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, 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

Happy Pantry - Peanut Butter and Chocolate and celery?

Fan Art: Pikachu

I was at an anime festival this weekend - The big Anime Expo - at the Los Angeles Convention Center - it was an insane amount of anime and cosplay and people....and sweat.  There was so much sweating!

I was in artist alley - and Pikachu was well represented with actual licensed merchandise and tons more fan art depictions.  That inspired me to do a pokaball with Pikachu.  Pokaball doesn't actually mean anything, I just made that up because I've been drawing characters as balls lately, and this seemed appropriate.

Pikachu - I chews you...heh....cause I'm hungry.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Pantry: Anime Expo 2016

we're at table 48h in the expansive Kentia Hall for the 2016 Anime Expo!

There's going to be a lot to see and do!  Make sure you check it out!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Pantry at the Anime Expo

Ever since we heard about the Anime Expo we wanted to take Happy Pantry there.  We missed out on last year's just barely - and this year we were wait listed.  We never thought we'd get in, but then they opened up some extra slots in Artist Alley and, much to our surprise, we were accepted!  So now we're going to be showing at this year's Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1st through July 4th.

Here are the hours of operation:

Friday July 1st: 12pm-6pm
Saturday July 2nd: 10am-6pm
Sunday July 3rd: 10am-6pm
Friday July 4th: 10am-3pm

One of us will be at Table 48H in Artist Alley - where you'll be able to find most of our Happy Pantry merchandise!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

B-double Oh-ttle - Happy Pantry

Because who stirs a bottle?  Weirdos...that's who.

Monday, June 20, 2016

it's a little hot out there

Ever feel like the entire world is melting?  That's how it feels today.  I'm going to stay inside because it is hot out!

I'm just glad I'm not in's supposed to be 120 degrees there.  But it's well over 100 here in Burbank, and even that feels like too much - so maybe it's just overkill.

This is the first day of summer and boy is it a doozy!

Anime Expo July 1st-July 4th

There's going to be a lot going on the July 4th weekend.  At least for Happy Pantry.  We're going to the Anime Expo!  We're going to be at table 48H in Artist Alley.  It's a huge event, and we hope to see you all there!  Or some of you there.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Finding Dory drawing

While she wasn't my favorite character in Finding Nemo - what with all the repetitive amnesia nonsense - Pixar has always come through with a well crafted, beautiful looking movie.  Except for Cars 2.

So I'm looking forward to seeing this one!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Alien Blob on a full stomach

I did these a while back - I wanted to do a series of blob aliens with cute creatures in their stomachs.  I thought it would make a cool vinyl toy.  I still have yet to realize that toy dream, but I still really like the drawings...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Of course Penguins can beat Sharks!

In case you ever wondered, if these two worthy foes met, who would win in a fight?

They proved last night that it would be a penguin.  Penguins would win 4 out of every 6 times!

At least in Hockey.

Not that anyone watches hockey....

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Lil' Doctor Manhattan

I did this illustration way back in 2009, but as I was going through some of my older drawings, saw this one and wanted to update it a bit.

I added a lot more texture to the bg (the moon and the earth) and changed some things that I didn't like about Doctor Manhattan.  Like his nose wasn't as cute as it is now (it's a stupid thing, but it was a little longer and not as petite, which is a better fit for the version I draw), and the eyes weren't as dimensional.  There were a lot of little things, and I think it's a lot better now.

Do I help the Earth or watch it get destroyed?  Either way I'll be naked.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The state of politics today

I was looking forward to voting in this year's election - only to see what ended up it even worth voting for the primaries?  I signed up as a Republican, so that was my first mistake - the contest was already decided by primary time...and it looks like the Democrats are practically squared away too.  I'll vote in the actual election, so that'll be fun....or horrible.

But it'll be interesting!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Happy National Donut Day!

I don't think calories count today - so eat as many donuts as you can fit in your mouth at one time!  Or maybe take a bite and swallow and then another bite....but eat a lotta donuts!  It's National Donut Day!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Good Grief, it's Adventure Time

I might be drawing Charlie Brown AND Adventure Time way too much.

This also isn't that good...but I thought it was funny enough...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What time is it? Adventure Time

It's time for an Adventure Time fan art piece, anyway.

When I first saw the news that the show was getting picked up at Cartoon Network, I thought it was such a mistake.  It was so ugly!  Little beady eyes, weird gummy arms.  There was no way it was going to be any good...

But then I saw an episode and it was amazing!  It was written so well...the jokes hit more than they missed - and it had a great cast of characters.  It was so odd and fresh and different.  So good for them.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cookie problems...

Did you know that October 1st is National Homemade Cookies Day?  That's right, they have a lame national thing for every day...but for this one I drew this:

It felt kind of odd that the cookie would be so happy with such a big bite taken out of her, so I thought I'd redo it:

That's a little more realistic....for a cookie with a face...that feels pain.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The 11th doctor is in

I thought this would be a cool picture.  I was inspired by the Doctor Who Fan club that I was sitting near at the Long Beach Comic Con back in September.  They had a Lucy/Tardis Doctor booth that people could take pictures around.

And I've been doing a lot of Peanuts fan art lately - and a lot of Doctor Who fan I had to bring the two of them together.

And even though Matt Smith wasn't my favorite doctor, I keep drawing him...

 I'm adding this second one just because Instagram only allows square pictures, so I had to add the white borders so I could post the entire picture.

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