FROM THE SKETCHBOOK: unfinished comic from Anthrocon about a real thing that really happened to technicolorpie and I while out getting breakfast. It was one of the weirdest things that happened that weekend.
A couple of take-home commissions from AC. The left one is from a really obscure eighties cartoon, the right two are original characters.
These all came out great, but I’m especially proud of the bug one. I can’t remember ever getting commissioned to do a bug person before!
I AM OPEN FOR BADGE COMMISSIONS, BTW. Check this post out!
FROM THE SKETCHBOOK: Trumpetshark and i have been working our way through The X-Files from season 1 onwards.
It’s a really, really weird show. We’re on Season 4 right now and I’m not crazy with how goopy-gory some of the episodes have gotten, but I’m still SUPER on board to see more!
HOWDY COMICS FANS! I’m just finishing up sending out the last of the print fundraiser pre-orders, SO-O-O I’ve gone ahead and put the book up for general sale on my online store!
TO REITERATE: Each book is 240 pages, with full color interiors that replicate the original look of the comic on my website. This is the entire story, not like Volume 1 or anything, and the overwhelming feedback I’ve gotten so far is that it works a lot better as a single printed thing. Also included are sketches, location references, and a guest gallery. IF YOU BUY NOW, you’ll get a limited-edition art card with a guest piece by numbersstation with your book. (I don’t have many of these cards left, though, so when I say “buy now” I mean buy NOW!)
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THE STORY IS ABOUT: Deer kid tries to rehabilitate ex-god to save injured dad. When I was in school we were taught that good comic story pitches should be ten words or less, so there you go.
IF YOU’RE UNSURE OF WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING: Right now ALL the money I make off this is going towards our Seattle move (see my last post for more info). I’m really super eager to get my books out there AND to earn enough money for this move, so even if you bought a book already or can’t buy one right now, please spread the word around that these are available! I KNOW I WILL BE.
Anyhoo, I have to head to my day job. IN CONCLUSION: I busted my butt on this book for five years and it looks as good as I could’ve ever imagined (minus the cloth binding with foil trim and holographic pop-out interiors, but whatever).
NERO O’REILLY & IAN JAY SEATTLE COMMISSION (OVER)DRIVE!!
As many of you may have already heard, my wonderful boyfriend NERO O’REILLY and I (IAN JAY, a-duhhhh) plan on moving across the country to picturesque SEATTLE, WASHINGTON at the end of September! As staunch believers in proper buddy comedy methodology, we’ve decided to get there in the form of a MASSIVE COAST-TO-COAST ROAD TRIP. However, as anyone who has moved before knows, moving costs money. Some things we need to pay for include:
- A tune-up and new tires for my car so that it can survive the trek.
- Gas money for the long, long drive across the entire dang United States.
- The deposit and first month’s rent on the home we end up renting.
- Money for furniture, food and incidentals— anything we can’t take with us (which is a whole lot).
This is all going to put an incredibly heavy strain on our savings accounts, so we’re reaching out to YOU, OUR WONDERFUL, ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT READERS, to help us out. Here’s what you can do:
- Buy stuff! My webcomic EPIPHANY just came out in print and is NOW AVAILABLE in the IAN JAY SUPER COMICS ONLINE STORE. Nero also has a plethora of comics, merchandise and original art available in his TRUMPETSHARK COMICS ETSY SHOP. Grab some goodies from us if you haven’t already!
-Donate! If you’re the sort of person who has a couple extra pennies laying around for altruistic purposes, hit up the DONATION BUTTONS on our tumblr blogs!
- Commission stuff! In addition to our regular commission options, we’re also doing PREMIUM collaboration commissions that BOTH of us work on! Here’s a brief but comprehensive list of different stuff we do:
IAN: Email me at IANJAYCOMMISSIONS at GMAIL dot COM
Sketches - $20 (+ $10/extra character, $20/background)
Inked pieces - $30 (+ $15/extra character, $25/background)
Flat color commissions - (+ $20/extra character, $35/background)
Rendered color commissions - $60 (+ $30/extra character, $40/background)
Badge commissions - Tricolors $20, Hi-Cs $25, Yearbooks $30, Longs $35
Comic page commissions - starting at $120
Tattoo commissions - Rates vary. Please ask!
NERO: Email him at TEGMIRE at GMAIL dot COM
Inked pieces - $20 to $50 depending on complexity
Digital color pieces - $40 to $70 depending on complexity
Watercolor pieces - $50 to $80 depending on complexity
Comic page commissions - starting at $150
Website designs - Rates vary, please ask!
Inked pieces - $40
***HYPER COLOR*** (such as the vibrant Pacific Rim piece you see at the top of this post) - $100
Every little bit helps! We’ve been working really hard this past year to turn this dream into a reality. Now that we’re almost two months away from our departure time, we’d love it if you could help us get there!
small comic i did for super friend sigil for her birthday a couple days ago. PARTY TIME
We made some shirts today! Merchandise packages should be going out VERY SOON. Like sometime this week.
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!