The Beauty of Print on Demand
March 28, 2009
Last year, I used Lulu's POD (print on demand) services to print my two latest books ("Frenzied Fauna and Freaky Flora" and "Wildlife from the Hot Spots"). Because of the nature of POD, I was able to print smaller runs and not invest thousands of dollars up front. This time around, I wanted to try POD technology to create a sample book of "The Saga of Rex" to send to potential publishers. I also wanted to have some copies for myself to give as gifts and promos. I chose Ka-Blam Digital Printing for the task.
A few days ago, I received my proof copy of the book and I must say that I was pretty impressed. The paper is great (although a bit thin), the colors are fantastic (better than Flight, where the story is being serialized) and the cover looks sharp (although I did notice some slight horizontal streaking in the blue areas). Overall, the whole package feels very professional.
I will definitely keep Ka-blam in mind for some of my upcoming projects. With all the various POD companies sprouting up, this is indeed an exciting time for authors who wish to self-publish!
T-Shirt Design for Vancouver Jazz Festival
March 22, 2009
Last September, I announced that I created the poster for the upcoming 2009 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The festival management liked the poster so much that they just asked me to design a t-shirt to go along with it. More here.
ZED #10 in the Works
March 15, 2009
I'm really excited about the upcoming ZED #10. I nailed the whole story in thumbnail form and managed (at least in my mind) to tie everything together. This issue will complete the story arc, "The Rise and Fall of Maxuss", that's been going on since issue 1.
Once issue 10 is out, I'm ready to pitch ZED as a movie.
I'll keep you posted with previews as I go.
Originals for Sale
March 9, 2009
Just added 6 original pieces for sale, including two from Insanely Twisted Rabbits and three from Odd Numbers. Check them out.
Tattoo from Romania
March 8, 2009
Here's an email from Romania I recently received:
Subject: I have a tatoo with a bunny of yours
Hello, I didn't know that this bunny on my arm was made by you, I really like it, you are a great artist :) Thanks for the picture that led to my tattoo, great art, great job :P
Claudiu Mihai is my name and I'm from Romania.
Ernst Haeckel on the Trilobite Show
March 2, 2009
What better way to start the month of March, than with a new set of gorgeously rendered trilobites? The trilobite engravings of master artist/scientist Ernst Haeckel are the latest addition to The Trilobite Show. Check 'em out!
A Pair of Tattoos
February 22, 2009
Roger and Heather got matching tattoos on their 5th anniversary. Both designs were taken from my book, Insanely Twisted Rabbits. Heather explains: "His [tattoo] represents me, fluffy, cute, but with teeth. Mine represents how I have literally ripped out his heart and keep it for myself."
Click here for more pictures of tattoos inspired by my work.
A Valentine Project
February 14, 2009
A few years ago, I started putting together a book for Valentine's Day called Art and Bun: A Love Story. It's been on the shelf for several years and Nancy (the love of my life) often encourages me to finish it. If I can find the time one day, I'd love to.
Check out some of the artwork I did for it.