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secret project revealed


Since this is now a matter of public record, I'm not really disclosing anything, right?

(At least that's what in says in the Non Disclosure Agreement... I think.)


Check it out:



644 paper cranes


I met John Higashi at Big Wow a couple of months ago. He asked if I'd be interested in doing a drawing for his project.


The project  was inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home in Hiroshima. Ten years later she was diagnosed with leukemia and had less than a year to live. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. A popular version of Sadako's story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644.


John is planning a 10-year project (started 01/11) to get pieces from 644 different artists.


. His goal is to make an 81+ page hardcover book and donate the proceeds to 4 charities: Hiroshima Peace Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Hero Initiative, and the Mike Wieringo Scholarship Fund.


At the end of the 3rd year, 2013, he had 247 pieces.


You can check out some of them here:



...and here's mine:







For more info:






The Little Nemo Dream Another Dream has reached it's stretch goal!






My Big Secret Project...

Over 100 emails, at least a dozen phone calls, a couple weeks of doing sketches, about 14 different versions of the layout, and then pencilling and inking 12 - 16 hours a day to get it done by the deadline... and I still can't tell anybody what it is.

I should be able to soon, though. 










The folks at the Baltimore Comic Con had asked me if I wanted to participate in the Grendel-themed yearbook they are producing for the convention. I had agreed way back when and then, of course, the deadline snuck up on me and I was too busy with my "Big Secret Project". I did a drawing anyway, even though it was too late to included in the yearbook.




They figure that they'll use it somewhere.




Little Nemo update...


The Little Nemo, Dream Another Dream Kickstarter campaign is nearing the $100,000 mark:


A print of my page is being made available as a "stretch goal" incentive if they reach $125,000 in pledges... which is cool.

But what REALLY registers right off the upper limit of the cool-meter is this:





My page is going to be right up at front of the book next to the dedication page.




I mean... it just doesn't get any cooler than that.




Dan the Man needs a hand


I just became aware of this:



Dan Vado, who IS Slave Labor Graphics, has started a "gofundme" campaign.


I've known Dan for 30 years now and I just had the pleasure of reconnecting with him on my recent return to California.

For 28 years Dan's passion for the art-form and his unique dogged determination have been the driving force behind SLG.

But now he's asking for help:


Do what you can, and help spread the word.






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