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)
I have been so humbled by all the support I have experienced since "Tunnel-Ball" came out a few days ago. Clive Mole agrees, amidst answering a bunch of cliche media questions at his busy locker (pictured below). The first round of orders were shipped out this morning. I also did a sporadic "test run" reading or two as an experiment and they went really well. Some official readings are in the process of being scheduled.
Thanks so much for all the early support! P.S. - there are still a few "Bases-Clearing Double" bundles remaining in the store.
Now available in the online store ... my new picture book, Tunnel-Ball! The book is hardcover (36 pages), and every purchase includes a pack of Topps cards featuring some assorted characters from the story.
There are two buying options in the store ... the regular, hardcover book is available for $15, or for a limited time (while supplies last), you can purchase the "Bases-Clearing Double" bundle for $25. The bundle features a copy of the book, the Topps cards, a refrigerator magnet set, and a 9x18" felt pennant (example pictured below) featuring the team name from the story. Free shipping on either option.
I am proud of this one and have been working on it for parts of the last two years. I hope you and/or your family enjoy it!