'Tis a joyous day! According to HolidayInsights.com, "it's pretty clear that the Fortune Cookie did not originate in China. Rather, it was invented in California. There appears to be some uncertainty over who invented it. Some historical references suggest it was Makoto Hagiwara who invented the fortune cookie at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco in 1914. Others believe that David Jung, founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, was the first to make fortune cookies in Los Angeles in the 1920s." Fun facts!
Plus, here's a sneak peek at the coolest page I drew for "The Lucky Penny:"
What's gonna happen when he picks up that penny? You won't be able to sleep at night until you find out. So stop by Carmine Street Comics tonight from 7-9pm and you can get your own copy of "The Lucky Penny" PLUS your very own lucky penny to save you from the horrors of Friday the 13th! It's gonna be a fun time! :D
Here's the cover for "The Lucky Penny," my newest mini comic! I spent a stupid amount of time searching for the right fonts they use on the penny, because the date font is different than the font at the top.
You can buy "The Lucky Penny" tomorrow for $1.99 and get your own special lucky penny to protect you from the evils of Friday the 13th! Go to Carmine Street Comics from 7pm-9pm and I'll hand out FREE FORTUNE and MISFORTUNE COOKIES for National Fortune Cookie Day. Get a special Misfortune Cookie Card for a friend, and/or a misfortune cookie drawing. You can pick up a copy of "The Misfortune Cookie" and "Mindy Indy's Daily Misfortune and Flipbook" if you haven't already. The perfect way to scare the sh!t out of your superstitious friends this Friday the 13th :D
When I had longer hair, this was much more of a threat. But I still think about it. Had some pretty close calls....
Last night the Power Rangers signing was awesome! Thanks to everyone who came! Sold some books, did some drawings, and talked with a lot of nice people! Special thanks to Michael for bringing all the books! It was super great catching up with him too! Special thanks to my friend Carlos Abdu for bringing everyone pizza!
It felt so fulfilling to be a part of such a cool book and in this event! Sometimes, because it takes so much work and time to plan events, and to prepare for things like comic conventions, I wonder if it's all worth it, but it's for amazing experiences like this that make me know that comics are what I'm meant to do with my life!
Now onto the next thing! Right now I'm on the Bolt Bus to Baltimore with my friends Ellen Stedfeld and Carlos Abdu for the Baltimore Comic Con! OMG it was crazy coordinating and some of us almost missed the bus :P Everyone was printing last minute stuff, and I just printed my new story, "The Lucky Penny" today! Can't wait to show it to everyone! I'll post it on here soon too.
We'll be in Artist's Alley at Table A286! Super excited!
Here's what the cover looks like for the new Power Rangers book! If you haven't gotten your copy already, you can get it at Carmine St. Comics this Thursday! It's my first official signing event so I'm really happy :) Yeah I'm posting more about this event than about the next convention coming up: Baltimore Comic Con this weekend! Life is happening so fast!
On my Power Rangers Book Signing this Thursday, you can get awesome Rangers sketches like this one! It could be any Ranger, not just from Megaforce. You can get them in pencil, ink, or color. I make them small (4x6) or large (9x12). For this Green Ranger sketch, I added a special touch of gold paint marker to create a metallic shine. If you've ever wanted a Power Rangers sketch, this is a great opportunity to get one from someone who worked on the series! Come to Carmine St. Comics (34 Carmine St. in Manhattan) Sept. 5th from 7pm to 9pm. So excited! Hope to see you there!
Apparently this happened to a friend of a friend eating a fish taco at the beach. The seagull picked up the fish part, and actually left the taco shell in the guy's hands. It was like "I'm eating THIS part."
It kind of reminded me of how in kid's cereal commercials, a character, usually an animal, is always trying to steal the cereal. The Trix Rabbit, Lucky in Lucky Charms, the Dog bandit in Cookie Crisp (although in the late '90s, they took the robber aspect of it away and made the dog good. I always thought that was odd. I guess they didn't want to send the wrong message). But what's so wrong with giving the rabbit Trix? Just let the poor thing eat them! Silly kids.
SUPER EXCITED to announce I'll be in a book signing this Thursday Sept. 5th! Power Rangers Megaforce Vol. 3 is now on store shelves everywhere, and I'll be at Carmine St. Comics with Papercutz editor Michael Petranek to sign books and talk with people about what it's like to work on the Rangers series! I'll also be doing Power Rangers drawings for fans! We'll be there from 7PM-9PM. Here's the facebook event. GET PUMPED THIS IS AWESOME!!!
Haha I just realized this Daily Misfortune doesn't go at all with the Rangers posting. The people at Papercutz are super awesome and it's been great working with them :) I tried to think of a Rangers misfortune, but I just go with whatever inspires me at the time.
It's really hard to find bottle deposits in NYC. It's not like there are Kroger's or Meijer's around (I wish there were!). Luckily, the C-Town just remodeled and I can take them there. Except there's only one deposit station - not like 5. Let's hope I don't get stuck behind a homeless person with a shopping cart full of bottles.
To all the people on my mailing list: that weird spam link is back so don't click on it! It'll say something weird right under the first picture I post. Gotta fix it again. Stupid spammers.
Anyway I'm here all day at Carmine St. Comics! Happy to announce I've just started another NEW monthly to bi-monthly comic, which I'll post once it's done :) Tuesdays are always chill here at the store, and it's a great day to get a lot of work done for me. Stop by if you want to say hi!
Today I'm at Carmine St. Comics all day! Working on the next No Tears: Life With FD comic and maybe some of my own stuff too. I've been slowly working on a NEW short story :) Stop by 34 Carmine St. for a sketch, see what I'm working on, check out cool comics, and/or chill (WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!).
That's true for New York, at least.
So much has been going on in the past few days! It's good to be busy though. And have some fun :) Kids Comic Con went well last Saturday! I want to do a post this week comparing that con with Bronx Heroes (maybe Thurs or Fri).
Today I'll be at Carmine St. Comics for a studio day (from like 1pm to 8pm ish). Tomorrow is another big event: Carmine St. Comics Community Showcase! In the words of the shop itself:
For our artists to meet the neighborhood and the neighborhood to meet our artists.
And for YOU to meet both!
All day on Wednesday May 15th, each of our Storefront Artists will have an hourly signing slot during which they'll sketch for you as they sell their work!
And we'll be sharing info about this beautiful NYC neighborhood's history and culture over our social-networking sites from as we go along!
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ALSO! BONUS! Spending a certain amount at the CSC register will qualify you to take home exclusive one-time made-just-for-the-occasion
My time slot is in the morning - from 10am-11am. It should be fun! 34 Carmine St. off the West 4th stop in Manhattan!
Hey peeps! Tuesday was super nice at Carmine Street Comics. The picture above shows more of what their little studio set up is like. The artist sits on that elevated platform in the front window of the store. I was actually successful at luring some curious new people into the store! (well, "luring" may not be the best word, but you know what I mean). The desk space is just big enough for me to work on my comic pages. That day I worked on drawing and inking the weekly comic I do for the Dysautonomia Foundation - No Tears: Life With FD. It was super great and super chill drawing at that space. I had a nice big window, the door was open and let in the fresh spring air, but best of all - I got to talk with comic peeps every so often! Saw some friends, met some new people, talked about comic stuff. MUCH better than just working on stuff alone at home and going stir crazy (and more productive too, since it's not easy to climb up and down from there all the time, I'm not distracted). And hey, I even sold a book, so that was a nice extra bonus!
Each day Carmine St. Comics has rotating artists drawing in the window. Today (Thursday) is Ellen Stedfeld's turn. Friday is Sean Von Gorman's turn, and he's having a special party event. He has a book out: The Secret Adventures of Houdini. Sean usually does an escape act of some kind during his events. In his own words: "When I crash a party ANYTHING CAN AND WILL HAPPEN!" So stop by Carmine St. Comics this Friday May 10th anytime from 2pm to 10pm to witness the insanity. I may or may not be there (gotta prep for Kids Comic Con THIS WEEKEND).
Also, Carmine St. Comics Community Showcase is going on next Wednesday May 15th 11am-10pm! ALL of the daily window artists will be there at some point of the day sketching, signing, partying, having an all-around good time! Special prizes available to customers of the store!
All this awesome stuff going on at 34 Carmine St. in Manhattan off the West 4th stop. Look for the big green awning that says Imperialist Bookstore, and the Carmine St. Comics sign will be underneath it. GOOD TIMES!