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Well! It's been more than six months since my last journal, saying I was moving to Oregon. Now it's time for an update saying I'm moving back to California. Michelle and I are having a baby! A little pumpkin in October.

Living abroad had always been a temporary arrangement, but I think we're gonna end up cutting it shorter than expected because of the NEW BIG LIFE CHANGE. I am excited and nervous and distracted and hungry, it's been a busy time.

I'm also giving a keynote address next week at LITJAM 2014 in Susanville California, so expect an empassioned speech from me on the subject of Following Your Dreams in a few weeks time!

The other big news is that FAIRY TALES I JUST MADE UP, an awesome collection of Snarky Bedtime Stories For Weirdo Children I've been percolating on for a looooooong time is finally finished, and is coming out JUNE 15th! I'll have some more sample chapters and videos, and even an art contest ready to share with you guys shortly, this book is amazing, the best thing I've ever done, and I am so dang proud to have collaborated with so many fine illustrators, old friends and new, to give the book such an amazing variety. If you like my work, you are strongly encouraged to visit and preorder your copy today.Fairy Tales I Just Made Up Sneek Preview by raisegrate
  • Mood: Neutral
  • Listening to: Rafi
  • Reading: What to Expect When You're Specting
  • Watching: Clone Wars
  • Playing: Ticket to Ride
  • Eating: NOT BAGELS >:(
  • Drinking: My Fav Tea I thought was discontinued!


Ray Friesen
Artist | Professional | Other
United States
I am quite spiffy actually, you'd never have suspected I have a high opinion of myself, but I do.

Current Residence: San Frandiego
Favourite genre of music: Soundtracts
Favourite photographer: Peter Parket
Favourite style of art: Good ones
Operating System: Mac OS X.3
MP3 player of choice: internationalPod
Shell of choice: clam?
Wallpaper of choice: greenish with yellow rectangules
Skin of choice: ...mine
Favourite cartoon character: Tbyrd Fearlessness
Personal Quote: That guy looks like the way that other guy would look if he was that guy. Or possibly not."

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BillyDoubleU Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Came across PP vs NC at the local comic book shop and my boys (4 and 3) absolutely LOVE it. For the 1st time my 3 year old will sit and read with me, but only with PP vs NC. And me and the wife love the humor as well, great work!
raisegrate Oct 8, 2013  Professional Artist
Hey, thank you very much! That's lovely to hear, I'm glad your family is enjoying my work so! There are some free Pirate Penguin comics on my main website,, and some other fun merch. Book two should be coming SOON!
BillyDoubleU Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool, looking forward to it!
I finally picked up some Terry Pratchett books, and all of your art makes so much more sense now! ;) Also my 3-year-old has given Pirate Penguin a promotion to Captain Penguin. You might need to send out an inter-departmental memo.
raisegrate Aug 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Stuff making sense is the best! Welcome to the discworld club! Pirate penguin is only technically an ensign, he doesn't have his own boat, I deal with that in the next book! He commandeers a submarine, and does indeed get a promotion to captain!
Awesome! Maybe my son is psychic?
raisegrate Aug 14, 2013  Professional Artist
Almost definitely.
elephantblue May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bro! Saw your characters on the cover of the Top Shelf Free Comic Book Day sampler! I love Top Shelf's selections, so major kudos for hooking up with them! I hope they're fun to work with.
raisegrate May 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Hey Kit, howzit going! Yeah, been with top shelf for one book and three fcbd's so far, going great. I'm actually on my honeymoon right now, we're on Oahu. What island do you live on?
elephantblue May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, congrats! I'm on Oahu as well! If you and the spouse are gonna be up on the North Shore this week, pop into Polynesian Treasures in Haleiwa Town, that's where I work! I'd love to say hi.

Top Shelf seems like a great company to work for. I only just sent in a submission, but I'm probably not their style. It is so awesome to see things going so hot for you, though!
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