Check out Ryan Schrodt's weekly webcomic Dear Dinosaur every Thursday at www.twoforonecomics.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

FIGHT LIKE A JEDI - A CHARITY FUNDRAISER

A little while back, my pal Rob Humphrey (who you may know as the writer behind the wildly awesome webcomic Punching the Clock) reached out to a number of his artist friends to let us know of a young boy who was facing a horrific medical ordeal and whose family was facing a large amount of medical bills.  Rob had a great idea for helping this young boy and we were honored to pitch in for the cause.  Out of this, the Fight Like a Jedi event was born.  Hit the link below to learn more about this project and the courageous young boy that it will helping.

Monday, November 12, 2012

QC Planet Comic & Arts Convention - Sunday November 18th!

Just a real quick announcement y'all...I have been added as a guest for this year's QC Planet Comic & Arts Convention in Rock Island, IL!  The show looks to be a great low-key get together for fans and creators.  Guests include myself, Jenny Frison, Gregg Paulsen, Charles Simpson and more!  For more information, check out their Facebook event page, which has a full list of guests: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/480335245313288/
 
My usual rates apply for this show, so you can check out the list of prices that I put up for my signing at Limited Edition Comics last week.  If you are interested in preordering a set of sketchcards (6 cards for $5) or a 9 x 12 piece ($10), let me know right away!
 
I hope to see y'all on Sunday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I-Con Comic Book Convention Wrap-Up

The annual I-Con Comic Book Convention, put on by the Iowa Comic Book Club, was this weekend in Des Moines, IA and I was honored to be part of the show for the second year.  The 2011 show was one of my favorite shows of the year and I am happy to report that the 2012 show was just as much of a success for me!
 
The show moved to the All Play Center in downtown Des Moines after several years at the Adventureland Inn in Altoona, IA (just outside Des Moines).  While parking was a major hassle for a lot of con-goers, I think that the show moving into the more larger downtown area was a good a move as the crowd was packed all day.  The only downside to the center is that the creators had to be split into two rooms, with the majority in a larger space with the dealers, while a handful of creators were in a secondary room across the center.
 
My books sold well all day and, once again, my MAKEbelieve minicomics for young readers were a hit with the more casual patrons with kids. Dear Dinosaur Volumes 1 and 2 also sold quite well throughout the day.  I even met my first Dear Dinosaur "superfan," had been following the strip for months before the show.  That was a first for me and completely made the show!
 
Hit the jump for a bunch of photos from the show, along with some swag that I picked up--but first, a really rad video that some folks made (I show up right away)!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Limited Edition Comics Signing Wrap-Up

Yesterday I had a fantastic signing event at Limited EditionComics in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  I cannot thank owner Rob and his crew enough for how welcome they made me and my wife feel during the event yesterday.  Limited Edition has a history of fantastic signings, with the likes of Erik Burnham, Tom Nguyen, and Cory Hamscher making regular appearances.  Even though I am far from the caliber of these creators, I was treated with the utmost respect and reverence throughout the day from both the staff and patrons of the shop.  The entire event was an absolute blast and I look forward to future signings there in the future!  Hit the jump to see some of the art that I did for the event!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

17 Days of Halloween Sketches!

While I most certainly do not consider myself an "aritst," I do spend some time every night to work on a sketch to sharpen my limited skills, which I hope will translate into a better looking Dear Dinosaur webcomic.  I post the sketches each night on my Twitter account and on my Facebook page.  In honor of Halloween this year, I decided to do 17 Nights of Halloween Sketches, most of which were chosen by my various social media followers.  Hit the jump to see the finished sketches!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sketchcards!

While most comic book artists supplement their income by selling original art at conventions, it can be hard for writers to cover the cost of shows without having the added boost that artists get from sketches/commissions/original art sales.  Faced with this quandry myself, I started doing $1 "Not an Artist" sketches at shows--basically I would draw anything for $1.  The concept took off and I was able to pull in a lot of fans to my table to buy the books I wrote, simply by promising cheap sketches.  It was a pretty rad deal.
 
Starting this year, I've switched to doing these as sketchcards and I'm much happier with the results. I can crank them out faster, which means making more fans happy and my limited art skills seem better suited for smaller pieces than larger commissions.  It is a win-win for everyone.
 
I'd like to use this post to showcase some of my sketchcards that I've done over the last few weeks, including my pre-order commissions for my upcoming signing at Limited Edition Comics in Cedar Falls, Iowa on November 7th!
 
If you are interested in ordering sketchcards ($1/each or 6 for $5), hit me up!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

SIGNING - Nov 7th at Limited Edition Comics!

The second printed volume of my webcomic Dear Dinosaur is off to the printers and I have lined up a special appearance to celebrate the occasion! On Wednesday November 7th, I will signing copies of Dear Dinosaur Volume II: Human Problems, Dinosaur Solutions at the supremely awesome Limited Edition Comics in Cedar Falls, Iowa from 10am to 6pm! I will have copies of Volume II for sale, along with my other comics and will be sketching throughout the day!


Here is a breakdown of what I'll have during the signing:


Dear Dinosaur Volume II: Human Problems, Dinosaur Solutions - $3
Dear Dinosaur Volume I: Advice-asaurus Rex - $3
Dear Dinosaur Volume I and II Combo Pack - $5

Matinee Eclectica - $5
MAKEbelieve #1: Today I am a Pirate! - $1
MAKEbelieve #2: I Think I will Conquer the Moon - $1
MAKEbelieve #3: Am I a Vampire? - $1
Shakespeare Shaken Anthology - $20

Here is a breakdown of my sketches and prices:

Sketchcards - $1
Sketchcard Sets (6 cards on one theme) - $5












BYOC Sketch Covers - $5
6 x 9 Sketches - $5











9 x 12 Sketches - $10 (preorder only)

If you are interested in ordering any sketches from me, please drop me a line on Facebook, Twitter, or email!


 
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ROCKTOBER UPDATE

Back a few months ago I made a post about how a lot of my creative endeavors were going to be put on hold because of the insanity that August 2012 was going to be for me.  Well, a crazy August turned into a crazy September, but I’m now back on the horse and revitalized for the remainder of 2012 and 2013. 
 
What does that mean? Well it means that it’s time for me to kick things back in gear.  Hit the link below for a full rundown of the next few months!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

FallCon 2012 Convention Report

Yesterday I attended the FallCon 2012 Comic Book Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota and it was a complete blast.  It was definitely one of the most profitable shows that I've attended and was well worth the 5 hour drive up to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the show, which was thrown by the Midwest Comic Book Association (check out their website at www.midwestcomicbook.com.
 
This was the first time I've attended FallCon as a pro, though I've made the trip up north a few times in the past.  After the success I had this year, I'll definitely be back in the future!  Hit the jump for a more in-depth review of the show!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

MCBA FallCon - October 6th - St. Paul, MN

Greetings, friends! I will be attending the annual Midwest Comic Book Association's FallCon comic book convention next week in St. Paul, MN! This is the first year that I have attended the show as a guest with a table but I've always had a blast with the show as a fan.

I'll have a number of different items for sale at my table and will be doing my infamous "not an artist sketches!"  Below is a breakdown of what I'll have available, along with pricing:
 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Searching for a Colorist

One of the most difficult things that an apsiring comic book writer can face is putting together a team of collaborators to bring his/her ideas to the page.  I've been very lucky to work with some amazing collaborators in the last few years, some of which had impressive resumes before we worked together and others who have gone on to some very exciting projects.  Thankfully I haven't had too much trouble finding collaborators...except colorists.  There is just something about those 4-color mavens that make them highly elusive for someone in my position.
 
I'm in a situation now where I definitely need a coloring collaborator and I'm asking all of you faithful readers to help out. 
 
Recently, a number of publishers have shown interest in the pitch for my 60 page graphic novella, HOW THE KRAMPUS SAVED CHRISTMAS.  Dominic Black's amazing black-and-white linework, along wth the excellent letters from Adam Wollet, have enticed publishers on the project, but we've been asked to bring a colorist in to seal the deal for the December 2013 release.

We need a high quality colorist that is willing to join the project for shared ownership and split profits.  Unfortunately, we cannot offer any upfront payment on this, but the project is almost guaranteed to see print.  The initial work would only require 3-4 colored pages for the publisher to approve.  The remainder of the 60 page graphic novel would need to be completed over the course of the next year.  It is a large project, but there are definite benefits and the lead time is favorable.
 
Interested applicants can contact me at rlschrodt@gmail.com.  Join the team for this awesome opportunity!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"Dark Mistress" Short from Shakespeare Shaken!

Friends! It has been far too long since I've updated the site, but now that I am past the insanity of August, expect more frequent updates from me.  To start things off, I have a comic out now!  You can buy it online!
 
My short story, "Dark Mistress" from Red Stylo Media's Shakespeare Shaken is now available digitally through Red Stylo's website.  The story is inspired by the 'Dark Lady' sequence of Shakespeare's sonnets (#127-154) and is a bloody tale of love and murder with art by Mark Mullaney.
 
The art is extremely unique.  It is done entirely in manipulated photographs, which is unlike any comic that I've ever worked on!  You should definitely check it out.  You can buy the individual story online or you can purchase it as part of the printed Shakespeare Shaken anthology directly from Red Stylo!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

SHAKESPEARE SHAKEN - Out this month!


An awesome anthology that features one of my short stories will be available starting this month!  SHAKESPEARE SHAKEN from Red Stylo Media is an anthology of short comics inspired by the works of William Shakespeare with unique twists.  My short "Dark Mistress" is a dark little tale inspired by Sonnet 130 ("My mistress' eyes...") with art from Mark Mullaney.  I think y'all will dig it!

The release of the anthology is being done in a really interesting way.  Starting on August 15th, the stories will be released digitally over the next month in small sections, with new stories being released each week.  My story will be released digitally on September 5th! You can purchase the story through RedStylo.com, DriveThruComics.com, Amusedom.com, and Graphic.ly!

For those of you that prefer print copies, the book will be open for orders on August 15th and shipping by the end of the month! You can get the book online through RedStylo.com, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.  I will also have a limited number of books at conventions and appearances this fall!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pre-August Update

Hey everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts from me lately.  The last few weeks have been INSANE with my day job and trying to prepping for what should be an amazing month for me creatively!  This month I have 3 short comics that I have to finish writing, 2 art pieces to draw for charity, and should be pitching at least 3 projects (2 announced, 1 not) to publishers.  Needless to say, things are getting crazy!

That being said, I will NOT be at Wizard World Chicago next week.  I had an amazing time at the show last year (my first time in Artist Alley), but it just wasn't in the cards this year.  I promise to be there next year, though!

I do, however, have a number of appearances lined up for this Fall.  I should have a table at FallCon in Minneapolis in October and at I-Con in Des Moines in November. I also plan to attend a 24-Hour Comic Book Day event, with the location to be determined (probably Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago) and I have a HUGE signing event in November that I'll announce soon!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Call to Arms: Let's Make More Comics!

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything new on the site and since I don’t have any other project announcements (for now), I thought I’d respond to the most common thing that I’ve heard since launching the site (and in true Ryan Schrodt fashion, I’m going to turn that into a call for even more work).  After posting the announcements for my various comics, I’ve had ton of people ask me about how I keep everything straight and about why I would push myself to do so many comics while juggling a personal life and a day job.

The short answer is pretty simple: I’m addicted to telling stories and making comics.  I love the medium and I’m bound-and-determined to tell as many stories as possible, which means working on as many projects as possible. 




Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Not-at-SDCC Commission Special!

Not everyone can make it to Comic Con International in San Diego this week (including me),so I've decided to bring the convention experience to you!  All week, if you order a $10 commission from me, you'll get a bonus signed comic for free!  That is an awesome way to get a cool 9" x 12" full color sketch and to check out some of my comics.  Trust me… you don't want to miss out on this opportunity!  If you are interested, hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or send me an email at rlschrodt@gmail.com!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Smashing Pumpkins Tribute Anthology Comic

A few weeks ago, I came across a short anthology comic that featured stories inspired by the songs of the Pixies.  While I’ve never been the biggest Pixies fan, I really liked the concept and was excited to see other comics out there inspired by other bands and artists that I grew up with.  I was shocked, however, to see that no one had assembled a comic book tribute to my all-time favorite band, The Smashing Pumpkins. 

I’ve decided to fix that and, in 2013, I plan to launch a massive comic book anthology tribute to one of the most influential musical acts of the last 25 years.
Since announcing the project on Twitter, I have received a lot of questions from potential contributors and I’d like to take this opportunity to answers some of them and lay the plans for the comic, though I won’t be pushing this in earnest until after Wizard World Chicago in August.  In other words, you’ll get some info now, but there is plenty more to come.



Monday, July 2, 2012

Now Writing - MAKEbelieve COMICS

Last week I posted that the inspiration behind my upcoming fantasy epic Oren Takes Flight was seeing a large number of kids at comic book conventions and not really having anything for them.  While Oren is still in development and wouldn’t be ready for the 2012 convention season, I wanted to have something that I could market towards these younger audiences.  Since I was having so much fun drawing Dear Dinosaur, I figured this might be a good chance to sharpen my drawing skills by working on longer-than-a-page stories.  And thus the MAKEbelieve minicomics were born!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Now Writing - HOW THE KRAMPUS SAVED CHRISTMAS


"Christmas is coming."

Continuing our look at my upcoming projects currently in development, tonight we look at the incredibly absurd standalone comic How the Krampus Saved Christmas.  This insane send-up to the Christmas specials of our youth is one my favorite comic ideas that I've ever had.  The project is currently on a fast track as I'd like to see it released this upcoming Christmas.  Hit the jump to find out more!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Now Writing: STRAY


The weeklong look at the comics I currently have in development continues tonight with a look inside Stray, my original graphic novel with artist Mat Nixon. This story is one of the simplest and most linear stories I have ever written and yet the storytelling in the graphic novel is one of the most ambitious and bold moves that I’ve made in my relatively short career.  More information about the comic can be found after the jump!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Original Art Commissions - Just $10!


Hey y'all! I'm taking a break in talking about my current projects to tell you about my commission prices.  My main focus in comics is writing not drawing, but after doing quick sketches at conventions and drawing the Dear Dinosaur webcomic every week, I have decided to start taking commissions for original artwork.

This is especially important at the moment as I have a massive traffic ticket due in just a few days (though I plan to fight it).  My pricing plan is simple.  All sketches are 9" x 12" and in full color.  Single characters are $10, with $10 for each additional character.  I'm willing to draw ANYTHING and I'm up for any challenge you present me! 
If you are interested, hit me up with a comment below or email me at rlschrodt@gmail.com with the subject line COMMISSION. A gallery of commissions can be found after the jump!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Now Writing: OREN TAKES FLIGHT


I’ve been attending comic book conventions since 2006 as a fan, but in 2011 I attended my first shows as a professional, promoting my comics Matinee Eclectica (more on this later in the week) and a short story in CLiNT Magazine  Both books were clearly aimed at the more mature crowd and did very well amongst folks over the age of 14.  Unfortunately, for kids younger than 14 (a group I never tended to notice at shows I attended as a fan), I had nothing.  This was a bummer.

After those shows I started to mull over this wasted opportunity and decided that I was going to write a comic book that was meant for all ages, but would be accessible and appealing to kids who might not be as interested in the more “mature” work that I had to offer.  Out of this came the fantasy epic, Oren Takes Flight.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Now Writing: DEAR DINOSAUR

For the first few posts on this blog, I'd like to briefly discuss the comics that I'm working on at the moment.  The first is my weekly webcomic, DEAR DINOSAUR! The webcomic, updated every Thursday, can be found at www.twoforonecomics.com alongside the excellent webcomics The Bait and Terrorbads.

Dear Dinosaur is an advice column written by a dinosaur (the titular Dear Dinosaur) who absolutely hates the humans that come to him seeking advice.  I launched the comic, which I write and draw, in January 2012 and currently have plans for it to run at least through Spring 2013 as long as people remain interested.

Welcome to the official website of Ryan Schrodt!

Hey there friends! Welcome to the new web home of me, comic book writer Ryan Schrodt.  I'm still working out some of the kinks for the site, but my goal is to use this site to provide updates about my projects, preview art, and interact with my small but growing fanbase.