IF YOU’VE GOT SEVENTY-FIVE MINUTES TO BLOW: You might remember Nero and I hooting and hollering last September about moving across the country! Well, we took a whole bunch of videos that we took on that trip and edited the best bits together into a super huge road trip documentary. Join us as we travel three thousand miles across America, getting into all sorts of shenanigans along the way! Have a watch, and come join us!
JUST A QUICK REMINDER!! If you still haven’t voted yet, now is the perfect time to vote for either ME or my lovely boyfriend Nero O’Reilly in the Ladykiller I <3 Comic Art benefit contest!
We’re really excited to be participating in this event, and while it’s an honor just to be nominated, leaving with some extra money to do COOL ART THINGS with would be really helpful to either of us! Be sure to vote, and if you’ve already voted, tell your friends, family, internet chums, random strangers, whoever about this contest too! Reblogs are very highly encouraged!!
In the famous words of popular soulster Cee-Lo Green, “If you’re not voting to support more cool Ian Jay and Trumpetshark comics, then… Forget You.” Truer words were never said.
We applied separately, but in the end the grant benefits the both of us (Ian won’t have to spend so many hours away from home / I won’t have to spend so long nose-deep in work ), so vote for whoever your little heart desires! Or whoever is ahead at the moment. Doesn’t matter!
ALSO: if you’re going to ECCC, please think about getting a ticket to the LIVE event and coming to hang out/vote AGAIN/get drunk with us. It’ll be fun, I promise.
Seconding this! Doesn’t matter who you vote for, Nero or me, just please go vote. VOTE VOTE VOTE. We’ve both been working our asses off together trying to make the Artist Lifestyle work for the past year, and a grant would give us some much-needed breathing room. I can guarantee getting MORE AWESOME COMICS out to you folks will be easier if one or the other of us wins.
Also COME ON. Of course we’re the coolest cartoonists in Seattle! I mean there are some other great contenders in this thing, but They’re Not Us.
I FEEL THE COSMOS
cancer came scuttling back
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my favorite video game! And to the Hoshinos, my favorite cubic family in video gaming.
HEY EVERYONE! It’s my boyfriend Nero O’Reilly's birthday today. In case you didn't know, Nero is not just a cool friend who I go on adventures with, he's also a talented and prolific cartoonist. For the past three years, his main job has been drawing an adult comic for Slipshine called “Golden Trick” which you might've seen me crow on and on about before. About a week ago, though, he started a Patreon to help support himself through a more visible comic of his, the free-to-read webcomic project Carnivore Planet.
I could try to convince you to support Nero’s Patreon because he’s a good person— and he totally, totally is— but instead I want to rep for his skills solely as an artist. Emerging from the backwaters of rural Pennsylvania, Nero has been cranking out comic pages at an incredible rate over the past half-decade. Last year he put out over 200 pages in total of comic work, and he shows no signs of slowing down in 2014.
You’d never think he’s that fast, though, looking at his pages. He has this organic method of hatching that causes his pages to vibrate with energy and texture— sort of a throwback to grungy alternative comix and zine culture of the ’70s and ’80s, but metabolized through a modern perspective. He’s skilled at rounding out his characters’ personalities through actions instead of unnecessary exposition, and his stories have a lean, fluid quality to them because of that lack of filler text. Most of all, he “gets” comics— he’s incredibly attentive to page composition, how the reader’s eye flows across a page, where to place speech bubbles… all that good shit that separates cartoonists from artists who want to write or writers who want to draw. It’s uncommon to find people who can do this well. It’s rare to find people who can do this well who are under 25, and have received no formal training in it outside of high school art classes. The only reason you may not have heard of him by now is because until recently his long-running series was behind a subscription-only paywall, hence Carnivore Planet, hence here we are.
And hey, speaking of that paywall, did I mention that he’s a super vocal pro-LGBTQ artist working for a site that only employs two openly LGBTQ creators? And that he’s never missed a single update in three years, doing (most prolifically) a romance comic about two con artist deer men in a Kabbalistic magic-infused ramshackle cityscape that’s far, far more richly-detailed and different than that site requires of its employees’ work? It takes a lot of guts to stick to one’s principles in an environment like that.
There are a lot of artists you can give your minimum-of-$5-per-month to on Patreon, but giving it to Nero’s campaign means something more than helping him out with rent and groceries (although that’s also a perfectly reasonable excuse as well). To support Nero is to support a standard-bearer of webcomics: a voice from an isolated place, earning a living by creating unique stories with different perspectives that would most likely get all-too-easily marginalized and ignored by the mainstream comics community. I want Nero to succeed because I want to prove that webcomics work as a benefit to the medium of comics and culture in general, and aren’t a weird novelty or con game. We need him, and we need more people like him, now more than ever.
Also, it’s his birthday! If you aren’t willing to help out a cool dude on his birthday, what kind of a messed-up pile of hair are you.
ALSO I SHOULD MENTION: Chapter two of my shooty-animal-robot-revenge comic MEGAHERTZ is out! Twenty-four more pages of ACTION in a post-cyber-war America. Read it FOR FREE on http://rruffurronline.com, and keep an eye peeled for the LIMITED DELUXE PRINT RUN coming soon!
this beefy issue is positively jam packed with comics by lovely artists such as GREG GOODSON, MARGARET TRAUTH, MANDI TREMBLAY, SYD ICARUS, IAN JAY, and SO MANY MORE!! like 100+ pages of MORE. there’s so many great comics!!
the donation link is up in the store, but the PDFs themselves will be sent out on MARCH 15th. they’ll also have a SPECIAL COMIC from a SPECIAL SOMEONE (me).
READ RRUFFURR NOW!
OH SNAP!!!! It’s finally up! Nero and I edited this, GO READ IT. We’ve got tons of awesome weird anthro comics, many of which are premiering in RO for the FIRST TIME ANYWHERE. Go take a look!
Also going to reblog here, because HEY, I’m THAT excited about it!!
An illustration I did recently for the fine folks at Con*Tact Caffeine, purveyors of quality smells. This is a label for one of their upcoming soap flavors that’ll be rose-scented, though I don’t know what they’re going to call it yet. Something suitably punny, most likely. Go buy some of their stuff!