One Week Remaining Until Nintober! Have you donated?
The annual charity monster-drawing-fest Nintober begins in just a week. This year I will be drawing videogame monsters selected by YOU, in exchange for a £20 donation to a worthy mental health charity: CLASP.
Nintober will take place over 10 days, and there are still 5 request spots remaining. If you’re interested in having any videogame monster of your choosing drawn for Nintober, then the instructions are thus:
1. Contact me somehow to say you would like to make a donation, and what your requested monster is. Do this first, so I can give you notice if your selection has already been picked, or maybe even already drawn in previous years (or if it’s not actually a videogame monster).
3. Wait excitedly for me to draw your monster and do a Smash Bros. Trophy style write-up in the final 10 days of October.
It’s as easy as that! And if you don’t have that kind of money to spare, then please just donate what you can to help. CLASP is a good cause, and we’re donating to them this year in memory of my little brother, Michael, who took his own life this time last year.
And thank you to everybody who has already donated and put their suggestions in! There’s some great ones lined up - some Nintendo, some not. And even one whose official name will be revealed for the very first time! So look forward to that!
sockbutton asked: I'm interested in a slot. Are they still available?
Hi, have I responded to you already, Sockbutton? There are indeed slots still available.
"10 Days of Nintober" Coming 22nd October
As many of you will know, I have traditionally drawn 31 monsters in 31 days in the run-up to Halloween to raise money for the MS Society in honour of my sister Satsy who suffers from the illness.
However, during October last year we lost my little brother Michael who took his own life. After a few troubled years, he seemed to be free of the black dog that hounded him, but outward appearance can be deceiving.
And so, this year, we agreed that we would collect for a charity a little closer to his memory.
This year, I will draw 10 videogame monsters in 10 days in the run-up to Halloween. The shorter challenge is because I’m moving house right now, but we hope to raise the money with monster requests.
You can book a spot to request a monster by donating £20.
There are only 10 spots available. The monster must be from a videogame (and not from a TV show or movie), and in a break from tradition, it doesn’t have to be from a Nintendo game. Oh, and it can’t be a monster I’ve drawn already.
If you want to book one of the 10 slots, email me first at email@example.com with the monster you would like to choose. Then donate. You don’t have to donate in UK Pounds, but it must be an equivalent of £20 in your currency. Once the donation is made, your monster will be added to the line-up.
Of course, ANY donation will be gratefully received. If we can hit £250 by Halloween, then we may even continue the request monsters into next year!
10 Days of Nintober will begin on the 22nd October 2014. Donate now to book your monsters!
CLASP - Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention Charity raises awareness, support & funds for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental and Stress related illness and Suicide. Supporters include the Medical Advisory Service, Financial Ombudsman Outreach, Royal College of Nursing & many more
Nintober 2014 is Coming…
September is here, which means October, and thus Nintober, is just around the corner. However, this year I won’t be doing a full month of 31 monsters drawn in 31 days, and I won’t be collecting for the MS Society.
Are you running out of Nintendo monsters? You can’t have many left!
First up, I am not running out of monsters. I prepared a list after last year and have added to it over the year based on suggestions received and new games released. There’s well over 31. It’s my Nintober pool, and it’ll keep me going for another couple of years at least.
So why aren’t you drawing 31 monsters in 31 days, lazy arse?
The shorter Nintober is for two reasons: I am moving house, and planning my wedding. These are taking a toll on the old free time (and annual leave from my full time job) and free time is the one thing I need to complete Nintober.
So instead, I am planning on doing 10 days of Nintober in the run-up to Halloween.
And more than that, I am going to “sell” the 10 slots. You get to choose the videogame monster that will be drawn, and your proceeds will be donated to charity.
Didn’t you just say you won’t be collecting for the MS Society?
Indeed. Following a family tragedy that occurred during Nintober 2013, we agreed it would be a good idea to collect for a mental health charity specialising in depression. We haven’t decided which yet, but we’ll look into it very soon.
So how much are you “selling” a slot for?
Considering this is a full colour original illustration of the videogame monster of your choosing, with all money going to charity, I am going to start at £20. If I can fill all 10 slots, that’s £200 going to a good cause right there!
If you are interested in booking a spot (and would be able to pay) then let me know now as I will need to gauge interest.
So what monsters can I choose from?
Well, I am going to bend the usual rules of Nintober a little bit here. You can choose a videogame monster of your choosing. It doesn’t have to specifically be a Nintendo monster. But there are still a few rules:
1. It must be a monster. It doesn’t have to be a villain, it doesn’t even have to be evil, but it must be a monster. This is a Halloween project, after all.
2. The monster must be from a videogame series, and not from a movie, TV show or comic book license game. However, classic monsters who aren’t specifically licensed are OK, so long as you specify the game series.
a. Dracula from Castlevania is OK (videogame series, not licensed)
b. Dracula Duck from DuckTales is not OK (licensed TV series).
3. It can’t be a monster that has already been drawn for Nintober. This one’s obvious enough.
And that’s it really. Want to pick a monster from the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive? PlayStation? Want me to draw a Creeper? Something from Final Fantasy or some horror game I’ve never played? Or just stick to good old Kirby bosses? I’ll do the research and get it done.
Oh yeah, I’m looking into streaming the drawings and uploading them to YouTube with any potential revenue going to charity too. If I can find decent screen recording software, that is.
More updates to follow over the next few weeks, but let me know if you are interested in buying a slot as soon as you can. I shall start making a list :)