A few weeks back I shared a story on Twitter about an encounter I had with a young artist, and how I almost screwed the whole thing up. I'm happy to say it worked out in the end, but I wanted to share this with you as a reminder of how easily we can discourage the people who need encouragement the most!
There you have it.
Please, if you are called on to encourage a young artist, DO IT! Costs you nothing, but it can mean the world to a person with ideas.
Also, this story serves as an example for how kids need a hero that they can relate with. I'm happy we have heroes like LeSean to inspire young black artists trying to come up in comics and animation. Much respect to LeSean!
Big news! The Geppi Entertainment Museum in Baltimore (right next to Camden Yards) just hung an exhibition of my work!
Here are a few sneak peeks.
The Museum is a sight to behold, the collection is amazing, and the building is beautiful, so I'm thrilled and honored to get to show some work there.
The exhibition is to open this coming Wednesday (July 13th), and the show is to run three months. It'll feature more than 25 pieces of art, including covers and double page spreads. All the good stuff! So, if you're coming to Baltimore (maybe for the upcoming Comicon?) for anything please stop by and check it out.
We got the sketchbooks in from the printer and I couldn't be happier! The quality is fantastic, I'm thrilled with how everything came out. The folks at Story Supply Co. did a great job putting this together, and are now doing a great job fulfilling orders! I'm already hearing from folks who ordered during the pre-order period and have received their sketchbooks.
I've been busily signing and sketching up the pre-orders. Check it out!
Some custom sketch orders:
Some "random sketch" orders:
I'm hearing from folks who want signed or sketched in books but missed the preorder period. I'm sorry if you missed out on the chance to get a sketched or signed edition. The pre-order period can't last forever. I wish it could, but I'd have to quit my job just to keep sketching and signing these things!
We do have a bit of good news on that front! I'll be signing and sketching at upcoming sketchbook events. The first will be our launch party at Hive Artspace in York City, PA this Friday (July 1st) starting at 5pm.
More events are in the works, and I'll post here when the time comes.
Thanks to EVERYONE who supported this project with your pre-orders! I can't thank you enough! You helped make the launch of this line a big success! THANK YOU!!
To everyone else out there: Please support this creator owned project of mine! Not only will you get TWO sketchbooks from each set (with both the War and Peace covers) but for each set sold we donate one free sketchbook to a young artist in a struggling city school art program. You'll help to provide a sketchbook to a kid with ideas!
Order right here by clicking the icon at the top right of this page, or go to the Story Supply Co. store - http://www.storysupplyco.com/products/war-and-peace-by-mike-hawthorne
It's official, the War & Peace editions of my sketchbook collaboration with Story Supply Co. is at the printer! That means that the pre-order period, and your chance to get the sketchbook signed or sketched in by me, is almost gone!
The pre-order period is officially over on Monday, June 20th, so if you want to secure a set your time is running out. Get on it! After this there is no guarantee you'll be able to get a signed or sketched-in edition (unless you can make it to one of our upcoming events).
Pre-order here, or just use the button here on the site at the top right hand side.