Johnny Hiro


Hey! So I got a fun commission a bit ago. It was to do a Johnny Hiro poster in the style of the American Library Association’s “READ for America’s Libraries” posters from the 80’s and 90’s. Here’s a couple of those posters.

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I wanted to do something a bit less posed, so I put Johnny and Mayumi in a more relaxed, natural setting. And I wanted to include some o’ my favorite books, instead of just one. Also, the commission was for someone in Canada, and growing up, it always annoyed him that it said “America’s Libraries.” Heh. I like that he felt un-included as a Canadian. Bookworm culture makes me happy. So we changed it to “at your library.” Anyway, here’s the commission.

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Hope your day’s going well. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, my free time goes to a lot of Alison and Her Robot stuff.

Here’s a link to an interview I did with Lucas at Non-Canonical.

http://noncanonical.com/site/view/fred-chao-interview

Hope I don’t ramble on too much and lose your interest.

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Hey! So Johnny Hiro 2 {The Skills to Pay the Bills}, is out! You should be able to get it through your local bookstore or through Amazon. And I gotta say, *whew* I’m exhausted.

Tor/Forge asked me to do a little write-up. I was on the East coast at the time, between a million things, and the only time I had to write was when I was on a bus from DC to New York. It’s just a small piece about some of what New York meant to me and how it works its way into the book. If you’re interested in checking it out, here’s the link: http://torforgeblog.com/2013/10/21/on-a-bus-to-new-york/

And here’s a couple pics from the book. Lemme know what you think.

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Awesome. Hope things are treating you nothing but well!

This is totally last minute, but tomorrow, Friday September 7th at 7pm-11pm, Gallery5Arts is having an opening for their annual &@$#! comics exhibition. If you’re in Richmond, Virginia, this’ll be a fun event to check out. I’ve got a few prints in the exhibition. And Chris Pitzer from AdHouse Books is gonna be there (he’s just a way good dude). Also, there’s some amazing artists with prints and originals, including one of my personal favorites, Farel Dalrymple.

I did a small interview with them a bit ago, if you want to check it out, it’s at http://gallery5arts.org/comics/?p=292

Alright, gotta get back to listening to the new David Byrne & St. Vincent album.

Ethan wanted to do a small bit of animation with Johnny Hiro. We talked a good deal about what I wanted, and he seemed pretty confident he could do it. I felt pretty confident it would take a lot of time and kick our butts, as we were just a couple kids, we had no bigger crew.

Back in March, I got way drunk on my birthday. I had a work-from-home day the following day, but unfortunately, I didn’t really get up until the afternoon, and I knew I couldn’t fit in a full day’s work. So I called up Ballard. We went out and shot a little bit of footage.

I sketched out Johnny Hiro’s run out for Ethan. Cartoons, of course, are generally exaggerated, and because of that, we knew we couldn’t base movements on actual people. Here’s the first bit of sketching:

From that, we were able to put a skeltest together.

Soon, we flushed out the trip, run, and fish.

We spent the last few months with every bit of extra time going to this 40-second project, which, though short, I’m really proud of considering it was just a three-person job. Here’s what we ended up with:

I can’t thank Ethan enough for this project–we really kicked his butt on this one. Plus, he composed the music, which I think is bad-ass. If you like this, just do me a quick favor and check out his site: herrmedia.com

And incredible thanks to Ballard as well. His site is ballardcboyd.com

Good dudes to have my back. Now I’m tired. Now I get to work on other stuff.

Rock on, doggs.

Hey! Sorry I’ve been kinda slow about posting stuff in the last couple weeks. The jobby-job-job has been a bit nutty lately, so I’ve been at the office a lot.

But here’s the fun news: Johnny Hiro is being republished. It’ll be from Tor Books. The distribution will be a bit wider, so it should be carried in bookstores as well as comic book shops. You can also find it on Amazon. Tor Books is also doing a Goodreads Giveaway, so if you’re on Goodreads, it might be fun to enter your name.

It should be in bookstores on July 17th. And for anyone in the Brooklyn area, we’re having a Book Release Party. Drop on by! It’ll be at Book Court–163 Court Street between Pacific and Dean on Friday July 20th 7pm.

Here’s a pic of the new cover:

 

Coolio. Gotta get back to work. But I’ll be posting more soon. Still got plenty more Rainy Day Robot to post. Later!

Here’s some pics I just put together. Props to Spencer for the Japanese translations.

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