Way back in February (how is it November?), I was invited to come draw on the walls at the new location of the Play Library on Elm St. The PL is a wonderful toy & game loan library, and also hosts the amazing Cincinnati Vintage Toy Museum. At the original location last summer, I hosted a "Kreate-a-Kaiju" workshop, which was a blast. I recently stopped by for the first time in a while, and realized that I had never posted pictures of any of the giant wall drawings. They were a lot of fun to do, even the diving board scene, which was done on a ladder from an awkward angle.
Some of my books & prints are available in the gift shop.
... and then, a great shot from the clay kaiju workshop from last year, and a drawing I did to help promote the original opening.
Now available in the shop (despite that it is August): a Christmas card set!
It is a long favorite tradition of mine to make Christmas cards for friends/family, and I decided to take some favorite designs from over the years to make them available, just for you. Eight quality matte postcards (perfect weight for mailing or displaying), including one mystery hand-drawn card. Nestled nicely in a translucent, vellum Christmas-colored envelope.
After hearing of the recent passing of Jaki Liebezeit, I thought it was a good time to repost this painting from a couple of years ago. It was a work in progress for an art show of re-imagining album covers of records that are important to you (unfortunately, the show never panned out).
I have loved CAN for so long that I cannot at this point remember when I was first introduced, though I was fortunate enough to have a local record store that had it's own LP section dedicated to krautrock. The music has been a constant inspiration for me ever since. RIP, Jaki.
EDIT: Per the request of a friend, I did a few touch ups and am making this available as a print in the store for a limited time. It is cool to do something with what was an abandoned project from a few years ago. Long live CAN!
Originally a Christmas card design, then decided to paint it, then decided to make it a print ... "a Galaxial Christmas". This one's perfect for the unapologetic lover of the holiday, the armchair astronomer, the completist Mark Neeley collector, and/or everything in between. $12 / free shipping, located in the "store" up above. P.S. - "Tunnel-Ball" mugs are ideal stocking stuffers according to the 2016 Sears Roebuck holiday catalogue.
Baseball season may be winding down, but Intergalactic Baseball is year-round. As such, "Tunnel-Ball" is now on sale for $12 in the online store located above. The "Bases-Clearing Bundle" (includes a hardcover copy, felt pennant, cards & magnets) is also on sale for $20, a real steal if you like us (no pun intended). Also on sale are T-B mugs and the new prints.
If you ever happen to find yourself anywhere close to the Midwest, it would be in your best interest to stop by Boxcar Books in Bloomington, Indiana. You will be hard-pressed to find another bookstore like it in the country who does what they do. Poke around their site for a sampling of that, including their Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. It was, undoubtedly, one of the first bookstores I reached out to when "Tunnel-Ball" was published.
I can't wait to see the newly renovated space the next time I am there ...
T-B and Shel Silverstein, united at last.
"Prince Prints" ... say that 5 times fast, etc.
Now available in the online store are two 8.5x11" prints of my two Prince tribute show paintings, which are currently on display until the end of the gallery show (see this post from last week). They are $10, signed, and shipped free with the utmost care and gratitude. Just click on the "STORE" link above if you are interested. These were a lot of fun to make and would look great on your wall/shelf/wherever!
Yesterday afternoon's "Kreate-a-Kaiju" workshop event at the Play Library was a success and a total blast! Thanks to everyone who came out and made kaiju with me. The coolest part, by far, was the diverse mixture of both new and familiar faces, ranging from families with young toddlers to adult couples who got their hands dirty and made Japanese-inspired, city-crushing clay monsters. We even had a Japanese visitor (who had moved her less than two years ago), who had heard about the event on social media. She carefully sculpted her own "Booska", and taught me the correct pronunciations of several kaiju.
Here are a few pics from the event. Also, if you came out, when my illustrations of your kaiju are complete and ready for pick up at the Play Library, I will be posting about it here. The Library will also be posting about it through their usual means. I hope to have them finished within a couple of weeks.
(the "Tunnel-Ball" mugs make their in-person debut)
"Tunnel-Ball" is now available at the following awesome independent stores around the Midwest and New York City. These shops are all fantastic (regardless of the fact that they are carrying the book), so if you are in one of the following areas, please give them your local support!
Quimby's (Chicago, IL)
Boxcar Books (Bloomington, IN)
Carmichael's Bookstore & Carmichael's Kids (Louisville, KY)
Shake It Records (Cincinnati, OH)
Robot Inside (Cincinnati, OH)
The Book Loft of German Village (Columbus, OH)
Bluestockings Bookstore (NYC)
Desert Island (NYC)
I will be doing a book reading/signing at Robot Inside in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 14th. This will be a special, "release party" kind of event. I hope to see you there!
It's going to be a lot of fun, and guaranteed to be much different than your average book reading (for example ... there will be a drummer accompanying me, and plenty of audience interaction). There will also be activities to follow the reading such as "create your own baseball card" and T-B coloring pages. Books will be for sale, of course, with felt pennants being included with every purchase (p.s. -- this also means that more "bases-clearing double bundles" have been stocked in the online store).
And finally, there will be the life-size T-B card photo booths (see below).
Here is the link w/ more event info.
(niece posing as Centipede Cedrick for maximum cuteness)