"I'm the Art Show, Deal With It!" is a tribute gallery to the "Legend of Korra", featuring 100+ artisits--including Jeff! So, for anyone thinking "Man, I wish Jeff did more Legend of Korra pieces so it couldbe part of an awesome art show/gallery dedicated to the new Avatar seriesin a show space in Los Angeles..." your wordy prayer has been answered!
Advanced tickets are on sale now, and the show opens January 19th! Woo!
Want to see some of Jeff's previous Legend of Korra work?
*You are responsible for obtaining your own pie. But you're welcome for the idea.
So much to look forward to! So little time to wait! So much pie to eat in the meantime!
Also, Celeste's new show "Nine" opened this past weekend to amazing reviews at Lyric Music Theater! You only have 2 more weekends to bask in its awesomeness and witness her insane talent in person. To learn more about "Nine" and other Lyric Music Theater productions check out LyricMusicTheater.org!
We're so busy trying to make ends meet that we haven't had time for new content.... But! You can help us stave off the Work Monster's attacks AND fund our newest projects! Make sure you get your copy of Beatrice: Volume One, today!
Get your yours today, and be one of the cool kids! Feel free to leave a review or "like" the product, in order to stay in Beatrice's good graces. ;)
PS: Want to see what Jeff and Celeste! have been up to for the past few months?! See all of Jeff's newest work on his portfolio site, and read reviews about Celeste!'s latest theater production! But never fear: new JnC! content is well on its way! Tally-ho!
Once again, we've been beaten senseless by our day jobs.... But! That doesn't mean you shouldn't have awesome things to look at!
Jeff has risen to internet superstardom thanks to his imaginative and original take on Disney's princess cast. Below are a few, randomly selected examples of that work, but the complete Twisted Princess collection (so far!) can be seen by visiting his portfolio site. Enjoy! :D
Hey, gang! We made an excutive decision to cut back on some of our less popular webcomic series (not "cut out," but "cut back" for all 2 of you die-hard Genre Squad fans out there...) in order to spend more time on our serial titles, like the previously hinted at Dead in the Water. For example: see the rough of the very first page of the series below!
We'll be posting page updates bi-weekly (opposite of Beatrice) until a whole issue is done! And then we'll make the completed issue into a printed book, and move onto the next one and the next one and the next one.... :)
Hey, kids! Since we always talk about how busy we are outside of our comic-book-lives, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak into our other worlds!
Celeste not only works a full-time job, but also volunteers full-time at a non-profit creative community center (http://lyricmusictheater.org/). Right now, she's busy producing an original fundraiser for them at the end of June. The "Choose Your Own Adventure Karaoke Musical" was the brainchild of David Surkin (the pirate in the picture), and Sean Senior (pictured below as the mad scientist) helped Celeste co-write it in record time! And to top it off, Jeff was awesome enough to do the poster art for the event. Yay!
Jeff works double-full-time as an artist in Los Angeles, not only as a 9-5er (and usually more than that...), but also independently. When not cranking out our webcomic material, he works on classwork for an artistic program he's enrolled in, his hugely popular Twisted Princess collection, assorted and amazing portfolio material, and our upcoming serial work. Oh, and not to mention managing his international celebrity status.... :)
Here's a video of a Twisted Princess-inspired performance from the Danish 2012 SVSCON:
No post this week while we recover from another attack of the dreaded Work Monster, but you can help us tolerate the terrors of regular employment by supporting our artistic endeavors! Be one of the cool kids and get your copy of Beatrice: Volume One TODAY!
"Beatrice: Volume One"--a compilation of the first 30 Beatrice comics, our original concept art, bonus origin stories, and fun activity and illustration pages--is available for purchase TODAY! Visit our listing on lulu.com to order yours now, and feel free to order it again in a month or more when we're listed with online retailers Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com! And if that ain't enough, our book will be listed with major bibliographic databases, so you can go to your favorite book or comic shop and demand that they stock this fine piece of art, literature, and adorable-murder-times. Demand it!!!
[It's Monday and we're trapped in the evil clutches of paying work again! Have a throwback to Celeste's! interview from 2009....]
Q: Where did you grow up? What fictional place would you link it to? A: I like to tell people I grew up in Maine, as that is the place I’m most proud of being from, but it’d be unfair to limit my answer to that. I’m from Maine by way of Philadelphia, PA; Niagara Falls, NY; and Boston, MA. But for the sake of the next question, let’s just call me a liar and a Mainer. Maine is like Oz. Compared to the other places I’ve listed, it’s like stepping into a magical, Technicolor-enhanced land where nature controls the land more than the population does, people are nice without ulterior motive, and houses land on those that deserve crushing.
Q: When did you first seriously consider becoming a writer? What sources do you draw from in your work? A: My aspirations as a writer began as most classic stories do: it was a revenge plot. I was a musical theater major that couldn’t get cast in any musicals. (In retrospect, that was wisely decided.) Befriending some classmates in a similar predicament, we decided to write, produce, and star in our own show and prove everyone wrong. Submitting it to the school, we proved our clout as script- and songwriters, and were granted the funds to produce our show…as long as we didn’t cast ourselves. The show was produced and, not long after, my deserving friends finally won over the spotlight. Luckily, I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. Stylistically, I draw a lot of my voice from the TV shows I like: Spaced, Buffy, Clone High…. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I watch a lot of television and movies, but the writing I see and hear there is very inspirational for me.
Q: What kinds of written work have you attempted, aside from comic books? How do they compare? A: I actually ended up co-writing 3 musicals, while in college. After those, I was convinced that I couldn’t write dialogue to save my life so I took a playwriting class, wherein I wrote the first draft of Saving Eva. Scriptwriting and comic writing are very similar for me because I essentially use the same process. I believe in allowing the artist to interpret the work independently, as opposed to dictating exactly what he or she should draw per page or per panel. (Luckily for me, Jeff's extraordinary in that and many other respects.) In the past, I worked briefly as a video game reviewer and essayist. Presently, when not working on our comics, I'm penning a novel of debatable quality.
Q: Describe your partnership with Jeff. A: Working with Jeff is one of the most natural-feeling partnerships I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. We’re on the same wave-length. Not only does he understand my humor and comedic-timing, but he knows when it’s not working as it should and can communicate that. He knows how to brainstorm and he knows how to edit; it makes all the difference! It sounds trite, but we really complement each other.
Q: Who is your favorite character you’ve ever created? And do you base characters on people you know? A: I tend to relate most to the grounding-force characters like Eva from Saving Eva or Zombie from Genre Squad; the ones who think they are a voice of reason in cacophony of weirdness (when really, they're only adding to the noise). However, like any good parent, I love them all of our characters equally for their own, individual reasons. ...That being said, Mom and Dad from Saving Eva are beyond my control and that's the best feeling a creator can ask for. I really don’t base characters on anyone I know. Sure, if I catch something that a friend or family member does or says that I find particularly hilarious, it’ll undoubtedly make its way into a script…. But I’d be too nervous to assign a character to any person; I wouldn’t want to insult them by how I represent the personality.
Q: Do you have any side projects planned? A: I'm active in the theater and dance community, so when not writing, I tend to spend a lot of time there. But other writing-related projects include getting back to my songwriting roots and improving upon the quality of my first novel attempt.
Q: Tell us 10 facts about yourself. A: -Jim Henson is my hero. I wanted to be a puppeteer when I was younger and actually studied some puppet construction in college. That’s something I could really get into. -I’m a middle child, but hope I don’t act like one. -I’m not the only writer in my family. In fact, I’m not even the best writer in my family. -Regarding training, I’ve only taken that one playwriting class I mentioned earlier. That is, other than what public school English classes provided. …Which actually was considerable, depending on the teacher. -Deep down, I’m a reclusive cat-lady. I just can’t afford it to be reclusive or a cat-lady, yet. -My hair hasn’t been its natural hair color since 7th grade. -I’ve had glasses since I was 8. They’re my favorite accessory. -I’m pretty darn geeky. I love video games, I play DnD, I write comic books…. -I actually haven’t read that many comic books. Enough to get me through a conversation, but nothing comparable to other comic book writers. …I probably shouldn’t have admitted that. -That being said, Batman is my superhero of choice.