Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Picking Up Chicks


So for the past couple of weeks we’ve had only two lonely hens pecking about the yard. They won’t be lonely for much longer. Yesterday a batch of newly.hatched chicks arrived and now, of course, the Hatke house is buzzing with Chick Mania.

And you gotta admit they are cute.



IN OTHER NEWS: I will be traveling to New Orleans at the end of June for the American Library Association Conference where I will be giving some talks, presentations and interviews. I’ll also have a little booth with art and books. More information about my involvement can be found here and here.

PS: Starting with the sketch of the chicks above, I'm going to be putting little drawings and sketches up on EBAY in hopes of starting a little Spelunkers Fund for the Hatke girls this summer. You can find the Chicks here and the Girls on the Porch sketch here. If you have seen a piece on this blog that you're interested in, drop me a note in the comments or email me: ben (at) hatke (dot) com.

15 comments:

Arkonbey said...

Dang it! Everyone has chickums but me!

Two of my friends have six new chickums each and I'm here with none. (one set is older and are pretty much all leg right now)

Dang. Gotta get me some chickums.

Shayla said...

They are so darn cute. The drawing is stunning!!!

Ben Hatke said...

Six Chickums sounds like a video game.

Shayla, thanks. I like your art!

Kathryn said...

Have you considered Etsy? I've bought some great prints in the form of stationary from an artist on Etsy and love using that site. I know I have some kids here who would be interested in some prints for their room.

Kelly said...

Very cute chickees indeed.
I just saw your book in a Seattle B&N. So darn cool.

Jill said...

I second the etsy idea!

Ben Hatke said...

Yeah, I keep thinking about Etsy. Maybe now is the time. I'm never sure how to do prints, or what bits and bobs I have would make good prints.

Hm.

Oh and thanks for the comment, Kelly! I'm not sure how many B&Ns are carrying Zita. I hope all of them but I'm never sure.

Kathryn said...

Ben - I can point out two artists who successfully use Etsy and one just used trial and error at her local print shop until they got the right formula. As much as I hate that mass marketing can compromise the integrity of the artwork, it is a way to let 'fans' appreciate your work in their homes.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/underthemapletree
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahjanestudios
I know there are more, but these are 2 that I've purchased from recently.

Ben Hatke said...

sigh... Clearly I need to set up a hatke family etsy shop.

Melanie said...

You're appearing with Unshelved! That is going on my list of things to attend at ALA.

Red Herring Jeff said...

The chicks are great!

It does seem like you'd get more "browsing traffic" through etsy, as there are more people there looking for original art than on ebay... and it's not like you can't sell the originals through them (that seems to be what etsy prefers, rather than prints).

I'd meant to comment on your last post too, but time (and deadlines) are running away from me! I can certainly relate to your feelings on unsteady freelance finances, but also on the hopefulness of the future.

Thanks for sharing, as always!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks for chiming in, Jeff. good point about Etsy and browsing traffic. I'd rather sell original stuff than prints for some reason, but maybe I can make prints of a couple key things.

I'm bringing a ton of art to ALA (planning to anyway, we'll see how organized I get). I'll also be bringing Zita books, and Bohemian Highway books and possibly a small Chicken-themed minicomic by Angelica.

After ALA I'll probably set up an etsy shop and make a banner and everything.

And yeah, the freelance life is feast and famine. And I'm overdue for a feast.

Benn Hatke said...

Hi Ben! I'll also point out another great thing about Etsy, the listings stay up for a really long time. While you can list something on ebay for about a week, Etsy listings can stay up for more than month. I forget the actual length of time, but it's much more like having an online store.

Red Herring Jeff said...

I think it's actually more like 4 months, but then it's just 1 click to re-list it.

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