Jim Hardiman

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James M. Hardiman
Jim Wedding.jpg
Other names Jim
Born 1972
Date of death 2014
Profession or hobby Artist, cartoonist
Character species N/A
Website

James M. "Jim" Hardiman (born May 8, 1972 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, USA, died August 29, 2014 in Ozark, Missouri, USA),[1] was a furry artist who for a time lived in Florida, USA.

Biography[edit]

Medical issues[edit]

In 2002, he developed eye problems relating to diabetes and had to stop attending conventions. Many fans raised money to pay his medical bills,[2] with Radio Comix publishing Skunkworks Reflections, a multi-artist tribute book created to further help cover his bills.[3][4]

Fandom involvement[edit]

Jim was the creator of the Skunkworks, Caterwaul Incorporated and The Ups and Downs comic series.

In 2012, Jim teamed up with Angry Viking Press to conduct a Kickstarter campaign offering The Collected Skunkworks TPB, commissions, and a dakimakura featuring a selection of Jim's and contributing artist's works.[5] Part of the goal was to raise funds to publish a revised edition of the Skunkworks paperback, along with books[clarify] for Penance and Caterwaul Incorporated. The campaign ended with revenue of $20,551.

Art[edit]

Due to his illness, Jim occasionally posted new works in various image boards when time and health permitted. His close friend Desiree Lee continues to create By The Tail with his characters.

When he (or Desiree's) had new works to share, Jim would post them to his Skunkworks mailing list, in addition to such sites as Fchan, to prevent others from doing so against his wishes.

Usually the stories are of a pornographic nature, but with a dose of humor and wit. The girls are often shown as being exhibitionists, and their antics frequently get them into trouble, along with making life hell for Jim.

April Fools' art gags[edit]

  • Spunkworks - On April Fools' Day 2008, skunked.com announced that due to changes in the furry fandom since Skunkworks was first published, the books would be rewritten to with new content to reflect such changes, initially with the introduction of four gay male characters, Vance and his three sons, Nathan, Ollie and Larry.[6] gay male counterparts of Val and her three girls.
  • Skankworks - Another gag using the "change in the fandom" idea featured the three girls as emo/goth types on the fake cover of the aptly named "Skankworks". These pictures were in fact, little jokes poking fun at such different aspects of the furry fandom, and, despite some opinions,[citation needed] they were not meant as malicious attacks on any one person or clique.
  • Cubworks - Another gag bemoaning the state of the fandom concept featured the three girls as cub art characters types on the sugary cover of the aptly named "Cubworks"
  • Pumpworks - This gag page tackles the muscular and sexual hypersizing of furry characters on the fandom, depicting the girls with massive physiques and enlarged sexual parts, or, as he puts it: "Poorly rendered steroid freaks covered in fur."
  • Animeworks - This gag page takes on the over-saturated anime influence on the fandom by depicting almost every Japanese manga cliche using the girls, plus bonus characters .
  • WTFworks - No data

Controversy[edit]

Jim Hardiman said on several occasions[citation needed] that Radio Comix never paid him a dime for publishing any of his artwork or the Skunkworks Reflections tribute book. Jim spoke about this saying:

   
Jim Hardiman
I never saw a dime from that, nor did I receive anything from the graphic novel or the "Ups & Downs" comic. It's all water under the bridge at this point, however[citation needed]
   
Jim Hardiman

References[edit]

  1. James Hardiman's obituarie on Barnes Family Funeral Home's website. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. Help Jim Hardiman! post on Flayrah.com. Retrieved ?.
  3. Skunkworks Reflections tribute book page on the Radio Comix site. Retrieved ?.
  4. Radio Comix info page about Skunkworks Reflections
  5. Angry Viking Press: Moving into 2013 with new publishing - Post by Jason Canty on Kickstarter. Posted October 4, 2012. Retrieved ?.
  6. Main page of skunked.com. Retrieved 2008 April 28.

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