The Art of Ryan Francis

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My Time at Printer’s Row Lit Fest and Reworking Stuff

Last Saturday, I visited the Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2019 for the first time and it was pretty nice. I’d never heard of it until Dr. Chandler, author of Flawless Extra-Ordinary Super Heroes, told me about it. I met up with her and her family at her table there, chatted with some fans, signed books, and had a nice time.

Also, at Printer’s Row Lit Fest I encountered writers and artists such as Bizarro Writers Association, a writers group who specializes in Pulpy and Weird Fiction stories, the American Museum of Writers, who I had never heard of until now, Adam Fotos the only comic artist I found there, he created Dragon and Goat, a fun webcomic about the antics of a Dragon and a Goat plus a few more like Stella Jones, Megan Mackie, Norbert Krogstad, Ta’She’Ana Banks, Evan Rodgers, and Cloud Orchid Publishing.

I got some old books from the Powell’s Books Chicago tent for an excellent price. Next week, I’ll also be visiting Custer Fair in Evanston, IL! I’m not selling anything, but just checking the place out.

In other news, I’m slowly doing some cleanup to my website. I’ve been trying to take commissions and doing more to create more substantial work to completion.

I’m also changing up a few of my convention products: creating a printed sketchbooks, making stickers of some art pieces, dropping low selling prints and looking into other alternatives besides selling comic books.

I feel a sense of dread, insecurity and personal frustration with my work that I feel like I need to level up and be less crappy with my work. Very little of my body of work is finished and the little that is finished is woefully inadequate for anyone to look at.

I’ve been a bit quiet about it, but I’m also building up a Patreon account. I wanted to put it off more for when I had a bit more of a following but from the advice of peers, I decided to claim the spot for the future. At the moment I’m still figuring things out on Patreon, mostly posting Shirley’s Day and Incident at the Game Store things to test out the posting systems as I work on my next personal project.

It’s hard to keep that commitment to regular updates with a regular  day job but I have no other support alternatives at the moment at the moment so tell your friends when you can!

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Commissions are Open

After a long time of self doubting myself, putting it off, and getting myself free from other art commitments, I want to formally announce that I’m taking digital and traditional character commissions!

I can draw full body or portrait icons of a bunch of things on the quick:

  • Original Characters
  • Fan Art
  • Furrys
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-fi
  • Manga
  • And many, many more

All prices are in U.S. Dollars. Payment upfront only via PayPal or Cash App.

I have details on my new commission page on my website, but here is the quick and dirty of my digital art prices:

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Anime Central and More!

I went to Anime Central 2019 last weekend to hang out and enjoy myself for once. A friend of mine offered me one of his extra passes, so he convinced me to stop by.

It was an overall more satisfying convention to me compared to when I went last year. I bought plenty of stuff like a Jojo Plushie and a bag piece and blank white skyn to draw on from Equilibrium USG.

I touched back with a few personal friends, got some help and feedback on my comic work from someone I frequently look to for advice, attended an interesting panel about Japan’s Doujinshi scene, tried out the XP-Pen display tablets at their booth and did some digging for new conventions to attend soon and best friend tried an anime dubbing audition with Bang Zoom! Entertainment.

I’ll drop another reminder that I’ll be at County Pop Culture Con on Saturday, May 25th at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Greyslake, Illinois and Comic Con Revolution Chicago on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday 2nd at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center Rosemont, IL!


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Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019

I’ll be at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019 on June 1 to 2! This is the first time at a larger convention so it’s pretty exciting!

I’ll be at Table B9 with Chris Scott, creator of the action-packed webcomic RayFox. We’ll be selling original comics, prints, and doing commissions!

Come check us out at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL!


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Incident at the Game Store Releases Today!

After waiting with bated breath, my comic prints have finally arrived and I can officially announce that Incident At The Game Store is now for sale on my Etsy store for $3.00 and a digital version for $1.00!

As with buying a physical copy of Shirley’s Day, you can get it personally signed and sketched by me!

If you want to support me as an artist but don’t want a printed comic, you have the option of tipping me on my new Ko-Fi page!

All of my comics were printed by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. They take a while to get done but they’re still a decent way to get started printing your own self-published comics and I’ll still recommend them.

If you want to check out my process if making this comic exist, look through my archives of articles on making Incident at the Game Store.

Please look forward to my next project soon!

New Affiliations


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A New Affiliation

I’m now an affiliate for Dick Blick Art Supplies and Utrecht Art Supplies. It’s another way you can support me and my work outside of buying comics from my Etsy store or commissioning art from me.

As an artist, I buy art supplies from Blick stores in the Chicagoland area often and I do what I can to write articles about the tools and supplies I used to make my traditional art and comics, so that anyone else who’s interested can also make comics and art as I can.

As of this post, all the links I post to Dick Blick or Utrecht are affiliate links. When you order any supplies I recommend or other supplies from their online store through their affiliate links, I’ll get a commission of up to 10% for any sales that come to them from my website.