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December 14, 2014

Happy Holidays from us and Hickory!

Happy Holidays!

The above image was a drawing I whipped up for the Xmas cards Rod and I sent out this year. It features characters from our first children's storybook-- Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery!

It features the adventures of Hickory, an inquisitive little hippo, and his animal friends. This has been a long time coming, and we're excited to finally be able to introduce it to the world!

The first adventure is available right now in time to be a holiday gift for any little ones, friends or family in your life.

Please check out our cute little project and consider sharing or ordering Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery. It can be purchased through Amazon.com or HickoryHippo.com.

We appreciate all the support we can get! :)

July 12, 2014

Bogie


I haven't posted much here lately, so I figured I'd throw up a quick drawing I did last night of Humphrey Bogart. Rod and I have been on a Bogie kick lately so I had to get it out of my system. Here's looking at you, kid.

I've been working on some projects lately, most of which I can't share, but I'm still alive and kicking. And I'll have some information about our first Hickory Hippo book soon-ish! Exciting stuff ahead!

March 31, 2014

Hickory Hippo

I mentioned this in the last update (so many months ago), but now it is official-- the children's book series Rod and I have been working on is now available for pre-order at HickoryHippo.com!

We're both really excited about this project, as it's something we've been wanting to do for a long while now. It features the fantastic adventures of Hickory Hippo and his animal friends. Each story sees the little hippo exploring his magical world and problem-solving to help talking snowmen, aquatic cats, hungry platypuses and more! The first title in the series, Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery, is available for pre-order in several different packages with extra goodies included!

The full Hickory website will be up sometime in April, and I'll make another announcement when that happens. But for now, please check it out and spread the word!

September 2, 2013

Lost Visionaries


It's been a while, but I wanted to get another blog entry in as we're about to head into a busy next couple weekends with convention appearances.

First, though, above is a drawing I did for issue #10 of cereal:geek magazine (on sale now!), featuring a batch of characters from the 1980s toyline and cartoon series Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light.

The above characters were to be released in Visionaries’ 1988 wave of toys but never got past the prototype stage, as the line was subsequently cancelled (alas). I had a lot of fun revisiting the Visionaries again (it’s one of my favorite cartoon series of all time, despite only having 13 episodes), and was blown away by the color work on this piece done by the mighty Andrew Cramer! Always a blast doing art for cereal:geek.

Now in convention news... Rod and I will be back at Baltimore Comic-Con this coming weekend (September 7-8)! We will be at Table A68, and the Blue Milk Special banner will be flying proudly, with brand new art! I'll also have a new banner of my own, featuring characters in the new children's book series Rod and I have been working on-- Hickory Hippo! We're really excited about our upcoming Hippo tales, and hope to have more to share about this project soon.

If you can make it to Baltimore Comic-Con, you’ll not only be able to purchase sketches, comics and prints, but also pick up a free BMS bookmark featuring brand new Return of the Jedi art, including Admiral Ackbar. It’s the first time we’ve ever made a bookmark, and we hope you’ll put it to use reading Star Wars novels (and other goodies). We will also have a few of the friendly 501st Legion guarding our table and ready to pose for a photo.

Check out a map of the convention center showing where to find us below:


And the following weekend on September 14th we'll be in Oaks, Pennsylvania for Retro Con! The show is a toy and nostalgia-oriented convention featuring nearly 30,000 square feet filled with collectibles, artwork and much more. This will be our first appearance in Pennsylvania and we're very excited!

Hope to see some of you there!

March 26, 2013

"Your Turn" T-shirts!


I'm very pleased to finally be able to announce that I have teamed with Baltimore PressBox for official "Your Turn" Ravens/Orioles t-shirts!

Please check 'em out at the PressBox online store and spread the word!

This is something that has been in the works for a few weeks now, and since I posted the "Your Turn" drawing I've been getting emails from people wondering when the shirts would be available again. The wait is over! 

The shirts are currently available in white and orange, and there may also be black shirts to come.

These are the only shirts with my artwork that I have approved-- accept no substitutes. I say this because it was brought to my attention last week that someone else had stolen my artwork and was trying to sell t-shirts with the image. We're in the process of taking care of this issue, but I do appreciate anyone letting me know if they come across any counterfeit shirts that do not match the above image and are not being sold through PressBox.

Thanks so much for the support, everyone! Go O's!

March 6, 2013

Mystical Warriors of the Ring


Above is a new piece I drew which will be used as box art for Mystical Warriors of the Ring, a new toy line coming soon from Fantastic Plastic Toys. As seen on their website:

Mystical Warriors of the Ring is a 1 1/2-2″ toyline created independently by Fantastic Plastic Toys ,for sale online and at various conventions around the USA in 2013 & 2014. Tentatively we will be heading to C2E2 2013, PowerCon 2013, and NYCC 2013... 

The idea is simple, if you were ever a fan of wrestling from 1970-1995 (Prior to the explosion of ECW/Attitude Era) then imagine that world of big characters and over-exaggerated stories in anthropomorphic form. If you have ever enjoyed small collectible figurines like SOMA/M.U.S.C.L.E or more modern lines like O.M.F.G. or The Trash Pack then you will hopefully be in for a treat.

The website above has photos of art for the series as well as sneak peeks of the upcoming figures. Awesome stuff, so please check it out!

I also wanted to thank everyone for the emails wondering about t-shirts for the 'Your Turn' Baltimore piece I drew up last month. We did have a Redbubble store online at one point, but the shirts are unavailable at this time.

But rest assured, the shirts will be back, and it's something I'm excited about. So... watch this space!

If you are still interested in shirts and other potential merchandise with the 'Your Turn' drawing, though, please do keep sending me emails at leanne@hannagram.com. All suggestions and questions are appreciated!

February 16, 2013

Baltimore Powah


Happy 2013! It's been a while, but the new year couldn't have started out any better after my Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my Baltimore sports-- the highs and the lows, I've been there through it all. I love my guys.

The only other time the Ravens won the Super Bowl, I was still in college up at Towson University, and can remember the joy of it all. But it was nothing compared to this year's win.

Now that MLB's Spring Training is upon us and I'm transitioning back to a baseball mindset, I wanted to draw something to root on my O's. Hence the above image. I posted it to Twitter, Facebook, deviantART and Tumblr this morning, and it kind of went viral. I really, really appreciate everyone's kind comments on the piece. All of your shares and enthusiasm have been so awesome. Thank you!

In convention news, Rod and I will be appearing at the ANS Sci-Fi & Comic Con on May 11th, and we plan to hit Baltimore Comic-Con as always later in the year. Other than that, we're hoping to venture out to a major show in the summer (more on that soon)...

That's about all I've got for now. Keep checking out Blue Milk Special and Masters Cast, and feel free to follow me on Twitter, deviantART and Tumblr-- I'm always posting new art there.

Go O's!