Of the many interesting things that happened with respect to self-publishing my book, one of the most surprising was finding a very unexpected market for it: wood carvers.
Apparently caricature is something many wood carvers are interested in, either by actually carving caricatures out of wood or using some of the principals of exaggeration and expression found in caricature art in carving fictional characters and anthropomorphic animals. I have several woodcarver shops that buy books directly from me wholesale to sell in their shops, or at their booths at the many trade shows and conventions dedicated to this art. Last month at the Pittsburgh Cartoon Festival I had someone come up with a copy of my book to get signed, and showed me a carving he had done of a caricature of Hulk Hogan I had done. It was really well done!
One of those shops commissioned me to do a T-shirt design for them, final result above, rough sketch below.
I would never have guessed that would be a market for a caricature book, but it most definitely is!
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