On a crisp November morning in 1889, our world was transformed with the appearance of a dimensional rift behind the sleepy cottage of Conrad Rookwood Corrigan. The mysterious world populated by Imaginary Friends was revealed and humankind would never be the same.
Imaginary Friends: A Cross-Dimensional Field Guide introduces the basics of this monumental event with facts and details of the discovery, character studies, the formation of an exploration team and even pop culture influences.
This 31 page pamphlet book written and illustrated by Chet Phillips focuses on the magical revelations gathered from the “Age of Imagined Enlightenment.”
“A must read for anyone interested in the future of cross-dimensional alliances.”
— Argus Pringlesheet
“The quintessential introductory guide for learning about Imaginary Friends.”
— Primble Quackenwise
Our Small Press table for San Diego Comic Con 2016. Complete with Ryan Claytor photo bomb accessory. We had a wonderful time catching up with friends and fellow vendors as well as meeting lots of new awesome attendees. Thank you everyone for a great and prosperous event! Here are a few photos from the exhibit floor.
Fellow exhibitor Jim Clark hired me to create a steampunk frog themed banner for his booth. He proudly poses next to his “ChetArt.”
On Friday I received a pleasant surprise as the fantastically creative Chogrin stopped by with his son to say hello. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chogrin on a number of gallery shows, but up until now we had never met.
We have the best neighbors in Small Press. Across from us is the incredibly talented and funny Paul Friedrich.
Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater comics creates comics goodness and a flair for pinball flavored fun. He’s also an expert level 5 ninja photo bomber.
Shing Yin Knor, a.k.a. Sawdust Bear creates work that is detailed, beautiful and infused with lots of humor.
Our great friends and infinitely creative duo Cesare and Kirstie of Curio Co. We were so happy to have them next to us again this year. They have raised the bar for success with an exciting Hollywood deal that’s in the works. Watch their space for an upcoming movie based on one of their books.
“Barrel Roll” Baragon, “Sky Wheelie” King Kong, “The Hammer” Mechagodzilla, “Belly Dragger” King Ghidorah, “Wheelie Freak” Gigan, “Mud Flap” Mothra, “Freestyle” Gamera, “T-Bone King” Godzilla, “The Cyclone” Anguirus and “McFlip” Mechani-Kong.
Monster Trucks Accordion Book
Get the entire group as they pose for their annual rally in this compact little handmade accordion book. Measures 4.75″ x 4.75″ with a variety of beautiful Japanese paper covers.
Thanks to ChetArt Industries, you can now walk in the footsteps of Phineas H. Flabbergast by using your very own Official Steampunk Monkey Nation Field Notes book. Record wondrous sights and experiences just like the most famous Steampunk Monkey Nation explorer. You too can transcribe your adventures to the mysterious land of Lambada, The Unholy Guano Caverns and the jungles of Tepid Terror as you search for the Bronze Cog of Redemption.
Trek the online wilderness to this link:
In 2011 I introduced my Union of Superlative Heroes/Order of Nefarious Villains back to back book. The original limited edition was bound in book cloth and has since sold out.
Thanks to Julie of Dancing Cat Bindery there are now 3 artist proofs bound in leather. Books measure 7.25″ x 5″ with beautiful black and tan goat leather with foil stamped leather labels.
The book includes portraits and biographies of Marquis Le Bat, Stupendous Gent, Arachno Kid, Lord Wolverton, Daring Diablo, Major Marvelous, Duchesse La Bat, The Purple Jester, SCORN, Lily Nightshade, King Congo, Boss Plaid, Baron Paradox, Count Telsakoff plus 34 more! Among the 12 episodes include “The Perilous Visit,” “Jack and the Bat,” “Night of the Ghoul,” “Double Trouble” and “The Brooklyn Bridge Brawl.”
Signed limited edition hand bound “Pedal” books. Available Here.
“Pedal” is a collection of pop culture characters riding in pedal cars. 18 illustrations accompanied by a collection of quotes, catch phrases and a haiku poem for each. Presented in a hand bound book, limited edition of 100. The book, bound by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery, measures 6″ square. Cover paper is a sparkly aqua paper with die cut revealing silver “grill” textured paper for the title. The reverse has an inlaid pedal car illustration and the spine is yellow book cloth. Inside end papers are bright green pearlescent paper. Each book is signed and numbered. A selection of images are also available as signed prints.
Another great year at San Diego’s International Comic Con has come and gone. We had a fantastic week of sales, fun and time visiting with wonderful friends. The new Kaiju Baseball card sets, posters and pins were very well received, along with the Ten Tall Tales books and pop culture cats postcard sets. Below are some visual highlights from the show.
One of the highlights for me was a visit from Adam Smasher, owner of Hero Complex Gallery in L.A. I’ve had the pleasure of being in several of Adam’s awesome pop culture themed shows over the last couple of years. I look forward to participating in his exciting line up of 2015 fall shows.
We stayed in a storm of constant activity throughout the length of the show. This shot represents one of the calmer moments. A big shout out thank you to ALL the incredible supporters who visited with words of support and $.
Ken Lamplugh stopped by the booth, sporting his ChetArt T-Shirt. Thanks Ken, for all your great support.
Our great booth neighbors Ryan and Paul. Paul shows off his new drink koozie line with “Am I in the Mood for Evil or Beer?” (Ryan appears to have made his choice.) You couldn’t ask for better neighbors and these guys always make me laugh with their great sense of humor and awesome creativity.
Posing at the booth with my lovely and talented wife Julie of Dancing Cat Bindery. She went above and beyond this year, putting together a beautiful binding for our Ten Tall Tales.
In addition to signed prints, stickers and the Childhood Book, new for this year’s San Diego Comic Con from Chet Phillips:
The Chet Phillips Small Press table- O-01 is located across from Oni Press
“Ten Tall Tales” is new take on the time-honored tradition of the American tall tale. Written and illustrated by Chet Phillips and hand bound by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery. This mighty tall volume mirrors the idea of outlandish tales with its unusual 6.5″ x 14.5″ size. Bound in blue book cloth with cut out title revealing a rich textured blue paper beneath. Surrounding the title area are silver foiled stamped stars. In addition to the characters, writing and hand bound richness, each book includes an original, hand drawn sketch on the inside front cover.
Stories and characters include: a mythical Jackalope and his horned toad sidekick, a cosmic repairman, the sharpshooting monkey that saved the world, a Luchador’s legendary match with death, the human Ouija board, the “Cryptid Whisperer,” a valiant Victorian lady that walked among the Old Ones, an odd man in a bird suit, a fox that talked his way to immortality and a feline pirate with an addiction to catnip.
Available at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and afterwards in the online shop.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an Austin holiday shopping institution. This year over 200 artists will have their creations displayed within their personally designed booths. The event runs every day from 10AM-10PM starting on November 28th and running through till 6PM on Christmas Eve. I’m proud to be a part of Blue Genie with my 3rd year of selling. If you’re in the Austin area in December, put this fun experience on your list of things to do. You can find out more by visiting: Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
The ChetArt space is up and ready for Blue Genie Art Bazaar shoppers.
The 2014 San Diego Comic Con was a non-stop whirlwind of fun this year. With 4 hours of preview night on Wednesday and 4 full days through Sunday, we saw lots of familiar faces and made loads of new friends.
We arrived on Tuesday. From the front door of our hotel was a view of the swaying palm trees, the Assassin’s Creed display being set up and the convention center in the background.
Our hotel was designated as Terminus. Fortunately there were no train box cars behind the hotel that we were led to after checking in.
The day before set up we took the opportunity to meet up with our good friends from Curio and Co., Cesare and Kirstie. Heading over to Ocean Beach, we enjoyed a burger at Hodad’s before a leisurely stroll on the pier to view the sunset over the water.
Attendance for the show maxes out at 130,000 and we saw our share of folks. Preview night started off strong for us. So strong we asked our neighbor and friend Jen Sorensen to ship us more product the next day. It was a good decision, as we would have sold all the “Childhood” books by Saturday if we hadn’t received her generous help.
Along with lots of sales, we had the pleasure of seeing long-time friends, fellow artists and loyal fans, topped with a surprise visit from April Winchell (who has no Regretsy(s) over retiring her wildly popular web site and concentrating on gracing us with her incredible voice work.) I was approached by several people with interest in some high profile projects. Stay tuned for those that may pan out in the coming months. Much to my surprise, my “Grumpy the Hutt” print that was purchased by our wonderful friend Jane Ezratty was then gifted to David Glanzer, the director of marketing and public relations for San Diego’s Comic Con International. The word came back to us that he considered it the best gift he’s received in ages. Here’s hoping it’ll fill a little bit of “NO!” on his wall somewhere. (A big thanks to Jane for gifting and Dustin Romero for passing along the news.)
What follows are a sampling of photos taken from the convention floor. Click each for a larger view.
“Childhood“ is a hand bound book of Japanese styled illustrations paying homage to nostalgic activities and toys. Each image showcases playful parodies of a variety of characters from films, TV and pop culture. This 48 page book contains 20 full color illustrations. Haiku poetry and reflections on youthful amusements accompany each piece of art. Written, illustrated and designed by Chet Phillips with binding created by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery.
The book measures 8.5″ x 11″ printed on 80 gloss text. Front and back covers are richly textured 100lb. Espresso cover stock with a window on front cover revealing a peek to the interior orange cover stock page. Each cover is gold foil stamped with Japanese characters (translates: childhood) and is sewn with a Japanese stab binding technique using green ribbon. The last two pages translate the Japanese titles and text within each illustration.
Character parodies represented in Childhood:
San Diego Comic Con 2013 was a great experience with high energy fun, over the top creativity every where you looked and record breaking sales for us. We enjoyed seeing our fellow Small Press vendors from years back and meeting many new creatives. We had lots of return buyers and fans visit us and purchase some new offerings, along with a visit from Bob Leeper of Nevermore Evermore (see his Nerdvana Comic Con reporting HERE) and Don Thompson of Blurppy fame. We enjoyed a surprise visit from our good friend David Patton and his family and he was kind enough to take a picture of us in our booth. (above) Celebrity sightings were sparse, but did see Stan Lee signing across the aisle from us and Molly C. Quinn wandering by and posing for fan pictures. Frankly, we kept our heads down so much with transactions there’s no telling who may have walked by the main aisle next to us. We were proud and happy to see and sell alongside our great fellow Small Press friends Dane, Ashley and John of Monkey Minion Press, Paul Horn of Cool Jerk, Matt of Mincing Mockingbird, Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics, Paul Friedrich, George “Geo” Davis and Bill Robinson of Flimflammery. Elsewhere on the floor we were happy to spend some time with Cesare and Kirstie of Curio and Co. and see Daniel and Dawna of Steam Crow, both with amazing booth designs.
Below are lots of pictures from the event.
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Introducing Land of Kaiju, a collection of Japanese-styled monsters created by Chet Phillips. Kaiju translates to strange beast or monster and has a long and glorious history in pop culture and on the silver screen with the likes of Godzilla, Rodan, Gamera and Mothra, just to name a few. Chet Phillips explores this fascinating world of humongous mutants and irradiated creatures with his collection of whimsical beings that are part animal, part fantasy and all in-your-face fun. Available in a portfolio of trading cards, signed 11″ x 14″ prints and in a limited edition (50) alphabet book. The first 10 copies of the book edition include a beautiful custom Japanese box.
Each pack of cards is presented in a paper portfolio (signed on the back) with gold foil stamp on the label and red “Chet” Haragani red stamp designed by Sachi Greene of StampsbySachi. The card front sides display the monster portrait with a distinct Japanese woodblock flavor and the reverse provides the point of origin along with physical characteristics and historical information of each creature. Each card measures 3.25″ x 4″ and are printed on sturdy 14 pt. uncoated cover stock.
26 monsters represent each letter of the alphabet with a clever twist. Using alliteration, the repetition of a particular sound, each creature’s description follows the pattern of the letter of the alphabet represented. For instance, for the letter D: “Diredragon dominates and destroys daredevil dandies with dark determination.” The book measures 9.75″ x 8.5.” Each copy of the edition is printed on heavy, bright white 48 lb cover stock, bound in a Japanese-styled binding design using beautiful Chiyogami paper and silk thread by Julie Sullivan of Dancing Cat Bindery.
The first 10 of the edition of 50 are encased in a hand crafted Japanese box decorated with Chiyogami paper, purple book cloth and bone clasps.
View a short video of the book with box below.
For a limited time, shop from the entire line of goods available in the ChetArt online store and receive 20% off your entire purchase. It’s monkey madness! Signed prints, trading cards, playing cards, books, 2013 calendars and more to help brighten the new year.
Next Saturday from 11-7 marks the first summer show event for the Austin Craft Riot. I’ll be there with a booth chock full of signed prints, limited edition books, trading cards, magnets, buttons and more. Visit the ACR blog for an ongoing series showcasing the wealth of creatives that will be represented.
With the third year of exhibiting at San Diego under our belt, we were proud to have our best year ever. The crowds were very responsive to the my new offerings and our stock of Simian Playing cards was depleted early on Saturday. We loved our new location at the end of the aisle and hope to make it our permanent home for the future. If you’ve never attended the event, it’s hard to describe the enormity of the exhibits hall. I’ve tried in the past to capture it with one photo, but it’s just too large. With so many sections representing different industries, the hall could be described as a country with individual states within. The Small Press area is certainly a world of its own with an seemingly endless well of creativity. The folks that inhabit it are passionate about what they do and eager to share with the world. I recorded the G-4 coverage of the event and, though I haven’t watched it through yet, I suspect as with previous years, Small Press didn’t make the cut among all the coverage of TV, film and other corporate giants. Truly a shame because that’s where so much of the inspiration springs forth. What follows is one last round of photos of various sections, some more fun costumes and a tribute to some new friends we had the pleasure of meeting in our area. Paperwork completed for 2013 and already anxious to return!