Oh man, I'm so glad that I didn't just post all of the covers I did for Ramen Music last year when I drew them. Instead, I get to re-plug this awesome project every time they use one of my covers! This month being just such an occasion. For the cover of Issue #5, I had my Nogard the Dragon character (from my upcoming webcomic Isle of Elsi which should start in 2012?) blowing some hot jazz through a trumpet. I love dragons, and I played trumpet for about 15 years, so this image was a lot of fun to draw.
If you haven't checked out Ramen Music yet, you really should! By following this link, you can listen to the entire 5th issue FOR FREE. And you can share that link with as many people as you like! The idea behind Ramen Music is that they charge a subscription (right now it's $29 for six issues a year) and then they accept submissions from independent musicians and curate an awesome music "magazine" every other month. It's a great mix of a website, a music player, a zine that has interviews with all the bands, and the whole thing is beautifully designed.
Then, unlike MOST music business stuff these days (record labels, iTunes, etc.) they split up the lion's share of the incoming money and give it back directly to the artists. Right now they are paying $150.00 per track to artists, with very fair terms.
This whole project is the mastermind of my buddy Sudara, who I went to Oberlin with a long time ago, and who is ALSO the mastermind behind alonetone.com, which thousands of people use to post their music and share it with people. It's a real honor to be involved with such a cool project, and Ramen Music still has a few more of my covers banked, so I'll post the next one when it goes online!