September 7, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
Yes, you read that subject right.
Back in March, Margaret McGuire and Katie Hatz asked the Internet's cat lovers to send them their cat hair for their Crafting with Cat Hair in-house projects. The entire Quirk office was shocked by the amount of fur that rolled in. We even featured three adorable donors, Buster, Shadow and Fuzz, here on the Quirk blog.
Well, Summer is wrapping up and our supplies of cat hair are running low. So we need you, Quirk fans, to once again brush your feline friends and send us your cat hair. We're specifically looking for more white cat hair. See the sleepy kitten pictured above? Use him as a reference point. Or just look at him. Because he's omgsocutesquee!
Note, that this batch of cat hair is for a TOP SECRET Crafting with Cat Hair project. The first three people to send us their cat hair will get a free advance copy of the craftbook, as well as a copy of The Meowmorphosis (for obvious reasons). Send your packets to...
c/o Margaret & Katie
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Questions? Email me at eric[at]quirkbooks.com. Thanks!
July 20, 2011 • Cats, Dogs
Did you know that we're in the middle of National Rabbit Week? It's true. And I should know, proud owner of a bun that I am. My darling bun, Rory, is featured in Quirk's upcoming craft book, Microcrafts. That's her tail at the end of the book. Squee!
Ahem, but I digress.
According to Petwork, National Rabbit Week is "dedicated to education and the promotion of responsible ownership, as well as showing people what great pets bunnies can be." So in honor of the week that pays tribute to my favorite cute and fluffy animal, I've pooled together a list of my top 10 literary bunnies. From comic books to classic literature, baby books to newspaper strips, these buns adorably appear in all wakes of print. If I missed a favorite of yours, let me know!
Bunnicula: Attempting a Google image search for an actual illustration of Bunnicula is a study in patience. Rabbit owners all over post photos of their bunnies, red eyes blazing from camera flashes, labeled as Bunnicula. A favorite pick of Quirk's own Doogie Horner (he recommends the Celery Stalks at Midnight and the Howliday Inn), it's hard not to love James Howe's vampiric bunny who sucks juice out of veggies with his tiny fangs. "Today, vegetables. Tomorrow... the world!"
Peter Rabbit: Even though the story is over 100 years old, Beatrix Potter's tale of Peter Rabbit and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail continues to sell a fantastic amount of copies. Peter's rebellious nature makes him all the more endearing. Really, who can blame him for going to town in the vegetable garden? As a child, any one of us let loose in a candy store would do the same thing, and maybe that's why we love him so much.
June 28, 2011 • Cats, Video Games
Bonus: You can download this as a desktop wallpaper, here!
The little cat wedged inside a Pop Tart has inspired a number of things, from video games (Nyan Cat iOS) to a custom YouTube slider bar. But perhaps most importantly, its driven a wealth of crafters to create his/her likeness, from scarves to necklaces, plushies to totebags. Below, you'll find my top ten Etsy creations, sparked by the Nyan Cat phenomenon.
June 20, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
When I announced that we wanted fans of Quirk to send us in their cat hair, I wasn't kidding. Crafting with Cat Hair comes out in November, and we're getting ready, practicing our felting skills.
In fact, Katie Hatz and Margaret McGuire have been keeping themselves busy, working with a wealth of kitty fur that's appeared in the Quirk Books mailroom.
What's the source of all the fur? Well, Christina Yendall was the first to send in batches of cat hair from her three beloved kitties, Buster, Shadow and Fuzz.
We like to thank all the little people (and cats) whenever we can, so we're posting photos of these lovely cats here on the blog. Christina and Co., we thank you!
Interested in sending in your cat hair? We're still accepting submissions, and we'll happily post your kitties on here too! Details on Jezebel.
May 11, 2011 • Cats, Fiction
We teamed up with our good friend Justin Lutsky over at Epic Image Entertainment for another fantastic book trailer. You might remember Justin from such book trailers as Night of the Living Trekkies. Watch as he brings poor Gregor Samsa to life.
The video has already found its way to Entertainment Weekly, I Can Haz Cheezburger, Neatorama, Mental Floss, Galley Cat, NY Mag, and Geeks of Doom! Thanks to everyone who has covered it, and to all of you who continue to share it.
Check it out below!