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  • Listening to: Ant Man trailer
  • Watching: Ancient Magus Bride
  • Playing: Etrian Odyssey IV
  • Eating: Twizzlers
  • Drinking: green tea
May Update and announcement!

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I appreciate every one of you who took the time to wish me well. Thank you for that gift :)

This year is on fast-forward. I'm glad Spring's here, but the last half of April was crazy busy! I wasn't sick for a whole month! Now that was a blessing. My daughter and I both have our birthdays at the end of the month, so we split that up by each of us getting a week. She got to go to the arcade and a pan-asian market to shop for her favorite Japanese snacks. I got to go to the new Avengers movie and look at the Spring Parade of model homes in the area. We both had a great time! I'm glad to have a break-- for a little while at least. School is almost out for Summer! o_o

In other news, I completed #ACEOApril and that was a fun, but exhausting challenge. All of the cards are up for sale, save for a couple that have already been claimed. These are original art and available for 20USD (free US shipping) until Saturday this week. So, if you have your eye on a particular card, please don't hesitate because it may be snapped up.

Untitled Drawing by The-Z

Thank you for your time and encouragement. If you would like to support my art, you can order commissions, drop me a digital tip on KO-FI or become a patron.
  • Listening to: Podcasts
  • Watching: Overlord II
  • Playing: Etrian Odyssey IV
  • Eating: Lindt truffles
  • Drinking: English tea
Wow! Where did March go?! I forgot to make an update and I honestly think I lost a couple weeks in there somewhere.

Oh well, it's April now and supposedly it's Spring, but April Fools Day brought us a blizzard in our region. It was a complete mess because we were traveling from spending the Easter holiday with family. Ugh! That was supposed to be my vacation but it was stress and pain from beginning to end. I think I need a do-over vacation.

So! News for April? Other than it being my birth month (and my daughter's as well) it's also ACEO month. For #aceoapril2018 I will be creating one Artist Trading Card a day. If you'd like to own a piece of the challenge, I'll be selling the art when it's completed or you can commission your own piece and I will send it to you framed for $20. PM me for details on that. Otherwise, I'll get to posting those cards as soon as I can.

Looking forward to spring returning. We went from snow and budding branches encased in ice to a miserable, cold, drippy day. At least I made some really good homemade bread and chicken soup to see me through the cold and damp. Since I can't share, I'm wishing those of you caught in the cold warm, happy bellies and love from mama's kitchen, too.
  • Watching: Runaways
  • Playing: FFXII remaster
  • Eating: Milkita candies!
  • Drinking: English tea
HEY! I'm dropping in to offer a follow-up to my New Year's announcement. The changes to my Patreon are live as of January 31st! Come check it out. We have new tiers and new incentives, including a NSFW tier!

Also, the first page of Chapter 4 will be posted next Wednesday (it's already up on Patreon) and the chapter starts off with a bang! Out of the confusion, parties become separated, a treasure is lost, a dragon appears! The new chapter really hits the ground running. I hope you will check it out.

I hope January was good to you. We got hit by the flu epidemic that's been going around. It was a real doozy! I'm mostly recovered now and back into the swing. I look forward to sharing more creations with you. Thank you for your attention!

If you would like to find me elsewhere on the web, check out these locations:

As always, if you'd like to support my art, thank you ahead of time, and you may do so at:
  • Listening to: The house settling from the cold
  • Watching: Master of None
  • Playing: FFXII remaster
  • Drinking: English tea
The holiday season just flew on by! I got quite a bit accomplished, not as much as I wanted, but I seem to fail to account for illness every single year. This time I got hit with a stomach bug right after recovering from a headcold. That was a doozy! And of course the kids were sick before me. We ended the year getting our dog neutered and temperatures have been below freezing for two weeks, so that's just added headache on top of everything else. BUT! I'm feeling positive overall, because I'm making some headway on backlog and getting some changes underway with my workload. I thought I'd detail some things for you just to keep fans in the loop!

  1. You may have heard this if you follow me on other social media, I'm making changes to my Patreon this year so it will cover my art in general and not just the Ninja Monkey comic. With these changes will come discounts on commissions, exclusive access to WIPs and livestreams-- maybe even hangouts if I can find a way to get it to work AND find a proper time to do it. I will be showcasing more adult art on my Patreon including requests from time to time. Pledges start at the $1 tier upwards to $20. If you want to watch for changes, please keep at an on MY PATREON.
  2. I will be doing my adult art! I sum this particular change up as "New Year; New Lewds". I miss doing it, really, and I backed off for it for some time because it was difficult to find time/energy with the comic and I didn't want my comic to have a reputation for adult art. I think the Ninja Monkey comic has enough traction now that it can proceed on its own and I can dabble in other things again. Along with the adult art, I'm attending a convention in February here in the Kansas City, MO area called Sauceycon. It's new this year and an off-shoot of Sausomecon. I'm looking forward to meeting other art appreciators who aren't as squeamish about NSFW pieces.
  3. Because I'm developing some other things, I'm giving the comic a lower priority for at least the first quarter of the year. I'll be releasing more information on Patreon along with sketches and early pages. I just need a little break from the weekly grind.
  4. I'm going to try to re-invest more time in social media and rebuild my following. My audience is dwindling and that's troubling because this is my sole source of income, but when you're focused on one project and it isn't turning much of a profit, it's time to step back and work on waving people in again. So, I intend to make more posts, be it journal entries in general or artwork. I hope you will enjoy my offerings. Please remember to help artists on social media by taking the time to comment and share with friends-- even crossing various sites, because it's so easy for everyone to get lost in the shuffle.

So, that's all for now. Thank you for taking the time to have a look! If you would like to find me elsewhere on the web, check out these locations:

As always, if you'd like to support my art, thank you ahead of time, and you may do so at:

Glad tidings and abundant blessings for the new year <3 Stay well, all!

  • Listening to: A pestering corgi
  • Playing: FE: Echoes
  • Drinking: English tea
I was originally going to make a commission special for Cyber Monday, but my mother called this morning and said she needs money for her prescriptions, so I need to make some emergency money.

Back by popular demand, my $10 pencil commission special!

  •  One character (pose can be requested, but otherwise, artist's choice)
  •  No background
  •  Any rating (but no gore, vore, loli/shota)
  •  PayPal Only (payable to Please do not pay before your commission is accepted.
  •  Additional characters $10, with the exception of small mascot characters like pets

Because the are intended as quick turnaround commissions, there will be no sketch approval. So, be detailed when you give character descriptions and if you have references, those are helpful. All images will be pencil on bristol and can be mailed to the client or a gift recipient for $15. Digital copies are provided at no additional cost.

For more information, please PM me or email me at with the subject $10 commissions.

Past $10 commission special examples:
$10 Commission -- Valeria by The-Z Commissions -- Zeke and Aubrey by The-Z Commission -- Teen Eiko by The-Z $10 Commission -- Sakura by The-Z $10 Commission -- Detective Darling by The-Z
  • Listening to: Ben Folds
  • Reading: "Silence Fallen" by Patricia Briggs
  • Playing: BotW
  • Drinking: English tea
Well, more accurately, it's a "back to school" break for me since our household has to adjust to the school routine. It means both kids will be in school! But it also means getting both kids motivated in the morning to get to school XD It's an exhausting task for everyone.

Anyway, I mentioned the vacation in my gallery with an image post, but I figured I'd make an announcement here too. The Ninja Monkey Comic won't have weekly updates through the month of August. BUT, I am doing an extra side-story for my Patreon supporters called "Wang's Love". I introduce a new character there and take a more light-hearted storytelling approach for a bit. It's black and white but available on the $5 tier only (until I choose to print the comic). If you'd like to check it out, please pledge at

ALSO, since my schedule is a little more free, I'm taking commission reservations right now. If you're looking to get a jump on holiday gifting or simply want to indulge, hit me up! I'll run some special prices until my queue is full.

Pencil: $15
Ink (lineart): $20
Ink (with shading): $25
Color (choose pencil, marker, watercolor, or cg): $40
Comic page (b&w/clr): $50 / $80

Any rating, prices are valid for 1 character, additional characters are extra, prints or original image (if marker, painting, etc.) may be purchased for an extra price, free s/h, PayPal only, quantities limited and prices are valid only through August 31st. PM me or email me at for additional info.

You can see examples of previous commissions :star: HERE :star:

Thanks, guys, and as always, my Patreon is open for pledges or you can drop a bit in my Ko-Fi tip jar. Have a great August!
  • Reading: I need a new book
  • Watching: my night slipping away
  • Playing: BotW
  • Eating: vanilla cookies
  • Drinking: English tea
As part of a Patreon thing, I'm looking for your questions about the Ninja Monkey Comic. Do you have any questions about the setting, characters, creatures, clans? Do you have any questions for the characters themselves? I'm thinking of doing a video segment on Wednesdays. Let me know if you have any feedback! Maybe they'll get featured :D
  • Reading: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • Watching: corgi at the window menacing squirrels
  • Playing: Stella Glow/BotW
  • Eating: Ravio-li-o-li-o
  • Drinking: breakfast tea
So, I have several loyal readers for the comic and it has been great fun to share my story with them and others who are just newly discovering the story! But after a year and hundreds of hours producing colored comics for free, I think I'm going to switch gears a bit and see if I can do something else to greater benefit. While I have a handful of patrons who give monthly to continue the story, I'm obviously not making enough to support all the time I put in to it yet. So, I'm going to make the comic black and white on the various social media platforms and colored as a Patreon-only feature. This means I'm tweaking the style a bit, but I hope to offer the comic at the same level of quality otherwise. This may free up time that I can take commissions to help supplement my income as well. I didn't want to go that route, but one has to eat and pay for a roof, yes?

And a cute corgi who loves to destroy toys.

I mean, seriously, he's a shredder.

I'll have some updates soon as I've already finished page 1 of the black and white comic. In the meantime, if you'd like to subscribe to my Patreon, I would greatly appreciate the reliable income! If you would just like to drop some money in the tip jar, that is also helpful!

.:Bullet:. Patreon  PATREON
Coffeecup   KO-FI

And the story thusfar can be found at Thank you for your on-going support!
  • Reading: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • Playing: Stella Glow
  • Eating: coconut cashews YUM
  • Drinking: breakfast tea
Hey, everyone! I'm happy to announce the comic is celebrating it's first birthday! I'm a month late announcing that, but I wanted to hold off until chapter 2 was complete! We did it! We made it a year! If you haven't had a chance to read the comic yet, you can find it in its entirety here or on the NINJA MONKEY WEBSITE

While we take a break from the comic, Ninja Monkey Studios is offering a 20% discount on commissions. Chibis, icons for social media, simple animations, character portraits or portraits of real people, comic pages, any rating-- you name it! Message here or email at for a quote! Spaces are limited as is this sale, so if you've been on the fence about getting some art done, now's your time to pounce Thanks for your on-going support!

Commission examples:
Patreon Sketch Request -- Psylocke by The-Z  Commission: Half Orc, concealed face by The-Z  Commission: Jonas Gage by The-Z Comic Commission -- Alone by The-Z

pencil -- ink -- CG -- comic
  • Reading: Muirwood books
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
  • Eating: I need a snack
  • Drinking: breakfast tea
$10 pencil commissions are in effect! Single character (though up to three can be added at $10 per), no background, any rating. Original and fan characters are welcome. I work on these as I have time in the order I receive them. I will take orders until the 20th.

Paypal only. Comment, message, or email at to request a place in the queue.

Gamers, I know you have some old characters you've been meaning to dust off for a while and give them attention. Don't they deserve some love? :3

Previous pencil commissions:

$10 Commission -- Sakura by The-Z $10 Commission -- Detective Darling by The-Z Commission -- Point and Shoot by The-Z Commissions -- Zeke and Aubrey by The-Z $10 Commission -- Valeria by The-Z
  • Reading: I'm between books!
  • Playing: Fire Emblem: Awakenings
  • Eating: airheads candy
  • Drinking: jasmine green tea
Hello, everyone! If you're following my gallery updates, you'll have noticed I just finished Chapter 1 of the Ninja Monkey Comic. I'm very proud of myself for getting this far. Ninja Monkey is a concept I've been toying with for almost two decades and I've made a couple of false starts on the comic. I think it's finally coming together in such a way that I can stick with it, and I'm so happy for those who have joined me on this journey.

If you're new to the comic, now you can binge the first chapter over on my website:

I'll pick up the second chapter in a couple of months. In the meantime, I'll be releasing a lot of related behind-the-scenes content to my Patreon along with a first look at character bios and timeline. I also offer sketch requests over there at certain tiers of support.

As a way of celebrating the end of the first chapter, I commissioned a piece of art from Goobermation of my female protagonist in her performing persona of Princess Orange.

Ninja Monkey -- Princess Orange by The-Z

I can't wait to have them animate more characters. In the meantime, I'm going to take a bit of a break on the comic to catch up on commissions and requests. I haven't forgotten that previous meme! I'll get to those :D
  • Reading: I'm between books!
  • Playing: Fire Emblem: Awakenings
  • Eating: airheads candy
  • Drinking: jasmine green tea
Make me choose between 2 characters and I'll draw the winner!
  • Reading: _Dance of Dragons_
Coming up for air briefly to announce that Ninja Monkey Studios (me and my table monkey) will be at Sausome Con in Kansas City, MO this weekend June 10-12th. We'll have a variety of merchandise for sale along with originals and on site commissions. Come on by and say "hi"!
  • Listening to: Daylight Fading -- Counting Crows
  • Reading: _Dance of Dragons_
Hey, guys! I missed my chance to say it, but happy Year of the Monkey! In celebration, we here at Ninja Monkey Studios have launched the Ninja Monkey Webcomic! Please take a moment to come by and check it out! This comic has had a couple of false starts because, while I had all the players in place, my starting point never seemed quite right to me. I think I've found a jumping point and I have years of world building to go off of as well as characters I've spent many years developing. So, I hope you enjoy what I have so far and if you do, I would be grateful if you took the time to pledge on Patreon so I may continue to create full color pages every week.

There will be some news about conventions coming when plans are squared away. I missed Ahn!Con this year due to illness (bummer), but there's always next year. Didn't make the cut for Naka-kon this year either, but I'll keep trying! Sausome Con is a maybe and Motaku-- possibly a small press convention in St. Louis. We're keeping pretty busy here on top of family life, but it's an absolute pleasure to create for such a wonderful crowd. Thank you for your support!
  • Listening to: Breakfast at Tiffany's -- Deep Blue Something
  • Reading: _Clash of Kings_
Project Comic Con will be this weekend, Oct. 17-18 with special emphasis on women in the comics industry. I hope you can attend if you're in the area and if you do, please stop by the Ninja Monkey Studios table and say "Hi!" I will be offering on site commissions at steeply reduced prices (Up to 75% off!). Originals are also available!

If you can't make it and would still like a commission, I have a handful of slots available through Thanksgiving. Please contact me via DevNote or by email at to share your ideas and for a quote! Commission are first come; first served. These make great gifts for the holidays and I'll draw just about anything, even NSFW (but no loli/shota or vore/gore). My general price list can be found HERE.

Pencil $30 Commission -- Teen Eiko by The-ZInk $50 Commission: Half Orc, concealed face by The-Zcolor $80 Commission: Jonas Gage by The-Z

Prices are based on complexity of character, pose, background. Discounts can be given for waist-up or busts. Ask for details. I can also do portraits from photographs. Real media originals like pencil, marker, ink, and/or paint can be mailed for an additional fee.
  • Listening to: Comedy on Pandora
  • Reading: _Clash of Kings_
I'll be attending Project: Comic Con in St. Louis October 17-18th. If you plan on visiting, please drop by my table. I'll be doing on site commissions and will have several products for sale. This year Project: Comic Con is featuring women in the comic industry. I wish I had more to show than the few comics I've had in promotional stuff, one anthology, and a handful of fan comics, but I am honored that I was welcome and given a table all the same! So, I hope to see if you if will be there that weekend!
  • Listening to: Puppies playing
  • Reading: _Clash of Kings_
  • Watching: Monster Musume
  • Drinking: breakfast tea
Can you believe it's already Back to School time? Summers seem so short these days. I feel like I hardly had any time to get anything done (and with two young kids and a new puppy, that's probably more true than I realize). I'm getting a little room to breathe now that one kid is occupied at school and the younger one is away with sitters half the week (that was a tough decision on its own). But back to school means holidays are around the corner which just seem like a constant flurry of activity. I wonder if I should try on purpose to have a slow holiday season this year, outside of visiting family and such. No busy running around. Just take it easy. I wonder if I even can.

I have a convention coming up in October in St. Louis which means a car trip! Woohoo! I had hoped to have comics and new prints to show there. While there's still some time, I'm really starting to feel the pressure of the clock ticking down. I have a start on two comics but I'm doing them in Manga Studio and while I have experience in the program, it just really seems to slow me down. I wonder if I shouldn't do the pages on paper first and then scan them. Could really help me out for speed.

I hope you all had a great Summer! I have a Society6 store that I'll be posting about later once I get some more products up there. Commissions are semi-open, though I'm slow. So, if you have something in mind, please feel free to message me. I wish you all good health!
  • Listening to: Puppies playing
  • Reading: "The Dark Legacy of Shannara"
  • Playing: I sure would like to be
  • Drinking: matcha green tea
If you're an artists or a friend of artists or just a concerned citizen, please comb WALLPART.COM for stolen art. Many artists have been victims of art theft on this site, myself included. I'm not even a well-known artist and two of my commission example images were stolen from the ArtCorgi commission site! It seems they're not too picky. Don't let them make money off artists without permission. Visual art is intellectual property, even if it's shared online.


That website is fake! Is made to clickbait, redirecting traffic to it actually makes the issue worse!
Here is a text of what's actually going on, posted by a webDesigner among the ConceptArt community:

"I've seen a lot of people sharing this website and warning others about it's methods, (which is great and a sign us artists look out for each other) but by doing so unfortunately they might be contributing to the problem while they believe they are fighting it. And I think not everybody realizes what's actually going on.

As a webdesigner I believe I can shed some more light on the situation. 
Allow me to explain:

What does this 'Poster Shop' website do?

What this website was designed for is to generate traffic for a certain website-domain (by people visiting the website and sharing it to their friends) and to gather visitors'data and E-mail information. (by people using the 'search' function and/or contact-form trying to contact the website).

That's it's ONLY function; gathering traffic and potential customer data for domain X and business Y (or other shady purposes). Who visits?, what is his/her E-mail? and thanks for generating traffic to our site! They know their potential reach now, locations of target audience, can sell your E-mail with added info you're most likely 'artists' etc etc.

It's NOT really a poster-selling website. It's clickbait. A 'look-alike' info gatherer
A lot of it's functions are not working (not real) and an actual purchase seems impossible (out of stock - or error messages). There's countless other indications that it's FAKE but I won't bore you with those now.(webdesigners: have a look at the source-code).
There's no real company registration, location etc. either.

In fact...most likely ALL your moves have already been anticipated:

That you would get upset when you see your artwork there, that you would share this news with your friends, that you would search if your own or friends artworks would be there, and if so , you'd get in touch with them or share about this website. They don't care...there's no customer-service worried there or somebody feeling bad because accidentally your artwork was shown (but yourself); it was all intended as that was exactly what this website was designed for: to stir up a targeted community (in this case artists) and to gather a lot of resources and traffic from them.

It's a non-existent company operating from an empty office. Selling 'traffic' to investors instead of posters to art loving audiences. They sell an empty storage place as a well visited store.

It's really smart. But not in the respectable way.
Welcome to internet 3.0 where you're a tool for dubious commercial (or other) individuals who use the internet in their advantage in ways the goodminded audiences cannot even grasp. And you cannot trace them, hardly enforce anything on them, and just have to take it where it hurts. And it will only increase.

Having a domain that gets a lot of visitors and which is shared by many giving it a high search-engine position is very valuable; it sells advertisements and convinces investors.
You might think they'd know it's a fake website but they won't; they'll just see traffic numbers and search engine positions. Many well known companies use these tricks as well.

The traffic generated, data and E-mails gathered might not even be used for this 'Poster Shop' website but for a different (unknown) website/purpose all together.
This can be done via simple re-directs and also by simply changing the content of website over time (this fake will get a lot of visits already, and then the real site will have a perfect position on the internet already when that goes online and replaces the current fake content) and of course...selling 'customer info and audience demographics' is where the money is made online. It's what for example Facebook's entire businessmodel is based on.

I don't want to keep people from raising awareness , nor am I suggesting to ignore the issue, but keep the above in mind when you do so. In that same light I fear the petition (although I of course support it) might even be counterproductive and again aid their evil plans but not us as artists. I am not sure about this: but perhaps ignoring it is the best option since no actual artwork is being sold. Putting it in the spotlight might work against us. I am not here to offer the solution, just shedding a light on the problem.

Unfortunately these systems are set up in ways they're virtually impossible to counter; by acknowledging they are there or by trying to remove them ....they grow and multiply. 
(Like you also see with the countless porn and other spam in art groups all the time).
There's no internet police coming to the rescue either and nobody where you can really file a complaint; good luck finding a Russian dude running a fake UK company that could be operated from anywhere in the world. And renamed and redirected within seconds.
THIS is what those fun hacker-movies in the 80's were all about; directing the people where you want them to go and anticipating their behavior to your own advantage.

I hope that made sense and helped to shed a light on the situation.

Stick together as artists and don't let it keep you from making and sharing your amazing artwork with the world!"

  • Listening to: Veruca Salt's new album
  • Reading: "The Dark Legacy of Shannara"
  • Playing: WHO HAS TIME?!
  • Drinking: matcha green tea
I have three commission slots open this month. MY PRICE LIST

1. _:iconthetamecrow: (?)_
2. ______
3. ______

I will draw existing characters, original, or portraits from photos. I draw humans, animals, and anthro. NSFW is A-OK, but no loli/shota or guro. Inquire about comic pages if you're interested.

For examples, please see my gallery. I'll make a fancy graphic of recent examples soon.
  • Listening to: Veruca Salt's new album
  • Reading: "The Dark Legacy of Shannara"
  • Playing: WHO HAS TIME?!
  • Drinking: matcha green tea
Hey, all! Just wanted to let you know I'm participating in Final Fantasy 9's 15th birthday celebration over on Tumblr by creating fanart inspired by the game each day. Come check it out:
Ninja Monkey Studios Tumblr

Celebrating Marriage Equality: Also, if you missed it, I created several images of my favorite pairings on my tumblr to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage in the US.

Sausome Con was great! I love visiting with fans and friends in fandoms! We have a high percentage of cosplayers in the area, too, so that's always fun to watch. Thank you if you came by the Ninja Monkey table at the Con. Also, thank you if you're watching us because of that. Hi, new watchers!

We had a tornado actually touch down in the area twice and I got to watch a wall cloud pass less than ten miles north of my house. Crazy! Tornado sirens were going off for almost three hours straight. It was scary, exciting, and ultimately exhausting! Then the flooding came and we actually had water seep in to our kitchen and garage from all the run off following the storm. Strong winds ripped apart some trees and so many things got washed out of our yard. I found them about a block away down the road. Just another day in Tornado Alley.

Nothing some white cheddar popcorn and a handful of swedish fish couldn't fix :p

Well, except for the trees and broken roofs. Uh, couldn't fix those so easily, but our family was lucky enough to escape those problems.

Back to art!