What a year, what a fuckin' truly challenging year. One of the most complex and trying years of my life and career. I'm glad some of it is now behind me. But it's amazing what comes out of such a demanding set of life experiences. When life throws you it's worst, you step up and take it on headfirst. And in saying that, I'm probably setting myself up for even more challenges in 2016... but so be it, bring it on, I now know another layer to what I'm capable of.
2016 brings new adventures and new projects. Of everything I am currently undertaking, the one element I am most excited about is that I'm studying again and taking online creative courses. Just a couple weeks ago I realized that I needed to make time in my schedule to study. It's important. Yet I'm already working 50-60 hour weeks... how do I fit in time to learn anything new on top of that and still have time to spend with my kids? But if there's a will, there's a way, and I realized that on many days of the month, I spend hours listening to podcasts and audiobooks while I toil away at what are now, for me, monotonous tasks (casting, laying masks, etc). I realized then that I in fact did have quite a bit of time to set up an iPad around the workshop and watch video tutorials while i work. So be it. It's my latest endeavor: study. I'm looking forward to revealing what this is for, hopefully by the end of 2016, but for now I'm keeping it close to my chest. It's safer that way.
Next up, the Dapper Little Scoundrels. You folks loved the DAMEs and the Bugslot and Denguard set. I have a lot more planned for this world. Some fun shit I can't wait to get my hands into. Expect more exploration, more mechs, more dashingly cute, roguish troublemakers. New artworks, new prints, new figures... lot's of fun new stuff planned for 2016.
The Collection: I'm having a blast recording my new monthly podcast with Mark Brickey of Adventures in Design. This guy's a natural behind the mic and we're taking this time each month to explore the industry from different perspectives. We will be talking with people on all sides of the Toy Design world: designers, collectors, retailers, veterans and novices alike. Exploring the history of Toy Design, it's current state of affairs and offering professional tips wherever we can. We released the announcement interview earlier this month but the first official episode of The Collection will air on January 6th with a talented old buddy of mine, our first guest: Joe Ledbetter. Mark your calendars, first Wednesday of the month, every month, we'll be releasing a new episode of The Collection.
The Blank... The Skullhead Blank was incredibly well received. Great feedback from all around the globe... I must be doing something right. ;) I only have a handful left in the store at the moment but I've got more planned for 2016... think we should attempt a clear version? ;) Then next month we will be releasing v1.1, the Cheeky Monkey. It comes with two sets of hands, one regular, and one rather cheeky set that borrows from both sides of the Atlantic. Charming, isn't he? And there will be much more where that came from.
Travel... Quite a lot of events planned for 2016. International conventions, speaking engagements and a few workshops. UK, Beijing, Manila, Chattanooga, Shanghai, NYCC, and DesigerCon are all in the mix. It's going to be a full year for travel. Can't wait to get out there.
Take $35 off any purchase of $100 or more
As 2015 ends, and another chapter of my life closes, I'm taking this opportunity to clean out my store. As of January 1st any unsold prints left in my store will be removed. I need a fresh start for 2016. I need to tackle new ideas and new designs. So, to help you help me freshen everything up, I'm offering $35 off any purchase of $100 or more now at www.HuckGee.com, today through January 1st, with discount code EAD2015. Go get those prints you've been eyeing. If you don't get them now, they will be gone forever. What am I going to do with them you ask? Not sure exactly but I'm tempted to have a New Years Day bonfire. :) Out with the old, in with the new, burn it to the ground.
And thank you, thank you, thank you...
I wouldn't be where I am today without all of your continued support and admiration. Like I said at the opening of this post, it's been a tough year, an incredibly challenging year, and I wouldn't have made it without the praise, encouragement and feedback I receive from my fans, friends and collectors alike. Thank you. Thank you everyone. Here's to 2016!
Happy New Year!