Monday, June 27, 2011

Coloring When I Was Little

After making When You Were Little I was thinking of what the next book should be. I really loved the participation that came from the last book and I wanted to think about how I could go bigger with that. Then I realized that the younger audience could participate even more if they had more to do in the book. So I decided to put together a When I Was Little coloring and activity book.

Filling the content was easy. I had thought about doing theme books, like sports, holidays, but I felt the ideas weren't strong enough on their own. I also decided to make the book bigger, filling it with matching games, connect the dots, and lots of coloring pages.

It's black and white, 8 1/2 x 11, and thicker...about 60 pages.

With the title of the subject, I can't really bury the lead I tried to...but yes, I made a coloring book!

Oh by the way here's the cover to Coloring When I Was Little!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Post: Summit City Comic Con 2011

This past Saturday I attended Summit City Comic Con at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, IN. We had an early drive ahead of us leaving about 5am in he morning. We got there just in time to set up and start the show. It was a great turn out and my first time doing a one day show. I was amazed at how well the show was put together and how much space the artists were given. I also got a sweet parking spot too!

The crowd was great as I had a lot of kids come up to the table. However, talking to fellow artists, I found out there were fewer kids than last year. At about mid-way through the rain came and the attendance dropped a bit. I had more opportunities to step away from my table and meet with other artists and get a few things signed. I was also able to get some new sketches done in my TMNT book. I also met with Derby City Comic Con's Eric Banister and we talked about his upcoming show and he gave me some posters to sign and we talked about things to do in Louisville, KY.

Right around closing time we said goodbye to friends and made our trek back. I was feeling a bit tired but we found a Red Robin where we stopped for dinner. (YUMS) The best surprise is that we came home to find my parents babysitting the grandkids. It was awesome. So we spent the time playing with them before completely crashing into a deep slumber. Only to get up early again and watch Nicole and her family take on the Warrior Dash.

All in all it was a great show from start to finish and one I would definitely do next year. Up next I have the Comic Book Mania! Convention in July and as I mentioned previously...Derby City Comic Con. We hit the ground running in the next few weeks. I hope to have my new book completed and available for the rest of my con season. Also, please check periodically at the store as I will be uploading some prints, original art work, and more.

And lastly, here's some of the sketches I did at the show:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

...I ate a lot.


This past weekend I tweeted that I wanted to do a new print for Summit City to go along with the new business cards I am getting done. I am still working on the new When I Was Little book and I'm hoping to have it done by end of June. So with that being said I thought a new print would be a great addition to all the things I have to offer for the upcoming Summit City show. This print will be a vertical 8x10. I tend to do two new prints one vertical and one horizontal. I will be working on a new print for Derby City and that one will be the horizontal.

I know I wanted to do a villain from the comic universe this time out. It's hard to make certain villains fit in the theme of the When I Was Little prints. I think the rogues gallery from the Batman universe is the easiest but I did not want to keep doing Batman villains every time. So after racking my brain suggesting characters like Mystique and Sinestro (how can fear be cute?), I had a vision early this morning.

I seriously had a dream drawing the Silver Surfer scooping up a planet and feeding it to a baby Galactus, the devour of worlds. I woke up and did this today.

Creative spark comes from the strangest places at the strangest times. Either way I'm really happy at how dopey and goofy and cute this print looks. I hope you guys dig it.

I ate a lot... by ~happyfestivus on deviantART

PS - Don't forget I'm taking commission pre-orders for Summit City. Just take a look at the convention info and give it a go!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shopping When I Was Little ...

Hi all!

If you follow me at conventions, this past March I was saying I was going to open an online store where I would sell my art, prints, books, and anything else that would fit in the world of When I Was Little. After months and months I signed on with Big Cartel and have begun creating my store. There isn't much there yet but I will be sure to add some of the 8x10 prints you see at the conventions as well as some other items yet to be named. SO check back often and enjoy Shopping When I Was Little...

- Justin