Wednesday, January 9, 2013
After 5 years on Blogger I'm moving this blog over to Tumblr. I've resisted long enough. I will keep this blog up so you can always come back here for some vintage Fuzzytown.
Please join me in the future at http://www.stayfuzzy.tumblr.com
Thanks everybody for all the kind comments and Follows. I hope you will continue to follow me over at the other place.
Stay Fuzzy and Hopeful!
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Some spots for a Teaching Tolerance Magazine article on the myth that school uniforms are good for kids and their school environment.
Labels: childrens books, snoring, otters editorial spots, Everything is the same but completely different., That school of hacks run by that cult that we had to attend, the lost years
Monday, December 3, 2012
When I was a kid, one of our favorite parts of the holiday season was the advent calendar. Our calendar was a beautiful handmade out of felt one by my Aunt Kathy. It was a Christmas tree with numbered pockets below that contained felt ornaments that you would hang on the tree for each day.
I was thinking about this and wanted to make one for Oskar and Teddy. But there is one problem, I can't sew. So instead I made one out of a small gift box from Urban Outfitters that I glued and taped match boxes inside to create little compartments.
Add some paint, and a trip to Five below to fill it with goodies and knick knacks and we are good to go. Mazel Tov!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Last month I had the privilege of reading Bernard to the awesome kids at P.S. 347 which is a school for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired as well as children with Deaf or Hearing Impaired parents.
I was invited by the gracious Gary Wellbrook, teacher at P.S. 347, enthusiast of children's literature and unabashed Joseph Campbell fan. So right way we had two things in common. He posted a lot of nice things on his blog about me and other kids book authors and illustrators, you can check out at his blog here.
One thing that Gary zeroed in on is my love for the work of Margret and H. A. Rey. Curious George is a big influence and I was reminded of another big influence over the holiday that I had forgotten about.Anyone remember these guys? The Woodsies?
My cousin got these from "Santa" in the early 80's and I remember pretty much frothing at the mouth in envy. I had had forgotten about these guys but after seeing them, I realized how much they made an imprint on my little brain back then. These guys are ALWAYS Fuzzy and Hopeful!
Monday, November 5, 2012
In an affort to fight off cabin fever during the Frankenstorm, Oskar and I made these wallets out of painted paper and cellophane tape.
He and Teddy have become big TMNT fans so he wanted a Raphael wallet, Teddy's Michaelangelo wallet is in the works and in between, I made a Nilson and Amelia wallet, just cause.
Fortunately in the middle you have Amelia to remind you to not have a fit.
It's been fun to see the guys getting into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I was a little old for the real explosion of the Turtles in the 90's but I did get into the B+W comics from the late 80's. I even got to meet Eastman and Laird at one point. It was extra cool that they were from New Hampshire close to where I grew up. And they inspired me to start a short lived (thankfully) rip-off of TMNT and Sergio Aragones Groo the Wanderer that I called, ahem... Sly the Slaying Samurai Snail.
As it happens, a few weeks ago at a Memorial Service for my Grandmother my Aunt gave me a package of old stuff I had sent my Grandmother over the years and it included the first 2 pager comic of of Sly. Here it is in all its ball pen, unoriginal glory.
YIKES! That is Terrible.
In hind site it seems pretty obvious that I would be obsessed with Monty Python's The Holy Grail within a year or so of making this drivel.
Friday, October 26, 2012
It's no secret that I love Richard Scarry. And when I was asked for a quote for the SOI Original Art Show that I was on the jury for, I gave them this.
And I had no idea that they were honoring Mr. Scarry with an Lifetime Achievement Award!
Getting to see some Original Art from "I'm a Bunny" was like seeing my own Shroud of Turin.
Amazing and delicate brush work! I just want to live inside Busytown, those characters just make me happy, they give me good memories of reading books at my Grandmother's house and also playing with Puzzletown (see pic below) at my cousin's house.
2 years ago I managed to get a couple of these sets off Ebay for Teddy and Oskar, ok I admit and for me too! So much fun but man they are pricey!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A piece for the new Oxford American Music Issue. Cleveland Crochet and the Hill-Billy Ramblers. 50's era cajun garage-billy rock and roll. Real swamp music. At first, I was trying to get these guys all in the jaws of a giant croc, but then I thought it would be great to have a band on a Croc/Swamp tour boat. Thanks to Oskar for picking out the orange.
These guys have like two songs but Sugar Bee was a major regional hit and even cracked the Billboard top 100.
Early promo shot of the band.
The bandleader, Cleveland Crochet.
I'm honestly not usually a fan of Cajun or Zydeco music, the insistent oompah beat grates on me after a while. But this early stuff when rock and country and R & B were a little less defined is very interesting. Think a white Little Richard backed with a lap steel, fiddle and an accordion and you got yourself some Hill Billy Rambling jam.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The marketing team thought this was pretty funny and asked me to do a more kid friendly version for the catalogue. So I did this one.
The book won't be out until next June so it will be nice to see the catalogue when it comes out. And in case you aren't a Mighty Boosh fan, the "Jazz Trance" is a reference to this.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
zohora.com. If I didn't, the Design Police would come and give me a ticket. Now just waiting for the servers/internets to do their thing and bring it live in the next 24 hours or hopefully less...