Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Happy BOOK Birthday, "Ready, Set, GOrilla!"

Today is THE day! The BIRTH of Ready, Set, GOrilla! written by Melissa Stoller, illustrated by (ME!) Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and published by Spork/Clear Fork Publishing.

I am SO excited, but I don't know what to do with my energy - just wandering around the Studio thinking how hungry I am and I need a Book Party and cake... maybe some balloons?

Melissa and I celebrated with Callie, our publisher, on Facebook Live - watch our video!

And we have already started to come up with more ideas for the characters and we need STUFFIES! Which characters would you want as stuffed animals?

Don't forget that you can get tattoos of them at www.

Yes - I'm all over the place. Sorry.

SO - a PARTY...

We'll be having a little Book Party celebration on December 1st, from 11am-Noon, at the Velvet Moose in Warner, NH. Kids are welcome - there will be coloring pages, tattoos, snacks. But I'd also LOVE to see you big people too. This is my way of celebrating a success (Hey! I have a new published book!) so please come and celebrate with me.

If you can't make it to the party, the books will also be available at the Pop-Up Holiday Shop on December 8th at the Simonds Elementary School (also in Warner, NH).

And you can order the book on Amazon and from other booksellers.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

New Hampshire Conference for Women - Sketchnotes

Yesterday was an AMAZING Conference for Women in Manchester, NH, sponsored by Women Inspiring Women. The speakers were Jack Canfield, Cristy "Code Red" Nickel, and Sue Bergman. Take a look at my sketch-notes below and then going the Women Inspiring Women group!!

If you'd like a PDF of these sketch-notes from yesterday's conference - take a look at my Patreon page. (And feel free to become a Patron so I can continue to do stuff like this!)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Got Tattoos?

I have stacks and stacks of tattoos on my drafting table! Now I'm just waiting to get the books from the publisher.

Tons of tattoos! 
Tons of tattoos!

I've been playing with some of them... it's hard to resist! Here's what Gopher looks like after about a day on the back of my hand...


I just made a "bracelet" out of the "Circles of Friends" tattoos...

... and then added Llama in the middle of the Friends on my wrist...

They are a little bit shiny when you first apply them.

If you missed the Kickstarter or you realized that you should have ordered two books or extra tattoos... I've added most of the items to my Etsy store - BUMBLEBAT. If you order before I ship out the Kickstarter tattoos and books (in the next two weeks) - I'll combine the orders and add extra STUFF to compensate for the shipping. :-)

Friday (today!) I'll be sketch-noting the NH Women's Conference (Jack Canfield!!!) and I'm sure ALL the life coaches and professionals in their high heels and shirts with buttons (I can't handle either- the clothes, I mean, not life coaches!) - anyway - they'll all be wishing that THEIR hands were covered with these adorable tattoos instead of their glamorous manicures. Hmmm... I wonder if these would stick to fingernails... how cute would that be?! Panda and Bear and Penguin... like finger puppets!

Inktober 2018 - Weeks Four & Five

The final week and a half of Inktober!

Week One HERE
Week Two HERE
Week Three HERE


Day 23 - MUDDY

Day 24 - CHOP

Day 25 - PRICKLY

Day 26 - STRETCH

Day 27 - THUNDER

Day 28 - GIFT

Day 29 - DOUBLE

Day 30 - JOLT

Day 31 - SLICE

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Thinking of going to Cartoon School?

Meet up for a cup of coffee and chat informally about attending The Center for Cartoon Studies MFA or Certificate program. Hosted by CCS alumna ('17), Sandy Bartholomew. 
Sandy's daughter Lilah, who has taken many kids workshops at CCS will also be in attendance!

This event is intended for prospective students.
To learn more about CCS and to apply for CCS fall 2019 admissions, visit

There is no charge for this event, but please sign up as space is limited:

Monday, October 22, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Week Three

Just one more week of Inktober!
(And one more week of Kickstarter - not related - but very cool.)

Week One HERE
Week Two HERE
And a quick recap of The Rules:
• Draw a picture based on the word prompt for that day
• Ink it
• Post it on social media with #Inktober2018

 and My Rules:
• include my comic character somehow
• include the word prompt - lettering!
• no color

So here are all the drawings I did for Week Three:

Day 15 - WEAK

Day 16 - ANGULAR 

Day 17 - SWOLLEN

Day 18 - BOTTLE



Day 21 - DRAIN


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