New Story Alert!! Bumperboy and the Storyeaters!
July 12, 2018
I've got some exciting news for you, as well as a bit of bummer news for you...read on!
New Comic Alert: Bumperboy and the Storyeaters
I'm excited to tell you that there's a brand new Bumperboy series that is just beginning: Bumperboy and the Storyeaters! This story arc will feature shorter tales, all told by Bumperboy and his friends. The first tale will be told by one of the earliest characters in the Bumperboy universe: Bam! This first issue is available now in the Bumperboy Shop!
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
Guess what friends...this will be my 15th year of exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con...and it looks like it's going to be my last! It makes me very sad, but it's time to throw in the towel. Table space has gotten more expensive, and it appears that independent comics are becoming less and less of a priority for Comic-Con and its attendees. This doesn't mean I won't stop making comics though! I'll keep trying to exhibit at shows that support independent comics, so I'm not going away! But if you happen to come to Comic-con this year, please drop by and say hello!! You'll find me in my usual spot, in the Small Press Pavilion at booth #O-16.
And of course, I'll be participating in the annual Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon! In exchange for a donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. The CAM booth is super close to my booth (just a few steps away!) at Booth #1930. I'm scheduled to sketch there on Saturday, July 22 from 1:00-2:00pm. It's always a fun time at the CAM booth! http://cartoonart.org/ http://cartoonart.org/
So, that's all for now, Bumperfriends. Thanks for reading!
A glowing review for Bumperboy Gets Angry!
July 25, 2017
If you want to see what the fuss is about and pick up some copies, please visit the Bumperboy Shop!
The FINAL issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry is here!
July 14, 2017
Hey there, Bumperfriends!
If I knew how to play the trumpet, I'd be tootin' some fanfare music and throwing confetti right about now! Why? Because I'm pleased to announce that the final issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry is complete! Hooray! I'm sorry that it has taken so long, but it's a bit tougher to work on comics with my work and life schedule these days. But enough of my complaining...let's cut to the chase!
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #7
Whose pirate ship just barged into Shadow Bay? Will Bubtopia ever be happy again? Yes, now you can finally find out what happens in this final chapter of Bumperboy Gets Angry!
Grab a copy at the Bumperboy Shop!
Now that this Bumperboy story arc is complete, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the special people in my life that have helped me proofread, fold and staple comics, assisted me in the Bumperboy booth, or just provided me with moral support while I slogged through drawing during tight deadlines over the last 5 years of completing this story. All of these people are rad and I thank them immensely for all their help!
Vicky, Cindy, Pam, Mike, Carlos, Scott, Jamie, Jin Hei, Michael, Selino, Monique, Krystal, Eva, Sue, Wahab, Joel, Tracy, Shelby, Sarah, Jeremy, Dolly, Christine, Chia-Hwa, Darren, Kri, Kajah, Minna, Gabi, Pamela, Ky, Mom and Dad! (please forgive me if I've forgotten anyone...)
San Diego Comic-Con 2017
Another year, another Comic-Con! If you're a regular to the con, you'll find me in my usual spot, in the Small Press Pavilion at booth #O-16. Come say hello and hang out with me! It's actually a great spot for people-watching and checking out the great costumes!
Also, don't miss the Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon! In exchange for a donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. Their booth is just around the corner from mine, at Booth #1930. I'm scheduled to sketch there on Friday, July 21 from 1:00-2:00pm. http://cartoonart.org/ http://cartoonart.org/
So, that's all for now, Bumperfriends. Until next time!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
Bumperboy Gets Angry #6
July 13, 2016
Hey there, Bumperfriends!
I've got a pretty short update this time around, so let's cut to the chase...
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #6
Yay, hooray! The newest issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry! is here! The folks in Shadow Bay have really gone bonkers, and now they're destroying their own town! Can Bumperboy, Bumperpup, and Jillian get there in time to stop the madness??
You can purchase a copy online at the Bumperboy Shop!
San Diego Comic-Con 2016
Once again, my home base at Comic-Con will be in the Small Press Pavilion at booth #O-16. It's the best place to see all the cosplayers walking by! Come pop by my booth and say hello! You can pick up the newest Bumperboy, and perhaps you can catch me doing some live needle-felting at the show!
And once again, I'll be participating in the 10th annual Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon! A donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum will get you a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. Come visit us at Booth #1930! I'm scheduled to sketch there on Friday, July 22 from 2:00-3:00pm. http://cartoonart.org/
So, that's all for now, Bumperfriends. Until next time!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
Bumperboy Gets Angry #5 has arrived!
July 5, 2015
Hey there, Bumperfriends!
Sorry for the lack of updates, but I suppose it is just because I'm not drawing as frequently as I'd like to. Last year, I got a full time job working working at a library, so it's harder for me to find the time to draw after work. But boy, this past June has been a doozy, drawing almost every day, late into the night. I am looking forward to catching up with my sleep and getting back to exercising! Anyway, enough about that...let's get to the important stuff...like, a NEW BUMPERBOY ISSUE!
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #5
Wooo, it was down to the wire, but I got the newest issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry! in time for this week's Comic-Con! This fifth installment presents some key answers to the mystery of why everyone in Bubtopia is so angry, thanks to a couple of sources (including a trip to the local library)!
Grab a copy at the Bumperboy Shop!
San Diego Comic-Con 2015
Comic-Connnnnnn is almost herrrrrrre! Once again, I'll be situated in the Small Press Pavilion at booth #O-16. And this year, my next door neighbor will be the super-talented Ben Seto of Skullbunnies fame! Yay! You can find his work online at http://www.blacksheepcomics.com/
Also, I'll be participating in the Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon! In exchange for a donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. Their booth is just around the corner from mine, at Booth #1930. I'm scheduled to sketch there on Saturday, July 11 from 1:00-2:00pm. If you are willing and able, please support the Cartoon Art Museum as they're in the process of being evicted from their current location in downtown San Francisco. http://cartoonart.org/
And finally, it has come to my attention that my contact form has been broken for some time now...I'm not even sure how long! So if you've written me a message through my website, and I haven't written back, I apologize! I just never received your message! Sigh. Go ahead and send messages to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to write back!
So, that's all for now, Bumperfriends. Talk to you later!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
Alternative Press Expo this weekend!
October 2, 2014
Just wanted to write a quick note that the Alternative Press Expo is happening this weekend, October 4-5 at Fort Mason in San Francisco! I'm working on a new convention display (finally)! And part of it will be done in time for the show! Come check it out, plus the latest Bumperboy comics at Booth #200! It shouldn't be too difficult to find me, as I'll be located front and center, right as you enter the convention hall. Not only will I have the usual comics and merch, I'll have a preview copy of Hello Kitty, Hello 40 which features over 40 awesome Hello Kitty comics, including one by yours truly. Please say hello! More info about APE at: http://www.comic-con.org/ape
Bumperboy Gets Angry #4, Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike, Comic-Con, and Hello Kitty!
July 19, 2014
Hey there, Bumperfriends!
Boy, am I happy to report that I have a new minicomic for you all! I've been working feverishly to get this done in time for next week's San Diego Comic-Con and frankly, I'm relieved I did it! Whew...and now I'm happy to share it with you all.
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #4
This next installment of the Bumperboy Gets Angry! story arc features our heroes, Bumperboy and Bumperpup, exploring the depths of Shadow Bay in order to solve the mystery of why everyone in Bubtopia has suddenly gone mad. Will they get the answers that they need?
And as always, I have the newest comics available in the Bumperboy Shop.
Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike: Back in Print!
I ran out of copies of Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike a while ago, but it is finally back in print (and with a new cover)! This minicomic tells the story of when Bumperboy embarrassingly reveals that he had never learned how to ride a bike. His friends are determined to teach him, but Bumperboy is met with difficult obstacles, including the dreaded Hugga Hugga Bear! And here's a little backstory: this story was inspired by MY learning how to ride a bike at the age of 28! Hey, it's better late than never!
You can find this book, and more, in the Bumperboy Shop.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014
The biggest comic convention in the US is just around the corner! If you're attending this year, please come visit the Small Press Pavilion on the Exhibition floor! You'll find me and the Bumperboy table at booth #O-16 (unless I'm away, trying to stalk Benedict Cumberbatch!).
Also, I'll be participating in the Cartoon Art Museum Sketch-A-Thon! In exchange for a donation of $10 or more to the Cartoon Art Museum, supporters will receive a customized convention sketch from a professional cartoonist. Their booth is just around the corner from mine, at Booth #1930. I'm scheduled to sketch there on Friday, July 25 from 11:00am-12:00pm. The full Sketch-A-Thon schedule can be found here: http://cartoonart.org/2013/07/seventh-annual-cam-sketch-a-thon-at-san-diego-comic-con-international/
This isn't Bumperboy-related, but this is fun news to share. But first, here's a good trivia question:
Q: What is Hello Kitty's full name?
Answer: Kitty White!
Did you also know that people all over the world are celebrating her 40th Anniversary this year?? I was lucky enough to celebrate her anniversary by contributing a 3-page comic to the upcoming book, Hello Kitty, Hello 40! I'm super excited to see all the stories in this book! I've always had Hello Kitty in my life in the form of pencils, stationery, stickers, etc., so it is an honor to be associated with this book. Sanrio characters are also an integral influence in my own comics career. The book will officially be released in October, but there will be a Comic-Con-exclusive limited edition of 250 books available next week! If you're going to the con, pick up the book at the VIZ Media booth #2813. (And then come by my table because I would like to see it as well!)
So, that's all for now, Bumperfriends. I hope you'll enjoy the new books!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
Alternative Press Expo 2013 is this weekend!
October 10, 2013
The Alternative Press Expo is coming very soon to San Francisco and I hope to see you there! Ten years ago, I exhibited at my first comic book convention ever and it was the Alternative Press Expo 2003. No lie, it changed a big part of my life. So it was sad to hear that this year is the last APE at the Concourse Exhibition Center as it appears they will be tearing the building down. Hopefully APE will come back in another venue. I have some pretty great memories from APE in the past 10 years!
This year, I'll be participating in a couple of fun panels! On Saturday from 5:00-6:00p, I'll be drawing on the spot in the Comics Quickfire!:
Comics Quickfire is a fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Competing cartoonists include Debbie Huey, Stu Livingston, Katie Shanahan, and more!
And on Sunday from 3:45-4:30p, I'll be talkin' comics with my buddies Wahab Algarmi and Thien Pham in the Bay Area Roundtable:
Thien Pham (Level Up, Sumo), Wahab Algarmi (The Society of Unordinary Young Ladies), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum), and other past and present cartoonists from the Bay Area discuss one of the world's most dynamic and important comics scenes. Whether you're a lifelong San Francisco resident, a new arrival, or just visiting, this panel promises to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the local comics scene but were afraid to ask.
So come visit APE...and say so long to the Concourse Exhibition Center! I'll be in the furthest room in the back, at booth #437. I'll have all three issues of "Bumperboy Gets Angry" with me.
Newest issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry! is here! And it'll be at San Diego Comic-Con too!
July 15, 2013
San Diego Comic-Con is only a few days away so that means I'm driving myself batty trying to feverishly have everything ready in time! Well, I won't have everything that I had planned for but I will at least have the most important thing...a new minicomic!!
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #3
Yes, that's right, Bumperboy Gets Angry #3 will be available for sale at the con. This issue features pirates, swashbuckling battles, and a cat that wears boots! Yep, you heard it right, a cat that wears boots! As a side note, for those of you who only pick up my comics at San Diego, don't forget to pick up Issue #2 as well, which debuted at Emerald City Comic-Con earlier in March!
As for details about San Diego Comic-Con, you can find me in my usual spot in the Small Press Pavilion, booth #O-16. Also, I'll be sketching at the Cartoon Art Museum booth around the corner at Booth #1930 on Saturday, July 20 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Ask me for a sketch and your donation will support one of the coolest museums in the world.
Ok, I'm keeping this post short because I should get back to getting ready for the convention. If you're one of the lucky ones with a ticket to the con, please drop by and say hello! If not, you can always send me a hello via email! ;) Until next time, Bumperfriends!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
Bumperboy Gets Angry: Part Two is now in the Bumperboy Shop!
March 18, 2013
Hey folks! The next installment of Bumperboy Gets Angry is finally in the Bumperboy Shop! We ended the first part on a bit of a cliffhanger, so find out what happens next for just 4 buckaroos!!
Bumperboy at Emerald City Comicon
February 26, 2012
Bumperboy will be making his first appearance at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this very weekend, March 1-3! I'm excited to attend and exhibit at this one, as I have heard nothing but great things about this con. Bumperboy will be in Artist Alley, at booth #R-15. Please do say hello if you are there! For more information about Emerald City Comicon, please visit www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.
I'll also be debuting the latest installment of "Bumperboy Gets Angry!" fresh off the presses! I'll be adding it to the Bumperboy shop when I get back from Seattle this week. So if you're itching to buy it, sit tight and I'll have it available next week!
New Bumperboy Minicomic! Buttons! Comic-Con!
July 8, 2012
Hey there, Bumperfriends!
After a bit of taking a break with making new comics to take care of some health issues, I'm slowly making my way back to drawing again...and you know what? It feels good to have inky fingers again! Aaaaannnnd...I have a new minicomic to show for it! Yes, you read that right...a NEW BUMPERBOY COMIC! Let's go through the details, shall we?
New minicomic: Bumperboy Gets Angry #1
Something strange is happening in Bubtopia; all of a sudden, the whole land has gone mad!! Bumperboy is angry, Bumperpup is grumpy, Gordy is crabby...what has gone wrong? Read all about it in this first issue of Bumperboy Gets Angry!
It's Comic-Con time again already? I just realized that this will be my 9th year exhibiting...I've seen my young fans grow up right before my eyes every year! It's a really neat thing to see them come back to the Bumperboy booth every year. Sometimes Comic-Con is a big pain in the butt to work and I don't get to see all the neat panels that regular attendees get to see, but seeing old fans and meeting new fans always makes the trip worth it. You guys rock.
But enough of the mushy stuff...here are some of the details! Comic-Con is this week, July 11-15. This year, I'll be returning to my usual booth in the Small Press Pavilion, Table O-16. I'll have Bumperboy Gets Angry #1 there, as well as the new buttons. Also behind my table, will be the amazing Wahab Algarmi and Joel Sigua. Together, they've been working on an awesome comic series called The Society of Unordinary Young Ladies for the past several years. The story wraps up with the final issue and will be available at our booth! Also, Wahab, Joel and I have been collaborating on a super special Bumperboy project...heh heh I won't say much about it now, but you can definitely ask us about it at our booth!
On Friday, July 13 from 11:00am to 12:00pm, at Comic-Con, I'll be participating in the annual CAM Sketch-A-Thon at the Cartoon Art Museum booth to benefit the awesome exhibits that this museum constantly showcases. It's located at Booth #1930, which conveniently is just a few steps away from the Bumperboy booth. Please come by and support this wonderful museum! You can find out more about this and the other artists who are participating by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/396978033682550/.
Keep your eyes peeled for another announcement about that new Bumperboy project I mentioned earlier. What could it be??
Bumperboy on Tumblr!
March 12, 2012
Hey all, I just wanted to announce that Bumperboy is now on Tumblr! If you've got a Tumblr account of your own, please follow me there to get updated on the latest Bumperboy news, sketches, and announcements. Or if you don't have a Tumblr account, you can always subscribe to the RSS feed. Find it all at http://bumperboy.tumblr.com/
New Kids' Bumperboy T-shirt!
July 28, 2011
Thanks to all who came by the Bumperboy booth at last week's San Diego Comic-Con! It was an especially exhausting one for me, but I still managed to have fun. As always, it's great to see old fans, and meet brand new ones!
Also, I wanted to let you all know that there is a new Bumperboy t-shirt for all the young fans out there! It's bright, fun, and features Bumperboy's big ol' noggin on it! Check it out in the Bumperboy Shop!
Maker Faire and Bazaar Bizarre in Less Than Two Weeks
May 9, 2011
Maker Faire and Bazaar Bizarre are almost here! And Bumperboy will be there too! Come one, come all, to a fabulous faire full of craft, art, and technology! Anyone with the DIY (Do-it-yourself) mindset has to check out the Maker Faire at least once in their lives. It really is a fun event!
And while you're there, shop at the Bazaar Bizarre, which features over 80 fantastic vendors selling the best in handmade. Bumperboy will be tabling right next to Vicky Huey Designs, which features the simple yet striking jewelry of my talented sister, Vicky!
Hiya folks! I just wanted to quickly let you know that I *finally* posted some travel photos from last year and most recently last month. Bumperpup has been enjoying some awesome vacations as of late! He has visited London, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, and Costa Rica! (Boy am I jealous.) Check out the photos in the Sightings page!
Business With Passion Interview
December 30, 2010
Hey look! I was featured in a local TV show called "Business With Passion" this week, and now it's available on the internet! Eleven cartoonists were interviewed at the recent Sketch-A-Thon at the Charles Schulz Museum. The video features Brent Anderson (Astro City), Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), Brian Fies (Mom's Cancer), Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Greg Knight, Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Thien Pham (Sumo), Lark Pien (Mr. Elephanter), Dan Piraro (Bizarro), and Frank Roberson (Maximus). I love seeing how comics are a passion for all of us.
Need to get some holiday shopping done in a jiffy? Then come on out to the Bazaar Bizarre in San Francisco this weekend! You'll find the best in indie crafts here, and you can attend several of the cool craft workshops that will be happening too! You can just make your holiday gifts instead! Bumperboy and Bumperfriend will have a table there...you can find us at Booth #107! We'll have new needle-felted friends (including some needle-felted grums!) and plenty of handy purse hooks. So come on out and find your unique gifts here!
Alternative Press Expo 2010 and New Stuff
October 14, 2010
Howdy folks, here's a quick update on some new items!
Alternative Press Expo APE 2010 is this weekend and if you know what's cool, then you know you should be at this event! You'll find comics and zines galore from the well-seasoned veterans and the up-and-coming newbies. You'll find the Bumperboy booth at table #416. If you've gone to several of the past APEs, please note that the event is taking place in a different (and larger) part of Concourse Exhibition Center. All details can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/ape/.
Oh and by the way, I'll finally be able to accept credit cards via the snazzy little device called Square!
New items I'll have a few new items ready in time for the show, including a new button set, which is currently available in the Bumperboy shop: http://bumperboy.net/shop/index.html
I'll also have some freshly felted figurines, such as the popular nerdy bird, a new pirate bird named Patsy, and a couple of Bumperboy heads that double as little hand rattles!
Ok, gotta go finish getting ready for APE! Hope to see you there this weekend!
Charles Schulz Museum Sketch-A-Thon this Saturday!!
September 9, 2010
If you'll be in the bay area this weekend, you should head out to Santa Rosa and the AMAZING Charles Schulz Museum! The museum is putting on a big Cartoonist Sketch-A-Thon to celebrate 60 years of Peanuts! The 16 artists include:
* Brent Anderson
* Michael Capozzola
* Rhoda Draws
* Alexis Fajardo
* Brian Fies
* Shaenon Garrity
* Mike Gray
* Debbie Huey
* Greg Knight
* Jonathan Lemon
* Paul Madonna
* Brian Narelle
* Thien Pham
* Lark Pien
* Dan Piraro
* Frank Roberson
Hey I'm on that list too! It's gonna be fun! You should go!
SDCC 2010, Bumperfriend & Facebook
July 12, 2010 Wow, another Comic-Con already? This will be my seventh year exhibiting and every year the show gets bigger and bigger! The building is bursting at the seams! Well, if you're one of the lucky people who snagged tickets this year, please stop by my table! Again, I'll be in the Small Press Pavilion, table O-16, right next door to my buddies at Sturdy Comics, Wahab Algarmi and Anthony Hon.
So you are probably asking, "What will you have that's new?" Well, if you haven't picked it up already, I'll have the latest minicomic, "Pictonese Lessons" which will make its Comic-Con debut this year. It's a fun story about the challenges of learning Pictonese from the one who knows it best: Bumperpup!
Also, for the first time at Comic-Con, I'll be selling my needle-felted creations! Have you ever wanted to own a handmade soft sculpture of Bumperboy? Well now you can! I'll also have other sculptures for sale at the show...but more details about those later...
I also wanted to let you guys know that I recently launched a new shop...it's called Bumperfriend! Its home is on Etsy, and the shop features my more crafty and arty items that are more or less related to the Bumperboy universe. I feel like these items don't quite fit in the regular Bumperboy shop, but they also deserve their own space. Please take a look and let me know what you think!
The items that I'm debuting include my needle-felted friends (such as my bears in cupcakes, and a needle-felted Bumperboy), and my super handy collapsible purse hooks. Eventually I would like to include more items, such as small pieces of artwork.
Bumperboy Facebook Page If you're a Facebook user, and you like Bumperboy, now you can "Like" Bumperboy on Facebook! There, you can be updated on the latest news on Bumperboy, new products, and new Bumperfriend products too! This could also be a great way to interact with me and other fans of Bumperboy. You can post photos, fan art, etc...whatever you'd like to share. I look forward to how you all will use the page! Head on over to http://www.facebook.com/bumperboycomics and "Like" away!
And that is all for now, Bumperfriends. Hope to see you at Comic-Con!
Maker Faire This Weekend!
May 20, 2010
I probably should've told you this earlier, but Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA is this weekend! Aahhh! I am excited to take part in the Bazaar Bizarre section of the Faire...it'll be my first craft-based show. I'm guessing the vibe will be different from comic conventions but in a good way. We shall see; I'm excited to find out!
If you want to see a little preview of what I've been working on for the show, take a look at my latest Flickr set.
Some highlights are:
Bears in Cupcakes
Collapsible Purse Hooks
They'll all be for sale at the Maker Faire this weekend! What is the Maker Faire you ask? Well, it's a fun all day event that features anything and everything related to art, science, technology, craft, DIY...it's basically a place full of regular people who make stuff! Come join the 75,000+ people who are gonna be there!
Details: Maker Faire San Mateo
San Mateo County Event Center
May 22-23, 2010
Saturday 10:00a - 8:00p
Sunday 10:00a - 6:00p
Also, I'm excited that my talented sister Vicky will be debuting her beautiful jewelry at the Faire as well! Her work is deceptively simple, and yet eye-catching. For a preview of her work, please see her Flickr set. She'll be exhibiting right next to me, so please say hello!
Convention season is starting up again here at the Bumperboy headquarters! I've been busy gearing up for them...and I even have a new Bumperboy minicomic to show for it!! Hooray!
My first convention of the year is coming up quick...It begins this Friday to be exact! You can find the Bumperboy booth in Artist Alley at table #AA30. I'll have the usual books and merchandise for sale, as well as some of my hand-crafted needle-felted figures. Oh yeah, and the NEW BOOK! More on the new book later in this newsletter...
I'll also be participating in a panel focusing on Kids Comics. Come join the discussion!
Thrilling Comics For Kids! Sunday, APRIL 4
ROOM 232/234 Comics created specifically for the younger set are one of the fastest-growing parts of the industry. Creators and industry insiders discuss the current state of the field, including Nathan Hale (Rapunzel's Revenge), Jennifer Holm (Babymouse), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Jann Jones (editor, VIZ Media), Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Dan Santat (The Domesticated Four), Traci Todd (senior editor, VIZ Kids), and Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle).
NEW Book: Pictonese Lessons
It's been a long time since I've come out with a new Bumperboy story due to wrist problems among other things, but I had fun getting back into drawing again! This new minicomic is called "Pictonese Lessons" and it features Bumperboy and the gang learning how to talk in pictures like Bumperpup. Will anyone succeed in saying their first picto? Find out in this silly story!
Maker Faire 2010
Recently I found out that I've been accepted to exhibit at the Bazaar Bizarre at Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA on May 22-23! Maker Faire is a huge expo about celebrating people who make stuff, whether it is in technology, science, art, or craft. The Bazaar Bizarre is like a craft show within the larger Faire, but it's a great place to see the latest in independent crafters. This will be my first time exhibiting at a craft show, so I am curious how the craft audience will respond to the comics in my booth! I'm excited to find out. For more on the Maker Faire, go to http://www.makerfaire.com/
And that is all for now, Bumperfriends. Hope to see you at Wondercon this weekend!
-Debbie (Bumperboy's Mommy)
New People Artist Village / Bazaar Bizarre SF
November 17, 2009
This weekend, I'll be exhibiting at the Bazaar Bizarre, in conjunction with New People and their opening party for "Tokyo Creators Market." The "Tokyo Creators Market" is an exhibit that features the works of 7 Japanese artists. This should be a great show to check out! After you see this show, go shopping at the New People Artist Village, which features at least 11 crafty artisans who will be selling their wares, just in time for the holiday season! Big thanks to the fine folks of the Bazaar Bizarre for inviting me to this neat event!
New People Artist Village Friday November 20th 2009 6pm-8pm (by invitation only)
Saturday November 21st 2009 10am-8pm - Open to the Public
New People - 1746 Post St. San Francisco, CA 94115
APE 2009, New Merch, Cartoon Art Museum
October 12, 2009
Just wanted to let you know of a couple events coming up, and a couple of new Bumperboy items too!
Alternative Press Expo 2009
The Alternative Press Expo (APE) is just around the corner. It's next weekend, in fact! If you regularly go to APE, please note that I'll be in a different spot this year. I'll be in the upper left side mezzanine level at table #282, right next to my pals at Sturdy Comics (Wahab Algarmi & Anthony Hon) and Hey Danger (Sherwin Viray). APE is one of my favorite conventions for its cozy small-press feel,
so come on out and browse the latest in the independent scene! (And check out that awesome APE poster by featured artist, Lark Pien!)
Alternative Press Expo Saturday Oct 17, 2009: 11am-7pm
Sunday Oct 18, 2009:11am-6pm The Concourse Exhibition Center
620 7th Street
San Francisco, CA
I have a couple new items that will debut at APE, but I've already added them to the Bumperboy shop!
First is a brand new set of buttons that features Bumperboy in 4 different expressions: sad, laughing, sleepy, and raspberry face. Pin one on to fit your mood for the day!
The other new item is a new print called "Parade" that features Bumperboy and his pals on a fun little romp. Watch out for Hugga Hugga Bear, guys! This image is printed on high-quality photo paper that has a subtle, metallic sheen and is ready to be framed.
Cartoonist-in-Residence at the Cartoon Art Museum
On Saturday, November 14, from 1:00-3:00pm, I'll be making an appearance at the Cartoon Art Museum as a part of their Cartoonist-in-Residence program. Please come by, say hello and check out what I'm working on.
Hey, APAture 2009 is happening right now! What's APAture you ask? It's run by the Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, and "is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival showcasing the work of emerging Asian Pacific American artists." Notably, this Saturday, September 26, is the closing day and features the "Handmade Fair" which will be packed with comic artists, zinesters, and crafters. And it turns out that I am the featured artist for the comics/zines category! The whole list of exhibitors isn't listed at the moment, but I know that several of my talented good buddies will be participating, including Wahab Algarmi, Anthony Hon, Mark Miyake, Thien Pham, and Sherwin Viray. So come on out on Saturday and meet some great talent in comics, zines and crafts!
APAture 2009 Closing Day HANDMADE FAIR * 12 pm - 6 pm
1458 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA
Comic-Con 2009, New magazine! New t-shirts! New baby clothes!
July 17, 2009
Here at Bumperboy headquarters, July always means a couple things. One, San Diego Comic-Con is coming up! And two, new Bumperboy items! Hooray!!
If you're a regular at Comic-Con, I'll be at my usual spot in the Small Press Pavilion, table O-16. I'll be debuting a couple new products which are featured later in this newsletter. Please come and say hello!
On Thursday, July 23, from 5-6pm, I will also be sketching and signing with San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum for the annual Sketch-A-Thon. It's always a fun event and a great opportunity to purchase some sketches from talented artists of a large range! Drop by table #1930 for this event!
New Bumperboy Mini-Megazine, Debut Issue!
What's is this Mini-Megazine, you ask? Well, it's a handmade "magazine" that covers some of the "behind-the-scenes" of the Bumperboy universe that hasn't been included in any of the past Bumperboy comics. In this debut issue, you'll read silly interviews with Bumperboy and Bumperpup, do some fun activities (like connect-the-dots), get lessons on how to draw some of the characters, read about a neat craft, and even read a brand new comic featuring Gordy! You can purchase a copy right now, at the Bumperboy Shop!
New T-shirts and Infant Bodysuits
There's a couple of new apparel items in the Bumperboy Shop
First, we have the newest adult t-shirt featuring Bumperboy and Bumperpup having a buddy-buddy moment...with a fistbump! These American Apparel t-shirts come in light blue and several sizes: Unisex Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and Women's Medium and Large.
And for all the cute babies out there, we have brand new infant bodysuits! These heather grey bodysuits (also from American Apparel) feature a young Bumperboy making messily enjoying his plate full of spaghetti. Perfect for the messy little ones in your life! They come in two sizes: 3-6 months, and 6-12 months.
Happy PAL-entine's Day, everyone!
February 14, 2009
Alternative Press Expo
October 30, 2008
Whaaat? APE in November? Yep, it's been about a year and a half since the last Alternative Press Expo, but it's back in full force. The Bumperboy table is located at booth #354 on the main floor. Come one, come all!
Details: SATURDAY November 1 11:00am-7:00pm
SUNDAY November 2 11:00am-6:00pm (Remember it's daylight savings!)
Before my scheduled appearance at the Charles Schulz museum, I did a photo shoot with Trevor Alixopulos for the cover story of the North Bay Bohemian! Gabe Meline took the time to speak to a number of Bay Area cartoonists and came out with a great article about the comics community and how the Schulz Museum has supported up-and-coming artists:
Charles Schulz Museum Appearance
September 11, 2008
I will be making an appearance at the Charles Schulz Museum this weekend as the Cartoonist-in-Residence. This will take place from 1-3pm on Saturday, September 13. If you want to watch me as I work on a page for the next Bumperboy comic, or if you just want to chat about comics, then come on out and say hello! For more information about the Charles Schulz Museum, point your browser to: http://www.schulzmuseum.org/
Bumperpup takes a trip to Boston!
Bumperpup got a chance to visit some new friends in Boston last month. They took him to many places around the city and had a great time. Thank you to Ty and family for hosting Bumperpup! Be sure to check out their photos at the Bumperboy Sightings page!
Interview with SEQALAB
August 26, 2008
Sometimes I wish I studied at a college that has decent sequential art classes. The Savannah College of Art and Design is one them, and they even offer degrees in sequential art! Very cool. Anyway, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by SEQALAB, which is a podcast run by professor Jeremy Mullins and his hilarious crew of students and alumni. So if you want to hear me blah blah blah about my process in drawing comics and exhibiting at comic book conventions, then head on over to my interview at: http://seqalab.com/?p=222. Thanks, SEQALAB!
Just wanted to tell you that my interview with Juli of Square TV has been posted on YouTube! We had a little chat at San Diego Comic-Con and I managed to not blunder my way to embarrassment! Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C99x8jhwd3o!
Did you know that sometimes Bumperboy just wants to ROCK? Well, the latest Bumperboy shirt sure shows it! This shirt features Bumperboy rocking out, complete with lightning bolt! These American Apparel t-shirts come in navy and several sizes: Unisex Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and Women's Medium and Large.
Also new in the Bumperboy shop is a brand new set of buttons! These new designs include Bumperboy nervously riding his bike, Hugga Hugga Bear in his hugging stance, Bumperpup taking a quick nap, and Gordy blogging on his laptop.
And yes folks, San Diego Comic-Con is next week! Once again, I'll be at my usual spot in the Small Press Pavilion, table O-16. I'll have the new shirts and buttons, as well as my usual cargo of books, t-shirts, prints, stickers, etc.
Also, on Saturday at the con, July 26, from 5-6pm, I will be sketching and signing with the Cartoon Art Museum. This year, the Cartoon Art Museum's Sketch-A-Thon will take place on the mezzanine annex (not on the main floor of the con). Please swing by and purchase original drawings from some of your favorite comic artists and support a great museum!
Sunday of Comic-Con is the designated "Kids Day," so why not attend some of the great panels and events for kids? One that I guarantee will be fun to check out is the "Kid's Draw" event:
10:30-11:30 Kids Draw!- Join a great lineup of kids' cartoonists as they draw their hearts out - right in front of you! Cartoonists including Nick Abadzis (Laika), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy) Johann Matte (Flight Explorer), Scott Morse (Visitations), Andy Runton (Owly), Kean Soo (Jellaby), and Dave Roman (Nickelodeon) will create art as you watch - with your help! Room 30CDE
Bumperboy visits the Caribbean and Vancouver
July 15, 2008
Just wanted to let you know that I added new pictures of Bumperboy's trip to the Caribbean, and Bumperpup's visit in Vancouver! They look like they had a blast! Check them out in the Bumperboy Sightings page!
Appearance at YPulse National Mashup 2008
July 13, 2008
I just wanted to let you guys know that I'll be participating on a panel at the YPulse National Mashup tomorrow, July 14 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. The panel is called "Visual Storytelling" and it features Nicole DeMeo (CEO, Kamikaze Pop), Marc Weidenbaum (Vice President, Original Publishing, VIZ Media), myself, and will be moderated by Andrew Farago (Gallery Manager and Curator, Cartoon Art Museum). We'll be discussing issues around comics, manga and the young audience. Looking forward to it!
Bumperboy and Wondercon article in the SF Examiner
February 21, 2008
Thanks to Christina Troup for putting it together!
Wondercon is this Weekend!
February 20, 2008
Just a reminder that Wondercon is coming up this weekend in San Francisco!
WonderCon celebrates its 22nd year as Northern California's most popular comics and pop culture event with a return to Moscone Center South on February 22-24, 2008. The February date solidifies WonderCon's status as the first major convention of the year in the United States.
Again, I'll have a table there in Artists Alley, so look for me at Table AA-55. And on Saturday, I'll be participating in a panel spotlighting Bay Area artists:
SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2:00-3:30pm-The Cartoon Art Museum Presents: Spotlight on Local Cartoonists:
San Francisco has been a hotbed of cartooning for over 100 years, and that tradition continues today with the Bay Area's vibrant creative community. Join panel moderator Andrew Farago (Curator of San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum) as he interviews six of the Bay Area's most talented cartoonists: MariNaomi (Estrus Comics), Fredo (altgeek.net), Lloyd Dangle (Troubletown), Justin Hall (True Travel Tales), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy) and Michael Jantze (The Norm). Room 232/234
More info about Wondercon and all its programming at: wondercon.com.
And here's a picture of the 2nd reprint covers of First Day of School. Yep, they look a bit different because now they use green ink on yellow paper!
See you at Wondercon!
Pop Candy Recommends Bumperboy
February 13, 2008 Today, Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson posted her top 25 recommendations of comics for kids and families, and Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain is one of them! Check out the list!
Happy New Year! And New Sightings! January 2, 2008 Happy New Year everyone! Keep a lookout on Bumperboy because I hope to have many new projects on the horizon! Also, I've FINALLY posted some long-overdue vacation photos of Bumperboy and Bumperpup's travels to Seattle, WA, Spain, and Portugal! Some of these photos are quite spectacular, so be sure to check them out at Bumperboy Sightings!
Review for Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike August 21, 2007 Scott Tingley from "Comics in the Classroom" just posted this review of my latest Bumperboy minicomic, Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike! After reading the review, be sure to check out the rest of the website because it's a great resource for finding all-ages friendly comics that are appropriate for kids in your home, as well as in the classroom!
Interview with Comic Talk Cafe
August 9, 2007 I did several audio and video interviews at San Diego Comic-Con, but I'm not sure if all of them are online yet. Here is the first that I've been notified about: Podcast Interview with Comic Talk Cafe. We conducted this interview directly after I participated in a Kids Comics Panel, and it was a bit noisy in the hall that we were standing in, so the audio may be a little choppy at times. But all in all, I think the interview went well!
New Minicomic and San Diego Comic-Con!
July 17, 2007 Hey folks, there's a new Bumperboy story out! It's a brand new minicomic called Bumperboy Learns How to Ride a Bike! Follow Bumperboy on his embarassing quest to learn how to ride through crazy obstacles, including the dreaded Hugga Hugga Bear! The book will be debuting at the San Diego Comic-Con, but if you can't make it to the convention, you can always order it from the Bumperboy Shop!
If you're thinking of attending the San Diego Comic-Con (July 26-29), be sure to stop by at the Bumperboy booth in the Small Press Pavilion, table #O-16! I will be making appearances at a couple other spots around the con too! On Friday, July 27, from 4-5pm, I will be sketching and signing at the Cartoon Art Museum booth, E-11. And on Sunday, July 29, from 1-2pm, I'll be participating on a panel that features some of the greatest comic artists working on comics for kids today:
1:00-2:00 What's Happening in Kids' Comics Today? Some of the most creative work in the industry is being done in kids' comics. Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight, Amulet), George O'Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country), and Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) talk with moderator Dave Roman (Nickelodeon) about the importance of kids' comics - and the fun they have creating them! Room 8
Bumperboy visits Mexico
May 18, 2007 Yipes, I forgot to post this earlier, but I added new pictures of Bumperboy's trip to Mexico! Check them out in the Bumperboy Sightings page!
New Items in Shop, APE
April 16, 2007 Hey everyone, just wanted to tell you that there are a few new items in the Bumperboy Shop! Look out for brand new Bumperboy and Bumperpup stickers that YOU customize, new Bumperboy memo pads, and two prints that are printed on fancy metallic paper! Check them out in the Bumperboy Shop!
Also, the Alternative Press Expo is coming up...this weekend, actually! I'll have a table there once again, but I'll be in a different spot than usual. You can find Bumperboy at Booth #354 on the main floor, next to the likes of Giant Robot Magazine, Top Shelf Comics, and other fine publishers. View the details at http://www.comic-con.org/ape!
Bumperboy named to Booklist's Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth!
March 22, 2007 Hooray! Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain was named to Booklist's 2007 Top 10 List of Graphic Novels for Youth! Click here for the rest of the list!
Selected with input from savvy graphic-novel reviewers Tina Coleman, Francisca Goldsmith, Kat Kan, and Jesse Karp, this Top 10 list of titles reviewed during the past 12 months shows the extraordinary breadth of high-quality graphic novels being produced - not only for teens but also for young children.
Needless to say, I am very excited about this. I also think it is awesome just to be in the same company as Raina Telgemeier, Linda Medley, and Gene Yang!
And in other news, I'll be having a reception for my "Small Press Spotlight" at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. It will take place this coming Tuesday, March 27! I'll make a more official announcement with details soon (probably tomorrow). Stay tuned!
Wondercon is Almost Here!
February 28, 2007 Guess what...convention season begins! Bumperboy's first stop of the year is Wondercon at San Francisco's Moscone Center, March 2-4, 2007. I was hoping to have new products to show you all, but I guess it'll have to wait until later. But please come by our table in the Artists' Alley, table number 47! And while you're here, you can check out my "Small Press Spotlight" exhibition at the Cartoon Art Museum...just a few blocks away from the Moscone Center!
Small Press Spotlight with Debbie Huey at Cartoon Art Museum
January 22, 2007 I'll be exhibiting original Bumperboy work at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum from February 17 to May 13, 2007. The work will be featured in the "Small Press Spotlight" section of the museum. So if you're in town during these dates, or you are planning to attend Wondercon or the Alternative Press Expo, be sure to drop by and see some original Bumperboy pages! You can view the press release and details here!
Bumperboy Goes To the Aquarium
January 17, 2007 I just added some photos of Bumperboy's trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Sightings page. Also, Gordy blogged a little about it too!
January 2, 2007 Happy New Year, everyone! And to celebrate the new year, I've gone ahead and redesigned a whole new Bumperboy website! I hope you all like it! You'll notice a few new things, like new desktop wallpapers in the "Downloads" section, new photos in the "Sightings" area, and even a new entry from Gordy in his blog! Browse the site, and feel free to let me know what you think about it!
11.6.06 If you love to spy on other comic artists and find out what kinds of tools they use to make their comics, then check out MK Reed's new blog, Comic Tools! Go ahead and find out what's in Jim Rugg and Hope Larson's tool box, along with other comic artists...including me! My post just went up and you can find it here!
9.27.06 I finally added some photos of Bumperboy's trip to Vienna, Austria! Check them out by clicking here! I've also updated the "Meet the Gang" section, so be sure to check that out too.
9.25.06 Stephanie Mangold from Silver Bullet Comics says that Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain is "a true joy to read". The rest of the review can be found by clicking this link.
9.18.06 Shawn Hoke from Comic World News says that Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain is "even cuter than the first" Bumperboy book! Read more of his review by clicking here.
9.11.06 See what Wil Moss from the Nashville City Paper has to say about Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain by clicking on this nice review!
8.9.06 Guess what! Another review for Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain! This one is from Marc Mason at The Comics Waiting Room!
8.7.06 J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews little ol' me at Bamkapow.com!
8.4.06 The Las Vegas Weekly just posted a review for Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain. Click here for the scoop by J. Caleb Mozzocco!
7.31.06 Here's another review of Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain! This one is from Tracy, Shelby, and Sarah Edmunds of Newsarama! Click here to read about how the book made a little girl cry!
7.27.06 I forgot to mention that Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain was released in stores yesterday! Please visit your favorite comic book shop and get it there today! Or, if online shopping is your game, you can get it at various places such as Amazon.com or even in the Bumperboy Shop. A review for the book has already been posted as well! Check out Johanna Draper Carlson's Comics Worth Reading review.
7.11.06 Have you ever wondered what tools I use to make Bumperboy comics? Well then hop on over to the Comic Foundry for a little feature on my own process: DIY Bumperboy!
ALSO, San Diego Comic-Con is coming up! I'll have my usual table in the Small Press Pavilion, Table Q-16. Please drop by and say hi! More info at: http://www.comic-con.org/cci.
6.28.06 New Sightings! This time from New York City: Click here!
6.6.06 I'm off to NYC! I'll be in town for the MoCCA Art Festival this weekend, June 10-11. It's a great convention to see the best in alternative comics! Please drop by my table at booth #A4 and say hi!! For more info: http://www.moccany.org/artfest-main.html
5.16.06 Hey look! There's an article about Bumperboy and me in this week's Publisher's Weekly eNewsletter! Click here for the article!
Also, there are some new pictures on the Sightings page! Bumperboy travelled all the way to Venice, while Bumperpup visited our nation's capital.
5.02.06 If you don't know already, this Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day! This is your chance to get brand new comics...for FREE! Hopefully you're local comic book shop is participating, but just to make sure, check out http://www.freecomicbookday.com.
And if you'll be in the San Jose area on Saturday, please drop by Hijinx Comics! I will be making an appearance, along with talented artist Alex Sheikman, at Hijinx from 12-3pm. Alex will be signing his new book, "Robotika #3", and I'll be signing copies of "Bumperboy Loses His Marbles" and "First Day of School." Plus, Hijinx will have an hourly raffle with special prizes!