Wednesday, December 20, 2006


After 6 days in the dark... the Madan household now has POWER!
Ahhhh. I'm just going to sit here for a moment and enjoy the power of light.

Monday, December 18, 2006


Augie and Corrie put on another kick-ass ArtJam this past weekend! Special guest start Ryan Bubnis showed up - I practically stalked the art runner and "JOE" who ran the art table in the back to lock in the purchase of his fine work. It will soon be hanging in my stumpytown studio... (as soon as we have power again). Here is a big THANK YOU to Augie and Corrie for another boost in juice. Check out Augie's blog on the recap, he also has some Flickr links to some awesome pics...

There is Bubnis in the middle and Maija on the right...

Augie and Corrie kickin' butt during the Artist SWAP Round.
(paint 20 minutes, then move to the right)

There is Dave.. I can't tell who is in the middle... and Marcia

Go Shane go! (on the right)

A 3-some: Lawrence, Suzanne and me...

Jody made it up from Portland and Dani made it out for support! Thanks ladies!


Dev and I are SUPER lucky and no trees fell on top our house! Oddly enough, 1.5 trees fell in the only safe OPEN spot - our driveway. ACK. We had to call a guy out and chainsaw them into pieces so we could get out. We still don't have power as of today (I'm takin' a break at work to post this.) Fortunately, my folks got power on Friday - they live in South Seattle - and we've been able to stay with them. Be safe everyone.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Mark your calendars!
Saturday, Dec 16th
8pm-2am @ the 9lb in Georgetown!

Augie and Corrie put together this kickass artfest and it is a definite 'boost-n-creative juice'. For those of you who weren't able to make it out the first time, please try to make it out this weekend. Artist or non-artist, you will have a great time. Try to make it out early, as people were turned away at the door last time due to MAX capacity.
For more info or pics from the past ArtJam, check out Aug's blog!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

ACK! I've been tagged!

Hey Everybody!
Mija tagged me for this Christmas game to get me back into the holiday spirit! I am to list 5 of my favorite Christmas Songs and tag 5 other people to see what they come up with.

SO, Here ya go:
1. Linus & Lucy
(no explaination necessary)
2. The Heat Miser
(I LOVE anything Rankin & Bass)
3. We Three Kings
(I love songs in minor)
4. The Little Drummer Boy
(Another childhood memory is that little sheep getting run over)
5. Holly Jolly Christmas
(How can you not love a snowman with a Banjo. Burl Ives!)

...Hmmmm, who shall I tag....

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Illustration Friday : MASK!

When I saw this week's Illo topic, the first thing that came to mind was 'wouldn't it be high-larious to have Maskatron and a Fembot hangin' out having drinks?' HA! For those of you who know these characters and know what I'm talkin' about, you kick ass. For those of you who don't, have much shame. (uh... er... I'm showing my AGE, aren't I. Yikes.)
(The Six Million Dollar Man & The Bionic Woman)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Hello Again!

I'm not dead!
I am doing well and I am happy to say, I was under anesthesia so I have NO memory of the procedure. My left knee is a little achey...hmmm... I wonder if it fell off the operating table or something. Poor little polyp was ripped from its home and got sent to the lab for a biopsy. Thank you for all the 'get well' wishes, emails and phone calls everybody!

Monday, December 04, 2006


WHEW! What a weekend.

(photo credit: My sister, Kim Yamagiwa! Suzanne is doing the Safety Dance...)

The Phinney Ridge Winter Festival and Craft Fair is now over, and Suzanne and I had an absolute blast. We met a ton of awesome folks. The funniest thing I heard was out of the mouth of a ... maybe 7 year old (?) girl shouting "I LOVE CARBS!" WTF. I sure as hell didn't know what carbs were when I was 7. She said her favorite was crackers. I think Suzanne and I will have to do a show with that theme in mind someday... HILARIOUS. A couple of high-points for me: a mom and her little boy came back to our table because she said he had a question for me. He asked "what is his name?" pointing to one of my characters (how cool is that?) His mom yelled "THAT is your question!? We came all the way down 3 flights of stairs for that?!" It was adorable. Another highpoint, was a woman came by to tell Suzanne and I that a lot of people really enjoyed our show at Fresh Flours and took the time to 'look' at our work. She said she missed the show when it came down, and just wanted to let us know and tell us that. That made my day. Here is a Special THANKS to Dev for helping me build my displays and package stuff, and to my folks my sister Kim and our friends who always find a way to make it out to see us and show their support.

Here is a "SHOUT OUT" to our friend Kristy who gave us this month to have a show @ the Starbucks in Fremont! There won't be an opening reception, but it will be up for the entire month of December. Try to check it out if you happen to be in the area!

And, lastly... I finally go into surgery tomorrow morning to get the polyp dude OUT. If this proceedure goes haywire, and I'm left infertile, my co-worker friend offered to be our baby "oven", so, uh.. at least I got that going for me. Wish me luck.

FYI, I totally fucked something up to the link to my PAINTINGS page so it doesn't work anymore. I'll get that fixed... but I DID update my PLUSH page so there a few new things look at. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Winter Festival & Crafts Fair : Dec 2-3

Mark your calendar!
Suzanne and I have a table at this year's
Phinney Ridge Winter Festival and Crafts Fair
Sat Dec 2- Sun Dec 3, 10m-5pm.
We will be in the RED ROOM, Table 83
We're going to have archival prints, original artworks, holiday cards, magnets, tshirts and more! Drop by and see us if you are in the area!

Monday, November 06, 2006

I LOVE fall colors!

I'm so happy! Our maple trees just turned color and are sooo lovely, I had to take a couple of pics and share them with you.

STUMPTOWN Comic Fest !

Hey Everybody!
Sorry for the delay, but I wanted to post a few pics from this past Stumptown Comic Fest in Porland. It was a lot smaller than I expected, but it was a ton of fun, the turnout was great and we met a lot of cool folks. Thank you to everyone who came by our tables chat with us - here is an xtra SHOUT OUT to Shane, Jordan & Lindsey and Joe & Colleen for all their support!

Aw man, check out little "E" in her damn cute monkey costume!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Mr. Polyp

So, yesterday I found out that a big 'ol polyp/fibroid has made a home in my uterus and needs to be removed (so the vessel will be clean and ready for children!) My doctor told me it is a simple surgery, but it still freaked me out a bit. So, this morning, I drew a 'stumpy' version to help ease my mind... i think it helped. Oddly enough, I'm kinda excited to make a line of Stumpytown polyp items... like a plush polyp pillow and a uterus handbag with polyp coin purse... :-)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

PORTLAND, here we come!

A bunch of us are headin' down to Stumptown Comics Fest is this weekend! This is the first time for us to exhibit here - we were told not to miss this one from a few kickass folks down at A.P.E. earlier this year. If you are in the area, please stop by and visit us! Suzanne & I will be @ table 84, Dev & Augie @ table 85 and Edward & Paul @ 86.
Admission is $5 per day.
Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm

Friday, October 20, 2006

Illustration Friday : GHOST!

Holy crap! I cannot believe this weeks topic - so appropriate for Stumpytown. 'Why?' do you ask? Well, it just so happens I had an recent 'encounter'.
Last Saturday, Dev and I watched Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan, played a couple hours of LEGO StarWars and went to bed just after 3am. It must've been close to 5am when something woke me - I had a sinking feeling that someone was breaking into our house (I've been having this anxiety for the past couple of weeks) I started to open my eyes so I could put my mind at ease that no one was there (as I had done in the past) but this time when my eyes opened I saw a figure at the foot of our bed! A very tall, slender male, with muscular arms, sleeveless shirt, short light hair slightly leaning and looking down at us. I froze.
I couldn't move I couldn't speak and a flood of tingling energy rushed through my body as if I was fallling. I closed my eyes tight and kept repeating to myself "This isn't real, this is NOT real" I opened my eyes and he was gone.

All I could see were the 3 green lights from the tv/vcr on the wall. I looked to my side and Dev was sound asleep. Ahhhhh! My sister said I must've had a flashback of Khan (muscular arms, light hair) Hahaaaa! Still, it was very...creepy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Ed started a few of us on a 1 hour "Speed Painting" exercise a couple times a week (with a given phrase) and boy, it's tough! Here are a few of my stumpy versions:
"An exposed to atomic radiation fakir leaps on an apocalyptic warrior in the fog."

"A Supersonic Shaolin monk decapitates an amphibian on a submarine"

"An ectoplasmic fish assembles a goblin in a lane."
Check out Edward's, Paul's, Gene's and Augie's on the Atomic Lead blog!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wowee wow wow wow

HA! Okay, I know you are thinking, Huh, tomatoes.
But, maybe you'll understand because they were fresh-picked this morning - this gardening business is new to me and Dev, so to have something grow, survive... and be edible... well, I felt it was post worthy. Thanks MOM for the starter plants this summer!

Heeeey... these tomatoes make a decent "Miles" helmet!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Don't Forget TONIGHT!

Things from My Toy Box
Paul Whitehead [metalpig]
Fresh Flours Cafe, Phinney Ridge

Plush You2
Schmancy, downtown Seattle

Its All Wood (if you're in Portland!)
Augie Pagan
Renowned Gallery
6 pm

Illustration Friday : Trouble!

These durn fish aren't going to take it anymore!
Aquaman... you are on your own, buddy.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Illustration Friday : Quiet...

Aw geez... the cloud he's sleeping on looks more like a 'foot', doesn't it...I tried another version of a cloud shaped like an ice cream sandwhich... because I LOVE ice cream sandwhiches...but it looked like crap (not that THIS looks any better) HA. Oh well.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct 6th
Opening Reception, 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Schmancy Gallery and Fancy + Pants
1932 + 1914 Second Ave, Seattle, WA

I've been lucky enough to particpate (100 Plush Artists contributed)
Check out the following LINKS:
Schmancy Toys

PlushYou Flickr Group

NWSource article

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Illustration Friday : Phobia!

I almost did Papaphobia because Fear of the Pope is pretty durn hilarious. But, I kinda felt like painting a garlic instead of the pope for some reason. So here ya go. Alliumphobia- Fear of garlic.
This illo isn't exactly how I imagined it in my head. Its a bit... confusing, but oh well. 'Why the hell does he have a sandwhich?' I don't know. He just does.
Oh, and its a BLT... if you were curious.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Illustration Friday : CHANGE!

"...NOT ENOUGH..."
I had a tough time thinkin' about this week's Illo topic...but last night, one of my favorite scenes of Harryhausen's Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger came to mind - when the queen transformed herself into a seagull to spy on Sinbad...but then ran out of her magic potion to fully change back. HA! Brilliant. Take a walk down memory lane and peek at Harryhausen's trailers HERE.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Monday, August 28, 2006

Illustration Friday : RUN!

"...ACK! Bees!"
I know... I am lame... I'm posting another piece from the FreshFlours show, but it fits the theme of the week. (I still can't figure out how I could make it so the bee will stay oriented in one direction for second hand...rightside up, upside down. BART! help me out here...)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Illustration Friday : Match

" the medic!"

Hey! Illo topic is Match, and luckily I have a couple pieces from our Tastes Like Chicken show to use... hope that isn't too lame. I don't have anything new at the moment...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

More Stumpytown garment ideas...

8-bit chicken was just sent off to Porkchop screenprinters tonight. I'm messing around with a couple more ideas (above) and I'd love ANY feedback you might have for me. ...oh, I AM trying to look into the copyright issues for the chewie. I'm hoping it isn't a big deal because it is an 'interpretation' and I am only getting a few dozen printed. But I still don't want to get sued. ACK.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

New Link : CHICKEN!

Hey All! I've added a link to my "Events" section called CHICKEN!
(I still have yet to take some shots of the plush)
For those of you who weren't able to join us for the opening last Friday, Tastes Like Chicken will be up until the end of Sept.
OH! And mark your calendar - our friend Paul will be having his kickass show @ Fresh Flours in October!

Monday, August 14, 2006

8-bit Chicken

Hey folks... so, it seems like it is time to get some new stumpytown tshirts made and I'd love to get some feedback from y'all. Please leave me a comment if you like this design or if you hate this design. Black shirts or Olive? I'd like to get these ready for either Bumbershoot w/ Bluebottleart or Stumptown Fest!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

A big SHOUT OUT to all our friends and Family!

Thank you everyone for your support in joining Suzanne and I at FreshFlours this past Friday for TASTES LIKE CHICKEN! We had an awesome turn out and got to see a lot of folks we hadn't seen in a very long time. Thanks to Estuko and Kyung for letting us hang our work in their lovely cafe, to Athena for helping me sew stumpytown labels @ 4am and busting out all those chicken buttons for Suzanne and I, to Graig, Leslie and their boys for making the trip all the way down from Vancouver, Canada (so good to see you all!), and to Dev, the best husband in the world, thank you for your constant support, arranging the chickenesque mood music for the show and making sure the wine kept flowing. And last but not least, a big HUG to Suzanne. You did an awesome job, woman. I always love having artshows with you lady. YOU KICK ASS.

I didn't manage to take many pics from the show... I'm hoping to get a few from our friends who managed to snap some up and post them shorly. Thanks all!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Illustration Friday : Clean!

So... we had a small infestation of what I thought were fruit flies in our house this weekend. Turns out they are a type of carpenter ant. ACK! Even worse! A professional 'bug-guy' is coming out to the house tomorrow afternoon so, hopefully he will take care of the problem. So, in the meantime, we keep the vaccum close at hand to suck those little buggers up!

Art Opening: Tastes Like Chicken!

Click the image above to see our Flyer...
Please join Suzanne and I next Friday, August 11th at Fresh Flours
on Phinney Ridge for our art opening 7pm - 9pm.
Hope you all can make it out!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Hey everybody! WHEW! I finally finished my plushes last night for Schmancy's group plush show this fall called PlushYou2. Here's a 'shout out' to Dev for hand-delivering them there for me this afternoon.

I thought I'd share a few images with you!

Look familiar? These little dudes are based off of my Illo Friday painting, "SORRY" They are made of felt and polar fleece and about 9 inches tall.

...and last but not least.... "Lone Cone Without A Home"