Sorry for the lack of activity. Fucking Spring is here again and I'm as sick as a motherlovin' dog . . . again!
Every year is the same ol' shit. I'm a sad, sad little man, I will never learn.
Someone please come to my house and shoot me in the face.
Anyways, enough with the self-pity. Gotta get better so I can get to see some of you at the New York Comicon next week. Please bring liquor and Kalamata olives but don't shake my hand or touch my privates or else you'll get sick too.
I've been mailing out Eye Candies like there's no tomorrow. If the demand continues at this rate, I'm afraid we're not going to have enough by the time San Diego Comic Con rolls around, crazy! you guys are just fucking crazy!! We'll come up with something for sure, no worries. Thanks for the support.
The contributors are also getting their complimentary copies. I'm very happy about that. Some of the emails I'm getting are really nice and if I wasn't as strong as I think I am, I'd be crying. I'm so happy I was able to do a book like this and showcase the talent of so many of you, fine people. I wish I could have put more pictures, I know some were disappointed that they didn't make it into the book this time, unfortunately I had to make some harsh decisions while designing the damned thing, I'm sure you'd understand, I had well over 1000 entries, phew!.
I guess I underestimated the gargantuan task of putting something like this together, how do you design it?, by color? by theme? by style? at times it seemed overwhelming because I've never had to do anything such as this. In the end it was a great experience and although I'm sure it's not perfect, I have to say this set of books is a good read.
For a moment back there I thought it wasn't going to be possible. I won't get into needless details on the how and why, if you buy me a Corona and have 10 minutes to spare I'll tell you the whole story. Let's just say my life was pretty turbulent at the time. Lucky for me I don't have a job, that's for damn sure.
EYE CANDY V 2.0 CALL FOR ENTRIES and DEADLINE
The deadline for the new book is June 30th 2008. This book won't take a year to see the light of day, I promise you.
You know the drill, no pictures of men whatsoever, only women.
Please, I beg of you, send only low resolution jpegs when submitting but have the high resolution (300 to 450 DPI) PSD, TIF or EPS file available. Last year many of you sent low resolution final files that couldn't get printed and that was a shame because some of them were awesome drawings that I had to leave out of the book. If your final file is not between 300 and 450 DPI it will not get printed. No exceptions. Please scan your art at high resolution, a low-res poor scan turned high res in Photoshop will not get printed either.
Also, send just the jpeg, no titles, no story behind the picture, no words, no comic strips or vignettes with text. Just the illustration and contact info to be printed, that is: your website's URL (or blog, or multiple blogs or multiple sites) and email address, I WILL NOT print any info next to the artwork itself such as year created, medium dimensions or time it took you to draw it, let me repeat: artwork info WILL NOT be printed next to the picture or anywhere else. This is not that type of book. It doesn't matter to me if you drew it on a napkin or if it's a 6 feet canvas or what you did it for.
I am the sole judge and jury, you know me well enough to trust my judgment (I hope) To some, this system may seem unfair but that's the way it is. You know me, I don't trust these so-called experts on the female form so I do everything myself, even if it takes me forever (and God knows sometimes it does).
My decision is final so please, don't question it. It's very difficult for me to have to email you back to explain why your artwork didn't make it. Please don't put me in the position of telling you something that perhaps might hurt your feelings, I don't know you, you might be the overly sensitive type or a person who doesn't handle rejection well. If you are one of these two types, please don't bother submitting to this annual.
I have a much better system now to handle the submissions. You simply send in your jpeg or jpegs (if you're submitting multiple images) and I'll respond almost immediately with one of the two following answers:
First answer: "THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING" This answer means your art did not make it but I appreciate you taking the time to submit. If you get this response don't write back to ask if your art made the book, be cavalier about it and let it go, I will not respond further.
Second Answer: "YOU'RE IN LIKE ERROL FLYNN" This answer means, I want to put your art in the book in the worst possible way and I will do the impossible to find a place for it. Send your high resolution image right away via any of those file transferring websites like "yousendit.com" or "rapidshare.com" depending on the final amount of entries and availability of space in the book, there still exists the remote possibility that your artwork may not be printed this time around. Once you've sent your high res image forget that you even sent it, you will only be notified once the book is printed and when I'm ready to send your complimentary copy. You have my word I won't make you wait needlessly.
Unlike last year, I will not be contacting people on an individual basis to ask for the high resolution image. That only created multiple problems, confusion, (mostly in me) and delayed the process. Please send image as soon as you are notified of your inclusion. If you want to send me a disc, it will be greatly appreciated. just let me know and I'll email you a PO Box number.
As always, there are NO FEES to pay, submit as many as you want. Send your entries to: brandstudiopressATgmail.com
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
As with the first book, please no super hero drawings, unless you created the super hero and you own the rights to the characters you are submitting.
No violation of copyrights by redrawing something someone else drew originally. That's not just illegal but humiliating as well.
No couples (of either sex or a combination therein) making love, or how I like to say it: 'Fucking'. That's correct, no Fucking pictures.
If you'd like to submit but are unsure of the kind of material I will accept please feel free to buy any of the two current ECFS books from our online store BrandstudioPress.com while supplies last.
If your art is accepted for inclusion in the book I will respond with a brief form or agreement/release, no need to sign, just reply with the words: "I AGREE"
By submitting your work for inclusion you allow Brandstudio Press to publish your work but we won't claim ownership of it. The submitting creator retains all his/her rights to his submission(s)
COVER/BACK COVER CONTEST
Last year I chose 2 pics from 2 talented individuals as covers and back covers. This, of course, will be done at my discretion, no need to do anything further, all submissions are eligible for this contest. Last year's winners were Ryan Hungerford and Lawrence Hamashima.
Who will win this year? I don't fuckin' know but we'll find out.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
A very nice art student asked me the other day "Why are the books so expensive?" Now, I understand his concern because after all, he is a student and I'm sure money is tight but I must say our prices are very competitive, at least for art books of similar quality.
When you place an order, I read your email and I pack your books, that pubic hair that you might see caught forever in the tape has my DNA (if I were you, I'd keep it in the freezer, just in case cloning becomes affordable in the near future) if you order one of my volumes, I would sit there and draw you a little picture, sometimes a big one, or just a signature if I'm pressed for time. I'd go to the post office myself, most times my wife would come with me to stay in the car because in NY there's no place to park.
And you know what? I'm happy as a clam to be able to do all that, it fills my heart with great joy to do these simple, menial tasks I should probably delegate to others, because I don't think they're meaningless, I enjoy going to the post office daily to drop a shit load of books, the postal workers may not like me when they see me coming but I like them.
There is no shame in admitting it. I don't lose sight of the big picture, this is still a business and as such at times I have to act like an asshole or a pit bull (sometimes both at once) which is totally fine with me, unlike Picasso, who never got called an asshole (according to Jonathan Richman, anyway) I don't mind one bit, I've been called an asshole more times than I care to remember.
Sorry for the long-ass rant, once in a while it's good to clear the air. Thank you and God bless! I'll see you at the New York City Comicon in about a week and the week after that, in Calgary and the week after that, in Seattle and so on and so forth until the end of time as we know it.