Disney put up a NEW Mickey Mouse cartoon and I LOVE it! It's made by some very talented folks who worked on such great shows such as Dexter's Laboratory, Spongebob SquarePants, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Sym-Bionic Titan. Even better news… there more of these shorts on the way!
A few years back DC Comics released Wednesday Comics, a collection of spectacular full page newspaper style comics in a giant book. Here are some pictures of panels from the Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth story written by Dave Gibbons with sweet art by Ryan Sook.
Here’s a collection of pictures from the super awesome book Ollie the Purple Elephant by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. It’s a cute story about Ollie, his human family, and the mean scheme of the family cat and their downstairs neighbor.
Happyloo has come a long way since I first doodled Tickle and Devon on a napkin. The first book was a collection of wordless comics and the second book was slated to be the same, but things changed. After completing nearly half of the second book I felt something wasn't clicking. The book looked amazing but I felt the layouts may be too complicated for my intended audience of kids ages 4-8.
I printed out the first wordless comic story entitled "Flying Colors" and shared it with my friends, family, and comic industry friends as well. The overall consensus was that Happyloo needed to change to fit the audience. The layout needed to be streamlined and the book needed words.
At this time I was researching my audience, not just other kids comics, but picture books as well. I fell in love with picture books. I haven't read them since I was a kid. They really are amazing works of art. The idea of 40 pages of beautiful art mixed with a simple but sometimes deep story truly inspired me. I knew what I would do with Happyloo. It would be a picture book/comic hybrid. I planned to make the 16 page wordless comic story of "Flying Colors" into a 40 page book. With help from my wife Megan and my editor Laryssa, I rewrote the script (about five times.) After months of editing and reworking the art, I now have a book that I couldn't be more proud of.
Now it's time to play the waiting game of submitting the book to publishers and agents. If I get no bites, it'll be self-published and you'll be seeing Happyloo: Flying Colors in beautiful hardcover form around June. Here's the cover:
As I was grocery shopping at my local Shop Rite, I came across something awesome in the frozen foods section… a display of Little Golden Books. One in particular jumped out at me. DC Super Friends: Batman! written by Billy Wrecks, features fantastic art by Ethen Beavers. I loved the art so much, that Little Golden Book ended up in my shopping cart.