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What’s Happening Now

Published November 16, 2016 by baileyquillincooper

On Tuesday of last week, which was the fateful night of the election, I came home to find these boxes from Book Baby stacked high on my doorstep.

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It doesn’t get much more exciting than that, and they came out beautiful!

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I especially love that they now have a barcode and ISBN number on the back!

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When you scan it with a smartphone it gives you the title of the book and all of the places online where it will available for pre-order up until the release date (which is December 5th, 2016.)

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I had meant to post right away with this update, but then I couldn’t really bring my mind to focus on writing anything after all of the chaos on Tuesday and the week to follow. Instead I decided to spend some time organizing and ordering the remaining supplies needed to put together the backer rewards packages.

So far, I now have…

The postcards:

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The Christmas cards, or Krampuskarten:

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The majority of the buttons printed; all ready for @powerpoppins to take to the button press:

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A bulk order of shipping supplies now ordered and on its way to me:

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Custom sheets of metallic gold sticker seals also ordered and on the way, which I plan to stick on all of the front covers of the first run of 150 books to mark them as the special first-edition copies:

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Two metallic gold Sharpies, for signing all of the first-edition copies:

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And a new (mostly vintage) outfit to wear to my book signing and release party. The dress is traditional Dirndl style from the 1950’s coming to me from Amsterdam, the peasant blouse is from the 1970’s and coming from California, and the horns are made from expanding foam in a silicone mold cast of actual goat horns, created by an FX sculptor in Boulder, Colorado.

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It looks like I’ll be having my book release party at The Fernie Brae on Sunday, December 11th. I’m currently planning the event with the owners of The Fernie Brae, Bryonie and Eric Arnold. It’s going to be such an honor, and as we finalize the details of the event I’m starting to get really, really excited about it! I will be sure to keep all of you posted as soon as I’ve got an official press release about it.

So that’s all the major stuff that is going on right now, besides the obvious that my book is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and a few other online retailers. I’ll also be putting together an order form of some kind very soon so that local people will be able to order from me directly and not have to pay for shipping. Again, the official release date is December 5th, which actually falls on Krampusnacht. The more pre-orders I can get before the release date, the more books the big online retailers will want to stock in their warehouses so that they can have them on hand, available for immediate shipping…which is always a good thing!

All I can say, folks, is that it’s about to hit the fan for real. My fortune cookie from last night not only had two fortunes inside of it, but it just might have been onto something.

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I’ll be doing my best to keep you updated over the next couple of weeks, so don’t give up on me just yet!

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Kickstarter: The Final Three Days

Published September 28, 2016 by baileyquillincooper

The Kickstarter campaign for Kris & Krampus Kringle has come a looong way since I last posted! It seemed like we were at 70/80-something percent funded for a good while, and then this past Friday it really hit the fan. Over the course of the day the campaign got five new new backers in addition to two adjusted increased pledges, and shot past 100% funded! When I last checked this morning it was at $2,910 or 116% funded because the goal was only for $2,500! I’ve had so many fears and self-conscious doubts along the way that I’m still kind of in shock with how well it’s been doing, and there’s still three days left to go until time’s up!

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With all of the additional funding I am hoping to order a slightly larger first run of books from Bookbaby. That way I’ll have enough for all of the backers who have reserved their copies first, and some left to bring to the local indie bookstores and libraries here in Portland on consignment or donation. I want to see if the same library on Belmont where we hold our monthly Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators Meetup group would be willing to take one off my hands.

Some pictures I posted on Instagram featuring the custom Krampus button sets that my husband Martyn is making as rewards for the backers. In case you didn’t know, he runs his own button company out of our house called Power Pop Pins, and his buttons kind of rule!

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Close up so you can better see the designs on the smaller vintage Krampus buttons. I’ve always found Victorian Krampus Christmas cards, or Krampuskarten, to be simultaneously beautiful and hilarious!

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On Saturday Martyn and I spoke with four different independent comic and book shops that had an interest in stocking my book during the holidays (and a few that might even let me read my story to some kids!) One is a children’s book store on Alberta Street called Green Bean Books, and the other three were all on Mississippi Avenue–Bridge City Comics, Another Read Through, and Reading Frenzy. I also hope to speak with Floating World Comics sometime soon and possibly some people at Powell’s Books. The Fernie Brae on Hawthorne is my favorite place of all of these, and they’ve always been there to cheer me on as I worked on my book. It’s going to be the biggest honor of all to see my book on the shelf in their little bookshop this Christmas right next to their various signed Brian Froud books!

Another photo I had posted of all of the buttons pinned to my stocking. I really didn’t want to have to look at any of the Christmas stuff in the garage at this time of the year, but I figured that I should share because it was kind of a clever gift-giving idea that Martyn thought of last Christmas when he made me some special “I don’t like Star Wars” buttons as presents.

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Beyond my daily annoying posts about Kickstarter on the Official Kris & Krampus Kringle Facebook page and my working double shifts at both jobs multiple days in a row to save up some extra cash for an upcoming big purchase, I haven’t had a lot of time for much else. I did get a very brief start on the illustration for my own Krampuskarten that I’m making as part of the backers rewards packages. They’re going to be based off of this vintage Christmas card of St. Nicholas and Krampus on a motorcycle:

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Only my version is going to be of my own characters when they were reckless teenagers. This was the pencil sketch:

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Here’s it with some of the inking done, but as you can see I haven’t quite finished with that step yet:

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If you’ve been following me on Facebook I apologize that I don’t really have any new visual material to share with you. Thankfully this weekend I might get a few seconds of free time so I can finally bust this one out and post it again when it’s all finished! Overnight Prints did such an amazing job with my last professional artist postcards that I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

In case you haven’t seen them, these are my professional artist postcards. Overnight Prints printed them with a beautiful soft matte finish that really lends itself to my style.

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So anyway, that’s it for now. I CANNOT WAIT for this campaign to finally be over and done with, it has been more hard work and headache than I ever could have imagined, but I’m forever grateful that it’s already funded so I can stop stressing about it so much. I’ll post on here again after it ends!

Lycanthrope Cosmetics: Business Cards and More

Published January 13, 2016 by baileyquillincooper

I wanted to post about this last week, but I was tied up with work and then totally emotionally wrecked by David Bowie’s passing…he really meant a lot to me, like I know he also did to so many people all over the world (see my tribute to him in my last post.) Moving forward, the weekend of February 6th-7th I am going to be a vendor at a werewolf-themed horror convention in Washington called HowlCon, so my next mini-project is going to be making my inventory. I will be selling my custom-painted, hyperrealistic prosthetic werewolf ears, snouts, and noses, as well as a few other cute monster-themed accessories, all under the name Lycanthrope Cosmetics. It’s a little company that I have come up with just for this occasion, but since I plan on producing a considerable amount of prosthetics and other items I will also be creating a separate Etsy store after the fact that is just for Lycanthrope Cosmetics. My custom werewolf prosthetics were always such a huge hit whenever I had them in Quarley’s Shop, especially around Halloween, so I want there to be a way for people to still order them after the convention is over. Last week I drew up a business card logo just for Lycanthrope Cosmetics and this event. It’s based off of those classic salon window decals from the 80’s. This one in particular, actually:

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This is the line work for the image that I came up with:

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Here is the finished card. I designed the logo image like I mentioned, and my husband Martyn did all the text and layout. Front:

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Back:

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Get it? Haha.

Oh, and here are some photos of some of the custom noses and ears I have painted for clients in the past. This first picture is an example of some of the popular fur color variations that I have done:

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I always start with the Woochie and Don Post latex costume prosthetics that you can get discounted from Halloween shops or occasionally in bulk quantities online. The overall structure and material of those latex pieces that you can buy in the store is pretty great, but they always either come unpainted or airbrushed in some horrible flat band-aid pink skin tone that no human being actually is. I’ve developed a few techniques to do a complete repaint on the pieces to match real skin tones and sheen/texture, and then I hand-glue fur sprouting from the ears and noses for some added realism. I also normally custom make each prosthetic to order, so I will literally match each of my client’s exact skin tone and hair/fur color if they send me a reference picture of themselves. Below are two past clients and their corresponding pieces:

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I’ve got to make a whole inventory of prosthetics for the event, so I’m just going to make sure that I’ve got a good selection of skin tones and fur color combinations for people to choose from. In addition to what I call my classic Wolfman style noses and ears like I’ve posted above, I will also be offering some larger style ears and a few custom elongated werewolf snouts like the one I made for my more realistic, An American Werewolf in London inspired, mid-transformation werewolf getup. The snouts are also a latex prosthetic that was sculpted and cast by a Canadian company called NorthFurFX.  They’re really well-made and so striking when worn. This is what mine looks like when it’s not on my face…the one in the foreground is the most recent incarnation that I made for last year’s Howl Con:

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I had even added one of my nose rings to the left nostril because I’m all about the small details! This is more or less what it looks like on me when I wear it:

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Yep, I even got myself a big dish of beef chow mein. I’m hilarious.

So yeah, I gotta make a lot of werewolf ears, noses, and snouts. I’m also going to make a few new interesting variants that I’ve never made, like some crazy-colored fur pieces and the the full snout version of a kitsune/huli jing, the Japanese/Chinese were-fox. Also some additional neat jewelry and accessories to fit the theme like I mentioned. It’s going to be a lot of work in not a lot of time. I’m somewhat concerned yet very excited about it. My husband Martyn and I are actually going to be sharing a booth so it should make for an easier setup at least. He’s going to be selling buttons like he usually does through his job at PORK Magazine/Goblinko Megamall and his own personal button business Power Pop Pins, only he’s going to be selling an especially made werewolf-themed inventory under the name Big Bad Buttons. He probably will bring a few PORK buttons and patches with us as well because Sean Aaberg has drawn several of his designs based off of the Universal monsters, and since this year marks the 75th anniversary of Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolfman, it seems kinda appropriate.

Anyway, that’s pretty much a summary of all that’s going on right now…I’ll be back later right after I kick some serious painted latex ass.