What happened to 2017? It's already October and I swear it was just spring yesterday.
"Wild" is certainly one word we could use to describe this year. So many others also come to mind. Civil unrest, weather disasters and a tense political climate make it hard for creative people to actually, you know, create.
Yet we try.
The rate at which I drew comics certainly crawled to a standstill but a lot of other things were happening behind the scenes here at the Bunn-galow. At the urging of many friends and colleagues, I made plans to move toward creating Skip and Pip on a full time basis and not just the irratic schedule I'd been devoting to them alongside my other career as an illustration in LGBT+ publishing.
Skip and Pip were about to get my fulltime attention.
I had to finish the commissions I'd already said yes to, and often those projects don't get put on the schedule until weeks later when the publishers are ready for them. I'm about to wind those up.
While I didn't have bandwidth for full comics, Skip and Pip found other ways to steal some time. They got their own Facebook Group with a delightful group of fans that warm my heart with their love of these bunnies. It's a fun place where I show projects in progress, discuss future plans, have polls and even show lineart for upcoming projects.
With the amazing help of my daughter and good friend Gail, we brought the whole family of Pride Bunnies to life in a set of plushes. It was something I'd wanted to do for a couple of years, when my friend Kieran asked if it were possible to get Alex, our Transgender Pride Bunny, as a plush. We make them right here in Rainbow Glade. I designed the pattern and the embroidery for the faces and bodies and off we ran with the idea. My daughter and Gail have taken over the production of them and that means so much. Why? Because the three of us are tightly connected to the LGBT+ community. These characters matter so much to us personally.
To take your characters and see them in 3D is a pretty wild and satisfying experience. (Yes, I know I used that word "wild" again!)
Now it's time to get back to drawing comics on a regular basis. I'm shooting to have the first book out now by early December, fingers crossed. Skip and Pip's backstory and how they met will be shown in book #2, aiming for publication in Summer 2018. We're also hitting the convention circuit in 2018 as well.
I hope in these wild times Skip and Pip can offer the viewers a smile and maybe even a laugh. We could use more of each these days.
Skip and Pip are ready for a wild ride - the fun kind. I can't wait to bring it to you. Thanks for joining us on the adventure.