realindevelopment said: How does it feel going from your self published big event to being published by someone else?
It is extremely fucking weird.
With my tumblr, bigcartel shop, and kickstarter projects I have total control of everything, from concept and design to production and distribution. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy being able to do whatever I want in my work, and I like being able to tuck surprises and treats into my packages. I like knowing exactly where things are going, I like that it all feels really personal, and I like that people who buy my stuff usually have some context for who I am, that the voice is genuine, that I’m a human being.
Being published has been a really weird journey, from “I don’t believe this” to “wow this is a lot of work” to “wait, technically they have the option to just not release this, fuck there’s no way they will release this” and now it’s “oh god well here it goes, but will people like it and will it sell enough to prove to the imprint that I was worth the risk?” Every step comes with it’s own neuroses, at least for me.
It was interesting to receive editing notes, though there were very few. My work is edited and reviewed all the time, but not my little personal stuff, so having to defend my actual voice and word choices in some cases was odd. It’s hard to prepare art and then give it to someone else to work with. It was extremely hard to review cover treatments, where an art director took my pieces and did their interpretation of me (I ultimately did ~12 cover variants in a weekend and was like “okay please let’s choose one from these”). It was weird figuring out the title (actually the single hardest part of making this book).
I very proud of the final book, I think I got away with a lot of weirdness in a friendly package. It’s honestly not too far from the self-produced planners, but there’s just so much more. The book is 384 pages of varied but consistent stuff. There’s a lot to do. I alternated between hating and loving the book but I think really it is just a fun framework for however people will use it. Now I just want people to pre-order it so it can do well it’s first week, which will basically define if it gets picked up for sale in certain places, gets media attention, etc. Now that I’ve made one book and realized “hey maybe this is a useful medium for me,” I would love the opportunity to do another sometime. Sales will basically define that.
If you want to support this book, please pre-order it! You’ll get some extra treats from me as a thank you (I have wanted to make these pre-order ribbons for literally a year) and also my extreme gratitude.
10:23 am • 2 September 2014 • 28 notes
#jk1page #opinions #process #1 page at a time #ask
Anonymous said: how to buy if I am from another country? :D
how to buy what? ok i will post links and talk about my shit some more:
- ADAMJK INTERNET GIFT SHOP
this is where you can buy my small-run art things directly from me, including limited run prints and multiples, t-shirts, pencils, and anything else i have felt like making. i will ship anywhere in the world except apparently my shit just won’t ever be delivered in dubai so don’t bother.
- hello hi sure yes ok
this is my zazzle shop, which is a print-on-demand website of pretty decent quality and where i put up designs that are too weird or ridiculous to produce in large quantities. some of these items never sell at all, but there are some gems and you might like something. i make about $1 per sale so this is about jokes, not money.
- 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion
this is an upcoming journal/doodle book that i made with penguin random house, on the perigeebooks imprint. it will be available “wherever books are sold,” and is currently available for pre-order from most websites. a portuguese edition, Uma Pagina De Cada Vez, will be out next month from companhia das letras (paralela imprint) and is available for pre-order from major brazilian outlets
- adam j. kurtz, human being
this is a moderately-okay person you can talk to, he is 25 and lives in new york. he is not for sale and is not a business or a brand just a guy. being him is exhausting sometimes for a multitude of reasons. he is very tired right now.
3:04 pm • 21 July 2014 • 16 notes
#ask #aboutme #adamjk #for sale
Anonymous said: NPD is characterized as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy, with interpersonal entitlement, exploitativeness, arrogance, and envy. Other notable phenotypic characteristics include interpersonal distancing and avoidance, insecurity and vulnerability, hypersensitivity, aggressivity, and proneness to shame.
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5:52 pm • 21 June 2014 • 48 notes
#ask #jk #for sale
Anonymous said: Would you mind sharing what website builder you used for your website? Are there any website builders you recommend?
My website is essentially a very bare-bones Wordpress template with a whole bunch of modified code. Then I was able to adjust a basic tumblr theme and Big Cartel’s “Luna” theme to fit into it.
If coding isn’t your thing, I’d suggest using Cargo, Squarespace, getting a friend to help you set up Indexhibit, or build out a site with tumblr, maybe.
9:46 am • 18 March 2014 • 9 notes
#ask #web design
Anonymous said: Was this the best url you could come up with? Seriously..
i’m a 1 finger typist, it was a practical decision
6:48 pm • 15 March 2014 • 29 notes
noonewould said: if you were stranded on a dessert island, what would you want it to be made out of?
a really big sundae with two spoons so I could row the fuck outta there on a banana
11:24 pm • 22 February 2014 • 47 notes
Anonymous said: What's your fav movie?
the princess diaries
11:10 pm • 22 February 2014 • 25 notes
aleksandersamuel said: Do you find the time to play any video games lately? I think you'd appreciate Guacamelee.
I don’t really play video games at all, but lately I’ve been playing a farming game called hay day which is really cute and addictive, the company is a client of ours so half of the office have farms now I love it
10:11 pm • 22 February 2014 • 11 notes
Anonymous said: Do you like to be nude?
I actually don’t at all, I am very uncomfortable about it and I feel like when you sleep naked your limbs all stick together
I do like taking off my pants though that is a good feeling just a tshirt and underwear and socks all day like a toddler
12:34 am • 22 February 2014 • 36 notes
ambling said: Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
actually a little of both, I think in general I am emotionally split and my friends would agree. I can be extremely outgoing, I will do ridiculous things in public for no reason. and then I will go home and not talk to anybody for a day and I go to the corner for something to eat and I forget how words work and the cashier just stares at me
11:42 pm • 21 February 2014 • 33 notes
realindevelopment said: you have a great overall vibe man and i hope life is kind to you
thank you! it’s a little bit curated of course but actually I just try to be super honest to the point of over sharing because I think in this post internet whatever phase it’s about real connections instead of #influence and brand engagement. of course it’s still also that.
it’s actually extremely hard being this self-aware you guys
11:40 pm • 21 February 2014 • 26 notes
Anonymous said: how do you stay a positive/lighthearted/encouraging artist when things aren't going great
I don’t, I just try to keep that negativity to myself
I’m a real person so of course there are days when I feel like a ziploc bag full of warm milk dropped on a sidewalk slowly leaking out of my sweatpants, but you just gotta keep your chin up, make some stuff you like, or watch ten episodes of something on netflix until you feel better
a bunch of people on tumblr look to me as “an artist” and “inspiring” but that’s because we are trained to look at others. what I am trying to say is DONT LOOK AT ME because YOU ARE GONNA NOTICE THAT IM KIND OF SHITTY SOMETIMES TOO
11:36 pm • 21 February 2014 • 23 notes
continuants said: hi adamjk! i hope you are having a great day. do you have a favorite artist or art genre?
:) I am having a good day! I’ve been in excruciating pain and wearing my old back brace all week and then today I had an epidural and now my spine doesn’t make me want to die anymore!! :)
I don’t know how to answer that question, I usually hate museums and it’s hard for me to focus in spaces like that. I think I digest art incorrectly. actually I think everything is art. I’m really into a lot of this super meta contemporary stuff that people are doing. I have friends who make amazing stuff and I’m just like “………..”
i will say that I went to Dia:beacon last spring and I had an amazing experience, also god is an amazing artist and I love all His work
11:33 pm • 21 February 2014 • 14 notes
Anonymous said: can we be penpals?
YES actually. people sometimes send surprises to me and I try to always write back or send a treat. here’s my address:
adam j. kurtz
p.o. box 550
brooklyn, ny 11211
seriously feel free! one time a really cool dude sent me kumara chips from new Zealand it was awesome, and he got me into one of my favorite bands, too.
the address is also listed with my contact info if you ever want to find it.
11:25 pm • 21 February 2014 • 50 notes
yumyumcult said: If you had to eat one food for the rest of forever, what would it be?
I would eat sour patch kids until they killed me (approximately 2 weeks)
11:22 pm • 21 February 2014 • 20 notes