T-Shirts on the horizon

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Merchandise

A peek at something new in development.  We’ve completed a test batch of Koi Girl T-shirts with excellent results.  Koi Girl is a new centerfold in the updated “Sketchbook 3.”  We were so happy with that image that we thought she was a good candidate to launch a few new products.  We’re currently taking a poll to gauge what shirt sizes we should produce and in what quantity.  If you might be interested in purchasing Koi Girl when we go into production later this year, drop by our poll and log your personal shirt size preference!  Thanks!




The Crood Truth

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Behind the Scenes, The Croods

The release of this expose a few hours ago will doubtless make the rounds, and it is now only a matter of time before everyone in Hollywood knows the truth – that there was an uncredited writer who came in at one point to help get the movie back on track. We, um, didn’t exactly give him a credit on the finished movie, and didn’t think there’d be problem since he doesn’t have the internet, doesn’t drive, and doesn’t even wear pants – so, how would he ever find out?

Anyway, it’s all out in the open now. So, oh well.



More Nimue Production Photos

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in Merchandise

Seeing as it is Monday, I thought I’d show you all a few more production photos from our Nimue statue run. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things in the world is to see things being made. Whenever we print a new sketchbook I always visit the press a few times during production. Ostensibly to approve the print proofs, but really it’s to see the huge machines working and pages piling up, lining up. etc. In this case there aren’t machines doing the work, but in some ways I think this is even cooler. Much more like Santa’s workshop, which is appropriate for this time of year.


Nimue production photos!

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 in Merchandise

Well, as the holiday season is officially opened and all, I wanted to catch everyone up on that swell mermaid statue. Things at the factory are going well, and the first wave of Nimue is nearing completion. Everything has been running smoothly and on time, we’re happy to report. For everyone who got in on the pre-order, your statues will be the first to ship when completed. We did the whole pre-order so that we could gauge what ratios we would need of the different versions – blonde and green. Once we understood those ratios we closed the ordering and went into production.  As soon as every last mermaid has been painted, numbered, boxed, and the pre-orders have been delivered, we’ll open up ordering again. By waiting for completion we’ll know exactly how many statues of each color remain in stock and we’ll be able to load those numbers into the store’s inventory.

When that time comes we’ll notify everyone through our Facebook page and this blog that ordering has opened again.

Anyway, here are a few photos of the work in progress. Happy Thanksgiving!


Introducing Nimue, just in time for San Diego!

Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in Merchandise


I’ve always loved Mermaids, and I’ve always kept an eye out for a great mermaid sculpture wherever I go. Particularly when I show up in places like San Francisco, Seal Beach, or the Outer Banks, where mermaids abound. I’ll always run across a couple in little shell shops or maritime bookstores. But I’ve never found the one I’m looking for – the right combination of fluid, cute, sexy, and hopefully with some sea friends nearby. But you know what? I’ve never found her. The ones I stumble across are always lacking something – they’re sorta stiff, or have rather dire faces. Sometimes they’re pretty good, but attached to a lamp or a wooden sign that has beachy witticisms like, “In dog beers, I’ve only had one.”

So I’ve never found my mermaid. Till now.

For all of you who may have had a similar experience, I proudly introduce Nimue, the mermaid sculpture I’ve been looking for.


Nimue (“Nim-way”) is the first collaboration between myself and Anders Ehrenborg (www.andersehrenborg.com), who sculpted her. Anders works in New Zealand, which means he’s beset by mossy trolls and tiny glowing sprites that play tricks on him, stealing his coffee mugs and enticing him with bewitched objects that if touched, will enslave him to the fairy kingdom for a thousand years.  Imagine. Even with all that distraction and danger, Anders created this object of fluid beauty that, as far as I am concerned, finally got it right.

How many sailors would have given their last weevily biscuit to capture such a creature in their sea-chests? Anders based this sculpture on a mermaid drawing from “Sketchbook 3.” However, credit for this goes entirely to him; translating a sketch into a dimensional sculpture is the realm of genius and witchcraft, if you ask me.


Also, I owe the creation of this to Jessica Steele, who is also a creature of the deep. She spends most of her time with dolphins and sharks, and was sick and tired of my whining about the failings of seaside shell shop mermaids, and thus pushed me to find a way to produce one that will keep me quiet. Her notes and advice were invaluable as Nimue took shape. Jessica knows all things in the ocean, and kept me properly focused on fins and scales and hair that maintained fluidity.


Nimue is a limited-edition resin. She is 7.25 inches tall, and comes in four versions. Blonde hair with blue tail and blue shark, green hair with green tail and grey shark, and a topless variant of each, for those that like their mermaids without shells. The baby manta ray is a slightly darker blue on the green version. Jessica named the fat baby shark Clarence.


So that makes four versions to choose from. I’ll post the topless variants tomorrow. The ones pictured here are the prototypes, and they will be in San Diego if you happen to pass by our booth (which is #5534, just like last year). We will be taking pre-orders in our online store.  Statues will ship starting January 2014.




Recording of Smash & Grab song

Posted on Mar 22, 2013 in Behind the Scenes, The Croods

This is a video that gives you a glimpse into the recording of one of my favorite pieces of music for the movie. It’s a marching-band inspired number that gives the opening hunt sequence its football vibe. During January of 2013, Alan Silvestri recorded the first half in Abbey Road Studios in London, and the last layer with the USC marching band in California. See if you can hear some quotes from “Tusk”!