UPDATE: We have the applications we need! Thank you for your interest.
Sandra and I are looking to engage the services of a designer for a new round of Schlock Mercenary t-shirts. This will be a work-for-hire project that pays a flat fee for each design, plus a slice of the purchase price for each shirt sold.
We want awesome designs that will work well with silk-screening, discharge printing, and other fabric-related technologies. Familiarity with Schlock Mercenary is not required, but is always kind of nice. For scheduling purposes, the bulk of the work will be done during January of 2018.
Applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org with samples of their work and a short resume that highlights experience in this space. A link to an online art portfolio is a plus. We’ll be accepting applications through December 30th, or until the position has been filled.
The Random Access Memorabilia Kickstarter closed at exactly $75,000 on Friday evening, all stretch goals met. Thank you!
We’ll be printing the book, the Bristlecone ship coin, and then, in February, we’ll do a shirt-specific Kickstarter using designs that this project paid for.
In coming weeks the project page will be updated with samples from the bonus story, which was written by Sandra Tayler and Bob Defendi, and illustrated by Michael Mayne. We’ll also post progress reports weekly, keeping backers and lurkers apprised of how things are coming along.
There may be yet opportunities for latecomers to pre-order the book. I’ll be sure to announce those here, complete with linky things you can click on.
I’m excited to put this book into people’s hands, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to tell stories and draw pictures for a living. Thank you!
The Random Access Memorabilia Kickstarter closes Friday at 8pm Eastern time. Today, with just 30 hours left, I finished the line art for the Bristlecone ship coin.
I’ve cleaned this up a bit in Photoshop, but most of what you see is ink on paper (and some white paint on ink.) The next step is to send this off to Travis Walton for coloring, and then it’s off to the coin design folks.
Yesterday I did some repair work on the cover, because the spacecraft streaking past in the background isn’t the right version of that ship.
Here’s the original (with blue lines)
And here, complete with paint smears, is the corrected version.
Travis gave me the colored version in time for me to re-lay the cover this morning, so as of this writing, this is what the front cover of the book looks like:
Every time we produce a new book we get a little bit better at it, so it doesn’t surprise me that this is our best book yet. The absence of surprise is not the absence of “wow,” though.
This book is going to be great.
The Kickstarter project for Random Access Memorabilia: Schlock Mercenary Book 13 closes this Friday. Today I finished the first real draft of the cover:
There are a bazillion tiny tweaks yet to make, including color nudging every element, and then re-laying the entire thing in InDesign, but as of right now, the image above is a very fair estimate of what the final cover will look like.
All the details about this book project can be found here.