So- at the moment I’ve got a lot of projects kinda ongoing that may not see fruition for awhile. This is boring. My plan is to try to update here semi-regularly with updates on how these things are going. These aren’t nebulous projects like trying to complete the next couple of Harmony Boom novels (in the middle of first drafts on two), or finally finish Dregs (a graphic novel I completed pencils on almost 6 years ago), but projects that have got actual deadlines and completion dates. Well, maybe also some nebulous stuff.
Coloring Books (2, at least)- due date: April 22nd. I’ll be showing some artwork or some kind of crazy monster action at Captain Little in Olympia during Arts Walk. This will include the release of no fewer than two new coloring books (including the long-awaited Space Crime Cop Patrol coloring book), and some big wooden monsters for kids to take pictures with. Here’s a scan:
The Space Crime Cop Patrol book is basically done, and the monsters one may be close to being done. I’ll start construction on the cut out monsters after I finish the first big made-out-of-wood project I’ve got coming up, which is…
Bopes! – Due Mar 16th (I think). I’m doing a commissioned window of Bopes for Shunpike up in Seattle. This will consist of like a dozen individual characters arranged within a street window. The only real instruction I was given is the dimensions of the space and the note that a lot of people hang out there smoking during the day. I did this spec drawing to get the rations how I imagine that I want them:
My garage is now full of plywood waiting to be chopped up and painted. I have no idea how much the final installation will or will not look like this, but my intention is to post progress pictures here every now and then.
Board Game (well, card game)- No Due Date. I recently posted some trial art for a board game I’m developing. Well- here is some more artwork I did for the scratch version of the game. Will this be final artwork? Probably not, though who the hell knows since the game is still in development. I’m up to version 3 of it, which we’ve decided is pretty playable. I’ve sent a couple of copies out to other people to give a whirl to. This will probably be at this level of development for a little while, until some feedback starts coming in.
If you’re a boardgame nerd whose interested in maybe playtesting this bad boy, maybe we should talk.
HB in Color! A currently untitled Harmony Boom picture book- No Due Date. I finished the first draft of a new Harmony Boom picture book about the colors. Very young kids Dr. Seuss, but I think it’ll be fun and have started doing artwork for it, none of which do I have here with me. I’m hoping that this will be the first of many Harmony Boom books to come out this year. Last year was really calm on the island and I miss playing there. This could realistically be done in a couple of months depending upon momentum and free time. After that I need to finally get serious about Jon the Mormo Met a Fish or Kluglings on Parade. Also the next two novels. Will my toils ever cease?
Door- a play. I wrote a play last year based on a picture book I published many years ago. I had actually published the picture book as a place holder to keep the idea around until I could write it up as a play or even as a screenplay. Well, the play is now written. It went through a few revisions and there are a couple of copies of it floating around now, being reviewed by people who attend the theater a lot more often than I do. We’ve talked about putting together a table-read. If you are or know someone in the performing arts that would be interested in furthering this project, let me know. I’ve never done a play before, so I’m unsure about what all of the steps are to make this a reality.
There you go. As I said, my intention is to update progress on these things more often. Someone suggested I start a Twitter account, but I’m not clear how that stuff works, since I basically eschew social media. Anyhow.