A conversation with Seattle comic artist Ellen Forney #Sponsors#comic books#custom illustrations#custom invitations#invitations#wedding coupon codes Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 15 2010) Ariel arielmstallings This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. You've seen Seattle comic artist Ellen Forney's work before — I featured her Zombie wedding invitation last fall, and if you've visited Offbeat Mama, she's the creator of the three little characters all over the site. Ellen's also a dear friend of mine (she's Sassafras's dogmother!), and I was talking to her recently about her favorite kind of custom wedding invitations to illustrate. "I love doing portraits that combine words and pictures using a familiar context –- stuff like mock travel postcards, movie posters, magazine covers, cereal boxes," she told me. "I wish I got more invitation work like that, but most people aren't into that kind of thing." "But der, Ellen," I said. "Offbeat Brides aren't 'most people!' Offbeat Brides love custom wedding comics!" Ellen sighed at me… "But most Offbeat Brides are thrifty," she said. "I'm a full time artist who supports herself doing original art — that makes my portrait invitations more expensive." "But custom art is something special," I argued. "DIY is awesome, but custom work from an artist you love becomes a wedding keepsake! A family heirloom! Something people hang their walls! OBBs will understand that." "I mean shit, Ellen," I said. "You did the art for Sherman Alexie's book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian — it won a National Book Award for godsake! Who else can brag that their wedding invitations were done by a comic artist at the National Book Award level!?" It's true though — Ellen’s wedding invitation illustrations start at $1000, so her custom work may not be right for y'all budget brides. But for those of you who want to prioritize custom work from a nationally renowned comic artist, this is an opportunity to have one-of-a-kind invitations with the added bonus of one of a kind artwork to keep forever. I also managed to talk Ellen into a discount for y'all! She's offering 25% off custom movie poster or cereal box invitations to Offbeat Brides. Just let her know where you found her, and she'll crank out some magic for you. So, if prioritizing custom art in your wedding budget sounds awesome to you, get in touch with my beloved Ellen, and tell 'er Ariel sentcha! Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the forthcoming From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. She writes weekly essays for her new publication, The Afterglow. PREVIOUS Kerin & Matt's celtic winter wedding NEXT Michele & Matt's steampunk, cocktail party wedding Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Just read that book and her illustrations made it extra amazing. I wish I could afford these – they are hilarious and so personal… Reply Same as Sara–that's one of my new favorite books! Great illustrations. I really wish I could fit this into my budget, but as it is, we're doing electronic invitations to save money (and paper). Maybe a first anniversary present to my hubby… Reply the picture she did of that little kid named gus with the mer-people signing his name is the cutest Reply Really amazing stuff! Reply I SO have a plan for a custom move poster for my wedding. Now, if I can find a groom, I will be in business. Reply I love Ellen Forney's comics – it's exciting to find out that she does custom invitations, too! Reply Oh, WOW, how wonderful is THIS! What a great investment and one-of-a-kind keepsake! I'm telling all my friends about Ellen's work and this discount, how FUN! Reply wish this had come sooner! i had inquired about her prices a couple months ago because i wanted her to design invites to our wedding–but we def. did not have the moola for it! oh well–she's still awesome and we're still fans! maybe we'll have enough in a couple anniversaries! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.