I don't know how many of you are aware of the financial realities of cartoonists. To wit: there ain't much money to be had for most people in this business. Thus, the vast majority of cartoonists sell their original, hand-inked drawings in order to supplement the meager takings from their publishing efforts.
I have never done this. Why?
(1) I don't have any originals. This is the downside of working digitally. I have preliminary sketches that I guess I could sell, but no finished, inked art. That all takes place inside the computer. You can't really sell a Photoshop file.
(2) I'd rather not. I'm a pack-rat when it comes to my work, and I'd rather hang onto it myself.
(3) I've been very lucky. Most cartoonists don't get out of the ramen-noodles level of fame and fortune. I've been lucky enough that Babymouse has been well received and I can get an actual living wage from it.
So, for all these reasons, I've never sold my artwork. Which is what makes this offering at the Bridget Zinn Benefit Auction so rare:
Yes, I broke out the pastels and brushes and India ink and created an original piece of Peter-Pan-inspired Babymouse art.
Get it for your daughter's bedroom! Get it for your library! (By the way, it's pink. Perfect for any room's color scheme. I swear.)