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Happy Blue Moon New Year!

Sure, 2009 was a rough tumble of a year in many respects for many people across the globe, and certainly was for us personally, the Blue Moon Crew. But for all the challenges and difficulties, we find much for which to be grateful.

Our family is healthy (or getting healthier). We have plenty of creature comforts, even as we've tightened our belt. Our Blue Moon Daughters are growing evermore to be smart, funny, talented, confident and independent individuals. Mary and I marked our twentieth wedding anniversary (even if we weren't able to celebrate or spend it as we would have liked), and during a time of crisis and hardship have become closer than ever.

We're still drawing away, doing what we love most to do, both to sustain ourselves and our family, and ourselves creatively. And as 2010 rolls out, my Night of the Bedbugs children's book arrives on the scene! So we're excited about what the New Year will bring, stepping out of the dark, even if as with baby steps, to gaze upon and steep ourselves in what we trust will be better and brighter times.

Don't forget to look for the blue moon tonight, a special rare occurrence in this case, as a New Year's Eve blue moon will not happen again for about another twenty years.

And the illustration above was done by one of the greatest American illustrators of all time, J. C. Leyendecker. A book dedicated to his work and life has finally been compiled and released, long overdue. I highly recommend you pick up a copy, and if you click the link, you can order it through our amazon/Blue Moon Store to support this blog. (Personally, I'm perusing a copy now I picked up at the library.)

So, we wish for you, our world, all peoples, peace, safety and health, contentment and happiness in the coming year. Happy Blue Moon New Year to one and all!



From the archives, a 2-3 minute marker sketch of Batman, the Dark Knight.


Bedbugs Book in Hand

It's been a long time coming, from my point of view, but it was a thrill to receive earlier this week my comp copies of my new children's book, Night of the Bedbugs.

Nothing can match the experience of seeing the first copies of Trollords #1 roll off the presses in 1986, but this is close, and special in another way. With my first self published comic, my Tru Studios pal and partner, Scott Beaderstadt at my side, we were together realizing a dream at the ripe age of 22. It was all so new, we couldn't believe it was happening. It was like a first love.

But now after twenty-five years of seeing my work in print and on line, used in a variety of ways, I'm used to it. The thrill isn't gone, but it's not the same. Because this book is near and dear to my heart, because it's all my own, I expected to be more excited when I opened the box and saw hardcover copies for the first time.

To get this book printed and out, I needed to clear a series of hurdles: I was elated when Silverline said yes to publishing it, and so quickly; finishing it was a creative challenge and is a personal achievement; holding the book in my hands is a Big Deal. But I think what I'm eager for is for kids and parents to read it. I can't wait for reactions to the book and to meet Bedbugs fans in person at signings and readings, at libraries, schoolrooms and bookstores.

I was hoping the book would be in readers' hands by this Christmas, but despite my and Silverline's best efforts, I'm not sure when it'll show up in comics shops, and though lists the release date as Dec. 29, those who order are more likely to receive their copies between January 4-8.

I hope everyone will find it worth the wait.

In the meantime, check out previews at the Silverline Books site, print out and play with the Bedbugs activity pages, watch the Bedbugs Boogie Music Video, and become a fan of Bedbugs at Facebook for a chance to win a Bedbugs prize package.

The book will be available to everyone soon, and more stuff is on the way!


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, not the cheeriest holiday tune ever written was introduced by Judy Garland in 1944 before the end of World War II, from the movie Meet Me in St. Louis. Certain lyrics were replaced with those more optimistic, as requested by Frank Sinatra in 1957. My favorite version of the song is a little more sprightly & swingin', less melancholy, though Ella retains the original lyrics: Given the troubles economic and otherwise both national and global the last year (or eight), this tune is speaking to me more than ever this Christmas. But also personally, as the last 9 1/2 months have been a test and struggle for me and my family since I had a severe accident in March. And since mid-May/early June, I've been dealing with post traumatic stress. in some ways more challenging than healing physically. So, we've learned a bit, sometimes the hard way, and are trying our best to appreciate more each other and the time we have together, as well as fiends and relatives abroad. This Christmas tune tells us not everything will always necessarily be easy, we may have to face adversity and muddle through, somehow. Another fine version, this from James Taylor: We've come through all this closer than ever as a couple and family, though we're not through it all yet. And while 2010 may not bring all happiness and cheer, there is good in us and all around us. We are blessed and have so much for which to be thankful. So, have yourself a Merry Little Christmas now.


Blue Moon Christmas Bloopers

Here's a little slideshow of bloopers and out takes from our Christmas card photo shoot. Sometimes poses were good, but faces goofy, other time faces were fine but poses stiff. And to keep things loosened up and fun, the girls goofed around between mini-sessions.

And posing with Laura is a friend's guinea pig, Scooter, who's our special Christmas guest this year.

Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy Holidays from the Blue Moon Crew!


Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas from the Blue Moon Crew (Emily, Laura, Mary & Paul) and the Bedbugs!


Handmade Christmas Figurines and Ornaments

Our daughter, Laura made these figurines and ornaments using Sculpy, as gifts for friends and family. Look closely and you may recognize a familiar little character!


Dance of the ElfDaughters and Sugarplum Rats

My daughters made this video after learning of it from friends. A free service called Elf Yourself to share and view brought to you by Office Max via JibJab. Tons of fun and easy to do, it's good for a laugh and a way to customize something for Chrsitmas. There are many variations, so have at it! Only $5 to download a generated copy for posterity.


Bedbugs Boogie!

The Bedbugs Boogie Music Video, the first of a few songs and trailers supporting my children's book, Night of the Bedbugs.


Bedbugs Boogie Music Video: Behind the Scenes

This past Sunday we shot the video for the first Bedbugs trailer, a live music performance of a song I wrote to accompany Night of the Bedbugs, my children's book due soon from Silverline Books. With the help of the Bedbugs Backup Singers, we rehearsed and did six takes of the Bedbugs Boogie, a rollicking, bluesy call-and-response number. All the girls did a great job learning the tune and their parts both vocal and choreographed.

My pal, Mitch loaned us the perfect tripod. We taped sheets with large print of the lyrics and direction on an easel which was set on a table next to the tripod. The girls also taped a lyric sheet on my back so they could refer to that for cues. Noisemakers were placed on the floor and in pockets, at the ready for the rousing finale.

Though we were all exhausted afterward, we had a blast and enjoyed watching the footage and bloopers. Now it's time to decide on a take to use, add titles and credits, then we'll make it available for viewing on YouTube, Facebook and many online venues. Night of the Bedbugs is currently available for pre-order at and at your local comic book shop sometime in December. It's also for pre-order sale at many online bookstores, like Borders, Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, and will be in fine bookstores late March 2010.