'Don't you ever sleep?'
Is a question I have been asked in the past and will no doubt have to reply to in the future.
But the truth is, I just have so many ideas that need to be out there and 'Big Ol' Bear' is one such project that has been left in the shadows for far too long.
Now I know I am working on a graphic novel, titled the Night of the Village Idiots, which is a labour-of-love project---has to be as it's probably going to take me over two years to complete---and you can keep updated with it's progress here. Plus I run a thrice weekly comic called Adam & Eve, samples of which can be viewed here, and are updated monthly, plus I do a plethora of commissioned jobs for eager customers.
But I really need and want to produce a series of children's picture books based around my character Big Ol' Bear. Now because it's going to take a while, but not two years like Sleepy Hamlet, probably a few months as I fit it in around my paid gigs, I will be running it's progress over a series of posts here on Cartoonist Diary.
Also, you've probably noticed on the header that it's going to be self published. Now this isn't a given, and if there are any commissioning editors or agents out there who would like to take this project on, then please do contact me; Big Ol' Bear is open, as I am, to offers. But failing that, I will self publish the range, hence the 'Big Ol' Bear Books' bit.
Okay, so to get this whole thing launched, I'll explain a little bit about the book, while you decide how many copies you would like to buy. Actually, seriously, I will be holding a few artist edition copies back to offer through this blog to celebrate it's launch (meaning: signed and with a pencil sketch of Big Ol' Bear on the inside). But more of that at a later date.
Anyway, This book is titled 'When the Weather is Nice' and takes the reader through 32 pages of lavishly illustrated double page spreads, depicting what Big Ol' Bear and his friends get up to on a perfect summers' day, through simple verse and repetition.
For this post I'll show you first the cover, then a full double page spread to give you a better idea of the books look. If you like what you see then fear not, I will be posting more pages as this project progresses.
I hope you liked this post and have had a good look around the site at the many others. I have plenty of exciting projects on and plan many more ideas for the Cartoonist Diary website and blog and I would love to have you come along for the ride. If you like the sound of that, then please sign up below and get a link emailed to you every time I post something new.