Monday, April 30, 2007

LA Times Festival of Books - Day 2

Day to started with the return of Mr Toast fan Maggie, decked out in her Mr Toast in Outer Space shirt. I really enjoy seeing how much people enjoy Mr Toast. Lots of other people came by including Officer Byrd, Matt and Jane, Shannon's mom Kathi, Phranc (with a copy of Krazy Kids Food!), and about a million others. The show was a total success and we should be back again next year.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

LA Times Festival of Books - Day 1

I was hoping that the Festival would be busy. It was CRAZY. Just as busy as Comic Con which is saying something. We were slightly out of the way which turned out to be perfect because everyone walking by could get a good look at the booth. We ended up giving away almost 1000 Fan Club bookmarks. It was an exhasusting day but we are restocked and ready to head back on Sunday.

A big thanks to all the super cool Mr Toast fans that came by.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Can You Handle the Monster?

J. Otto Newspaper Bag

J. Otto Newspaper Bag

Our newspaper today came in a colorful plastic bag with illustrations by J Otto Seibold for the LA Times Festival of Books and the Target Ready Set Read program. It is great when cool illustrators work is used for stuff like this.

Also check out my new banner which I just painted for my booth at the Book Festival.....

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Brother, can you spare a light?

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Maizie & the Mountain of Toasts

My dog Maizie explores the mountain of toasts that I am getting ready for the book festival. So if you buy a Mr Toast from me and he has a couple dog hairs on him, I am not to blame.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

LA Times Festival of Books

If you don't have plans for the weekend....admission is free. I will have a booth in the Children's Area South by the Inverted Fountain. I will be giving out free bookmarks!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Mr Toast Fan Art by Cammy

A big thank you to Cammy and her mom Holly!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Earth Day

Hope everyone had a Happy Earth Day!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Super Mario Toast

Just having a little 8-bit fun....

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

X-Ray Specs

Clown Hospital Visit

Nothing makes you feel better then a visit by a clown.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Moomin Mayonnaise from Japan

The love that characters get in Japan is a wonderful thing. Moomin Mayonnaise....pure genius.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I Am 8-Bit at Gallery 1988

Opening tonight is one of the coolest shows in Los Angeles, I Am 8-bit at Gallery 1988. In the show artists reinterperet their favorite videogame characters. I am going to go to the opening tonight and it should be quite a party with 8-bit Weapon playing. The gallery is at 7020 Melrose and the show runs til May 12th.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hanna-Barbera Land

Who remembers Hanna-Barbera Land? Bruce Bushman was hired at some point in the late 60's or early 70's to do some concept drawings for a possible Hanna-Barbera Land. These were recently auctioned on ebay by the Howard Lowery Gallery. It is pretty amazing to see a Flintstones Freeway, a ride based around Space Ghost and even a Winsome Witch Haunted House.

Other parks may have had Hanna Barbera areas but we are yet to see a full blown HB park. Maybe someday.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Art of Sara Varon

I love the work of Sara Varon. She lives in New York and draws robots, racoons, snowmen and turtles and other many more cool characters. Many of her stories are wordless but not to a fault. Some of the best parts of life are not filled with words, those are the special moments she captures.

Sweaterweather is great because it is filled with stories and cutouts and fun stuff. Chicken and Cat is her children's book, all about friendship and nature and life. She also does incredible printed postcards (the robot one is in metallic ink!). Look for her new graphic novel (208 pages) sometime at the end of the year. Hooray.

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