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Who took My Toast?...and other tales of the firehouse

Posted by Richard Billings on March 15, 2019 at 2:15 PM Comments comments ()

  After months of organizing, weeding out and polishing up, "Who Took My Toast?" is finally out this week on amazon and kindle. It is a compilation of my firefighter/EMT related cartoons spanning over 20 years. Origionally published by 1st Responder News, these are the cream of the crop and include comments and my 911 tribute cartoon. If you somehow find your way here and then to the book, please pass oit on to anyone that you know who may be interested. I had a lot of fun doing it and persevered through two computer crashes and some downright ineptitude working with the Gimp format. The end result is worth it though. It is a fine looking package of a book. Please check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

Inktober 2018

Posted by Richard Billings on November 2, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments ()

  My first year trying Inktober - something artists do on Instagram each October. 31 drawings in 31 days. Quite a challenge but I managed it (with several late nights). So glad that I did this! I learned a lot through my own development and seeing other artists work. I did not follow the "word prompts" that are part of Inktober but I probably will try it next time. Was thrilled to recieve a few comments from Brian Kessinger, one of the great artists that I admire. Response was fantastic from all that saw the work. Many have already been sold or spoken for. The concentration and study each day was a great learning experience for me. I will certainly do this again next year! Thank you all for the love and support!

Melba Blue

Posted by Richard Billings on May 7, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments ()

Well I'm not sure why I'm bothering but apparently it might bring someone to the website.

Melba Blue is finally finished. Much longer than anticipated but the end result looks nice. If you are reading this you can find it on Please leave a review if you get it. Much appreciated.

Moofs - One year later

Posted by Richard Billings on December 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments ()

 Wow! It seems only yesterday that I was immersed in the flurry of activity surrounding Mr. Moofs release. I am getting a few holiday sales this season so far and hoping for more. Still hard at work on Book 2 (which is not a Mr. Moofs title). My skills are coming along but as I should know by now, it is a long process. I recently posted on Facebook a start to finish of one page which had some very favorable comments. Othwise I'm keeping the project close to the vest as they say. More on all this in a few months.

Still moving along

Posted by Richard Billings on March 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments ()

Mr. Moofs has been an up and down journey thus far. Some positives and a few negatives and even a few surprises. I'm at work on book 2 (not a Moofs book) which has been a bit of a struggle. Someday I will learn that I can't force it - things come in time when they are supposed to. Meanwhile I am trying to continually improve my watercolor skills and composition.


Posted by Richard Billings on October 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments ()

Ready at last.

After much work, a few headaches and a lot of patience Mr. Moofs is finally up and running on Amazon.

Print and e book!


Thanks to Amy Gilbert of illuminated pages for the invaluable help. Now the hard work of promotion is upon us. I've learned so much from this. It will all help me with the next one.

Thanks everyone who is watching!

Getting ready for print!

Posted by Richard Billings on June 18, 2013 at 1:50 PM Comments comments ()

Exciting times!

I have been hard at work on revisions for the Mr. Moofs book. When in print it will feature new and improved drawings and much additional content not seen in the origional story. It has all been a lot of fun, though much work. I'd often wondered how authors had the patience to go back over and over their work but now I can see that it is beneficial and sometimes results in a better finish and better ideas. I've recieved lots of support throughout this project - much appreciation to all. If you have found your way to this blog stay tuned and watch for The Tragic Tale of Mr. Moofs picture book coming soon!


The End

Posted by Richard Billings on October 3, 2012 at 12:30 AM Comments comments ()

Last page of Mr. Moofs today. I'm pleased that I accomplished this but quite sad that it is over. I plan to re-do a few pages. After that get it into proper form and start shopping myself around. In the mean time I'll try to create a Reddogart page on Facebook and do a Mr. Moofs contest in which someone will win a personalized Mr. Moofs painting. Finished, yet lots to do. If you are reading this, thanks so much for following Mr. Moofs and the blog. Please keep looking. There is much more to come.


Posted by Richard Billings on August 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments ()

Just finished posting page 21 - Scary Dr. Monroe. It has been a long and enlightening journey with Mr. Moofs. Since March 24 I've been drawing, painting and posting one page each week. One of my dreams of writing and illustrating a book is becoming a reality. It has been a struggle at times but I am so fortunate that my "gift" has been there when crunched for time or after a slow period has bogged me down. A few more pages to go and a surprise at the end for everyone. if you are reading this, thank you so much for looking and being interested in Mr. Moofs.

Page 15 - A change in the air?

Posted by Richard Billings on June 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM Comments comments ()

June 30 and page 15. The story and the art are going well and feedback has been great. I'm still struggling with the watercolor technique that I'm looking for and the Rapiographs are a challenge with each page. This is the turning point in the story. I am curious to see the reaction. It is tough to determine who is following the story - not everyone "likes" or comments but I have been encouraged by reaching a number of people that I do not know. I can see the difference from the early pages to now and I hope to continue to improve and change. One issue is that with all the experimenting, not all the pages have the same "look". I'll need to rectify this if I seek a publisher for sure.