Newsblog for October 6th, 2021

Hello to all our Breathtaking Believers!


We’re at it again with another newsblog! This week, we wanted to show you more of work behind-the-scenes on our children’s book dummies, other stuff that’s been energizing our creativeness, and a motivational message that will, hopefully, make your day better! We really hope you guys enjoy this week’s newsblog and we can’t wait to continue giving you more of these updates in the weeks to come.


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1) Developing our Christmas Story! -


From the Department of Visual Development


Here’s another sneak peek behind-the-scenes of what we’ve been working on here in the studio. As we’ve been continuing to work on some dummy children’s books that we’ll be shopping around to different publishers, Pixie has been designing a canine character that would make a possible appearance in our Christmas story. These are a bunch of the different designs that Pixie has come up with to possibly use in our story. Basically, we’re trying to design a dog that looks like it could do some damage in the house all while being super cute and silly. What do you guys think? Which dogs looks like the most like a loveable “bull in a china shop”? Please leave a comment and tell us what you think! Over the next few months, we’ll continue to show you glimpses of our work on our other children’s book dummies so please stay tuned to all things Bear & Pixie as we’ll continue to bring you these updates!



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2) A Shell-Shocking Blast from the Past!! –


From the Department of Animated Storytelling


This week, I thought I’d talk about a show that is near and dear to my heart that I believe deserves a lot of love. Eighteen years ago (boy am I old), a seven-year-old boy discovered an awesome story about a group of four brothers who fought for justice, honor, and a whole lot of pizza. I know I’ve talked about the Turtles before, but I can’t help talking more about them from time to time as I am of the honest opinion that the mythology of these terrapin warriors lends itself to a lot of fantastic storytelling. This version of their story, an animated show that ran from 2003 to 2009, is one such example of that top tier level animation and story. Now, don’t get me wrong, the later fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons are not as good in quality as the first four, but they are still decent in quality. If you’re looking at a show that has great characters, stellar voice acting, and a story you want to keep on watching to the end, then this show has it all for you. I would give it a solid 7 out of 10 in overall quality (counting the later seasons into that score). If you’re looking for a great show to watch by yourself, with friends, or with family, this is one that has a lot of spunk and that will entertain. For any self-respecting Turtle fan, this is a definitely must see show as it really takes a lot of inspiration from the original 1984 comic as well! This is the show that introduced me to, and got to me a loyal fan for life of, the four guys in green. If you’re wanting to introduce this to anyone you hope to have love the turtles, this is a surefire way to get them to love them too! Unfortunately, this show has been under a lot of legal red tape for a long time which has prevented the general public from being able to watch the whole show from start to finish. Good news is that you can now finally watch the whole show on Paramount+ if you have an account and the link will be down below! Someday though, I wish that they’d release themed collections like we got for the 1987 show in Blu-Ray for all our other TMNT shows. In the meantime though, we recommend you give this show a shot and watch it for yourselves! [WE ARE NOT SPONSORED BY ANY COMPANY. We are only giving you a genuine, un-sponsored recommendation. Here’s the link below.]



https://www.paramountplus.com/shows/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/


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3) Artist Shout-Out


From the Artist Relations Department


This week, our artist shoutout goes to freelance illustrator Jorge Miguel Jacinto. Jorge is an incredible landscape illustrator whose work delves into creating fantastic fantasy style illustrations with interesting concepts and characters. One of the things that jumps out to us about Jorge’s illustrations is how he tries to tell a story with these same elements in every piece. Jorge’s use of color, design, and atmosphere are impeccable and are truly beautiful to look at. The link to this incredible artist’s Instagram is below. We highly recommend you check both out and give Jorge a follow! [We are not sponsored by Jorge Miguel Jacinto. We are only fans and genuinely wanted to give a shoutout.]


Artist’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jjcanvas_art/


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4) Don’t Get too Comfortable! -


From the Motivational Messages Department


“Step outside your comfort zone because that’s the only way you’re going to grow.” – Madeline Brewer


One of the things I have learned over the course of my life is that, when pushing yourself to learn new skills or to accomplish a goal, you must often push yourself past your current comfort levels to accomplish true progress. This is something I was reminded of as I continue to try and learn how to draw and while Pixie and I have been working towards building our art studio. There are times where we both have really needed to pull longer hours, postpone doing fun things, and push past my limits to go further than I thought possible. Now, this doesn’t mean comfort doesn’t have value, but it does mean that it can hinder your achievement in your life if you prioritize it too much. In my experience, those who are more concerned with being comfortable are ones that are not likely to achieve their goals. For them, their fear of failure, combined with the effort it takes to keep pushing yourself when things become too hard, are what prevents them from finding achievement. One thing I would love to leave you all with is how important it is to continue towards accomplishing your dreams. Trust me, if you don’t try and put in the effort when you can, the time will come when you won’t be able to put in that effort later. Don’t live life in a way that breeds regret. Spend your life driving towards your dreams so that, when you fulfill those dreams, you can now live a life that allows you to have pride in your accomplishments. For a long time in my life, I let my need for comfort and my fear of failure prevent me from experiencing life to the fullest and striving to meet my goals. I can tell you; I will always regret that lost time. Don’t let yourself have lost time. Use every moment you can to push yourself forward.


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5) More Samurai Artistic Goodness -


From the Legendary Illustration Department


For this week’s fanart showcase, I was still looking through a bunch more samurai themed stuff on the internet and came across this piece. When you’re talking about samurai, you can’t go very far without mentioning Samurai Jack that’s for sure! I am not sure who created this piece, one source I could find through Pinterest said that it was possibly created by someone named Sean T Hyde. However, on looking at Sean’s Instagram, I’m not sure if Sean creates the art that is shown there or not. If you anyone knows if Sean really did create it, or if it was created by someone else, please let us know! In any case, this art is super awesome and we wanted to share it and hopefully draw attention to it to benefit the artist who created it. [This is NOT our art. We are only fans and genuinely wanted to give a shoutout to raise attention to this awesome fan art. If you know who created this, please let us know in the comments below.]



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- Bear & Pixie

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