"You Know You Can Hire Me, Right?"
This post is from October of 2012. Some of this is old news, but the gist of it still rings true. I'll update it occassionally when I have something new to share. Just consider this your bible for working with me.
I've been pretty busy over the past few months working on Geek A Week stuff, a full-fledged graphic novel and helping out with paintings for a upcoming documentary. Let's not forget that I became a new dad (again!) back in May by welcoming new new son, Julian. Because of that, I've had my head down diligently doing the work that needed to be done. I'm at point now where the smoke is more or less cleared, I'm waiting for a pretty big project to fire up. The other day I went to look at my roster of projects and I realize - DOH! I need some stuff to work on!
This has happened frequently to me in my freelance career and I always try to stave off going into full freakout mode. I've been pretty good managing my anxiety, but this morning, I realized that I need some projects to get me through this rough spot.
Because I've been pretty busy, I've been going to Twitter and shouting into the feed like some sort of bazaar shop owner. Everyone seems to be yelling all at once over there and not a whole lot of people are listening. The 140 character thing isn't helping much either. I've got so much to say, so I figured a long form, old-school blog post would be more appropriate.
So, here's the deal: I am currently, ACTIVELY looking for commission work. Here are a few ways you can commission me and help a brother out:
Geek A Week 4.0: Earlier this month, I launched a Kickstarter for Season 4 of Geek A Week. As of this writing, I'm about 65% funded, which is great! But I still have some ways to get funded, Not only that, but I am also trying to create a Fan Only Set made up of 8 geeked out fans. That reward level is at the $399 which is definitely a premium price. But you do get to be added to the official Geek A Week site and you get interviewed and a bunch of copies of your own card, I don't this for everyone, so it is pretty special. Anyway, check it out - it might make a great holiday gift for someone on your nice list. (EDIT: This Kickstarter is now over. But you can still order Geek A Week cards at my online store!) I'll also be a part of other Kickstarters or do my own from time to time, Check back to see what I'm involved in.
General Commission work: While we're on the subject of the holidays, now would be a PERFECT time to engage me for a commission for Christmas and the holidays. I offer a few different flavors of commissions...
FlipFace: My avatar creation service is still up and running and I can make you a custom avatar for your social media needs. Prices are as low as $10 for a black and white avatar up to $20 for a zombie-fied avatar. I can also do custom work for the holidays as well. Check it out!
Caricatures at Live Events: I just recently started doing live events where I'll draw fun black and white or color caricatures for you and your friends. I'm calling it Flipface Live! I can do straight ahead caricatures or even zombie caricatures. I'll even travel for an additional fee. You can hire me here, here or here. Or of course, you can also hire me privately.
Monster By Mail: My 5 year old monster creation site is currently wrapping up it's stint with guest artist Sunday Williams. Although the site says otherwise, Sunday is currently not working on the monsters, but another talented artist, Mike Peterson is. We're in the process of switching things up, but you can still hire me to draw up a 4 x6 original piece of monster art. If you'd like to request me, just mention it in your special instructions when ordering.
50 vs. 50: There are still some Hero and Villain slots available in this project. I mentioned earlier this month that if you order a Hero or Villain from me in October, you get a free monster print with your order. This is still valid up until October 31, so keep that in ind when ordering, (Currently, the heroes are winning the battle -which basically means there are more villains left to order than heroes. So follow your heart and order accordingly.)
Geekimals: In the tradition of some of my other commission-based products, I just started up one called Geekimals, where I can draw geeky portraits of your pets for a few schillings. I also offer greeting cards and UComics branded Geekimals (personalized comic pages written by the amazing Jessica Mills and drawn by me.) They're pretty fun and every pet owner should have one!
Other Commission Work: Let it be known that I can draw custom pieces as birthday, Christmas or other special occasions. I can do geeky pinups, or I can draw your D&D character - just flip through this site to check out stuff I've done. Fun!
Larger Scale Work-For Hire: I suppose I should put this out there as well. I am available to work on book illustrations, board and card games, spot illustrations - pretty much anything. My costs vary from project to project, so we'll probably have to trade e-mails to work that all out, but please know I will entertain all serious inquiries.
And of course, if you're scared of contacting me and would just like to buy some of my products, you can always visit my online store, where you'll find some of the products I mentioned above and other fun stuff!
Phew. Hopefully this will help stoke the fires and before you know it, I'll once again have my head buried deep in too much work. My wife and I thank you and most of all, my immense family thanks you.
The Non-Committal Gift Certificate
So last night, I made a comment on Twitter, half-jokingly, that I was going to create a gift certificate that allowed people to give people the promise of a gift without actually giving them a gift. (It sounds more cold-hearted than it actually is.) This came about from me thinking about Black Friday this weekend and all the sales and madness that goes along with it. Firstly, I'm flabbergasted that this is happening again - and so soon! (Didn't this just happen last year? Sheesh!) Secondly, I find it hard to believe that, given the current state of the economy, that there are people rushing out to spend all this money on expensive gifts. Money that a lot of people simply don't have. (At least the people around me don't have it. I don't know about where you're standing.) The very thought of having to shop for my wife and family this Christmas curls my hair, not because I don't love them and I don't want to supply them all with lavish presents, but I simply cannot afford to do that.
So I got to thinking, what if I gave my wife a gift certificate? I would love to take her on a weekend trip to Chicago, but realistically, this goal is out of reach financially. Given my graphic designer chops, I was going to make a gift certificate or a raincheck to give her on Christmas day, Then I started thinking, what would this certificate say? How about this, I thought: "Hey, honey. Let's go to Chicago. Or something." That's romantic, right? I felt like I was back in college and picking up my date on a bike. Maybe my wife could stand next to me as I rode the bike to the airport to get on the imaginary plane that I booked. Yeah, that's not working.
So, I mulled it over and with a little brainstorming help from my friend. musician Marian Call (one of the most hard-working people I know and someone who always has brilliant marketing ideas), we coined the phrase "Non Committal Gift Certificates." I spent the afternoon laying the certificate out and you can now download THIS FREE VERSION of the certificate:
It features a cute little drawing of a bunny riding a scooter because A) who doesn't want to see that? B) It is pretty awesome and C) It's the only thing I could think of on a short timeline,
So, go ahead and pass the certificate along, print it out and give it to as many people as you choose. Hopefully it will be taken in the same tongue in cheek way it was intended and - in a perfect world - the recipient will be handing you his or her own copy of the NCGC.
And because I do design and illustration for a living, I've decided to add a customizable version to my online store. For just $10, you can have me draw something fun and personalized in the "Bunny Area". This way, for a nominal fee, you can actually hand someone a custom drawn piece of art instead of a pre-made PDF. This option is perfect for the people on your list who will not get a huge hilarious kick out of the message of the NCGC.
So, please consider this my early holiday gift to you all. With any luck, the economy will start turning around and Christmas will be saved!! But in the meantime, we have this option.
50 vs. 50 Meets Monsters!
So, I got busy last spring and totally forgot to talk about my 50 vs. 50 Hero and Villain project. Short version: You order a hero or villain from me. I draw it. You hang it on your wall! Easy! By drawing these commissions, I was raising money to get to Comic Con 2012 (and I might do it again!). But for now, I have a rather sizable job get pushed back a month, which has left a rather sizable gap in my schedule. Which ultimately means I have time to do some commissions!
There are a good number of heroes and villains left to order. The last time I checked, the heroes were winning (basically there are more villains to order). And to sweeten the deal, if you order now to the end of October, you'll recieve - TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE - an original monster print with your order - much like this:
Or even this:
That's right! You'll get a totally free monster print with your 50 vs, 50 hero/villain order. So fly on over to the site, place your order and help me out during this gap in work!
Limited Edition Signed Marian Call/Lumpia Posters!
So Marian Call came to Cleveland with guitarist Seth Boyer this weekend and the local Cleveland band Lumpia (whose members happen to be my kids) opened up for her. I was able to make the poster for the event (see above) and I've got a very limited number available for sale. Cost is $5 with $4 shipping and handling. They are signed by Marian, Seth and all three members of Lumpia. So use the button below to pick one up for yourself!
BTW, the concert was incredibly awesome. HERE IS VIDEO PROOF. HERE TOO.
Now It Can Be Told: My Comic Con Exclusive
Hey gang! Comic Con is this week! I will be there from Thursday- Saturday doing at various locations around the con basically hanging out and seeing friends. But mostly, I will be there supporting my first ever Comic Con Exclusive!
Over the past few months, I've been tweeting about an exclusive that I was doing for Comic Con for Discovery. Today, I can let you know what the exclusive will be...(drum roll)...I have been working on an exclusive Comic Con only Geek A Week set of the MythBusters!
That's right. I was hired by Discovery to create a brand new original set of Geek A Week cards for Comic Con. Here's a quick peek at them. It's six original cards with brand new backs written by Storm of Paul and Storm. (That's right I said six - this includes a new card of good ol' Buster.)
And because many of you have asked me about whether or not these cards will ever be packed with that cardboard-flavored piece of gum that old school trading cards always come with, I've gone and done one better and had three stainless steel tags created for the sets. Each set comes with one of the following tags. (FYI, "CONFIRMED" is the chaser tag as there are only a *very* limited number of them made). Check it out:
Pretty awesome, eh?
The bad news is that due to unforeseen circumstances, these awesome Geek A Week/MythBusters Geek A Week sets will not be available until after Comic Con at the Discovery Store. (You can order the other exclusive MythBusters Geek A Week set here, though.)
The good news is that I will have a limited number of these Comic Con Exclusive MythBusters Geek A Week sets at Comic Con! If you're going to be there, here's how you can get one.
Follow me on Twitter at @jawboneradio. I'll be placing these sets at various places around Comic Con and giving photo hints of their whereabouts. If you find one, @ reply me so I can retweet it and I know you've found one. There may also be some Discovery street teams handing these out at the Con as well. Know that the CONFIRMED tag is the chaser, so if you get one of those you are super cool and have definitely gotten a rarity.
I'll also be tweeting about where I am at Comic Con all weekend long and if you find me and say you've seen my tweets, you can grab a set of these cards for yourself. (I'll be doing a signing on Friday with ThinkGeek at 2PM. That's one place you'll be able to get them.)
Remember, this is the only way you can get these exclusive sets for right now, so good luck! So happy to have worked on this and so happy to get them into people's hands.
Birth Of A Frame
I've posted something over at my Tumblr explaining what I've been doing for the past few months. Check it out!…
Support Nerdy Travel! Support #50v50! Leap Day Geek Giveaway
TL;DR: Help me pay for trip to San Diego Comic Con. Win a great prize package! Details at the end of this post!
Last week, I launched my 50 vs 50 project again. For those of you not familiar with the project, I'm drawing 50 heroes and 50 villains (100 drawings total) in order to pay for my trip and accommodations to San Diego Comic Con in July 2012. I was able to do this last year with much success and I'd like to try to do it again this year. Going to Comic Con in July is quite important in that I am in the process of designing an EXCLUSIVE ITEM for a pretty big Comic Con presence. (I'm not at liberty to say who it is quite yet, but trust me...it's pretty cool.)
Anyway, this being Leap Day and all and the fact that we have an extra day to do something awesome, I've decided to launch a neat little promotion to help meet my goal.
I'm giving a special PACKAGES OF AWESOME to two winners who participate in this promotion. Take a look!
This package includes:
A full set of my Geek A Week cards. This includes all of Season 1 and Season 2, including the cards that are out of print! (Finally, you'll have that Scalzi card you've been looking for!)
An original w00tstock 1.0 robot poster signed by me. This one is pretty rare. You could only get them the night of the show and there aren't that many left to go around.
A rare They Might Be Giants John and John poster signed by me. This one was done as a limited edition print in 2005 and only 10 of these exist!
A limited edition non-numbered Team Unicorn poster created for last year's San Diego Comic Con (only 100 made!)
Sounds great, right? You want to get your nerdy hands on this stuff. So here's how you enter:
(OBLIGATORY PURCHASE OPTION)
1) Purchase a 50 vs. 50 Hero or Villain and your name and e-mail will be placed in a special drawing. To do this, go here.
(NO PURCHASE NECESSARY OPTION)
2) Follow my Twitter account @jawboneradio. Write a creative tweet using the hashtag #50v50. The funniest, most original and creative tweet will be chosen to win the package. Tell me why you want to win this nerdy package. Make me laugh. Whatever you do, stand out!
Deadline for entry is 3/7/12. The winner for both packages will be chosen on 3/8/12. (As of this writing, there are 47 heroes and 48 villains left to purchase. Surely we can get these sold soon, right!?)
So get out there, promote 50 vs 50, help support my nerdy travel plans and win some pretty awesome rare stuff!
What's Up With Len
Apologies for the lack of updates. I really have been moving on since the loss of my father in the fall. And I've been very busy. Both Nora and I have had very limited time to do the podcast, what with the upcoming baby (!) and my current work schedule. I was just talking to Nora about possibly recording a new show...aaaand that's about as far as it went. I'm sure if I brought it up again, we might be able to carve out some time, but for now consider us on hiatus.
Regardless, there is a lot going on. So let's get right to it!
Monster By Mail
The monster drawing service that I created to pay for the hospital bills for the birth of my last child turns five years old next month. And I've decided to breathe some new life into it by adding GUEST ARTISTS! The first guest artist is my good friend, Sunday Williams. She's an incredible unknown artist whose stuff I've adored for years. I've been trying to get Sunday to put more of her art out there, and this is my selfish way of bringing more of her wonderful cartoons to the world. I mean, look at this piece for Punk Rock Flea:
I know, right?! I've removed the video option to make it easier on the guest artists, but you can purchase Sunday's original art for a limited time right here for a mere $50!
Geek A Week: Legends of Videogames
I've launched Season three of my Geek A Week project. This time around, I've narrowed the focus to showcase some of the most interesting geeks in Videogames. At the time of this writing, I've released two new geek cards. Last week's was Cliff Bleszinski or Epic Games. This week, it's Dan Paladin of The Behemoth. Next week's geek should be a definite crowd favorite. So stay tuned for that. And if you miss my sweet, sweet podcasting voice, you can subscribe to the Geek A Week podcast here.
The whole set should be between 15-20 cards and once again, like with Season 2, I am planning a Kickstarter to pay for the production of the cards. This should be happening later this spring. And I'll be sure to let you all know when that happens.
Incidentally, I am looking for some people who do machinima or 8 bit graphics for a video I'm working on. If you fit this bill, please send me an e-mail at monsterbymail at geemail.
Between all the art and interviews and whatnot, I'm also appearing at a con! Well, sort of. It's an online convention, called Dotcon. A few internet folks got together and wanted to bring the convention experience to your desktop. It's a pretty small thing right now, but the hope is that if it's popular enough, we'll be able to do this several times a year. My panel is Saturday, February 25 at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST. I'll be drawing live with actors Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal. Both Tara and Yuri do a webseries called Shelf Life. But between the two of them, they've been voices in cartoons, anime and pretty much every video game ever created. (No joke. Look at this list. And that's just Yuri's!) In any event, the plan is to have them voice characters I draw live and also create a voice live and then have me create the look of that character right there in front of God and everyone.
In addition, there will be appearances and performances from other great folks like Josh Cagan (hilarious!), a concert with Mike Phirman (doubly hilarious!) and The Doubleclicks (adorable!), geek ice cream making with Virginia Corbett of Sugar Bean Ice Cream (delicious!) and online gaming with Logan Bonner (challenging!). You can read all about the events and everything here.
And one last thing I'm excited about, I created the mascot of DotCon, the robot icon we've nicknamed Robit:
He may not look like much, but there was a really cool creative exercise that took place to create him. Tune into my panel to hear the whole story!
50 vs. 50
On top of all of this, 50 vs. 50 is coming back to help me raise funds to get to San Diego Comic Con. I wasn't planning on attending this year, and then I found out I was going to create something EXCLUSIVE for Comic Con! (!!!) I can't say too much more, but I'm way excited to be working on it. I had told Nora I can't go this year because of the baby and then when she found out about what I was asked to do, she said " Well, you HAVE to go now." So, you see, this is all about fulfilling my wonderful wife's wishes for me to attend one of the largest nerdy conventions of the year. :)
Stay tuned to my updates on Twitter to keep updated.
Now back to radio silence...…
A Tribute To My Dad
It's been 40 days since my dad passed away. This is pretty significant in Filipino culture. Tonight, we are having a mass and dinner for my dad. There will be quite a few friends and family there. I've been asked to say a few words, which has caused me to stress out a little bit. But it reminded me of a piece I wrote the day after my father died. This was meant to be more cathartic than anything else, but I find it appropriate given the significance of the day. I also allows me to put a little bit of closure on the open-ended blog post from a little over a month ago.
I will not be reading this at the event tonight, but I felt, at the very least, this tribute should be read by those who would like to read it.
So, without further ado, here is the tribute I wrote for my dad: Dr. Demetrio L. Peralta Sr.
Iâ€™ve been asked to write a tribute to my father. I will attempt to do the man justice, but I feel out of all the family, I am the least qualified to write about him. Being the youngest child, the baby of the family, I have obviously known Dad the least amount of time. I do, however, have a bond that no one else has: I was born a mere hours after his forty-sixth birthday. We will forever be linked in this way, as will my daughter be linked with me. (She was born on Dadâ€™s seventy-sixth birthday). As I write this, all our birthdays were this past weekend, with my father passing on All Saints Day.
Over the past four months, I have spent more time with my dad than I have in the past four years. Iâ€™m not particularly proud of that fact, but then again my dad was not an easy guy to know. Sure, for the past decade, he and mom were gone most of the year in Las Vegas. But he has always been a man of few words; stoic, usually sitting near the picture window in our dining room looking out on our wooded backyard. Occasionally, there would be bursts of absurd silliness that did not jibe with the rest of his personality. (My dad attempting to hypnotize lobsters, for example, would be near the top of that list.) Obviously, meeting dad later in his life, close to his 50s, my view of him is vastly different than some of the other folks in the family. But here is my recollection...
I will perpetually have this image of my father wearing his straw cowboy hat and using his riding mower to cut the grass at his office. I remember his sneezes - yes, sneezes - always coming in threes and loud as all get out. I will remember the way he pulled up his pajama bottoms - a small twist and a pull up, the same way I do today. Iâ€™ll remember the funny way he would deal with wrong numbers, yelling the word â€œNOBODY!â€ into the phone, leaving my brother and I wondering what the question could have been to elicit that answer. I remember him devouring macadamia nuts by the jar. I remember flying kites and tossing Frisbees in our backyard. The way he packed his luggage months in advance for a trip. I remember watching him interact with friends or guys at a hardware store or repair shop. The way his voice would raise an octave when he spoke to them and how his jokes always seemed a little bit off. I remember him watching Big Time Wrestling, sitting forward in his seat and miming the body slams ever so slightly by raising and lowering his shoulders. I remember traveling through Europe with him and mom, thinking back that I was totally unappreciative of it at the time. Being seven, all I cared about was getting a new toy from the marionette shop in Paris or a metal train set from Austria. I remember him leaving a wake up call in Monte Carlo and in his thick Filipino accent asking the front desk to be waken up at â€œPour oâ€™ clockâ€ and getting increasingly annoyed when they couldn't understand him. I remember doing the rounds with him at Southwest General on Saturday afternoon and then heading to a matinee of a movie that was Iâ€™m sure a penance for him to watch. I remember him getting lost between the over-sized punching bags at Sea Worldâ€™s Capnâ€™ Kids World.
And I will always remember the look on his face whenever he interacted with one of the grandchildren, most especially my own children. His demeanor would change, his face would light up and he would instantly become a young man right before my eyes. Iâ€™m heartbroken that I wonâ€™t be able to experience that with my new child due in the spring.
This was the Dad I knew.
This marks the first time I have had anyone in my immediate family has passed away. Over the years, Iâ€™ve always wondered how I would deal with it. Would I be scared? Would I feel ridiculous or embarrassed as if I were part of some cheesy Lifetime flick? Looking back, I am glad I was afforded the luxury of going through the dying process in this way. Dad gave us so many memories in the last days of his life, so many moments to look back on. I am thankful beyond measure for that. I am grateful that Dad allowed us time to accept his departure and process it. I am also thankful that he allowed me the opportunity to share the experience of the death of a loved one with my own children in this loving and peaceful way. Dad has taught me that there is nothing to fear of death. That death is simply a transitional period that can be full of love and light. I am somewhat envious of him as he begins this new exciting journey without us. I can only imagine what he may be thinking, what we would want to tell us and what the look on his face would be.
So as I begin this new day, one without my father, I think to my own family, my own mortality and how this pattern of loss and sadness will be destined to be repeated again. Surrounded by my loved ones: My children, keeping watch over me, perhaps to the point of pulling their hair out from frustration. There would be frantic outbursts of emotion ranging from doubled-over laughter from unearthing some long forgotten memory, to unquenchable sadness, realizing that an end was inevitable. My wife, somewhere in close proximity, would be sighing and wringing her hands, mentally reviewing the ornate tapestry that we have woven together for over half a century. And even though I wonâ€™t necessarily be able to react and interact like you would all like me to, the love will be palpable. If I could speak, I would tell my children all the lessons my father tried to impart to me: to be good to one another and to other people. To take care of each other. To have confidence in themselves, always. To work hard and live their lives honestly. Most of all, I would remind everyone to pray for one another and to pray for me.
I wish I had used my time more wisely with you Dad. But I am thankful for the time I was afforded. Thank you for everything you have done for all of us over the years. I love you and we will all miss you immensely.…
Condolences and Congratulations
This weekend is my dadâ€™s birthday, my oldest daughterâ€™s birthday and my birthday. I am trying to maintain some joy around these events. However, I am currently watching my dad succumb to cancer in a hospice facility.
To add to this, as I am watching one life end, I am also preparing for a new life to enter the world. My wife, Nora, and I recently found out that we are expecting our seventh child in the spring. Unfortunately, the first trimester is usually pretty rough on my wife, and this pregnancy is no exception. She has been battling some serious morning sickness most of the past month, meaning I have had to pull some double duty around my household to keep things in order. It also feels like most everyone I have been dealing with recently has been in a horizontal position.
It is not lost on me - the symbolism between this end and beginning. I was able to tell my dad about his impending grandchild and even in his diminished state, he was able to communicate that he thought it might be a boy. He also sounded happy about the news, which was good, because I think if this were a few years ago, he may have thought my wife and I were insane and been overly worried on our behalf. Believe me, there is enough worry to go around.
Itâ€™s a good thing I draw pictures for a living, because all this art has been very therapeutic for me. I certainly appreciate how busy you have all kept me over the past few months. Thank you for that. Also, keep going! With another child on the way, I will definitely need all the help I can get. (You donâ€™t know how much my wife and I dread being beholden to the diaper and wipe industry yet again.)
I donâ€™t have much else to say except thank you on behalf of me and my family for the support you have given my art. It fills my days and has enabled me to make a real living, something my dad always wanted for me. I know that he didnâ€™t really â€œgetâ€ what I did for a living. Occasionally I would show up at my parentâ€™s house with a new book I had illustrated or a deck of cards with my art on it or my computer open showing them how many people were ordering monsters or superheroes or whatever the heck I was drawing that week. They remain puzzled, but at the very least my dad knows that Iâ€™m not sitting at home pretending to be busy.
Thatâ€™s it. My update. Iâ€™ve struggled with the issue of letting complete strangers know what is going on in our lives. I donâ€™t know why I feel obligated, but I do. Maybe itâ€™s my coping mechanism; talking to the people inside my computer. Iâ€™m off again, for who knows how long, to try and â€œget the big contractâ€ as my dad told me to. Wish me luck. With everything. And say a few prayers for me as well.
Lord knows I need it.…
In Search Of...
Hello. First off, let me apologize for the lack of podcasts. It's a lame excuse to give, I know, but "I've been busy." Once you read this post, maybe it will shed some light on why I had to take some time off from Jawbone Radio.
If you have following me on Twitter, you may know that I am currently in the market for a Business Manager/Brand Strategist. I've been searching for a person like this for over a year now. Someone to help rudder the Len Peralta brand. I've had spots of luck here and there, but for the most part, I've been doing everything on my own.
I had been reluctant to post anything formal because I was unsure about the type of responses I'd get from taking such a scatter-shot approach on a major social media platform. Also, to be honest, I wasn't completely sure what I was looking for. I've talked to other brand strategists and managers for some friends in new media and they have all given me valuable advice. (I would hire any of them given the chance) However, none of them really do exactly what I'm looking for. Not to sound self-important, but I feel in some ways that I am creating a new category here. This person would not be an artists rep. This person wouldn't be an agent. In a perfect world, this person would help me build and extend my illustration business and help me navigate through projects. I'm sure this person exists, but I can't for the life of me seem to find them.
What follows is a document I've been working on that was helping me clarify what I've been searching for. I admit when I was writing it, I felt like I was trying to write a personal ad. I have to admit, this is sort of tough for me to share. In some ways, taking a step back and admitting I need some assistance with my personal brand goes against what I feel I should do. But I think it may be time for me to take this step forward, if I have any chance of moving past where I am right now.
Take a look and if it sounds like something you can do, or you know someone who fits this bill, please pass it along. I'm willing to talk to all sorts of people, providing they are serious about helping me out.
Ok, Here goes nothing...
SEEKING BUSINESS MANAGER/BUSINESS DEVELOPER/BRAND STRATEGIST
I am currently looking for someone to assist me in building my personal brand.
Over the past 10 years, I have worked tirelessly to help forge a strong brand identity for myself. I have had the great fortune of being able to work on some high-profile projects and the opportunity to work alongside well-known IPs and growing franchises. I am at a point now, however, where I feel I have done most of what I can do on my own. I am looking for someone who will work in tandem with me to help bring my brand to the next level.
To that point, I am not looking for someone who can just answer e-mails for me and free up some spare time (although Iâ€™m sure to start, there may be some of that, but this is not a secretarial position). I need someone I can throw the ball to, and they can throw it right back to me and challenge my expectations. I am looking for someone who can represent me in a positive light to potential clients. Someone who can run interference when negotiating and help set an equitable rate standard for my services. Someone who can be proactive in identifying, pitching and securing upcoming projects. And finally, someone I can trust completely to help rudder my brand amidst growing competition and uncertain financial times.
I am looking for someone who can assess the sub-brands under my main brand and build and maximize their earning potential.
The ideal candidate must:
Be fearless and be willing to work outside their comfort zone.
Possess proven skills in marketing and branding.
Be able to think quickly on their feet.
Possess impeccable communication skills.
Have a broadband connection with current communication tools and ability to conference.
Current contacts in the entertainment, publishing or animation industry are a plus, but not mandatory.
I am looking for someone to keep in step with me throughout the entire process. I promise you, this will be fun. I won't settle for less. Does this sound like you? Write me at monsterbymail at gmail dot com. Please use the phrase â€œBusiness Manager Inquiryâ€ in the subject line. Please provide a phone number for contact.
Phew! *fingers crossed* Let's see what happens.…
DragonCon 2011 Schedule
Wow, this place is dusty.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Lots has been happening on the personal life front, and it's been hard for Nora and I to dedicate anytime to the podcast. The good news is that my other podcast "Geek A Week" will be returning this week! Hooray! I am launching a second season of the project at DragonCon this weekend in Atlanta. If you're going, see you there! If not, watch Twitter, Facebook, etc. for all sorts of updates.
I'm on a few panels this year, more than last year for sure. In addition to my Geek A Week panel and flash card signings around the Con, you can catch me at these following places. I also plan on trying to do at least one art battle if I can. Once again, watch the Twitters (@jawboneradio) for updates.
Here's my official schedule!
Geek a Week Podcast Reunion
Description: Join artist Len Peralta as he talks with geek superstars that were featured on the Geek A Week Podcast.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Regency VI - VII - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
The Walking Dead Fan Panel
Description: The Walking Dead isn't just a great TV show, it's a great comic too! Come get your geek on as we discuss both mediums of this great universe.
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Atlanta C-D - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Discuss with our panel of artists the pros and cons of creating images of creatures/events that only exist in our imaginations (for nowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦).
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Atlanta C-D - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Hope to see some of you this weekend! Hooray!…
Jawbone #286: Back In The New York Groove
New show! We talk about the lives we have led since we last met. BU and U Rant. Trees falling on you while camping and where that event fell on the death scale. Enjoy! Also sorry about the echoing in the middle of the show. That was totally my fault.
Original 50 vs 50 Pen and Inks - AVAILABLE NOW
Whoa! It's been a while, I know. We are planning on recording a show soon, for those of you who are still with us. There is certainly a lot to talk about and the next show will be jammed packed. But in the meantime, I want to talk a little about my art project called 50 vs. 50.
For the past two months, I've been drawing heroes and villains for people with the hopes of making enough money to make it to make it to San Diego Comic Con. The good news is that I was able to sell all 100 drawings. The better news is that I am making the original pen and ink drawings available for sale to all those who purchased!
Unlike some artists, I still haven't made the switch to all digital yet. I still draw all my artwork on Bristol board, scan it in and then color digitally. This means after I scan in the drawing, it just ends up on the floor of my office never to be seen again. I'm a big fan of original art because I feel it tells a story. You can see the pencil sketching, the mistakes, and the notes to myself about what to fix in post online. Occasionally, you will get a failed sketch or two on the back of the bristol board that didn't make the cut.
I am making all 100 pen and ink drawings available for sale today. The drawings will be signed by me and can be personalized if you specify it. When you order, just let me know the name of the drawing you are interested in and I'll package it up and send it off to you Priority Mail.
If you would like your original signed pen and ink 50 vs 50 drawing, simply use the paypal button below to purchase. Make sure you list which drawing you would like in the special instructions field.
Got a question? Leave it in the comments and I'll do the best I can to answer it.
Jawbone #285: Pickle Pincher
We're back with a new show! On this episode, we talk about pickles, frozen quetzels, Emerald Wednesdays and a wrap up of Geek A Week. Also, PAX East this week! Thanks for sticking with us! Enjoy the show!
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Is taking a few pickles (or in my case, thinking about taking pickles) stealing? Post your answers in the comments.
An Update Of Sorts - An Update!
In case you were wondering why we haven't done a podcast in a while, here's what's been taking up all my time recently:
Geek A Week Trading Cards A Reality…
Online Art Classes - Show Of Hands
Last week, I tweeted about the possibility of me doing an online Pay-Per-View art class. In the interest of full disclosure, I got the idea from internet musician and friend, Mike Lombardo who is doing something similar with online music lessons. (Thanks Mike!)
So, in order for me to get a handle on how much real interest there is in me teaching online art classes, I am soliciting some responses from you. If you are interested in doing a Pay Per View art class with me as your teacher, send me an e-mail at artclass AT lenperalta dot com. Make sure you use the Subject Line: PPV Online Art Class. When I figure there are enough people interested, I'll make another announcement and give you all the details. For time being, the age limit would be 18 and over. If there is enough interest for a kids class, then I'll give it some thought and offer that in the future.
Also, rather than put up a survey, and because I want to elicit some back and forth response on this endeavor, feel free to write in the comments of this post what kinds of things you'd want to learn, what techniques you think would be interesting to cover and if you'd want to do all digital illustration. Because of technical limitations, it might just be digital illustration, but I guess it all depends.
Thanks for your input and I look forward to (perhaps) being your online art teacher!…
Art Sale: Monster Cereal Triptych
These are one of my favorites prints and I have exactly three of these available. As soon as they all sell, I will update this blog. It's The Monster Cereal Triptych:
This set of three prints includes FrankenBerry, Count Chocula and Boo Berry, drawn as real monsters. These are signed, numbered and ready for framing! I have five sets of these ready to go. When they sell out, I will post here. I'm letting these go for the low, low price of just $135.00 (plus shipping and handling). What are you waiting for? Buy one now!
An Update Of Sorts
This is just a post to say that we know we haven't done a show in a while, and we apologize. But when you see what I've been working on in the off-time, you'll understand why we've had no time to pull together a show.
Stay tuned. Something awesome is coming next week!
BTW, you can still purchase the art prints that are listed on the main page of the site. Current numbers are reflected and I'll update as they sell.
That's it for now!…
Art Sale:Zombie Halloween
I've got this canvas print entitled "Zombie Trick Or Treat". I created it for Halloween 2008 and it's available again for $15 +$5 S and H.
Help me out! More coming this week.
Art Sale: Marian Call Posters
Ok, here we go again folks. Here is the next item up for sale. I have 20 copies of this exclusive Marian Call Poster ready to go. When they are gone, they are gone. I will update this post when they are sold out. ON EDIT: 16 LEFT! I drew this especially for Marian's first Cleveland appearance in Cleveland. Each one is signed by me (not by Marian, but you can get it signed by Marian when she goes on tour again.) Cost is $20 which includes shipping and handling.
Art Sale: Vampire Waitress
This is one of my favorite prints. I didn't think I had any more of them, but lo and behold I was able to dig up four of them! It's called Vampire Waitress and was a lot of fun for me to draw.
Because these are so rare, I'm pricing it at $45.00. I will post when all four are gone. So order now! Also, copies of the canvas print "Zombie Trick Or Treat" are still available!
Art Sale: Rare Monster Art!
I've got a very interesting package of rare monster art that is up for grabs this time. Some of this art are the ONLY PRINTS AVAILABLE. I had one printed off and then I never did another one. Here's what I have. First up, The Mummy Returns:
Remember in the earlier paragraph that I said this was the ONLY PRINT AVAILABLE? Well, this is THE ONLY PRINT AVAILABLE. It depicts a mummy coming to life a la Jack Davis style. It's beautiful and you must own it.
And now, The Creature Walks Among Us:
There are only three of these prints that I know of. One is framed and hanging in my basement. The second was given as a gift to Joel Hodgson of MST3K. And the third can be yours! I don't know why I didn't get more of these printed up. They were very influenced by "Horror At Party Beach."
Because of the extreme rarity of these prints, I am pricing it accordingly. But come on, you'll be one of only 3 people who have the one print and THE ONLY PERSON who has the other. I'm going to let these rarities go for $130.00.
So go forth and buy! As soon as it sells, I'll close this post. Good luck!
Jawbone #284: No Soap
First show of 2011. Time is Running Out. No Soap. Facebook. More. Enjoy!
2010: Wait, Where Are You Going? Stick Around...
Tonight is the last Thursday of the year 2010. It's also the night we usually record our podcast. Frankly, I don't see that happening. If you've noticed, it's been harder and harder for Nora and I to record a show. Plus the holidays have only compounded that feeling of shirking our normal duties. So with that, I feel it would be easier just to write an end of year blog post. It will be much more succinct than me recording a show and I can do it in roughly the same time.
I'm nothing if not efficient.
I feel this year,more than any other year in recent memory, deserves a proper blog post only because 2010 has been more unexpected and amazing for me and my family than I had ever anticipated it being. So much so, that this may be the first time I can remember that I kind of want the remnants of the old year to hang around long enough to permeate into the new year. For the first time, I'm not anxious to rush the old out so quickly. I know this sounds so strange, especially given the fact that there are lots of people I know who want to see this past year taken out back, beaten and burned alive. This year has been full of hardships for many of my friends and family. And we've struggled with some really, really scary moments this past year. But overall, I'm genuinely happy with the past year, with all it's complexities, fear and uncertainty. And I hope that more of the good is to come in 2011.
First off, if you have been following me on Twitter or been watching my extracurricular outside of Jawbone, you would know that my Geek A Week project has been an incredible success, moreso than I ever imagined it being. This may be the first time in my creative life that I feel something I have started has turned into precisely what I wanted it to be. Even with all the unexpected success of my other projects like Monster By Mail and Flipface, Geek A Week seemed to be the culmination of years of work and days and days of artistry, persistence and creativity.
Geek A Week still has another two months left on it, and I don't want to write everything about it right now. I want to save that up for the end of the project. But suffice to say, I couldn't imagine a more wonderful and fulfilling project to work on that Geek A Week. I look forward to seeing what it has to bring in 2011.
Of course, I can't let a year end blog post go by without mentioning the incredible support of the fans of my work who have helped motivate me and fill my inbox with such wonderfully kind words. Certainly, all the support of Trace Beaulieu's book "Silly Rhymes For Belligerent Children" has been overwhelming and tremendous. Trace and I are so profoundly proud of that piece of work. I am honored to have been given the chance to work on something like that. It's the kind of project I dreamed of working on growing up, It's as if all my years of goofing off and cartooning has finally paid off. It was an honor to have my heroes from MST3K read portions of the book at DragonCon in Atlanta, and it was so edifying to see all the positive response to something that Trace and I not only worked so hard on, but also had so much fun creating together.
For all those people who came out to the three w00tstocks I was so lucky to be a part of, saw me create and work and were introduced to my artwork, thank you so much. w00tstock was a such an incredible experience, and as I was working on them, I tried to savor as much as it as I could. I know opportunities like that don't come around that often, especially for a relatively unknown cartoonist like myself. I'm so proud to have been able to participate in them, I'm glad to meet all these new fans and I'm so happy so many people liked my stuff enough to purchase a poster or two from me.
I have met so many wonderful people this past year, made so many new and amazing friendships in 2010, done things I never thought I'd be able to do like have a live concert in my house, attend Comic Con and meet and talk to so many of my personal heroes, it's easy to understand why I'm a little reluctant to let it leave. If you've been listening to the interviews I've been doing for Geek A Week, you'll know that one of the questions I've been asking the people I've been interviewing is "If you could have two superpowers, what would those be and why?" I've never formally answered my own question, but here at the tail end of the year, if I am asking myself that question my answer would be something like this:
"My superpowers would be to stretch time. Not in the literal sense where I am stretching it to give me more time to do the things I want, but a physical sense. I want to be able to pull the momentum of the wonderful experiences from this past year and finger paint them into the new year. I want to apply some of that magic and happiness and brilliance to the new year and watch it continue. I can only imagine what could become of that...
And for my second superpower, I'd like to teleport. Not only because it would be cool, but then I could avoid TSA screeners..."
Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for helping make 2010 one of the best years of my life. For reals.…
Jawbone #283: Merry Christmas 2010
Christmas 2010 with our family. Enjoy!
Jawbone #282: Dating Ourselves
On tonight's show, Nora and I get topical. Banking. Again. TSA. Lebron. Arsenic. And much more. Check it out!
Jawbone #281: Huge Guy Part 2
We're back with a new show! Nora's second encounter with yet another huge guy. Weird Halloween candy. The winner of our huge guy contest. You're eating his face!
Jawbone #280: Huge Guy Reminisces
CNN fallout. Sunny D and Rum. My new wife's name. Huge Guy. Enjoy the show!
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION PORTION:
(record this scene called "Huge Guy Reminisces" by either calling the GeekLine at 216.236.GEEK or recording it and sending it jawboneradio AT gmail dot com. The best reading done without laughing will get a prize pack featuring a pack of Geek A Week cards and a collection of books including a copy of "Silly Rhymes For Belligerent Children". This is what the huge guy actually said to Nora:)
"My breakup came out of left field. I went home because I live with my girlfriend. I took a shower. She took a shower. We made love. Which was awesome. Powerful. She even told me it was the most passionate lovemaking we've ever done. And now - it's all over."
Jawbone #279:At What Point Do You Start Letting Your Dog Poop In Your Board Games?
New Show. New Fall Season. Walking Dead. Three Stooges. Laurel and Hardy. Enjoy! Download now.…
We're back after our longest hiatus ever. Brought back from the depths with a brand new show featuring fascinating talk about Spider Solitaire and self-important talk of meeting celebs in Atlanta. Enjoy and if you like the show, please subscribe! Downloa…
Jawbone #277: Stabbed In The Eye
Our wrapup of Comic Con and w00tstock. Thanks for listening! Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #276: I Love You Cleveland
Regionalism. Harvey, LeBron and Steinbrenner. Blinko's. Waking up in Sushitown. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe! Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #275: A Brick Of Gross
Man loses arm. Nora and I are different. Melt Grilled Cheeses. Man Vs. Food. Extremely Large Beagle. Enjoy the show! Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #274: All w00ted Out
On this show, it's all about the w00tstock wrap-up. I chat about the aftermath of my experience in Chicago and Minneapolis and what it was like drawing in front of 600 and 700 person crowds. Also, Nora chats about a mimicking neighbor. Photo of me by rian…
Jawbone #273: Antici-PATION
Solocast with W00tStock anticipation chat. MUSIC: Mike Phirman | The Very Last Songs I Will Ever Record (Volume 1) Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #272: Happy Birthday Pancake!
Tonight, we welcome our son Patrick as he celebrates his 15th birthday. He regales us with tales of what makes him embarrassed and also plays some Coulton and "Bleatles" on his guitar for us. Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download…
Jawbone #271: The Windows To The Soul
Tonight's show, we discuss my upcoming appearance at W00tstock Chicago and Minneapolis, my experience with drawing people, and the next fashion trend. Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #270:Nein Nunb Is My Co-Pilot
On tonight's show, we talk about ugly folk, freaks, Tod Browning and my night at Dr. Sketchy drawing hot models. Thanks for listening and if you like the show, please subscribe! Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download now.…
Jawbone #269: You Say Penalta. I Say Pedolta.
On this episode of Jawbone (first new one in two weeks!) we chat about a weird story from my travels, a beard of ants, Crystal Bowersox and more. Thanks for listening! Music: MC Frontalot | Zero Day Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Do…
OUR NEW PODCAST: Geek A Week!
So sickness has overtaken the household, so unfortunately, we don't have a new show for you this week. (Plus, we're off next week for the holiday.) Luckily for you though, you still have something to listen to! For the first time in five years, I have sta…
Jawbone #268: Welcome Back, 70's! (REPOST)
On this episode, Nora and I talk about such diverse topics as powdered milk, problems with cable TV and our quest to interview Ke$ha. Thanks for listening! Music: MC Frontalot | Charity Case Leave us a voicemail message: 216.236.GEEK! RSS feed. Download n…
Jawbone #267: I Am Len Pain
On tonight's show, we record the show twice, something we haven't done in quite a while. But I think the show came out better the second time anyway. Thanks to all those in the chatroom who actually got two shows for the price of one. Tonight we talk abou…
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