Monday, December 05, 2011

SPLIT DECK for sale!

Okay, so I'm seriously one of the craziest people in the world when it comes to
the giving of gifts. Every year for the holidays, I go a little nutty and make these
ridiculously over-the-top little presents for people. Little home-made books, boxes of
personally decorated cookies, specialized mugs, chinese horoscope calendars. You
name it, I've tried to make it.

A couple years ago, I felt really masochistic and designed a whole set of playing cards.
For the bibliophile at heart, these were cards with famous literary characters that I'd always
wanted to illustrate: Alice in Wonderland, SHerlock Holmes, Peter Pan, Animal Farm.
Then I collected some very cool quotes for the number cards, and gave the whole thing
a theme. I called it the Split Deck, and each suite contains a literary theme.

Hearts: LOVE and HATE
Spades: WAR and PEACE
Diamonds: WEALTH and POVERTY
Clubs: GOOD and EVIL

I gave a set of cards away to friends and familiy, but they're pretty small -- 2"x3.5", and
I was told a few of them got lost in the mail. I re-printed them this year to send to
those who said they never got theirs, as well to new friends who weren't on the original
list. I've got a few extra that I've printed, not much. But I've had lots of requests over
the past couple years about people wanting to buy a set for themselves.

So here, now, today, for a limited time only, I'm offering on a first-come, first-serve,
while-supplies-last, get'em-while-they're-hot, the one and only


If you'd like to purchase a set,
please just send me an email or click here:

They're $20 USD, plus shipping. I know that's pricey for such small cards, but I'm not out to make money. It's really just to give out to people who'd like them.

Cheers all!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


So here's a sneak peek at one of my books coming out next year! It's about.... (drumroll here) a VAMPIRE BALLERINA!!! No, I'm not going the way of Twilight. Yet. This one's a really cute how-to manual for becoming a ballerina if you happen to be of the bloodsucking variety. I won't say too much here, other than this book was a blast to do! Here are a few sample pieces:

Oh yeah, and one last poster, too late for halloween...

In case you'd ever like me for a mentor...

... if you'd ever want a mental person for a mentor that is! Anyway, I've been invited to participate in an online mentorship program, available to anybody who might want to spend one-on-one time with me online. It's a ten-week course, in which i'd skype/email/telephone or whatever with a person, to give them guidance on their work, critiques on their pieces, whatever tickles their fancy. The program is called the Motivarti Mentorship Program, and information is below. I'm only taking on one mentee, and the session starts in the spring, so deadline for that session is December 18th. Here's the link:

plus a link featuring me:

I am apparently the only children's book illustrator on the list, everyone else is in animation. So, if any of you are interested in a career in animation, check out the others on the list too!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Another siting coming up...

Hey all! I've got another speaking event coming up at Book Passage in Corte Madera this Saturday from 4-5 pm. I'll be speaking with Kathryn Otoshi about how to break into picture books, and i'll be showing lots of original work. To sign up for the conference, check out this site:

Come stop by to visit!

I'll also be speaking at Hicklebee's Books on July 12th, talking to kids about making graphic novels. Here's the site:

And one last thing, the cover image for my latest book, an adaptation of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", with the blessings of Sir Paul McCartney! Coming out from Random House Books next year, keep an eye out...

from 12-1, i think. please come see me! It's my last event before i nosedive for the fall season and go back to drawing table...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

And some more signings coming up...

Well, it seems I can't stay hidden anymore. I've been summoned from my cave once again... So please please please come see me!

April 9th
Second Saturday Cartoonist Series
2301 Hardies Lane, San Rosa, CA 94503
1-3 pm
I'll be the guest cartoonist that day, showing samples of my latest project (if you want a sneak peek, come see!). Hopefully it's a small affair, so I can do some drawings right there.

April 17th
Books Inc, Burlingame CA
1375 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 685-4911
Shoe-la-la Book Signing and Fashion Show!

Okay, young ladies, now's your chance to step up and show off your own fashion sense! We'll be having a shoe fashion show! Bring your own shoes, gussied up in your own special way, to sashay down the runway! We'll vote for the cutest pair of home-decorated shoes, and the winner will receive a special something from me!
Come prepared to prance!

MAY 7th
Books Inc, Chestnut Street Store
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 931-3633
Yes, you heard right. It's a mother's day celebration, with me and two of my good gal pal/artists extraordinaire, Lisa Brown and Alexandra Boiger.
We're getting together to do a signing extravaganza, all in the name of Mother's Day! Who knows, if you come, you might be able to see all of our kids...

Things lately...

I know, I'm awful at this. It's seriously hard to get stuff going, I have such admiration for those bloggers who can do this regularly. Anyway, I thought I'd share some stuff I've done recently with you all.
sorry, had to pull this entry. copyright problems

Next up I did a special illustration for an oh-so-fabulous art show Pin-Up Exposition, run by the even more oh-so-fabulous illustrator Maly Siri. Here's my piece:

The other art from the show was amazing. I'm not a pin-up artist at all, but I did my best. Hopefully the comic will get a few giggles.

If you want to see more, you can view it all by clicking here.