Self-publishing Pirate.KittyCat.Toon

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Pirate.KittyCat.Toon™ is finally completed as a book.

It evolved from idea through the images, to the music video, & finally to text.

Not the unusual manner of approach to be sure.

Projects unfold on their own, when given the freedom to do so.

Art is Magic.

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Now what? I have orders for copies & am faced with all the options out there for publishing.

My research into this actually has raised more questions & concerns than I thought possible.

Print on Demand or print on my own & sell it from the back of  my truck?

E-book or hard copy.

Book Shepard or Agent?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll blog about the process of getting a book published, out & sold in this economy.

With the trend towards ‘virtual’ publishing,  what are the pitfalls of signing away first rights to an on-line producer?

Are actual books worth the trouble & effort of producing?

What kind of royalties can be expected; from POD sales, from downloads?

Are there difficulties in maintaining color integrity for artwork when every printer & device reads colors differently?

When one can’t afford an IT attorney, what measures can be taken by the author to protect the product & their rights?

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I invite input from other bloggers on this subject.

Leave comments here or message me & I’ll interview you via email.

Also I’ll ask some of my LinkedIn connections for their info & advice to help encourage anyone who is involved, as I am, in bringing their book to readers, through the exploration of novel ways to print, promote & publish.

I’ve been over-whelmed by the response to my project.

Thank all of you who have expressed your enthusiasm.

It has kept me going.

As my old friend LuRain Penny tells me;

“Don’t just think outside the Box, use it for kindling!”





Taking to the Top :: Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Book!

To the Top!

The Pirate.KittyCat.Toon™ Book is finished!

More later on the joys & trials of self-publishing.

Thanks for your support and encouragement.





LuRain Penny Reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon by Codifyer

LuRain Penny reads Pirate.KittyCat.Toon!™

This is the next step in mounting the book for sale.

Hope you get a chance to look, like & leave a comment.

When Miss Penny first met Indigo Black she wasn’t sure she was going to like him.

Only a short time before, our beloved dog Cody passed from us, leaving an empty hole in our home & our lives.

Indigo hung out on the back porch for months until we noticed.

His loneliness touched my Heart so I invited him in.

Miss Penny was not ready to love another animal. Her feelings for Cody were so profound she was resentful of the cat.

In her own words, “I was skeered of him at first. Teeth like bone needles!”

But he soon won her over with his gentleness, humor & his Love.


Plans are in the works to send Miss Penny into schools & libraries to read Pirate Kitty to kids & share an interactive discussion on kindness & caring.

“We must reach the children if we want to create a Better World. They are the future.”


In Other News:

A percentage of royalties from sales at the Pirate.KittyCat.Toon Store will be donated to The Home For Life Sanctuary in Wisconsin. This wonderful organization takes care of otherwise unadoptable pets & deserves recognition & support.

More about them in the next blog.


Thank you for your encouragement of this project.

Happy Hols!





Pirate. KittyCat.Toon™ is live on Youtube!

I want to thank all those who supported me with kindness, patience & encouragement over the last nine months.

It truly was giving birth.

This project stretched me as an artist, & was inspired by the bravery of my little kitty Indigo.

The plight of black cats in this World has been a tale of woe.

They are the most abused & the last adopted.

My plan is to team with Black Kitty Rescue organizations &  go into schools to educate kids.

One look at Indigo’s mangled foot & they will understand just how brutal humans can be towards defenseless animals.

May it shock them into a life long resolve to treat all Beings with respect & dignity.


Pirate Kitty is the first in a series of picture books & art toons starring Indigo Black, Adventure Cat.

A Hero in each tale with his merry crew as ensemble players.

The possibilities are limitless.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to illustrate work which celebrates courage, friendship & joy.


Hope you look, like & leave a comment on the video.

Your opinions are valuable to help me grow as an artist & are always appreciated.



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Indigo Black :: Star of Pirate.KittyCat.Toon

Indigo Black is the star of Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

He was abused, abandoned & homeless for many years before adopting me after my beloved
Cody passed.
He courted me for several weeks; coming over for dinner, sleeping with me & leaving in the
morning. A Typical male. :-)

Indigo likes to kiss on the lips.

Watching him in his natural element, I discovered why he survived where others wouldn’t.
Though he limps a little from a mangled foot, he is a tenacious hunter.

Smart, courageous & faster than spit.

He fed himself by catching wild bunnies, lizards, & birds. He doesn’t need to forage anymore,
but keeps his chops sharp by stalking the wild cricket.

When I put a collar on him the first time, he threw his arms around my neck & hugged me.
He enjoys sitting outside on his own, always staying in the yard.
He’s never going to be homeless again.
Indigo talks & does so constantly.

His ability to carry on conversations never fails to
make me laugh. We understand each other absolutely.

He is quite the ham, loves having his picture taken & his collection of hats rivals that of my
friend LuRain Penny.
Last Halloween, I bought him a pirate hat.

This picture began the project which has consumed & engaged me for almost a year.
He is the perfect hero.
His resilience, humor & intelligence is a testament of grace under pressure & no grudges held.
In-spite of everything he suffered, this little kitty is the soul of sweetness.

He healed my wounded Heart & inspired me to create by best work.
How lucky can I get?


BTW – read more about my art & Miss LuRain in this interview by Bill Nigh.

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Miss Jean Designs for Pirate KittyCat Toon

My oldest & closest friend Carole, as Miss Jean Designs, made many of the ‘actors’ for Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

Buffy & Juan Lucas Whale are stuffed animals.

Cleo, Star Mermaid, Inky Octopie, Fishin’ Kitty & CrowCat all made out of felt.

Carole studied at Oregon College of Arts & Crafts & The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her theatrical costume experience includes Storefront Theatre & The Portland Opera. She is a gifted artist in many mediums. Embroidery, paper arts & collage, altered books, & glass blowing to name  a few. Carole has won numerous awards for her needle felted creations. Those she’s done for Pirate Kitty are some of the best examples of her expertise.

In her own words:

“Needle felting is very meditative.

Wool roving is a delightful medium to sculpt. It’s simple, light & soft in the hand.

The first time I picked up a felting needle, it was as though I’d been doing it forever.

I haven’t stopped since.

                The wool usually dictates the shape; I let creatures emerge by themselves.

 For Pirate Kitty, I needed to conform to the idea of each character. It’s a different process & taught me a lot. For example, I wired Fishin’ Kitty & CrowCat to make them bendable into different poses for photographs. Inky Octopie was made as a hand puppet so Indigo could ‘fight’ him for the camera. Cleo had to be the most facially expressive.

I’m thrilled with Aza’s ability to manipulate images of my creations to tell the story.

My favorite character from those I did for PK? Star. I have an affinity for Mermaids.”

Carole lives surrounded by tall trees in Oregon, her house full of unique cats.

Working together on Pirate Kitty has been a great experience in combining our two art forms. She’s inventive, extremely knowledgeable & efficient.  From conception to completion, Carole’s been unwavering in her encouragement & inspiration.

Pirate Kitty would not be the same without her. I’m grateful for her faith & friendship.

And thanks for your comments & support.



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The Amazing Story of Best Friend Buffy


My first friend was our Bassett Hound Buffy.

We used to lie outside in the grass, with my head on his back, looking up & dreaming.

Loved him so much, I named my stuffed dog Little Buffy.

Too early I lost them both.

I grew up but never forgot.


30 years later, I found Little Buffy in a Salvation Army Store in my hometown.

One of those tiny miracles that happen all the time.

He’s been with me ever since.

(Indigo likes to sleep with his head on Buffy just like I did.)

 Now he stars as Best Mate to Capt. Black in Pirate.KittyCat.Toon.

 Lost at Sea & needs rescue.

Capt. Black does not hesitate to risk his Life to save his pal.

 True friends do that.

And what is yours returns.



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