The All-New Coghill Cartooning Website & Blog

It’s been far overdue, but I’ve finally rolled up my sleeves and merged the portfolio website and the blo, and moved the blog to the main domain.

In actuality, what I did was add a cartoon logo portfolio section to the blog, and created new info pages, migrating all that content from the old portfolio site to the blog. Then I moved the web address of the blog from the old subdirectory location (blog.coghillcartooing.com) to the main directory (coghillcartooning.com), deleting the old portfolio site in the process (and of course redirecting the old pages to the equivalents on this new site).

Thank You, WordPress Portfolio

When I first set up the blog (first post: way back in 2005!), the intention was always to eventually move the portfolio over and make it all WordPress-based. But at the time, and for many years afterwards, there just wasn’t an ideal way to set up a functional portfolio without a lot of custom coding (which was over my head) and a lot of tweaking of the WordPress theme files. Not to mention a massive dependence on third-party plugins.

But WordPress has come a long way, and the built-in support for portfolios as well as this cool portfolio theme I am using have made it pretty much perfect for setting this up the way I’d always intended.

The old WordPress theme I was using for the blog was seriously out of date and no longer being developed or supported.

And the main portfolio site was a hand-coded website which was not only very difficult to maintain and update, but it was not mobile-friendly in the least. It was likely not up to any sort of web standards either. Kind of like living in a shack in your backyard that the building inpsector hasn’t been made aware of yet.

Search Engine Blues

All of this stuff conspired to make both my portfolio and blog very unappealing to Google, and my search result placement for each took a massive nosedive back in 2012. After educating myself on Google algorithm updates, these nosedives took place right around these periods, and my site was the right sort of candidate for the changes they were targeting.

My focus over the past few years has been more and more on my Monsterologist brand, so the portfolio and blog took a back seat. But after some serious search result research for the Monsterologist online store, I realize I needed to put some attention back to the portfolio and blog sites if I was going to keep them online (which I was).

It was something that for years I knew needed to be done, but was always just putting it off. The only other option was to delete the site, and that was not something I had any intention of doing.

WordPress Plugins To The Rescue

I was pleasantly surprised to find the Portfolio feature to be the perfect implementation of what I’d wanted to do with the site all along. I was also glad to find an ideal theme very quickly (I’d been lazily looking for years for something minimalist that focused on the content, not the theme design).

Moving the WordPress installation from the subdomain to the main domain was super easy, with the help of the Duplicator plugin. It essentially did all the work, and I’ve not encountered any issues yet.

The Redirection plugin was also a massive help, as my custom htaccess redirects were for some reason not working (I later confirmed my suspicion that redirects needed to be placed above the WordPress htaccess code). The plugin continues to be a trusty companion as I keep checking to find new overlooked pages and posts.

Cleaning Out The Code Basement

Not only were the WordPress theme and the old hand-coded portfolio site out of date, but I found all sorts of overlooked optimization-killers as I’ve been digging around in the “basement” of my web host directories.

Old htaccess and robots.txt redirects and disallows that I was no longer sure what they were added for in the first place, stagnant and outdated sitemap files that were probably not doing my search result placements any favors.

One thing I fixed here on this site that was also a major bottleneck on the Monsterologist website was the tsunami of tag pages swamping my indexed pages in the Google search index. I learned how to noindex these in one fell swoop, code-wise. To do this on WordPress, I used the Yoast SEO plugin which has been installed for years.

A Fresh Start

I’m pretty pleased with the new site. It looks so much better. It inspired me to spruce up a lot of the content here, as well as re-think my menus and sidebars. I think everything is much more organized and easier to navigate. I’m actually proud of this new site. It’s a far cry from the shame I felt from the old sites, having those dilapidated presentations with my art and name on them.

Regardless of the benefit in the search engine rankings, the psychological benefits from doing this have been alone worth the effort.

I’m also really happy with this theme and the way it showcases the artwork. It really breathes a lot of life back into it all for me.

It also feels great to have a portfolio website that can be updated much, much more easily, and is built with modern code and in an attractive design. I repeatedly put off updating the old portfolio due to the tediousness of the undertaking. It’s so much easier now with everything built upon WordPress, and the addition of the Portfolio feature.

So, same content but a brand-new look, feel and functionality. And with my new-found enthusiasm for this site, who knows — maybe there will finally be new content to pair up with this new paint job.

Legion Of Lovecraft Cthulhu patch set on Kickstarter

Legion Of Lovecraft Cthulhu embroidered patch set on Kickstarter

Legion Of Lovecraft, featuring monsters and alien gods from the writings of author H. P. Lovecraft: Cthulhu, Dagon and Elder Things is my current Kickstarter campaign, is now live! Rewards include patches, buttons, stickers and art prints.

The patches are military-inspired and have heraldic shield design influences. The custom lettering was designed to evoke occult, alchemical and astrological symbols and sigils.

The campaign funded in just over 2 hours, so these will be produced for sure! Pledge now to get good pricing, and qualify for FREE stretch goal bonus items!

Launched on October 10, 2018, and runs until October 21, 2018.

Pledge now: Legion Of Lovecraft

Legendary Legion: Folklore Creature Patches on Kickstarter

Fairy, elf, gnome, goblin, troll, ogre embroidered patch art.

Fairy, elf, gnome, goblin, troll, ogre embroidered patch art.

My new embroidered patch set, “Legendary Legion”, feature six blacklight-inspired colorful patch designs featuring classic folklore creatures — fairies, elves, gnomes, trolls, ogres and goblins. Dwarves and a golem might also show up…

The campaign launches on October 16, 2017 on Kickstarter, and runs for two weeks.

Sign up for my email newsletter and get a secret code for a free bonus reward item for pledging on launch day!

Cryptid Command 2: Mothman, Chupacabra & Kraken patches on Kickstarter

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Cryptid Command 2 patches Mothman, Chupacabra & Kraken

My new embroidered patch set, Cryptid Command 2 featuring Mothman, Chupacabra and Kraken patches with a military-inspired look, is now live on Kickstarter.

This patch set and Kickstarter campaign continues the original Cryptid Command patch set (featuring Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs) theme.

Cryptid Command 2 again features a patch trio based on the Army/Navy/Air Force land/sea/air — this time with cryptozoological creatures the Chupacabra, the Kraken and the Mothman!

I’ve also got designs ready to be revealed for more cryptid patches to be unlocked as stretch goals as the campaign exceeds the core funding.

Hallows Angels: Halloween Patch 4-Pack on Kickstarter

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“Hallows Angels” is my newest patch set campaign, launching on Kickstarter on October 10, 2017. It’s a Halloween-themed patch set featuring skulls, skeletons, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, witches and black cats. Not to mention scarecrows, bats and owls…

The campaign run until October 31 (of course!) and the main patch 4-pack will be a spooky $31 dollars. There will also be a limited edition set of 31 for early backers.

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As usual, there will be opportunities to pick up patch sets from my previous campaigns, as well as sketch card original art, larger original drawings, and much more.

The campaign funded in 8 hours, so the patches will be made for sure. The first stretch goal patch, the scarecrow-themed “Sons Of Samhain”, has also been unlocked. That means you’ll get a bonus patch with any qualifying pledge. And we are on our way to unlocking more.

 

Ancient Astronaut Mission Patch Set on Kickstarter: Final Days! $10k & 5 Stretch Goals

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*** NAZCA Ancient Astronaut Mission Patches are now available for purchase! Click here***

My newest embroidered patch set on Kickstarter is heading into the final days of the campaign. With the help of over 225 backers, we were able to fund this campaign in 8 hours on the first day, get a prestigious “Projects We Love” award from the Kickstarter staff, and unlocked the first two stretch goals in 48 hours (and since then we have unlocked three more and surpassed $10,000 in funding). See below for the artwork of the three new patch designs — the Pharaoh Astronaut, the Winged Capsule and the NAZCA Officer’s Insignia.

All backers who pledge at the patch 3-pack level or higher get all three main patches, the three stretch goal patches, and magnets for 5 patch designs!

That’s an astounding amount of merchandise for a mere $27 — which includes shipping in the USA!

Scroll down foe more details on the campaign, or better yet — head on over to the NAZCA Ancient Astronaut Mission Patch campaign on Kickstarter and pledge now.

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Nazca Pharaoh Ancient Astronaut Patch Promo

Nazca Winged Capsule Stretch Goal Patch

NAZCA: Ancient Astronaut Mission Patches

This patch set features 3 main embroidered patches with an ancient mysteries theme, and the artwork features the enigmatic monuments Stonehenge, the Sphinx and pyramids and the Moai heads of Easter Island.

The concept here is that these are a set of mission patches for Ancient Astronauts visiting our planet in the remote past, commemorating their various spaceports here on Outpost Earth which we now know as ancient places of mysterious origins.

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Background

As I have been developing this ongoing series of patch sets each with an “official agency” theme (park ranger, military, police for Bigfoot Patrol, Yeti Squad, Sasquatch Brigade, the Cryptid Command set of Bigfoot Army, Nessie Navy, Alien Air Force, and the Ghost Guard patch set)), I knew that I wanted to work up some cool astronaut patches (another iconic patch-using organization), but I was at a loss as to how to integrate it into the cryptid/paranormal theme I’ve been developing to date.

In hindsight, it was so obvious. Once I had the basic concept of ancient astronauts, I realized that like the Apollo missions, the ancient astronauts would want to have their own mission patches. And of course, each would be themed to one of their “landing sites”/”spaceports”! The designs began to come to life on their own. I knew I wanted a retro rocket thrust, the Easter Island heads in minimalist high-constast style, and the rest of the designs just flowed from there.

The name “NAZCA” is a play on both the United States space administration (“NASA”), as well as the mysterious “Nazca lines” in Peru, another mysterious ancient artifact that ties into this entire theory. I thought it was a perfect and fun way to tie this all together.

I also concoted an acronym for NAZCA to fit in with the theme:

Nibiru Astronautics & Ziggurat Construction Architechts

Head over to the campaign and pledge now to help make these patches a reality.

Ancient Astronaut Mission Patch Set on Kickstarter: Final Week!

Nazca Pharaoh Ancient Astronaut Patch Promo

NAZCA-ancient astronaut mission patches Sphinx pyramids stonehenge easter island

My newest embroidered patch set on Kickstarter is heading into the final week of the campaign. With the help of over 200 backers, we were able to fund this campaign in 8 hours on the first day, get a prestigious “Projects We Love” award from the Kickstarter staff, and unlocked the first two stretch goals in 48 hours (and since then we have unlocked two more). See below for the artwork of the two new patch designs — the Pharaoh Astronaut and the Winged Capsule.

All backers who pledge at the patch 3-pack level or higher get all three main patches, the two new stretch goal patches, and just unlocked are magnets for all 5 patch designs! And if we can crack the $10,000 pledge amount, there will be a third stretch goal patch design added to your reward package!

That’s an astounding amount of merchandise for a mere $27 — which includes shipping in the USA!

Scroll down foe more details on the campaign, or better yet — head on over to the NAZCA Ancient Astronaut Mission Patch campaign on Kickstarter and pledge now.

Nazca Pharaoh Ancient Astronaut Patch Promo

Nazca Winged Capsule Stretch Goal Patch

NAZCA: Ancient Astronaut Mission Patches

This patch set features 3 main embroidered patches with an ancient mysteries theme, and the artwork features the enigmatic monuments Stonehenge, the Sphinx and pyramids and the Moai heads of Easter Island.

The concept here is that these are a set of mission patches for Ancient Astronauts visiting our planet in the remote past, commemorating their various spaceports here on Outpost Earth which we now know as ancient places of mysterious origins.

Nazca ancient astronaut mission patch Easter IslandNazca ancient astronaut mission patch StonehengeNazca ancient astronaut mission patch Sphinx & pyramids Egypt

Background

As I have been developing this ongoing series of patch sets each with an “official agency” theme (park ranger, military, police for Bigfoot Patrol, Yeti Squad, Sasquatch Brigade, the Cryptid Command set of Bigfoot Army, Nessie Navy, Alien Air Force, and the Ghost Guard patch set)), I knew that I wanted to work up some cool astronaut patches (another iconic patch-using organization), but I was at a loss as to how to integrate it into the cryptid/paranormal theme I’ve been developing to date.

In hindsight, it was so obvious. Once I had the basic concept of ancient astronauts, I realized that like the Apollo missions, the ancient astronauts would want to have their own mission patches. And of course, each would be themed to one of their “landing sites”/”spaceports”! The designs began to come to life on their own. I knew I wanted a retro rocket thrust, the Easter Island heads in minimalist high-constast style, and the rest of the designs just flowed from there.

The name “NAZCA” is a play on both the United States space administration (“NASA”), as well as the mysterious “Nazca lines” in Peru, another mysterious ancient artifact that ties into this entire theory. I thought it was a perfect and fun way to tie this all together.

I also concoted an acronym for NAZCA to fit in with the theme:

Nibiru Astronautics & Ziggurat Construction Architechts

Head over to the campaign and pledge now to help make these patches a reality.