December 12,2006 – Raleigh, NC. Web cartoonists disrobe their creations for cancer charity calendar.
Webcomics and nudity--it had to happen sooner or later, and just last month cartoonist Ryan Estrada was asked to design the cover of the very first Nude Webcomic Calendar. Tastefully Done is a 12 month calendar featuring nude versions of characters from up and coming webcomics by 15 different artists. It is now available for sale at Lulu.com (http://www.lulu.com/content/369065), and all proceeds go toward cancer research. This titillating creation, featuring tastefully nude characters from webcomics like “HOUSD”(Ali Graham) and Sweden's own “Little Gamers” (Pontus Madsen and Christian Fundin), is truly a calendar with a cause.
All proceeds from Tastefully Done go to Cancer Research UK (www.cancerresearchuk.org) –Britain’s leading cancer charity, and part of the worldwide effort to find a cure for all forms of cancer. The practice of bearing it all for charity was pioneered in the UK by the Rylstone and District Women’s Institute--immortalized in the film Calendar Girls--and the artists of Tastefully Done are proud to carry on this fine tradition.
If the philanthropic cause behind the calendar doesn't tug at your heart strings, then the variety pack of awesome talent will tug at your... err, eye strings? “Each artist is different, each month is different and that's the point.” says calendar organizer Mike Rouse-Deane, of Webcomics in Print. "Why have a calendar filled with the same artwork for each month?"
Tastefully Done, features work from Ryan Estrada, Chris Simmons, Rob Coughler, Ram_n P_rez, Robert Koch, Rich Dachtera, Philip Spence, Christian Fundin, Pontus Madsen, Bryan Chojnowski, Chris Jones, Charles Woolbright, Gordon McAlpin, Ali Graham, and Ivan Pope. The art runs the gamut from bunnies and monkeys (nude) to the attractive and cleverly covered cast of “Multiplex” (Gordon McAlpin).
So if you have a hard to buy for friend who won't be impressed with just another calendar of fuzzy-faced pets (not counting the occasional nude monkey), this could be your ticket to the title of Best Present Ever! Of course, these comics depicting antics from geriatric strip poker to nude bus rides might not be for everyone. However, everyone can agree that they are, at least, tasteful.
ABOUT WEBCOMICS IN PRINT (http://webcomics-in-print.blogspot.com/): is the blog of Mike Rouse-Dean, a part-time writer who claims he is "in love with webcomics". The blog highlights and reviews current webcomics in print form, discusses different webcomic genres, and keeps track of upcoming webcomic books.
ABOUT LULU.COM (www.lulu.com): Lulu.com is the premier self-publishing website in the world, offering a marketplace for all creative digital content. With over 2500 new titles added each week, Lulu.com is changing the world of print-on-demand publishing by giving control to the creators of books, multimedia, images, and other content.
Lulu.com is an inexpensive alternative to traditional means of distribution and publishing, allowing people to create with a high quality end product. A proven leader in the digital marketplace, Lulu, based in North Carolina, serves creators worldwide, in 80 different countries.
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