We’re going to be at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival this Saturday! Come say hello!
Three new items in the John and Jana store - Jana’s two punk prints and John’s Playmobil photo sci fi epic mini comic, Danger Brigade. More to come!!!
Here’s some Sir Isaac Crab art for you. The bottom one is from a story we were working on called Sir Isaac Crab and the Seafood Rebellion. Sir Isaac has an odd history - he made cameos in several places in our old Very Vicky comic book. The character Greggo started hallucinating him in the final issues. We’ve always loved this cantankerous crab, but have never quite followed through on giving him his own stories …
Spotted at Disney World … Jana’s Never Girls art is all over the kid’s menu at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
This is the sort of thing John does in the newspaper every week currently:
"Earlier this week, an art dealer from Brooklyn was in the Tate Modern in London and saw a kid climbing all over a Donald Judd sculpture that looks like a set of Ikea shelves. The dealer snapped a picture and marched over to stop the barbarity with her own deep, spiritual expression of art appreciation by pointing out to the parents that the piece was worth $10 million. Then she tweeted her outrage, as people do these days."
We’ve shared Idaika Iglesias’ work before - she does these lovely sculptures based on Jana’s illustrations. She did another verson of Wild Child from the Anarchy book being stompy - here’s the whole story of a new process she uses. Go check out Idaika’s work, it’s really wonderful!
Another illustration from another uncompleted story of ours called Hot Dog Loves Hamburger … we should REALLY finish this!
The book starts like this:
Hot Dog loved Hamburger, but Hamburger did not like Hot Dog at all.
Once Hot Dog bought Hamburger a beautiful bouquet of pickles. Hamburger politely accepted them, but later Hot Dog saw that she had given it to her friend Patty Melt.
And why didn’t Hamburger like Hot Dog?
"Because he’s so long and funny looking," Hamburger explained to Patty Melt. "He’s not nearly as well put together as Grilled Cheese Sandwich."
That was the other reason Hamburger didn’t like Hot Dog. She was madly in love with Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Grilled Cheese has been in therapy a long, long time. It really hasn’t helped.
Merry Christmas! Our sons make music! Here is their new cover version of Lou Monte’s classic “Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey”!
Here’s something Jana did for fun - a cover for John’s Time Tripping Faradays books! It wasn’t ever meant to be used, but we thought it was cool enough to share!
Two Viking news items today - this one about cutting off slaves’ heads and this one about the true ancestry of Icelandic Viking women and, therefore, Icelandic women - made us remember this little Viking girl story we were working on for a while a few years back, but ended up concentrating on other projects instead. It was called “Siggi and Alf Go Plundering,” and it’s first couple pages went a little something like this:
At the end of the day, the Viking dads of Svealand came home from the hard work of plundering other villages. The children of Svealand gathered at the port to greet them with drinking horns of mead.
Siggi liked to go with her best friend, Alf. She loved to pick a bouquet of Smörboll flowers when they were in bloom and wait for Dad to lumber off his longship.
Alf’s father was Volund the Vicious. Alf loved flowers, but he never picked any for his dad. Volund the Vicious did not seem to be the kind of Viking who liked to sniff flowers. Today Alf looked especially fearful.
“I’m afraid Dad will talk about how I will loot and pillage alongside him when I grow up,” said Alf. “I would rather garden with you.”
“What we need is our own boat,” Siggi said. “We could take to the seas with flowers instead of fury.”
Here is a cover image and several inside illustrations Jana did for John’s unpublished chapter book, Miasma Lounge and the Plinkity-Plinks of Doom. Will it ever become a published chapter book? Dunno! But the pictures sure are pretty!