Sophie Lancaster Foundation Update


Last month we made a pledge to make a donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation on the back of people’s poor reactions to Privilege Check and as it was World Goth Day at the time.

I am pleased to announce that after royalties, prior commitments and other costs, we were able to donate $200 (US) to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Visions and ideas about combating intolerance and bigotry may vary, ideas of what constitutes appropriate humour may vary, but hopefully we can all agree that working against these things is a good idea. I encourage you to donate further.

Our ongoing charitable effort is a memorial to DarkZel, a long time artistic associate of Postmortem Studios and a friend who is sorely missed. If you would like to help us further with our charitable efforts, the DarkZel Scholarship is intended to help young art students pay their way through college and you can help with donations of art to be sold to raise funds for the scholarship, or with explicit monetary donations – contact me for details.

Darkzel Scholarship 2013 Winner

Before you do anything else, go and buy this piece of art HERE.

Postmortem artist, cartoonist and friend Zel Harris – known to you as Darkzel – was killed in 2013 robbing the comic, anthro, adult and RPG world of a very talented young artist whom I was proud to call my friend.

In his memory I insistuted the Darkzel Scholarship Scheme for young artists with an interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Each year all profits from the sale of Zel’s art – and any scholarship winners or donated pieces – will be collected together and given to the best new, young artist (high school/college/university) that we can find to help them pay their way through their studies.

This year’s winner is Vera Nattler and this is her piece.

More information is available at the Postmortem Studios blog/website.

This piece depicts a pair of elves ready for battle. It measures 2160 x 2300 pixels.

Vera Nattler, the artist for this piece, can be contacted for commissions HERE.

She has galleries online HERE and HERE.

  • If you want to help the Darkzel Scholarship in 2014 there are several things you can do:
  • Buy art from the ZelArt section of our online store.
  • Donate art to be added to the section, to sell to support the scholarship this year (all profit from this section goes to the scholarship)
  • Spread the word.

2014s competition will start in November.

Sad News About DarkZel

ZelHarrisI woke up this morning to an email from DarkZel’s mother, bearing the sad news that Zel had been killed – back in May – hit by a bus as he crossed the street. I’ve been trying to collect my thoughts since I read the mail earlier this morning and I want to speak without the detachment of time, while the shock is still raw, so I’ll speak from the heart.

Internet friendships are strange beasts. You touch minds and personalities with people that you have never actually ‘met’, and yet they can still affect you very deeply. I do my best to be friends with everyone I work with. It’s not necessarily very professional all the time, but it makes work easier where people can get on and make allowances for each other. Sometimes making friends with people is difficult, with Zel it was easy. He really was a lovely guy.

I first met Zel back in 2006 when he was twenty and still going through his education. He worked on Hentacle with me, on ‘Three’s An Orgy’, but later worked on many other projects and produced some clip art. We’d joke that the money from the work he did for me kept him in ramen noodles. I always like it when the pittance that I can pay makes a big difference in someone’s life and helping Zel through his education and out the other side, watching his art improve and a young man grow and pay it forward – as he was in teaching English in South Korea.

I always had more confidence in Zel than he had in himself. I saw a lot of my past self in him, the quiet social outcast with the weird interests and the awkwardness. The frustration he felt in getting people to understand the art he loved. The lack of confidence. Yet I find out, with his death, that he was as well loved in his other community – the furry community – as he was with me and the people who bought the games that he illustrated.

His work for me is still earning money. I don’t know what to do with it yet, but the ongoing clipart money will either go to his family, to a charity that his family chooses, or I’ll form some sort of ‘ramen scholarship’ to help out other struggling art students having to choose between art supplies and food.

I’ll keep you posted and I know many of you will miss this talented young man and his art, as much as I am going to.