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Kittens, Badgers and Skulls for Saltopus Apparel

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There are four new t-shirt designs over on Saltopus Apparel from illustrators we really love at the LCS. They’ve done a brilliant job and the actual t-shirts are an awesome quality too, even if we do say so ourselves.

The Killer Kitten women’s cut tee was designed Jesse Schaller and is the first of Saltopus’ girly collection. Graffiti artist SPZero76 created the gang of futurists badgers for the Raygun Space Badgers tee, we really love those badgers! The third design is from David Habben with the last being a combination of Brian Allen’s logo and Michael Hacker’s skulls.

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In case you were wondering, Saltopus Apparel is an LCS business and we’re always on the look out for new talent to bring new designs to life for the brand. We find most of our illustrators at hireanillustrator.com, so get onboard if you’d like to work for Saltopus designing awesome t-shirts.

If you love illustration and think the t-shirt are a bit of alright, head over to saltopus.com and pick one up! They ship internationally and the postage is reasonable, but if you’re UK based you can get free postage on everything until Monday with the coupon code SUMMERLOVE. All sales will help Saltopus grow, which means they can hire more illustrators, and you’ll be supporting The Little Chimp Society with every purchase you make, win-win. :)

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

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This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

WMC 6 at the Allen Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio

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Weapons of Mass Creation Festival is coming to the prestigious Allen Theatre (7-9th August). It’s the largest performing arts centre in the nation (outside of NYC), they will be providing opportunities for attendees to grow and challenge themselves at every turn.

WMC Fest tickets now on sale!

Highlights from WMC 5

Randy Gallegos: Level Up @ Krab Jab Studio, Seattle WA

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September 12th – October 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 7:30pm

I am super excited to announce this Solo Exhibition. Krab Jab Studio is an exciting working studio and exhibit space, that I had the privilege of showing at a few years ago as part of a group show on role-playing game art. I visited Seattle for the opening and wrote about it here. With the help of the indefatigable and talented Julie Baroh, we are putting together a show I’m very excited about. I haven’t hung a show this large in ever–the nearest was my Guest of Honor stint at LunaCon in 2014. In a sense, my recent show in NYC was a smaller dry run for how to manage and make sense of a show that hangs art of disparate subject matter in a cohesive way.

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You can find out more on Randy Gallegos’ blog.

The Future is Now / Are you a Little Chimp?

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Now that the LCS is free from being a news syndication site we’ll be having a small website redesign to refocus our public image and to give a better indication of our future direction. We’re still very much about art and illustration, but we’re going to be more focused on the projects and events we run, and the community we’re all part of.

We want to reach out the all the illustrators who feel they’re part of the Little Chimp Society and ask them what they want from us. Do you want more events, do you want products, do you want more articles about the industry? Can you contribute or offer your services?

If you have any thoughts on the LCS or just want to say hello, email Darren at theape@thelittlechimpsociety.com.

Image by David M. Buisán for Rocket Magazine from 2010. Check out more of his work at buisanart.com.

The Little Chimp says “No More”

Thank you to everyone who’s submitted news to the LCS over the years, but we’re reclaiming the site and community, and no longer accepting public submissions. There’s no need to worry, we’re not going anywhere. It’s just the LCS has changed and it’s about time our website caught up with us. Onwards and upwards!

SALE!!! Showcase 100 prints now 1/2 price!

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This is your last chance to pick up one of the Showcase 100 prints! Come Monday, all of the prints will be removed from the shop and for this weekend only all of the prints are half price. We only have one copy of each print and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

The prints are super high quality and were part of the London exhibition earlier in the year. There are loads to choose from, created by the most awesome bunch of artists and illustrators you can imagine.

Shown is the work of Michael Hacker, Mark Hammermeister, Kim Herbst, John Joven, Mike Nash, Marc Scheff and Primary Hughes. Visit the Showcase 100 print shop to check out the rest of the fantastic artwork.