I've posted a few times about stuff related to my friend and...seriously, if I haven't stressed it enough...one of the nicest human beings you could ever hope to meet, J.R. Mounts. I mentioned him when he was nominated for a Dragon Award, when I posted my OSR Card-caster class, when I've shown off some fun beasts that he created for me...
...also when he illustrated my little Christmas adventure...
...and when I posted about the Lego war game I worked on a long time ago that he was also kind enough to do art for...
...and, well, probably a number of other times. He has a tag here on Monstrous Matters, and when I list things like this, it makes me wonder if I've asked him to do too much free work for me...!
Several years ago, J.R. took the plunge and started working full time as an indie cartoonist, which...while I know it hasn't been easy for him...I would argue has made the world a better place thanks to the rest of us getting to see more of the unique perspectives of J.R. He has some TMNT-level ideas in his work that we'd all hear about if they were given exposure at the right time and place. I even got to design a couple of card games for his properties and help him show them at Gen Con, which was a dream come true in itself. (More on these games to come on here as I continue to talk about all of the half-worthwhile things I've ever managed to accomplish...!)
J.R. has recently put out a couple of highly regarded graphic novels and has a really fun comic strip called Scairy Tales, but I would say that the thing he is probably best known for is being "the pickle guy." Here's the hard-boiled protagonist of his Fried Pickle Noir series, Q. Cumbersome.
J.R. describes FPN as "Sin City Meets Veggie Tales," and it is not to be ignored. Especially if you like puns. And the great thing is, during the COVID-19 quarantine, J.R. has made a bunch of his work free for all in .pdf!
If you're looking for something a bit off the beaten path...whatever your beaten path is, honestly...you can simply find J.R. Mounts (by that full name) on Facebook and shoot him a message for access to a folder filled with wacky stuff he's worked on (full disclosure...and even some stuff that I've worked on).
Also, if you'd just like to see more of what J.R. is all about, you can check out his DeviantArt page here.
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