I’m Discontinuing Art Books (For Now) – Here’s Why

a zine opens to two illustrations. On the left is a dragon in a vest, holding a magic staff. On the right is a dragon man, wielding a dagger and shield. Fingers from a white hand hold the spread open.

I’m discontinuing the print runs for my art books, including Witches, Gods & Spirits, and Dragons. Here’s why.

First, the cost of printing has gone up. Since 2021, the cost of printing books has increased across all the printers I work with. This is especially true for the printer who runs Witches, Gods & Spirits, and Dragons. (Stars of Fantasyville and CATS got printed with a different company.)

Second, when I looked at my sales stats across the decade, the numbers shocked me. I ran my numbers to account for which books earned the most from crowdfunding AND convention sales.   Dragons and Gods & Spirits barely made it in the top 10 overall earners list and the top 10 earned per year list. Neither title made it to the top 5 in either. Witches only made one list (top earners overall). 

And that’s if I took out Johnson & Sir from the stats. If I left that title in, the outlook for those art books looked worse.

Third, and this is the big one for me – I’m feeling called not to make any more art books. My energy wants to make more comics, and any art that’s not comics wants to be stickers and prints. Not art books.

I also want to work on and grow The Legend of Jamie Roberts. It’s hard to do that when time and energy are being put into art books that cost more and more to print but sell less and less. So I’m taking art books out of the equation, so more time and sweat can go where it wants to go – making comics.

So what does this mean?

Well, there are some shops I sell on consignment with who are carrying the last of my art books. Last week I dropped off the final copies of Witches and Gods & Spirits at Handmade Toledo. Quimby’s in Chicago and Indie Northern KY are also options if those are closer to you.

This also means no Junicorn or Inktober art books for the foreseeable future. My energy is not called to participate in those challenges anymore. So I’m going to honor that. I would rather pursue things out of joy and curiosity, not obligation. And Inktober doesn’t inspire me the way it used to.

The good news is – if you want art, prints and stickers are still happening! In fact, I’m hoping to do a flash sale soon to get two new sticker designs in print. If you saw this livestream replay, you may know which designs I’m talking about. Hint: Godzilla be thicc.

Here’s the difference – prints and stickers are happening when I want to make them. Not out of a viral art challenge or out of a sense of obligation. I’m making the art I want to make, that I feel called to make, that I think would bring joy to others. I want that to be my driving force moving forward.

Having said that, there are two exceptions (ish) to the final-run art books: Stars of Fantasyville, and CATS. Stars have a ton of extra copies left – like, over 60. I’m not doing another print run because the first print run is still in stock. But I won’t do a second print run of it either. 

CATS, on the other hand, will get reprinted as soon as possible. It was only released less than a year ago! It hasn’t had the chance to expand its reach yet. Also, it brings joy to me and many others.

As for the other books? It’s time their runs come to an end.

Don’t get me wrong – the art books did bring me joy at the time. But for reasons including the cost of printing, slumped sales, and discontinued interest, I’m letting the concept go.

Thank you, art books! You brought joy to me and a lot of others. I think it’s time to let you rest so new stuff can be made.

Stay tuned for more of that new stuff – including that flash sale I mentioned.

Thank you for your understanding and your support.

You. Are. Awesome.

Original Webcomic Pages from Production Are Now For Sale

featuring original comic art pages from the production of the webcomics: The Case of the Wendigo, and The Legend of Jamie Roberts

I have original pages from the production of webcomics available for sale!

There are a TON of pages available. I’ve been making webcomics since 2013, so production pages include:

  • The Case of the Wendigo
  • Thoughtful Dinosaur
  • Validation
  • Tiny Unicorn
  • The Legend of Jamie Roberts
  • Johnson & Sir
  • and Seeing Him!

The pages from these webcomics are now available in the Spring Cleaning Sale! These pages are USA-only, but to make up for it, shipping is free for all original art. All sales will help replace the broken equipment I have.

If these are outside your budget, there are more budget-friendly options, like keychains, 11 by 17-inch prints, and even misfit prints of The Legend of Jamie Roberts, volume 1!

highlighted here are original art pages from the production of Validation and Thoughtful Dinosaur

The Spring Cleaning Sale is open UNTIL MAY 6. But if you want something particular, snag it while you can – once these are sold, they’re gone forever. Payments are processed at the end of the campaign, so there’s no stress.

I’m highlighting products and pages during the sale, so stay tuned for updates!

Broke? Share the campaign far and wide with your friends! Sharing is caring and helps more than you know.

That’s all for now. Thank you for your support!

You. Are. Awesome.

Tonight’s Stream is Cancelled

Tonight’s stream is canceled so I can meet with the Ohio Arts Council about potential grant opportunities. Sorry for the late notice!

I’m also going to take a break from livestreams for now. Keep an eye on my YouTube channel for video updates.

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🎨 TOOLS USED:

  • Streaming – Streamyard
  • Drawing Program – Clip Studio Paint
  • Tablet – Wacom Intuos Pro

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Let’s Draw Cat and Crow Witches – A Livestream

Let’s draw cat and crow witches for Toe Beans and Broomsticks: the Deluxe Edition of my RPG! You can download the free version from my Ko-fi shop.

Be sure to download the livestream BINGO cards (which are also free). If you get BINGO during the stream, you get a discount on my commissions for the rest of March! Just be sure to let me know through the YouTube livestream chat.

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💜 Get early updates and behind-the-scenes peaks at The Legend of Jamie Roberts by supporting the comic on Ko-fi.

🖌️ I’m available for commissions! Get started with this link.

🎨 TOOLS USED:

  • Streaming – Streamyard
  • Drawing Program – Clip Studio Paint
  • Tablet – Wacom Intuos Pro

👏 THANK YOU TO MY CLUB SUBSCRIBERS! 👏

To get your name added to this list, join one of my clubs.

  • magicalgirlkyra
  • All Unka
  • Raiden
  • Ella Q
  • Andrew Balch
  • Adam Vazquez
  • Maya Smith
  • Pat Jade
  • JessicaMcIntosh
  • RPZ
  • Bryce Bargar
  • Heidi Allison
  • Saphronia Maple
  • GustyBV
  • Cakes
  • Isaiah Broussard Art
  • C McClain
  • Rainer Kannenstine

And thank YOU for watching!

You. Are. Awesome.