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Date:2009-04-06 17:06
Subject:New Magazine Community

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Date:2008-10-27 21:43

Hello everyone!

This is my first time and I am hoping to get some feedback/advice from you guys. I am based in Montreal and I was wondering if anyone would know or could suggest where I can have greeting cards printed by the bulk; of course,  with envelopes to go with the cards (no print - maybe just envelopes in different colours). I do my art work old school way (no computers), ink and water colour.

Thanks! : )

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Date:2008-10-10 10:45
Subject:richmond zinefest this saturday!!!!! xposted

Saturday Oct 11, 2008
at 11:00 AM

Gay Community Center of Richmond
1407 Sherwood Ave.
Richmond, Virginia|47 23220
United States
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The 2008 Richmond Zine Fest will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2008, from 11am to 5pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, at 1407 Sherwood Ave. FREE!!

Spread The Word!!

We will have approximately 40 zine tablers, and 8 readings/workshops.


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Date:2007-10-31 12:57

  Community for all you designers! Join & introduce yourself!





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Date:2007-10-19 09:26
Subject:My new Art Book!

Hey folks,

In 2001, my first art book, FANTASTIC VISIONS, was published by Avatar Press. It was a cool book, but the color section was relatively small, and it only featured drawings and paintings of properties I own. In other words, no STAR WARS, or any of the other cool properties I've worked with.

Last year, my second art book, PUCKER, was published by SQP. While this was my first full color art book, it featured my glamour, pin-up and good girl art. While it did show many of the licensed properties, the focus was only with ones that featured the ladies.

Now, I'm proud to announce THE WORLDS OF MATT BUSCH, which is being published by Hermes Press!

Finally, a book that will show all the different sides of my art. From Sci-Fi to Horror to many of the Music acts I've worked with... This book will have it all! From STAR WARS to THE CROW to LORD OF THE RINGS to OZZY OSBOURNE and more!

Designed lavishly by Daniel Herman, this huge book actually has twice as many pages as PUCKER! Extra glossy and thick stock paper- this book will be classy! If you're even remotely fond of my work- this is definitely the book to get!

You can preorder the book right now at Target- and you'll save a whopping 34% off the cover price! Click the image above!

Thanks so much for your support!

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Date:2007-10-02 18:59

i need help with a printing problem. I run a small campus magazine at Rice University, The Rice Standard. http://www.ricestandard.org. We print monthly, usually centerstitched 5-6 sheets of newsprint. we buy our newsprint from Texas Art Supply, which stocks only one brand, at 12x18. We then take it to Kinkos and have it cut to 11x17 and then we print it using two HP 8150dn printers. they're fairly old but in decent condition.

we use indesign, and the inbooklet plugin, to generate the layout/send to the printer.

recently, however, we have been unable to get the newsprint to work in these printers. almost every sheet has been jamming. we cannot afford to even have 1% jamming, as we print over 7500 sheets per issue.

is there a way to customize these printers so that we can use newsprint for our magazine? is there something we are doing wrong? has anyone had these kinds of problems before?

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Date:2007-09-10 19:25

Finally, for the graphic designers among us. Enjoy a two minute and thirty-six second rock rendition of that client request you've heardtime and again:

The Logo Song

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Date:2007-08-20 08:18
Subject:How to solicit a writer?

Hi All,

I'm  putting a zine together with a submissions deadline of January 31.  I've gotten very little response from the writers I've solicited directly.  I wonder if this is just because the deadline is still a ways away, or am I doing something wrong?  What is the professional way to solicit a writer?   Here are the guidelines I'm directing people to.  Thanks so much for your help.


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Date:2007-06-24 02:17

Hi All,

On a long process of figuring out what I wanted to do with my life I opened my own publishing company. I am a writer and so are many of my friends and publishing is a very difficult field. I wanted to self publish and then thought why not just publish for everyone, aka the love of my life, my company was born.

Anyways I realize this is not going to be a walk in the part and it will take a lot of work. I am looking for classes to take but I wanted to know are there any books I could read that deal with self publishing to the very end? This involves doing your own layout in a program quite like InDesign or Quark, finder printers to print. Things like that. Not just writing the booking and creating a great manuscript to take to someone else to publish. Any help would be gratefull and this will be x-posted to other communities. If it doesn't fit this community please feel free to delete. Thanks!!

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Date:2007-06-23 01:03
Subject:printing press

Hi all! I was wondering if anyone here runs a offset press?

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Date:2007-04-10 16:49
Subject:InDesign exporting PDF

I'm trying to export a PDF from InDesign. When I do, the fonts get completely messed up, specifically the letter-spacing goes haywire.

I tried printing a pdf, but the quality was too low. I tried printing a postscript file and distilling it, but I got errors with that method.

Any advice? Thanks!

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Date:2007-01-15 23:58
Subject:You Can Draw STAR WARS Update 3!

From what I understand, the new book You Can Draw STAR WARS hits shelves today! I'm pretty excited about it. I can't wait to see what you guys think and get some feedback on it. A lot of time went into it and I think you'll be impressed.

DK books is also making cool You Can Draw STAR WARS pencils and postcards, so I'm gonna see if I can get a bunch and set up a contest so that you all can have an opportunity to get one... There will be other contests to win original art from the book as well! A website is on the way, in-person classes taught by STAR WARS artists, and much more!

If you haven't already, click the link below to go to the official MySpace page for the book!:)

In the meantime, tomorrow I'm filming pick-up shots for the first episode of the video tutorials for You Can Draw STAR WARS that will appear as web episodes on StarWars.com and DK.com! These are step-by-step video segments intended as supplements to the material covered in the book. I've already started editing, and they're coming out great!

As always, you can get the book at Amazon.com by clicking HERE!

Hope all is well with you, and you're all keeping up with your New Year's Resolutions! I am!

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Date:2006-12-17 22:50
Subject:Classic Sci-Fi and Horror Movie Posters!

Recently I illustrated 76 full-color, fully-painted sketch cards for a new trading card set called CLASSIC SCI-FI AND HORROR MOVIE POSTERS! The set pays tribute to all the great iconic posters of yesteryear.

The whole sketch card business... I've got my opinions about it, which I won't delve into too deeply here. Basically, I think they are a really cool and wonderful opportunity for collectors to own an official rare piece of art from one of their favorite artists. But, some of the companies that make these cards are taking advantage of the artists. Long story short, tons of work, not much pay, recognition, or sometimes even respect.

That being said, this new company, Breygent, who did this CLASSIC SCI-FI AND HORROR MOVIE POSTERS series has upped the ante here. Rather than doing the quick pencil sketch cards, they're having artists do full color finished pieces of work. Obviously this is a lot more work, but we're being compensated for it. I think this is a great idea.

Click on the banner above and you'll be taken to a sample gallery of my cards for this set!
(Keep in mind that these were illustrated on small trading cards, not giant illustration boards...)

As you can see at the gallery, I paid tribute to some of the classics, like ATTACK OF THE 50ft WOMAN, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, FLIGHT TO MARS, FORBIDDEN PLANET, H.G. WELLS' WAR OF THE WORLDS, and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY... I used to marvel at these posters as a kid!

Anyway, these trading cards will be coming to a store near you soon. The set has other cool incentives like randomly inserted autographed cards from the actors and actresses who were in these movies! More soon...

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Date:2006-11-23 18:23
Subject:PUCKER Update!

Hey all!

My new art book, PUCKER: The Seductive Art of Matt Busch is doing well! The response has been wonderful! It's been getting lots of great reviews, plugs, and even articles in all kinds of magazines and websites... I'll have an updated list soon...

Also- it's now available at Bud Plant Comic Art! Click the banner below to order it there directly!

I'll end this shameless plug while it's short, but I did want to mention the killer price. It's only $14.95! For an over-size full color art book, that's pretty sweet if you ask me. Hmmm... Know anyone that would love this for Christmas? (Hint!)

Anyway, you can order both the hard and soft cover editions at the banner/link above. A lot when into the design of this fun book- I know you'll enjoy it! THANK YOU ALL for your continued support!


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Date:2006-11-14 11:22
Subject:Wedding invite inspiration

I'm designing invitations (which may actually be in the form of a book) and save-the-dates for a client who's getting married. She wants a fairytale/storybook theme.

I have very little experience with this sort of thing so I'm looking for inspiration. I just started browsing on theknot.com for ideas. Any other recommendations? Thanks!

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Date:2006-10-31 21:59
Subject:PUCKER is here!

Hey all!

I'm pleased to announce that my new art book, PUCKER: The Seductive Art of Matt Busch is now available! My copies just came in, and- WOW -does it look good!

This full color collection showcases over one hundred of my most glamorous, sexiest pin-up paintings. Released in both Hard and Soft Cover editions, this is the follow-up to my first art book released in 2001, "FANTASTIC VISIONS: The Art of Matt Busch".

While most of my illustrations typically fall under the Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror genres, I'm often hired to render steamy images of the female form. As collected in PUCKER, you'll see work with models like Alley Baggett (PLAYBOY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, PRIVATE PARTS), LeeAnn Tweeden (MAXIM Magazine, THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW, ESPN's FITNESS BEACH), and Lisa Marie Scott (FHM Magazine, VANITY FAIR, BAYWATCH NIGHTS).

Click the image above to order the book online!

While the book focuses on female imagery, it branches off into different genres, including horror, science fiction and even anime. It also has sections of women from various licensed properties, including STAR WARS, LADY DEATH, and WITCHBLADE. In addition to drawings and paintings, PUCKER also goes behind the scenes to show how I photograph models and sketch composition layouts. It even includes a visual Step by Step process of my painting technique!

While PUCKER has no nudity, the book is definitely sexy and definitely has attitude. However, what I feel it isn't, is demeaning or degrading to women. If anything, this book is a celebration of the female figure. Artists have used women as muses throughout history. Even the first human artifact in recorded history is a curvaceous statue of a female form.

And- The Introduction to PUCKER is written by John Dolmayan of SYSTEM OF A DOWN! I had Rikki Rockett of POISON write the Intro to my last art book, so I thought it would be cool to continue with the theme of having a Rock Star write my intro, as opposed to some snooty art critic.

Anyway, you can order both the hardcover and soft cover editions at the image/link above. A lot when into the design of this fun book- I know you'll enjoy it! THANK YOU ALL for your continued support!

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Date:2006-10-24 12:07
Subject:Seeking Experienced troff Formatter

I am looking to hire a troff formatter for a small freelance job.

If you are one or know one, let's talk.

If you don't know what that means, please carry on as you were. If you suffer from morbid curiosity nonetheless, go here. Yep, it really is that old and boring.

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Date:2006-10-15 00:38

Love you long time.

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Date:2006-09-08 11:17
Subject:First Look at my How to Draw STAR WARS Book...

Today at the official STAR WARS website, StarWars.com, Lucasfilm has released a "First Look" at the new "You Can Draw STAR WARS" book coming out this Holiday Season from DK Books.

This has been a labor of love of mine for almost the whole year so far. But teaching folks of all ages how to draw STAR WARS has been something close to my heart for almost a decade now. I began by writing and illustrating numerous How To Draw articles for STAR WARS Kids Magazine, and later, tutorials on How To Draw for StarWars.com. So to be a part of the quintessential book that's being released has been a dream come true, and brings this journey full circle.

Written by Lucasfilm's Bonnie Burton and illustrated with fellow STAR WARS artist Tom Hodges, this book will cover it all. Complete with Trace Overlays, Stencils, and Foldout Pages, the production on this book will really be top notch.

I'll be talking more about it in the coming months before it's release, but you can get the first official sneak peek by clicking the image above!

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Date:2006-09-04 17:29
Subject:My new SKETCHBOOK is available Online!

Hey folks, just wanted to give you the heads up that my first-ever Self-Published SKETCHBOOK is now available Online.

I'm really happy with how it came out. I think the work speaks for itself, but I really put a lot of extra care into the presentation. It's all glossy paper, and I put a lot into designing the layout for each and every page. What's more, I've included lots of notes on each page. For every sketch, there's a story behind it, and I feel those stories help to get into an artist's mind when taking in their art.

The book has sections on STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, COMICS, HOLLYWOOD stuff, MUSIC art, BABES, WITCHBLADE, DANGER GIRL, and even sketchbook pages from my Independent Movie, CONJURE. From the simplest sketch to highly rendered tonal drawings, you'll find it all in this 36 page sketchbook.

Previously only available at select shows and conventions, you can now get one of these SIGNED and NUMBERED sketchbooks by CLICKING the ABOVE BANNER!

Thanks so much for your support! :)

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