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Interviews and reviews

We released Jack and Joe for the iPad and iPhone, and now we get to reap the fruits of the media blitz that it created! Well, alright, it wasn’t really a blitz. More like a pfffofohhhhhftzzzz…z..zz..whaaateverrr… I guess we had high hopes, but that’s a good thing in the end. The Norwegian version is selling like hot cupcakes in a fire sale where everyone’s super hungry so far, we have had almost 1300 sales in only 10 days. That’s pretty good for a book with no promotion, no marketing department and no fancy publisher behind it. Our budget was about 400 dollars. Time spent: ahmm…let’s not talk about it. It’s been a fun ride so far, and the coolest thing of all, is that we’ve MADE THIS. We actually have a fully working, pretty good (in our humble opinions) app! One that’s on the App Store, sold by Apple! And about 1400 people have downloaded it and had fun with it! That’s incredible! A giant pat on the back to ourselves.

My brother has done a fantastic job coding this app. He had to learn Objective-C from scratch in just 6 months, and then put all of this together. He’s got two kids too, so getting this done and on schedule with this sort of quality has been an amazing achievement. I couldn’t be happier with what he’s done for our book!

So, what’s this about a media blitz? Let me tell you…
So far, we have gotten two AWESOME things:


An A- rating and review from the big-league iLounge.com. We really couldn’t have gotten a better review than what iLounge wrote about us. These are the nicest things they said about us:

“Our top pick in the bunch is Jack and Joe.(…) a two-brother writing, illustration, and programming team that has more combined talent than most of the larger children’s book developers in the App Store.(…) Jack and Joe is a really cute little book that has plenty of art, audio, and fun for the price; it’s certainly worthy of our high recommendation, your attention, and further editions.”


And a super fantastic interview/review with the amazing illustration resource FuelYourIllustration! .This was a really fun and entertaining interview for me, so I hope what I wrote was interesting to their readers too! Check out what Nikki said about “Jack and Joe”:

I loved the illustrations! Bright, colorful, good movement! Very cute and great style for kids. The illustrations were really engaging and I felt the artwork went along perfectly with the story.
The interactions build into the book are fantastic. The hide and seek page was one of my favorite parts! There are also pages you can shake and some where you can pet Jack! In talking to Bard, I learned that in a future version of the story there will be even more interactive pages.
Jack and Joe very much felt like characters that could be on Disney or Nickelodeon – the voices were good too and there was a good pace to the book and the reading.

Many thanks to the wonderful Miss Nikki Jeske and the gracious Mr. Jeremy Horowitz!

POP CLING PAPER PRINTS UP FOR SALE!

If you want to buy some lovely Bardian art for your empty, aching poor-poor walls, then you can now finally buy some RRREALLY great art prints from Pop Cling, all signed and numbered by meself. Oh and I guess I drew them too. They’re only 27.50 and for that price you’re getting one hell of a print. The paper and print quality is beyond this world, I have never seen something this vibrant in a giclee. So head on over there and get yourself a xmas treat for your wall :)Get them here:http://www.popcling.com/shopcontent.asp?type=Hellobard

Woot.com – Viking of Death

Woot - Viking of Death
Buy it right here!
Printed on awesome American Apparel shirts and available in both men’s and women’s sizes! Apparently the guys over at Woot.com’s forum are completely divided about the shirt, which is the usual reaction to my stuff, so that’s nothing new. Though it’s funny how the same remarks seem to go on internet forums. Everything is either gay, emo, goth or a blatant rip-off of some nitwit’s AMAZING ART that he once drew in MS Paint when no one was looking (and forgot to save). Ahhh…i love all of you anonymous internet forum people! You’re beautiful. Anyway, now go buy my shirt if you like it! It’s REALLY cheap until midnight US EST time ^-^

RADIOACTIVE SHIRTS PRESS GALORE

Radioactive ShirtsAs if showing up on Channel V wasn’t enough, now the Radioactive shirts are hitting the magazines around Malaysia. They got nice features in Juice, IF and Star Talk magazine with proper models and everything. Juice magazine did a quick interview with me too, where I ranted about …uh…whatever it is I rant about. Pigs? I tend to rant about those a lot. Check my Flickr for more pics!

RADIOACTIVE’S SPCA PROJECT

I did a t-shirt depicting a Siberian Husky for Malaysian Tee-company Radioactive’s project to raise awareness of animal shelters. It’s a great cause and one that I fully support. They have even garned the support of two major VJs on Channel V (which apparently is a big music channel in Asia)!