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Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.

Mike

Back to Work: Commission Slots Open

Hey guys. Before I get down and dirty on my to-do list, I thought I’d let you know that I am always taking orders for caricatures and other drawing commission work.

NOW is the time to order such things for the winter holidays. Hanukka is December 1 – 9 this year, so if you’re buying for your Jewish friends, now is the time.

It’s really simple, just email me with what you want drawn, and then I will go to my price list and give you a quote for both the price and the timing. You can drop the payment in my Paypal account, or send me a check, and I will keep you informed as I am working on your piece.

You may need to provide photos. Fortunately, the Internet is good for sending such things. E-mail rocks.

Simple? Yes. Nice price? You bet. Hard to regift? Oh heck, yeah.

Keep in mind that I do houses, pets, and many other things.

Don’t wait, get to the front of the line by ordering now!

Thanks.

Lowest Commission Price of the Year

I am having a sale today and tomorrow at my Bonanzle booth on caricature commissions from your photos. Normally, I sell these commissions for 50 bucks, but today and tomorrow, you can get them for 15 dollars plus whatever extras you would like to add. Just read the sale description to find out more.

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/leuszler/items/Custom_Caricature_Drawing_Original_Artwork_B_and_W

Holiday shopping season is coming up soon. Why not get a head start on it and save some money?

eBay Bargain for My Customers

Hey, all. I just wanted to remind you that I do the occassional ebay listing for an original caricature commission drawing, from your photos, on America’s Marketplace, ebay.

Here is the listing for this week: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190443900712#ht_1212wt_1137

The buy it now price is 25.00, which is half of what I normally ask for for this item. If you want to get ahead of the holiday crush, this is the place to go for a great gift that is very difficult to regift.

My Latest ebay Sales UPDATE

Here are some bargains for you, available only on my ebay sales page. Sales listings may be below the fold.

Two are caricature commissions, and the other is one of my hand colored prints of Audrey Hepburn.

There is a special premium offer for people who buy the caricature commission pieces at the full BUY IT NOW price. I won’t say what it is, but I’m pretty confident that you’ll like it. A bunch.

Upcoming Projects

Yesterday, I told you about upcoming classes and appearances.

Today, we’ll look at upcoming projects from Mike the art guy!

First up, May 1st will see the first installment a new webcomic project that I’m starting. I’ve been threatening to do a webcomic for years now. After several failed attempts, I’ve finally picked an arbitrary date and said this is it! I won’t go into a lot of detail here, lest someone feel compelled to steal an idea or two, but the comic should be a lot fun for both the reader and for yours truly.

This extra secret comic should run either 2 or 3 days a week. I need to produce some pages first, to see how I can work it.

Next, I will be producing a second podcast. Yesterday, I was listening to Logan’s Run podcast on Talkshoe.com, and apparently this version of it is an encore. Encore meaning re-run. I loved the idea so much that I stole it, but with some modifications. Instead of re-running whole episodes of Open Mike, Insert Foot, I’ll be doing a “best of/worst of” (your milage may vary) format. That will spare the listeners from having to live or re-live the dated material and other embarrassing dreck from the past. And if I can wing it, I will stick in additional commentary myself and from other people who may have been involved in the show. DVD extras!

I haven’t pinned down a launch date yet, but I’d like to get that going before May 15.

And last, but not least, some time this week, the new Sandstone Summer Theater site should be going up. I don’t do much website work anymore, but I wanted to contribute something to my favorite theater group. Hopefully it will be a smashing success.

And of course, I’m always working on new artwork, notecards, prints, commission work and other projects. More about those projects later.

Car! The Y2CL Commission.

So I get a general tweet from @jhorsley3 of the webcomic Y2CL asking if anyone can draw a car. I think it was like way late at night, early in the morning.

I wasn’t sure. He said he needed several versions of the car. I wasn’t sure.

He offered to pay. I was in.

I have drawn cars. I’ve done a Fury for the band Idle Fury in Florida and several others, so I figured what the hell.

After a brief negotiation and some email exchanging, I started. You can see the end product starting here (The site should be considered Not Safe for Work).