In the past month, I’ve had two books come out. One of them is available for sale; one of them was the coolest commission I’ve ever gotten to work on.
First off: The Apocalypse Coloring & Activity Book, published by Lark Crafts April 5th, 2016
My first book with a for-real publisher! Also my first super-sized coloring and activity book – it’s almost twice as long as any other coloring book I’ve done so far! It’s also my first and probably only book to feature giant robot paper dolls.
From the back cover:
The apocalypse has dawned—and this fun-filled book is the perfect diversion as you await the zombie attack. Color in a picture to reveal an “inspirational” message. Solve a crossword about what’s in Jimmy’s survival pantry. Design a vehicle to drive across the wasteland. Match the alien to the method of global destruction. Don’t go into your bunker without it!
I’m kinda in love with this book. It was an idea I didn’t think a publisher would go for, but the editorial team at Sterling/Lark not only loved it but gave me a huge amount of creative control over the contents. Pretty much the only thing I got told “no” on was “Can I get away with a page about Will Smith fighting aliens?” Not without his permission, alas.
(Mr. Smith, if you’re reading this, I’d love to give you a cameo in one of my coloring books. Have your people call my people.)
Anyway, here are some free pages from the Apocalypse Coloring & Activity Book for you to download and color! Click through for larger sizes.
The other book that made its debut this past month is a private commission I worked on for a client, who has given me permission to share a peek of it with you.
The Empire Coloring Book, a mini coloring book of scenes from the hit show Empire, commissioned and co-written with Gabourey Sidibe, who plays Becky (one of my favorite characters!!) on the show.
— Hercules Mulligan (@GabbySidibe) March 8, 2016
YEAH. THAT HAPPENED.
Gabby wanted to make a really unique gift for the cast and crew of the show to celebrate the end of season 2, and I think we suceeeded in that. The only way to acquire a copy of this book is to be one of the amazing people who work on Empire, but Gabby was kind enough to let me share a few pics with you.
I love this show, and it was an honor to translate it to coloring pages. Also, Gabourey Sidibe is the best client ever (and exactly as awesome as she seems).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go draw some robots. Because my job is awesome.
Hi everybody! Did you know my super fun coloring and activity book about the end of the world is coming to a store near you NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 5th?
I am freaking out. This is my first book to be widely distributed by an actual publisher. It’s going to be in for-real bookstores, and I’m going to go to one, find it on the shelf, and hug it and coo at it until the bookstore clerks ask me to leave.
Fortunately for you, you don’t have to be seen with me in public to get a copy! You can buy your own, or you can enter the VERY EXCITING GIVEAWAY below and get a free copy, signed by me! I’ll doodle something neat inside it for you, too.
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, and I’m SO EXCITED to be able to tell you…
I have a new coloring book coming out next spring with Sterling Publishing! It’s called The Apocalypse Coloring and Activity Book, and it’s an informative, upbeat guide to surviving many common apocalypse scenarios – with fun activity pages!
What can you expect to find in The Apocalypse Coloring and Activity Book? Well, among other things:
- A bright side to the nuclear apocalypse
- Tips on how best to deal with life in a frozen hellscape, plague-riddled wasteland, and more!
- A quiz to help you assess whether your ally is secretly a killer robot
- Mazes and other fun activities to help pass the time in your bunker
- Finally, an answer to the question “Should I take a selfie with a zombie?” (Spoiler: NO)
And because it’s me, there’s body diversity and stuff, too.
The Apocalypse Coloring and Activity Book, guys. It’s going to be a thing. I’m still kind of in shock that a real publisher actually let me make this. (Shoutout to my editor, Kate Zimmerman, who has been fantastic to work with!)
I can’t wait to share this book with all of you. I hope you like it.
(And never fear, I’m still planning on self-publishing another coloring book before the year is up. If all goes well, The Robot’s Guide to Love should be out before Christmas.)
After a whirlwind week, I am thrilled to announce that I’m now represented by Beth Campbell at BookEnds, LLC. Beth is up for the task of handling everything I want to throw at publishers (coloring books, novels, eventually comics), as well as helping me protect and continue my self-published work. She’s amazing so far, and I’m looking forward to working on ALL THE THINGS with her!
Happy 2015! The past couple of months have been wild.
- Unicorns Are Jerks got mentioned on George Takei’s Facebook in November!
- io9 gave Mer World Problems a shout-out!
- December 2014 coloring book sales were RIDICULOUS (Thanks, George!), which means I can DEFINITELY do this thing full-time for another year! This time last year, I was half-convinced the whole coloring books thing was going to be a short-term fad. I’m glad to say it’s turning out to be at least a medium-term fad! I’ll happily keep making these things as long as you folks keep buying them. Thank you for giving me the best job ever.
- I signed on to illustrate my friend H. Jonathan Goltz’s upcoming project, a delightfully twisted post-apocalyptic picture book about making friends! It’s fantastically creepy-cute, and when it comes out in late 2016 you should definitely check it out.
- I did the cover art for Lyda Morehouse’s upcoming short sci-fi detective story “The Case of the Missing Devil Child,” which I’ll link to when it’s out.
- Unicorns Are Jerks showed up in unexpected places, which spread around Facebook and made it to The Daily Dot with possibly my favorite headline ever: Amazon Glitch Exposes Children to Anti-Unicorn Propoganda.
- I’ve just been welcomed into the Wyrdsmiths, a well-established local SFF writers group I’ve admired for years! They’re an awesome bunch of authors, and I’m beyond psyched to be joining them.
Mermaids might seem to have it all, with their shiny tails and fancy seashell castles, but life under the sea is full of difficulties. This coloring book features 20 examples of the most pressing issues mermaids face, including socially inept sea turtles, barnacle breakouts, interpersonal issues with fish, lack of wifi, and more.
Did I mention I now have a Society6 shop where you can buy prints, t-shirts, and other neat stuff with my art on them?
I’m adding to it whenever the mood strikes, so if there’s a particular piece you’d like to put on your wall or self, feel free to drop me a line and let me know about it.
I’m currently working under two comic anthology deadlines, so I haven’t been around much, but if you’re looking for me, I’ll be at two conventions in the next couple of weeks!
May 17 & 18
Minnesota State Fairgrounds – In the Grandstand
I’ll be tabling both days with my Black Hatters, bringing my usual small mountain of coloring books and little fanart watercolors – plus some prints of Nick Fury in a Flower Crown.
SpringCon is always a blast. It’s only $12 to get in and is packed with over 250 guest creators, so it’s a great place to meet your favorite comic artists and spend a fabulous day amidst your fellow geeks. You can check out SpringCon’s website here.
Madison, Wisconsin – Concourse Hotel
WisCon might just be my favorite convention ever. It’s also the place where Fat Ladies In Spaaaaace was born! If you’re interested in intersections of feminism and sci-fi/fantasy (with a hearty dose of squee), you should take a look at their website. And if you’re gonna be there, you can find me at these panels:
Comics Reading – Sat, 1:00–2:15pm in Conference 2
My companions will be reading their comics aloud, with accompanying projections. I, as the weird cousin of the comic group, will be reading aloud from a coloring book.
Coloring Contest… of DOOM! – Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Senate B
We’ll bring the coloring supplies, you bring your imagination, and we’ll talk about coloring books while you color! It’s going to be great.
Also, my coloring books will be available in the Art Show all weekend.
Wow, this May is almost as busy as the last! (At least I’m not graduating or moving this time. Though I AM signing a lease next week.)
I’ve been doing SO MANY THINGS in the past few months, and most of them are comics!
First off, I’ve just completed a collaboration with the fantastic Ty and Lee Blauersouth of Studio Interrobang called Lights Out.
Lights Out is a collection of two short horror comics about things beyond the reach of the light. In Ty and Lee’s comic, “8 Minutes,” an astronomer watches the stars disappear from the sky. My comic, “Hello?” follows an amateur spelunker into a cave that’s been closed off for good reason.
We’re all really proud of this collection. Lights Out will be debuting at Anime Detour this weekend, where Studio Interrobang is a featured local comic team. (I’ll post a link here once it’s for sale online.)
Secondly, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll have a comic appearing in Beyond, an upcoming anthology of queer SFF comics! It’s a sweet little trans superhero romance. Remember these two from a few months back?
Yeah, it’s their story. I fell head over heels for Chevron and Felix while writing the script, and I couldn’t be happier to bring them to Beyond.
And last but emphatically NOT least…holy crap, I’m gonna be in Smut Peddler 2014.
My friend Abby Lark wrote the most adorable little pegging comic you’ve ever seen, and I’m drawing it. We came into this project late as pinch hitters, and being included is, frankly, a totally intimidating honor. I’ve been reading a lot of these creators’ work for YEARS, and based on the comics I’ve read so far, I’m pretty sure this book is going to beat the pants off Smut Peddler 2012.
The Smut Peddler 2014 Kickstarter just launched a few hours ago and is already jogging toward fully funded. Check it out here!
More project news later. I’ve gotta go crawl into my comics drawin’ nest and get some work done.