Pretzel Boy: Life is NOT a Picnic





Introducing: Pretzel Boy! Watch him as he defeats evil Hot Dogs with a single squeeze of mustard. Wooooo!

This is my latest promo. I was inspired originally, by the kind folks at - I received an offer to try their portfolio packs, 4 designs of a business card in quantities as low as 20. This seemed like the perfect time to try a wordless story as a promotional. I'll share some sketches tomorrow, but for today I wanted to show the original art (above, gouache) and a peek at how I packaged them. The quality is lovely, I would certainly use them again. I love weight of these cards!


I knew that I needed to send them all at once, much as I wanted to send them over time. My lovely Picture Book Junkies reminded me of how crazy mail is in publishing: thanks, ladies! Also, I knew that the cards needed to be seen from the envelope, since you only get a split second to catch someone's attention. It took awhile to find the right size and material, clear envelope and label. I think the nuttiest thing about this (other than the premise of an evil, floating hot dog) is that I've only sent 12 and I only plan on sending a few more. So if you've received one, it's because I really, really want to work with you.