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Meeting A New Friend & Fan

 

Becky and I were recently at big home school fair in Florida showing off our issues of Moo-Cow Fan Club magazine and our latest book Sword of the Ramurai. On the first day of the fair, a girl named Grace bought some issues of the magazine because she liked the way it looked. Just knowing we've reached one more person with Moo-Cow Fan Club always makes us happy, but this was just the beginning of our meetings with Grace that weekend. 

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The Forgotten One

Bonus, web only, super special, top secret, official Sword of the Ramurai illustration ! 

So, you've gotten our book, Sword of the Ramurai (right?), and you've read it 3 or 4 times already (hey, don't laugh, this phenomena has been reported by multiple sane individuals), yet this illustration doesn't look familiar to you.

 

Moo-cow has trouble with chopsticks

 

There is a reason for that. That reason being, I forgot to put this image in the book!

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Winter Yurt - Meat Tray Print

The Winter Yurt

Meat tray print with water colors on handmade paper.

 

 

meat tray print of MCFC Yurt.

 

Since Becky shared some images of the MCFC headquarters in winter, I figured I would take this opportunity to share a recent print I made.

 

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Takin' a Break, But Not Really

 


W
ell, you might have noticed that we've been taking a bit of a break from the website after we finished the camping trip. We're sorry about that but it's for a very good reason. We're finally getting to work on the art for what will be the first MCFC book release, and the first in a series called "Oraculous Tales." Each book in the series will find the gang being transported to a different time and place in history to have an adventure and meet Rhetorical at the age he was then. Here is a sneak peek at the very first illustration that kicks off the first Oraculous Tale called, "Sword of the Ramurai!"

 

 

Rhetorical's cave

 

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The Last Night of Camping

 

sun sets over the pond

 

Our last night of camping was perfect. We had a beautiful sunset, a good fire, a perfectly clear night, and we even convinced Rhetorical to finally tell a scary campfire story (a little too scary for me).

 

 

Rhetorical telling campfire story

 

 

We packed up early the next morning and all piled back into the car to head home. Not far from our campsite we saw this little turtle trying to make his way across the road.

 

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MCFC at broke Arts Fair

Just last weekend we here at MCFC helped organize, and had a table at, broke: Affordable Arts Fair! It was a huge success with hundreds of people coming out to buy art from 50 different artists. The best part about it was that most of the artwork was 50 dollars or under!

Moo-Cow table at broke arts fair

 

Original MCFC art

 

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The Art of the Forbidden City

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Gang runs across forbidden bridge

 

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A Tasty Tour of the Night Market (video)

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MCFC Comics: Behind the Scenes

If you have read any of the Moo-Cow Fan Club Print Editions or visited our comics page then you are probably familiar with the comics I do about the MCFC gang. I thought I would share some of the process of how I create one of those comics. For an example I'll use the Toll Tale comic from the Pioneers edition.

 

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Introducing: Our Fans


T
his blog entry is all about you. You, the Moo-Cow Fan Club fans. MCFC might not be a household name with millions of fans around the world (yet), but the fans we do have are the greatest! You guys never fail to surprise us, and in turn make us extremely happy we do what we do. So, to give you your proper credit we are adding a new section to our site called the MCFC Fan Photo Album. This is where you get your recognition as an MCFC fan. All you have to do is send us a photo (or drawing) of yourself and we'll add you to the photo album.

 

This whole idea was inspired by the great card we recently got from one of our biggest moocowfanclub.com fans, Rebecca S. With her card she included two excellent pictures of herself that we really wanted to share with all of you out there.

 

 

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MCFC Goes To Florida - Part 4

Part 4 - It Ends With A Splash

 

Over all it was a very successful trip, and I think we made a lot of new Moo-Cow fans. Plus, it's good for the gang to work for their living sometimes. Although, I think if we're going to make a living, Becky and I better be the ones who run the table at most shows.

 

The last morning, before we flew home, we all went down to the hotel pool to just take it easy after a couple hard days work. That all went well until F.W. showed off one of his trademark Wicked Wombat Water Whumpin' Cannonballs.

 

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MCFC Goes To Florida - Part 3

Part 3 - Sales Techniques


T
he FPEA conference is huge and we are a small company, so I thought having Moo-Cow, Ramses & F.W. along might help us stand out. Now I'm not so sure it was such a great idea to have them working the table.

Becky talking about the Sock Pharaoh

 

 

 

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MCFC Goes To Florida - Part 1 (A Sketchbook Travels Adventure)

Becky & F.W. at Logan Airport

 

One of the big events of this past summer was our trip to Orlando Florida for the 2007 FPEA (Homeschooler's) conference, and for some "relaxing" vacation time. We brought Moo-Cow, F.W. and Ramses along for the trip , and I used the occasion to bust out the sketchbook and start my "Sketchbook Travels" series. All pictures are done with pen and watercolor pencils.

 

Part 1 - The Fun Begins

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Tools of the Trade


F
or my first blog entry here on the new site, I thought that I should talk about how i'm creating a lot of the illustrations you'll be seeing around here, and the tools I'm using to create them.

 

Any of you out there who are familiar with our print editions will notice that I've been doing something different lately. Well, I've gone all-natural!

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