Saturday, June 11, 2016

UPDATED! TWO Copyright infographics by Lili Chin

Artist Lili Chin has created these TWO awesome infographics on copyright. Attn artists --- use these vital tools to help educate fans and to share with your peers.

Lili Chin Infographic #1 -- Copyight Ownership 101

Lili Chin Inforgraphic #2 -- Offering Copyrights to Others

Lili created these graphics in consultation with an IP (intellectual property) attorney. All the info here is verified and current.

Lili is famous for her Doggie Drawings art. See more of her art here on her website:

She has created many info graphics on pet behavior that she supplies as free downloads for dog training and pet rescue. She is beloved for her charity work.. and her charming art. View her free downloadable infographics here:!infographics/c24ef

Lili is also on the front lines of fighting the permissive culture of art theft on the internet. Like many successful indie artists, she has had her art work stolen for unauthorized commercial use by others. She knows first hand how pervasive this threat is... everyone from students to large companies have helped themselves to Lili's art... and she knows how expensive (and exhausting) it is to fight for artist rights.

Respecting artist rights. Protecting artists livelihoods. Supporting the creation of new content. All these things need to happen if we want to continue to enjoy and share art online.

Be part of the solution. Share these infographics. Education is empowerment. (and a big THANK YOU to Lili Chin).

Friday, June 10, 2016

Art has value --- don't just "like"artists. Partner with them.

Online art is not "free" -- it is owned by creators. It's not enough for fans to "like" online art and share it. Fans need to support the artists who post it. Online art gives fans access to art and creators. It's a two way connection ....(art below by C Spike Trotman)... See more of her comic about life as an indie artist here:
These simple truths need to be embraced by those who are enjoying online content. The trick is, how to raise awareness about the injustice of art that is undervalued ... even stolen for commmerical use by third parties .. when the culture of social media is doing so little to prevent it.  (art below by Mark Alison)
Two excellent resources arrived on my radar ... one in anger .. one in hope...


Author Sarah Madison picks apart the arguments of those who want enjoy creative content without supporting it....

Read her rebuttals here in her post "Dear Broke Reader, Your Sense of Entitlement is Killing Me"

She's writing in response to others who were defending so called "pirate" sites. She identifies and dissects the three basic arguments of the pirate allies:

1) "I'm broke and I can't afford to pay for my entertainment"
2) "Creative works should be free -- the purpose of creativity is to tell stories and share them, and there shouldn't be a monetary component to the process."
3) "Writers (artists) already make enough money"

Sarah's replies are thoughtful ... and good tools for other artists who are being ripped off.

PEPPER AND CARROT (Patreon page)

Artist David Revoy takes the educational route...
He has an online comic, Pepper and Carrot. He uses Patreon to connect with his fans and get financial support for the content he provides.
The "philosophy" page of his website explains in text and illustrations why he uses Patreon. He even challenges his followers to help him change the comics industry.
He also provides a link to the Creative Commons website, for more info on use of the attribution license.

Think fans and users don't need to know about license agreements and fair use of content??? Think again. The more we all know about the rights of artists... the better the situation is for everyone.

You can view Revoy's "philosophy" page here:

Take a look at these resources.
Artists have a right to be angry.
Fans have a responsibility to creators. Nurture what you love.

More on art and value:

More on copyright info for artists, with case studies about unauthorized use of art:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Google Doodles -- different doodles celebrate science gals on same day

Google Doodles are international... and on the same day, there may be different doodles appearing in different locations.

For June 9, 2016 -- the US Google Doodle was for birder Phoebe Snetsinger... 

 See more behind the scenes of this animated doodle via this link:

These are some early bird sketches by Google Doodle artist Juliana Chen..

Meanwhile in the UK... the 6.9.16 Google Doodle celebrated the 180th b'day of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson -- the first woman surgeon and doctor in Britain.

For behind the scenes .. and some hard-to-find artist credits.. for previous Google Doodles featured here on the blog.. check out this link:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Fieldwork Fail" Kickstarter project -- case study of 3 phases -- UPDATED 6.12

This post presents an outstanding case study of an artist who 1) followed a passion... 2) combined his art talents with a educational online event... and 3) used social media to build a following for a book project based on the on-line collaboration..... BRILLIANT!!

Science and art are connected. Follow some science pages on Facebook and discover an educational way to find new artists. Art is often the answer to presenting complicated science in an accessible way.

Non-profit Bat Conservation International (BCI) connects conservation science with the general public. The photo posts on the BCI Facebook page offer fantastic reference for bats .. and for creature design. Just one reason why BCI is one of my favorite science-themed pages on Facebook. For Biodiversity Day...they posted this graphic on their Facebook page.
This art charmed me. I loved the shapes of the animal silhouettes and the clever design. When I went to the BCI page to try to learn more about the image used in the post, I was delighted to see they had a link for the source of the image... and this link lead me to an amazing find!

The art is by Jim Jourdane

He's an illustrator, based in France, with 1) ... a passion for the human side of science.

Using the hashtag #fieldworkfail, scientists were using social media to share their most embarrassing incidents in the trenches of field work. Jourdane started following these updates.. and began communicating with the scientists.

Inspired by his conversations with these scientists working in the field..
2) ... Jourdane used his illustration skills to capture the scientists who have had brushes with failure instead of fame. He was also able to obtain more in-depth information from the scientists about their work...and the conservation issues they are studying.

3) He started posting his illustrations on social media... on his blog
...and instagram

Soon, his "Fieldworkfail" illustrations were being featured on sites like Visual News
and Mental Floss

In addition to his website, Jim has a  Fieldwork Fail Facebook page

June 1st is the launch date of his Kickstarter project.... to turn his Fieldwork Fail illustrations into a hard cover book.


This crowdfunded book will feature the illustrations he's posted...

The book will include behind the story information he's learned from the scientists themselves... 

These photos from the Kickstarter project page show the cover of the book...

As well as some of the reward tiers...
You can view.. and PLEDGE.. the  FieldworkFail Kickstarter project via this link:

UPDATE 6.3 -- Kickstarter staff has highlighted Fieldwork Fail as a  "Projects We Love" ... 
UPDATE 6.12 -- KICKSTARTER "Project of the Day" -- highlight on Kickstarter Home Page
Online crowdfunding is a way the internet and fans are teaming up to support artists.

Life as an indie artist is never easy. The unauthorized use of images posted on the internet is a constant threat. Updates and case studies are covered on this frequently updated post:

The good news is that the internet offers a world-wide connection between artists and patrons. Many times.. it is educated fans who alert artists about image theft.

Fans can move the internet culture away from the erroneous concept that online art is "free"...

Online art is protected... it is the property and creation of artists. Let's not just "like" artists. Where would social media be without online images to "like" and share??? Image sharing makes money for the internet corporations. What are we fans doing to protect the artists we love?

Small contributions from many fans ... the price of a lunch or a cup of coffee... can have real impact. Let's value the art we all enjoy and rely on!

Google Doodle for Lotte Reiniger, early animation artist and filmmaker

June 2nd Google Doodle
celebrates 117th birthday of early animation artist Lotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981)
 The doodle art .. and animation sequence.. are by artist Olivia Hyunh

 More of Olivia's work..including some of her previous Google Doodles, can be viewed on her Tumblr page:

This You Tube clips shares the behind the scenes of making the Doodle and the Animation.
Google Doodle official page also has some info on the background and reach of the doodle

Here are other links about Lotte Reiniger....

Your Guide to Behind the Scenes at Stuart Ng Books 6.20.16

Start here to learn how to use this blog..... You are about to explore SNB adventures from my (Amy's) perspective ... Stuart's website links to this blog, but Stuart does NOT write these posts.

For the latest news on Stuart Ng Books, you can follow SNB on Facebook or Twitter. To receive Stuart's email newsletter (with lots of exclusive offers) use this link from the SNB website:
For info on ordering books, and a website chock full of our extensive inventory, start at the homepage for  SNB:

Welcome to the realm of Bride of Bookseller. The posts are all written by me. This blog exists to educate and entertain by sharing resources that can benefit artists.

It takes talent and commitment to thrive as an indie artist. But it also takes balance and fitness. No one talks to artists about this truth: You have to be well enough.. physically.. mentally..emotionally...financially... to get your work done. At the same time, so many artists struggle with chronic conditions that impact their productivity. No wonder artists are stressed. Many posts on the blog here offer possible solutions.... and celebrate the traits all the best artists share: (button below from Alaska Robotics
Scroll down this "Your Guide" post  and you'll discover background on the blog.
Then these three categories of highlighted posts:

1) POSTS THAT GET UPDATED --- Yoga for Artists; Art and Anxiety - Dance Steps and Resources; Copyright Info for Artists

2) Posts of Note -- Maleficent; Martin "Marty" Mouse; Indie Art Fairs; Google Doodle Mystery Artists Revealed; Cecil the Lion; Comic Con 2015; Claire Wendling in California; Science Themed Posts; Activities and Attractions near the SNB Store; Horse of Course; Posts from the Most Active Year

3) a)Other Popular Topics; b) Humorous and Historical Posts


For the origin of the SNB logo, see this post:

Stuart Ng Books is very small business in Torrance, CA. Our niche is books on illustration, animation and comic art. Our wonderful, loyal patrons are artists, students and collectors in these fields.
We started in the genteel era of old school hands-on bookselling, and we've weathered the transition to the Online arena. Our bookstore is mostly mail order.  In addition to our website, we sell books at conventions and book fairs.
I say "our" because SNB started as a 2-person operation. We had a book room in the house for inventory. The dining room table was the packing station for mail orders. I was the voice on the phone, processed orders, and schlepped boxes to the post office. But it's called Stuart Ng Books for a reason. Once the books started earning their way and moved out of house and into their own office space, I'm was ready to segue into BTS (behind-the-scenes) mode.
Stuart is a man on a mission. He is always on the job: in constant search for great books and artists. He is known for discovering treasures during his annual trip to France to attend the festival in Angouleme, Europe's largest comic art convention. He doesn't speak or read French; he selects his inventory strictly for the art. He's the visual one. I'm more verbal. I took some French lessons... so now I can try to talk with people there (and order more than a ham and cheese sandwich at the cafes).
When Stuart launched the business full-time in 1997, we had no idea we would become a world-wide resource for books in our field. When I married Stuart... a LONG time ago.. I had no idea I would also be marrying a small business (we didn't meet in business school.... but that's another story). We have exhibited at San Diego Comic Con for 18 years. Where we find ourselves now, all these years later, is a creative and engaging place to be.
Our patrons seek out Stuart at conventions and online. They buy books from him because his "eye" and expertise are a bonus they value. Part of the fun of Stuart Ng Books is how we get to facilitate connections and inspiration. We get to see the artistic process in action. We steward the passing of cherished books from the reference libraries of artists who are masters in their field into the hands and creative spirit of a next generation. I try to remind us of all this on the days when our "What is the Matrix" question haunts us: Can a little book business survive in the internet age? Stay tuned ....
I started my blog in 2008 as a way to share topics I discussed with friends and patrons who visited us at conventions. I also use the blog to share trips to exhibits and shows we attend that artists might find inspiring.
Reoccurring themes on the blog archive include "Get Inspired"... "Your Science Lesson"... "Your Business Lesson," "Con," "POV shot," "Horse Show," "Book Fair"...
See "FAQ," "Stewardship" and "Legacy Books" for posts about bringing YOU the benefits of a devoted rare bookseller in world where mom and pop bookstores are themselves becoming endangered!

For a complete list of the 117 countries that have visited the blog, check out this Aug 11, 2011 post: "Hello World.." And one final stat -- as of Oct 2014, the blog has tallied over 100,000 all-time page views.

In 2015 I launched a series of posts to share stretches and restorative options for Artists and others whose work demands long hours of sitting. These simple exercises will help undo the strain on back, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. Posts feature stills and video with certified yoga instructor Simone, who gives helpful workshops at the SNB showroom for crew and colleagues. Simone's Facebook page also offers links to online tutorials she finds and recommends:
Here are links for "Yoga for Artists" lessons on the blog:
Introduction -- Art requires Flexibility
Lesson #1 Releases for Shoulders and Upper Back
Lesson #2 - Upper Body Stretches using Chair, Wall and Blocks

I've also started posting links for resources regarding Art and Anxiety (updated 5.19.16 ... includes tips on how to communicate the value of your work!...

Terrific Tumbler post by (gal artist .. just saying :)  C.Spike Trotman has this gem below and other panels explaining steps to success for indie artist life ....

More "art has value" on this post on how to turn a charity request into a paying job ...

Lots here on the blog for artist health -- physical, emotional, financial....
Graphic above by Patternson Clark...

"PSA on Killer Chairs" post on dangers of too much chair time for anyone with a desk job .. and tips to help fight the effects of damage to posture and hand and wrists


This is a post from July 2014 that I frequently update with new links and case studies of Copyright Protection for images posted online! UPDATED 6.20.16. Lots of resources listed here -- and case studies on unauthorized commerical use of artist owned images for profit by others:
Also see blog post from July 20, 2015 with links and video on "next great Copyright act"
And this blog post on Fan Art -- Playground or Minefield. Includes link to video clip of panel on IP. This post is also updated....

Each year, Stuart recharges with travel to France to attend the largest Comics festival in Europe. It's held in the city of Angouleme, about 2 hours from Paris. During this trip, we get to reconnect with artist pals and colleagues.. and I often get to document my side trips to museums and other art reference adventures. You can find these France related posts in the February posts of most years on the blog. Here's link for most recent:

Current favorite posts include the 4 posts I wrote in June 2014 for film "Maleficent" .. with 2 detailed posts on the QandA with director Robert Stromberg and Production Designer Dylan Cole that I attended at Gnomon school.

Here are links for the four June posts on Maleficent --
More Maleficent posts in Sept and Oct for the "Once Upon A Dream" book signing including this re-cap of the event

(LtoR, Dylan Cole, Robert Stromberg, Charles Solomon, Don Hahn at Center Stage Gallery for book signing co-hosted by Stuart Ng Books)

March 3, 2015 post on "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum.
Here's link to LA Times story about the exhibit...
The featured costume for this exhibit was the Maleficent gown from the christening scene.

Internet phenom Marty is the star from Martin "Marty" Mouse facebook page by Photographer Sarah Hunt Her glorious photos of Marty have been featured on Buzzfeed, Cute Overload, etc and bring the charm and comic fun of wee ones to a world-wide audience of over 25,000 + fans.
I'm delighted to escort Marty (in squeeze Marty pillow form -- art designed by Steph Laberis  ) at conventions and on other adventures, documented here on the blog, with links to featured artists and other finds.
Here are the Marty posts
CTNX 2014

Plush art tour pals for 2016
Huggable Koi #10 in France

Plush Art Pals Tour WonderCon

How does art plush happen??? Check out this Kickstarter that surpassed its funding goals and launched its artist/creator to a whole new level  ... 

Your local art fair is a great place to find artists in your own neighborhood. Here in SoCal we have a number of these. I especially enjoy the Patchwork Art Fairs, organized by DearHandmade Life

May 2014 post, also frequently updated, reveals the "mystery artists" behind Google Doodles. This post also includes background info on some of my favorite Google Doodles over the years. March 2016 update has info on annual Google Doodle contest for students K-12th grade.


Image above by Manny Carrasco...
The tragic circumstances with Cecil the lion in 2015 provoked an outpouring of tribute art. I collected some images on this blog post.. as well as articles about conservation efforts.


2015 was Stuart Ng Books 18th year exhibiting at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Seven Posts in all on topics from SNB Booth to Cosplay .. to Marty Mouse SDCC survival guide.. plus lots of links for commentary and photo albums. Start here for topic titles and links:

The Stuart Ng Books - Claire Wendling connection dates back to 2005. That year, Claire was the featured artist at the annual  Angouleme Festival of Bande Dessinee, the largest comics festival in Europe.
Prior to the 2005 festival, Stuart had discovered Wendling's work via her sketchbook of personal drawings "Desk" (first published in France; current edition published by Stuart Ng Books)....

....and her award-winning art for the Bande Dessinee (or BD) series "Les Lumieres des Amalou" (written by Christophe Gibelin).

Inspired to attend the 2005 festival for the chance to see a career retrospective of her work, and perhaps meet the artist, Stuart embarked on his first-ever trip to France. In fact, it was the first time he had ever traveled outside of the US. Stuart does not speak or read French. Fortunately for all of us, Claire and her charming husband and colleague Christian speak fluent  English.
Even from those first meetings in the city cafes, Claire and Stuart spoke a common language of appreciation: for Claire's unique skills; and for Stuart's ability to bring her visionary talent to an ever-expanding US and worldwide community of peers and fans.
In the years that followed, Stuart's annual trips to Angouleme for the festival also included a visit with Claire and Christian... bringing them news and appreciation from her US fans ... and always talk of a hopeful visit by them to the US.
In 2015, on the 10th anniversary of the Claire Wendling-Stuart Ng connection, Claire was able to accept two long-offered invitations that Stuart had conveyed to her from mutual friends. Claire appeared as a special guest at the  Big Wow comics convention in early April. She accepted an honorary doctorate and speaking engagements at the Academy of Art Universtiy in San Francisco in April and May. Photo below shows Claire and Stuart at Claire's table at Big Wow.
Here on the blog are a series of 6 posts with photos and behind the scenes highlights from this long-awaited return of Claire Wendling to her beloved California ... where she worked for Warner Bros Feature Animation in the 1990s.
Claire Wendling at Big Wow Convention (background post)
Claire Wendling -- Highlights from Big Wow and speaking engagement at Academy of Art University
"animal" art show at Gnomon School (Claire attended and met with several of the artists)
Paul Choy photos from Claire Wendling signing at SNB
Behind the Scenes at Wendling signing and CA visit
Claire Wendling sketching at Big Wow, link to video by John Fleskes


YOUR SCIENCE LESSON.. (Aug 27, 2009) video clip from Musee Curie


(another fun SCIENCE LESSON post -- CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION LIBRARY (in PA) and MUSEE CURIE (in Paris) post from Aug 21, 2009)


If you want to visit the SNB showroom -- and your family or S.O. (significant other) wants something to do besides look at books -- here are some links to local attractions:

From SEPT POST 9/5/11: Two "Family Fun" posts about Wilson  Park. See pics of the ballparks, tree house, and more ... also a paved walking trail that's mostly shaded and about a mile long. (As of 10/15, duck pond in pic below fenced and drained due to drought). Still there are lots of amenities.. and if you bring a bag of unsalted peanuts.. chances are you'll make friends with some squirrels!

Here's link to Yelp review of the park.

There are activites for all ages in and around Torrance... so if you want to browse our showroom for awhile and your family doesn't... you can all come to Torrance and do different things! We are minutes away from shops and AMC movies at Del Amo Fashion Mall  A miles north will get you to the South Coast Botanic Garden ..... and we're also close to the Lomita Train Museum

On Saturdays, Wilson Park is home to the Torrance Farmer's Market -- great produce and food booths. Wilson Park is also home to the Southern California Live Steamers Minature Railroad  Ride the trains at the Park every 3rd Saturday!

Even more culture just minutes from our showroom -- The International Printing Museum. This tiny gem hosts an annual printers fair ( -- as well as a Dickens festival (post nov 29, 2010 ) a Ben Franklin b'day celebration (post Jan 6, 2012, and a founding fathers independence day event in July. Check their website for calendar of upcoming presentations:


Why is Stuart Ng Books located in Torrance? One reasons is the proximity to HORSES!!

No, I don't have a horse -- but just a few miles from us is the rural enclave of  Palos Verdes (PV)  -- a thriving equestrian community -- with miles of trails -- lots of riding stables -- all located right on the coast with ideal weather. If you want to sketch horses and equestrian life in a mild, shaded climate there are a number of public parks in PV with rings that riders use to train their horses as well as the various public and private stables in the area. Here are links for two of the public parks:
Ernie Howlett Park (site for annual charity horse show)
Dapplegray Park, Rolling Hills Estates

Every September, a nationally ranked charity horse show, The Portuguese Bend National Horse Show, is held in PV.

Five posts on 2015 horse show... including this one featuring background on artist Terryl Whitlatch (her new book highlighted in the horse show program)

This horse show is a family friendly event with TONS of amenities. -- and an outstanding sketching opportunity for artists. There is a large, shaded, grassy knoll where you can sit for hours and sketch. You can also get quite close to the horses and riders if you want. While many equestrian events in PV are FREE to attend, there is a nominal admission charge for the charity horse show on Sat  & Sun -- because all proceeds for this event are a fundraiser. Admission to the charity show is free on Fridays. The show runs fri - sun on the 1st weekend in Sept.
"HORSE SHOW 2011 - PREVIEWS AND PICS FROM PREVIOUS SHOWS" post from 9-6-11 has some of my favorite action shots of horses and gives you a flavor of this very special event.

The show has been held for almost 60 years by the non-profit PCCH (Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital), an organization that raises money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles. More on PCCH here:

For more info on the annual Portuguese Bend National Horse Show -- including date for this year's show and schedule of activities, check out this link to show webpage:

One of the most popular posts on the blog concerns artist Norman Thelwell.

other Equine artists I've highlighted
George Ford Morris
CW Anderson
Post on Horse reference and scale models (including Breyer horses)
Jo Taylor and Lucy Kemp-Welch


 and THE BLACK STALLION (Oct 2010)

2011 was the most active year on the blog. Here are links for some of the most frequently visited posts:

(includes posts on REGIS LOISEL

TERRYL WHITLATCH (This post updated 6/14; added you tube interview with her from Academy of Art University)


ANIMAL ANTICS.... SNB publication of Pres Romanillos sketchbook previewed here on the blog.

A set of three  "FAMILY FUN" POSTS ON ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW (oct 30th 2011)


ART OF ANIMALS (Aug 2010) exhibit at Forest Lawn in Glendale with links to more images from amazing artwork at this show!


Dream Con is an annual Book Fair for and by the DreamWorks Animation artists. They get to showcase some of their personal projects -- self-published sketchbooks, photography, original art etc. It's held on the DreamWorks animation campus and SNB is the only outside vendor. We are lucky to be invited there every year, as they kindly consider our booth a "perk" they are providing their artists. Always a great day with fun folks at a beautiful setting. Here are links:


"GET INSPIRED - Printers Fair 2014"
also 2015 post


Want to sketch bones??? Check out these three posts on the LA County Museum of Natural History and the Sept 2011 opening of the new Dino Hall:  Link for LA County Museum of Natural History

SNB experiments (like our booth at a Twilight convention Oct 2010.  ); Scenes from our bookscouting trips (Aug 2009 is a good one ); Even a post on the time someone shipped us a book in a used pizza box (Aug 2008 post  . For posts written back when I was "the voice" on the phone at SNB and at the order desk full-time, search "Daily Brew" (2008 - 2010). All this and more lurks here on the blog for you to discover..

Some blog posts highlight the directions that SNB takes me (but not necessarily Stuart)... search the archive posts to find Hoops and Yoyo; Twilight;
Ready for a dance break? Enjoy this music video of band Ok Go w/ agility dogs!
Here's the link for the MSBNC show that featured Stuart: AUGUST 2010 posts additional pics and info on SNB on MSNBC...

FYI notices: 1) Stuart's last name, "Ng", is pronounced like the suffix "ing" in "drawing" or "Wendling." 2) you can email comments or questions directly to me at seahorse310(at) Aloha and thanks for visiting.