This blog serves as a behind-the-scenes of all the indie/self-publishing projects currently in-production at Tiki Machine, LLC. Updated twice a week with new artwork and writing. Come back often!

Monday, February 10, 2014

February Discounts!

For the month of February, we've dropped prices on every available Tiki Machine book! Head on over to the website and check it out. Pick up any art books you've missed! Spread the word and share the art love. Plus, you'll be supporting DIY publisher's and artists. Win, win! Thanks for your support!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Grand Opening!!

It's been a little more than a month since our last update. We apologize for the silence and for allowing time to get away from us. An opportunity presented itself to my wife and I (as well as to Tiki Machine as a small business) that we just could not pass up. It's really exciting and a little scary as we are getting way beyond our comfort level and taking a financial risk. But we are so stoked to announce it!

Tiki Machine will be in an actual physical, albeit temporary, location in the form of a Pop Up Shop! That's right, starting today, November 1st and up until December 31st, Tiki Machine will be a part of Community representing indie publishers and DIY creators, adding to the already unique retail experience in Anaheim CA. We will be located directly across from A Little Known Shop at 423 South Brookhurst Street, Anaheim, California 92804 - We will be in the same area where we had the Clash of the Classics book signing event.

Along with our 5 Tiki Machine books, Monster Mythos, Deus Libris, Illustrated Legends of the Old West, Clash of the Classics and The ABC's of Halloween as Imagined by Lucy, we will showcase 15+ other wonderful and self-published books from a load of our hugely talented friends.

Books like the new Muertoons Dia de los Muertos children's book, Paquito y Abuelito, Travis Hanson's Eisner-nominated fantasy epic The Bean and his Adventures for a Lazy Afternoon, Howard Shum's comic anthology Fusillade, Dave Kupczyk's Disturblingly Distorted and Deliriously Demented Rabbits, Patrick Scullin's graphic novel Super Siblings, and various graphic novels/sketchbooks by Matthew Hill.

If that's not enough to get you super jazzed, then this might; Mike Kunkel's The Land of Sokmonster and Timmy & the Moon Piece alongside new comic The SteamWorld Chronicles coming soon! And that's not mentioning all the postcards, prints, buttons and posters that will be available too.

Our goal is to have the Comic Con experience for those who wouldn't normally be there; a little indie bookstore that showcases the amazing DIY attitude and work that might not be available in regular bookstores. We hope you will come on by for a visit and support local artists and shops. Especially during the holiday season. See you there! And please, please, PLEASE! Tell all your friends about us. We will need all our friends and fans support to make this a successful venture, and hopefully and permanent shop. Tiki-thanks!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Little Known Shop

So this past weekend was the 90's Nostalgia Art Show and Craft Event held at the Community in Anaheim. Sponsored by A Little Known Shop, it was a blast! To review, it was held at the same space we had our Clash of the Classics Art Show and Book Signing. It's such a wonderful little community full of artists, crafters, do-it-yourselfers, entrepreneurs and the like who do such a wonderful job of uniting a little community together in good art, good events and good times. We really love the vibe of the Community and look forward to many more great events with them. A special Tiki-congrats goes out to them for such an amazing event! We're glad to have seen Clash of the Classics on the tables as well as see Dave Wagner and Mike Collins's personal 90's illustrations on the wall. Tiki-thanks to everyone for being so rad!

So much so, that A Little Known Shop is now carrying every Tiki Machine book available. Yup, that's right. If you need a copy of Monster Mythos, Deus Libris, Illustrated Legends of the Old West, Clash of the Classics or The ABC's of Halloween as Imagined by Lucy, you can find them there. It's pretty much the only shop in Orange County that has every available book on their shelves. Plus loads of great artwork from local artists and friends. Be sure to check them out and support local shops and artists.

Be aware that Tiki Machine will be participating in Halloween @ Community on Thursday, October 24th from 6 - 10pm. Deb will reading from Lucy's Halloween alphabet adventure and Mike will be manning a table full of our Tiki Machine wares. And both will sign or sketch in every book sold that night. So if you don't already have a copy of the book, then you can pick one up there!

Stay tuned here for more info as the date approaches but right now we are busy prepping for Keen Halloween which is in only two weeks!! Mark your calendars and plan on attending cuz it'll be AWESOME!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

90's Nostalgia Art Show and Craft Event

This weekend, there will be a very fun art show and event held at The Community. It's the same place where we had our Clash of the Classics Art Show and Book Signing. It's a wonderful little cluster of DIY shops and even though the art show isn't a Tiki Machine event, several Tiki Machine contributors will have their personal works on display and for sale. It should be a great time so plan on dropping by! See you there!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Aftermath of the Clash of the Classics Pop Up Gallery and Book Signing

Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone! This weekend was a LOT of fun! With only two weeks to prepare for a last-minute Pop Up Art Show, it was a success. (A big one too in my book!!) I believe around 18-20 artists (out of 47) showed up throughout the weekend to sign books as well as meet in real life with the other artists. It was a great networking opportunity with television animation, 3D feature animation, gaming, comics and children's book illustrators gathered in one area to showcase personal and collaborative art.

And the venue was amazing! Tiki Machine wants to send out a huge Tiki-thanks to Eva, Danielle and Syna for all their help in making the event a success. If anyone finds themselves in Anaheim, please, please, please go check out The Community at 423 Brookhurst. There is a collective of fantastic shops. Support local shops and artists by giving them some of your monies. Trust me, it's totally worth it!

The artists and myself had such a great time and love the space so much, we've already started discussing an event to be held there in December so stay tuned for details... but let's check out the festivities and what happened - Here are some pictures taken by Through the Looking Glass artist and new contributor David Wagner and his fiancee Maria -

Dave Wagner with some of his awesome pop culture prints.

Alice, a Jabberwocky and Dave.

The Princess and the Goblin original painting (Acrylic and Resin on Wood) by Erich Haeger

Contributing Artist Leon Gittens (second from left) with a host of friends.

Mike Collins and Leon bring some glamor to the show....kinda.... 
From left to right:
Muhammad Saleh, Matthew Hill, David Wagner, Tim Beard, Leon Gittens and Mike Collins
David Church is in back.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland artist Barbara Kolberg 

And here are some more pictures taken by The Fisherman and his Wife artist Leon Gittens. Just follow this link to see them.

Again, we'd like to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us! We felt the love: for the art, for the process and for the books. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to doing it again very soon. If you missed the show and are interested in purchasing a book, the Tiki Machine store is linked here.

Have a great week!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Art Show and Book Signing!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

San Diego Comic Con!!

Good Morning! This morning doesn't just start off a new week, but it's Comic Con week! Whoo hoo!! Now, while Tiki Machine won't be officially at San Diego, several of the contributors (and their copies of the collaborative art books) will be.

As will I personally! Yup, Mike Collins with Li'l Lucy in tow will be behind the table this year. I'll be sharing a Small Press Pavilion Table with Patrick Scullin (see below). Due to table space, I'll only have The ABC's of Halloween as Imagined by Lucy, my personal art prints/posters and buttons. If you happen do be making your pilgrimage to nerd-cana, keep your eyeballs peeled for:

Erich HaegerErich Gonzalez/Muertoons - Booth 1802
Sara Jerzykowski & Greg Rankin - Booth 1945
Lesley Vamos/Striped Designs - Small Press N-11
Travis Hanson/Bean Leaf Press - Table E-11
Mark McDonnell - Table I-05
Brianne Drouhard/Girls Drawin' Girls - Booth 5628
Mary Bellamy/Zorilita - N-04
Patrick Scullin/Super Siblings - P-05
Thom Zahler - Booth 2000

If you want an art book, the list above should have their copies (unless they've sold out...).  However, to mark the first ever SDCC trip for Lucy and myself, we will be pre-selling the latest collaborative art book Clash of the Classics. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the books in time for an unveiling at SDCC but I will have one advanced copy to look at.

There will also be a special poster incentive and free shipping if you decide to pre-order the $20 book. What special poster you ask? Well Patrick and I teamed up to do an homage to Dr Horrible's Sing-along Blog by creating a Public Service Announcement by Captain Hammer. Check it out.

We've made 250 of these posters and will have a couple Con Specials where a poster will be a free added bonus to table purchases. Or if you only want the poster, it'll be $5.

Hopefully, we'll see you there! Have a great week!