Good News, Everyone! The Baritarian History Comic is now for sale again! Quantities are limited, but we have a shiny new shop you should check out, full of prints, cards, and original drawings!
Here’s the deal, babies. My surgery is finally scheduled for the end of September. I am just a little short of my medical expense goal, and I still need funds for the flight to the facility for me and for my husband to care for me. We have just put up a brand new shop on our website (and will be shortly shutting down Etsy). I am clearing out A LOT of ORIGINAL art, as well as prints, paper dolls, calendars, greeting cards and, yes, the comic! So please, if you ever wanted to own a piece of my original art, head over to the shop and check it out! Or spread the word!
Post-Restoration Valliet II in an outfit stolen from Visconti’s Ludwig.
Thank you! Here’s a recent post with information about commissions. The short of it is that I am not taking private commissions at the moment. Which brings me to the second question. Though I am not taking orders right now, I have just updated the Etsy store with a whole bunch of prints, cards and original art. Including, most notably, the originals of the above three paintings of gay and straight couples which I have printed on greeting cards for the last two years. I am selling these originals at a discount, and they would make lovely gifts for that special little biscuit or two in your life!
By this point (actually, back in October) I had intended to open up private commissions. A few of you contacted me about ordering work, and even though I never made the official announcement, I took a few orders on because I had the time to spare. However, between the London trip, my day job, upcoming holiday work as a silhouette artist (yay, no weekends until Christmas!) and professional illustration work I am doing at the moment, private commissions are still closed. I’m really sorry to those who wanted to order things as holiday gifts - even if I wasn’t up to my neck in projects it would be a little too late in the month for me to finish and mail out anything in time.
That said, I wanted to point out two things for the future:
1. If you want to make a commission inquiry (especially if you are an event promoter, burlesque performer or any other professional in need of illustrative services - these are the only orders I am considering at the moment), please do not contact me through Tumblr asks or Facebook messages. Both of those systems are extremely inefficient and make it very difficult for me to keep track of and cross-reference standing orders, replies, etc. If you want to get in touch with a proposal, do e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you check the FAQ for the basic run-down of how commissioning me works.
2. There is a small selection of items currently in the Etsy shop, and I will be adding more stuff (including original art) in the following week. So if you would still like to have a piece of my art, prints or a set of paper dolls to wrap up for the holidays - that’s where you can get some!
And finally, I can’t believe I forgot to mention this, but Lawrence has updated our website! It’s shiny and new, with updated links and galleries. It still needs a couple of very minor tweaks, but all in all, it’s looking gorgeous!
I’m posting this drawing of my favorite Russians from Baritarian Boy from a few months ago with a Russian-related question. Lawrence has suggested the idea of translating the comic into Russian in the past, and I got further encouragement from Phobs today. So, my Russian or Russian-speaking friends and followers - would you be interested in a translation? With the deadlines I’m currently working under, this probably won’t happen until autumn, when we plan to start updating Baritarian Boy again, but it’s food for thought, yes?
So I have been getting a lot of asks asking me about prints, commissions, and how they could paper their walls in my art (not kidding, like three of you specifically asked about covering your walls with my things - you darlings!). So let’s tackle one thing at a time!
First of all, I just put together an FAQ page - take a look and let me know if there is anything missing or anything you want to know about.
Secondly, about commissions - this is as good a time as any to announce that I am once again closing commissions until the end of the summer. I just signed a contract for a big illustrating job and submitted a proposal for a queer erotic comic for an anthology (more exciting info on both these developments to follow!), and both of these deadlines are in September. So I’m going to wrap up the jobs I currently have and not take any more until these big projects are finished.
Thirdly - prints and sales. I just updated the Esty store as it has never been updated before! The above picture is only a small portion of what’s for sale. There is a crapload of original art (including some of these dandy miniatures and demon silhouettes), art prints, packages of Rhinestone Follies paper dolls and greeting cards. A bunch of my Lawrence’s art is also for sale - including amazing portraits of Baritarian royalty the Seven Deadly Sins from our comic Baritarian Boy! So please check it out!
Some original miniatures to be sold at MoCCA! These are a few of Baritaria’s best known monarchs.
Valliet I (1870s) - Re-established the di Baritariae dynasty after a short diversion into republicanism. Mostly known for modernizing the country, introducing domestic electricity, telephones, and Western style entertainments like light opera and music hall.
Lord Wren (1500s) - Took capital by force, implementing strict Vitterzinde rule, and expanding borders. Known for ruthless cruelty toward the Ottomans, the Christians, and his own people.
Queen (King) Zsu Zsa (late 1400s) - Kept invaders at bay from two shores, sponsored numerous cultural developments such as libraries, art collections, and theatre, but mainly known for habitual cross-dressing and skinny dipping.
Einrich The Unwilling (a period of less than 1 month in the 1500s) - Zsu Zsa’s anxiety-ridden son, quickly dispatched by the Vitterzinde family occupation.
Valliet III (never ruled, but officially held title of King in 1920s-30s) - After WW1, he worked in Europe as a journalist, suffered from narcolepsy, and wrote a very popular memoir.
Gustav (1990s-present) - Returned to Baritaria after the fall of the Soviet Union, and was elected into parliament, then Prime Minister. At the end of his term, he retained the title of head of state. He continues to encourage sustainable domestic energy, farming, tourism, and civil rights.
I just realized that I never reblogged this even though I meant to. My husband drew some gorgeous royal portraits and wrote up a neat little guide to most of the royalty already introduced in Baritarian Boy. I really can’t wait to expand on these guys some more - we have a lot of background stories! Especially for Zsu Zsa and her consort and Gustav and his time in WWII and post-war Baritaria. And of course the Valliet I chapters are going to be… epic. Ooof.
Baritarian Boy (http://baritarianboy.thecomicseries.com/comics/) is my newest obssesion, and I’m sure it will last. AMAZING art and story, really unusual for an onlie comic. I’m deeply in love with it. CHECK IT OUT NOW. I COMMAND YOU, MINIONS.
I wish I had Baritaria as my Erasmus destination. Still having problems with German. Damn spaniards, we really can’t understand a word in this country xD
Oh my gosh, I just found this. Let me love you.
was fabulous! Despite the horrible acoustics that make you hear a conversation going on in the opposite corner of the giant room while you shout “what??” to the person trying to talk to you right in front of your face, the general non-stop din, heat and awful bright lights, I had a blast. I am completely exhausted and very pleased. There was an incredible showing of talent this year. So many brilliant little babies who made me feel like an old hack! We met a lot of sweet people, made some wonderful new friends and were even visited by a few lovely fans (I know, what, fans!!?? I tried to be all cool and shit, but I was all verklempt on the inside). Thank you to all who came by, looked at our stuff, bought and traded things and were generally lovely.
Here are my insanely gorgeous husband and our fabulous Frau von Veister (the evil twin of Anja Keister) at the Baritarian Pop-Up Embassy. And here is the gorgeous loot we collected over the weekend:
The highlights of which include this fucking shirt which I’ve lusted over for a while now
this wonderful WWI book and print - the artist was a lovely guy and incredible with ink, and I gave him one of my Christmas truce prints!
this fucking NAZI CORGI. Seriously, everyone should have just packed their shit and gone home. Oh you do art? Ok. This guy drew a NAZI CORGO. Just go.
…as well as a wonderful little zine of the most gorgeous porn (of all varieties) ever, a little canvas print of Thomas from Downton Abbey, gorgeous art prints, a comic from a lovely queer Russian boy about Stonewall and drag queens, comics about selkies, Greek myths and loads of other wonderful art and treats. Husband and I vowed to do more cons in the coming year.
Baritarian pop-up Embassy right here at MoCCA fest!!
I haven’t drawn Ella in way too long, and I’ve been working out the next chapter in my head, so here we are.
Voila, our table location at this year’s MoCCA Fest! We’ll be there all weekend long hawking all kinds of awesome stuff! We’ll have a fresh new batch of Baritarian Histories, loads of greeting cards, prints, a few Zelda magazines, paper dolls and original art for sale. So stop by and visit us!
You know you want this.
post-punk asked: the list of tropes reminded me how much i miss baritarian boy! though i disagree with them saying ella 'settled for gay' alexei o m g
Awww, bb! It will be back on track very very soon! And yeah, it’s a little… simplistic to say that she settled, for sure. I can see how one might think that from how little of their story we’ve told so far, though. I can’t wait to get into it more!
Ravens in Van Dyke collars and devils in ruffs. I have been having blissful lunches in the park, drinking tea and doodling relaxing things next to a carousel that cranks out Edith Piaf. That raven is probably some sort of pedantic department manager in hell.
Fyodor Pavlov will be at MoCCA Fest this year! If you haven’t already, take a look at his lush, historically-informed work.
Yay, I can’t wait for MoCCA! Lawrence and I recently sold out of Baritarian Histories, and we ordered a new batch for the fest. So if you missed a chance to buy a copy, come out and see us!
Whoever did this - I just… love you.
Baritarian Boy has been on hiatus since I went in for surgery, but since that comic is nearly done, i am SO looking forward to picking it up again. ;_;
What he said. Seriously, when I stumbled on that link, I was just like