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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
10:01 am - Yaoi Con 2007!

Just got confirmation on our fan booth for Yaoi Con 2007!
We'll be in room Synergy 3!
You want to come visit us there!
@_@ <--hypno eyes

Well have:
- Boys Under Glass 3 (reprinted with perfect binding)
- Pr0n 3 (OUR BEST Pr0n YET! Demons and Unicorns, OH MY!)
- Laleeloo (Mini comic!)
And whatever else we can dig up! If we can get all our back stock to the con there MIGHT EVEN BE SPECIAL DEALS! Woooo!

And, of course, you'll get to meet Tammy Lee of Umbrella Studios and Jo Mako of Minkland!

We're in room Synergy 3

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Thursday, October 19th, 2006
6:59 pm - BUG Sneak Peeks

tammylee has set up a marvelous previews page for Boys Under Glass 3.

Boys Under Glass Web Promo

And don't forget ... a special preview edition will be available at Yaoi-Con this weekend! There still isn't a set date for the general BUG 3 release, so get your copy now at the con! :D

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
11:27 pm - Con-ing soon!

Can you believe yet another year has rolled past? We sure can't. But it's that time again: Yaoi-Con! And once again, Umbrella Studios has a brand new book coming just in time for the convention. Barring Acts of God and Ill Winds of FedEx, we're going to have a special sneak-peek edition of Boys Under Glass 3 available at Yaoi-Con.

This latest volume includes work by BlackRose, Tammy Lee, Ashura, Pluto, Foxysquid and Sonya. You'll find cowboys and kitsune, demons and punk bands, stolen identities, and regency romance!

BUG 3 won't hit our online stores for a while yet, so if you're going to the con be sure to swing by the table and get yourself a copy this weekend. We'll also have Boys Under Glass 1 & 2, Pr0n 2 (and a few sneaky copies of Pr0n 1 we unearthed), Cat Got Your Tongue, coloring books and crayons at the table.

If you're looking for us on the dealer's roster, don't panic! This year we're being generously hosted by Bishonen Works/P.L. Nunn, so you can grab yourself a whole armful of sexy boy action all in one go. And if the written word gets you wriggling, check out Torquere Press's sexy spread of titles, which will be at the Bishonen Works table as well. You might even catch the work of an Umbrella artist or two on some of the covers!

Be sure and say hi to our lovely table ladies, Lady Mako and Aishatabitha of Minkland. They're working on the tiny hope that you might buy enough books to feed them... so help out a poor table gal and buy some comics!

The Umbrella Studios Gals!

current mood: pimp

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Thursday, August 10th, 2006
3:56 pm - Amusing Brella Sighting of the Day!

'Brella bums have been spotted censored over in the Radio Comix shopping cart, on the covers of Pros & Cons and Pr0n 2. *giggling*

BTW, Boys Under Glass Three is nearing the end of its production. Watch for it at Yaoi-Con 3, where we'll be hosted by PL Nunn's table in the dealer's room!

current mood: amused

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Monday, November 21st, 2005
9:41 am - Contact information & Publishing

Hi all!

Just a quick reminder, when sending queries to the studio using our contact form on our webpage please make sure you have spelled your email address correctly so we can reply to your questions. ^_^

To answer the question that was sent in, we are a doujinshi circle and not a publishing house. We only publish works by circle members. Sorry for the misunderstanding there.

If you would like to pitch your comic to a publisher perhaps try Radio Comix or Yaoi Press?

Good luck!

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
5:42 pm - Pre-Orders & Review-a-thon!

U.S. Pre-Orders were packed at the con Friday and dropped off for shipping at the hotel front desk, so they should have hit the mail no later than Monday. If you haven't gotten your order by the end of the week, please let us know! International pre-orders were packed, but will be shipped later this week since I wasn't able to bring the exact postage to the con!

Also, now that the books are out... I'll be holding a little review-a-thon to encourage people to leave reviews for books at the Umbrella shop!! Each review you make between now and December 03, 2005, will get your name put into a hat once. The more you review, the more times your name will be entered. I'll be giving away a free pr0n prawn t-shirt, coveted by at least a few Yaoi-con-goers, to one lucky person who's name we pull out of the hat. So stop by the Umbrella shop, leave us a review and get your chance to get a free prawn pr0n shirt!

(The shirts are handmade by me or my unfortunate roommates Bishink when I look miserable enough, and I will make sure to get a much nicer quality shirt than I did for the con, as those were not too sturdy as it turns out.)

*I do reserve the right to disqualify reviews which are obviously not actual reviews but are jokes or just to load the raffle hat with a name. :P

Edit Hi guys,
Sorry to spam you this morning but I just noticed that the reviews feature requires you to leave your entire name, which I think is rather creepy! I'm postponing the review-a-thon until I can get this "Feature" fixed :)

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005
12:53 am - Yaoi-Con this weekend in San Francisco!

Don't forget, we'll be at Yaoi-Con in San Francisco this weekend, sharing a table in the Fan Market and in the Dealer's Room with Minkland. Come say hi and check out our new books. We're also going to have a selection of books on CD from Torquere Press, and some lovely dolls from joasakura, as well as a Naruto Dj by kitsunechan!

Hope we'll see you there!

PS, if you're not going to be able to make it to the con and want our new books, check out Torquere Press's store this weekend - they will be selling our four newest books through their store. They can also accept credit card (which we can't).

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005
9:17 am - Heads Up!

Hi all, sorry for the general notice but we discovered at least one order did not go through our new shopping cart. We're investigating how to ensure this doesn't happen again, but just in case I wanted to post this notice and ask that if you have not had followup from us with how to pay etc, within 24 hours of placing your order, please contact us at bookstore (at umstud . com !

I apologize if anyone's order was eaten. Ahh, the hazards of new technology!

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Thursday, October 13th, 2005
7:46 pm - Offer Good Til 10/22/05

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to let you know that Pre-Ordering for Pr0n2, BUG2, Cat Got Your Tongue and Pros & Cons will be ending next Saturday, October 22. This is because we need time to make sure we get all payments in before the con and that we have time to process the orders before the con. Mailed out orders will be sent as soon as we can, but latest will be the week after the con.

So please don't let your chance to pre-order the books get away! Don't forget, if you pre-order all four of the new books, you'll get special bonus stuff!

>> Pre-Order Here! <<

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Friday, September 30th, 2005
12:00 am - An Octoberfest of Umbrella Books!

Fall is in the air and with the turning of the seasons comes four new books from Umbrella! Warm yourself up with some sexy comics as the weather gets cooler. We've also got a brand new shopping cart, thanks to our friend Kemayo and our member Tammy Lee. This will hopefully make for much smoother shopping - but if you find any bugs, don't hesitate to let us know!

october book covers

Bring on the Boys!!Collapse )

PS, if you would like to pay online, please just leave a comment in your order and we will tell you how to proceed!

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
9:58 pm - 2005 Releases

I'm very excited to announce that it looks like we will have four new books out in time for Yaoi-Con this year. Despite burps and hiccups that prevented us from having any releases earlier, we're going to catch up with a big bang this October with two new group books - Boys Under Glass 2 and pr0n 2 - as well as two studio member solo books, one from Foxysquid and one from myself. I'm trying to wrangle out samples and previews for you guys as soon as possible, and find out if we are offering pre-orders, so I will post an update with lots of pictures SOON I hope. I'm just SO excited that I wanted to make a little pre-announcement announcement to share :D

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Saturday, June 11th, 2005
9:16 am - MoCCA

a little late but, this weekend, check out Umbrella Studios, Minkland and Kaguradan at MoCCA ART FEST 2005 in New York!

Mirai will be there representing Umbrella and Kaguradan and selling these uber kewl box sets so stop by and say hi!

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
10:36 am - [Last announcement for a while I swear] aka, Ad Swapping!

Hello, it's that time of year again! We're looking for people/projects who'd be interested in ad-swapping for a 1/4 page print ad in Umbrella Studios' new book Boys Under Glass 2.

How this works is if you have a comic of your own that you're working on, we'll run your ad and in the future you run ours in your book. Or, if you really want to ad swap and you don't have a print comic, I'd be willing to consider trading for some banner ad space ^_^ Or if you really want, we can also sell you some ad space (whee, you can help us pay for printing!)

If you're interested, please comment here or email us (use this form) to let us know.

The ad needs to be 3.25" x 4.75", and will probably be run in a box (ie, will have a black line border all the way around it, separating it from the text around it). 300 dpi or higher, greyscale, PDF, TIF or PSD or JPG is good.

I'd need any ads by June 19th, so I hope some of you will be interested. :)

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Sunday, May 29th, 2005
9:45 am - PSA: Umbrella Studios.com

We've moved our domain name to a new registrar *and* moved our site to a new host, so if you experience burps when trying to go to Umbrellastudios.com over the past few days/this weekend, that's why.

A big thing to note is ALL previous @umbrellastudios.com addresses are no longer working. This was intentionally done because to be honest, those addresses were filling our inboxes up with spam. We'll be replacing contact emails with emailer forms, and if you need to reach us in the meantime, please use this form. If it's a personal communication, write "Attn: (member name)" in the subject line. (e.g. Attn: Tammy lee)

Also of note is our catalogue is temporarily down while we put the finishing touches on a new store! This store has been set up with the help of kemayo and tammylee and will hopefully be much easier on all parties in terms of placing order, shipping notifications, etc., and will also be on a secure server.

In the meantime or if you are tired of us being unable to accept credit card payments you can purchase Boys Under Glass from Torquere press. We hope to get some other titles available there in the future.

Thank you so much to Torquere Press for their help!

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Thursday, May 26th, 2005
12:53 am - [pr0n 2 sneak peek] more breaking and entering

Finished another page tonight, though it meant ignoring my piling to-do list of freelance work. My priorities are screwed. *sweats*

As ever, C&C / Suggestions / etc welcome. I'm sort of iffy on some of the word bubble placement and was tweaking the dialogue a bit, and also I think the last panel Todd needs to look bitchier. But other than that, do you see anything that needs fixing? <:)

Page Two

(and hehe, now when I say "scott free" I can't help but think of thevirginreaper's character...)

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
1:43 pm - Planned Conventions for Umbrella 2005!

Anime North is coming up this weekend and Sparky will be hosting a table in the Dealer's Room there, representing her shop Sadistic Vanity: Too much Style for just one Gender. Outfitters of the Industrial StrengthGlam Goth Glitteratti Boy Toys, Grrrly Boys,Fetish Queens and In-betweens. She'll have copies of Boys Under Glass for anyone who wants to get a copy ^__^

Below is our planned Convention attendance for the year thus far! We're super grateful to the folks who're helping us make a presence at conventions we can't make it to.

  • Anime North - May 27-29, Toronto, ON. Look for our books at Sparky's table under Sadistic Vanity

  • A-Kon - June 3-5, Dallas, TX. Look for our books with Kitsunechan and Harmonic Resonance at the Komik Market.

  • MoCCA - June 11-12 , New York, NY. Look for us with Minkland! Mirai will be there representing the Umbrella, so stop by and say hi!

  • Yaoi-Con - Oct 28-30, San Francisco, CA. Look for us sharing a table with Minkland in the Dealers' Room and Fan Corridor. We're hoping to have a few members attending, so look for an update in the future as the con approaches.

current mood: chipper

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
6:48 pm - Tammy pr0n progress

Top half of my pr0n comic!

A few things to fix but overall I'm liking it.

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11:36 am - pr0n2 sketch

Just finished my BUG2 comic last week and have started working on my pr0n2 submission. I'm submitting one or two gag comics this year!

I'm almost done the pencils for a one-page, gag strip and here is the first panel.
Clicky to see piccy!

Suggestions/crit is welcome! Sorry the scan is rather poo but I am working with 0.3H lead and it is lighter and thinner than I usually use.

I hate to talk too much about a one-page gag like this because it does ruin the impact of the punchline. Suffice to say, I am taking an elegant bishounen and making him look the fool. =p oh, and there is cock in every single panel. All eight or nine panels. Mmmm, cock.

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12:46 am - more pr0n ...

I sat down and pencilled the first page of the "Breaking and Entering" comic! C&C/advice/suggestions welcome?

Page One

current mood: hopeful

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Monday, May 23rd, 2005
3:07 pm - pr0n character sketches

This poor community gets dusty so often! Anyway, I thought I would try and post some character sketches I am working on for the upcoming book pr0n 2, an follow up anthology of man-smut to pr0n, coming from Umbrella for Yaoi-Con 2005!

The story I'm doing is called Breaking and Entering and is about what happens when Tomas, in full uniform, accidentally interrupts a robbery, and the robbers decide to take advantage of the situation! I had this idea for a while but I got sort of re-charged for it by this picture:

So I thought it would be neat to do a sort of manlier, tribute to Tom of finland (sort of) style. But eh, I'm not sure I've pulled that off even? : / But I named my main chara Tomas in tribute :P. I'm nervous of doing a slightly different style, so I'd value your opinions.

Anywho. Crappy scans:
Main chara, Tomas

Antagonists, Todd and Osborn.

current mood: nervous

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