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Step back in time with an art book that celebrates childhood art from professional artists THEN and NOW!
Step back in time with an art book that celebrates childhood art from professional artists THEN and NOW!
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Art is a passion that starts at a very early age and becomes a life-long practice for those who turn it into a career. It is rare that someone decides to become an artist later in life, let alone make it their professional career.

When we become professionally employed for a company, there is a considerable amount of personal creative freedom we let go of. It's all just part of the gig. That time when our craft was largely selfish and carefree slips away. That time we explored characters and stories, for an audience of one, with no rules or critiques. As professionals, we often miss those days.

It can be difficult, if not impossible, to go back and recreate that feeling. Aside from our jobs, we can stuck in our own adult heads, second guessing, self critiquing, and simply shunning so many fun things. So now, nostalgia is our time machine and this book remembers and pays tribute to those days when we were kids. Before bosses, teachers, and self-criticism. When art was nothing but fun.  

We’ve brought together an incredible collection of artists who have helped us pay homage to the carefree artists that we all started out as. Come with us to revisit some long lost masterpieces from our younger selves and see the incredible reinterpretations by their now older, wiser, and way more skilled creators.  

…Because books are cool! We dig art books and process, and this book is a great record of our artistic journey.  What, when, and why we made it.  Plus, we think this is a fantastic project to share with younger artists who are just begining their own artistic journeys.

  • 136 beautiful full color pages of art!
  • 8 1/2" x 11" with a soft matte cover and rounded corners so no one gets hurt.
  • 30 professional artists supplied art from their childhood "THEN", and re-imagined versions of that art "NOW".  Giggle at their humble beginnings! Marvel at their progression!
  • Each artist has shared insights and anecdotes for each image and the comments are just as interesting and inspiring as the art itself.  A small peek into the artists themselves. 

Just look at all the fine people who contributed to this project!  Many are friends and people we have collaborated with in the past and some are new friends we've made through creating this book.  At least one of them owes Bob five bucks...

Take a look at these samples from the book.  I mean, we got everything! 

A majestic fox!
A majestic fox!

  

Yak attacks!
Yak attacks!

 

Washboard abs and skinny jeans!
Washboard abs and skinny jeans!

 

Precious pups!
Precious pups!

 

Incredibly fancy clothes!
Incredibly fancy clothes!

 

Fat stacks of greenbacks!
Fat stacks of greenbacks!

 

A possessed punkin' head!
A possessed punkin' head!

 

A chatty little mouse!
A chatty little mouse!

 

Plenty of cool dudes in shades!
Plenty of cool dudes in shades!

 

...and don't forget this guy!
...and don't forget this guy!

 

Cover...in all its cover glory - by Adam Hoppus
Cover...in all its cover glory - by Adam Hoppus

 

Cyber Pokes - by Adam Hoppus
Cyber Pokes - by Adam Hoppus

 

Ham Hands - by Bob Rissetto
Ham Hands - by Bob Rissetto

 

Louis the K-9th - by Claire Hummel
Louis the K-9th - by Claire Hummel

 

Shark vs. Woman - by Erin Hunting
Shark vs. Woman - by Erin Hunting

 

Congo vs. Chromdome - by Robb Mommaerts
Congo vs. Chromdome - by Robb Mommaerts

 

Back cover sealing the deal
Back cover sealing the deal

 

We think the book itself is incredible, so printing is our number one goal. We haven’t focused on offering other rewards. We've talked about what might be most feasible and we might consider adding a tier if funding goes better than expected.  Or maybe we plan for that in Volume 2?

That's right - we have already started thinking about "Volume 2" with more artists, more art, and more hilarious trips down memory lane. We LOVE meeting new artists and would be super excited to include more work in the next book. If you're a professional artist with a big pile of old drawings and you like the theme of this project, drop us a message!

Infinite thanks!  

- Bob and Adam

Risks and challenges

We’ve self-published a few books in years past and worked with different printers ranging from good to bad experiences. This can always be a challenge. We've researched a fair number of printers and narrowed it down to one local company. If things go south we'll be sure to explain what's going on. There could be any number of manufacturing delays, but we have been dedicated to this project for more than a year so we're more than motivated to see this through!

- Bob and Adam

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