Archive for the ‘website’ Category



Friday, May 26th, 2017

I’ve been doing some updating on the site. Two months ago, we changed servers from Laughing Squid to some kind of custom thing my teenage son made with Digital Ocean. I don’t know if you’ve notice the difference, but it’s huge. Much quicker, more responsive. We had some email glitches but those are fixed and all seems to be working well.
The only remaining issue is in converting my old illustration galleries to new formats and getting them to work. I’m also going through and finding out-of-date media and trying to convert it to modern stuff. Namely, Flash animations to anything that isn’t Flash. One of my first attempts at animation was in 2004 with the trailer to a little French book I made called Un Mode de Transport. Today I nailed it down using a .FLV file I found in my archive hard drive, and converted it using Adobe Media Encoder. The soundtrack was made using Propellerhead Reason, which was the first electronic music software I played with. Here I sampled my own voice for the first part, and used a bunch of accordion and percussion samples for the second. It’s always nice to use hot-stuff electronic music software to make something sound like it was recorded in a kitchen with pots and pans.

Enjoy.

Un Mode de Transport from Brian Biggs on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Everything Goes On Land cover

It occurred to me with the flurry of Everything Goes announcements last week that I didn’t even have a page in my Book section for Everything Goes. Well that’s been rectified. This page is a central depository for all things Everything Goes and it will be updated, likely quite often, as news and reviews and images appear once the book is out. At some point I may create a mini-site for the series, but for now this page will do.

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I recently discovered that Etsy has a “mini” version that can be posted on one’s own website. Like a webshop. So I relisted some stuff and moved a couple things around and made this page here:

http://mrbiggs.com/miscellany/stuff-for-sale/

Now you can get what you need without having to leave MrBiggs dot com! Just in time for the holidays. (I mean, it’s November 1. I’m sure I’ll hear the first Christmas song sometime this week…)

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Back when Shredderman was first published, in 2004, I got a phone call from Barbara Gross, librarian at Gladwyne Elementary school near Philadelphia. She wanted me to come and give a presentation at her school. This was my first visit to an elementary school to talk about my work, and since then I’ve been to a dozen or more elementary schools, a couple of libraries, an art center, and a university or two showing examples of my work and talking to students about how I make it.
I love these visits, so not too long ago I decided I need to put a page about these visits on my website. If you are a teacher or a librarian, most of the information you’ll need is now online. If you are a student or parent, let your teacher or school librarian know about this page, and tell him or her to get in touch! Any specifics like schedules and fees can be answered via email.

Please feel free to get in touch and ask me any questions.

On a related note, I visited The Nottingham School back on May 14. There is a nice article online today about my visit there. Take a look!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

What you may not know about me is that once upon a time I drew comic books. I know I know. Stop. See, it’s always like that. I’ll be sitting there at a table full of laughter and friends and warmth and we’re talking about funny jobs that we had and someone will say “I made tacos” and someone will say “I was a Green Beret” and someone will say “I used to teach dogs to cry on command for tv” and then it gets to me and I say “I drew some graphic novels” and just like that, ptooie, the conversation goes cold and the evening is done.
It doesn’t matter that it’s not, you know, Batman and Robin kind of stuff that I made — not that there’s anything wrong with that — or weirdo porno comics. Comics is enough.
Things are changing, however. The world is getting used to the idea of comics as a real artform and rather than it being a genre, it’s a medium, like poetry or the novel or the essay. It’s another way to say what it is you gotta say.

So, therefore, I’m coming out of the comics closet today and posting a subsection of my books section, and there I’m showing off that which I wrote and drew from 1991 to about 1999. Currently what’s up there are both published graphic novels as well as photocopied minis. I’ll be putting up the smaller works over the next few weeks, like those two-page pieces that appeared in anthologies and magazines. I also expect to post some process entries, complete with sketches, photo reference and other goodies.

You can find links to the comics section on the sidebar of the books-section pages. As this website redesign progresses, I’ll be putting lots of little linkages in the sidebars to new sections and areas. Comics is the first.

Lastly I’d like to say that I don’t think I’m done with the comics thing yet. I have a few more stories in my head and my notebooks that I don’t think would work as picture books, and aren’t for kids. That’s a few year away still, but you read it here and you can hold me to it.

Monday, February 1st, 2010

new stuff
Today I’d like to introduce you to a completely redesigned MrBiggs dot com. The redesign is obvious on the external side, which is the side that you see. It looks different and hopefully it’s easier to navigate and more interesting to read. The redesign also extends to the internal workings, as I’ve finally dumped the manual updating of html pages and thrown the whole thing into WordPress. I’ve been using WordPress as a blog on my site, what you know as the News page, since 2006. Ever since them I’ve been wanting to wrap it or something like it around the entire workings of my site, but the learning-curve proved to be significantly slower than I imagined. I know, I know, your grandma made a WordPress blog and had it running in twenty minutes. Ok. Mine took a little longer. Leave me alone.

As with all websites, this one isn’t done yet. I have some plans that I haven’t had time to implement yet. Namely I’ll be adding a number of sections to the illustration department and, I hope, creating a searchable database of sorts of hundreds of illustrations. The idea being that if you want to see all the work I’ve done for the New York Times, or all my illustrations of robots, you can do that. It’s not there yet. Furthermore I have a lot of goofy stuff I plan to add to the miscellany page, I’ll be adding a comics section in the books department pretty soon, I’m going to have a section where you can see and maybe buy the screenprints I’ve started making, and I’ll have better categories and general taxonomy of the News pages so that you can find stuff in the archives more easier-like. Because I know that you want to search my archives and read about what I was doing in 2007. I also plan to have several “making-of” areas where I’ll show the process of complete projects, including initial sketches, research, and finished work.

As I add these functions, features, and sections, I’ll post about the additions here on the News page, as well as the new work, events, and general ranting that I’ve always posted. If you follow the News here via RSS or Atom, you might need to re-up your subscription by clicking RSS link. I’m not sure whether the changes carried over.

One of my personal favorite changes is the front home page, which has several background images it randomly cycles through each time you visit. Go ahead, check it out and refresh the page a few times.

So go now and poke around. And if you don’t mind, please let me know if you find any broke stuff or things that look wrong.

Thanks
Brian

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Hey, it looks different here now than it did before.
I changed the “theme” of this news page. I’m hoping to make more changes over the coming weeks. The idea is to make this news section look more like the rest of my website. If you see things move around and change colors, that’s why. If you come across things that just look plain old wrong, send me an email and let me know. Different is good. But wrong is just not right.

Friday, December 19th, 2008

my etsy shop

I’ve been watching everyone I know on Etsy buy yachts and retire at 30, so I figured I should jump on that train. I’ve been convinced to start selling some of this stuff that I do, especially the work I do for myself, as prints and posters. I have plans to have several screenprints made early next year. In the mean time, I am putting up several of my drawings as really nice digital prints on really nice paper.

The store is at http://mrbiggs.etsy.com

As of today there are seven prints for sale. Over the next couple of weeks there will be several more. If you’ve been trying to think of that perfect gift to give weird Aunt Francis, I’m here for you. And I will ship Priority.

Monday, June 9th, 2008

the updated kid stuff

The new Audio section

I’m about to begin a major major overhaul of my website, MrBiggs dot com. I’ll be redesigning the whole thing, and adding a bunch of useful things like a searchable illustration portfolio, a “projects” section that will have thorough explanations and galleries of larger projects where a single portfolio image doesn’t work well, and a less clunky interface. To that end, I spent a few hours this last weekend updating the illustration departments and beginning the process of getting rid of these awful html frames that I built my site on in 1998. A couple of sections, animation and comics, haven’t got there yet. I also added a new section called “noise” in which I get to post the results of my electronic music hobby. Lastly, I’ve added many new works to the illustration and children’s sections including a lot of work I did for The Museum of Modern Art from 2004 – 2006 but never posted (because I’m an idiot).

Importantly also, while this work is going there might occasionally be a glitch where something is temporarily broken. This probably means that I am updating and working on it. So there that is. Enjoy.

Friday, July 6th, 2007

iPhone home page
iPhone biz page

I was shopping at the Apple Store the other day and wanted to see how my site looks on the new iPhone (which I vehemently deny any interest in). Apparently the thing has problems with certain kinds of image tags and doesn’t know what to do with Flash and Javascript either. Absurd! Note that only one bird appears on the main home page image. Ludicrous! I’ll be waiting til v2.0. At least!