About Creative Relay

Ed Shems and Justin Perricone founded Creative Relay to help their fellow creatives. Ed's an illustrator and graphic designer and Justin is a web and graphic designer, and both have years (one of them has decades) of experience running their own freelance businesses. For a number of years they have been teaching and speaking about the business of creativity as well as organizing events, workshops and webinars for the creative community with the goal of improving outcomes for both creatives and their clients.
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Recent Articles

Gum Graffiti & Gum Art

Gum Graffiti & Gum Art

Graffiti comes in so many different forms. On a brick wall in an alleyway I often walk by in Needham, MA I always find a number of messages written with gum. At first I found this perplexing but after some time I became intrigued by the concept and couldn’t help […]

by Comments are Disabled Commentary, Cool stuff
An EIN: A Simple Way to Protect Yourself

An EIN: A Simple Way to Protect Yourself

Even a freelancer who does a small amount of business will at some point have a client who is going to need a W9 form so that they can report their payments to you on their taxes. For many of us, this means filling out a simple federal form with […]

by Comments are Disabled Business, Freelancing, Ready-Set-Freelance, Resources
Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

Top Cow Talent Hunt 2012 Results

We’ve received a few messages from folks asking about the outcome of Top Cow’s Talent Hunt so here’s the info including links to more information. Top Cow received about 300 art submissions and over 800 writing submissions “some of which submitted more than once for a total of 1100 different synopsis/script submissions.” […]

by Comments are Disabled Art, Comic Books, Illustration
Once Upon a Flock Book Review

Once Upon a Flock Book Review

In the midst of reading Once Upon a Flock, I would catch myself glancing outside into my backyard from time to time. I didn’t really know why I was doing it- I certainly wasn’t bored and I’m not afflicted by ADD- and then it dawned on me: I was trying […]

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

My Never, Ever List by Gary Lacoste

NEVER EVER LET FEAR DRIVE THE BUS This is great advice I heard from licensing guru Cheryl Phelps. We all are afraid of failing or coming up short, and that fear can paralyze us into not making changes or choices that in the long run could further your career. Five […]

Illustration © 2013 edfredned

How In-House Innovation Teams Could Benefit from the Addition of a Creative Quarterback

By Bruce Miller In the late 1980’s when several top marketers, specifically in the fashion industry, were setting up “in house” advertising agencies, they made a point of bringing top creative talent into the mix in order to keep the quality of the messaging on creative par with ad agencies […]

The Story of Comics as Poetry

The Story of Comics as Poetry

What’s worse than a rejection letter? Two rejection letters. From the same publisher. For the same book. Once a year, a major textbook publisher came by the art school where I used to teach to talk about their titles and solicit instructors for new ones. At the invitation of one […]

Once Upon a Flock Advance Copy

Once Upon a Flock Advance Copy

We just received an advance copy of author/illustrator Lauren Scheuer‘s memoir Once Upon a Flock and we’re extremely excited to read it and tell you all about it! The book comes out March 19, 2013 and is available for pre-order at your local book seller or at Amazon: Once Upon a […]

"Sans Titre", Lucy Larousse and Liz Shepherd, 2012, 11" x 17" Watercolor and Screenprint

Challenge Your Creativity (Discomfort Yields New Thinking)

“Sans Titre”, Lucy Larousse and Liz Shepherd, 2012, 11″ x 17″ Watercolor and Screenprint By Liz Shepherd Scads of self-help books as well as serious research have been written about creativity and I often find myself nervously drawn to those titles.  I am getting a pretty good sense of where […]

by Comments are Disabled Art, Creativity, Printing, Resources
A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

A Foot in the Door at Top Cow’s Talent Hunt

What we all need is a foot in the door somewhere. Whether it’s the door to an ad agency, a local shop or a publisher, a door that’s even slightly open to us raises our chances of getting the job. If you’re looking to break into the field of comic […]