Look at what finally arrived in the mail!
It's official: I'm a Melodica Guy now.
My name is Jake & I make comics and cartoons I guess. I'm the captain of the Orbital Death Ray, which is super expensive cuz it runs on like, space fuel or protons or something. I make art so I can entertain you & enjoy the finest freeze-dried space food.
Death Ray Captain
Joined on 3/13/18
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - January 2nd, 2019
This is gonna be my year, you guys. I'm gonna gain a TON of new followers, make a literal BUTTLOAD of new art, and finally get my SHIT together! Keep a look out for lots of new stuff from me: New Stanley Crowe pages (not to mention some future stuff with him), new animation, and maybe even some NSFW art here and there ;)
I'm seriously jazzed to share all my new work with everyone! LOOK OUT 2019, HERE I COME!
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - December 13th, 2018
I've started taking music seriously again after being in too much hurty to practice. I'm already learning, and it's proving quite the healthy outlet. I've gone ahead and printed up some sheet music to learn on my mandolin, and I made sure to choose something I'll be super motivated to stick with ;)
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - December 12th, 2018
That's right, your pal Jake is officially accepting commissions! The Orbital Death Ray needs routine maintennance and donating blood and plasma only gets one so far. Here are my prices:
Single character sketch: $30.00
-Additional characters: $15.00 each
Single character inked: $50.00
-Additional characters: $30.00 each
Single character colored and shaded: $85.00
-Additional characters: $50.00 each
A full background with all the bells and whistles will run about $100 extra, but the price varies depending on the level of details/finish.
If you have something in mind, or just general inquiries regarding what I'll draw, don't hesitate to shoot me a message.
Of course, you can always swing by my Patreon if you feel like supporting me but don't want a commission: https://www.patreon.com/JakeStueber
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - November 20th, 2018
So the company I work for, Dekko Comics has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could use your support!
Dekko makes educational comics for school kids who might struggle to learn the conventional way. They do great work and frankly, I wish I'd had these when I was struggling in school myself.
Please consider kicking in a few bucks for support and help spread the word!
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - November 17th, 2018
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Stan Lee just the other day. Lee was a great man who did more for the medium of comics then most of us realize, and he'll be missed.
Unfortunately, I'm also seeing a lot of people bickering about the guy; folks coming out with "UM he actually didn't create (insert character)" and "He was just an editor, he didn't really write a lot!" I just want to address these complaints real quick.
First of all, Stan Lee wasn't just an editor, he was one of the most important editors in comic history, and vital in creating the Marvel we know today. He helped write amazing characters, mostly by adding essential elements of humanity and relatability. He held the artists to high standards and reigned in some of their more ludicrous ideas to keep things accessible (MAD respect for King Kirby, but some of his actual story ideas could be pretty out there). Not to mention his work on "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way", one of the ESSENTIAL books on narrative art.
But even getting hung up on his tenure as an editor is to undermine his true importance. Stan was the first person to truly champion comics as both art and literature at the level he did. What his critics like to deride as "self-promotion" was just as much crusading on behalf of comics.
It's important to remember that back then, comics were seen as disposable fluff for kids, to be consumed and discarded like candy wrappers. Stan used his natural gift for self-promotion, personable demeanor and unique eloquence to tell the world that they were so much more than that. Just watch the man in interviews as he speaks about the latest issue of Iron Man or Captain America with all the breathless enthusiasm and childish glee as if it were a great film or novel.
More so than anyone before or since, Stan Lee was a champion of comics as art to be admired as one would admire a great painting; literature to be read as one would read a fine book; a medium created by real artists and writers that deserves to be taken seriously.
In this age of web comics, creator-owned publishers and cinematic universes, the stigma of comics has thankfully passed. And now, sadly, so too has the man who did more than any other to fight that stigma. As a narrative artist myself, I say: Thank you Mr. Lee. Thank you for moving the medium forward, thank you for helping the world appreciate us and our art, and thank you for believing in us.
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - November 4th, 2018
That's right, after a few weeks of having this project on the back burner, Stanley Crowe is back! I've got a huge chunk of the remaining thumbs done, several paintings underway, and I'm stoked!
Halloween never ends, and Stanley still has some serious adventuring to do ;)
You can help support this project on Patreon, if you wanna: https://www.patreon.com/JakeStueber
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - September 21st, 2018
Yeah, I know it's still September, but screw that: HALLOWEEN!!! The weather's getting cooler, the stores are stocking up on spooky decorations, and soon October will be here. Halloween, the greatest, most spookiest time of the year is right around the corner and I couldn't be happier! Join me in keeping this holiday cheer alive for the entirety of October, won't you?
As for my current comic, I'm putting it on hold until November. The rest of September and all of October will be dedicated to a super special Halloween project! I can't wait to share it with you guys 🎃
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - August 2nd, 2018
This month I’ll be making some major changes in my life.
For years now I’ve been in horrible shape, both physically and mentally. I’m 30-40 pounds overweight, I’m constantly listless and depressed, and I procrastinate too much. Fact is, I just haven’t been taking care of myself for a while, and that ends now.
For starters, I won’t be watching any videos (movies, shows, online stuff, etc.) for 30 days. I’ve been watching vids every day for years and I feel like I’m reliant on that now. So I’m cleansing my system and curing myself of that need. It’s unhealthy and it’s a major source of procrastination.
Secondly, I’m going back to exercising daily. My house has a pool, I own a bicycle and we live in the woods. There’s no damn reason for me to not be more active and start building some muscles.
Also, I’m gonna start eating better. My diet consists mostly of what I can scrounge up, which usually means burgers or take-out. I gotta get some better food in me and loose some weight.
Lastly, I’ll be taking music more seriously. I’ve wanted to learn an instrument for years and I love my mandolin very, very much. I know being able to play it will be immensely beneficial to my mental health.
This is gonna be my year, you guys. The year I start earning some real money as an artist, create a better life for myself and maybe even start to enjoy myself again! Wish me luck, friends!
Posted by Orbital-Death-Ray - July 1st, 2018
Hey folks! Here's my monthly bout of shameless begging I MEAN MONTHLY REMINDER THAT I HAVE A PATREON. You can get some extra goodies by kicking in just a couple of bucks a month, like early access to stuff, the ability to vote in some exclusive polls, and TONS of behind-the-scenes silliness.
SO if you feel like all that money in your poor, bloated wallet is weighing you down, consider kicking a few sheckles my way so I can continue to make art and stories for all you fine folks out there!