Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stoic Bear and Shifty-Eyed Rabbit or I Have Never Laughed So Hard In My Life

I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen is simply one of the funniest things I have ever read or seen.

I stumbled upon this book when it was posted in its entirely online, and a friend of mine sent me a link saying, "This reminded me of you." It was soon taken down, because, you know, copyright. But this was a case where after I saw it for free online, I immediately purchased it IRL. I wish I could post the whole thing up here now, mostly because whatever page I'm looking at is my favorite, but also because the book has perfect comedic timing. However, I don't want to get sued, or have the internet police break into my studio in the dead of night and confiscate my computer. You'll just have to take my word for it: this book is rib-bustingly hilarious.

Jon Klassen's illustrations of a stoic bear and blank-eyed forest animals are perfectly combined with this classic quest story stripped down to only the essentials.

The premise is absurdly simple:

He wants his hat back.

The bear goes on a very polite journey to find his hat. He only receives negative answers to his query, "Have you seen my hat?" Some answers are more sincere than others.

The answers get more absurd as he goes along.

Despondent, he almost give up, but gets a nudge from a friend.

The resolution is then executed beautifully and skillfully by both Klassan and the Bear.

Thank you, Vanna Bear.

Please, please, if you have one children's book -wait, if you have one, it should be The Monster at the End of This Book... But if you have TWO children's books, the second should be I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen.

You owe it to yourself.

I WANT MY HAT BACK also now has a companion, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, that's premise is equally simple, absurd, and delightful.

A fish has stolen a hat. And he'll probably get away with it.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Thank you, Art V Cancer

I got a very nice thank you note from the very nice people over at Art V Cancer! They sent me a note all the way from England!

They said they raised over £2000.00 during the Live Long and Prosper show (The one my piece was in) for charities CALLM (Caring for Adults with Lymphoma, Leukemia and Myeloma) and CLIC Sargent (Caring for children and young people with cancer) by selling art prints! Which, let me just calculate that... ::bangs on adding machine Stephen Colbert Style:: is $3098!!

They're still selling Limited Edition prints for $32, and you should totally go get one, its for such a good cause! They have some really, really cool stuff up there.

New Life is totally on this card.

Can't see it?

lets zoom in!


It’s incredibly easy to be pessimistic when thinking about the future, and my favorite thing about Star Trek is the clearly hopeful message it makes about humanity. Someday we will use our technology to explore, not to harm. Someday we will accept and embrace other cultures and their differences. Someday sexy, green ladies will dance for us- I mean, um… Anyways, the opening of the show has always inspired me to stand on my couch like a conquistador claiming a new land and speak the words aloud, earnestly and with much gravitas.

My original post about Art V Cancer and New Life

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Little Miss Muffet- Preview

Un-finalized illustration for the upcoming Mothership Goose
(is un-finalized a word?)

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Edit: This book is now available for sale on Amazon!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mini Catalog

Logo design based on artist's signature by me!

My most recent art catalog!

A mini book for artist, Shannon Runquist.

She wanted something she could use as a really cool take-away from a lecture and demo she will be giving, and for self promotion in the future!

With print-on-demand we'll be able to update her catalog with new work, and we won't have to order bunches of stock!

Thank you, Vanna Bear