Aorta VI is a collaborative zine by three creative artists, Jared Blunk, Pj Kneisel and Sam Graham, who were trying to figure out a way of making a living from doing the work that they loved. It is published in Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.
The focus was mainly on collaborative comic work which followed a sort of round-robin/every-other-frame style with different orders of Sam, Pj and Jared artwork.
There have been two Issues and 3 single comics released since August 2008 as well as a burgeoning daily online comicstrip. Each Issue had a set of 3 buttons made in conjunction with it, these are then randomly packaged with their respective issue (and can also be purchased seperately for 50 cents)
Issue I was released August 18, 2008 and was a truly amateur effort with an assortment of written work, collaborative and individual comics and solo artwork included within its 40 pages. It is still being sold for $5.00 and there were 100 grayscale copies printed in it's first (and currently only) run and each was hand-numbered.
Issue II was released February 7, 2009 and was a much more cohesive effort with a focus on collaborative and individual visual art and no written work (aside from the three creators respective "My Life 2009" updates.) There were 40 pages as with Issue I but no specific numbering. It is also still being sold for $5.00 and the first printing run was limited to 30 grayscale copies.
The Red Sky was an offshoot single collaborative comic which was also released February 7, 2009 and was originally intended to be the first full-color release from Aorta VI but was instead printed in grayscale and was sold for $1.00 (though most copies were given away for promotional purposes.) The first (and currently only) printing run was limited to 20 copies.
Aorta VI Collections a and b were released December 20, 2009 and were small collections of comics that had been made over the course of 2009. Collection a (colloquially called "CHIRP!" as the word appears in the cover comic) featured comics by Sam, Pj and Jared while Collection b (colloquially called "Zonosphere" as the word appears in the cover comic) featured comics by Sam, Pj, Jared and newcomer Tyler Stafford.
Jared and Pj's Terrible Twos are an on going DAILY two frame online comic strip (currently posted at Aorta VI Official Blog) by two members of Aorta VI: Jared Blunk and Pj Kneisel. They began on December 29, 2009 and are on track to continue indefinitely.
- 3 featured the tagline: "They exist for all to see, a new one daily, like a fortune for your day. Live your life by these simple gags, some better than others, and all will be ok."
The Terrible Twos also feature an on going story called Suburban Wounds which focuses on a random suburban household with an abusive father, a fat baby (referred to as RoundBaby) and a robot with no mouth. Jared and Pj have plans to expand said story in future endeavors.
Aorta VI also now has an official website at AortaVI.com