This year’s calendar features twelve gorgeous, original works of art based on twelve of my favorite pets, both old and new. Some of my favorites include a jormungar (January, shown here), Blacksting (September), a fiery orange dragonhawk (May), and of course Loque’nahak (June). You can see the entire calendar with all the artwork by hitting the link above or to the left, then choosing “View Calendar Pages”.
I may eventually be offering posters and other items (mugs, shorts, etc.) with the individual monthly art, but with the calendar you get all twelve images at once.
The 2009 Petopia Calendar costs a mere $19.99 (US), plus shipping. CafePress ships most places and Economy shipping in the US seems to be $5. If you are ordering one for Christmas and plan to use Economy shipping, you will want to order by December 9th in the US or December 4th outside the US. Or you can order much later (up to December 22nd, depending on where you are) and pay for faster shipping.
Although I haven’t received my own copy yet, I was pretty pleased with the quality of last year’s calendar — also printed via CafePress — and I expect no different this year.
A Word on the Art
The art in the 2009 Petopia calendar is all the work of one of my favorite professional artists, Aaron Perez.
Last year I started the Petopia calendar too late and Aaron was only able to complete a handful of images (including my iconic ghost saber and Mazzranache). This year, however, I got a slightly earlier start and Aaron was able to create images of all twelve creatures I requested.
Next year, I’d like to see what we can do with art from our very own community of Petopia and Arcania readers. I’ve seen some of the amazing stuff that you guys have created, and I’d be proud to showcase it on a Petopia calendar.
But that’s next year. This year I selfishly decided to finish the calendar I had envisioned but failed to complete last year.
A Word on the Price
You may or may not be familiar with how CafePress works. In short, I upload the art in the proper format for one of their products and then if anyone wants that product they will print it on demand and send it to you. They set a base price for each product which represents their charge for the physical product, printing and shipping; a seller can optionally add a markup on top of that.
I’ve set the price for this calendar at $19.99. Of that, $14.99 goes directly to CafePress. The other $5 comes to me … and I immediately send it back out to pay Aaron, the artist. (Actually, that’s a fudge: I already paid Aaron. But it does get deposited to fill in the hole left in my bank account when I paid Aaron. If I don’t at least partially fill that hole, then my husband gets no Christmas presents.)
Last year I almost but not quite broke even with the 2008 calendar. This year I have absolutely no expectation of breaking even — I bought twice as much art and cut the markup on the calendar in half. Since I knew I wasn’t going to break even, I’d rather lower the price on the calendar and give more people get the chance to buy one. (I’d go lower if I could, but Eric will pout terribly if he doesn’t get any presents.)
That may have been more information than you wanted, but I thought I’d better explain what’s going on with the money side so you don’t think I’m trying to gouge you! *grin*