Can’t wait to see what happens to Mac and the 13s? Then good news, the digital version of Issue 3 is ready and published on Gumroad! You can find the link on the Issues page and get yourself a copy today. That will put you way ahead of the publish schedule on the site – just avoid those spoilers for everyone else.
I’m still working on getting the print version published on Amazon, but that will come soon. Getting approval through their system is almost as confusing as dealing with Theo and the 13s. Maybe a tad less dangerous, though. I’ll update soon when it’s ready.
Last fall I posted about the awesome 93″ Costco Bear coming out. I kept my eye on the release date and fully intended to pick one up before Christmas. However, the week it appeared I put off my shopping trip to Costco by four measly days and… SOLD OUT! What a total letdown! So you can imagine my giddiness when the bear returned to stock, and this time I did not mess around getting my order in. Now let me introduce, just a little later than intended, Peanuts the awesomely huge and massively fun teddy bear!
My daughter also decided that his arrival meant it was his birthday, so she served him some cake. He enjoyed it so much he gave her a hug – not always safe from a giant teddy bear!
My final commission at Emerald City was from the supremely talented (and humble) Nate Taylor. Nate has previously worked with Patrick Rothfuss on the (non)-children’s story The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, which co-stars a teddy bear. Of course that meant I needed a teddy bear and a monster from him. I was hoping for a fun pic, and ended up being completely blown away by Nate’s “quick sketch.”
Be sure to check out my other commissions from Emerald City.
And the man with the magic hands:
Another fun discovery at Emerald City was the very affable Rich Werner. Rich has an amazing portfolio full of fun monsters, including a children’s book of art and sketches called Monsters and Me. I had to pick that up, and after flipping through it, knew I needed a commission from him for one of my monsters.
Be sure to also check out my other commissions from Emerald City.
Here’s the head monster with his latest creation:
Emerald City Comic Con provided another great opportunity to catch up with some of the artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting previously, as well as meeting a bunch of new ones. Seeing all that talent literally at their fingertips always inspires me, and to capture just a tiny tidbit of it with a commission is very exciting. First up is the amazing Ron Randall, a cagey veteran who is friendly, full of good tips, and a wizard with ink and paper. Ron is a Portland native who has drawn or written a plethora of titles, including his own original series with a badass heroine (before it became so trendy!): Trekker.
And here’s the wizard:
After four months of review, I received a rejection notice from Comixology for Midnight’s Masque. It’s a bummer, but seems to be based on a technical glitch. The message says my PDF isn’t high enough resolution for the CX platform and could result in pixelation. An understandable concern, except that I submitted the same PDF I used for Amazon’s CreateSpace – which is print quality! Since the art is already at 400 to 600 dpi, there ain’t much higher to climb. So hopefully it’s a misunderstanding that can be worked out. Waiting four months to get that message is a drag.
On the other hand, I stumbled across something I had somehow missed previously – Amazon’s Kindle Comic Creator. It’s an application for converting PDFs into the Kindle format and designed to take care of the complicated steps, like checking resolution, for you so you don’t wait four months for a rejection notice. I’m very excited about this and hope to have Issues 1 and 2 available on Kindle soon. I know that even though comic book readers are notorious for wanting paper in their hands, the move to digital, especially on iPads, is rapidly taking hold and becoming the preference. I recently read the latest Saga volume on Kindle for iPad and it sure was easy to buy, download, and enjoy while sitting on the couch.
Onward into the future!
A while back, Fandango put together a fun slide show cataloging bears in film. There are some fun facts about real bear actors, like Bart the bear, and real famous animated actors, like the one and only Winnie. It’s a fun five minutes to browse through their slides and learn a few trivia bits for your next cocktail party.
Brave was going to be even more bearish.
One of my personal favs from childhood, Fozzie.
And the all-time greatest bear in children’s literature, Winnie the Pooh.