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July 3, 2013
This is a promo art piece that Nero and I collaborated on to advertise our new digital zine, RRUFFURR ONLINE.
Basically how it came about was this: We’re both fans of comics with animal people in them, and we noticed that there are a lot of really cool, unique cartoonists and artists working with them right now. We were inspired by Brian Curtis’s RRUFFURR anthology, and how it managed to draw a wide variety of talent together to make a new, weird and unprecedentedly innovative collection of anthro comics, but we also wanted some of that same vibrant energy to be available to read by anyone, anywhere. So we started sending him some e-mails, and the idea of a biannual online magazine took shape.
Months later, we’re kicking off our first issue: an anthro comic showcase that also serves as a proof of concept for our larger goals. For future issues, we’re aiming to include more content per issue, and to cooperate with more artists from many different backgrounds. If you like animal people comics even half as much as I do, visit the site and read the rad stuff we’ve got on there— my first issue of MEGAHERTZ, Nero’s RED RIVERS premiere, Melissa Fox’s arresting WHAT WE’RE TOLD and an exclusive excerpt from T’s THE CITY DREAMS OF TAMINO THE CAT— and then let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Tips are also appreciated, since they’ll be split equally between our participating artists & editors.)
Expect me to talk a LOT more about RRUFFURR ONLINE in the future. I’m incredibly excited about this project, and I hope you will be too!
i’m the asshole on the right, with the beautiful Ian Jay on the left, who also supplied the Goku Hair(tm).
come get some cool custom badges, zines, graphic novels, stickers, porn cds, tote bags, votive candles, Official Rruffurr Merch, etc etc etc!! we’re havin a goddamn party up in here.
i probably won’t be online much since it’s crunch time, so see you guys at Anthrocon!!
WHAT HE SAID!! I’ll be there, he’ll be there, WE’LL BE THERE hawking the freshest alternative anthro merch this side of anywhere!
That’s TABLE L-05, in case you didn’t make a note of it earlier. Here’s a handy visual guide:
Big ticket items will include the print version of EPIPHANY, the TRUMPETSHARK COMIXXX 2013 art CD, RRUFFURR issue 2, RRUFF TRADE and much much more! Plus merchandise, commissions, and a whole lot of other fun and games. (Not actual games. I thought about building one of those big spinning carnival wheels, but we just didn’t have any time. Next year???) If you’re heading to Pittsburgh next weekend, drop by the Ian Jay Super Comics table, OR REGRET IT FOR THE REST OF YOUR PATHETIC LIFE.
ATTENTION ANTHROCON 2013 GOERS: Let’s face it: the economy is so far in the toilet right now it’s caught in its metaphorical U-bend, and modern con-goers can’t always AFFORD too much (having already shelled out for travel fees, fast food and a tiny strip of floor in a very crowded hotel room). IAN JAY COMMISSION WORKS HAS LISTENED, and is cutting a couple of less-popular badge styles from its catalog to make way for TRICOLOR BADGES, a new, affordable yet still striking option.
Each badge features a character of the buyer’s choice carefully inked and toned in VIVID WATERCOLOR, along with the character’s name in REALLY EASY-TO-READ LETTERING. They come laminated and clipped for only $20, enough to splurge on some cool art and still have enough left over for partying later!
Visit Table L-05 at AC for these, as well as for more cool badges, books, merchandise, and fun stuff from RRUFFURR, Trumpetshark Comics, and (as ever) Ian Jay Super Comics. More info to come, stay tuned!
THE EPIPHANY BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED! Also: the TOTE BAGS! For those who pre-ordered, these will be available either for pick-up at AC or in your mailbox! For all those who DIDN’T pre-order: these will be for sale at AC, table L-05! GET HYPED, WE’RE GONNA TAKE THIS CONVENTION BY STORM.
THE STICKERS WE ORDERED HAVE ARRIVED FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CUSTOM STICKER MAKERS DOT COM. Check out how cool the votive candles are! It is a very, very good feeling having a cool merch idea transfer so perfectly from brain to reality.
A really cool piece I got commissioned to do recently: a custom slipcover for a DVD set of King Of The Hill: Season 9. The commissioner was really open to creative interpretation, so I came up with a couple different ideas and went ahead with the weirdest one. I really like how it came out.
THE BUTTONS ARE IN! Glow in the dark AND 24k gold buttons are here, and they look SO GOOD! Even if you are not someone who regularly wears buttons, you’re going to want to get your hands on THESE buttons. (Also: get your hands on more buttons in general! Buttons are cool!)
Since 2008, I’ve been putting this weird religious animal people comic out. For old readers, I appreciate you sticking with it. For new readers, thanks for giving it a chance.
Crud, I’m trying to make this not sound like a eulogy. How about this: I’m done with the comic, but this isn’t an “ending”— neither for the story’s characters, for me as a creator, or for you as someone who’s let this story into your head. Everything keeps moving forward. I can’t describe how amazingly grateful I am to have had all of you traveling along with me as we wandered from one side of Epiphany to the other.
I can’t wait to see where we go next. How about you?
WEEK ONE of my ONE VIDEO EVERY WEEK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR UPDATE ODYSSEY! In this one I talk a bunch about mailing comics and attending conventions, WHILE I make rice crispy treats. It’s not to be missed!