Designer Con 2016 – The Best of The Rest

Everyone loves leftovers after Thanksgiving!

I had a blast at Designer Con 2016. Thank you to everyone who came by to say hello. Can’t wait to head back in 2017. Hope to step it up a bit next year after being so inspired by the many talented folks at this year’s event.

Sold a lot of art at the show but I didn’t sell everything. Many of you expressed an interest in some of the items I had available this year but were unable to attend the Con. There’s not a lot but what is left I wanted to make available to everyone. Since supplies are limited, I will have to take orders on a first come, first serve basis.

Short of doing a random drawing for items, I have come up with an imperfect system for distributing the goods to those who are interested.  Below is an outline of the steps to order the available art. Please read the directions carefully and follow all the steps listed.

Print

UPDATE: SOLD OUT – 11/30/16 1:52pm

The Spirit World print will be available on Wednesday, November 30th at 11:00am Pacific Time. The print is $40 plus shipping. All prints come signed and numbered.

  • If you are interested in this print, send me an email with THE SPIRIT WORLD in the subject line on November 30th.
  • The email must be time stamped no earlier than 11:00am Pacific Time on November 30th. Anything time stamped before 11:00 AM PST will not be eligible.
  •  Include your shipping address in the body of the email.
  • Send your email to jerrod@jmaruyama.com
  • I will take the requests in the order they appear in my inbox. One print per customer.

Once I receive the emails, I will contact each person to provide a total with shipping fees that can be paid via Paypal. I will only accept payments via PayPal. No personal checks or cash accepted. I will only ship to addresses within the continental United States. No International Shipping will be available for these items. All prints ship flat and can not be rolled for shipping tubes.

Print

4:54pm PST UPDATE: Spooky Cereal, Willy W, and Mochi have sold out.

Mini-Prints will be available on Thursday, December 1 at 11:00am Pacific Time. All mini-prints are $20 each plus shipping. All mini-prints come signed and matted in bags. Extremely limited quantities of these prints are available.

  • If you are interested in any of the mini-prints, send me an email with MINI PRINT included in the subject line on Dec 1st on or adter 11:00am Pacific Time.
  • The email must be time stamped no earlier than 11:00am Pacific Time on Dec 1st. Anything time stamped before 11:00 AM PST will not be eligible.
  • List which mini-prints you are interested in.
  • Include your shipping address in the body of the email.
  • My email address is jerrod@jmaruyama.com
  • I will take the requests in the order they appear in my inbox.

Once I receive the emails, I will contact each person to provide a total with shipping fees that can be paid via Paypal. I will only accept payments via PayPal. No personal checks or cash accepted. I will only ship to addresses within the continental United States. No International Shipping will be available for these items. All prints ship flat and can not be rolled for shipping tubes.

I know this is an imperfect approach but it’s slightly better than doing a random drawing.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at jerrod@jmaruyama.com. Due to the extremely limited quantities available, I will be unable to satisfy any requests that do not follow the steps outlined above. I will do my best to post an update once all the stock has been depleted. I hope to come up with a better solution for future sales, but for now this will have to do.

Thank you for your interest in my work. Good luck!

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Bugs and Friends

bugsfriends-final-std_zpspczlekxuLike so many people my age, I grew up watching Looney Tunes on television. They were a staple of my childhood. Local stations would consistently play a line up every day in the afternoon hours leading up to dinner time. In the days before everything was readily available on You Tube or DVDs, I would watch and hope for a favorite or even possibly one I had never saw before (rare). I loved them all –  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tweety Bird, Sylvester. I loved the one-off shorts like One Froggy Evening or Rocket-Bye Baby. So much of the humor was beyond me – the clever word play, the historical references, celebrity caricatures all went over my head back then. I enjoyed the slapstick action and the over the top personalities. My love for these cartoons never went away and I grew to appreciate them more the older I got. It was thrilling to see these shorts I knew so well in a different light and on a different level. I think this constant rediscovering is what made these brilliant shorts endure after all these years.

This lead to my passion for animation. Warner Bros. shorts made me love the medium while Disney animation would make me pursue it as a career. I went on to study it in school and even worked at the Warner Bros. Studio Store when it opened at a local mall (I might have worked at the Disney Store if those sweaters weren’t so terrible). These characters were part of my childhood as well as my early adult years and I just loved them. I have such great respect for the animators that created them. Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng are heroes of mine. I remember meeting Chuck Jones ever so briefly during one of his appearances at the store. I was so star struck all I could mutter was “thank you”.

Fast forward to today and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to create this image featuring Bugs Bunny and some of his famous on-screen co-stars. I was very nervous going into this project. Because I felt such a deep connection to these shorts and characters, I was terrified of messing it up. It’s been a while since I’ve drawn them and I did a lot of research to try and get everything just right. I don’t know if I succeeded but I thoroughly enjoyed the process. It was great to be back with these characters – re-watching the shorts and revisiting the old model sheets.

maruyama_photoMy thanks to the great folks at Dark Hall Mansion for inviting me to create this for them. A big thank you to Warner Bros. for their time and patience. It has been a wonderful experience. Like I said, I love these characters and I tried to put some of that love into this image. I sincerely hope you like it.

For more info on what will be available, visit the Dark Hall Mansion blog.

If you’d like to purchase a print, please visit the DARK HALL MANSION store website on Tuesday, November 15th – 12:30pm PST.

That’s all folks!

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