Monday, October 26, 2020

Early Voting and Christmas Gift ideas

I'm happy to say that I just returned to my studio after early voting in NYC.  (I'm not going to tell you who I voted for but you can probably guess...)

I went through the whole process very quickly - it was very well organized, with lots of cops and poll workers around, so I completed the act in about 30 minutes.  And after all the preparation and questions, once I got to filling out my ballot, I got very nervous.  What an ominous moment - I felt like I was the one person who controlled the political future of America - I better not screw it up!

As I exited my early voting site (the famous Madison Square Garden) I felt cleansed, like I'd just saved the United States!  I'm Superman!  I'm an all-American hero!  What a great feeling!

On to a totally different topic - after Halloween, Christmas is just around the corner.  It's that time of year again, and I've got a fabulous idea for the coolest, most unique Christmas gift EVER.  I'm now doing caricatures of fans for the bargain-basement price of $200 (plus shipping).

As some of you may know, I began my career as a political cartoonist and caricature artist.  Before I was animating, my work appeared in many different newspapers and magazines, like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Penthouse and even the (failing?) New York Times.  Well, now you too can have "your face" or the face of somebody you care about, or even your pet drawn by an internationally famous artist - ME!

All I need is three or four photos of you (or your sweetie, relative, friend or whatever) and I'll send you an original colored-pencil caricature drawn by yours truly.  Imagine their joy as they open your package beside the yuletide tree and the crackling fireplace.  They'll be completely delighted to see this masterpiece of art that they will cherish, frame, hang on the wall and show off to their friends throughout their life.

You can find out more about ordering this cool gift in my web-store here:

And I'm including some of my most famous caricatures below to give you an idea...

Also, I'm very excited that my intrepid office manager, John H., tracked down some more copies of my book "Make Toons That Sell...Without Selling Out" and it's BACK IN STOCK in my web-store.  This is a book published a few years ago by Focal Press that details my whole creative process.  So many fans and interviewers were always asking me how (and why) I make independent animated films, that I decided it was easier to just put it all in a book!  

Now YOU can learn all the secrets of animation production, plus I included some great anecdotes from my travels, secrets on getting in to and attending film festivals, and tips on getting animation distributed.  This also makes a great gift for students, designers or anyone who just loves cartoons!

We're trying out this print-on-demand ordering system, so hopefully if (or WHEN) we sell out again, we won't have to wait so long to get the next batch in!  But I suggest ordering NOW while we have books on hand!

OK, sales pitch over, but if I think of any other cool gift ideas, I'll be sure to let you know!  Next we've got to work on getting more DVD's of "The Tune" and "Plymptoons" made! I'm going to steal Trump's acronym if he doesn't need it any more - MAGA: Make Animation Great Again!

--Bill P.

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