Monthly Archives: August 2012
Only a few weeks after meeting David and Deborah Weekley, I got to meet another of my illustration clients, D.J. Grothe, and his partner Thomas, when I visited Los Angeles for a vacation! This was timely too, since I had worked on their respective commissions back to back.
D.J. and Thomas took us to the Magic Castle, which exceeded all expectations and was an amazing adventure. Pictured here with us are my travel buddy Mike, a friend from Madison, and our lovely friends Justice and Kristin, whom we stayed with during our trip.
I had such a great time with all of these people, I’m already planning my next visit to L.A. And I really love meeting my clients in person, I want to make this an on-going trend. The latest person I’ve worked with has been Chris Stedman, so I’m thinking a trip out east is in order some time soon. 🙂
Very excited that The Advocate featured my MFA project on their website! Quite the honor.
I also really love how they worded the short intro they included: “Like you always wanted Classics Illustrated comics to do…” Absolutely! Aesthetically, I wanted to give gay people the same kinds of generic, stereotypical romantic images and tropes that straight people grow up with and take for granted. I researched comic books, romance novel covers and movie posters to get most of these poses.
The calendar is still on sale in a slightly modified version on deviantART.
Funny back story: The reason The Advocate noticed my work in the first place was because of my Marriage in the Bible infographic that had gone viral. Apparently, the odious anti-gay group NOM had commented on it. A friend of mine suggested I send NOM a thank-you card for the attention. Haha! So thanks, NOM! You helped us get more positive images of same-sex relationships into the public consciousness. Hope you are proud of your good deed! 😀
*Some people have been asking about the calendar year. If you buy a calendar it will be for 2013. I double checked with deviantART:
The year will automatically change in July to the next year.
Example: If you submit a Calendar for the year 2013 before the end of December 2012, the Calendar will automatically change to the year 2014 in July 2013.
We currently ship calendars for the year 2013.
We have a big gameplay event in Parallel Mafia called The Foundry, it’s a multi-tiered dungeon that must be played through several times to unlock new paths and enemies. I got to create a lot of important images including the huge bosses, so I had a lot of fun with this entire project.