February 11, 2015

BIG PIG INK, LLC was founded in 2014 by John & Heather Mueller. 

We created BIG PIG INK with the belief that people of all walks of life are at their best when they are truly independent. This means we steer the ship of our own little empire (be it ever so humble). Our goals are simple to build a sustainable business making the art and products that we love and want to share with the world.

John Mueller is an illustrator and  game developer he is the creator of OINK and the video game BEDLAM (both shipping in 2015). OINK is John's creator owned series of graphic novels released in the 90's, now once again in early 2015 OINK will be on book shelves with a completely new vision of the story that put him on the map. This new edition  brings all of Mueller's experience to bear on a 120pg TPB and Hardcover. John spent 5 years working on this new edition which he describes as 'The most Epic thing I've ever done." He was a pioneer in the field of digital art, and has worked with some of the biggest studios in game development. He likes making cool stuff and plans to do that until his hands and his brain are no longer responsive.

Heather Mueller keeps the lights running at BPI. She is the heart of the operation and makes sure every package gets to you in a timely fashion. Prior to her role as General Manager at BPI Heather worked for Johnson & Johnson for 14 years where she helped manage studies for the FDA in clinical research. She is one of the most organized and lovely people planet Earth has ever known.




The Butcher's Boy

Some of my favorite parts from the new edition of OINK are the NEW story sequences I added. There were some parts of the story that had always felt rushed to me, so going back and doing it again gave me the opportunity to expand on those. I had always wanted to have more detail about the relationship between OINK and the character Spigot who was a mentor to him. The events that happen with Spigot are the spark that sets OINK on his journey. I wanted to show why that was important and so I added a sequence of pages that goes back to when OINK was just a boy.

The initial idea was not about OINK, it was about a little boy-pig that works for a butcher drawn in the style of an old  story book. There was a little girl he was friends with, he was sort of the town-curiosity, he eventually runs away and discovers an endless factory that exists outside the little town. It was sort of Alice in Wonderland with a little pig-boy. I had been thinking about doing it in a fairy tale type book, The drawing below is the piece of art I created bleary eyed at 4am trying to capture the feeling and tone that made the dream so sad. When I read that little blurb it still gets me a bit,  during the process he sort of became mini-Oink..I'm happy I did that. I love this little guy. If I were to make a game from OINK I think the entire thing would be done in this style and tone...I still might do the story book too!

I really liked this idea and so I brought the character into the new book as a young OINK, Here he is with Spigot.

For folks in the ATX area I'm going to be signing at Dragon's Lair here in Austin on the 25th of February celebrating the launch of the new book. I'll be sketching and signing new copies of the book, come hang out!

John Mueller