Thursday, June 22, 2017

making merchandise - the happy pantry way...

Well, it's probably the way a lot of people do it.  We do all the designs and figure out the sizes we want the product to be and then we send all of that information to a company in China and have them make it all.

Here are some pictures they sent us - we're running low on the tote bags we made last year, so we're getting a new, bigger order - and with a couple of additional designs!

 This is one of the bags we originally ordered from them, and it's sold well enough that we needed more!
 This is one of our newer designs - we did a very small run on them back in December, and they've all but sold out - so we decided to get a bunch.

 This is another of our newer designs that we had a small run of in December - this one completely sold out, and quickly - so we had to get more.

And then there's this onion.  This is part of our original three tote bags for Happy Pantry.  And it's one of our favorite designs.  We just didn't like how, this time, the colors turned out.  Luckily the company works with us to make sure the quality is up to our standards, so they did a couple of different versions (above) which were not to our liking, and finally figured out that instead of doing the standard screen printing, that they would use a heat press - and the results are below:

It is exactly like our drawing!  It translated almost perfectly!  So we're excited to get them in.  They are currently on a slow boat - and should be in by the end of May!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Doctor Strange

I remember really liking Doctor Strange when I was young.  I feel like I read a lot of those comics - but I couldn't tell you a thing about them.  I have no idea who he is or what he does.  I know there's magic and that he lives, an apartment on the same block as the cosby show...?  Or, at least, that's what I remember....

So maybe I don't know anything about Doctor Strange.  But a movie came out - and I drew this shortly before hand.  Hopefully the movie holds up to the comic book....that I have no recollection of.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cake Expo is next week!

Can you believe it's already here?  Del Mar Fairgrounds - October 29th and 30th!

Monday, October 10, 2016

New Episode of Spongebob this Saturday

I prop designed this next episode of SpongeBob.  It was my first episode of season 10.  Below are a couple of the props I designed.  I believe I did the entire episode - there are a few reused props from previous episodes, so I didn't technically design everything....

The egg from the 3rd season of SpongeBob makes it's return in this Saturday's BRAND NEW Spongebob epsiode! The episode is called WhirlyBrains and is probably on at 10:30 (but check your local listings!), and probably has nothing to do with eggs. I added that shadow line to the existing prop design!

 SpongeBob's television has been seen in many episodes - but it's never been broken in half.  So this is one of the harder props I designed for the episode.

Anyway - check out the show - new episodes every Saturday for the next few weeks!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Saturday's SpongeBob SquarePants is ALL NEW!

Hey guys,

Turn in to Nickelodeon to watch a brand new episode of Spongebob Squarepants!  It's at 10:30 am, and I did the prop design for this episode!

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll see, if you look close enough:

I've learned, now that I've been on SpongeBob for over a year now, that this prop has too much information on it - for something zipping across the scene (you'll have to watch the episode to know what I'm talking about), it only needs the picture of the onion for the viewer to understand what it is.  The words are superfluous.

Why is a sack of onions zipping across the screen?!?!!?  TUNE IN this Saturday to find out!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I'm working on Spongebob...!

I've been working on Spongebob since not for that long.  I did a lot of freelance at first, and have transitioned into full time in March.

This is one of the first props I designed for the show.  It's fantastic to see something that I designed painted and composited into an episode of one of the most iconic and popular shows ever.

It starts as a simple drawing in a storyboard and then goes to a designer (in this case, me) and is designed and cleaned up in the style of the show.  Then it goes to paint (which used to be ink and paint, but they started making the designers clean up their own work a few years back on most shows), and all of it is sent overseas to be animated.

The second picture is because I was drawing Plankton, and thought how much he looked like Mike Wazowski from Monsters I drew them together...
And finally, just because I happened to have it - here's a storyboard vs fully designed prop.  Look for it in episode 958!  Whichever one that'll recognize it because of all the bulletin boards...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Happy Pantry - bow ties and forks

I use this image on my business card.  When we were planning on what to include, I wanted to draw a Happy Pantry character that I felt best exemplified myself - pokey hair and glasses.  The fork was perfect!  Only - I would never be able to pull off the bow tie look.  So while it works for the fork, I'd look rather ridiculous.

I also kept trying to play with the pun - what a fork (instead of dork)...but it doesn't quite work, so we never posted it as a drawing by itself...until now!  But without any crap puns.  Better no pun than crappy pun.  Unless that particular crappy pun cracked me up...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Long Beach Comic Con is coming! Table R4

My friend Tim and I are going to be sharing a table for our second year in a row at the Long Beach Comic Con - September 17th and 18th.  It's in Long Beach.  The name kind of gives it away.

It's a really good show - lots of great artists - a bunch of big name comic book guys are going to be there - as well as tv and movie stars...if you wanna shell out money to just get their pic or signature (which is kind of lame)...but they're there for that, if you want!

We're cramming into table R4.  It should be delightful.

There might be too much fan art out there - but by looking at the image above, you might see that I've embraced it.  And am enjoying my versions of these famous characters.

What a fork! Happy Pantry

i posted this 4 years ago today!  That's how long we've been doing Happy Pantry drawings.  It's still a lot of fun...I'm happy we've found something we like doing that others seem to like as well.

I was channeling a little bit of myself in this drawing.  Which is weird because I don't wear bow ties, nor pocket protectors...and I would get new glasses instead of taping them together.

Who would tape their glasses together?

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Indibanana Jones making the rounds!

We've got our Indibanana Jones plushes in stock and one of our first supporters picked one up at Designer Con last year.  He recently posted this picture:

"Indibanana Jones Stunt Spectacular" - words and photo by Billy629 on Instagram

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Happy Pantry Hot stuff

Don't get yourself a swelled head, there's always someone hotter than you.  Just be happy that you make someone's mouth tingle.  Just not everyone's.  But only because that'd be gross.  Or, at least, unrealistic.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pokemangoes - only better this time

This is basically the same illustration as the one I previously did - I just added a few things i meant to do the first time and completely forgot.

Like - I forgot you could change the names of the pokes - so I added a few names - I added a few blue circles behind some of them because, in the Pokemon Go game that means they were recently caught and I added a signature since I drew all of it and created it all and was the author if it all...!  Boom - enjoy!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alright, I caught all the Pokemangos...

Did you know there's two acceptable ways to spell Mangos?  For some reason they can be spelled Mangoes or Mangos.  Unless you're writing on a blogger website like this, then it puts a big red underline under Mangos - and then it kind of defeats the point.  But I looked it up!  You can spell it both ways!  Dumb ol' Mangos...don't even know their own name.

  I play way too much pokemon go....

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Happy Pantry in the window

Who is that Happy Pantry in the window?  Would ya look at that, it's OUR Happy Pantry.  We had a window display in Arcadia back in 2014.  It's crazy that it's already 2 years later.  We have so much more merchandise now.  All of which you'll find on our website -

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cookies! Happy Pantry

You're one smart cookie...if you shop at Happy Pantry, that is.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Pokemon Go

This Pokemon Go fad has really hit me hard.  I can't stop playing.  It's such a ridiculous game, with very little skill and has more to do with how much time you invest into I've decided to invest too much time.

One thing is that every time I hear the name, I think it sounds like Poke a mango.  So I drew this.

I can't stop catching pokemon, and I can't stop poking mangoes....

Sunday Sundae! (Happy Pantry)

Ice cream is good.  Eat your ice cream kids and you'll all be happier for it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Anyone still playing the Pokemons?

I have an addictive personality.  It usually comes out in video games - so I've made a point to not buy any of the new systems as they come out so I play through whatever games I had, and I can put it all away.

The only problem is that then I see phone apps, and those become my obsession.  The first was Bejeweled Blitz, and then Angry Birds, and now I'm addicted to the Pokemon Go game.

It's the worst.  But I can't stop!

Besides Pidgies - I seem to be getting a lot of Cubones these days....

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy Pantry: Coffee in the Morning

Coffee in the morning is a must.  It's almost a state of emergency when you've run out of coffee filters and all you need is that one cup to get you started.  Will a sock work?  Will an old t-shirt?  How bad would it be to just drink the grinds?  I bet gritty coffee would actually pep you up a bit faster.  It'd be chokier....and it would be a good idea to brush your teeth straight afterwards, to avoid black bits all over your teeth...but love will find a way.  You will drink that coffee at any cost.  I'd probably use an old (clean) facecloth...if I had to.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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