Remember, TEAM RAPUNZEL (me, Shannon and Dean Hale) will be signing books at the Orem Barnes & Noble tonight (Thursday) from 6-8! Come see what a sleep-deprived, overworked, basement dweller on a month-long picture book bender looks like! (not pretty.)
Hi gang, I'm really crunching the illustrations now! I'm on track to finish 12 BOTS by next Monday's deadline--but it'll be tight.
This coming Thursday I won't be working on 12 BOTS, because I'll be at the Orem Barnes and Noble, signing Rapunzels and Jacks with Shannon and Dean. That's right, we're finally doing a Utah Valley signing! It will be from 6-8, Thursday at the Orem B&N. It's your chance to get a triple-signed Jack, or Rapunzel (or Devil, or Yellowbelly or whatever!)
Now, I've heard that Utah Valley folks are notorious cheapskates. I've heard they bring stacks of books from home, but never buy any from the store. Is this true? I, myself, live in the valley, so I don't think I'm a fair judge. Thursday's signing will be the decider in my mind. If Utah Valley can't turn out as many people as Tooele (a city a fraction the size of the Provo/Orem area--and over 70 copies of Calamity Jack were purchased on signing day) than I will have no choice but to brand Utah Valley as "Home of the Cheapy-Cheapskates." And I will have to make a comic on my blog about the "Cheapy-Cheapskates of Utah Valley," how embarrassing. So if you live in the valley, come out and prove the rumors wrong!
If this dialogue is confusing to you, then you haven't played New Super Mario Bros. This is a very common argument about power-up distribution. I hope you are enjoying the sketchbook posts. These drawings haven't seen the light of day for a good fifteen years, it's fun to dig through them again--I have TONS. And they are saving me all kinds of time to put towards the 12 BOTS book. (17 days to deadline!)
Hey everybody, Nate here, hard at work on the 12 BOTS. I hope you are enjoying the high school sketchbook posts. I was big into the BIC Black Ballpoint back then. I even had a BIC Brand hat I used to wear. I can't do this "smooth BIC" style anymore--I get ink splotches everywhere, the folks at BIC must make a cheaper pen nowadays. I'm sure that's the reason.
Here's a secret, but totally boring, code to watch for. If there is a number needed in a drawing, like a uniform number (above) or whatever, I just use my age at the time. Watch for it, you'll see it all over the place, I'm sure it's in all my books.
Also, HOORAY! We just got our 100th follower at the Station! Yippee! I'm celebrating with a Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar!
It's true, I've got until the end of March to finish the Robo-Christmas book--which, by the way, has an official title now, "THE TWELVE BOTS OF CHRISTMAS." I just headed over to Amazon to see if there was a place-holder yet. Not yet, the search engine asked if I meant, "Twelve boots." So, there's another idea, the Twelve Boots of Christmas. Number three is an irrigation boot.
Don't worry, though, Yellowbelly will keep the posts coming. To start, I'm scanning some old high school sketchbooks--really oddball stuff that should be good for a laugh. Stay tuned.