August 2, 2014

Free Map

Here's a free island map for your next roleplaying game!
(If you click the photo and save it, it will hopefully be of readable quality. Cheers!)


August 1, 2014

Countdown is on for YukomiCon!


In one week, I will be in Whitehorse, YT for their very first YukomiCon!
I'm quite excited, and have been preparing a few last-minute things for the evening (which, for those who know me, is not surprising.)

Who will be at the booth?
Megan, the Creative Director behind WHP will be in attendance. There is also a possibility of her amazingly talented sister joining her on Friday afternoon from Ontario (before Sister goes to explore the wilds of the Yukon/Alaska.)

What will be at the booth?
There will be a variety of items for purchase, as well as a few freebies at the booth, including:

  • Spindle Cards
  • Spindle Cards - Limited Edition
  • Overland World Maps
  • Overland Country Maps
  • Blank Greeting Cards (9 designs!) 
  • Stickers
  • Buttons
  • Magnets
  • Original Die-cast Lapel Pins
  • Card-readings - have your fortune told using a deck of Spindle Cards!

Wait, you said free stuff?
That's right! I will have a few cool handouts for anyone interested in taking them home, including:

  • The Pantheon from the Land of Kerron (an in-development fantasy RPG roleplay setting for most d20 systems.) 
  • An overland island map
As well, every purchase from WHP gets you a free little gift!

Hopefully I will see you there!

July 30, 2014

Map Commissions Open

Have you ever wanted a custom map for your book/game/project/wall? Well now you can have it!
I've opened up commissions for custom land maps.
To check out the details, you can click on "Map Commissions" at the top of the site, or click here.

Sample "world" map... it's almost finished!

June 17, 2014

Now selling t-shirts!

I am now selling some t-shirt designs through TeePublic. If you are interested in a shirt, you can check out the link! Options so far include a small series of celtic knot tree designs, and some Spindle Cards are likely to follow in the future.

Oak tree sapling sprouting from a celtic knot.

Yes, that's an Eevee made with some celtic knots. Cool, I know.

I have also added a page at the top of site, so you can easily find the t-shirt link!

June 4, 2014

A tale of two huskies

I have been getting questions about the Wild Husky Publications logo, and where it came from. Here's a quick Q&A about it.

What is it?
The logo is an interlocking design of two huskies, hugging each other at the neck. When I started Wild Husky Publications, it was named after one of my huskies. I have shared my home with two Siberian Huskies for several years, and felt it was appropriate.

What does it mean?
The logo is based off the traditional Yin-Yang symbol, representing the dualities of the world. I believe that everything in life requires balance -- a lesson I learned at the first International Druid Camp in the Netherlands and tried to take to heart (though it can be difficult at times.)

Why does the white husky not have an eye?
Only one was given an ear and an eye, which to me represented the physical side of the world, where we need our basic senses. The white husky represents a more spiritual side, and thus does not require these features, since senses are more intuitive. 

Who designed it?
I created the logo after struggling with other designs. I stumbled upon a Yin-Yang symbol of a horse and it acted as a type of "Eureka!" moment.

Can I get it tattooed on myself?
Sure! So long as you send a photo with permission to post it on the Wild Husky website/Facebook/Twitter. I'd love to see it! You can email your photos here. I'm currently looking into the process of trademarking the logo, but am happy to allow tattooed copies of it.

Do you have a question about the logo that wasn't answered here? Shoot Megan an email, message her on the Wild Husky Facebook page, or send her a tweet on Twitter.

May 29, 2014

YukomiCon, here I come!

On a recent work-trip to Whitehorse, I happened to come across a poster for the very first YukomiCon, taking place this August 8-10. I hunted down some of the people in charge, and as of today I have officially sent in my registration for the event.

This is quite exciting, since not only will I have a large booth, but I will be hosting a table where my in-development card game (until recently dubbed Hunt for the Holly Crown) can be play-tested. I will have a special participation prize for those who take part in the play-testing, following a short feedback questionnaire, and an even more-special prize for the winner of any play-test game (limited to the first 20 games.)

So if you weren't planning on going, I suggest you reconsider!

The event is being hosted and organized by the Yukon Comic Culture Society, of which I met a couple of people on my first trip to Whitehorse. A bunch of friendly gamers, I have no doubt that the event is going to be amazing.

More info to come on the event, as I may have one more awesome surprise to announce if things go my way. Until then, check out their website here.

April 30, 2014

Great success at the Calgary Expo

Wild Husky had a great turnout at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo this year. Spindle Cards made their Calgary d├ębut, and overall had a pretty good reception. The free-reading coupons didn't quite get out there as much as hoped, but still had a small impact, bringing in about a dozen exhibitors to have their fortunes read. Hopefully I will see even more next year!

Did you get one of these as an exhibitor? Could you read 
my writing when I wrote S07 on it? Did it look like 507? 

As an added bonus, I had Samantha and Brad there as my volunteer helpers. It definitely makes things easier when you have a little help!

Sami and I hanging out behind the booth. Look at all 
the awesome stuff we had! Brad took the photo.

Overall, it was a great weekend, and inspiring to push me toward getting my next project off the ground. It's currently titled "Hunt for the Holly Crown" but I'm not sure I'm entirely sold on it. It's a card game for 2-4 players, with room for some expansion.

Love the art of Spindle Cards? There's more designs for new decks and games on the way. Just stay tuned, my Wild Husky fans!

April 11, 2014

PawPrint

I've developed a small newsletter that I will be emailing out to any interested people, called PawPrint.

Paw... Print... get it? I'm so witty!

This little publication will give an outline of current news/completed projects, as well as updates on upcoming projects.

I will have paper copies that I will be handing out in Calgary at the Comic & Entertainment Expo, as well as collecting emails from those who are interested in receiving the updates -- right in your very own inbox! If you'd like to subscribe, please email me with the subject "PAWPRINT SUBSCRIBE" and I will add you to the list.

For those heading to Calgary, I will see you in a couple weeks! I will be in booth S07 in Artist Alley, and selling Spindle Cards (Standard and Limited Edition boxes), maps, posters, pins, stickers and my blank note cards. I will also be offering readings using my Spindle Cards! Here's a map so you can keep an eye out for me!

That's me, right next to the post.

Hope to see you there!

March 16, 2014

More stickers!

Just a quick post to show some of the other stickers I have produced. If you're following me on Facebook, chances are you have already seen these.

Also, I'm posting a "Card of the Week" every Sunday, to highlight a single card from one of my card decks (currently only Spindle Cards, but that's 60 weeks to get through!) This album can be found here.

Like these stickers? They'll be available at the 
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo at the end of April.

Have a favourite sticker? Want to see some others? Comment below or email me your thoughts!

March 1, 2014

Stickers everywhere!

When I was young, I had a small obsession with collecting stickers. It seems that love never faded, as I realized I could design and print a few of my own.
As some may know, I had six pins and a plate removed from my leg recently (I broke it last year), which has left me with some time off work, and not much access to outside activities.

Thus, I've been drawing.

It started with my submission to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo annual Artbook, with a theme of "Fantastic Adventures." I really wanted a chance to draw some characters from my Spindle Cards out and about, and settled on a mermaid-themed piece featuring Siren, Imagine and Water. If it is selected (I find out March 3, I hope) I will be sure to post it and let you know.

After that, I found I wanted to draw some cute things -- a small step outside of my normal routine. I felt that if I did well with Spindle Cards at the Calgary Expo this year, I might look at getting some die-cut stickers or lapel pins created. I have gone the pin-route before, and while expensive, I found it to be quite restrictively creative, if that makes any sense at all?

Essentially, designs have to be simple enough to be reproduced by machines, and some require as few as only four solid colours on the design. With this in mind, I set out drawing some of my Spindle Cards as I would like to see them in pin form, using only four colours per design.

First up was actually Siren, after having coloured her for the Artbook submission. Bloom was next, and soon I found myself addicted to the concept. I ended up with just short of a dozen designs, which I scanned and cleaned up, coloured and have sitting on my computer for future use.

But I felt it was a small waste not to do anything with them right now. I therefore chose three of the designs that seemed to suit a round sticker the best, and threw on a solid-colour background for fun. These designs are the ones in this post: Bloom, Diminish (who barely looks like a cartoon compared to the original...) and Rain. I went ahead and ordered these, on top of some stickers featuring the Wild Husky logo, which will be handed out as a free "Thank you for your purchase" gift at the Expo. Now hopefully I will be able to give them away. I'm quite excited to see how they turn out in person, once they arrive. Chances are good I will still be hobbling around the house and resting my foot.

Now to figure out which card to draw next... hmm....
Have a suggestion? Feel free to contact me or message me on Facebook. I enjoy suggestions!

February 22, 2014

Note-cards

I've created a small stock of blank note-cards that feature one of nine different Spindle Cards on the front.
The designs are: Bloom, Fortune, Imagine, Leap, Love, Soar, Spark, Star and Strength.

I got the first batch in the mail yesterday, and I think they look great! I'll be selling them as individual cards at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo at the end of April, as well as in pre-packed bundles of six.
(More below pictures...)





I'm also looking into the possibility of opening an online store somewhere to facilitate online orders of note-cards and Spindle Cards (and other things in the future.) But that's still a little ways off at the moment.

So if you're going to be at the CE&E this year, hunt me down in Artist Alley at S07!
In the meantime, I am toying with the possibility of another note-card give-away on my Facebook page, once things have settled with my Kickstarter campaign. If you're not following me on Facebook, that's just one more reason why you should be!

February 8, 2014

Carry on carrying on!

Spindle Cards on Kickstarter have been going fairly well, with the campaign nearing its first stretch goal.
To help with promotion (since pledges have dropped off quite a bit in the "middle-lull" phase -- or so I've been told it's called) I've put up a "Like & Comment" contest on my Facebook page for some blank note-cards.

Want to enter? Go here to find the original picture!

Overall, I'm very pleased with the progress that has been made on Kickstarter, and welcome any new fans who may be reading here because of it!

Now I just need to scan and finish up the "Battle of the Elements" alternative cards for the Limited Edition deck and we'll be solid.
Until next time! Cheers!

January 27, 2014

Launched!

I've officially launched on Kickstarter for my Spindle Card project!

I'm very excited, nervous, happy and scared, all at the same time! Is that even possible?
Within the first 10 minutes of launch, I had my first two backers of limited edition decks. It's pretty exciting.

Can't wait to see what the next 29 days brings! :)

January 24, 2014

Spindle Cards project submitted to Kickstarter

Despite illness plaguing me for the last couple of days, I'm very excited to say my Spindle Cards have been submitted to Kickstarter. Hopefully next week it will be able to go live.

I'm still a bucket of nerves about the whole experience, but I'm hopeful it will go well. Don't worry, I will post a link once everything goes live.

Here's a quick preview of my potential rewards (these may change if the Project Specialist through Kickstarter determines they're not suitable...)





The "Previews" will be for the extra five element cards 
that belong in the Limited Edition deck.

Wish me luck!

January 14, 2014

A Riddle For You...

Here's a riddle for you!
What do Wolves and Stags have in common?

...
...
Give up?
I don't blame you. It doesn't make much sense to me either, unless you consider them both in the running to rule "The Forest Court."

While still in its very early stages, I'm happy to say that I am working on a card game! It will be an actual poker-sized deck for two people to play against one another. Ideally, I would like to expand this into other animal families (Bears and Cats are two that come to mind) and be a four-player game, but I figured I would start small until I get the rules ironed out.

The basic premise is this: 
"The time has come when all the animal families of the forest come together to determine which will be the reigning Forest Court for the next year.
Each family races to find and place 10 golden apples under the largest oak tree in the forest as an offering to the Great Forest Spirit. The first family to complete its offering is named the Forest Court."

The game involves placing apple cards on the table, defending them, and sabotaging your opponent's stack of apples, all while trying to get to 10 apples first.

Once I get some of the artwork nailed down, and have tested out the rules with a regular deck of cards, I'll make a few more posts about this project. I'm still not even sure what to name it, ha ha! I just wanted my readers to be the first to hear about it.

Be sure to check out and follow my Facebook page for sneak previews of any artwork that comes out.

January 8, 2014

Spindle Card Preview

I made a video!
Ok, so it's a pretty basic video, but I'm pretty proud of it regardless.



The video features a quick view of all the artwork used to create the Spindle Card decks when they go to final print. I'm still waiting to receive my test-deck, after which I will look into starting a Kickstarter project to help fund the final product. It seems like a big undertaking though, so hopefully it works out well!

Please take a quick look at the video. The music is "Prelude No. 3" by Chris Zabriskie. It's less than two minutes, so I promise it won't take up much of your time!

Thanks for watching! More info on the potential Kickstarter project soon.

January 4, 2014

First Decks Ordered

I'm a bundle of nerves after a small mishap with the card boxes earlier this week, but I'm also very happy to say that I have ordered my first decks of Spindle Cards! I got a small test run ordered to make sure I am content with the printing before I order the stock I will be carrying with me for the next little while.

Obviously, this means I have finished drawing all of my Spindle Cards.





Leap and Clarity, as they will be seen in their card form.

Some of the last cards to be drawn were Air and Spirit cards. I found this interesting because Air and Spirit were also a few of my first to be finished! Now I get to wait for the order to come in. Don't worry, I'll be sure to post photos of them once I have them in hand.

January 1, 2014

Calgary Table Location

Two posts in a row! It's like I'm on a roll or something...
Truthfully, it's because yesterday I got an email from the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo with my booth number. Hooray!
You can find me at S07 in Artist Alley.

To help you find me, I've made what I hope is a coherent map.





Yup, that's me, right next to the post.

A reminder too, that I'll be offering Spindle Card readings over the weekend, in either a 3- or 5-card spread. I'm hoping the post next to me will be able to be used to my advantage and give people a place to sit during the reading.

I'm getting excited. Cheers!