Are You A Disneyland Hipster?

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Are you a Disneyland Hipster? Do you keep you keep up to date on the most current Disneyland news and rumors? Are you the go-to person in your circle of friends for all things Disneyland? Do you know the RIGHT way to do Disneyland? If you answered yes to these questions (and I’m sure most of you did) then you are a Disneyland Hipster. Declare your Disneyland Hipster cred on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and you can win the latest Hipster Mickey piece created especially for the resort’s Diamond Celebration.

I will be giving away a signed deluxe print to one lucky winner. There will also be a few runner-up prizes awarded as well – including some new buttons (see photo below).

Here’s how to enter…

To Enter Via Twitter

  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet a link to this blog post to your followers.
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster”
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama in your tweet.
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your tweet.

To Enter Via Facebook

  • Follow me on Facebook
  • Share this article with your Friends and Followers on Facebook.
  • Tag me (Jerrod Maruyama) in your post. (You must tag me otherwise I won’t see your post and you won’t be entered in the drawing.)
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster”
  • Include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

To Enter via Instagram

  • Follow me on Instagram.
  • Find the image above in my Instagram feed and re-post on your Instagram account.
  • Include the phrase “I’m a Disneyland Hipster” in your post.
  • Make sure to include @jmaruyama and/or #jmaruyama in your post other wise I won’t see it. If your account is set to private, I won’t be able to see your post. I have to be able to see your post for you to be entered in the drawing.
  • Also include #WonderGroundGallery in your post.

You must follow ALL the steps above to be entered in the contest. Skipping any of the steps may prevent me from seeing your post. You can enter once on each social media outlet mentioned above. Contact me if you have any questions about entering.

Contest closes at midnight on Monday, June 8th. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 9th.

PRIZES SHIP TO U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY.

Attention Disneyland® Resort Cast Members – I’m so excited to do a special signing for a new piece created especially for the Disneyland Resort Cast Members in honor of the Diamond Celebration. If you are working June 13 and have a moment to stop by the TEAM Center and say hello, I’ll be signing from from 3:00pm – 5:00pm!

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

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Hipsters Forever

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Excited to announce that I will be returning to WonderGround Gallery in June! Hipster Mickey and Minnie join in on the 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth in the latest addition to the Hipster Mickey line “Hipsters Forever”. Even this cool couple can’t resist a new fireworks show in front of Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.

“Hipsters Forever” will be available as a limited edition canvas and deluxe print. It will debut at the gallery on Saturday, June 13th. I’ll be there from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Come by and say hello!

Stay tuned for another art giveaway. Details will be announced soon!

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

Box Of Emotions

SydneyMy good friend Tamie Day has three children, two of them are on the autism spectrum. Being the supportive friend that she is, she purchased the Box of Mixed Emotions book set in kind support of my work. While sharing the little books with her kids, she found them to be a great tool to teach emotions. Her seven year old daughter Sydney (pictured above), has taken a particular interest in them.

“The books are so cute! My kids and I have been giggling over them all afternoon. We’re ALWAYS working on emotions and these books are an excellent addition to our materials. There are separate books for Anger, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and Joy. They are going to get a lot of use. It just got Sydney out of a meltdown! She was crying and we read Joy which got her to start smiling. Then she saw the last page and said, ‘now we need to read Sadness!’ They love the “emotion in control today” cut out in the box. Sydney has been asking every therapist what theirs is and then puts the correct book in the window. Then she talks to them about why they feel that way and a whole discussion is prompted. She and her nine year old sister, Natalie, have enjoyed reading the books together and sharing a laugh. Honestly there is so much therapeutic benefit in such a small box.”

I found this fascinating. I don’t know much about autism and the associated therapy. Much of what I do know, I learned from Tamie. I was curious as to why teaching emotions was important for children with autism. She explained it to me this way.

11109173_10205073484051162_5969064675167586536_n“Emotions tend to be extremely difficult for people on the spectrum to understand and identify.  My kids have done hundreds of hours of programming in therapy to identify facial expressions and label the emotion that goes with it, and to label their own emotional state.  Jacob, at age 11,  still can only tell me he is happy, sad, or angry.  Then they have to learn what makes people feel certain emotions, which is part of Sydney’s current programming.  The boy fell down, how does that make him feel?  Her mommy said she can’t have a puppy, how does she feel?  THEN they have to learn what to do about emotions.  Right now Sydney is learning to identify different things she can do if someone is angry. Her usual response is to laugh, which is not the most appropriate choice.  If they are feeling frustrated, what can they do about it?  This goes into self advocacy and self regulation.  If they can identify how they or someone else feels, then they can take action.  Once they can do that, they usually have fewer behaviors and can connect better with the people around them.  Not only that, but academically it is crucial for reading comprehension. The beauty of the Inside Out books is how fun and engaging they are.  Working on emotions can be very difficult and frustrating and it’s not something my kids have wanted to do without a lot of reinforcement.  But these books are reinforcing in themselves. Also I love how the different expressions are categorized by book.  So, all the expressions in the Anger book relate to that emotion. I can totally see kids remembering them as “oh that was in the red book, that person must be angry because he said ‘don’t have a cow!’ The Anger book is Sydney’s favorite.”

That’s pretty amazing. This was such a fun project to work on. The character designs are fantastic and the text by Brittany Candau is silly fun – a real dream for an illustrator. But to see them used in this way is a delightful and unexpected surprise. I am so touched to see Sydney connect with these books. As artists, we all hope our work makes an impact in some way, however small. To get feedback like this is beyond my expectations and truly rewarding. My thanks to Tamie for not only supporting my work but for sharing this story with me.

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May The 4th Be With You

Happy Star Wars Day 2015! It’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. With a new season of Rebels out in June, Episode VII: The Force Awakens due in December and Rogue One planned for 2016, there’s much to be excited about. This year, I chose to pay tribute to Rey and her weird, ice cream bar-shaped speeder. Can’t wait to find out more about who she is. Skywalker? Solo? Time will tell.

May the force be with you… always!