Sep 12, 2014

Will Anybody Buy Me?



The weird part of having a book for sale is wondering if anyone in the world will buy it. People question their worth all the time. Am I valued at work? Am I valued at home? Am I valued by friends? I spend a great deal of my time making stupid drawings. I'm still the kid in grammar school who is drawing pictures of the teacher behind their back. Having a book makes me seem so much more credible somehow. Did I need this book to give my value as an artist a needed ego boost? To be honest, maybe so. I seem to be questioning my value lately. So maybe this book arrived at just the right time. Now I have a new worry. What if not many people buy it? Today is a good day to help me out and purchase one. Bookdepository.com or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. And now at Amazon.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

No need to agonize over your contribution to the the world, ya baby. Bought the book as soon as it was available... your unique eye, insightful sense of humor, and far flung adventures have provided many hours of vicarious mock hipster fun. Thanks.

Jennifer McLean said...

It's always so difficult to remember that the people I admire may in fact have just as much trouble seeing their own worth as I do. It's stunning to me that you have moments of feeling nervous that you're not good enough when I look at you and your art and feel a kind of awe. I really try not to ever put people on pedestals. I believe that celebrities are just normal people who want to be actors instead of say garbage collectors or interior designers, lol. BUT, when I see someone who achieves so masterfully, as you do, I have a tiny bit of trouble not kinda being a little... hmmm... impressed? Ok, I said it, I'll endeavor to keep you off that pedestal though. ;o)

erma said...

Your work is terrific. And I have thought so ever since I started looking at your blog. I bought your book a while ago. I knew it would be great, and it is. When having those times of doubt, just remember that you do really wonderful art and there are a lot of us out here who appreciate and love all that you do.

Paint Our Town - British Columbia said...

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Cathy Gomes said...

I received your book in the mail on Friday and haven't put it down since. This is a wonderful beautiful book that you should be so proud of. You have lots of talent and I thank you for sharing and being such a great inspiration to many. Don't ever doubt yourself!

Shari said...

I'm still waiting for Amazon to ship my copy that I pre-ordered in July! Looking forward to it, though.

Adrianne in Portland said...

Yes - what is up with Amazon? I pre-ordered as well and keep getting emails saying that they don't have it yet. Another feud with publishers?

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering where these books are stored before shipment? I asked my library to get a copy and they did. I'm the first one to read it...and it smells weird! Every single page. Perhaps it's the ink or the paper they used? I have never run across this before...thot I'd mention it. It's worth checking into, I think. I'm not sure who they ordered it from. But it absolutely does have a very peculiar smell.

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Anonymous said...

A scratch and sniff art book would be sweet.
Ed Beard

SusanT said...

NYC Urban Sketchers met one Saturday in August at Bryant Park. Afterwards, we took an amazing guest sketcher from Barcelona, across the street to Kinokuniya for a shopping trip. He purched your book there... the last on on the shelf! We all got to peak inside and loved it. We are still waiting for you to come sketch with us... hint, hint.

Toby McGuire said...

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Robin said...

Nice technique. Really useful…thanks for the post…

Bill said...

It would be nice if your publisher could keep up with demand. I ordered from Amazon in August and was told the book would be delivered in October. Now I've received an email from Amazon saying it will be delivered in December. If I go to the publisher's website, they want my email address before they will let me look at their site. I'm just saying that if you are thinking about a second book, think about a second publisher. Still ... love your work.

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Angela C. in Gulf Shores, Alabama said...

Ordered your book from the Book Depository right after it came out - couldn't wait on Amazon. It has a place of honor on my bookshelf, and even my non-artist boyfriend has enjoyed it. You are an inspiration, no need for self doubt!

rocket4rocket said...

I am so happy that I finally bought your book in a comic book store called Gosh in London, UK. I had been a fan since "illustration Friday" ... Not sure if you remember me, I was the girl who had to think before farting --scared of wet ones - while crossing the road.

There is no need to worry about someone buying your book. I bought one for my boss too.

pauline said...

oh, so many people will buy your book Tommy. I did as soon as it was for sale, and I buried myself in it for days. Love every page. And yes, you are valued, and so is your work. Shit, if your work isn't valued, there's no hope for the rest of us. ;-) xx

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Stooryduster said...

Hey, your stuff is great. I started browsing back at posts dated 2007 and ended up here. Don't have any doubts about yourself, doing what you love, for most people is really hard to discover. I went through depression, and I'm pretty good at art and design, but I felt worthless, useless and a waste of space. Logic and reason didn't help. So carry on doing just what you did at school. You didn't realise it, but you had begun in the world of work way back then. It just didn't feel like it. That's the way the world of work should feel for everybody if only employers/accountants would allow it.

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