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San Diego Roll-a-Sketches! PLUS: A REQUEST

I had a good time in San Diego the other week! And I also had a good time at the Toronto signing earlier this week! If I saw you in either place, I hope you came away as delighted from the encounter as I did. At both places I had my full-scale mockup Machine of Death, and it was a real eye-catcher — in San Diego specifically, where the aisles are full with people shuffling along waiting for anything at all to catch their eye, it was neat to see people stop, squint at my “Free Death Predictions” sign, look at me quizzically, and actively volunteer to have their death predicted.

Here’s one account from someone in San Diego who’d never heard of the MOD before:

While we were staring at the machine trying to figure out what the hell it was, a bearded man approached from behind the counter and asked us if we would like to give it a shot…

THAT’S ME. I’M “A BEARDED MAN”!

Anyway here are a few of the Roll-a-Sketches I did at the show!

RHINO + TURTLE + MERMAID + TANK:

PIRANHA + PENGUIN:

ELEPHANT + SAILOR:

TURTLE + VADER:

PIRANHA + JELLYFISH + PENGUIN:

That last one was drawn in a copy of my recent book Emperor of the Food Chain! Perhaps you recall SOME MONTHS AGO when that book was released, I made sketched copies available online.

Now that I’ve been doing these sketches in earnest for over a year (last year in San Diego was when I came up with the idea), I’d like to put together a little book collection of just Roll-a-Sketch drawings. I’ve tried to be diligent in photographing the sketches I do at conventions, and back when I drew in all those books last fall, I made sure to photograph every single one.

Unfortunately, I lost the memory card that I used to photograph the book drawings. Tragedy!! But luckily, those drawings are all in your hands now.

So I need your help:

If you have a Roll-a-Sketched book (or multiple books) that you ordered last fall, I would really like it if you could send me a scan or hi-res photograph of the drawing(s).

If you do so before the end of August, I will put your email address on a list and send you a free PDF copy of the complete Roll-a-Sketch book collection once it’s done!

To ensure book-print-level quality, the images you send should be:

If a scan: at least 300dpi. Grayscale is fine. Crisp with no blurry areas.
If a photo: evenly lit, in sharp focus, no lens distortion. Grainy or blurry photos will be unusable. The photos I post here on the blog are the sort of thing I’m looking for: straight-on shots with no shadows. Any camera these days should probably take a high enough resolution picture for my purposes — please don’t re-save it at a lower size.

Email your images to dave at wondermark dot com, subject: “Sketch Rescue”. I’ll write back to let you know if the images work OK.

Thanks for your help with this!! You can send them anytime, but again, if you can send in yours before the end of August, I’ll send you a free PDF of the finished book. To reiterate, I only need copies of the drawings I did in books last fall — I do already have pictures of all the convention sketches. UPDATE: Actually I would like any sketches from 2012′s SPX (in Bethesda) or APE (in San Francisco.) Thank you for your help!

NEXT CHANCE FOR SKETCHES (and other goodies): GEN CON, in Indianapolis! Booth 743!

Roll-a-Sketches! Featuring MANY MERMAIDS

Here are some Roll-a-Sketches from recent shows! It’s funny how the dice work — even though it’s random, often a given element will pop up over and over for a while. Just the nature of chance, I guess! This bunch had a lot of mermaids in it. Saucy mermaids, as you can see!

RHINO + MERMAID:

CACTUS + MERMAID:

BEAR + SHARK + MERMAID + TANK:

MERMAID + HAMBURGER:

And just for good measure, HAMBURGER + GIRAFFE:

If you’ll be at the San Diego Comic-Con this week, come and get your own Roll-a-Sketch from me at booth #1229! (Mnemonic to remember: just think 1-2-3-4. We’re like 10 feet away from #1234.)

I’ll be there the whole time except for Friday morning from 11-12, when Ryan North and I will be signing copies of This Is How You Die at the Hachette booth, just an aisle away at #1116.

Comic-Con will mark the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the invention of the Roll-a-Sketch. I will celebrate it by continuing to populate the strange world that all of these creatures live in. IT IS MY HONOR AND MY DUTY.

Toronto Roll-a-Sketches! And THIS WEEKEND: Maker Faire!

Here are a couple of the many Roll-a-Sketches I did in Toronto last week! Thanks to everyone who came by the table, it was a great reminder of why I do that show every year. Everybody’s so nice and it’s such a neat environment for art and friends!

ICE CREAM + KNIGHT: (click pics for bigger)

OSTRICH + AIRPLANE + CAVEMAN + HELICOPTER:

RHINO + ICE CREAM + CAVEMAN + COWBOY:

CACTUS + TOASTER:

Would you like a Roll-a-Sketch of your very own?? THIS WEEKEND I will be returning to the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo! The show is Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19.

I’ll have a booth in the Bazaar Bizarre section, right next to my old pal Chris Yates (handmade puzzle crafter extraordinaire).

BONUS VIDEOS: The last time I was at Maker Faire, two years ago, I recorded a video journal of the drive up and back! Full of HIGH DRAMA and BURRITOS and THE TERRIFYING SPECTER OF FATIGUE. If you’ve ever wanted to see a lot of me in sunglasses, YOU’RE IN LUCK.

I re-watched these videos tonight and the whole thing seems like just yesterday. But it was TWO YEARS AGO. I don’t even KNOW.

Some Calgary Roll-a-Sketch drawings

Here are a few of the Roll-a-Sketch drawings I did in Calgary over the weekend! First up, PIRANHA + CAVEMAN:

KNIGHT + CACTUS:

INSECT + TURTLE + DOCTOR + GIRAFFE:

And of course, PLATYPUS + SHARK:

If you’re in the Toronto area, I’ll be there for TCAF in two weeks! Come get a unique drawing of your very own, I DARE YA

Emerald City Roll-a-Sketches!

Here is a small sample of the Roll-a-Sketch drawings I did for kind folks at the Emerald City Comicon last week!

I have evolved the system now to the point where I use four different color-coded dice. It’s a ton of fun — it saves me from having to think of something new to draw for each person, because the system of dice rolling determines it for me, and it also saves me from the rut of falling into a few predictable repeated sketches, which is boring. With this method, whenever I get tired of one type of sketch, I simply erase that element from the master list and replace it with something else.

For the uninitiated: Roll-a-Sketch is a thing I do at conventions, where I have a sign with lists of nouns on them: things like kitten, cactus, mermaid, cowboy, and so on. Patrons roll dice to select either two or four elements from the lists, and I draw a sketch hilariously combining the chosen elements!

SOMETHING LIKE THIS (click any picture for bigger):

Other examples include this ELEPHANT + TANK:

DINOSAUR + SHEEP:

ROBOT + ROBOCOP (they were both on the list and I should have figured that the combination would eventually come up):

And of course the traditional ELEPHANT + CACTUS + GIRAFFE + DOCTOR:

Thanks to the patrons who commissioned (and rolled to determine) these sketches! I hope they are gracing your homes in places of honor. And come see me at any show this year for a Roll-a-Sketch of your very own!