There has been a lot going on with The Sloping Companion and I have not updated the blog in some time. Therefore, here we go! My life has been through a massive transformation over the past year. I have lost almost 70 pounds and have been going through a complete reformulation of myself and what I consider to be the important things in life. It’s probably been the most challenging year of my life. Moreover, these personal struggles led my business down a road that made me lose sight of why I had gotten involved in all of this in the beginning.
I am happy to say that we are in a major upswing. I don’t want to dwell on the negative aspects of what happened this past year. I would like to focus on the things that are in my control in the here and now. Dwelling on those things out of our control will be an empty pursuit at this point.
The Sloping Companion continues to work on ideas for our site and we are also helping other people develop their ideas through our experiences and expertise. If you or anyone you know might be interested in making a pin or using our help on any of the services that we offer then please do not hesitate to call 630-495-1599 or feel free to fill out our contact form.
There are many updates going on in our world. Nicole Roach and I embarked on a journey about a year ago to play a few rounds of Words With Friends. What happened was a massive yarn of wordplay that eventually began to develop into a Science Fiction story we call The Oxen.
We have written a bunch of material for it and my hope is to begin a Kickstarter campaign in December to raise the money to release it as a web series in the near future over the Winter months. It’s the perfect cold weather indoor project for us. Stay tuned for more details on the project and check it out as more information becomes available! We are really excited about this one and are looking forward to sharing!
Check out some of these teaser videos! They say that the story is coming out this past October. That was a lofty goal and we had to delay the release of the story for a few months. This little bit of time should help put out a better story in the end. We will keep you posted. Much love and light. Stay tuned for more.
We also did some graphic art work recently for a company called I Love My M.J. They are a great company that is a hub for all sorts of gear for the music scene. They have a ton of merchandise. You’ve got to check them out. Pretty cool stuff! Go ahead and click the image below to go to their site and grab some gear. We had a ton of fun putting this logo together for Josh and company. Support your artists in the scene and keep this ship that we all love sailing on through the years. Much love to Josh and his camp.
We have been going what some might consider “design crazy” these days with all sorts of graphics being made that might develop into future bits and pieces for the community. Some of these are sitting in limbo right now and we are looking for funding. If you know someone that might want to come on as an investor then please hit us up and let us know. We can get you in on our brainstorms and you can walk away with some cool gear at a very low cost to sling up and down your territory. Let us up. We love talking to people. This is one Ween concept we are working on right now. Pork Roll, Egg And Cheese anyone?
I’m a huge Pretty Lights fan. Pretty Lights fans are going to either love this pin or hate it based on the individual. We had fun making it and they are now available through Nick Danforth. You can contact him on Facebook. He runs Pinpokalypse Hat Pins. Check out his Etsy site by clicking www.etsy.com/shop/pinpokalypse
We also hooked up with a great young Artist named Graeson Pritchard to help him develop a Bassnectar Hummingbird concept for a pin. We also ran a crowd funding campaign to produce some limited edition poster prints. You can visit his Etsy site by clicking www.etsy.com/shop/dagspot or just click on the images and it will get you to his store.
We also released a Guy Fawkes mask mandala pin this Fall. It did very well. Our first run of 100 pins sold out very quickly. We are releasing a red version and have produced more of the black version due to demand and popularity. They came out great and we love the mandala versions of pins. This one was really a no brainer. I recently went back and watched the film and it is just as strong as it was when I first watched it. Come on over to our Etsy shop! Click the image to enter our vortex. Woot!
We recently ran a Kickstarter campaign to release a series of pins for the Gaming community. These are also mandala style pins. We set out to produce seven different designs. We’ve currently completed three of the seven in the series. The Geek, Nerd and D20 pins are all now available in our etsy store. Click on the image to go there and grab them before they all sell out. We have almost completed all of the rewards for those that helped back our campaign. Much love to everyone that participated. Stay tuned for more campaigns!
We are also working on another pin in our series of R2D2 pins that project icnonic images throughout the music scene. We’ve done a few images in the past with different color variations. Some of our most popular pins have been Grateful Dead versions in the series.
This Bassnectar pin has been done as a printed version already. However, our pin is going to be a little bit different and follows the same design as our R2D2 pins that we did in the very beginning. This is a take on the tune “Upside Down” and features the logo flipped upside down. The song title will be on the back and it will also have a blinking strobe light in the large dot on the symbol. Stay tuned for the completed idea. We have done an electronic pin in the past for Phish and their song “Slave To The Traffic Light” and it was a wild hit. We hope this one catches just as much of a fire as that one did in the Phish scene.
The Bassnectar Muse mashup pin is also a wild seller. We seriously cannot keep them in stock. They turned out great and are also available in our Etsy store right now. We restock them as needed and people have really shown some love for this one. The printed style of pin can create so much detail on a piece if executed properly to the end. We were really satisified with this one and the way it came out that we had to make more of them for the Bassnectar/Muse fans out in the world. The Bassnectar song title “The Matrix” is also etched into the back with the concept by Kurt and taken from the original idea of Muse cover art.
We are also working on a character that will become part of a series of designs for Phish hatpins. We’ve got a “Phamily” idea that we are developing as well as a Miami NYE design. The lovely Nicole Roach has been developing this idea with me and they are coming out better than expected. Nicole Roach is a phorce to be reckoned with in terms of her graphic art and writing. She is very close to releasing an epic work of her own depicting some of her original illustrations. We made one of her ideas into a pin about year ago. It was Doublet Soup and is one of the characters in her upcoming book. Stay tuned for more information!
That’s not all. I told you that we have been busy as all get out these days. We also ran a second crowdfunding campaign after the initial Kickstarter was fully backed by our fans. This time it was an attempt to release the Guy Fawkes Mandala pin as a red variation. We also set out to release another pin for Nicole Roach and her Science Fiction Cookbook. Also, we aimed to release a poster print of the Bassnectar Hummingbird and a red variation of the D20 Mandala pin from our original Gamers 1.0 Series.
We hit our goal and exceeded it by the end of the campaign. We are happy to announce that we have also begun production on these items and will be filling rewards shortly from our fanbase. Thanks a lot for all of your love through the good and the bad. It will not be forgotten.
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