Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Coloring Sheets!

 We did a craft fair this past weekend and kept ourselves busy... coloring!

...and annoying my kid...

But it also reminded me that I needed to add the coloring pages to my web site. So I did.

If you'd like to pay me for the coloring sheets, click HERE.
 (Hey, thanks!)
If you want them for FREE, click HERE.

I still have lots of tattoos on my Etsy shop too!

Monday, December 3, 2018

GOrilla's Birthday Bash

We had a great Book Birthday on Saturday for Ready, Set, Gorilla!

We took over most of the Velvet Moose Ice Cream shop in downtown Warner, NH and applied a LOT of tattoos... I lost count of how many times I said, "Now press this wet paper towel onto the tattoo and count to 30, OK? OK? Um... 1...2...3...4... ..."

Gopher was the most popular tattoo and also fit nicely on many of the tiny hands.

Coloring sheets were also a favorite activity.

We put the "shopping" area on the other side of the room so there was no confusion.

I signed and customized a bunch of books.

I got to hang out with a bunch of my favorite Big People too! And there were yummy snacks!

 And we made a "Book Birthday" Card for GOrilla!

And then we stumbled out into the town-wide holiday festival... exhausted, but happy.

NOTE: If you weren't able to make it this weekend, we'll also be set up at the PLAYGROUND POP-UP SHOP at the Simonds Elementary School in Warner, NH. The holiday shopping event will be on December 8th, from 10am-2pm.

Ready, Set, Gorilla! - the book and tattoos - will be available as well as Zentangle trading card packs, and We Will Never Leave You (my Demons) comics and buttons too.

And one last thing - if you've seen the book and can think of something positive to say about it... PLEASE leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!

Friday, November 30, 2018

BOOK Birthday Party!

I got a stack of Ready, Set, GOrilla! books just in time for the Book Birthday Party this Saturday at the Velvet Moose in Warner.

I hope that you will join us! The party is from 11am til Noon and is part of the Warner Hometown Holidays Celebration. There is a lot going on around town so spend the day!

We will have coloring sheets, tattoos, and snacks, so bring your kids. We'll also have a limited number of signed/sketched books and lots of tattoos and pins for sale - great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!

Come and celebrate - even if you don't have little ones - this is a -
"Yeah! I accomplished something! 
I'm proud of it and want you to be proud too!"
- kind of party.

If you can't make it to the party, but still want the book, Amazon has a promo that is good until Dec. 1st:

Use promo code NOVBOOK18 to save $5.00 when you spend $20.00 or more on Books offered by Amazon.com. (restrictions apply)

Amazon is saying the books take about a month to ship...?!

BOOK DEPOSITORY says they have free shipping anywhere in the world (nice!)

BARNES & NOBLE has free shipping and a 10% discount (with code GIFTING)

And if you want the book signed, or signed and with a sketch, and with TATTOOS! You can order it from me at my Etsy store, BUMBLEBAT.

If you get the book from a bookstore and want some free tattoos... send me a SASE (that means an envelope with your address and postage stamps!) and I'll mail you back some Tatts.

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. Bumblebat.com

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 cartoonstudies.org

There is no charge for this event, but please sign up as space is limited:  https://ccs-warner-coffee.eventbrite.com

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wanna See My Tattoos?

So cute, right?

You can get some for yourself, your kids, your colleagues... your colleague's kids...

Just back my Kickstarter! It runs for just 6 days...


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kickstarter #5! Gorilla book and Tattoos!

I finally did it! I JUST launched my fifth Kickstarter project. It's a "Quickstarter" since it's for a small amount (just $500) and it only lasts a week. Here's the short link: http://kck.st/2R4kYgi you can use that link - send it to all your friends so they'll back the project too!

The Kickstarter is basically to create a series of tattoos based on the characters from the picture book, "Ready, Set, GOrilla!" written by Melissa Stoller, illustrated by ME!, and published by Spork/Clear Fork Publishing. It will be released on November 13th.

But!!! If you pre-order one through my Kickstarter - you not only get the super cool tattoos... you can also get the book signed by me with a little sketch.

The book just got another pretty good review:


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5

Ready, Set, GOrilla! is a lighthearted take on serious decisions and consequences.

Melissa Stoller’s Ready, Set, GOrilla! highlights sportsmanship in an entertaining animal race. Illustrated by Sandy Steen Bartholomew, this picture book for beginning readers explores the concept of fairness on a playground.

The story begins when Gorilla, an exuberant bully, challenges his friends to a race. As each runner is on the cusp of winning, he trips or hits them to ensure his own spot in first place. He ignores their reluctance to play again, and moves on to race Gopher, a spirited creature who doesn’t hesitate to point out Gorilla’s cheating despite being a cheat himself. Gopher’s triumph is short-lived, as a cheetah arrives and bolts at the start of the race, showing both Gorilla and Gopher how it feels when the odds are stacked from the start. Realizing how poorly he treated his friends, Gorilla agrees to establish ground rules before a new race begins.

The book conveys a clear lesson on the golden rule through an everyday scenario. Gorilla’s change of heart offers an important lesson in empathy, but his comeuppance feels orchestrated. It’s unclear why the gopher and cheetah are both needed to shine a mirror back at Gorilla. Cheetah in particular doesn’t appear to have changed, though she’s pictured at the end on the merry-go-round with all of the other friends.

Full color spreads enrich the race. From a winding yellow slide to a wooden obstacle course, the playground’s equipment is exciting and dangerous: Penguin spirals in the air, and Llama balances at great height. Sometimes divided in panels, at other times spanning both pages, the illustrations emphasize the physicality of the story. Gorilla bears a cartoonish, human-like profile. Other characters sport a more natural look. Bubbles of colorful, emphatic dialogue fill the white space, which sometimes results in a busy layout.

Ready, Set, GOrilla! is a lighthearted take on serious decisions and consequences. Without over-moralizing, the book implicitly shows how the enjoyment of a race lies in the camaraderie gained and in the knowledge of having put forth an honest effort. Gorilla’s instinctive desire to win “at any cost” is proven selfish. That his friends forgive him adds to the gentle outcome. While not always true to life, the competition ends with enthusiasm for more.

Reviewed by Karen Rigby

I posted the above Review on Patreon with this text:
This one is a much more serious and analytical review of Ready, Set, GOrilla! but still pretty good. My response... or rather... my REVIEW of the review:
"Reading that review was kind of like being in a playground! Up and down.. bump! Then up again. I think Cheetah got a bum deal - but maybe the reviewer is suggesting that Cheetah needs her own book? ;-)"

That post got this response:
Marek Bennett
"We found Ms. S-B's review of the book review engaging, light-hearted, and all too short. We eagerly await her next effort." ~ NH Review of Reviews of Reviews
And on Facebook:
So - anyone else want to leave a Review of the Review? Or maybe, a Review of My Review of The Review? Or, if you are VERY clever... how about a Review of Marek's Review of My Review of The Review? Ha HA!
Yeh - so - feel free to keep it going... ;-D

Obviously I have been staying up much too late working on designing tattoos, Kickstarters, and other promotional materials. I really need to get some sleep. So go ahead and click the link below, and take a look at the Kickstarter project. Tomorrow I'll tell you some more... stuff.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Inktober 2018 - Week Two

I'm still going...! Some of my gray markers are running dry, but I MUST KEEP GOING!

So here are all the drawings I've done for Week Two (you can see Week One HERE).

Day 8 - STAR


I thought it looked pretty cool - with just the background shaded!

But it looks good completely "colored" too.

Day 10 - FLOWING

Day 11 - CRUEL

I started by inking the word "CRUEL" in dark gray, then drawing everything around it.

Day 12 - WHALE

Day 13 - GUARDED

The blue-pencil sketch...



Day 14 - CLOCK


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