i’ve made a pocket version of my amigurumi storybook, ‘the boring life of spencer, the ennui dog’. it’s a children’s story for adults, with love, adventure, a 3-headed duck and a little backstabbing. it’s available now in my online shop. and i’ll be showing it at the fringe festival here in saskatoon, starting tonight.
back in 2006 i was invited to take part in an art book fair at aka gallery in saskatoon. i’d just started this blog. my first solo show of drawings was opening soon and i was still drawing for that show. the art book fair was scheduled just a week after my show opening. i didn’t have a book of drawings, or any other book to show. but i wanted to take part, so of course i said ‘yes’.
i’d already been making a few amigurumi animals, but i didn’t have a story. so i sat down a couple of nights after my show opening and wrote a story. i spent a couple of days going around town taking photos with my amigurumi (it was super-cold, some of the “special effects” were hard to get right, i had to go to value village to find a pink jeep for the big ending). paul and i stayed up late one night to do the layout and i got it printed the next day, at an office printing shop. i bolted the pages together and took it right to the art book fair.
everyone seemed to really enjoy the spencer book. that summer i brought it to the fringe festival and people were lining up in front of my table to read it, bringing their friends over. i thought about getting it printed professionally but it seemed like too much trouble. i always meant to make a smaller, affordable version of the book, but life kept getting busier and that never happened. i did design a set of ‘spencer’ postcards that i’ve been showing at the fringe festival and selling in my online shop. and the 3-headed maximum team power duck doll who played the bad guy in the book, made an appearance as part of a show i did at the mendel art gallery.
well, now i’ve finally made a mini-version of the spencer book that you can buy and take home with you. it’s roughly 4 x 6 inches in size, so you can carry it in your pocket. just take it out and read it when you need a little laugh. or you can come to my blog and read the whole story here. click the thumbnails to view the pages at full size or click the link below to launch a slideshow.
i’m taking part in the saskatoon fringe festival again this year, starting tonight until august 8th. it’ll be the 4th time i’ve showed there in 5 years. i’ll be selling this petit spencer book as well as my prints and postcards. come on down to broadway avenue to meet me. i’m planning to attend as many days as i can. i’ll probably have elijah with me for some of the time, since he’s having a very emotional separation anxiety these days.
hope to see you there!