well, that’s a wrap on our book signings for THE BLUEPRINT 2. at least, for now it is. we’re still waiting to schedule one more shop in NY, but news on that will come when we have that solid. thank you SO SO MUCH to the awesome shops that partnered with us to help make the book happen. we won’t make this book a 1-and-done situation, we promise. we’re all working to make sure we can tell OUR stories and bring it to the world.
we had a packing party for our book THE BLUEPRINT 2 to ship to our Kickstarter backers! we’ll be starting to mail them out this week and with any luck, everyone in the U.S. will have them by February! international orders always take longer but fingers crossed they’ll get to their destinations in February as well. thanks to everyone who supported the project and also for their incredible patience as we were waiting to get the books and swag in the mail.
we have hopes that soon, folks who missed out on the kickstarter will have a chance to buy the book online. if not at one central online shop, at the very least from any of the three ID STUDIOS members’ online shops. but more on that at a later time. OR you can follow our facebook page– facebook.com/IdentityComicsStudio – to stay current on the goings-on of the studio (if you don’t already).
hope everyone is having a great new year so far. we sure are! our kickstarter books THE BLUEPRINT 2 arrived earlier this week!!! there’s over 500 copies here and we’re so excited to spread them all over the place. if you’re looking for some fun reads and flip thru cool sketches, you need this book in your collection.
half comics, half visual development, 100% creator-owned! our kickstarter backers are the real heroes, believing in our fun idea. we have a lot of work to do to get them out to backers. then we’re bringing them to all of our comic cons! we also have some signings for them at all of our favorite comic shops and we’re locking in those dates now.
the wonderful folks at Global PSD did an awesome job with printing these books! they’re absolutely perfect and the best quality books we’ve ever self-published. we have so much excitement!
first off, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! hope everyone had a happy holidays and a safe start to 2017. sorry we haven’t updated this page in a few months. as usual, the end of the year we get really swept up in the holidays. we make up for all the time we’re away at conventions and we spend as much time as we can with family during the holidays. and that’s on top of just regular work on freelance projects as well as personal. so just a quick recap of what we weren’t able to post after we got back from New York Comic Con.
we spent the rest of october and into november preparing for CTN Expo, the animation convention out in Burbank, CA. it’s a really big trip for us since we’re coming all the way from Maryland so we make sure we bring our A-game when we go. we each made new sketchbooks to show and sell at our table. we even got to meet and chat with animation legend Leo D. Sullivan.
we also made a little mini preview of our kickstarter book “The Blueprint 2” to show studios and pitch ideas. and just in time for it, we got our 1 advance copy of the actual book before going to the show, so we brought that for folks to flip thru. we had a lot of great and positive feedback so we’re excited to bring it with us to conventions this year. here’s a little flip-thru of the advance copy.
afterwards, the holidays were in full effect. we were working on projects but spent a lot of time with family. however, we did manage to get our stickers back for our kickstarter backers! the rest of them we will be bringing to comic conventions to sell at our tables! we also placed our orders for the pins that are part of the kickstarter as well. those are being made as we speak and hopefully in our hands before the month is out.
we also teamed up with an awesome comic shop in Ashburn, VA called Comic Logic VA to do one of their Drink & Draw events. Jerry & Flash taught the group how to draw Superman and Poison Ivy. Peng drew an exclusive pinup for the shop featuring those characters plus one of the shop owners as baby Groot.
other than that, we’ve been busy drawing and we’re looking forward to bringing more IDSTUDIOS art into more people’s hands! and it starts with these BLUEPRINT 2 books!!!
we have been crazy busy trying to get these pages for The Blueprint 2 drawn, colored, and lettered to send to the printers next week. we haven’t been able to do much else really, except attend Baltimore Comic Con the other weekend. we certainly wouldn’t miss that.
thank you again to everyone that backed our kickstarter! we’ve recently sent out our backer surveys so if you’re one of them, please be sure to fill out the survey as soon as you can. we’d like to include YOUR name on our Thank You page but that would prove difficult if you don’t fill out the survey.
well, if you’ve been following our IDSTUDIOS Facebook Page or our individual pages, you probably know by now that our very first kickstarter was successfully funded!!! we even managed to create some stretch goals in order to make the finished product of The Blueprint 2 as beautiful as we can make it. so now, all the books will be hardcover, include a dust jacket, and have some nice spot gloss. cuz we fancy!
HUGE HUGE THANK YOUS to everyone that pledged and shared for helping us turn this book into a reality. if you backed the kickstarter, you’ll get updates periodically as we put the book together. as far as updates on this website, it may be a little while before we’re able to update much. each of us are working hard to finish the art. half of the art in the book is complete, the other half is what we’re powering through now.
somehow, between all the work we’re doing for our book as well as our other projects, we’re going to be attending Baltimore Comic Con on Labor Day weekend! see you there!
we have had so many updates to our kickstarter since we launched on 7/11. thank u so much to those of u that pledged early and spread the word about it. we know we’re asking for a good amount of money, but we really want to create the best-looking product that we can make. we want to have something that we can be really proud of to show people our stories as well as give our fans and followers something worthy of their bookshelves.
so we’ve added some new tiers, reduced the prices on other tiers – all to make the book and its perks more accessible to everyone. check out ALL of our updates on the UPDATE tab on our kickstarter page – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/822502594/the-blueprint-2/updates. our latest update is that we will be giving away a PDF of Hyperboyand Return of the Way from THE BLUEPRINT 1st issue with every physical copy of the new book pledged on the kickstarter! since The Blueprint was created 10 years ago, we don’t have any more copies of it to sell or show. (there may only be one existing copy among the entire studio.) but we do have the digital files. we’ve had a couple of people ask where #1 is since this is for #2. keep in mind that both Hyperboy and Return of the Way for The Blueprint 2 are reimaginings of the stories. they are not a continuation from #1 and, if you pledge for a physical copy of #2, you will see the growth of the stories as well as the art for both of them.
our kickstarter is now LIVE! we want to be able to put this book with these stories in your hands but we can’t do it without your support! i know we may be asking for a lot but we promise to pour every bit of our hearts and souls into the project to make sure we have the best quality product we can make. and we’ve got some fun swag up for grabs too! not to mention more serious pledge rewards like commissions and even original pages.
please check out what we’re trying to bring to you and consider a pledge. share with your friends and let’s create fun art together!
ID Comics Studios will be launching its first KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN on JULY 11, 2016 – and we want u to join us for the party! use this hashtag #IDBLUEPRINT2 to spread the word!! the kickstarter will be for an anthology book of short stories – all illustrated by the 3 studio members Jerry Gaylord, Bryan K Turner, and Penelope R. Gaylord. we will be working with some great writer friends – Kenny Groom and Jeffrey & Susan Bridges – to give these stories the fun, strong backbones that they need. we’ll have some great rewards for those that are willing to support the project with us to make this nearly decade-long dream become reality!
We’ve created a Facebook Invite to remind folks of the Kickstarter’s launch date – July 11, 2016. head on over to the ID FACEBOOK PAGE to accept the invite as well as see behind-the-scenes art that we’ll be posting throughout the campaign. wear ur party shirts, kids, cuz it’s gonna be fun times!
hey guys! well we’ve managed to survive the first half of comic con season with our 3 back to back to back conventions behind us. we went from Virginia Beach to Orlando to Washington DC and now we’re home! this awesome selfie is with the cool guys of the podcast/youtube Loading Snacks! it’s always a pleasure to see them, especially at our home show of Awesome Con. we’re still gathering our pictures from each of these cons but on top of all of that, we’re thinking ahead!!!
we’re going to be launching a studio kickstarter finally with some of our stories that we’ve had floating in our brains since we started this studio like 10 years ago! phew!! we’ve been bustin our collective behinds breaking into the comics industry and recently the animation industry, all from an area where neither of those things are commonly found. and now we’re finally able to revisit our creator-owned ideas & stories with all the knowledge we’ve learned since we started this ride. the kickstarter is going to an anthology of a few short stories that will later be turned into a bigger story. more info will come as we get closer to launching it in JULY. keep an eye on our ID FACEBOOK PAGE – facebook.com/IdentityComicsStudio for more current info on that!