So excited to finally share with you guys the cover (and overall cute, colorful art style) of Bigfoot and Nessie: The Art of Getting Noticed !!! It officially comes out February 7th, 2023, but you can preorder your copy today:
Introducing a hilarious and heartfelt graphic novel in which an unlikely pair of cryptids–one a Bigfoot whose failure to get himself photographed disappoints his family, and the other a Loch Ness Monster, who seems unable to escape the spotlight wherever she goes–meet up and find friendship, creativity, and just the right amount of attention.
Meet Bigfoot and Nessie! Yes, thatBigfoot and Nessie. Only…Well, things are a little complicated right now.
Bigfoot is having trouble fitting in with his family. He can never quite manage to get himself into the picture, much to the disappointment of his mom, dad, and sister, who always want to be in the spotlight. When he meets Nessie, who’s equally desperate to get away from the cameras, he begins to ask himself the ultimate question: What’s the price of fame after all?
Big-hearted and clever, The Art of Getting Noticedby Chelsea M. Campbell and Laura Knetzger invites us to explore our most tender selves through friendship and creativity—and have quite a bit of fun in between!
I’m so excited to finally be able to share this news! I wrote a graphic novel for kids called Bigfoot and Nessie, about, you guessed it, Bigfoot and Nessie. It’s about their friendship, but at its heart, it’s also a story about finding creativity without putting pressure on yourself–something I struggle with a lot.
The idea came about after binge watching a lot of We Bare Bears, and I was thinking about Charlie (he’s a bigfoot, if you’re not familiar with the show) and how he doesn’t want to be photographed, and I started thinking what if a bigfoot did want to get photographed? But was also failing at it? I added in Nessie, who’s got the exact opposite problem–she’sÂ too famous and is trying to avoid getting noticed–and it came together from there.
Laura Knetzger, who writes and draws the Bug Boys series, is doing the artwork, and I’ve seen it, and it’s amazing! Check out her artwork in the Bug Boys cover below. And also go read it, because it’s a really fun slice-of-life series about two friends having adventures.
It’s no surprise when Serena, straight-A magic student, gets into her dream school, the Adventurer’s Academy. But getting placed in Remedial Sorcery? Total shock. Apparently it’s not enough to be good at magic–you have to be good at teamwork, too. But it’s not her fault people are so hard to get along with. Especially her annoying lab partner, a cute warrior who thinks all sorcerers are cowards. Now Serena’s determined to prove him wrong, no matter what the cost.
I’m trying out Kindle Vella! I have no idea what I think of the platform yet, though it is very satisfying to get thumb’s ups on episodes.Â This story is complete, and you can read the first three episodes for free!
A screenshot from The Weaver of Stories, my upcoming adventure-comedy visual novel about a freelance pumpkin carver tasked with saving the world from monsters. Art made in Rebelle 4. Game made with Naninovel for Unity.
Angry Hot Dog, based on the angry hot dog Gene was drawing over and over on an episode of Bob’s Burgers. (I don’t remember which one!) Here you can see Hot Dog angrily ranting while crossing the street with Ketchup, who’s heard this rant a million times and isÂ so over it.
Made in Rebelle 4. The foreground is watercolors and the background was made with oil pastels, I think on yucca paper, which is my favorite of the papers I’ve tried so far.
I’ve been doing a lot of drawing ever since I got a graphics tablet this last Christmas, and while I’ve been posting it over on Facebook and occasionally Instagram, I’ve fallen way behind on posting it on my site. I’ve lost track of what order I made these in, so I’ll start with this one, based on my favorite of the unicorn tapestries, The Unicorn Rests in a Garden:
I’ve also started a RedBubble shop with some of my designs. I don’t know why, but there’s just something really satisfying about seeing your work as a cut-out sticker.
I’ve put off writing this post because I hate feeling like I’m disappointing anybody or letting anyone down, and I know people were waiting for this book, but… it’s just not happening. I got kind of burnt out on these books working really hard on book 1 and the first half of book 2–maybe more than I realized–and while I was taking a break, life stuff happened, and a beloved pet died, and when I came back to work on this, I felt like a different person, and writing each scene was more and more of an uphill battle.
Which sucks, because there were a bunch of really fun, cute scenes I wanted everyone to read! But continuing with it felt forced and like I was just burning myself out even more, and it didn’t feel fair to these characters I love, or to the readers.
It was really hard to hit the “unpublish” button on the pre-order, and I’m so sorry to everyone who was waiting for this one. Maybe someday I’ll find a way to share what I have written and tie up loose ends, but for now, at least, it has to go to the back burner.