April 8, 2009

the next gapingvoid print: "wolf vs sheep", pre-order at $265

["Wolf vs. Sheep". Click on image to enlarge]

[UPDATE: Wolf vs Sheep $265 is now closed. The price is now $350 pre-order until the print ships, early May. Thanks for the support!!!!!]

"Wolf vs. Sheep" will be the next gapingvoid print.

The votes are in, and it is always interesting to see which image wins, and what people have to say about why. We were betting that the winner was going to be "Love Begets Love", but between the emails and comments, it was at least three-to-one for "Wolf vs Sheep". [Which just proves that I still do not know why people like one cartoon over another]. Even though, fewer people voted for the other images, they were no less passionate about the ones they selected, and that started us thinking... as I will explain below.

I am always reminded that I need to spell out the 'fine print', as follows:

1. It'll be printed around the end of April, and will retail at $450.00. It'll be an edition of roughly 100, hand signed and numbered by me. The first 30 people who pre-order it by making a $100 deposit using the PayPal button below can have it at the pre-publication price of $265.00. Any orders after, but before the publication date can buy it for $350.00. The minute the print goes into production, the price reverts back to $450.00.


2. To secure your pre-order, please use the PayPal button above to make a $100 deposit. The PayPal form will ask you for all your details [including your preferred shipping address], which of course we'll have for our records. Why are we asking for a deposit? To weed out the spammers, flakes and trolls out there [This is the Internet, after all], leaving only committed buyers in the mix. No other reason.

3. The print will be ready to ship in 4-6 weeks. We'll send you another PayPal for the outstanding invoice once the artwork is printed.

4. We'll be printing these to the same high standards as last time i.e. top-of-the-line inks and paper, approx 24" x 35" in dimension. If for some reason, I don't like the way the colors lay down when I am proofing it, I reserve the right to change the colors and if you don't like the final image, you can have your deposit back, no questions asked.

5. Shipping & handling [approx $45 USA, $65 abroad] is not included in the price. The buyer is also responsible for any Customs & Excise outside the USA. We ship them flat, not rolled. When you give us your details, please remember to include your name, not just your company name. Otherwise the Post Office won't accept it.

6. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email at gapingvoidprints@gmail.com, and either Laura or me will answer them.

Though "Wolf vs Sheep" was the clear winner, there was still a lot of PASSIONATE support for the two other contenders, "Create Or Die" and "Love Begets Love" [see the comments]. We're looking at ways to make those available to you as well. I drafted a post earlier today that I'll publish in a few days. In part, it says:
EVERY DAY now, I'm getting emails from people, requesting that I turn their favorite gapingvoid cartoon into a limited edition print. The good news is, in an ideal world, I would do it in a nanosecond. The bad news is, it is just not economically feasible. These sorts of print editions are really expensive to make, and without a critical mass of customers per edition, it simply doesn't work

The funny thing about my work is, that because there is so much of it, so many different images mean so many different things to so many different people. On one level, I've been really blessed at being very prolific, but on another level, I struggle with deciding what to images to choose for production. Yes, there are obvious ones, like "The Bluetrain", but many, like "Corinthians", which proved to be really popular in the end, I could have just as easily not have chosen.

There HAS to be a better way. Somehow, I need to make the selection process more open to Everyone....

So I'm thinking to myself, wouldn't it be cool if people could SPONSOR their own limited edition? Seriously.

We're looking into this idea where individuals can feasibly "sponsor" the production of their favorite cartoon into print form, and harnessing the power of the Internet to get other people to join their cause. We'll either build or own website for that, or we'll use something like Fundable.org.


["Love Begets Love" and "Create or Die".]

"Love Begets Love" and "Create or Die" will be the guinea pigs. It'll be really interesting to see what happens. Please watch this space.

Thanks, as always, for your love and support!

Posted by hugh macleod at April 8, 2009 3:26 PM | TrackBack

Sounds like @saranyan's idea with the kids designing business cards for charity. Great plan.

Will the person sponsoring/pushing for a specific cartoon get their name on the print, or will it be a group thing where the reward for sponsoring will be getting to buy the print?

You're brilliant.


Posted by: Daniel EdlenDaniel Edlen at April 9, 2009 11:01 AM

how will we know if we're one of the first 30 pre-orders?

Posted by: Justin at April 9, 2009 11:04 AM

Justin, when the first 30 pre-orders are gone, I'll announce it AND update the blog, letting people know...

Thanks! :)

Posted by: hugh macleod at April 9, 2009 11:09 AM

Really exciting idea; can't wait to see how it works out. I'll definitely join the "Create or Die" cause.

Posted by: Kelli Shuter Cessna at April 9, 2009 11:15 AM

Glad you're looking into fundable as I suggested… I think it could simplify both the choosing and billing process for you a lot. The coolest thing is the way it lets people commit to purchase without billing them until critical mass is achieved.

Maybe you should try it out with the two that didn't make the cut on this round and see what happens?

Posted by: John T Unger at April 9, 2009 11:30 AM

Just placed my pre-order. very excited.
I actually liked all three choices, but there's something about the sentiment of "Wolf vs Sheep" that will be good to have

Posted by: Offbeatmammal at April 9, 2009 11:36 AM

Just placed my pre-order. very excited.
I actually liked all three choices, but there's something about the sentiment of "Wolf vs Sheep" that will be good to have

Posted by: Offbeatmammal at April 9, 2009 11:36 AM

Just placed my pre-order. very excited.
I actually liked all three choices, but there's something about the sentiment of "Wolf vs Sheep" that will be good to have

Posted by: Offbeatmammal at April 9, 2009 11:36 AM

Love it! Best of luck, keep on making great art!

Posted by: Jess Sloss at April 9, 2009 11:38 AM

Yes, John, that's what we're thinking of doing... Thanks for the recomendation :)

Posted by: hugh macleod at April 9, 2009 11:39 AM

I'm in. Great print.

Posted by: Kent Newsome at April 9, 2009 12:01 PM

It seems everyone knows that wolf/sheep cartoon is my favourite. I've obviously made quite a noise about it in the ether!

Someone sent me a twitter message to tell me it was up for sale. I'm devastated that I can't afford it.

You just make sure they all go to good homes, y'hear?

Posted by: Karyn Romeis at April 9, 2009 1:10 PM

@Karyn Romeis: When I bought mine PayPal gave me the option of making payments for it over time. Maybe if you spread it out you could afford it?

Posted by: John T Unger at April 9, 2009 5:51 PM

Oooo! I want help sponsor Love Begets Love – great idea! Can't wait!

Posted by: Vanessa at April 9, 2009 8:37 PM

Oooo! I want to help sponsor Love Begets Love – great idea! Can't wait!

Posted by: Queen Vee at April 9, 2009 8:57 PM

Pre-ordered one as well. Finally!

Now someone just needs to get Hugh drunk (or whatever is necessary) and have him fix the yellow color ;-)

Posted by: Lars Marowsky-Brée at April 10, 2009 6:33 AM

Can't wait to hang mine on the wall, tree, post, floor, or whatever floats my boat !

.... and I already called "shotgun" on #1 :-)

Posted by: DellServerGeek at April 10, 2009 1:27 PM

You could use a site like uservoice.com to help manage the voting a little more clearly and for people to talk about their favourite cartoons again. It allows votes to build up over time, people only get their votes back when you complete an idea (or they take their votes back), and it means you only have one place to look at to see where people are thinking.

For what it's worth, I almost went for this one, but am holding out for "Don't try and sell a meteor to a dinosaur..." :-)

Posted by: Paul Robinson at April 10, 2009 1:40 PM

@Lars: I wouldn't mind getting mine in a different color either, but I guess we'll have to see what Hugh thinks when he proofs them.

Posted by: Tyler at April 10, 2009 7:44 PM

Tyler, well, I had two red prints in a row last time, so I didn't want to overdo it...

Also, when I was in Miami, I saw a yellow version of "We Need To Talk", and it looked FANTASTIC.

Until the proofs have been signed off, nothing is real ;-)

Posted by: hugh macleod at April 10, 2009 8:02 PM

Completely understandable. Plus, let's not forget you're the artist here, so I know your final call will be the best one ;)

Posted by: Tyler at April 11, 2009 1:43 AM

Hi Hugh, yes, I can see all those points and I trust you will make the best decision; if you don't want to overdo a particular shade of red, that's fine. Just thought you might want to reconsider the bright yellow. I always thought of that message as very "stripped" and "bare".

I definitely look forward to seeing it on my wall.

Posted by: Lars Marowsky-Brée at April 11, 2009 7:22 PM