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Hi Everyone,

I am working on a new comic project involving cryptids and folk lore and was interested in getting some information from you about your opinions on some cryptids to include in my comic.

I’m case you don’t know, a cryptid is a creature that has yet to be proven to exist, and Cryptozoology is the study of those creatures and attempting to prove or disprove their existence.  Before you laugh that off as just goofy pseudoscience remember that the okapi was once a cryptid. The okapi was described to white people by native people in Africa and was considered a myth (by white people) until it was seen by and properly described and classified into the current system, the Linnaeus system. To be fair that system is a long process, involving a lot of research that needs to be peer reviewed before being accepted, so it’s a good system.

So, having said that, I pose these questions, is it possible some of these creatures exist? Are they a new species, or just mistaken identity? What is your general opinion on the cryptids I will be listing below?
I would like a variety of quotes from people who are skeptics and believers.

PLEASE NOTE: Your comments on this issue may end up in my final book (credited to you, of course…if you want), as quotes, so try and limit your answers to a kind of sound bite type response, or be aware that I may only use a portion of your answer. Not all responses will make it in, if you don’t want your quote used in a book, then please don’t respond to this. Responses to this article will be considered permission to use your response as I see fit in my weird little comic.

Cryptids in question:

Sasquatch/Bigfoot
Jersey Devil
Flatwoods monster
Ogogpogo/Loch Ness
Chupacabra
Bunyip
Kraken
Caddy
Yeti
Kappa
Mothman
Wendigo

You don’t need to provide an opinion on all, just ones you have an opinion on.jacko copy

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Vancaf 2017

We will be exhibiting at Vancaf this year

selling our usual stuff but also some new things, prints and some new products…

Vancaf will be open to the public
Saturday May 20, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday May 21, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

and the location is fairly easy to get to by public transit
The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Take the Canada line to the Roundhouse station and it’s across the intersection

Our booth is L7 in the gym

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Fan Expo 2016

Fan Expo Vancouver is almost here! Gurukitty Studios is there with a couple of trial items, we’re testing some products to see if they’re something we should pursue in the future!

So we’re Booth A33 in the artist alley.

booth

 

In other news, just a quick note, I’ve added a second size at a lower price point to my pet portrait commissions! You can now get what is essentially a School photo style portrait of your pets. I’ll have some examples up shortly.

You’ll also notice some other stuff up on our etsy, Check out Jeri’s paintings up there too!   Heck you should just go follow our Etsy Shop! We’re experimenting and slowly building it up to be our main source of selling our stuff so its worth watching out if you want to get any future products from us. 🙂

 

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Inktober 2016

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This year we will be doing more random work, not such a strict theme like last year, but I (Jeri) am going to do some prehistoric animals and plants with some inky flourishes.  You can see the images below, as well as on Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to make any suggestions or comments  in the comment section below.

 

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Production Notes 5

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A quick note to everyone: Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement! We appreciate everything you do to help us be successful, especially our invaluable Patreons!

Hello, Albertosaurus

Viddies

I’m back to work on this, so sorry for the delay. We’ve had some rough times, I tell ya. It all started last summer with my illness, it seemed like each time I recovered from something life would take me for a ride again. The latest being the loss of my beloved Cat after 16 years, Viddies. <3 I will never recover from this loss but I will learn to pick myself up. I’ve started sketching pages and the layouts need a lot of work. Then I can work on the re-lettering and the formatting for print.

 

Rest in Seas

I completed and posted Rest In Seas, My Collaboration with Greg Thelen. I think it turned out really nice and it looks really pleasing. One of my favourite ones I’ve ever worked on. Thank you, Greg, for such an awesome experience!

 

Pet Portraits & Illustrations

My Pet Portraits have been going very well! I look forward to more orders! They’ve been a big hit as gifts for friends and memorials. I’ve found these cute little illustrations just work for me very well and I’m also doing more illustrations like these of wildlife and scenery. Soon I should have some fresh artwork for conventions. One of them is already on Redbubble as merchandise! I also have an instagram set up Just for my Pet Portraits if you want to follow them!

 

Etsy


As many have Noticed, I have an Etsy shop set up to use for commissions rather than through our website. I did this to get more traffic but also to sell and list other little items that don’t really fit into the Gurukitty website really, or are one of a kind pieces. More is coming soon as our Patrons know already, and Vancaf attendee’s had an opportunity to purchase. I’m just working out some logistics and making enough stock to start off. Soon!

 

Canada Post

There is currently a dispute in Canada Post that may or May not (?) disrupt Shipments to and from canada. We will do our best to ship though alternative services but at this point that is fairly limited and would cost significantly more. We will be sure to update as things progress.

 

 

 

 

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Bones of the Coast: The Shining one


The final comic has been shipped off to the editors and after only one minor edit (Unheard of) the comic will be complete! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that that comic will be out of my life, it was quite a rocky adventure. Patreons will be able to read it early this week after the final edits are complete.

 

Illustrations


I had just completed a painting of a cecaelia and I used iridescent acrylic as hair to make it super shiny and sparkly, however that presents some challenges with making prints. I am thinking of making some limited edition prints on rag paper and painting in the hair with that same silvery shiny paint. It would be VERY labour intensive and so there would be a very limited number of them. Regular prints do look cool still too, so they will appear in the shop soon but are already available on redbubble as a lot of cool things!

Commissions


I have opened up commissions now that that comic project is done. I’m hoping for some nice challenges and new ideas to bring to life for people who have a love of tangible real-life artwork.

Website

We have been working away on the Gurukitty Website behind the scenes a bit, and you may notice the menu changing a bit, products slowly being added to the shop and pages popping up. We are working on condensing even further and getting rid of the StoreEnvy shop, keeping everything contained. Our website has a lot of functions and adorable things we can do with it that we just haven’t had time to fully explore.  We will keep our redbubble shop as it has some awesome products we would never be able to manufacture and sell on our own.

Daqueran


Now that the Bones of the Coast comic is complete, i will begin work on Daqueran again, as promised. There is a bit of unfun script and layout work to be done before any pages will be showing up, but it will be done. I just need to finish a couple illustrations for a series first and maybe make a nice fancy Daqueran Illustration to re-acquaint myself with the characters.

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VanCaf 2016

 

 

It’s that time of year again, VANCAF is this weekend and of course we will be selling our stuff there. We will have most of our usual stuff (minus out of print books) but we also have new art prints and will have some cute new things this year to try out.

 

VANCAF is on May 21-22 2016 Sat. 10am-6pm Sun. 11am-5pm  at 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC. We  are going to be in Hall 1 at Booth F8 and we will both be there both days!

SEE YOU THERE!VanCAF 2016 Floor Map

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Rest in Seas

Last year Greg Thelen and I joined forces to submit a story for Cloudscapes Bones of the Coast Anthology. Unfortunately, we were rejected however we decided we liked the story and we were going to create the comic anyway. Well, after much waiting (For me) and anticipation it is finally complete! I think it turned out amazing and I hope you enjoy it.
If you do enjoy our  work, please consider becoming a Patron.

Continue reading on Tapastic

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Production Notes 4

 

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Inktober is over, and I have a bunch of ink draws that I decided to do something with. I’ve decided that since these adult colouring books are all the rage right now, I might as well try it out. I have selected several of the images from inktober 2015 and made them into an adult Colouring book.  

Epic Canadiana 2

We got to see the printed copies of the Epic Canadiana #2 that was being published by Cloudscape Comics, and it looks great! As soon as it is avaiable to the public, we will let you know. I have 3 credits in 3 different stories in that one, I illustrated some of the Ghost Woman comic, I lettered Jayleens comic, and I inked another story in there. It’s been a busy year.

Bones of the Coast

Currently, I am illustrating a story for another Cloudscape anthology, patreons are seeing some sneaky peeks of the characters and process and the rest of you will be seeing some early next year.

2016

With a new Year coming up fast, I plan on spending more time on some of my personal projects such as the Gourd Wife, Finishing Daqueran and the Extinct Animals art book.

 

 

 

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Inktober

Inktober was great! I was in a huge slump, wasn’t really feeling like anything but forcing myself to draw a picture every day, whether I liked it or not, pulled me right out of that horrible hole and now I’m in a big new wave of creativity! I’m in love with the hominid cryptids I did and was actually a little sad when some of them sold, or were raffled away. Very grateful for the sales and that people will be enjoying them, though. I think a few of the remaining ones will be framed and hung up on my wall.

Hello, Albertosaurus

Hello, Albertosaurus has has a few pages here and there with some loose interpretations of “weekly” updates. I’m actually out of pre- layouted pages and am finding that the final chapters need some work. I’ll probably continue to have spotty or floating updates as I sort that out but actually, we are nearing the end of this story. bear with me while I pull it together and also work through some other paid work. (see below)

Rest in Seas

The comic I was working on for Halloween has been postponed until March. I had too much going on at the time (and now) to manage to pull that one off well. It’ll be done by April.

Pop Up Pet Shoppe

I’ll be selling some adorable paintings of pets (cats and dogs) at the Pop Up Pet Shoppe in New Westminster on December 12th and 13th. Come down and get some original art work, and treats for your pets. There is even photos with Santa. I may be there on the Sunday, if you want to come say hi! I have to dedicate a fair amount of time to producing art for this event which is why the Hello, Alberto updates are spotty.

Pet Portraits

On that note, I have also opened up Commissions of Pet Portraits!(the link is permanently under “shop” in the menu) I think they make a lovely personalized Christmas gift for pet lovers in your life. If you’d like to have them mailed to you by Christmas you should order now! I’ll be leaving them open for a while as we are raising money to send sister Jeri to Veterinary Technician school. When my schedule gets overwhelming I turn off the commissions though so get them while you can.

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Inktober 2015

 

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Inktober is upon us again and we will  be doing weekly art draws , like last year, as well as offering our Inktober ink artwork for sale.  Since there are two Gurukitties, there will be 62 images to pick from and two themes to pick from.

Guru is going to be doing Creepy Crypids! Cryptozoology is a legitimate science! Kitty will be doing Animals (Here and Gone) following the theme of extinct animals but including other cuties.

Each artwork will be 5×7 inches big and signed by the artist and will not contain watermarks. Originals will be mailed free of charge for draw winners. You must be willing to provide a mailing address.

To enter


Simply comment on this post (feel free to suggest cryptids or animals you would like to see when you do), you will be entered into a draw.  A new draw will started each week and you will be able to see new images each day.
While we will be posting images on Instagram and Facebook, only comments on this post will count to the weekly draw.

If you aren’t interested in entering a draw and just want to purchase some of the artwork, they will be available in the shop (for a limited time) as well and any purchased will be removed from the draw immediately (being marked as SOLD in the gallery).

 

Currently accepting entries for

Giveaway ended, thanks everyone!

Week One Winner: B.A. Boyd
Week Two Winner: Khayla England
Week Three Winner: Carli Erin Gaudet
Week Four Winner: sangeeta
Halloween draw Winner: rainetomoe &  Erica Dickson

Animals

Cryptids

 

 

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Production Notes 3

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Keep up to date on what we are doing, even when we run silent.

 

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Hello, Albertosaurus

Still working on Hello, Albertosaurus! I missed a week updating because I ended up in the hospital but I’m back on track and hope there won’t be too many unexpected surprises like that one. I’m a little behind on my publishing goal so I’m not sure how to catch up on that one. but I’ll try. I’d love to have it published by next VANCAF.

 

New Projects

Well, I can’t say too much as I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say but I am working for a comic about cats with a company. The designs are done and we’re just working on some stories to build up. It’ll be on Tapastic as well as the business’s site so if you watch our Tapastic you’ll see it when its updated. Our patrons on Patreon are already getting all the details.

I’ve also added my own cat comic, House Lions, to Tapastic. It’ll be just an intermittent comic. Whenever I get a spare moment and inspirations some more silly cat comics will happen.

I have a few short comics in my head I’d really like to start putting into a physical form as well, so that will likely be another Tapastic series. Spreading myself thin, you say? Nonsense! 😛

Bones of The Coast

I’m also working with a really lovely writer, Greg Thelen,  on a pitch for Cloudscapes latest anthology project Bones of the Coast. I’m stoked about this one because the theme is perfect! I love horror and I love the coast!!!  Gregs story is a winner, I know it! I just hope my drawing and colouring will do it justice and we get accepted into this anthology.

 

 

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Extinct animals

Working on more extinct and endangered animals, I posted two new paintings on DA and on the website. Patreons also got a sneak peek of a cryptid painting I am working on.

Newest paintings are of a stellers sea cow and a whale shark. The whale shark was suggested by a convention goer at Vancaf 2015.

If you have a suggestion for the next extinct animal (mostly due to human activity), let me know! With a huge list it’s sometimes hard to pick which one to do next.

Sneak peeks are posted on Patreon.

Daqueran

Still pluggin along on Daqueran, some previews have been showing up on Patreon. I am trying to get several pages done before I start posting again. Patreons are getting sneak peeks and will get to see the pages right away as I finish them.

Bones of the Coast

I will possibly be working on a story for Cloudscapes latest anthology. More on that once I confirm. I have been designing characters for it already, so hopefully the script, written by Bevan Thomas,gets accepted.

Epic Canadiana

I will be inking part of another story for the Epic Canadiana 2, just helping out a friend who is injured.

Possible new webcomic

I am in the talks with someone about possibly doing a webcomic with them, it would be a long way off yet, but it would be a considerable project. More on that as it develops.

Thats probably more than enough to keep me busy for a while!

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