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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Printers Row Lit Fest

I’ll be at Printers Row Lit Fest 2019 on June 8th and 9th at the Printers Row Building in Chicago, IL.

There, I’ll be promoting Flawless Extra-Ordinary Super Heroes, the children’s book I’ve been working on for the past six months with Dr. Chaucey Chandler.

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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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My Time at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019

I had a decent time at Comic Con Revolution Chicago 2019! This convention was a smaller convention than I thought it would be but it was alright.

I shared a table with ScottyArtz and it was okay. We mostly just riffed on cool art, video games, and he explained hardcore Super Smash Bros. play to me.

I sold books like Incident at the Game Store and Shirley’s Day, butI sold very little art or comic books in general to overcome the costs to buying the table space and travel expenses be made.

I also managed to knock out a commission for Mochireru.

I saw some decent cosplays of characters I actually like. I’m not big into cosplay stuff, but usually I take a picture if the character peaks my intrest.

I got a cool new haul, courtesy by Brian Babendererde, EB Mead, and Andrew Taam.


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County Pop Culture Con 2019

I went to the County Pop Culture Con in Greyslake, IL last weekend. It was the slowest con I’ve ever been to so far. I broke even on my table, but in general it wasn’t that great in terms of sales and the distance to travel to the venue.

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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!