Lily the Boy Cat: My New Picture Book

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Ahoy there, mer-friends! Today I have something very special to share with you: a picture book that I wrote and illustrated! I am a huge fan of children’s picture books; especially the beautifully illustrated variety! It’s always been a (not-so) secret dream of mine to write and illustrate my own picture books. Well, I’m on my way! I am currently taking a children’s literature class, and we got to create our own picture book, which was so much fun. I wrote my story about my cat Lily, who is actually male. I loved being able to come up with my own story, and I already draw Lily quite a bit anyway (he’s got such an expressive face!) so it was really a treat. The story is based on events that actually happened in Lily’s life, but told through a child’s point of view.

I just finished the book, and I have it as a PDF, so I thought it would be fun to offer it to you, my dear readers, for free! Why? Because I like you! Spoiler alert: there is a pirate and a mermaid in the story!

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Just click this link: Lily the Boy Cat, to view the book as a PDF which you can download.

You can also right click and save the file directly if you’d prefer to do that.

If you download it (which I hope you will), please let me know what you think! It’s short, but I would like to expand it, or maybe even make it into a series. Lily does get into a lot of silly situations after all. I am looking forward to creating more books and zines to share, and I would love to hear any suggestions of what you would like to see in the future. I’m thinking that a tiki zine needs to happen, and maybe a mermaid coloring book? So many possibilities! Anyway, I hope you enjoy Lily the Boy Cat, and I will leave you with a picture of the real Lily, being fluffily lazy as usual.

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Happy Birthday Disneyland

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Disneyland celebrates its 60th birthday today! I whipped up the mermaid tribute above in honor of today… get it, whipped up? If you don’t know about Dole Whip, don’t worry, that post is coming soon! Anyway, the park officially opened its gates on July 17th, 1955. She’s lookin’ pretty good for 60, don’t you think? Disneyland has been and continues to be a huge source of inspiration to me and my artwork, and it even gave me my first job, as a pirate. I love looking through old photos of the park and I have found myself down the rabbit hole of vintage Disneyland memorabilia on eBay and Etsy many times. If you ever feel like losing a large chunk of your life in the best way possible, this Flickr set only has about a kajillion amazing vintage Disneyland photos. I have plenty more links where that came from to be shared in future posts.

In other news, the Atomic Mermaid Shop has finally been reborn from my old Etsy shop. I am in the process of dreaming up some lovely new items. If there’s anything that you would especially like to see, I would love to know! Also, you can now find the Atomic Mermaid on Twitter and Facebook!

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The Atomic Mermaid Says Hello!

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Hello there, and welcome to The Atomic Mermaid! I’m Dee, an artist and library keeper living on the beautiful California coast with my very fluffy cat. The Atomic Mermaid is a place where I will offer an insider’s peek at my work: from the inspiration, to the process, to the finished pieces. I get a kick out of creating my own oddball world, populated with all sorts of interesting characters. It’s a place where mythical creatures (or are they?) and well-meaning monsters can share a milk shake or a Mai Tai.

I would also like to use this space to share some of my interests that pop up often in my artwork. Of course I love mermaids, but I am also very interested in tiki culture, midcentury design, and old Hollywood, especially the classic monsters like my favorite muse, The Bride of Frankenstein. Here on The Atomic Mermaid, you will be able to find all sorts of recommendations for things like movies, books, artists, and swanky spots. I’d even like to slip in a few nifty tiki drink recipes. I hope you’ll come along for the ride, and please be sure to share your own thoughts and recommendations as well! Here’s a little taste of what you might see around here.

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