Steam Crow FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you learn more about Steam Crow.
Q: What does Steam Crow do?
We create characters (mostly monsters), then write and illustrate stories about them. We then create products like picture books, t-shirts, buttons and other artwork to sell. So far, we’ve published 3 monster books, and now we’re doing the Monster Commute web comic!
Q: What’s the “Monster Commute”?
It’s our latest project. It’s a comic that is like 1984 meets the Wizard of OZ, on a steampunk highway. It’s a bit fantasy, a bit 1930’s dieselpunk, and it’s inspired by our real life commute in Phoenix, Arizona. It follows the adventures of Chadworth (robot), Beastio (daemon) and Kip (Halloween golem), through their adventures in MONSTRU. (The monster world.)
Q: Is it based on your real life?
Well, the situations are real, but the characters are not based on anyone we know. (Don’t know too many undead robots.)
Do you do any comic conventions?
Yeah, we do a few every year.
Steam Crow Questions
Q: Who are you?
We’re a couple… Dawna and Daniel Davis. We’re both artists. We live in perpetually shiny Phoenix, Arizona, though we’re from Spokane and Redmond, Washington. We love Halloween and being messy.
Q: How do I contact you?
You can use our Contact page.
Q: Are your books for kids?
Sure, they’re all kid-safe. But really we make them for anyone with a huge imagination, adults included.
Q: Where can I buy your products?
Primarily we sell them ourselves. A few other stores carry our products too.
Q: I have a retail store. Can I carry your products?
Certainly. Check out our Retailers page to learn more.
Q: Do you offer any helpful presentation videos about how to improve my own personal commute?
Why yes, we do:
Q: Do you do public readings or speaking?
Sure, just contact us, and we’ll see if it fits into our schedule.
Q: Do you ever attend comic conventions?
Yes, we seem to be doing more every year. Check out our Road Show schedule.
Q: Would you be a guest at our comic convention/event?
Surely, if you’d help get us there and our schedule permits. We’ve even lead panels about webcomics and vector illustration, yep.
Q: What is a “Steam Crow, anyway?
A steam-powered (steampunk) scarecrow, of course.
Q: What’s up with the factory?
The Factory is where we make our stories, with the help of dozens of low-paid goblins.
Q: What medium do you use to make your illustrations?
A rare and expensive proprietary system designed by troll engineers from the Land of Steam Crow. And it’s mostly all digital.
Q: I’ve got an idea for a children’s book. Will you publish my book?
Sorry, but Steam Crow was created to publish and promote our own work. So, probably not.
Q: Do you do illustration for others?
Generally not. We’re busy enough with Steam Crow. However, if the project, subject, timing, and pay are right we’ll sometimes take on a project. Make sure that you’re familiar with our graphic style, first. We don’t do spec (free) work any longer, including “contests” and the like.
Q: What’s a “giclee print”?
Giclee (pronounced jhee-clay) reproductions were originally developed in 1989 as a digital method of fine art printing. The French word “Giclee” means “to spray ink.”
Basically, Giclees are the finest reproductions for digital art.
Original artwork is converted into digital format, stored in the computer, and then sent directly to a high-resolution inkjet printer.
Steam Crow Giclees have been printed on archival quality rag paper and have been printed with archival quality inks with a lasting color impression of up to 75 years under extreme UV light exposure. Under normal exposure to UV lighting, they have a lasting impression of up to 120 years.
Giclee prints are now found in the finest galleries. Reputable museums around the world, including the Louvre, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and the Guggenheim, display Giclees as part of their collections.
Q: What are your influences?
Vintage Package Design (Especially sweets)
Arts and Crafts Movement
Art Nouveau Movement
Dungeons and Dragons
1970’s Pop Culture
70’s and 80’s Monster Culture
Creature Feature (70’s TV show)
Animation of all sorts (anime, vintage, American, etc.)
Frank Black (Black Francis)