April 9, 2014

Next book coming soon.

Just a quick hello as I am waist deep in stuff over here.

I'm just putting the finishing touches on my next book, which will be available for print and Kindle from Amazon around the third week of April. 

The book is called Motherhood and it's a finessed, expanded and completely redrawn version of my award-winning (totally) blogpost of the same name. This book will have no text, pictures only. And I'm publishing it through my company, Little Animation, just like The LAST Snowman.

Here's the inside title page:

Coming soon...in time for Mother's Day, as a matter of fact.

So yeah, that's what I've been doing. What have you been up to?

April 4, 2014

I will BConnected.

Mostly I draw stories but sometimes I do speaking. I tell the stories that I've drawn and show some animation and stuff. Next weekend, I shall sally forth to do just that at the BConnected Conference in Ottawa.

BConnected is Canada's first social media and networking conference targeting mom and dad bloggers. I'll be talking about creating empathy in blogging to make a human connection. Naturally I'll incorporate some of my playful and poignant parenting stories to illustrate. I'm planning on making it a very fun (and also deeply meaningful) session.

For those of you in or near Ottawa, I'd love to see you at the National Arts Centre - there's some wonderful speakers at the event Saturday and Sunday April 12th - 13th, 2014. I'll be doing my thing on Sunday morning at 10:30.

Please share this and I will be your best friend.

April 1, 2014

The Optimistic Crocus.

Just when you thought winter was going to last forever...

April Fools!

March 31, 2014

Cartoon family!

My friend Stephanie Bonds, artist and owner of Boo Monkey Glassworks & Quilts, asked me to portrait her family, since they have a new baby. I thought it would be fun to do them as if they were an animated TV series.

I'll bet you're wondering why giraffe legs.

Do you think your family would make a fun animated TV series? What interesting character elements would you have? What would be your 'story driver'?

Cartoon family portraits start at $150. All prices are listed here. Contact me JC@littleanimation.com.

March 27, 2014


Nina is thoughtful, funny and fierce.

She's got eyes you could get lost in...

...and long, inky locks.

Upshots are hard; I don't think I completely succeeded with this one. But that's the nature of sketching - you have to embrace imperfection.

Nina and I have never met in person, but we've been following on Twitter since forever.

I was going to toonswag her, but was inpsired to go with sketches on my iPad, using Paper by 53. I used photographs as reference.

Nina blogs at Mommy Memoirs.

March 25, 2014

@LittleAnimation is now The @AnimatedWoman.

When I got on Twitter back in 2010 I was tweeting under my company name, @LittleAnimation. But now the situation has changed: my blog has evolved and I'm The Animated Woman and stuff. So it's time to change my Twitter handle and embrace the branding a little bit.

I wanted  to be @JCLittle, but that name is already taken by a chap in the UK. I asked begged pleaded offered actual money for the handle...

... but he just laughed, dammit.


The next best thing is to become The @AnimatedWoman on Twitter and since I keep that handle in case of Twitter Jail I simply swapped the names. If you followed me as @LittleAnimation nothing will have changed - you'll still be following me under my new handle and I'll still be following you.

I drew a fresh Twitter background just for this new handle dealio. I hope you like it.

Thanks to everyone on Facebook who voted overwhelmingly in favour of my new handle. It was practically unanimous with all but 4 out of 100. I'm keeping @LittleAnimation as an alternate account for a while, to redirect anyone who gets lost. And in case of Twitter Jail.

Please help me spread the word and "Click To Tweet" HERE. I wonder if there'll be any previously unforeseen fallout from this change...?

March 14, 2014


I've been called bossy my whole life. I usually shrugged it off as just another word used by my brothers to try to belittle me. Which it never did. I knew what I wanted and was saying it out loud. Being bossy was a good thing when I was a kid.

Only once did this word bring me down, when I was in my early twenties. One of my girlfriends told me I was "bossy". She hurled the word at me in an argument and it stopped me in my tracks. Afterwards, thoughtful, I went out with a male friend, who happened to be in the military.

"Steve...do you think I'm bossy?" I asked him.

"JC," he said, looking right at me, "You have leadership qualities."

"Ok. So then I am bossy."

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I've been reading some chatter on the Innerwebs around this word lately. Last night, I was putting my son to bed, and we snuggled (yes, he's fourteen and still wants to snuggle sometimes) and mused about life. I decided to ask his opinion.

"Boy....do you think I'm bossy?" I asked him.

He said, "YEAH MOM. You are SO bossy!!"

"What do I say or do that's bossy?"

"Mawwwm! You say, (high-pitched lady voice) "Start your homework, come help with the dishes, clean up your room, eat properly!" GEEZ it's so annoying!"

"Okay. So then I am bossy."

I smiled. I'm alright with this.

What do you think of the word "bossy"?