October 1st, 2013

EMG

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.
enough time

Goals: 9 month review

(Can you believe we're 3/4 through the year?!)

good progress, done!, not started

Artwork:
(these goals may overlap)

*A least two sketches for each Sketch Fest - so far, well on track!
*6 color pieces or paintings - all finished! I'd still like to do a larger piece or two.
*6 Portrait Adoption pieces, finished for submission - 5 down!
*6 stamp/card images, finished in ink
*6 Torn World pieces (sketches at least) - Blew this out outta the water!
*2 complex coloring book pages - Three completely done, one partly inked and two in the sketch stage! WOOT.

Writing:

*2 non-fiction pieces. One is drafted, a second one partly outlined.
*25 short stories - at least 15 of which should be Torn World Big Plot stories and 2 of which should NOT be Torn World stories. - 19 stories here, all 19 of which are towards Big Plot things at Torn World. Clearly, I have been focused. Perhaps TOO focused.
*6 poems. - 9 finished!
*Revise the Upheaval novel with an eye towards either selling it, or releasing it as a serial in 2014. - no progress, though I have THOUGHT about it a few times.

Personal Career:

*Submit at least 12 things to paying markets or licencors. Art, fiction or non-fiction, short, long... whatever. I'm a big chicken about submitting and I need to get over that already. - I've done this with art, but really should with some writing, too.
*Finish Rails (so very, very close!) and release it as an ebook. (Plus print copy?? Kickstarter?? Illustrate it if we meet stretch goals??) - Writing done, and released at the webpage! Though there may be a demand for some extras, depending on the Kickstarter. Still noodling about how/when/whether to do that Kickstarter.
*Finish my own coloring book, print it through Dateline, and decide whether or not I will continue publishing coloring books as a whole. Kickstart this? - Kickstarter was wildly successful. Need to finish one more piece, as promised, and do the printing. Also still need to compile the *Asterix mini coloring book. Want to get that all out this month!!
*Continue with freelance programming. 4 hours a week is my goal here, including work sponsored via Sketch Fest, etc. - Some weeks I manage this. Some, I don't. The last few weeks have been pretty good, considering.

EMG:

*Re-evaluate Commission-Control. - Still haven't given this more than a token of brainpower, though I do occasionally have ideas for it. I think it is marinating nicely, actually.
*Expand and start advertising Portrait Adoption (big new feature upcoming!) - I have a programming plan of attack in mind here. It should be awesome, but it will not be easy. I have started this, if barely.
*Set up EMG-Zine to be non-updating, purge out the login pages, feature some of the best. Kickstart Volume 4? Really need to see more interest here before I push that. - mostly done.
*Evaluate coloring books. - in progress (see above)
*Get more active at Fantastic Portfolios as a critic. - Here and there.
*Monthly Sketch Fests. Continue to improve the site. - Oh yeah!
*Get Torn World out of the meander it's currently in and start pushing the big North Meets South plotline. Release something that furthers that plot every week. By the end of the year, pass Pure on the timeline, at the VERY least. I'd prefer to be further along than that. - Still mostly on course for this! Layla's story wraps up in two more installments, I've got two written after that, with probably two, maybe three more that need written after that, then the comic will run... and I'm taking a bit of a break. I will NOT be getting to Pure in the timeline, but I'm still REALLY pleased with our progress here. I may put what we've got together into an e-book early next year.