we had a wonderful time at our very first WonderCon in Anaheim, CA! we knew that the show was going to be a good one, and it didn’t disappoint. the best part was that Disneyland was literally across the street so of course we ventured in there a little. just the Downtown Disney part though. =)
this convention will be the last one that all 3 of us will be attending together until Awesome Con in Washington, DC in June. Bryan “Flash” Turner is back in Burbank, CA working for Warner Bros. Studio Animation and he’ll be attending less east coast conventions this year.
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.
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!!!
come and find us at New York Comic Con this weekend – ARTIST ALLEY TABLES N12-N13-N14! we’ll have prints, comics, and original art with us. and of course, we’ll be doing sketches all weekend long. see you guys there!
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.
we’re plugging away at all the work for The Blueprint 2 and we’ll be sending out surveys via kickstarter soon for those that backed it. in the meantime, we’ll be headed out to Baltimore Comic Con this weekend! come and see us in the artist alley – TABLES A112, A113, A114!
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!