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September is Bedbugs Awareness Month!

Cute, cartoony Bedbugs from my Night of the Bedbugs kid's book, that is! Spread Bedbugs Awareness: • Email us your mailing address and receive a FREE color Bedbugs sketch (approx 3"x5") and tattoo. (If you have more than one child, please send names). bedbugsmonth@bedbugsmania.comSHARE with a friend to qualify for a larger Bedbugs sketch or signed book. Have your friend follow step 1 (above) and make sure they mention "(Your Name) sent me!" • Write and post a review of the book at your blog or Send us a link to qualify for a larger Bedbugs sketch or signed book. • Post a link at your site to with the official Bedbugs ribbon image. • Give someone a Bedbug Hug! Below is a smaller image of the official Bedbugs Awareness ribbon:


Bedbugs March In Madison!

The Blue Moon Crew hit the road on April 1 (no joke!) so the Bedbugs and I could visit Westfield Comics in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2 for a reading, cartooning workshop and signing. I begin each event such as this showing children how I created and evolved the Bedbugs characters, then we explore various ways to draw the main features of the face: eyes; nose; mouth. With these tools, anyone can mix & match on any face shape to show a multitude of expressions and emotions. It was great to see the kids there drawing and creating their own characters. I read the Night of the Bedbugs book as a slideshow on a TV screen, large enough for everyone in the room to see. What fun to hear  kids laugh at different parts of the story - how gratifying! They also loved the Bedbugs Boogie and Bedbug Lullaby music videos. After the presentation, I juggled Bedbugs beanbags and juggling pins, chatted with those who purchased books, signing and doing sketches, and mixing it up with old friends who stopped by. Good time! Thanks to our pals, the Carani family for helping set up the appearance, being fine hosts and taking pics & vid. Everyone at Westfield was great - thanks, to Bob Moreau & Co!  


FREE Bedbugs mini-sketch & temporary tattoo

A Facebook friend commented on one of my blog posts this week, and I noticed he had a small boy, so asked for his address and sent this small Bedbugs sketch and a temporary Bedbugs tattoo. I'll do the same for you if you send a photo of your child with their copy of Night of the Bedbugs, comment on the Blue Moon Studios blog or send me a link to a review of  my Bedbugs book at Alert me at Of course, new and long time Bedbugs fans have a chance to win a larger sketch and prize package when you LIKE the Bedbugs Facebook Fan Page. Spread the word!


Sketch Cards for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

I was pleased to be invited by Comic Book Legal Defense Fund current president and Beanworld creator, Larry Marder to draw up ten sketches for the Liberty Trading Cards series and fundraiser. It not only gave me a chance to contribute to a worth cause, but to draw my characters (Trollords and Bedbugs) and some of my favorites like the Bone cousins, Kevin Matchstick (from Matt Wagner's Mage), The Mask, Scott McCloud's Zot! and Larry's own Mr. Spook. Fun! These along with tons of other one-of-a-kind sketch cards by oodles of artists will be randomly inserted as one of three subsets in the 72-card deluxe series which tells the story of comics censorship. See more sample cards and learn more about the project at the CBLDF News Blog.


Sketch Cards for Free Comic Book Day

While appearing at Westfield Comics in Madison, WI in early April for a Night of the Bedbugs signing and cartooning workshop, I whipped up a few sketch cards as part of prize packages awarded to raise money on Free Comic Book Day in May. It's always fun to draw my characters for comics lovers, and some of my favorite characters I don't get to draw much, like Hellboy. And it was for a good cause, so it's all good. We got a pic of three of the five I did. I can't even recall who else I drew!


Sketchbook Month: The Bug on the Hill

One last Bedbugs sketch before the month is over. Done in marker on bristol, and yes, it's another Beatles reference.


Bedbugs Hit The Road

Midwest fans of comics, kid's books, Dr. Seuss and Chuck Jones cartoons: Stop by and see me in Madison or near Chicago the first weekend of April, and bring the kids for tons of Bedbugs Fun!

Inside Westfield Comics; Madison, Wisconsin

I'll be at Westfield Comics in Madison, WI Saturday, April 2 and Keith's Komix in Schaumburg, IL on Sunday, April 3 leading a Cartooning Workshop for kids, reading and signing my Night of the Bedbugs children's book, juggling, showing music videos and more. Click the links for more info.

Keith at Keith's Komix; Schaumburg, Illinois

Besides books, I'll have Bedbugs tees, sketches, buttons, marbles, tattoos, as well as the assorted superhero, comic book or Trollords sketches. See you here or there!


Sketchbook Month: Eight ‘Bugs a Week

With all the Bedbugs drawings I've been posting during Sketchbook Month so far, it must seem like more than eight a week. That all changes tomorrow.


Bedbugs at Wild Rumpus!

The Bedbugs and I hung out with lotsa kids at a premiere Minneapolis book store on Saturday, March 5: Wild Rumpus. We watched Bedbugs music videos, I juggled Bedbugs beanbags/stuffed toys, we drew together during my cartooning workshop, we sang the Bedbugs Lullaby, and afterward I signed books and sketched. What a great place! It was busy and bustling with parents, kids and animals, and there's plenty to take in and look at. Make sure you make a visit soon or when next in town.

Professor Fricke conducts the cartooning workshop.

Jugglin' 'Bugs!

A view of the crowd and shop from behind the easel.

The Wild Rumpus ceiling, as startling and creative as the rest of the store - a surprise around every corner, wherever one looks!


Sketchbook Month: And Your Bug Can Sing!

This Bedbugs sketch and many other will be available for purchase at the Wild Rumpus event tomorrow, Saturday, March 5 at 1 PM. Bring the kids for storytime as I read my Night of the Bedbugs (ages 2-10), juggle a bit, and teach the kids how to draw expressions and create their own characters in a cartoon workshop. I'll also debut a new Bedbugs music video, and we'll do a sing-a-long. Wild Rumpus will have the books for sale, and I'll have other Bedbugs stuff: buttons, kid's tattoos, ABC mini-comics and marbles. Sketches of another kind beginning Monday, as Sketchbook Month continues...