2013 was a heck of a year, and a lot happened in the Ted Rechlin: Author/Illustrator world. Now, I will attempt my first ever "Year in Review" deal. Like I said, a lot happened, and I'll do my best to sum it all up.
Last January I was just finishing up the artwork on my latest book, Epsilon: A Yellowstone Wolf Story.
Epsilon was published by Riverbend Publishing. It's a 50+ page educational graphic novel about a pack of wolves in Yellowstone National Park. It is a sort of follow up to my 2011 Yellowstone Book, Silvertip: A Year in the Life of a Yellowstone Grizzly.
SPACE DINOSAURS is a short little vignette style story about dinosaurs getting abducted by aliens. Enough said, right? Go check it out.
In February, I was an invited guest artist at Portland Comic Con, run by the awesome people at Wizard World.
Being in Montana, I don't get to attend many conventions, but Portland isn't a huge trip from here so I hopped on a plane.
The convention was awesome. I got to meet lots of great people, fans and creators alike. In a stroke of great luck, my table was right next to Paul Gulacy's. If you don't know who Paul Gulacy is, climb out from under your rock and check out his work. The man is a true master and a really cool guy.
I also met a guy, at Portland Comic Con, named Ed Anderson. Ed is the CEO of a company called Mongadillo Studios. Mongadillo is a mobile game studio and the publisher of the zombie survival iPhone game, Survivor Z.
In 2013, I was fortunate enough to have two art shows, and a book signing, at the very cool fourOsix, in Helena, MT.
FourOsix is a shop that specializes in "art, music, style, forward thinking & Montana living."
It was a great honor to have my dinosaurs and other creatures on the walls there this year. Big thanks to the owner, Papu, the staff, and everyone who came out to see the shows (sometimes in temperatures under fifteen below!).
FourOsix and I also collaborated on an all new t-shirt, featuring a woolly mammoth! The shirt may not keep you as warm as a woolly mammoth this winter, but you'll at least look cool wearing it.
Possibly the most important thing to happen to me, career wise, was signing with literary agent Bree Ogden, of the D4EO Literary Agency.
For a while I've thought I'd done about as much, risen about as far as I could in my career, on my own. Working on concepts, writing scripts, and doing illustration is tough enough, but when you have to do all that, and worry about submissions, promotion, chasing work, etc, it's a nightmare. Well, now I've got professional representation. Basically, Bree handles the more business-y aspects of my work ( also known as the hard stuff).
Bree and I are working on some really cool stuff that, hopefully, you'll be hearing about soon.
That's about it for 2013, so how a bout a sneak peek at what I'll be up to in 2014? Well, it involves these two:
And this guy:
And these hairy beasts:
Confused? Well, too bad, cause I really can't say too much more about what these images are for, but stay tuned!
Oh yeah, I also started this website in 2013! That's probably noteworthy, huh?