First off, thanks to everybody who left birthday wishes here and in the Underburbs gallery, and especially for the pieces of birthday art. It really means a lot to me that you all still come here to see what this ol' bag o' bones manages to scrawl out every couple weeks.
Before my birthday weekend, I managed to pop out a couple of backlogged epilogues, and my notes (kinda) blew up. I responded to as many as I could, including some notes that had gone neglected. I'm going to make an effort to get to all of these, so I'll just start listing off who asked for what in no particular order.
So that's kinda of a lot, but I'm going to earnestly try to actually create artwork (or whatever it is I do) when I get home. I've been falling into bad habits lately, and I want to be creating more content. If this wave of commissions/pending commissions seems like it's all over the place, that's because it is. I need to throw myself into this and get back on the horse. And if you're looking at this list and thinking, "hey, I asked that bum if I could do this or that and he said he wasn't taking stuff in," you have every right to think that. My commission-taking is very fickle and disorganized, and I apologize for that. I'm not saying that's going to change, or that this is the dawn of a new Mr-DNA. At the very least, this is an experiment that should result in some new stuff being posted here. Maybe not regularly, maybe not as often as either of us would like, but something.
So if you see your icon up here, and there's anything that needs to be confirmed or detailed, send me a note and I can get to work!
Well, that last wave was a fun one. Let's do some more! Just like last time, I'll do ten slots. Send me some notes, and I'll try to get to them in the order I get them. I do reserve the right to turn things down if I don't think they work with the logical flow of the series, or if it's just something I don't want to do. A few rules/pointers first:
•Lessons are $10, Epilogues are $15.
•Payments can be sent via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
•When you send a payment, please include a message with your username and what I'm drawing for you. It makes it a lot easier to keep track of who's paying for what.
And that's pretty much it! I'll post who's got the slots once I get enough of 'em together. As always, thanks for watching!
I'm finally finished with Underburbs #18, so I can get back to posting stuff here. Some people have sent me notes requesting to commission some more steps and/or epilogues, so I thought it might be time to put up some slots so I can keep track of everyone, and to give more people a chance to get in on these if they so desire. As I stated in my last status update, I'm raising the rates of epilogues only. Regular steps are still $10, and epilogues are now $15, due to the complexity of both the art and writing. There will be a few names appearing multiple times on this list, but going forward, I'd like to limit commissions to either two steps or a single epilogue at a time, just to spread out the slots among more people. So here's the list as it currently stands:
I'll mark things as done as I go, but I want to complete 10 slots before I open new ones just to not overwhelm myself. And in the name of giving people a fair shot, I won't reserve slots until I open another 10. I'm not sure on the time frame of these. I'm just trying to give this whole "or-gan-i-za-tion" thing a shot to see how it goes.
Leave a comment here if you want the one remaining slot of this wave. I'll send you a note asking about the details. As always, I reserve the right to turn down an idea (though I don't do it often or without consultation). Commissions are payable via PayPal. My account email is email@example.com.
Well, I didn't mean to click the Launch button on my Patreon page before I had a few more things prepared for it, but it is officially up! The only tier I'm offering right now is $2/month, and that will get you a Daily Doodle. What that will mean is that I plan to show anything I've drawn that day. This will be an opportunity to see lots of works in progress. I'm starting a new Underburbs issue, so expect to see sketches and excerpts of pages mostly.
After a while, I'll try to introduce more tiers, hopefully involving polls about monthly or bi-monthly sequences and/or mini-comics. But in the meantime, your support is very much appreciated. I'll try my hardest to stay to my drawing-a-day regimen. I think I'll do better when I know I'm being watched. Keep me honest, people!
Well! This has been quite the little burst of activity! Sorry to have been inactive for so long, but I've been trying to get the next Underburbs issue done. About a week ago, I finished penciling #17. I received a note asking if I'd do some AMLs, and I figured, "what the hell, I'll do a couple of these before I get back to inking." Next thing I know, I'm doing nearly a dozen AMLs plus a few epilogues. It's hard to say no to you guys. It's nice to see that a lot of you are still excited to see these things after three years and over 400 drawings. This pile of papers on my dirty couch doesn't do justice to all the work and fun and collaborative effort that's gone into this series.
That said, I'm going to have to put the brakes on this for awhile again. I have another 19 pages of inking plus a cover waiting for me. I've also got a long overdue commission to do once that's done. I'll try to pop in with more art as much as I can. Thanks for being awesome.
I've been tagged* by to write eight facts about one of my characters. She chose Shelley from the Underburbs universe. If you haven't read The Underburbs, you may have seen her pop up in some of the AML Epilogues.
(*I'm apparently supposed to tag eight people, too, but I don't even think I know eight people.)
Without further ado, here are EIGHT FACTS ABOUT SHELLEY!
1. What's that name again? Shelley's full name is Shelley Debunkle. Just to keep this one from being a total cop-out, I will mention that she is named after Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley. The Debunkle part is just made up
2. What is she? Shelley is made from reanimated corpses, hence the Frankensteinian namesake. There is no delicate term for her kind in The Underburbs. 'Flesh golem' doesn't quite roll off the tongue. 'Stitch' is used in some circles, but it is a bit of a racial slur.
3. What's her family like? She has a creator/father by the name of Dr. Phineas Debunkle. She also has an older brother named Percy. The doctor's first experiment, Percy has very limited functions. This is due mostly to the fact that he keeps his brain on his lap as a pet rather than in his skull. Neither have appeared in an issue of The Underburbs yet.
4. How old is she? Although she is enrolled in Underborough High School, Shelley was only shocked to life three years before the events of The Underburbs.
5. What's she like? Shelley is shy and reserved, focusing mostly on her studies. Despite attending high school at the age of three, she is often mistaken for being very unintelligent. It's probably the whole reanimated corpse thing, but she tries not to let it bother her. Of course, have you ever tried not to let something bother you? It bothers you.
6. Poor girl. Any other problems? She is a resident of Underborough, a dimension inhabited almost entirely by monsters. The few humans that reside there are unfortunately backwards villagers who are strongly opposed to mad science. Shelley is usually chased to and from school by a torch-and-pitchfork-wielding mob. With all the running she does, Shelley once considered trying out for the track team, but decided that the angry villagers would be too much of a disruption on the field.
7. Dat hair, tho! Shelley has black hair with a shock of white on either side. She keeps her bangs short, but the large beehive hairdo is not by choice. Dr. Debunkle created Shelley with an extra large cranium, which her hair conceals. She is also never seen without her pair of bolt-shaped earrings. These serve no practical purpose; she just likes them.
8. Does she have any semblance of a social life? Sure she does! She has become good friends with Angela Morgan, a recent transfer student from the human world. Since meeting Angela, she's had a chance to come out of her shell (sorry) a bit. Though she sometimes interacts with Countess Winifred Pale, she only barely tolerates her and considers Angela her only friend. She thinks Angela's human friend George is all right, but kind of a goofball.
Well, that's that! If you still hunger for facts, ask in the comments!
EDIT: You know what, I'm gonna feel stupid if I don't tag anyone at all. So while I'm going to fall way short of the recommended eight tags, here we go:
1. We've seen plenty of Subi-chan, let's hear about her, too! 2. As far as I'm concerned, Beth & Eliza are the runaway stars of Another Princess Story. Four facts apiece? Eight two-fers? The choice, as Black Sheep once said, is yours.
Woo! Due to a last minute cancellation, I'll be selling sketches at Bit Fest's Game & Shop in Allston, MA on Nov. 22 (which is actually today! I gotta get some sleep!). Hoping to end 2015's con schedule on a slightly higher note. Truth be told, I would've come to this thing even if I wasn't looking to peddle my doodles. It has free-play arcade games and beer. I mean, c'mon.
If anyone missed my interview, allow me to post it in a less fleeting place on my page.
Also, I'll be at the Rhode Island Comic Con from Nov 6-8. Then The Underburbs go into hiding for the harsh New England winter. If I don't see my shadow, I may emerge with a new issue, or possibly a handful of disappointment MAGIC BEEEAAANS!
Hello, watchers! I'm just letting everyone know that commissions are going to be closed for the foreseeable future. I'll be taking a vacation whether I deserve it or not, then I'll be doing some comic cons, as well as completing my biggest commission EVAR (which probably won't be posted here. More on that at a later date.)
Here are the upcoming cons. Hope you guys like New England! We will be selling all of the various Underburbs trades and regular issues, including the brand-new Issue 16! And as always, feel free to hit us up for a sketch. We like to sketch!
UPDATE: More detailed Special Edition NYC info! Hope to see some of you this weekend!
Thanks for enjoying The Librarian's New Sweater! Thanks to BimboFans for squeezing a quick series out of me. I hadn't posted anything just for the sake of doing it in a long time, and I had a lot of fun making it. I really meant to only post one a day, but I can't help myself. And also, thanks for voting me as your favorite in the Cursed Clothing Contest!
Anyway, it's time for me to slink back into the shadows as I buckle down and get moving on the next Underburbs, as well as get to some comic cons (for which I'll have to emerge from the shadows)! Here's the rundown of where I'll be peddling funny books and commissioned sketches:
The Underburbs return to New York City for SpEd's second year of an all-comics, all-creators, no-holds-barred, rootin'-tootin' con! This time, it's being held at Pier 94 instead of the Javits Center. Come for the comics, stay for all the exposed ducts!
MASSive Comic Con, June 27-28 This is a brand-new show put on by the good folks at Double Midnight Comics. See how they use the setting of Massachusetts as a novelty in the title? That's how you know they're from New Hampshire. Was that even a dis? I don't know. But I do know the show will be at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. (Have fun pronouncing that, non-New-Englanders!)
Don't forget, all three of our trade paperbacks are available at IndyPlanet.com as real books and digital downloads! Enjoy The Underburbs your way, as long as your way is one of the two ways mentioned in the previous sentence. (Enter "Underburbs" in the search window.)
I'm not going to pretend that Norman Lee and I were inseparable chums or anything like that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say anything. Years ago, T.J. and I met Norman at one of several little rinky-dink cons held in Boston roughly every other week. At the time, I think he was working on Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man or something. Anyway, the small size and lack of traffic at these mini-cons gave those of us in Artist Alley (aka Conference Room D) a chance to mill about and socialize. Norman complimented our very early work (we had maybe 2 or 3 issues out at the time), and that was a legitimizing moment for me. A Massachusetts native was working for the big guys, and he liked our stuff, and he was a good guy all-around. I dunno. It's not much of a story, but it's all I got. He was at the very least another face I looked forward to seeing at conventions. For something like this to happen to a nice guy who was just enjoying a vacation with his wife... it just sucks.
I know I never formally opened them all year, but I need to get to work on Underburbs #16. If you've paid for one, it's on the way. If you've sent me a note for one and haven't paid yet, please do so and I'll get to yours in a timely fashion.
Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still around, despite my media blackout for the past month or so. I've been working constantly to make some new content for my upcoming Underburbs Volume III: Party Mix! If any of you have either of the first two trade paperbacks, you've hopefully read through the special features (commentary by the artist/characters, deleted scenes, sketches, etc.). As the issues get more recent, though, there's less content to go around. So this time I did a 12-page bonus comic. That's been keeping me from doing pretty much anything else for all of August. I know there are a few of you who may be looking for commissions, and hopefully I can squeeze them in between finishing this book and the holiday season. (I do work in retail, after all.)
If anyone is in New England this fall and wants to hunt me down, take a look at the journal in the Underburbs gallery.
First off, a big thanks to every who came out to New York and Philadelphia! It was a lot of fun, as always. Be sure to go to my Underburbs gallery to see all the new sketches and stuff that came from these two back-to-back comic cons!
Second, and I know I say this all the time, I gotta get myself back to work on the next Underburbs issue and trade paperback. As anyone who's read our trades knows, I like to throw in extra goodies rather than just repackage a couple issues and call it a day. The next trade will have issues 8-11. The more recent the issues get, the less doodles I have lying around for compilation's sake. So to fill the space, I'm planning a 10-page bonus comic.
But I don't want to leave everyone here twisting in the wind while I'm doing that, so once I get into the groove (which is always pretty well kick-started by a few cons) I will try to take on commissions. Nothing too long, of course. If you're looking for comics, I'd like to keep them down to simple, three-page max ideas. Short sequences and pin-ups may also be available in this vague future.
I know I have a couple short things I've promised to a few of you who've already come forward and asked me for stuff. I haven't forgotten! Once I get all my ducks in a row, I'll make a more official post with rates and slots and all that good stuff that artists should know how to do.
Next week's gonna be big! BIG I SAY! Monday, I can expect a box of fresh new Underburbs comics. Tuesday, I will roll around in a pile of Underburbs #15 while I watch a full friggin' day of Nintendo E3 baloney. Wednesday, I will drive straight to Best Buy from work and play me some Smash 4. Thursday, I will clean off that pile of Underburbs #15 I rolled around in. Friday, I will go to work and try to bug out early so I can get some rest for Special Edition NYC. But I won't get rest. I'll be playing Mario Kart.
This is a new convention put on by the organizers of the New York Comic Con. Unlike its multimedia big brother, Special Edition is all about comics, and we're proud to be a part of its inaugural Artist Alley. Find us at table U2. It might be tough to find because the streets have no name.
The Underburbs return once more to Philly… kind of! Sadly, due to scheduling conflicts, T.J. won't be able to attend. Instead, I will be joined by Ms. DNA herself, (not Mrs. yet) Meg LaViolette! Find us at table F42.
UPDATE: Some dickweed reported my post for spoilers. Jesus Christ, all I want to do is share a drawing with Miiverse. And what exactly did I spoil? That Mega Man is in Smash Bros? That he can perform a Final Smash, like literally every other character in the game? I hope that little shit reported Sakurai for posting a video of the thing I alluded to in my drawing. Wow, that grinds my fucking gears.
After much soul-searching and overwhelming demand, I have decided to discontinue the Angela's Magic Lesson series. I started it as a way to have lots of art to post, but it's been taking too much time from my one true passion: hardcore porn. Get ready to see lots of poles and holes on this page.