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This is the official blog for Bumperboy creator, Debbie Huey. Be sure to check out www.bumperboy.net too!

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December 9th, 2010

Need to get some holiday shopping done in a jiffy? Then come on out to the Bazaar Bizarre in San Francisco this weekend! You'll find the best in indie crafts here, and you can attend several of the cool craft workshops that they have to offer! You can just make your holiday gifts instead!

Bumperboy and Bumperfriend will also have a table there...you can find us at Booth #107! We'll have new needle-felted friends (including some needle-felted grums!) and plenty of handy purse hooks. So come on out and find your unique gifts here!

You can find all the details at: http://www.bazaarbizarre.org/sanfrancisco/shows/holidayshow/

October 14th, 2010

October update

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Howdy folks, here's a quick update on some new items!

Alternative Press Expo
APE 2010 is this weekend and if you know what's cool, then you know you should be at this event! You'll find comics and zines galore from the well-seasoned veterans and the up-and-coming newbies. You'll find the Bumperboy booth at table #416. If you've gone to several of the past APEs, please note that the event is taking place in a different (and larger) part of Concourse Exhibition Center. All details can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/ape/.

Oh and by the way, I'll finally be able to accept credit cards via the snazzy little device called Square!

New items
I'll have a few new items ready in time for the show, including a new button set, which is currently available in the Bumperboy shop: http://bumperboy.net/shop/index.html



I'll also have some freshly felted figurines, such as the popular nerdy bird, a new pirate bird named Patsy, and a couple of Bumperboy heads that double as little hand rattles!



Ok, gotta go finish getting ready for APE! Hope to see you there this weekend!

September 9th, 2010



If you'll be in the bay area this weekend, you should head out to Santa Rosa and the AMAZING Charles Schulz Museum! The museum is putting on a big Cartoonist Sketch-A-Thon to celebrate 60 years of Peanuts! The 16 artists include:

* Brent Anderson
* Michael Capozzola
* Rhoda Draws
* Alexis Fajardo
* Brian Fies
* Shaenon Garrity
* Mike Gray
* Debbie Huey
* Greg Knight
* Jonathan Lemon
* Paul Madonna
* Brian Narelle
* Thien Pham
* Lark Pien
* Dan Piraro
* Frank Roberson

Hey I'm on that list too! It's gonna be fun! You should go!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
1–3pm

More details at: http://schulzmuseum.com/

August 6th, 2010

Ha ha wow I guess it's better late than never, eh?

Ok I think I've *finally* recovered from San Diego Comic-Con! I'm not yawning constantly and I can get by without taking a nap in the day. I don't think I'm the only one who believes a vacation is much needed after SDCC!

I did manage to make the trip a partial vacation though! This year, I drove down with my good buddies, Wahab Algarmi and Anthony Hon of Sturdy Comics fame. We dubbed this trip as the "Year of Dreams," to coincide with all the fun and silly stuff we had in store!

Our first stop was Medieval Times in Buena Park, which I hadn't been to since I was 8 years old. I had a feeling it would be a silly thing to go to, but it'd be a whole bunch of fun. Guess what...it was silly and it was fun! We were rooting for the Blue Knight, but alas he was not the ultimate hero of the show. That show is fixed!! I want my money back!

Medieval Times 2010

Our next stop was a life-long dream...to go see the Price is Right! I remember watching this show every weekday during summers when I was a kid and I could bust out prices for Ford Escorts and grandfather clocks on demand! Turns out Wahab is an even bigger fan of the show than I am so we were both super pumped to go. Anthony and my friend Chia Hwa (who joined us later) admitted that they only watched a couple of shows in their lifetime...which left Wahab and I dumbstruck. Luckily the game is so fun that it isn't hard to catch on. So part of the fun is waiting in line for more than 5 hours before getting into the studio...and surprisingly the time goes by pretty quickly. Everyone in line is so pumped to be there that you don't really notice how long you've been sitting or how many times you've been shuffled from bench to bench. Anyway, we finally got in and it was amazing!! I was most excited to see someone play Plinko! None of us got called up to contestants' row, but it was still exciting to see other people win big prizes!

The Price is Right 2010


After an exhausting time of screaming our heads off at the Price is Right, it was time to head down to Comic-Con!! It was my 7th time exhibiting at SDCC, and the show was a good one for me, in terms of sales and good times! It's always a stress magnet as well, but all the good factors always outweigh the bad ones. I love seeing and talking to long-time fans, and now I am watching a lot of them grow up! One family, the Edmunds family, even gave me several photos from cons past, each time with the family taking a picture with me behind the booth. They were so tiny just a few years ago! And here they are now! Notice the awesome Knives Chau cosplay!

SDCC 2010

The Edmunds were also nice enough to give me a hand sculpted Bumperboy necklace that I wore for the rest of the con. Fans like the Edmunds really keep me motivated to continue writing and drawing...it's hard work but I really cherish the fact that people enjoy reading Bumperboy and continue to support me. My fans are the best!

Unfortunately I didn't take as many pictures as years past, but here are some highlights:

The annual Alvin photo:
SDCC 2010

Fighting Zangief:
SDCC 2010

Eidelyn was a huge help as usual!
SDCC 2010

The cast of Scott Pilgrim and Bryan Lee O'Malley accepts his Eisner:
SDCC 2010

Sherwin, me, Wahab, Anthony (Photo courtesy of Martin Wong)
SDCC 2010

So in a nutshell, this year's Comic-Con seemed to be more well-organized, crazy crowded as usual, always fun, always exhausting. Ok, I'm getting tired just from writing this blog entry...zzzz...Until next year, San Diego!

July 13th, 2010

Hey there, Bumperfriends!

I've got a few new things to announce, so let's just cut to the chase...

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San Diego Comic-Con 2010

Wow, another Comic-Con already? This will be my seventh year exhibiting and every year the show gets bigger and bigger! The building is bursting at the seams! Well, if you're one of the lucky people who snagged tickets this year, please stop by my table! Again, I'll be in the Small Press Pavilion, table O-16, right next door to my buddies at Sturdy Comics, Wahab Algarmi and Anthony Hon.

So you are probably asking, "What will you have that's new?" Well, if you haven't picked it up already, I'll have the latest minicomic, "Pictonese Lessons" which will make its Comic-Con debut this year. It's a fun story about the challenges of learning Pictonese from the one who knows it best: Bumperpup!

felted bboyAlso, for the first time at Comic-Con, I'll be selling my needle-felted creations! Have you ever wanted to own a handmade soft sculpture of Bumperboy? Well now you can! I'll also have other sculptures for sale at the show...but more details about those later...

On Thursday, July 22, at Comic-Con, I'll be participating in the CAM Sketch-A-Thon at the Cartoon Art Museum booth to benefit the awesome exhibits that this museum constantly showcases. You can find me there at Booth #1930 from 3:00-4:00pm. Please come by and support this museum! To find out more about this and the other artists who are participating, please visit http://cartoonart.org/2010/07/fourth-annual-cam-sketch-a-thon-at-san-diego-comic-con-international/.

For more information San Diego Comic-Con, point your browser to: http://www.comic-con.org/cci

NEW! Bumperfriend Shop
Bumperfriend


I also wanted to let you guys know that I recently launched a new shop...it's called Bumperfriend! Its home is on Etsy, and the shop features my more crafty and arty items that are more or less related to the Bumperboy universe. I feel like these items don't quite fit in the regular Bumperboy shop, but they also deserve their own space. Please take a look and let me know what you think!
http://bumperfriend.etsy.comcupcake bears

The items that I'm debuting include my needle-felted friends (such as my bears in cupcakes, and a needle-felted Bumperboy), and my super handy collapsible purse hooks. Eventually I would like to include more items, such as small pieces of artwork.

Bumperboy Facebook Page
sdccIf you're a Facebook user, and you like Bumperboy, now you can "Like" Bumperboy on Facebook! There, you can be updated on the latest news on Bumperboy, new products, and new Bumperfriend products too! This could also be a great way to interact with me and other fans of Bumperboy. You can post photos, fan art, etc...whatever you'd like to share. I look forward to how you all will use the page! Head on over to http://www.facebook.com/bumperboycomics and "Like" away!



And that is all for now, Bumperfriends. Hope to see you at Comic-Con!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)

May 20th, 2010

Maker Faire this weekend!

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Hey all,

I probably should've told you this earlier, but Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA is this weekend! Aahhh! I am excited to take part in the Bazaar Bizarre section of the Faire...it'll be my first craft-based show. I'm guessing the vibe will be different from comic conventions but in a good way. We shall see; I'm excited to find out!

If you want to see a little preview of what I've been working on for the show, take a look at my latest Flickr set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbiehuey/sets/72157624098601054/detail/
Some highlights are:


Bears in Cupcakes




Tiny Puppy




Collapsible Purse Hooks




They'll all be for sale at the Maker Faire this weekend! What is the Maker Faire you ask? Well, it's a fun all day event that features anything and everything related to art, science, technology, craft, DIY...it's basically a place full of regular people who make stuff! Come join the 75,000+ people who are gonna be there!

Details:
Maker Faire San Mateo
San Mateo County Event Center
May 22-23, 2010
Saturday 10:00a - 8:00p
Sunday 10:00a - 6:00p
http://makerfaire.com


Also, I'm excited that my talented sister Vicky will be debuting her beautiful jewelry at the Faire as well! Her work is deceptively simple, and yet eye-catching. For a preview of her work, please see her Flickr set. She'll be exhibiting right next to me, so please say hello!

April 7th, 2010

Wooo I'm still pretty tired from Wondercon...I had a lot of fun though! It was great being neighbors with Lark Pien right behind me, and Miriam Libicki & Mike Yoshioka to my left. My hero Keith Knight was just two booths down from me, so that was neat. I finally got to meet Keith's little boy and even watched him for a bit while his daddy went back outside to bring in more gear. Cute kid!

The "Thrilling Comics for Kids" panel was fun, and it went by quickly. It was great to meet Dan Santat, Jennifer Holm, Nathan Hale, and Jann Jones. Had some interesting discussion, and it definitely could've gone longer.

My personal highlight of the con was when Pullitzer Prize-winning author, Michael Chabon dropped by my booth with his kids! The story with Michael Chabon begins back in November 2009, when he made an appearance at my local library. I shyly told him how I saw him make the keynote speech at the Eisner Awards one year and it was all about how there weren't enough comics out there for kids. So I gave him a copy of "Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain" to show him my contribution and he seemed to be very grateful. He told me that he'd give it to his daughter. Well, when he and his family came by my table at Wondercon, his daughter told me she loved it! She quoted her favorite part of the book, told me how she lent it to her friend, etc. I was super stoked that they enjoyed it. I'm also very grateful to have met such a talented (and yet so humble and easy-going) author! I'm happy that he is part of Team Comics!

In other news, I just wanted to share my latest needle-felting project. This is a commission from the mega-talented Renee French!







This character is the star of her next book, "H Day", which is due out in the fall from Picturebox Books. I was so excited when she asked me to make this dog and I think it turned out pretty well!

Here's one of the pages from the book that Renee sent me for reference:


Her work is amazing, so please check out more of it at http://reneefrench.blogspot.com/!

March 31st, 2010

NEW Book and Wondercon!

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Hey there, Bumperfriends!

Convention season is starting up again here at the Bumperboy headquarters! I've been busy gearing up for them...and I even have a new Bumperboy minicomic to show for it!! Hooray!
Wondercon 2010

Wondercon 2010

My first convention of the year is coming up quick...It begins this Friday to be exact! You can find the Bumperboy booth in Artist Alley at table #AA30. I'll have the usual books and merchandise for sale, as well as some of my hand-crafted needle-felted figures. Oh yeah, and the NEW BOOK! More on the new book later in this newsletter...

Details:
Wondercon
Moscone Center South
San Francisco, CA
April 2-4
http://www.comic-con.org/wc

I'll also be participating in a panel focusing on Kids Comics. Come join the discussion!
Thrilling Comics For Kids!
Sunday, APRIL 4
3:00-4:00pm
ROOM 232/234

Comics created specifically for the younger set are one of the fastest-growing parts of the industry. Creators and industry insiders discuss the current state of the field, including Nathan Hale (Rapunzel's Revenge), Jennifer Holm (Babymouse), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Jann Jones (editor, VIZ Media), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Dan Santat (The Domesticated Four), Traci Todd (senior editor, VIZ Kids), and Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle).

NEW Book: Pictonese Lessons
Pictonese
It's been a long time since I've come out with a new Bumperboy story due to wrist problems among other things, but I had fun getting back into drawing again! This new minicomic is called "Pictonese Lessons" and it features Bumperboy and the gang learning how to talk in pictures like Bumperpup. Will anyone succeed in saying their first picto? Find out in this silly story!

http://www.bumperboy.net/shop

Maker Faire 2010
Maker Faire 2010
Recently I found out that I've been accepted to exhibit at the Bazaar Bizarre at Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA on May 22-23! Maker Faire is a huge expo about celebrating people who make stuff, whether it is in technology, science, art, or craft. The Bazaar Bizarre is like a craft show within the larger Faire, but it's a great place to see the latest in independent crafters. This will be my first time exhibiting at a craft show, so I am curious how the craft audience will respond to the comics in my booth! I'm excited to find out. For more on the Maker Faire, go to http://www.makerfaire.com/

And that is all for now, Bumperfriends. Hope to see you at Wondercon this weekend!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)

November 17th, 2009

New People Artist Village

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Bazaar Bizarre

This weekend, I'll be exhibiting at the Bazaar Bizarre, in conjunction with New People and their opening party for "Tokyo Creators Market." The "Tokyo Creators Market" is an exhibit that features the works of 7 Japanese artists. This should be a great show to check out! After you see this show, go shopping at the New People Artist Village, which features at least 11 crafty artisans who will be selling their wares, just in time for the holiday season! Big thanks to the fine folks of the Bazaar Bizarre for inviting me to this neat event!

Details:
New People Artist Village
Friday November 20th 2009 6pm-8pm (by invitation only)
Saturday November 21st 2009 10am-8pm - Open to the Public
New People - 1746 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115

New People Artist Village
SuperFrog Gallery/Tokyo Creator's Market exhibit

November 12th, 2009



Hey all,

Just wanted to remind you about my appearance at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, this Saturday, November 14! Come on out!


From the Cartoon Art Museum blog:

November Cartoonist-in-Residence: Debbie Huey
Cartoon Art Museum Event: Saturday, November 14th, 2009 1pm to 3pm
Free and Open to the public


The Cartoon Art Museum hosts cartoonist Debbie Huey on Saturday, November 14, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm as part of its ongoing Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Museum visitors will be offered the chance to talk to her about cartooning and view Debbie’s work.

Debbie Huey is the artist, writer, and creator of the all-ages Bumperboy comics series. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Huey received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 2000 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She admits she had never purchased a comic book until the age of 21, when she attended her first comic book convention, but ever since then she has been passionate about reading and drawing comics.

In 2002, Huey began self-publishing the Bumperboy minicomics series. After realizing success at several comic book conventions throughout California, she was awarded the 2005 Xeric Grant to publish Bumperboy Loses His Marbles as a graphic novel. Huey later built upon this achievement by teaming up with AdHouse Books to publish the next Bumperboy adventure, Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain, which successfully hit comic book shelves in July 2006.

Huey has also contributed to a number of anthologies, including Project: Romantic, AdHouse Books' 2006 compilation of comics devoted to the subject of love, and Lifemeter, an anthology inspired by the video games we have grown to enjoy.

Huey currently resides in Redwood City, CA and is working on several new exciting Bumperboy stories.

This event is free and open to the public.
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