August 31, 2013

surfdog2000:

LATE NIGHT IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! I’m going to reblog this at a more civil time tomorrow, but whatever. I’m doing a new Abraxas Chessmaster zine, everyone!

While the last Chessmaster Guide focused on the spiritual qualities of well-known animals, this one will focus on unconfirmed ones— those compelling creatures that tread the line between imagination and discovery, between the factual and the fantastic. This time around, cryptids are the name of the game, and we’ve got an all-star list of them! (See the list, pictured above.)

IF YOU’D LIKE TO DRAW AN ILLUSTRATION FOR THIS ISSUE, please send:

  • a couple examples of your work
  • your top three choices for which cryptid you’d like to draw
  • an e-mail address I can reach you at

…in an e-mail to ianjaycomics@gmail.com by Sept. 15th.

This invitation is open to both newcomers AND artists who participated in the last issue. Submissions should be six by nine inches, 300DPI resolution, and can be in color or in black and white. They can be as simple or as complex as you’d like— just get them in to me by October 20th and it’s all good.

The finished zine will be released digitally on a pay-what-you-want model, with all profits split evenly between participating creators. A very limited VHS-case print run may or may not also be in the works (depending on whether I can print them for cheaper than “stupid balls expensive”, like they were last time).

I’m very excited to work on a Chessmaster project again! My third eye is still bleary and bloodshot from having just been cracked open after a long rest. Our last issue was a showcase jam-packed with incredible art, and I think we can make this issue even cooler. Join me as we once again voyage into the ABYSS OF ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE together!!

REBLOGGING ON THE ART BLOG, because hey, important!

August 28, 2013

This week, along with commissions, I’ve been working on redesigning my website. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now, and with SPX around the corner I figured now is the most opportune time to do it. Here are some of the assets I’ll use: the main page’s banner and the improved damask pattern for the background. Expect another big notice to go up when the new site goes live!

August 26, 2013
Weird doodle I did yesterday. Some kind of alien murder kangaroo? Idk, it’s just been a while since I’ve played around with brush pens.

Weird doodle I did yesterday. Some kind of alien murder kangaroo? Idk, it’s just been a while since I’ve played around with brush pens.

August 21, 2013

Nero “Trumpetshark” O’Reilly and I collaborated on a new Lazer Wolf story for popular wolf comic zine Wolfen Jump! Read, consume, enjoy. THE SAGA CONTINUES.

August 6, 2013
FROM LAST NIGHT: jam comic between me, mittymandi, sigilgoat and trumpetshark. Inspired by the popular movie of the same name!

FROM LAST NIGHT: jam comic between me, mittymandi, sigilgoat and trumpetshark. Inspired by the popular movie of the same name!

August 3, 2013
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.

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.

August 3, 2013

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!

August 3, 2013

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!

July 25, 2013

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).

BUY EPIPHANY NOW!

BUY EPIPHANY NOW!

BUY EPIPHANY NOW!

July 19, 2013

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!

COLLABORATION COMMISSIONS:
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!