.

Creators flocked to an alternative platform, Subscribestar- which was immediately crushed by Paypal and Stripe, the same way they killed other Patreon competitors like Makersupport.  Some concerned citizens, like YoutuberLaw, are filing FTC complaints.  But everyone is talking about new alternatives. 

Like cryptocurrency.

Starting in 2019, Vivid Publishing will unlock the door to crypto.

In fact, you can try it right now.

Advanced players in our new cyberpunk dystopia, send BTC to:

1KvbJhj5JNDzhT4DEm1yQ6JqGcFkjmGMrf

A comprehensive announcement with more currency options, and rewards for crypto donations, is coming next month.

So, 2019 ought to be interesting! 

New platforms, new opportunities, and more content than ever for you to enjoy.

Vivid will navigate the changing marketplace to give you the best possible options, while I work my tail off to create the best possible content.

2017-2018 saw the successful expansion of Dreamkeepers, but 2019 I’ll be focusing exclusively on Volume 5.  I can’t wait to show you what we have in store.

Meanwhile, look forward to the next Vivid book release, “False Start” by the unstoppable madman Boneitis. 

If you trust the social media company algorithms, then just sit back and do nothing.  But if you want to take control, secure a position in our newsletter:  http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/EmailNewsletter.htm 

Thank you to the readers for making all this possible- through ups and downs, corporate censorship and community drama nonsense, it’s your willpower and commitment to your own taste that keeps things vivid.

Keep reading, and we’ll keep drawing. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Shock Trooper Infographic

Reaching for your power? You'll be opposed by Anduruna's finest. Think before you commit a POWERS ABUSE! Sketch of the Month that was posted on Patreon awhile back. More about #Dreamkeepers here: http://dreamkeeperscomic.com/Intro.htm