Year in Review

by Terri & Ariela

"Well, that was interesting*." ~ Just About Everyone

It's been a year. There were plenty of highs and just about as many lows. We released 14 products, discovered that Ariela is eligible to be nominated for awards (more on that later), did our best to keep Combover Caligula out of the White House (didn't succeed on that one).

Picture shows chibi Terri and chibi Ariela toasting with champagne flutes. Terri is giving the thumbs up. Not pictured is the next frame, where Ariela is passed out after drinking half a glass of champagne.

Picture shows chibi Terri and chibi Ariela toasting with champagne flutes. Terri is giving the thumbs up.
Not pictured is the next frame, where Ariela is passed out after drinking half a glass of champagne.

Some important numbers from Geek Calligraphy in 2016:

  • Got our 1st business license (in Chicago, you need to renew every two years, so this is the first of many)
  • Launched 1st ecommerce website
  • Launched social media presence on 3 platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr
  • Released 14 new products since launch
  • Donated items to 2 charities, raising a total of $196
  • Hung art in 4 art shows in 3 states
  • Ariela started scribing her 1st sacred text (Megillat Ester/Scroll of Esther)

We now have 14 art prints, 8 greeting cards, 5 ketubah designs, 3 miscellaneous Judaica products, and several small add-ons.

When Ariela was first signing up for our website platform (we use SquareSpace because of our ketubah form needs), she was debating between two service packages, one which allowed a maximum of 20 products and a more expensive one that allowed for unlimited items. We're rather thrilled that we need the latter.

Before the nomination period for the 2016 Hugo Awards closed (back in March), Terri noticed something very interesting. Well, first off she noticed that the Artist categories delineated by the Hugos were rather antiquated and no longer reflect the SF/F art landscape. But in her examination of the categories she realized that because our art has been shown at convention art shows, Ariela is eligible for the Best Fan Artist** award. Due to yet another instance of #Puppygate, a last minute campaign did not get enough nominating ballots to put Ariela on the list. We are hoping that in 2017, the air will clear some. 

Since Geek Calligraphy art has been hung in convention art shows in 2016, once again Ariela is eligible to be nominated for the Fan Artist Hugo. If you are in a position to nominate, we hope you will consider her work.

It's been a good first year for Geek Calligraphy, PCA (present circumstances aside).

Our efforts to make the world a better place continue.  While we were blindsided by the results of the election in November, we have both gotten back up and are doing our best to keep fighting. Each of us has our preferred social justice avenues in our private lives, but here at Geek Calligraphy we will continue to make art. We hope it will inspire you, help you feel less alone, and help you to keep getting up each day. And we're gearing up to meet 2017 head-on.

 

 

*The sort implied in "may you live in interesting times," or "Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die!"

**"But wait," we're hearing the peanut gallery declare, "Ariela and Terri make money from the art. Doesn't that make Ariela a professional artist?" NOPE! The Pro Artist category requires your art to have appeared in a for-sale print publication (magazine/book cover, book illustrations, etc). This means that you could be making a primary living from art, but unless you've been published that year, you're just a fan. Hence the reference to antiquated categories.***

***TERRI'S NOTE TO SELF: We do not have time/bandwidth to submit a proposal to the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting. We do not have time/bandwidth to submit a proposal to the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting. We do not have time/bandwidth to submit a proposal to the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting. We do not have time/bandwidth to submit a proposal to the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting.