Saturday, March 29, 2014

Forest of the Damned on CafePress Stuff

I have added my dark artwork "Forest of the Damned", a piece featuring tentacled monsters lurking in a creepy oak forest, to a bunch of items in my Azure Lion Productions CafePress Shop. This was the first artwork of mine to appear in a print zine. It was originally published back in 2007, in the September issue of the (now defunct) print zine The Willows. Since it has already sold through Zazzle, I figured I should add the design to items in my CafePress store, too.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Alien No See Hear Speak

My weird sci-fi twist on the three wise monkeys. Here, aliens in black ooze see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fairy Article Looking for a Home

I have an 890 word article "Fairy Thefts" that is in need of a home. It was to have been published in a print issue of Abandoned Towers after the zine switched ownership, but it looks like the new owners never released any print issues. As per the contract, the work has not appeared in an Abandoned Towers Publication within 24 months of the signing of the agreement (signed 3/21/2012), so the rights have reverted back to me.

The article does not contain citations, since I only use citations when an editor absolutely has to have citations. Seeing as how the work is over two years old, I would rather not go back and try to insert citations. The piece seems on the short side word-count wise, but as with most of my non-fiction, I shoved a lot of information into a little article.

Any suggestions on where I should send my article about fairy thefts?

Another Design, Another Sale...

Sold today through my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store to a customer in San Jose. CA: Three Viking Sword Hilts T Shirt.

Yep, this is another work that originally appeared in print. This was one of the illustrations I did on assignment for Flashing Swords, back when Crystalwizard ran the zine. This particular work appeared alongside Bill Ward's article "Serpents of Steel: The Swords of the Viking Age Arsenal" in Flashing Swords #11. This isn't the first time I've sold merchandise featuring a colour version of this illustration, and I hope it won't be the last.
With all the sales I've seen lately (I've only posted the highlights here), my critics are looking like the real nitwits!

An Oldie but Goodie Artwork Sells on a T Shirt

This morning, I sold an item featuring an artwork that's an oldie but goodie. Sold through my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store to a customer in Perth, Australia: one Forest of the Damned T Shirt.

"Forest of the Damned' happens to be the very first work of mine to have appeared in print. It was published in the September 2007 issue of the (now defunct) print zine The Willows. Now the piece that was the first of my artworks to appear in print sells on merchandise. Nice!

This piece appeared in print in black and white. I added colour when I added it to merchandise in my online shops. In the zine, it looked great as a black and white illustration, but I figured for use on merchandise I should add some colour. I think it works. I guess someone else thought so, too!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Critics are Irrelevant

Critics of my art are entitled to their negative opinions. However, seeing as how I continue to sell my art to zines and continue to sell merchandise featuring my art internationally through Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble, I consider their negative opinions to be irrelevant.

Even if the zines that publish my art are, as one critic claimed, desperate, how do you explain the fact that customers from several different countries on at least four different continents buy items featuring my "amateuristic" art? Just the other day, someone spent $92.85 on a sterling silver necklace and $18.95 on a premium keychain featuring my "Excalibur". Just this week, I've seen two different sales to two different customers in Australia, which is pretty much the other side of the world from upstate New York. Also, this week happens to be a week where I've seen sales in all three of my online shops, Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, my best response to my critics is my continued success. Actually, when seen in the light of my sales record, criticisms that claim my art is "amateuristic" are rather comical. The simple truth: "amateuristic" or not, I make money off of my art. My sales say more meaningful things to me than harsh criticisms ever will.

Perhaps I'm a moronic nitwit for saying such things, but I'm a moronic nitwit who is laughing all the way to the bank.

Now I have to go work on my latest commissioned illustration. (The money for that one is already in the bank.)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

I See White Cat Has Released All Zine Stories

Interesting announcement on the White Cat Publications site regarding the release of stories for any and all of their magazines:
White Cat Publications: Magazine Story Releases

I am not really affected by this, since the rights to anything of mine they had under consideration were already released back to me on May 9th, 2013, though they did go ahead and publish one of my poems (with one stanza missing) in the Summer 2013 Hungur. It seems to me that this latest news brings some closure to the whole Sam's Dot/White Cat mess. To be honest, I'm not surprised by this latest turn of events. I saw it coming. I'm glad I opted for having my works released back to me back last May so I could send them elsewhere. At least I got paid, which was part of the release agreement. And my works have since seen publication in other venues.

"The Hungering Host", my poem that appeared, minus the last stanza, in the Summer 2013 issue of Hungur also appeared, with all stanzas intact, in Issue #2 of Disturbed Digest. "An Evil in Carnlinton", which had been accepted for publication in the Fall 2013 issue of the Sam's Dot publication Shelter of Daylight, was published in the Feb - Apr '14 Issue of Sorcerous Signals.

"The Connection Between Fairies and the Dead" Published in DISTURBED DIGEST #4

The March 2014 issue of the Alban Lake Publishing zine Disturbed Digest has been released. That means I've had yet another non-fiction article published. My article "The Connection Between Fairies and the Dead" appears in that issue. As a matter of fact, it's listed right on the cover!

Is there a connection between the frolicking wee folk and the dead, you might ask? Purchase a copy of Disturbed Digest #4 and find out! You may be surprised by what tales such as that of Hugh King's encounter with the fairies on November Eve and the Cauld Lad of Hilton tell us about such a link.

I'm hoping this won't be my last non-fiction article published by an Alban Lake Publishing publication. The publisher has said he doesn't receive enough articles. I do have ideas for more. Yes, some of my ideas do involve delving deeper into fairy lore. I find such lore to be a rich source of material for both poetry and non-fiction.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Article Removed

Google has completed processing my infringement notice and removed my article "The Alp and the Schrattl" from the blog that posted it without my permission. The infringement of my rights as creator and copyright holder of that article has been dealt with to my satisfaction.

As a creator and copyright holder, knowing your rights is not enough. You also have to protect those rights. Know what to do in the case of infringement.

In the case of the unauthorized publication of my article on another blog, I followed Google's procedure for notifying them of copyright infringement. They then removed my content from the offending blog.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Tipsy Rambler" Published in Mar '14 APHELION

My wee fantasy poem "Tipsy Rambler" has been published in the March 2014 issue of the web-zine Aphelion. The poem did previously appear here on my blog, but now it's in a web-zine, too. If you didn't check it out when I posted it here, check it out in Aphelion.

The poem contains a bit of visual poetry, which is something different for me. It just seemed right, though perhaps a bit obvious, to make the "down" slope downward. Being an artist as well as a poet, I like the sloped text conveying the image of the tipsy rambler tumbling down the rocky brae.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Saint David's Day!

Today, my blog wears the leek and the daffodil in honour of Saint David's Day.