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July 23, 2008 5:45 PM   Subscribe

Webcomic artist D.J. Coffman offers to draw anything you want for $2 apiece.
posted by divabat (42 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
thanks, divabat! i just ordered one!
posted by msconduct at 6:13 PM on July 23, 2008


I'm going to abuse this wonderfully
posted by Muddler at 6:15 PM on July 23, 2008


Draw me a $100 bill, please.
posted by fixedgear at 6:54 PM on July 23, 2008


I bet there's someone in India who'll do it for a nickel.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:02 PM on July 23, 2008


That is the awesomest thing I've seen in [indeterminate time frame].
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 7:03 PM on July 23, 2008


Okay, he got me with "Norman Rockwell slapping an orphan with his wang".
posted by yhbc at 7:13 PM on July 23, 2008


Yeah, this is great. I'm definitely going to use this for awesome.
posted by Stunt at 7:30 PM on July 23, 2008


I asked him to draw a picture of a dinosaur fighting a hipster who's wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a dinosaur fighting a hipster.
posted by signalnine at 7:34 PM on July 23, 2008 [4 favorites]


I think he stole this idea from John Campbell. They were both in The Daily Grind and know of each other so I'm not pulling that out of my ass.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:35 PM on July 23, 2008


Great idea, and I love the art style too, so I ordered one as well. Thanks, divabat!
posted by gemmy at 7:40 PM on July 23, 2008


#69 "The Black Flag kicking Captain America in the nuts."

Ok, this is good.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:55 PM on July 23, 2008


Fun! Reminds me alot of Songstowearpantsto.
posted by blaneyphoto at 8:04 PM on July 23, 2008


NERDFIGHT: not sure how long John Campbell (who is great, previously) has been at it, but my pal Joe Mathlete's (of Marmaduke Explained) has been doing this sort of thing since May of last year.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 8:10 PM on July 23, 2008


Ok, I love this one and can't really explain why. My fave.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:14 PM on July 23, 2008


I want him to draw a giant banner depicting every MeFiMeme.

--Todd Lokken
posted by bjork24 at 8:24 PM on July 23, 2008


I'm in. Requested "Cute blonde girl getting ready to leave for college" in honor of my daughter.

Am not crying! There's just some dust in my eye.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 8:26 PM on July 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Interesting backstory: D.J. Coffman had put his webcomicking on the back burner when he won a 'talent hunt' contest and got a contract to do a series of comic books based on a concept he pitched. Since then, the publisher (NOT one of the biggies) has had financial trouble, Coffman has had problems with them, and they have now apparently canceled the contract and taken possession of his concepts. The $2 cartoons are partly his way of responding to accusations he was a 'commercial whore'... by 'whoring' himself out real cheap. (It's also a killer publicity ploy - it got posted HERE, after all)

I haven't been able to figure out anything for him to draw myself, but I'd like to remind potential customers that one character in his old webcomic is a very well-drawn angry llama.
posted by wendell at 8:50 PM on July 23, 2008


wendell: "I haven't been able to figure out anything for him to draw myself, but I'd like to remind potential customers that one character in his old webcomic is a very well-drawn angry llama."

That explains the amount of llamas that have been requested. I almost thought that it was related in some way to SimCity.
posted by Memo at 8:53 PM on July 23, 2008


I ordered up "What you fear seeing most when you look in the mirror". Can't WAIT!!!
posted by unSane at 9:42 PM on July 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


What a fun project! I've got one favorite so far, but I ain't done browsing.
posted by EatTheWeak at 9:45 PM on July 23, 2008


I ordered a map of the world at 1:1 scale.
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:56 PM on July 23, 2008


I just paid this gentleman $2 to make "Dock Of The Electric Frankensteins" a reality.
posted by Donnie VandenBos at 10:19 PM on July 23, 2008


"Yeah, when I’m told “fat but hot brunette nerd girl” I immediately think of VELMA"

Me too.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:00 AM on July 24, 2008


As for 'stealing the idea' this is not the sort of idea that should belong to any one person. Any artist who wants to test himself should give this a go. Sounds like a great way to challenge oneself. It's hard to come up with stuff to draw that you wouldn't normally draw unless you ask other people to think up the stuff for you. Then you can concentrate on responding to the direction given. It's an opportunity to focus the mechanics of the art so one can explore their limitations and discover abilities that they didn't know they had.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:09 AM on July 24, 2008


Will Draw Anything

+

I’ll do “R” rated, or “R” rated humor, but not “X”. You can probably gauge how far I’ll go by checking out the gallery of previous submissions. If I did X , this would quickly turn into something where I’d have perverts competing for their own jollies, and I’m not into that, sorry.

=

FALSE ADVERTISING
posted by dgaicun at 12:14 AM on July 24, 2008


Hmm. It's pitched as work for hire, but it's not. For $2 you get a copy, not the copyright. Back to the Indian sweatshop artists for me.
posted by orthogonality at 1:13 AM on July 24, 2008


Oh, serious question: I have been thinking of commissioning some simple comic style line-drawings, but as works for hire (meaning, I own the copyright). What should I expect to pay?
posted by orthogonality at 1:15 AM on July 24, 2008


this should be so mashed up with postsecret.com because emos with a guilt complex for no real reason suck.

(seriously; share with us when you can tell us about the time you knifed a toddler with a sense of balance and texture. We don't care about your body image or fidelity issues portrayed as a collage)
posted by sourwookie at 1:24 AM on July 24, 2008


Love it - and what a great idea. My guess is that his book of drawings will sell
1. Well
2. For more than $2
posted by rongorongo at 1:50 AM on July 24, 2008


I bit. I'm sure he's utterly inundated by now.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:23 AM on July 24, 2008


I dropped him an email. I have a very specific drawing I want, and I want something more than the 5-minute deal.
posted by Goofyy at 9:03 AM on July 24, 2008


It's pitched as work for hire, but it's not. For $2 you get a copy, not the copyright.

Indeed; when you get a song from Andrew (songstowearpantsto) it's yours to keep. One guy even entered it into a contest and won money from it.
posted by davejay at 9:42 AM on July 24, 2008


Yeah, I sent in an order, too. I felt guilty, though... he's probably gotten swamped. I wish he would raise his price; I'd gladly pay more for his time.
posted by tinkertown at 10:01 AM on July 24, 2008


I think he stole this idea from John Campbell. They were both in The Daily Grind and know of each other so I'm not pulling that out of my ass.

FROM THE SITE:
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA TO DO THIS?

There’s been some talk that I stole this idea from other cartoonists who shall not be named, BUT I’d like to clear up where I actually got the idea from…. A few years ago, predating anyone who was doing this sort of thing an acquintance of mine named Dan Larson (visit his work!) who was part of the PV Comics hub we were all in did a “Dan Larson Will Draw Anything For A Dollar” and we all thought it was hilarious. He wisely ditched the idea and for years I’ve wanted to try it and never had time, until recently when I was shafted by corporate america. I upped the price to 2 dollars due to inflation and the price of gas and… well, 2 dollars sounds funnier.

posted by inigo2 at 1:47 PM on July 24, 2008


I searched for Mohammed. Is this a bad idea?
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 2:16 PM on July 24, 2008 [1 favorite]


For what it's worth, I figured what the hell and paypalled the $2 with a request, weeks ago. No response. The guy either has a very very long backlog, or.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:04 PM on August 8, 2008


You are not alone, stav. But, I hadn't even thought of it again until this popped up in my recent activity again. No biggie. I guess we'll see.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 8:40 PM on August 8, 2008


I ordered my pic just before I posted this to Mefi, and I just received my picture yesterday. He updated his blog with the amount of backorders - in the week(s) since his mention on Mefi and Seth Godin's blog, he's been receiving almost 100 orders a day.
posted by divabat at 7:56 PM on August 9, 2008


Well, that's good then. Thanks for the update, divabat. And 200 bucks a day just to keep pace is nothing to sneeze at, as long as he keeps enjoying it. Hell, even if he doesn't!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:07 AM on August 11, 2008


I just got mine (#221) and I can't stop smiling! So don't despair, Stav, I'm sure he'll get to everyone eventually. (I ordered it on the 23rd, for reference.)
posted by gemmy at 11:15 PM on August 15, 2008


Mine made me cry. I'm a single dad and my daughter (my only) leaves for college in a week.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:53 AM on August 16, 2008


I just received mine. I love it!
(It looks kinda generic without the flag, but I was expecting something much worse so I'm pleasantly surprised.)
posted by Memo at 5:22 PM on August 21, 2008


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