I want to say a huge thanks to Comics Coast to Coast for interviewing me on their latest podcast. We talked about a lot of topics from Monster Cereals to toy design to digital brushes to ethnic sensitivities when designing characters. I talked a bit too fast in the first ten minutes or so (newbie mistake) but if you keep listening it gets better. It was a fun conversation and everyone was super nice! They do a great show and their past episodes are definitely worth digging through. Give ’em a listen!
Sometime soon I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter for a book of my cartoons! The first couple of days can make or break a Kickstarter so I’m trying to build some early momentum for the launch. If you’d like to be notified on launch day, just sign up here or at http://www.sketchbooksilliness.com. (I promise to use your email address ONLY for this Kickstarter and nothing else.)
Thanks again to all of you for reading and enjoying my goofy cartoons!
Several years ago I made a common freelancing mistake that cost me a really big client. Here’s the story and what I learned from it.
This Saturday (Oct. 8, 2016) is the MCBA Fall Comic-Con. It’s a huge gathering of comic book fans and creators from all over the Midwest, held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. As usual I’ll have a table where you can purchase booklets of my Sketchbook Silliness cartoons, get a free Pose Drawing Sparkbook bookmark, or just stop by and chat.
Below is a map of the show floor with a big red arrow pointing to my table (click to enlarge). You can get more info about the Con on the official website. It’ll be a lot of fun. See you there!
The National Cartoonists Society, of which I am a member, partners with St. Jude by sending cartoonists to hospitals around the country to visit and draw with sick kids (more info here.) This past Saturday (Sept. 24) was the annual Minneapolis St. Jude Walk/Run for childhood cancer, held at the brand new US Bank Stadium. I was there along with two other local NCS members, animator Kelly McNutt and cartoonist Phil Juliano who draws the strip “Best In Show”. We spent the morning drawing with kids, answering their questions, and offering a few pointers. It was a lot of fun.
I mostly drew popular cartoon and video game characters, but since we were at the new home of the Vikings I also managed to doodle a few vikings of my own:
St. Jude is a terrific organization that does great work, and patients are never charged for any of their services. If you want to help them in their fight against childhood cancer you can chip in a donation on their website. Even small gifts make a difference.Donate
Today is Good Friday. For Christians this is one of the most important days of the year, the day we pause to commemorate the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. You may wonder, why would a day like that be called “good?”
Because even though it was a terrible day for Jesus it was a very good day for you and me. How’s that, you ask? Over the course of my career I’ve had the privilege to work on several projects that help explain:
Are You A Good Person?
First, here’s an 8-page cartoon Gospel tract I illustrated a few years ago for the ministry of Living Waters. Nine million copies have been printed in English and it has been translated into over thirty languages. You can download it for free or purchase printed copies from Living Waters.
Based on the tract’s success, Living Waters also hired me to produce an animated version, which I supervised with the help of two terrific animators (Michael Foster and Chance Dodd). If you like it you can download a free HD version to use however you’d like.
What’s In The Bible? “The Meaning Of Easter”
Finally, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer recently completed a DVD series called “What’s In The Bible?”. I had the privilege of doing some animation and character design work on a few episodes.
Here’s a clip from the episode explaining the meaning of Easter:
I don’t make any money or royalties off of these items. I just believe in them and want to share. Thanks for indulging me. Here’s wishing you a very happy Easter filled with smiles and jelly beans!