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We regretfully announce that the Sean Murphy Apprenticeship will be cancelled for the time being.

The biggest reason is due to scheduling concerns. With the commitments to both Tokyo Ghost and a Chrononauts movie, I've decided I need to focus on the work at hand rather than adding more. Readers and comic shops deserve timely publishing schedules, and I never want to be responsible for any delays.

There's also the legal aspect. My wife and I spoke with our lawyer at length, and she recommended shutting the program down due to the increasing risks. What was initially meant to be a small operation to support up and coming artists has beautifully grown into something larger than we ever imagined. But with this, along with our pressing schedules, we feel that we are unable to keep up with the daunting legal responsibilities associated with this sort of growth.

Thank you all for your support and our apologies and gratitude to those who applied to the apprenticeship this year. There was some fantastic talent and based on the applicants, we look forward to seeing these incredible artists on future books and projects. Another thank you goes out to those who donated to our Kickstarter last year. Though it's been said before, it deserves a second shout out: You helped make the Murphy Apprenticeship a huge success. We're happy to call Clay, Corin, Jorge, Stevo and Tana our lifelong friends. And we hope to one day revive the idea when the timing is right.
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:iconcetriya:
Cetriya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
so... gumroad vids by any chance?
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:iconbenbrush:
BenBrush Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
How about a personal mentorship? ;)
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:iconbatlantic:
Batlantic Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
Bummer, makes sense though.
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:iconchrisnoeth:
ChrisNoeth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What about a digital hangout session with some of the up and coming artists from time to time?... this could be fun.
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SamLeheny Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait. Correct me if I'm wrong, I believe I just heard you say "Chrononauts movie".
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:iconnumar28:
numar28 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Artist
That might be a good one right?
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:iconsamleheny:
SamLeheny Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015   Digital Artist
Yeah! I hope they don't change a thing!
...they will though
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:iconchrchaves:
chrchaves Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
If we asked you some critique? Would that be ok? I´m writing/drawing a small fanzine and would like to hear you opinion if that´s ok :)
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:iconnekokawai:
nekokawai Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sad to see this happen, was hoping one day to try out for something so amazing when I was ready myself. But maybe when I'm ready, it'll be a thing again.  Happy that you are no over extending yourself though!  Always keep up the quality!
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ThomasChaseWhitney Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
I've been working hard this past week making a story and fleshing it out. So you can imagine how bummed I was reading the headliner but! after reading the body and your tweets I'm happy your doing whats best for you
and the fans. I still look forward to finishing and sending it before July 5th. Thank you for everything you do Sean, You truly are an inspiration to me as an artist to improve everyday, in anatomy and always in environments. May everything work out for you man! 
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Sorry about cancelling--I hate the thought of wasting anyone's time. But if I can still do some small good by passing things forward to DC, then I'm happy to :)
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ThomasChaseWhitney Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Are pdf Files cool to send over?
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:iconmulon:
mulon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love you, maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!
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:iconplaidklaus:
plaidklaus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Bummer, but you can't overextend yourself.

More importantly, keep making awesome work, Sean!
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Dave-Acosta Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry to hear it. I admire you for making it a point to help out younger artists, through the apprenticeship, as well a blog posts, tutorials, etc. 
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Sean-Walsh Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Aw that sucks. I hope it comes back. I want to have the chance to apply. :)
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:iconrjkelders:
rjkelders Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you ever want to hang out at my place and draw comics, I won't sue. Damn the man!
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:iconmrpeckham:
MRPeckham Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Question about your comment on twitter about forwarding the applications to DC, will you be forwarding them all the way up until the deadline of July 5th or only the ones that you already have received? 
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Please send! DC's interested in artists that are ready for prime time, so I'm happy to help.
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BorilZaf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Can we send applications for DC after 5th of July ?Thanks in advance and take care.
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seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Before the 5th would be better.
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BorilZaf Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
ok thanks
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RafaelMagat Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2015
This is fantastic news! I'm almost done with my 5 pages but since the apprenticeship was cancelled, do I still need to answer the essay questions when I submit? Thank you!
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Don't bother with the questions, just the pages! :)
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:iconrafaelmagat:
RafaelMagat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Awesome! Thank you!
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KylePattersonDesign Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Unfortunate, but the world NEEDS a Chrononauts movie. Chrononauts is my number one recommended title of the year. Keep up the awesome work!
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Zepeda Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
While reading this the thought occurred to me that this apprenticeship could make for a really good realty T.V. show. When and if you can get to some more less rushed schedule you should differently look in to it. Just saying.
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ChadTHX1138 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Penny Arcade did this reality show on their website. It was called Strip Search. You can still watch the entire thing.
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Haha I've been speaking about it to someone who works for Weinstein. So we'll see. :)
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:iconzepeda:
Zepeda Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope that works out I would love to see it!
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GeorgeLiquor Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
What happens when you put 5 introverts in a room with a tight deadline to produce with cameras looking over their shoulders. You would have to manufacture drama, like someone being upset about the lack of curve templates in a specific degree. Lots of footage from bars and people avoiding fights because they really need to get back to the drawing table and how others judge them for not being fast enough. Heated conversations about feathering and how tracing is cheating. 16 hour work days condensed into a timelapse to add excitement with a blistering flamenco guitar solo underneath.

I think what I'm saying is if you need a producer on the project I might be available ;)
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ChristianDiBari Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
damn, man- that really sucks. but i understand. 
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Thanks bro. It's for the best though.
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:iconnateflamm:
NateFlamm Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry to hear it. Is there a possibility of the apprenticeship returning next year, or in years to follow?
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
I'm not sure right now. We'll see. :)
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:iconnateflamm:
NateFlamm Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, good luck with it!
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:iconel-douglas:
el-douglas Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hope everything works for the best :thumbsup:
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PrinceBrian Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sad to hear but I can't even imagine how busy you are with those 2 projects alone.  No worries man, hopefully I'll get to pick your brain personally in the future :)

Are you still in NY during the Summer?  I'm supposed to be going up there for most of July.
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:iconseangordonmurphy:
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Probably be back in NYC at the end of July. Hit me up!
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PrinceBrian Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Will do!
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DiogoRCarvalho Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Artist
That´s sad. I love cafe racer and know that Jorge had a amazing time in the apprenticeship. The making off of the book was really good (like the story, of course)
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