Monthly Archives: February 2012

Giveaway time, yay!

It’s giveaway time! I’m giving away 3 custom sketches – on a topic of your choice (within reason), mailed to your door, or, if you have a favourite piece of art in my gallery or like one of my comics, you can request the original lineart or an original page! I can’t promise it’ll be something I’m willing to part with, but chances are good, so ask away!

Additionally, I will mail envelopes off to 5 extra people with a few goodies in – some miniprints, stickers or badges! (Sketch winners will get these too)

Three ways to enter (or you can do more than one for an extra entry!):

Twitter: Follow @sallythompson on twitter and tweet this post (or RT one of my tweets about it). Be sure to mention @sallythompson in the tweet so I spot it!

FB: Like Sally Jane Thompson  and share this post on FB (drop me a comment here or on the FB page to let me know you have! 🙂

Blog: Comment here with a link to a piece of art (in the gallery, on the blog, etc) which you’d like to see as a print or merchandise (you can follow the blog by RSS too if you’re feeling nice! 🙂

I’ll leave this up for a week, and pick winners at random on Sun 19th Feb!

Simples! And while we’re on the shameless self-promotion bandwagon, don’t forget you can buy copies of From and Candy Bag, a well as other goodies, in my Etsy shop (will be adding more listings in the next few days), or if you don’t have Etsy just drop me a line via the contact page 🙂

Thanks guys! You rock!

*UPDATE*

Hey guys, thanks so much for the RTs, Likes and merch feedback!

All the winners have Twitter accounts, but I promise that’s not a purposeful bias, Facebookers!

@iamchriswright, @hollyphotobooth and @kradlum have won custom sketches or original lineart! Yay! Get in touch with your addresses, and let me know what you’d like! You can pick a sketch topic of choice, or feel free to ask about the original art of any of my work online that you like, in case it’s available and I’m willing to part with it! 🙂

@littlegamgee, @sheriffstocky, @thatnattherat, @debbiecooper and @lovelylee_g have all won some extra goodies, so send over your addresses and I’ll pop those in the post! 🙂

Thanks again guys! Will do this again sometime ^_~

Hourly Comics Day / What do you want / From!

Last week was Hourly Comics Day, wherein cartoonists do some cartooning every hour about what’s been going on the past hour, throughout the day. It’s an absolutely wonderful glimpse into peoples’ lives, and there are *sooo* many wonderful comics posted in the forums here.

I wanted to try it this year, but thought twice as the day it fell on, I was going to be at a funeral. In the end I did, and the comic is up at the Small Stories site (unfortunately a recent plugin update means I’ve got to figure out a new way to get the first in an update to show on the front page, so for now you’ll have to backtrack or “jump to episode” – sorry!)

Although thinking about your own life probably isn’t the most compassionate response to a friend’s death, it’s a natural part of it, and while my first thought of that kind was about my own spouse and how I would feel if I lost him, I also got to thinking about my work. An accident happening to someone who’s still young me realize that for all I know I really could just be around a little longer – and what do I want to do in that time?

This response from Brian Wood on why he sticks with more serious stories struck me at the time, but resonates even more so now. The swell of positivity around creator-owned comics right now and the growth of consumer funding make me feel like, although they will likely always be hard to fund and/or find a home for, I want to make my own stories a significant focus/direction in my career. I’d still like to do other people’s stories too – other people have wonderful visions too, and even lighter or licensed things keep me fresh and teach me new things. But if I could achieve at least a 50% level of my own works, that would be amazing, and is something (some scary, difficult, awesome thing) to aim for.

What about you guys? What do you want to do?

In other news, after a new years break, my South African travelogue webcomics From is back! Don’t forget that you can buy print copies of the first volume of From, with redone hand-lettered text, some redone drawings, and lovely recycled paper, at my Etsy store – or just email me if you don’t have Etsy! 🙂