Continuing to Grow

2020 has really made me think about the studio and what direction we’re going in.  Like everything else, it has its ups and downs.  But one of the greatest things about this studio is that we’re always growing, and will CONTINUE to grow.

For the remaining of the year, I’m working on number of NEW projects already in production such as, comics, trading cards, a NEW coloring book and even our own original music!  That just scratches the surface.  In addition I’m reworking the website and creating NEW art collections for the BalkeStudiosArt store and merchandise.

Will everything I just mentioned be out this year?  No.  I don’t want to rush anything.  I want everything that comes out of this studio to be about quality, not quantity.  I want it to mean something.  Not just throw a character on a piece of paper and say “$65 please”.  It’s not about money, but about what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.  Create art, and share it with the world for all to enjoy.  If I can take you out of reality for just a few seconds even reading a comic strip, then I did my job.

So help us grow and share our story.

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Cartoonist for HIRE

It’s time to kick things up another level.  You may have heard we’re creating our very first comic book featuring Stanley and friends in a Halloween Special One Shot debuting this October.  Now that our story is being written as we speak, it’s time to work on the next phase.  Looking for a cartoonist to illustrate the pages.  Someone who can draw cartoons like Mickey Mouse or like our little Stanley pictured in this flier.

Since this is the technological age, you can either illustrate the pages digitally or by hand with paper and pencil.

– Size: 11×17
– 600 dpi
– tightened lines

Hand Drawn:
– Size: 11×17 paper
– Clean lines
– Tightened lines
– All original pages set to the editor (me)

In addition to illustrating the pages, you’ll also be asked to illustrate model sheet of each of the main characters.  Basically different poses of the characters to make sure you have the characters down.

This IS a paid gig.  If you are interested and serious, please contact me at:
Please include links with your work.

I’m always looking to expand my studio family.  Hopefully that could be you.

NEW Merchandise

Creating animation and various projects is only part of what we do here at Jeff Balke Studios.  I want to give you an experience you’ll never forget.  Even if it’s on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or physically at a convention where hopefully, we’ll see you in person.  But I don’t want it to stop there.  I want you to take HOME the fun and experience you have with us.

I’m very happy to announce that we’ve teamed up with to bring you quality, fun merchandise featuring our little guys.  Such as t-shirts (for men, women and kids), tank tops, hoodies, various ladies tops, phone cases and much more.  100% cotton to blended t-shirt and even going up to size 5XL with our premium unisex t-shirts.  Every item has a number of colors you can choose from that says…this is me.

Why did we choose Teespring?  Besides the easy ordering off our Teespring page and quick shipping, they print the items and ship it directly to you hot off the press as a “made to order” item.  This limits the wait time for them shipping the items to us and us shipping the items to you.  This cuts about a week off the wait time.

We’ve all worn the t-shirts where after a few washes, the image starts peeling off the shirt sometimes making a mess.  Well, Teespring prints t-shirts by what’s called DTG (direct to garment) printing.  This is where the ink directly sets right into the shirt not sitting on top of it like screen printing.

So check out our store at: and keep checking back for more items.  We’re always updating it and adding new items.  Coming soon we will have more “summery” items such as dresses and skirts.

For reading this blog and checking out our Teespring store, here’s 20%off your order using this code: STORE20

HIRING Writers

This year I’m taking things to the next level and kicking things up a FEW notches.  Starting with our very own Halloween special comic coming out this year.  But one person can’t do it alone.  It takes a team, and a team is what I’m looking for.  Starting with a writer.

We’re HIRING!  I’m looking for an all ages kids comic book writer for our Halloween Special coming out later this year.  You’d be working side by side with me using our very own characters for the story.  This is an original idea and characters, so thinking outside the box is NOT frowned upon 😉

This IS a paid gig.  If you are interested and serious about writing, please contact me at:
Please include any links with your work.

I’m always looking to expand my studio family.  Hopefully that could be you.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!  2020 is going to be an amazing year in general.  We have a BUNCH of projects coming out this year including one starting this upcoming Sunday.  Our weekly comic strips!

I’m going to keep this blog about what’s going on in the studio and what we have coming up.  But to kick off this NEW season of blogging, I want to with you a Happy New Year and say THANK YOU to all of your who’ve supported me/us.  This is going to be the year I take the next step and put the studio on the MAP!

Don’t forget this Sunday on our BlogSpot AND InstaGram, we release the first new weekly comic strip featuring Stanley and friends.  They’re all ages and enjoyable for kids of all ages, 1-101.