At the previous Philly Non-Sports Card Show, artists Axebone and Rhiannon Owens announced they were forming a new alliance and would release their first project at Pop Art Con, where they both would be set-up. Pop Art Con was held this past weekend but unfortunately, things got slightly off-track. While the initial card series was not available at the show, Owens was taking pre-orders for the series and talking it up. We got a chance to ask Owens (or “Rhi” as her friends call her) some questions and here’s what she had to tell us about this exciting upcoming card series.
Your first set is called “Lace”. Tell us more about the theme.
Axe and I decided that we’d like to find something common, easily recognizable, and eye catching to kick things off with. It’s also pretty simple that when it comes to pin-ups, something like ” Lace ” makes perfect sense.
It’s my understanding that there will be 8 cards plus a jam sketch with art by yourself and Axebone. Is that correct? Can you tell me more about these 9 cards?
The set will consist of 8 base cards. I know—some people will be like “WHAT?!?” BUT…the other part of that is a guaranteed jam sketch by Axe and myself. Initially, we were going to do sketches by either Axe OR myself with rare jam cards peppered here and there, but our first projected deadline got pushed back. We love working together on those and they’re well received so we figured since people were going to have to wait past the Pop Art Con, it would be a nice way to make the wait worth it. The base cards will be split down the middle—4 new, original pieces by Axebone and 4 new, original pieces by moi. Each will be a pin-up of some kind with something lacy on, or maybe, not so much on….
How much will a set cost and when can we expect them?
Each set will be $50. We plan to have these done and out the door by Sept 1st. Since it’s just Axe and I, we figured this was a reasonable release date. Even if there happen to be other hiccups along the way, this is the date we’re pushing and working towards!
Are you really calling your new joint venture with Axebone “Rhibone”?
As you can see by the back of the card, this is being called a “Rhibone” production. It was really the only way to combine our names that didn’t sound bizarre…well, bizarre for US, ha ha. “Axe-annon” ? I don’t think so. “Bad Rhi” ….let’s not go there. “RhiAxe”? Didn’t have any ring to it—you get the picture.
Are you announcing the number of sets that will be produced?
Axe and I, being the only two involved, are only producing 100 sets. Since we’re doing jams for each one, that is all we can reasonably manage on top of our daily lives and current sketch card workload. We also think it is a little gem that will give the collectors and true fans of our work something rare to look out for. Since we didn’t want to go nuts and do too much with just the two of us, and we don’t want to flood the market with so much already going on, this was a number we both agreed was perfect for something like this.
Will the series be available from dealers or direct from you and Axebone?
This set is produced by and distributed by Axe and I. We’re not going through dealers or selling the sets to them only. As with the sets Axe does through Bad Axe Studios, we opened with a presale. It was at the Pop Art Con. Initially, we wanted to have “Lace” printed and ready to sell by that show. Unfortunately, Axe had work obligations and we both had truckloads of crap land in our laps. Since we made an announcement at the Philly Non-Sports Card Show show that we’d have them at the PAC, and fans were showing up expecting them, we both thought it was fair to open the sale up to them first.
You’ve told me that this first series will be followed up by more nine card sets. Is this correct? What else is coming down the pike from you and Axe?
This is the first in a number of small sets by Axe and I. We have named and planned for two more already. After “Lace”. you can look out for “Steel” and “Leather”. There will more than likely be others. Each set by Axe and I will consist of the 8 card base set and the jam sketch. They will all consist of new art by the both of us. The idea behind formatting these small sets this way is to give collectors a single, 9-card page in a binder.
Is there anything else you can tell us about “Lace” or the new company?
The whole idea behind “Lace” and doing a jam set is just to do something fun between Axe and I. We first toyed with the idea after Treasure Chests and Booty. We were blown away with how our jam cards were received and sought after. We were both buried in work for other companies at the time and had to shelve the idea then. Both of us are trimming our commitments back a bit, and thought it would be a nice time to finally make it a reality. There will be no incentives or bonuses for any number ordered, just in case anyone was wondering. It’s even all across the board for any one collector wanting one set or ten sets. Axe and I have become like family over the last few years. We have more fun working with each other on our jam cards for the companies we both sketch for, so we figured this was a good way to actually enjoy more and get more out of that personally if we did something for ourselves. This isn’t a way to flick our thumb at anyone involved in any of the Bad Axe Studios’ projects and we hope no one looks at this as them being cut out or ostracized. “Bombshells” is still going and coming along strongly and is a totally different beast than this. It will be released later this year like past Bad Axe products. “Rhibone” isn’t a new company entirely or a new conglomerate to watch out for. It’s simply a project born out of a mutual enjoyment between two close friends.
Non-Sport Update would like to thank Rhiannon very much for her time and for her generous support of the shows we run. We’d also like to thank Axebone as well for his generosity and support. We wish them well with this exciting new venture.