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Faeries of the Faultlines

We were going to publish a really nice article to help our friend Iris Compiet get the word out about her Kickstarter project, and hopefully find her a few additional backers. I’m not sure we need to now… And all we can say is… Wow! I think at this point after only seven days it’s best for us to sit back and simple enjoy Iris’ breathtaking artwork and very successful book project. Go Iris! You’ll be at 100k before you know it.

If you want a copy of the Faeries of the Faultlines, join us and a thousand others and back the project at bit.ly/faeriesfaultlines. We can’t wait for the Kickstarter to end, so Iris can finish the book and start fulfilling orders. March 2018 can’t come soon enough.

Pizzeria Disgusto – a new book by Michael Hacker

From the freaky and wonderful mind of Michael Hacker comes Pizzeria Disgusto. His Kickstarter campaign is at full speed now and it’s worth checking out. We’ve been a fan of Michael’s work for years, we even hired him to create our Sasquatch MC Hoodie for our apparel brand Saltopus many moons ago. His illustrations and humorous style are just too much fun not to love.

If Pizzeria Disgusto tickles your twisted sense of humour and makes you giggle when you know you probably shouldn’t, you can back the project by making a pledge. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of the book and some awesome stickers once the campaign ends!

Visit Kickstarter: bit.ly/pizzeriadisgusto
Official Website: pizzeriadisgusto.com

Strangehollow & Faeries of the Faultlines

We’ve always supported amazing illustrators and artists by buying their products and books if we can, but we know from personal experience (Mail Me Art, Showcase 100, Saltopus) what a huge financial burden it is to produce anything more than a couple of dozen copies of a product. Even then, if you were to sell every copy of your “short run” (which will normally be POD if you’re lacking funds) you’ll still be out of pocket unless you are printing and selling several thousand copies when you take all the costs into account.

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Emily Hare and Iris Compiet, two artists we love and admire are in this boat at the moment! Emily currently has an awesome Kickstarter campaign on the go (ends May 11th) and Iris has one starting in June. Kickstarter is an excellent way to support the artists you love and get something in return. Seeing artists like Emily Hare have the funds upfront (20k and counting) to be able to produce her Strangehollow book is fantastic! I know Kickstarter doesn’t work for everyone, but being able to secure your customers before investing several thousand into production is a godsend for illustrators who create beautiful work, but don’t otherwise have the funds or assurances to bring it to the masses. Illustrators don’t want your charity, what they want to do is create and share their work by getting their products to market to support themselves, like any other business.

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If you enjoy an artist’s work and they’re running a Kickstarter campaign or selling products, support them by making a purchase or pledge. Doing this allows them to do what they do and continue to create new and wonderful illustrations for your enjoyment.

Make a pledge to Emily Hare’s Strangehollow
bit.ly/Strangehollow

Follow Iris Compiet’s Faeries of the Faultlines
facebook.com/events/215281305637808
facebook.com/faeriesofthefaultlines/

Matt Dixon’s Transmissions 3

Robots are awesome and they always have been! There are only a few days left to nab yourself a copy of Matt Dixon’s robot art book, Transmissions 3 via Kickstarter. So there’s no time to dawdle, visit kck.st/2kQtlLC and make a pledge.

Matt’s robot illustrations really are amazing and so much fun. He’s already met his target, so it’s just a case of pledging now and waiting for the book to be printed up and delivered.

Kickstarter: kck.st/2kQtlLC
Portfolio: mattdixon.co.uk

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck

The Everyday Witch Tarot deck was illustrated by Elisabeth Alba and we love it! It’s a fun, practical, easy-to-use deck for every witch and we can’t wait to get hold of a copy. As you can see, Elisabeth’s illustrations are charming and absolutely gorgeous.

Written by Deborah Blake and published by Llewellyn Worldwide the 78-card deck comes in a box kit with a magnetic enclosure that also includes a 264 page full color guidebook. etsy.com/listing/493198464/everyd…

First things first.

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It’s a little bit late, but happy New Year guys! Mail Me Art: Open All Hours (MMA4) is still going strong, although we’ve been a bit lately quiet on that front. We’ve decided to delay the exhibition and latest book for the minute and start the ball rolling on them again in late 2016 which will be followed by the launch of Mail Me Art: Apocalypse (MMA5). However, this does mean that MMA4 is now open again for submissions and all you need if you’d like to take part is the Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet (MMA3) book. The reason for the delay is that the LCS is currently working on a complete redesign of the illustration promotional service Hire An Illustrator and it’s no small feat. Once that’s complete we’ll be fully updating Mail Me Art’s website and social pages and further integrating them into the Little Chimp Society to turn the LCS into the creative community hub we always intended it to be.

The awesome bit of mail art above was sent to us just before Christmas by our friend Beach and I’m sad to say today… RIP David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), legend.

Saltopus Halloween Sale!

Saltopus Halloween Sale

We’re pushing the boat out this Halloween with a special spooktacular clearance sale! We have a limited number of our artist tees with 66.6% off and we’ve even discounted some of our most popular t-shirts with 31% off. Stock is limited and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Visit saltopus.com to nab yourself a bargain! For FREE UK postage as an added bonus use the coupon code: ZOMBIE

Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

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Saltopus and Andy Smith have teamed up to create this iconic t-shirt! Andy Smith is a hand lettering supremo and Saltopus sell awesome t-shirts and apparel which means them working together is a match made in heaven.

If you weren’t aware Saltopus is run by the same people who run the LCS! We love Andy’s work and we have done for years, so being able to work with him on this t-shirt was a dream come true. You can buy the tees directly from saltopus.com and they ship internationally. Available in sizes S-XL and you can pay with most major credit cards via PayPal. What are you waiting for?!

Buy Now: Saltopus x Andy Smith Impending Doom T-Shirt

The Captivating Art of Jason Limon

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We’re always happy to see Jason Limon‘s work pop up in our Facebook feed. He’s a very creative and talented artist with an unbelievable consistency. I think we’ve been following his work since 2007, when he took part in the first Mail Me Art. We’ve still got his mail art in storage… I think. We might have to fish that out. :)

His weird and furry creatures are awesome! I’d really love to purchase two or three of his original paintings, but I might have to settle for prints, as is normally the way when you’re a minor league art collector. And don’t even get me started on how amazing his sculptures are!

Check out the rest of Jason’s work at… limon-art.com.

Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop

With just over 20 days to go, Jeff Miracola‘s acrylic painting technique DVD Kickstarter is well on its way to hitting double its pledge goal. You might be asking why is this news worthy, well we love Jeff’s work at the LCS and… it shows that people really do want original fantasy art and there is genuine interest in how it’s created. Jeff does a fantastic job of presenting his work and his videos are brilliant. He took part in our Mail Me Art project a few years ago and he even did a WIP video for that, so thank you for being awesome Jeff!

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Please support Jeff and fantasy art in general by backing this awesome Kickstarter project. You won’t be disappointed and I’m pretty sure whatever you pledge you’re getting good value for your money.

Here’s the important Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1MiKBVy