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Happy Birthday, EMG!!

In the first week of October, 1993, 17-year-old me overcame my natural shyness to take samples of my stationery - well-received by penpals, but otherwise unreleased to the world - around to my high school acquaintances and friends. A few hundred dollars of heady sales later, the experiment was declared a success, and I buckled down and bought a business license. Started with just $80, Ellen Million Graphics was born!

Four designs were available at first, including this one (which remained a best seller for years!):



and the left two of these images:



To kick off our celebration, I am running a little introductory poll, and giving away the original cover of Dragons, Fairies and Fantasy Horses. The text was printed, then I drew all the figures around it - there are pencil marks on the original indicating where an artist list would go, as well as a few sketch marks. No charge for entering the drawing, just give me your address using the poll! (It will not be used for anything else, promise!)



Poll #1936641 EMG's 20th Anniversary Poll (#1)

When and where did you first hear about EMG? (Expand in the comments, if you'd prefer!)

Which branches of EMG have you personally used, as a customer or as an artist?

Sketch Fest
9(25.0%)
Fantasy Art Shop
4(11.1%)
EMG-Zine
6(16.7%)
Portrait Adoption
4(11.1%)
Torn World
2(5.6%)
Coloring Books
6(16.7%)
Print Services
1(2.8%)
Fantastic Portfolios
0(0.0%)
Something else?
4(11.1%)

Can you pick a favorite?

Sketch Fest
7(53.8%)
Fantasy Art Shop
1(7.7%)
EMG-Zine
0(0.0%)
Portrait Adoption
0(0.0%)
Torn World
0(0.0%)
Coloring Books
1(7.7%)
Print Services
0(0.0%)
Fantastic Portfolios
0(0.0%)
Something Else?
1(7.7%)
No, I can't pick just one!
3(23.1%)

Enter your address to win the original cover of Dragons, Fairies and Fantasy Horses!



Also coming up today: a Guppy-of-the-day, sharing my glee, some cooking, and hopefully a little writing and artwork.

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frigg
Oct. 1st, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Were you reading ElfQuest?
julnar
Oct. 1st, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
I so remember that dragon!! I have so many old favorites - I love the girl in the green dress sitting wrapped in a dragon's wings. I also love the traveling dragon on your postcards, with the various stickers on his suitcase :)
kelkyag
Oct. 1st, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
I still have some of that dragon stationary. :) Must write more letters!
laylalawlor
Oct. 3rd, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, congratulations! It's amazing that you've been doing it so long.
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