So I thought I’d take a little time to talk about my involvement with Our Fair City. Our Fair City is an audio drama set in a frozen, post-climate change landscape, currently in its sixth season.
In May 2011, Jeffrey Gardner contacted me to see if I’d be interested in doing some illustration for the audio drama he created with Clayton Faits. I was thrilled at the opportunity and the ensuing piece was a lot of fun to work on. They must have liked it too, because I came back for a few more pieces the next season. I was even able to help them out a time or two with my expertise with digital art.
I found that the world they created was so enthralling and well-realized that I wanted to do more work. So in March 2012, I approached them to start an in-world comic anthology. They were excited about the opportunity, though I think I had a bit to prove. That August we got the first issue back and it was a success!
Ultimately, as the organization grew, they needed help in the visual art side. In August 2012, I was asked by the board of directors to become the Visual Art Director. I guess they appreciated my expertise with handling digital files as well as wrangling a stable of artists. Or maybe they just thought I was really, really, really good-looking.
It’s been a few years and Our Fair City is still going strong. We are officially a 501(c)(3) organization – Hartlife NFP. We have won many awards have expanded as a company. I even have an assistant now – the amazing Robin Simmons (she will be a subject of a future post). I like to think that my involvement on the art side has led to a higher level of quality for the art produced. This includes the episode art, the comics and any other imagery (promo posters, ads, etc.). I’ve also learned a lot in this time – from the artists, the other staff members, the board, and most importantly Jeff and Clayton.