I am revising. I will revise. I have revised. I am revising.

Working on a new picture book. When I say new, I mean I wrote the original idea for it about 9 years ago. A publisher acquired it last year. I started working on it earlier this year. Now I’m revising art and making final decisions on how this book will work. It’s probably the most complex book artistically I have ever tackled. But it’s fun to work on. Man it’s fun. I have been sick the past few days but still stayed up late trying new things out.

I’m guessing in a week I will have all the final sketches signed off on. I’ve already painted two or three to make sure I know how it will develop from sketch to full color art. This book has a lot of big scenes with forests and busy landscapes. But drawing them traditionally makes them too busy and if it is too design oriented – well – I don’t do that style well. So I will need to problem solve.

Looking forward to sharing samples when the time comes. Until then – revise away!

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Playing around with color

I did this rough painting as part of the work I did for a CD cover. The CD/Album was called Almost Satisfied by Noah Hall & Whiskey Priest. (You can find it on iTunes.) This piece was never used.


Anyway, I found this in a file full of old paintings. I like the attention getting composition and the line work atop something much more graduated in tone. I sometimes like to see a bit of ‘struggle’ in line work. I think it works here.

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Welcome Superhero Instruction Manual!



Superhero Instruction Manual is available today! Stop by your local bookstore and DEMAND they order it for you. Or go online (Amazon) and find a copy. And make sure you order a few extra. So often I buy a brokenly to have it severely damaged by wind or rain or dogs or cats…book cats. So dangerous. So pick up a few (Barnes & Noble) extra copies.


It’s a BAM-BOOM Good book!


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Mad Magazine

Organizing the bookshelves I came across a few of these ‘old things’. This is an excellent copy of Mad from September, 1956.


Now, believe it or not, I am not a huge collector. I have friends who put me to shame. But this means a lot more to me than just a collector item. You’ll notice the black ink (no doubt it is Higgins) on the bottom of the cover. Well, my dad must have spilled ink on it. Of course he is a cartoonist and I find it a great added element to this magazine that he had this at his drawing board at some point just as I have a dozen books around my desk as I am working. He admires Jack Davis and the other Mad cartoonists just like any of us cartoonists.

And here’s one of the awesome interior spreads by Jack Davis.


I know I have issue number one somewhere in a box around here, but I haven’t seen it in years. I almost wonder if it was in bad enough shape that it got tossed? Someday I’ll look for it.

One more thing – on the back cover is the news shop stamp. So we know where it was bought- St. Marie Cigar & News Co in St. Paul.


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Tomorrow is- National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!


It’s that time a year again…make the cookie gods happy!


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Godzilla sightseeing

A visitor off the coast of Oregon.


photo by John Hull

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Superhero Instruction Manual!

It’s always a good day when you get the first actual copies of the book you worked on for a year or more – and you see that your name is spelled correctly on it.

Copies of Kristy Dempsey’s awesome book arrived yesterday and it was awesome to read through the actual book, in complete ‘actual’ book form, for the first time.

The perfect super book for super summer reading just landed in my backyard!

Find it locally via IndieBound!

Order it from anywhere at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.


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