So this happened to me (Nikki) this morning... I was at the post office mailing off a bunch of online orders and a box of Mother's Day and Father's Day cards to Juxtapose in Toronto (shout out!) and the lovely lady behind the counter leaned over and whispered, "When are you due?" When I told her that I'm NOT pregnant, she covered by saying that I have a nice "glow." Thanks lady. I guess it's time to start hitting the gym (or Canada Post employees).
Hopefully none of my other comic strips come true... I really don't want your mom to give me herpes and the Easter bunny should not fall victim to autoerotic asphyxiation.
In other news, we've been really busy getting ready for the Fan Expo which comes to Vancouver this weekend! Our office is a total mess while we prepare to get our shit ready. This is about half the stuff we have to bring. Fingers crossed it all fits in the car! If you're attending the show, you'll be able to find us in booth #305. Just follow the sound of laughter.
If you follow us on Facebook or have visited this site within the past couple of weeks, then you may already know that we've been working on making the crew from "The Walking Dead" into Hug and Kiss cartoon animals! It's been super fun to illustrate something a bit different and we're happy to finally debut them to you folks! We've gone and put 20 of the main characters onto magnets and you can find them all in our New Arrivals section. They can be purchased individually or as a complete set! We've also done an 8.5" x 11" print of a few of the main characters (Rick, Carl, Daryl, Carol, Glenn and Michonne) and we've made a print in honour of another one of our favourite shows - Breaking Bad!
If you're in the Vancouver area, you can check out the new Hug and Kiss "The Walking Dead" stuff (along with all our other fabulous merch) at the upcoming Fan Expo! The show is at the Vancouver Convention Centre (the fancy one) over the Easter Long Weekend (April 3-5). Find us in Booth #305.
We have a few other shows in mind that might get cartooned by us real soon! So definitely check back if you're a fan of awesome TV.... which reminds me, you can sign up for our newsletter with the sign up form down below. We really only send out newsletters once a month or so, so we won't get annoying. When we do email you, it'll be with awesome news about contests and sales and new products and stuff. So sign up.
Anyway, back to "The Walking Dead" illustrations...Here are a few of my personal favourites! I especially enjoyed illustrating Rosita as a duckbill platypus and Daryl just HAD to be a moose.
When I'm working, most of my time is spent making cards (like actually making them... doing all the folding and cutting, etc) or I'm getting orders ready to ship out to online customers and stores. I absolutely love it, but when I started working on my booth design for the upcoming Fan Expo Vancouver, I was reminded that first and foremost - I'm an artist! Drawing is one of my favourite things to do, so working on this booth has been SO much fun!
Anyway, tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, so here's this...
A couple of months ago we made a huge step towards our goal of global domination - we signed a deal with a New York publisher who will be manufacturing and selling our cards in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand! That's right, the folks over at Vigo Productions love our line so much they offered to help us take it global! So while we still write and illustrate all our products, we've allowed Vigo to license them for mass production in the USA.
However, all cards sold in Canada are still printed in Canada and creased, cut and folded by hand right here in our own office! So how will you know where your Hug and Kiss card came from? Simple... look at the back! If there's only 1 logo on the back (Hug and Kiss Designs) that means we made it. A Hug and Kiss AND a Vigo logo means our publisher made it. Also, one says made in Canada, the other printed in the USA... So it's pretty clear.
After watching last nights The Walking Dead I was inspired to see what some of the characters would look like as cartoon horses - Hug and Kiss style. So I grabbed my sketchbook and started drawing. (These are just quickly done, so don't judge too harshly.) I'd love to hear what you think, so join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and send me your thoughts! (Links are below) I'm thinking that perhaps I might get around to illustrating the whole Walking Dead crew (and possibly characters from other shows/comics) and get some prints up for sale.... which I should try to do quickly seeing as we're taking part in Vancouver's Fan Expo next month and fans of the show will be in attendance. If you're in the Vancouver area, check out our Events section for more details.
It's alive! Or rather, it's live... or new website went up today and we're so excited! It's been months in the making (not because our web designer is slow, but because we're horribly great at procrastinating) and we're hoping you all dig the changes. In theory everything should be much, much easier to navigate, but should you come across any bugs, please let us know and we'll fire our web guy (just kidding Calvin - you're fucking awesome!) Seriously though, let us know how much you love it and how much you love us.... we got links to our social media down below.
Now let's time travel for a minute here. It was 8 years ago that I first created our company website and I did it all myself. It was a tedious task because it involved me buying a textbook and following it step-by-step to create a site from scratch! Good God, it took forever. But that little site of mine lasted 8 years, so I guess it was worth it. Back then my office was just a small space in the corner of my bedroom (not the luxurious 500 sq/ft office I have today) and Hug and Kiss was just a part-time gig while I worked retail at a store in Vancouver. Now it's a full-time gig while I wrangle a kid, 2 cats and a husband. I liked it better back then. JUST KIDDING! I got a good thing going here.
Anyway, if you're reading this then you probably deserve a thank-you. Thank you for whatever support it is that you've shown us (buying our products, sharing with your friends, or just reading our site for a laugh).
Now for you folks out there with a wholesale account - things have changed and you'll need to be issued a username and password to gain access to the wholesale site (the link is down below). Give me a call or shoot me an email and I'll hook you up.
After 8 years and creasing, cutting, and folding 100,000's of cards by hand - this bad boy has become my uniform. It's okay though, don't worry about me... I'm totally at peace with my sexy new look. Thankfully it's just while I work (though there was a time several months ago where I had to rock it 24/7). Now I just wear it while I work so my tendons stay happy.
While it may only be February, we've already started working on getting our Christmas cards ready! Oye. It's so crazy how Christmas never really ends in the greeting card world. You spend January recovering from Christmas, February thru August is designing and getting stock ready, September thru November is shipping Christmas stock out to stores, then early December is spent filling and shipping online sales. Then Christmas actually comes and goes and it's back to the beginning of the cycle. It's a mad, mad season, but we love it.
For you retailers out there curious about the Alberta Gift Show - nope, we're not going! But we're always free to take your wholesale orders. If you don't already have an account with our fancy new wholesale site, just call or email me and I'll hook you up. Alternatively, Jannex is around to help you too!
It's almost Valentine's Day and if you haven't already ordered your Hug and Kiss Valentine's Day or Love cards, you're running out of time! All orders should be placed today in order for them to be shipped and received in time for the big day. (It's February 14th, FYI).
We have lots of Valentine's Day cards to choose from, and you can also browse our "Love" and "Thinking of You" pages for the perfect card. Or if you're loved one is out of town, perhaps the "Missing You" page! Our cards are perfect for those of you that don't really truly care about Valentine's Day... I mean, cards about hookers and masturbation... that's true Valentine's Day sentiment, right? Heck, even if you are a true romantic and you love celebrating Valentine's Day, who says you can't do so with a little humour?! Swearing is fucking hilarious and super sexy and romantic.
On January 25th we turned 8, so happy fucking birthday to us! We don't know much about the typical 8-year-old, but we're proudly potty-trained, we have our front teeth and we can ride a bike without training wheels.... that's good for 8, right?
This fancy new site of ours has yet to go live, but once it does we'll likely have a belated birthday sale. What better way to celebrate OUR birthday than by giving others a deal on product?! People should be sending US gifts, but whatever. We like that you folks have kept us in business for 8 years...