Star Wars Awakens At WonderGround Gallery

MayTheForceBeWithYou_FINAL_REVISED[1]Disney’s WonderGround Gallery has made so many of my dreams come true. Working with Disney characters, seeing my images sold in the gallery and having my artwork featured on Disney pins are all goals achieved thanks to the great folks at WonderGround and Disney. And now I am so grateful to them for making yet another dream of mine come true.

This January, I will have new Star Wars art featured in the gallery. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. The films, toys and spin-offs have entertained and inspired me since first seeing A New Hope in theaters in 1977. With new films on the horizon and Star Wars mania working itself into a frenzy once again, I am honored to be able to pay tribute to these timeless characters with my artwork.

I will be appearing at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery on Friday and Saturday – January 16th and 17th from 6-8pm. Read about the event on Disney’s Blog.

This just also happens to be the weekend of Disney’s Star Wars Half Marathon. So, if you’re in town for the race, drop on by the gallery Friday and Saturday to check out all the new art and merchandise.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.

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33.3.3 Group Art Show

PrintHere’s my piece for the upcoming 33.3.3 Group art show at Gallery 1988 East. The show opens this Friday, December 5th and features artists take on different album covers.  There’s an impressive line-up of artists contributing so make sure to check it out if you can. The flyer for the show is shown below. For more information on purchasing, contact Gallery 1988 East at  (323) 424-3705. The show will run until December 21, 2014.

I chose Weezer’s classic blue album as my inspiration. The iconic collection celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year! Hard to believe its been around that long!

Opening reception will take place from 7pm-10pm this Friday, December 5th.

Gallery 1988 East is located at 7021 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (East of La Brea) Normal Gallery Hours are Wed – Sun 11am – 6pm.



The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass

Basic RGBI’ll have a piece in an upcoming art show celebrating The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass and curated by Rankin/Bass historian Rick Goldschmidt and Patrick Owsley. Like most kids, I grew up with the many televised special of this dynamic duo. From Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer to their animated take on The Hobbit, their productions are a big part of my childhood and It’s an honor to be included in this wonderful tribute to their lasting legacy.

The piece shown above is titled Rudolph & Friends. It’s a 16″ x 16″ giclee on canvas and comes signed.

The show opens December 6th at Creature Features in Burbank, CA. Contact them for more information about the show and purchasing options.



‘Hipster’s Life’ Debuts At WonderGround Gallery

DisplayHad another fantastic signing event at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery. The latest in the Hipster Mickey line – A Hipster’s Life For Me – debuted at the gallery this past Saturday, November 8th. Disney was kind enough to invite me back for a special appearance to celebrate this new release. In addition to the deluxe prints and canvases, there was a new men’s shirt, Hipster Mickey mini-buttons, a new Castle Coffee Break spiral journal and a Date Night Compact!

It’s always a pleasure to meet the Disney fans who come out to the events. I am so appreciative of your efforts to be at the gallery when I visit. Thank you for your kind words and generous support!

Thanks also to the great staff at WonderGround for everything you do – including providing me with a Mint Julep! What a treat.

A few merchandise notes…

  • DATE NIGHT deluxe prints are back in stock.
  • World of Evil Deluxe prints are expected back on the shelves soon.


WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

A Hipster’s Life, Indeed

Hipster6My thanks to everyone who entered the contest! I received so many great submissions – I wish I could give everyone a prize.

Here are the winners for this month’s giveaway.

Jackson Mann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) – You win a signed Hipster Mickey Deluxe Print (A Hipster’s Life For Me) and your choice of one (1) mini-print

Brian Vox - You win a signed Hipster Mickey Deluxe Print (A Hipster’s Life For Me) and your choice of one (1) mini-print

Joy Mutuc – you win a signed Hipster Mickey postcard + one (1) mini-print of your choice

Jenna Midgley – you win a signed Hipster Mickey postcard + one (1) mini-print of your choice

Jenn Erik Hams – You win one (1) mini-print of your choice

For the folks mentioned above, please email me your mini-print selection and shipping address. My email address is - I hope to ship everything out next week!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry. Hope to do another giveaway soon. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your enthusiasm and interest in my art. Sincere thanks to everybody for their great photos and kind words.

I’ll be at WonderGround Gallery Saturday, November 8th from 11am – 1pm. Come by and say hello if you happen to be in the area!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

Art Giveaway: Show Me Your Hipster Side















Do you love Hipster Mickey? Now is your chance to show that love with a photo. I’m giving away a signed, deluxe print to the best dressed Hipster out there. As a bonus, I am also giving away mini-prints of previously unreleased character art from my personal collection. These prints are not available for sale.

Here’s all you have to do…

Dress up in your hippest of Hipster outfits. Now add Mickey Mouse ears. Take a photo and post it. It’s that easy. The photo can be of you, your spouse, your kids, your boyfriend – whoever wants to be in the pic. One entry per person, per photo.

UPDATE: It does not have to be Hipster Mickey merchandise. Just dress up in your own personal Hipster outfit – and don’t forget the ears.


  • Your Hipster outfit MUST INCLUDE MOUSE EARS! They can be Mickey Mouse ears, Minnie Mouse ears or you can make them yourself. Only outfits that include Mouse ears will be entered.
  • Post your photo to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Your name will be entered once for each platform you post on.
  • You must include the hashtag #AHipstersLifeForMe in all posts. Posts without this hashtag will not be entered.
  • On Twitter, you must include @jmaruyama in your tweet. On Instagram you must include @jmaruyama in your post. On Facebook you have to add me as a friend and tag me in your photo. Failure to do any of these will prevent me from seeing your entry.
  • Only postings that follow all of these rules will be eligible for the contest.


First Prize – A Hipster’s Life For Me Signed Deluxe print + Your choice of one (1) mini-print

Second Prize – A Hipster’s Life For Me Postcard (Signed) + Your choice of one (1) mini-print

Runner up prizes will include a signed postcard, magnet, and mini-prints. Number of runner up prizes will be determined by the number of entries received. First prize will be chosen by me. Second prize and runner up prizes will be selected through random drawing.

Mini-Print winners will get to select from the prints shown below. Mini-prints are 5″ x 7″ images in an 8×10 matte. These images are from my own personal collection and are not available for sale.RunawayBrain_7x5

Update (10/28/14): Two new images added to the mini-print giveaway. MiniPrints2

You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 5th to submit your photo! Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 6th.

Prizes for this contest will be shipped to U.S. addresses only.

“A Hipster’s Life For Me” will debut at WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, November 8th. I’ll be at the gallery from 11am – 1pm that day to celebrate the release.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.


Disney Villains – Transformation

PrintTemplateI’m constantly drawing and trying out new styles. Whether in a sketchbook or on the computer, I never tire of drawing Disney characters. And nobody does villains like Disney. More often than not, they’re the most interesting part of a Disney film. Here’s a tribute to a few of my favorite baddies from Disney animation with their evil alter egos in silhouette.

This piece is not available sale. It’s just for fun. It’s rare that I get to draw for fun these days so I take every chance I get.


Runaway Brain

RunawayBrain_7x5Runaway Brain is probably my favorite Mickey Mouse short. Originally released in 1995 in front of Disney’s A Kid In King Arthur’s Court (it was released earlier that year internationally with A Goofy Movie), the short is a funny, fast-paced update of the Mickey Mouse cartoon formula. Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Pete (as Julius) and the new character Dr. Frankenollie (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the short is full of gags and a few jokes only Disney fans will get. The humor is a bit edgier and darker, at least for a Mickey Mouse short. Runaway Brain was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short but lost to the Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave. To date, I only know of its release on home video via the Walt Disney Treasures DVD: Mickey Mouse In Living Color Vol. 2. It would be the last Mickey Mouse short released theatrically until Get A Horse (2013).

This is my little tribute to this fantastic piece of animation and an interesting addition to Mickey’s lengthy filmography.

A Hipster’s Life For Me Debuts November 8th
















I’m happy to announce the next piece in the Hipster Mickey series! On Saturday, November 8th, WonderGround Gallery will debut A Hipster Life For Me. This latest image finds Mickey hanging out in the queue for Disneyland’s Pirate of The Caribbean attraction and looking too-cool with his Mint Julep. The piece will be available as a limited edition canvas, deluxe print and a variety of merchandise. I’ll be at the gallery on Saturday, November 8th from 11am – 1pm. This will be final signing of the year.

To celebrate this new piece, I’ll be posting another art giveaway on the blog! Stay tuned for details and find out how you can win a deluxe print.

You can read all about the release on Disney’s blog post here!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.

This Is Halloween

Basic RGBOn my recent visit to Disneyland, I had to make sure to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday. The line was long – snaking it’s way through the fountain area next to the entrance to the classic attraction. But we still managed to ride it a few times during our visit. I must admit, this is my favorite part of Halloween Time at the resort. I’m a big fan of Tim Burton’s film and always find it inspiring. I pretty much listen to the soundtrack non-stop during the month of October. Here’s a little fan art – just for fun – inspired by this incredible film and the holiday overlay at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Hope to visit the Tokyo Disneyland version one of these days!