Many of you may have noticed that a few of my recent artwork involved three octopi-looking characters. They are actually creations of my own, and here's a quick description:
ROKUU is a Martian race that is tired of the icy cold red planet and left for the beautiful neighboring blue planet. Upon arriving and finding out that Earth is full of danger and people that will not hesitate to exploit anything news-worthy, the cuddly, six-legged little guys, easily mistaken as octopi, decided to settle down at the bottom of the ocean, blending in among the invertebrates. Still, curiosity of the world above sea level is tempting. From time to time, glimpses of the Rokuus can be captured on land.
I originally created these little guys back in 2008. It's taking me a long time outside of my career in advertising and side-career in illustration to gradually form the characters into shape. As with any self-starter, funding was an issue, so finding a manufacturer that is willing to give my designs the built-quality and small order quantity took time, and mostly luck. Fortunately, I was introduced to my current contact by a good buddy of mine, and the opportunity pretty much fell into my lap. So rather than holding off until I'm done with the storybook that was supposed to be released first, I jumped on to release the first three toy variations. This was a big decision because it's not the best marketing method to have products before having brand. But it was important to me to build a good relationship with the factory that I want to work with from here and on.
So, three characters first. Story will be on the way, I promise.
I'm very happy with the quality of the toys that are now available. The materials look great, feel great, and kids loved holding them when I secretly "launched" the toys at Comic-Con San Diego this year. I hope to share my line of toys with the whole world.
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