Alexis Ziritt, Greg Ruth, OOSA Bodega
You may have heard me talking about the OOSA Bodega a little bit. It's an online shop where all of the OOSA artists have unique print-on-demand T-shirts for sale. The artists have complete control over all aspects of the design process and they will also be receiving all of the profits after the costs are covered. And since this is a print-on-demand process, the artists can add new designs to their stores whenever they feel like it and avoid the large up-front costs, color limitations and inventory issues that come with screen printed shirts. It’s a win-win situation for the artists and the fans of their work!
Alexis Ziritt (who also runs Fistful Apparel) will be at the helm managing production and overseeing quality control, so I know these shirts will be nothing but top-notch. I think we're breaking some new ground here and I'm really proud of all of the work and support that Alexis and the other OOSA artists have given this innovative project.
And after a slight delay due to technical reasons, the OOSA Bodega is now open!!! To start things off, Greg Ruth and Alexis Ziritt have some designs up in their shops for you to choose from. In time, all of the OOSA artists will have designs up as well. We'll be sure to let you know when new shirts are available. Go check it out!
Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, News, Toby Cypress
Logan Faerber will have a piece in the "Get a Room" show opening Ferbruary 15th at the Bottleneck Gallery in New York. http://www.bottleneckgallery.com/
Toby Cypress and Greg Ruth will have work in the Eat Your Art Out 6 art show/fundraising event that takes place on February 23rd at Titmouse Animation Studios in LA. This year's theme is "Creature Feature at the Drive-In". All of the pieces are up for auction, so you can get some great artwork by amazing artists for (potentially) a really good price. Check out EYAO on Facebook for more info.
An even though this is happening next month, don't forget about the Ming Doyle/Toby Cypress show at Secret Headquarters March 1st. It's going to be epic! More info and previews will be coming soon, so stay tuned.
Greg Ruth, News, Original Art, SALE!, Toby Cypress
I'm sure you all saw how Hurricane Sandy affected the East Coast, specifically New York and New Jersey. One of OOSA's own, Toby Cypress, was right in the middle of that mess on the Jersey Shore. His town was hit pretty hard and they anticipate being without power for a while, not to mention the long-term clean-up efforts. Toby is fine, but he may be out of commission for a bit. So to help out, I'm putting all of Toby's original art on sale to try to get him some money in his pocket. Enter the code word "SANDY" at the OOSA store when you buy any of his original pieces for the discount. The sale will end on the 16th, so don't miss out.
Greg Ruth is also having a sale at his Etsy store and donating 50% of proceeds to the International Red Cross to help with their relief efforts for the areas affected by Sandy. Be sure to check that out as well.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, News, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress
I'm sure you all know about the Brand New Nostalgia art blog, right? Started by OOSA'a own Andrew MacLean and featuring OOSA artists Logan Faerber and Alexis Ziritt (along with a ton of other talented artists), BNN puts out amazing art every week online. Now, they are taking it to the next level and producing their first anthology: kaBOOMbox Vol. 1.
The book will be 200+ pages and feature new illustrations and comics from 18 international artists and will include work from the entire Out of Step Arts roster. That's right! Toby Cypress, Ming Doyle, Paul Maybury and Greg Ruth have all been invited to contribute art to the book and have graciously accepted! So, besides the OOSA crew, you'll also get artwork by:
To get this accomplished, the folks behind BNN have started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the $9500 to print the book and they need you to back this project! There are some great incentives available to those who do. Check 'em out and make a contribution! And if you are on the fence about it, just read this write-up about kaBOOMbox and BNN on ComicsAlliance.com. Or this one here by Robot6 on ComicBookResources.com. Or this Interview with Andrew MacLean on FreakinAwesomeNetwork.net.
This book is going to be a big deal and I'm so proud to have Out of Step Arts associated with it.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Appearances, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, News, Original Art, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress
The OOSA artists have a lot going this month. Take a look!
September 7thAlexis, Andrew, Logan, Greg, Toby and Paul (along with a bunch of other great indie artists) will all have work in this show and it's all for sale. I'll be there for the opening selling OOSA prints and maybe Anniversary Print Sets. If you're in Richmond, VA, you should definitely come by and say hello.
About the exhibition:
In an environment that is permeated with ads and posters for cinematic adaptations of comics, an equal amount of representation for the comic’s originators are rarely seen. The aim of &@$#! is to introduce the craft of the comic creator through the display of original pencil & ink drawings and their “fine art” paintings & illustrations. Audience members ranging from fans of comics to visual & performing arts supporters will be amazed and delighted to erode preconceived notions of what it means to be a comic artist. Their content is not solely driven by spandex wearing heroes and heroines, but to tell a story like the storytellers before them that both delight and educate.
Alexis, Andrew and Logan will participating in the "Battles Without Honor and Humanity" group show at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR.
About the exhibit:
This exhibition will be based loosely around yakuza/crime noir films by directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, Takeshi Miike, Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki, Yukio Mishima, Sogo Ishii and Shinya Tsukamoto. As a genre, yakuza films are divided into two subsets: ninkyo-eiga or “chivarly films” featuring honorable outlaws caught between duty and compassion. Then there is jisturoku-eiga, the modern yakuza films which feature the stifling brutality of a life of crime. The artists and writers in this show will explore and pay homage to this powerful and unique genre.
Ming Doyle will be attending the Small Press Expo sitting at E10 and selling her wares. I'll be at the show as well, but I'll be mobile. Checking out the sights, as it were, and promoting the OOSA artists.
Alexis Ziritt will be a guest of the Cincinnati Comic Expo. If you're going and you'd like to pre-arrange a commission from him, you can do so here.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Ming Doyle, News, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress
Well, I've been doing Out of Step Arts for about a year now. What better way to celebrate than to offer some of the special things the OOSA artists have done this year?
The OOSA Anniversary Print Set is a limited edition box set of 50. These are precision, two-piece construction boxes designed with a close tolerance to keep out dirt and dust. They have a black paper lining with a white foam backing and a black textured acrylic coated exterior featuring a snazzy OOSA logo.
On the inside, you'll find the 3 collaborative OOSA prints we did to promote Out of Step Arts at our convention appearances this year.
- "Demon Wolf" by Greg Ruth and Logan Faerber
- "Unknown World" by Paul Maybury and Alexis Ziritt
- "Road Rage" by Toby Cypress and Andrew MacLean
These three prints are 4-color inks on 11x17 inch 100lb. paper with a satin finish.
And exclusively available ONLY in the OOSA Anniversary Print Set:
-"Apathia" by Ming Doyle
This is a print of Ming's painting for the 'Villains and Assassins' show at the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin and it is BEAUTIFUL! The print is 4-color inks on 100lb. linen to replicate the texture of the original canvas and measures 11x15.5 inches.
All of the prints are matching numbered and signed by the artists.
I am opening these up for pre-order in the OOSA store since they are not <i>quite</i> ready. I'm still missing a piece of the puzzle. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Greg Ruth, Heroes Con, Logan Faerber, News, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress
A while ago, I had asked the OOSA artists to team up to create some one-of-a-kind prints to showcase the talent at Out of Step Arts.
If you'll recall, Greg Ruth and Logan Faerber did an amazing job on their print that was debuted at Spectrum LIVE! last month.
Well now, the other prints are ready to be revealed and will be debuted at Heroes Con next week.
Andrew MacLean and Toby Cypress worked together to create a futuristic world where the ladies rule the road.
Alexis Ziritt and Paul Maybury teamed up on this ultimate team-up comic cover: "Unknown World".
We'll have all of these prints, along with the original art, for sale at the OOSA tables in Indie Island (522-527). The prints are 4 color inks on 11 x 17 100 lb "silk" paper and only cost $10 each or $25 for all 3! Supplies are limited, though, so swing by early if you want 'em. You can also have your pick of one the prints if you donate at least $20 to the Hairy Cell Leukemia Research Foundation AND run in the Heroes Con Fun Run Saturday morning.
I could not be more proud to be offering these, so I hope you'll come by and check them out.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Appearances, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Original Art, Spectrum LIVE!, Toby Cypress
Spectrum LIVE! is just around the corner and we are getting excited for Out of Step Arts to make it's official debut. Alexis Ziritt,
Logan Faerber, Toby Cypress and Andrew MacLean will all be there, so come by booth #903 to chat and check out all of the books, original art and prints they'll be bringing. And speaking of prints......
Since this will be OOSA's first convention appearance and all, I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. OOSA artists Logan Faerber and Greg Ruth (who were both selected to be in the upcoming Spectrum 19) worked together to come up with this amazing piece just for the show.
We'll have prints of this for sale, as well as the original, so be sure come see us and pick up this convention exclusive!
UPDATE: Regrettably, Logan Faerber had to cancel his appearance at Spectrum LIVE. I'll still try to have some of his work on hand for everyone to check out, though.
Greg Ruth, News, Original Art
Charles Vess and Greg Ruth are both fantastic fellows! They were kind enough to contribute some art to the Princess and Pirate Art Exhibit I hosted on April 22nd as part of the fundraiser for the Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center. They have both extended that kindness by offering to donate a portion of the sales of the pieces in the exhibit to the BRSHC. Since most people couldn't travel to Bristol for the event, the art is now available to purchase online!
Greg Ruth has listed several pieces he did for the book 'A Pirate's Guide to First Grade". You can see all of the those in the OOSA store. There are some copies of the out of print book included with some of the pieces, as well.
Charles Vess has agreed to let Out of Step Arts manage the sale of the pieces he contributed to the exhibit (Over 50!) for a limited time on behalf of himself and the BRSHC. I've set up a special gallery where you can view all of these pieces here on the OOSA site. Just click on each thumbnail to see the price and dimensions of the piece. If there is a dollar amount, the piece is still available for purchase. If you see something you like, send me an email and we'll work out the details. Act fast though, because the Vess paintings will only be up until May 18th!
Getting great art while supporting a good cause. Does it get any better than that?
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, Original Art, Paul Maybury, Toby Cypress
I'm sure you all are aware of the OOSA store by now, right? The artists have a great sampling of some of their work available for sale there. I try to encourage the artists to send me new work to list there every once in a while so there are new choices for people looking to buy something. In fact, Alexis Ziritt just put up a bunch of new stuff so he can pay to replace his recently deceased computer and make his way to some conventions (Spectrum and Heroes Con) this summer. But, did you know that pretty much all of the artists have more work available for sale than what's listed in the store? Paul Maybury, for example, has pretty much every page from every project he's ever worked on and he's looking to find it a new home so he can cover some recent unexpected expenses. Andrew, Logan, Toby and Greg, I'm sure, all have stuff they'd love to sell, too, that's not listed in the store.
So how do you get your hands on all of this unlisted stuff? Just ask! If there is a specific page or an image you've seen from any of the OOSA artists that you want to own, just get in touch with me and I'll check and see if it's available. The worst I can say is "Sorry, it's already sold." And if you're looking for something really specific, several of the OOSA artists are open for commissions right now and would be happy to draw you whatever you're looking for.
Greg Ruth, News, Original Art
SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!!!!
Yes, it's finally here. The Princess and Pirate Art Exhibit will be happening this Sunday as part of the Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center's fundraising event; The Princess and Pirate Tea Party. There will be several pieces from artists Greg Ruth and Charles Vess on display and for sale, along with signed books and prints. A portion of the sales will go to benefit the BRSHC (a 501(c)3 organization) and help them meet their service goals for the year.
I know that a lot of you may be interested in attending and helping support the cause, but you may live too far away. Don't worry! All of the pieces that are still available after the event will be made available for sale online in the Out of Step Arts store. And if any of the pieces are still left by the time Spectrum LIVE! rolls around, I'll bring them with me and you can purchase them there (booth # 903).
So, I hope to see you on Sunday at the Bristol Train Station. There's lots of fun to be had, lots of funds to be raised, and lots of great art to be seen.
Greg Ruth, Logan Faerber, News
Greg Ruth and first-timer Logan Faerber were both selected to appear in the 19th edition of Spectrum! This book features the best of "Contemporary Fantastic Art" from around the world, so it's a pretty big deal that these guys made it in. There is an open submission process, but the competition is steep and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions every year. Here is a picture of two of the judges looking at just a small portion of all of the work sent in.
That's a lot of Styrofoam cups!
If you are planning to come to the Spectrum LIVE! event in May, be sure to swing by the OOSA booth (#903) and congratulate Logan in person.
Alexis Ziritt, Greg Ruth, Original Art, Paul Maybury, SALE!
That’s right, the end of March marks the end of Paul Maybury’s 1/2 off sale. We are also going to be taking down Greg Ruth’s Secret Journeys of Jack London art at the end of the month, as well. If you were waiting around, hemming and hawing, time is just about up!
Go to the OOSA store before it’s too late!
Stay tuned, though, because we are going to be announcing a sale on Alexis Ziritt's art soon.
Greg Ruth, Original Art
Greg ruth has put several of the illustrations he did for The Secret Journeys of Jack London books ('The Wild' and the newly released 'The Sea Wolves') up in the store. Go take a look while they are still there! Greg has offered to send a signed hardcover copy of 'The Sea Wolves' to the first three people who buy one of the Jack London pieces priced at $100 or more, so they will probably move quickly.
Greg Ruth, News
I am happy to announce that Out of Step Arts will be sponsoring and coordinating a gallery exhibit featuring artwork from our own Greg Ruth and Master Illustrator Charles Vess. The exhibit will benefit the Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center as part of their Princess and Pirate Tea Party fundraising event on April 22nd in Bristol, VA.
Greg Ruth and Charles Vess are both multiple award winning artist whose work has graced the pages of numerous publications and has been exhibited in galleries around the world. For this exhibit, Greg will be displaying some of the original illustrations from the children's book "A Pirate's Guide to First Grade" (written by James Preller). These illustrations have also been exhibited at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and at The Society of Illustrators' Museum of American Illustration. Charles will be displaying several fantastic works featuring his delightful fairy tale theme, for which he is so well known. There will be opportunities to purchase art, books and prints at the exhibit, so stay tuned for the details to come.
The Bristol Regional Speech and Hearing Center is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1955. They provide hearing and speech related services to all ages of people who have communicative disorders across the rural Appalachian areas of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. In order to help raise the money they need to meet their service goals, the BRSHC is hosting their inaugural Princess and Pirate Tea Party fundraiser. Please visit their website to see how you can get involved.
Greg Ruth, News, Original Art
If you were looking at Greg Ruth's THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI art and thinking you might like to get something, you had better do it soon. We will be taking the art down from the OOSA store and putting it back in the vault in ONE WEEK! That's right, after December 14th, your opportunity will have passed. Fair warning to all of you fence-sitters and procrastinators.
Alexis Ziritt, Andrew MacLean, Greg Ruth, News, Original Art, Toby Cypress
First of all, I wanted to let you know that I have updated the store to include new art by Andrew MacLean and Alexis Ziritt. It's great stuff available at even better prices, so please go take a look. While your there, take a look at Toby Cypress' and Greg Ruth's work, too.
Alright, now lets talk about some other things.
Currently, Alexis and Andrew are open for commissions.
- Andrew is asking $50 for 11 x 14 inked single characters and $75 for 11 x 17 inked pieces with background or more than one character.
- Alexis is asking $80 for 11 x 17 inked pieces and $130 for 11 x 17 watercolor pieces.
- If you want something more complex from either artists, prices can be negotiated on an individual basis.
Did you know that you can make payments on a lot of what we have in the store? It's true! If you're eyeing something, but don't have the cash in hand, just email me and we'll see what we can work out.
Looking for something specific?
Do you want a certain page/panel from one of these guys, but don't see it in the store? Just ask me about it. I'm happy to contact the artist to see if it's available. I've helped make quite a few sales this way, in fact.
The Out of Step Arts store is not supposed to be just a storefront; it's meant to be an interactive way to buy what you want from the OOSA artists. Have a question? Ask me. Need something? Tell me what you're looking for. I'm here to help.
Greg Ruth, News, Original Art
If you've been following me on Twitter, you've probably noticed that I've been posting a lot of information about Greg Ruth's artwork for the Criterion Collection's Three Outlaw Samurai DVD recently. Well, there was a reason for that. Greg will be selling some of the art that was used for the project in the Out of Step Arts store!
The art will go live Thursday (tomorrow) at 9:00 pm EST.
It's up! Go to the store and check it out and then go read on Greg's forum about the entire process from preliminary sketch to finished product.
Alexis Ziritt, Greg Ruth, Original Art, Toby Cypress
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!
I'm going to be listing new art in the store from Alexis, Toby and Greg at 3pm EST on Sunday. Here's what you can expect to see from each artist.
- Alexis will be putting up the pages from his Tijuana Bible Peligro Supremo that he made for last year's Heroes Con.
- Toby will have a couple of pages from his online comic KURSK, a beautiful splash page from RODD RACER, and an acrylic painting that everyone will be buzzing about.
- Greg is listing the last of his 52 WEEKS pieces and the Out of Step Arts store will be the only place you will be able to get what's left. And to celebrate the release of his art book "The 52 WEEKS PROJECT: Volume 1", Greg will be giving away a free signed copy of the book to the first three people to order one of these pieces!
So, stay tuned folks, and remember: 3pm EST on Sunday.
Alexis Ziritt, Appearances, Greg Ruth, News, Original Art, Toby Cypress
It's been a while since I've posted any new news here on the site, but there has been a lot happening behind the scenes. In the mean time, here is a little update on what the guys are up to.
Alexis Ziritt is a busy guy between family, work and art. He's been knocking out pages for The Package graphic novel and doing the occasional doodle when he can. (You all saw the Jonah Hex he did, right?) Alexis has also teamed up with a super-talented bunch of guys to start a sketch blog. Things are still coming together on that, but you can keep an eye on Brand New Nostalgia either on Deviant Art or Tumblr (coming soon). And I know you all have been waiting patiently, but I should have some of Alexis' art up for sale in the store soon.
Toby Cypress is also a really busy guy. He's been up to his eyeballs in deadlines for Blue Estate. Fortunately, he took the time to send me some work to put in the store. It should be up ether the end of this week or the beginning of next week. It's amazing stuff and I expect if to go quickly so be ready. Also, look for more work on Kursk to be online soon.
Greg Ruth will be making an appearance this weekend if you'd like a chance to pick up some art or talk to the man in person about his projects. Where you ask? Why, in his front yard! He and his wife (who makes lovely jewelry) will be taking part of the Ashfield Fall Festival in Ashfield, Massachusetts. If you're within driving distance and are looking for a get-away, this should be a fun thing to do. If you can't make the trek, Greg will be sending me some more art for the store soon.