Full color book published by Henry Holt in 2015 collects every dog cartoon drawn up to that point, including both Speed Bump and Parade magazine panels, plus a large pawful of BarkBox illustrations.
Smartly edited by Christy Ottaviano and beautifully designed by April Ward, the book also contains personal stories, fun facts, and a few famous pups.
The Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure Series is about a couple of bird buddies who get themselves into, um, "situations."
The School Library Journal review sums it up nicely:
"This first chapter book series from Coverly, an internationally syndicated cartoonist whose “Speed Bump” cartoons appear in more than 400 newspapers, and the winner of the prestigious Reuben Award for Best Cartoonist, focuses on the travails of a bird named Speed Bump. Speed Bump’s brother is the illustrious Early Bird, the one who always gets the worm. This isn’t Speed Bump’s only problem. He has a hard time waking up, his wings are tiny, his tail feathers are short, and his head is larger than his body. Fortunately, he has a great friend, Slingshot, who knows how to brighten Speed Bump’s days. Together they have a life-changing adventure deep in the nighttime forest. Filled with subtle irony, wordplay, and gentle pokes at life, the text is accompanied by appealingly large, cartoon-style, black-and-white line drawings. VERDICT This story will have students laughing out loud and reluctant readers asking for the sequel."
Picture books I've illustrated, both written by the brilliant Jim Tobin, both edited by the amazing Christy Ottaviano, both published by the nice people at Macmillan.
If you'd like to purchase these, please try your local bookstore first. If you don't have a local bookstore, well, that's a sad thing, so here are some links where these may be purchased online.
Speed Bump Books
There are four collections of Speed Bump panels: A Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks (2000, Andrews McMeel), Cartoons for Idea People (2004, ECW), Just One %$#@ Speed Bump After Another (2005, ECW), and Laughter is the Best Medicine (2014, Sellers). The first three are out of print, but you can still find them at the usual places online or on the not-so-black market.
Do you love dogs? Yeah, me too. And I'm lucky enough to be the primary illustrator for Bark & Co, the cool people who bring you BarkBox.
Purchase Color Prints & Original Art
All my cartoons - both Speed Bump and Parade magazine panels - are available as color prints on heavy card stock for $50.
Original art, if not already sold, is also available for $250. Those are black & white, but a free color print is included.
Just hit the Contact link, let me know what you're after, and I'll put on my mail carrier outfit.
Besides family and friends, my three favorite things in the world might be cartoons, coffee, and beer - and not necessarily in that order, depending on the time of day.
Creating the Java Stout label for Bell's Beer in Kalamazoo was the perfect storm of those three things.
Hell Hath No Fury was also a blast, and there's more news on that front that I'm not at liberty to divulge yet. Check back in the fall of 2017 for an update...