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Eric: A quick bit of news -- though we are not news central

Morning, everybody!

I had the following e-mail come in yesterday. It's from Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary. Now M. Tayler is one of the members of the Dudes Who Got Eric Engaged, so when he sends me e-mail, I read it quickly. You would too, if he helped get you engaged.

Well, here's what he had to say:

Quick bit of news -- I'm looking for guest artists for the next Schlock book. The book will have all the comics from June 12, 2000 through Nov 11, 2001, which means that MY contributions to the book will be artistically underwhelming at best.

I know that lots of webtoonists might be interested in this opportunity. I make no promises about inclusion, obviously. Still, the way I count it there is room for at least 20 guest pieces, including a full-page piece or two (assuming something worthy shows up.) The details are here: http://www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/index.php/2007/03/06/open-auditions-fan-art-for-print/

Now, this to me is an exciting prospect for folks. Schlock is a popular webcomic, to say the least, and the Schlock print collections are among some of the best looking webcomics collections I've ever seen. Seriously -- the Schlock books look significantly better than most of the Calvin and Hobbes collections I've seen out there. They're on glossy stock, full color, with someone having significant L337 page layout skills working on them. I've got one sitting next to me, and I'm just stunned at how good it looks.

Plus, you know, the strips in the collection are great. If, you know, content means anything to you.

My point is this. This is the kind of collection which, if you have it in your hands and page through to your guest art piece in it, will make your heart race. "Holy crap," you'll think. "I am an artist." And that would be really, really cool.

Plus, M. Tayler's one of those webcartoonists whose book collections sell in the thousands, not the hundreds. That means exposure.

Plus plus, going all the way back to the original point, this is a chance for fans of Schlock Mercenary to represent in a way that will endure on bookshelves.

Any way you look at it, this is a nice opportunity. And I'm glad to pass it along to you, the scribbling public.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at March 7, 2007 9:26 AM


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