I’ve spent the last two weeks on two projects: rebuilding part of my front porch (which you probably don’t care about unless you’re knocking on my door), and creating a phone-friendly redesign of my Retropolis web site.
I’m not crazy about the ways that phones have affected web page design – and I really miss my old page layouts – but because I am also not actually crazy I finally caved in to peer pressure and converted the site into something that works well on phones. Mostly.
The big exception is the Business Card Construction Kit. You still need a much wider browser window to do much with that one.
But in every other respect you can now shop quite comfortably even on one of those tiny, ridiculous devices that you all use.
So go do that, please, while I dart outdoors between the rainstorms and try to get my deck boards nailed down in time for Winter.
As always, you can find the Retropolis Transit Authority T-shirts, along with posters, greeting cards, postcards, business cards, and other things that are not cards. Like, uh, coffee mugs. And books. And other stuff. Go get ’em!
If you’re not sure why Patreon has become so important to me, you can read all about that here.
Yeah. That was depressing, wasn’t it? So let me try to cheer you up with the rewards my Patrons will receive this month.
October 6 (for Patrons at $5 and above)
The Selchie is a traditional ballad that I illustrated for Runestaff #29 in 1984. You’ll see the ballad and its illustration at Patreon.
October 13th (for Patrons at $15 and above)
Two print-resolution Celtic knotwork borders at greeting card size, with transparent areas inside the borders.
If you have image editing software you can place your own picture or message inside the border. (These are for personal use only.)
October 20th (for Patrons at $10 and above)
Chapter 1 of the first draft for a sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom. It’s a first draft, so there are a gazillion things wrong with it.
But the book was going to have two huge problems that weren’t obvious to me when I started. One shows up already in this first chapter.
October 27th (for Patrons at $1 and above)
My 1978 cover for the final issue of Evermist. It may be one of my earliest centaurs. I was going to spend a lot of time with those creatures through the early 80’s.
So, as always, $15 patrons will see something every week while the rest will see one, two, or three updates. I hope you enjoy them!
Over at Spoonflower I’ve posted 14 celtic knotwork designs which you can buy there on a whole bunch of fabrics, on wallpaper, or on giftwrap.
There are some all-over repeating patterns, some panels with bold knotwork stripes, some more painterly work (hint:drapes), and a couple of stitch-them-yourself banners (seen below) with my crazy Celtic pirate flag and the Chaos Star.
Have a look!
So now I’m a one-month veteran at Patreon, and with any luck I know what I’m doing. Here’s what Patrons can expect to see this month:
September 6 (for Patrons at $5 and above)
Fauxliens from Outer Space is a 4700 word short story I wrote early this year. It was vaguely inspired by the Sector General stories of James White. It appears here for the first time.
September 13th (for Patrons at $15 and above)
Two print-resolution Celtic knotwork borders at greeting card size, with transparent areas inside the borders. If you have image editing software you can place your own picture or message inside the border. (These are for personal use only.)
September 20th (for Patrons at $10 and above)
Morno’s Masterpiece is a four-page illustrated story that was published in 1977 in a comic book called JAM: An Album of Fables. It’s not really a comics story, but what can I do about that now?
September 27th (for Patrons at $1 and above)
Robot Indentures in Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is an article that looks at the way robots are produced and financed in my city of Retropolis, and why I thought that was a way we might handle intelligent mechanical people.
So, as before, $15 patrons will see something every week while the rest will see one, two, or three updates. I hope you enjoy them!
I’ve had an encouraging response to my Original Art page here, and as a result I fared back into my Scary Storage Room to dig out some more of my work from the 1980’s. The room’s not empty, but I don’t think I’ll find much more of this stuff in there.
For now, anyway, I’ve added 20 new ink and ink-and-wash drawings to the page.
There are a few more illustrations for the Leslie Fish/Rudyard Kipling songbook, Cold Iron; more illustrations and cover art for Runestaff; and some odds and ends like three numbered prints of my cover for issue #51 of The Folk Harp Journal (shown) and my title page illustration for Pat macSwyney’s book Celtic Ceilidh for Dulcimer.
If that’s not something for everybody, well, it’s the closest thing I have. Take a look!