Obligatory Seasonal Holiday Post (the second): I make stuff too!

duck-bananaIt’s true. I do make stuff. In case you or someone you know likes art type things, I have a few such things for sale.

Commissions

I’m happy to take commissions. For delivery before Christmas, please order before Dec. 10th. For anything more specific, please contact me.

Original Art and Prints

I have a few pieces of original art for sale up at my Etsy site. If there is a specific image I’ve done you’d like a print of, please contact me.

Shirts, Mugs, Onesies, etc.

I have a few designs, including the dapper duck to the right, on shirts and other merch. over at my Spreadshirt shop.

Obligatory Seasonal Holiday Post (the first): The Gift Guiding-ing

Good news everyone! We’ve made it through 91.7(ish)%* of the year. Huzzah! It’s also getting to be that time of year when folks ceremoniously fling gift things at each other. So, here are some neat things I think you might find nifty and possibly want to fling at people**.

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Do you like funny things? Do you like listening to a funny person say funny things and then laugh? Do your friends and family also like such hilarious things? Then I highly recommend the amusing amusement of master comedian Joseph Scrimshaw. He has a book and comedy albums and other fun things. He even made a very entertaining list of all these things for your convenience because he is also a super nice guy.

If you know anyone that enjoys reading–especially science fiction/fantasy and general sciency things–here are my recommendations from the books I read this year.

Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie are excellent books which are sort of hard to explain. If you know someone who likes hard science fiction these are great. These will become the next sci-fi classics.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe takes the crazy questions submitted to Randall over the years and attempts to answer them in a way only he can do; thoroughly amusing yet completely scientifically accurate.

Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaporte is a great story about the early history of photography and the various inventors.

Lock In by John Scalzi is the best in futuristic pandemic true crime novels! It’s sort of like if Castle took place in a world where a significant portion of the population runs around in robot avatars and/or virtual constructs because their bodies are paralyzed as the result of a nasty plague. In short, yet another great story from Scalzi.

Or perhaps you are looking for some nice musical music for your friends’ and family’s musicless earholes. Here are some noteworthy*** things for them to listen to.

The Doubleclicks – Dimetrodon album is full of earwormy goodness including, but not limited to, songs about cats, dogs, dimetrodons, and burritos.

Woob – Ambient Disaster Movie is one of my go-to albums for awesome non-distracting ambient tunes.

While generally my opinion of auto-tuning is “meh” at best, Melodysheep – Symphony of Science (Collectors Edition) puts the utterances of scientists such as Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Brian Cox to music. I’ve been listening to this non-stop for a month.

Pomplamoose – Season Two is so much fun. SO. MUCH. FUN.

And finally, other random stuff that I’ve seen and/or enjoyed.

Know anyone who likes wearing shiny things? If so, then I recommend these geeky beaded jewelry including light saber and DNA necklaces by Emily Watson. Perhaps you know someone in need of a new bag of holding, in that case there are these super adorable, useful, and bigger on the inside, cephalopod (and other adorable critter themed) bags by Namu. Did you know you can make a custom Muppet? It’s true!  Or maybe you know someone who likes fancy tea. Some of my most favorite tea (and the fanciest) is from Palais des Thés. I recommend the N25 Holiday teas and Fleur de Geisha, but they are all so very good.

That’s it for me, what about you? What things did you enjoy this year?

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* Your time-stamp may vary.

** Please do not fling at people. Unless, you know, the recipient of flung object is expecting something being flung at them. Then it’s cool. Probably.

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Month of Monsters Wrap-Up

Here are all my monstrous creations from last month. Check out the full site for all the monsters (not just mine).

Month of Monsters 2014!

Today’s the day! It’s the first day of Month of Monsters! Woo!

For those of you unfamiliar with Month of Monsters, it’s a self paced project I started a few years ago to draw a monster a day for the entire month of October. Last year was the first year I officially opened up the project for anyone to join in with a dedicated site to post everyone’s creations. The full monstrous details can be found over at the Official Month of Monsters website. I encourage you to participate! Also it’s not just for visual arts, written works are encouraged too.

Cthulhu Slippers Patreon

Good news everyone!

Andrew Jack has set up a Patreon page for the Cthulhu Slippers webcomic! Yay!

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Wait, but don’t you already have a Patreon page that I may or may not already be supporting?

First, thank you so much those of you who are already my Patreon. Yes, I do have my own Patreon page (which is supporting things like Over-Encumbered among other personal projects). The reason Cthulhu Slippers is a separate Patreon is because it’s not 100% my project. Andrew Jack (the author and creator of Cthulhu Slippers) hired me to do the art for the comic and he pays me for this service. Also, while there is some overlap between my fans and Cthulhu Slippers fans, Cthulhu Slippers has a MUCH larger following. Finally, and most important, since I’m working for Andrew we wanted a way for Cthulhu Slippers to become self sufficient (or at least more so than it was). Andrew should get some love too. :)

Sounds fair. But what if I want to support both of you? Would you be offended if I rearranged my pledge to give some to Cthulhu Slippers?

No, not at all. Any support is awesome.

If you are curious what goals and incentives Cthulhu Slippers is offering, all that is outlined on its Patreon page.

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Rose City Comic Con Sketches

Hey everyone!

This past weekend I was lucky enough to share a booth with the always amazing Doubleclicks (they begin an East Coast/Midwest tour this week so make sure you go see them if they are coming to your city) where I sketched Doubleclicks themed art for folks. It was fun and amazing and I hope one day I get to do something like this again. It was thrown together at the last minute, so I apologize to anyone who didn’t know I was going to be there.

Here are the sketches from the weekend. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and who requested a sketch!

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(super adorable Pokemon kids!)