Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Surf’s up - and what the heck are F.R.E.D. facts?

Helloooooo from the ridonkulously awesome planet Waalio!

This week the GHD crew is soaking up the sun and learning to surf. A five-legged alien named Zooktar is teaching us some way-cool surfing moves. Well, she’s trying to teach us. We’re pretty awful. But it’s super fun falling off our boards into the clear green water! Humphree looks especially goofy trying to surf. The big Bronkle is having a tough time staying upright, but I give the dude credit — he keeps on trying!

So this week on the blog I’ve got some coolio stuff for you. I convinced the GHD book people to give me some more art that didn’t make the print version of Book One (Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway) that comes out in bookstores May 5.

The print book features lots of awesome artwork that isn’t in the online version of the book, including something called F.R.E.D. facts. They’re basically fun little information nuggets, brought to you by the best robot ever.

Well, guess what? I’ve got some extra F.R.E.D. facts for you! Check these out:

Galatic Hot Dogs FRED fact - MWWF ArenaGalatic Hot Dogs FRED fact - mutant worms

Obviously these would have appeared in the mutant worm wrestling chapters. I guess Dags and Humphree were lucky not to turn into mutant worm food, huh? And who would ever eat a mutant worm tail on purpose?! GROSS!

See ya later,

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jeff Kinney gets psyched about Galactic Hot Dogs!

Hey you guys! Do you know who Jeff Kinney is? You probably do. He’s the author of the best-selling Wimpy Kid books and the creator of Poptropica. Did you know that the original Wimpy Kid book was actually first published on Funbrain.com, the online home of Galactic Hot Dogs Book One (and on 4/6, Book Two)? If you go to the Funbrain homepage, you’ll see both books there under “Books and Comics!”

Jeff is also about to be a bookseller, too — he’s opening a way-cool bookstore in May called An Unlikely Story. It’ll be in Plainville, Massachusetts. If you live anywhere near there, you should go check it out!

Anyway, the Galactic Hot Dogs book crew are obviously big fans of Jeff, so they made sure to send him a special GHD care package. He sent us a fun picture when he got it. I think he’s kinda psyched about the book!

Jeff Kinney and Galactic Hot Dogs

I hope you like my book as much as I like Galactic Hot Dogs Island on Poptropica, Jeff! Oh, and those Wimpy Kid books aren’t so bad, either. ;-)

And you guys, if you haven’t yet, definitely check out Jeff’s Wimpy Kid website for lots of cool stuff. It’s awesomesauce!

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Part two of my interview with GHD illustrator, Nichole!

The Galactic Hot Dogs creative team!
Hey everyone! Today I’ve got the second part of my interview with one of my way-cool book illustrators, Nichole Kelley! Last time we discovered that Nichole used to design video games, digs tomato-related stuff on her hot dogs, and wanted to be an astronaut when she was little. What else does Nichole have to tell us, hmmmm?

ME: So, Nichole, tell us a little more about what you did before being an awesome GHD illustrator.

NICHOLE: Before Galactic Hot Dogs, I worked in video games — mostly web games (including Facebook), but I have also worked on a console game and iOS games. But you know, working on Galactic Hot Dogs is exciting because I'll be able to have something to put on my shelf forever. With web games, they fade away into the depths of the internet, never to been seen again.

ME: Well, I’m glad you’re working on Galactic Hot Dogs. You and Rachel’s illustrations rock!

NICHOLE: Hey, thanks, Cosmoe!

ME: Okay, next question is from Princess Dagger. She wants to know if you have any pets.

NICHOLE: Oh, I have too many pets! We have Pepper the Boston Terrier, who’s a snoring fart machine. And we also have two cats. If I could handle another pet, I would want a French Bulldog. They're so fat and cute. I think Pepper would really enjoy a friend. The cats don't appreciate her play style very much.
Nichole's dog Pepper, an expert snorer!
Nichole's dog, Pepper, an expert snorer!

ME: Yeah, I could see that! Next, let’s hear all about your favorites. Movies, TV, food…?

NICHOLE: Oh, man, there are too many good movies to choose from! Of course I love all the Pixar movies. I identify with Lilo and Stitch, and Up most — aliens, Hawaii, and adventure! But ask me this question tomorrow, and it'll probably be an entirely different answer. My favorite TV show is the X-files. And my favorite food is ice cream!

ME: You mean your favorite dessert?

NICHOLE: Nope. Ice cream is always my favorite food, dessert or otherwise!

ME: I like the way you think! Okay, Humphree wants to know what you do when you’re not working, like hobbies and stuff.

NICHOLE: I have more hobbies than I have time not working, and too many to list! I like playing board games, card games, video games, watching movies, skiing, crafting, marble making, paper crafts, sledding, boating, boogie boarding, and adventuring, to name a few.

ME: Way cool! Now I have one last question: Tell us some funny or unique that not a lot of people know about you.

NICHOLE: Oh, I am sure there are lots of things that I just don't think about, but I like going to Florida to collect shark teeth. Maybe one day I'll find one of those huge ones. And no, I can't just buy one, it's not the same!

Thanks, Nichole! It’s been fun getting to know you more, and I can’t wait to see all your new illustrations in Galactic Hot Dogs Book Two!

See you guys tomorrow,


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

YES! Evil defeated! (plus top-secret book 2 art!)

Galactic Hot Dogs - Chapter 26 - The End
Hot smudge, you guys! I can’t believe we’re on the very last chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs Book One. Our reading marathon is over as of today, and I would be a little sad… except I have some awesome junk in store for you that I’m completely psyched about!

First, let’s read our last chapter, The End. We blew up The Ultimate Evil, but we weren’t out of danger yet. That fuzzhead Krax still had it in for us. Find out in Chapter 26: The End who unexpectedly saves our butts, and then crashes our beach party later!

Now I have one last super cool sketch for you today for our…

On Monday, April 6 — that’s 12 days from today — chapter one of Galactic Hot Dogs Book Two debuts online! I’m SO EXCITED! And this art from book two will give you a ginormous hint about the plot…

Clown Bots from Galactic Hot Dogs Book Two

Say hello to the Clown Bots! Yup, book two involves the space circus! You guys aren’t going to believe the adventures me, Humphree, and Princess Dagger get ourselves into.

And until book two debuts, I’ve got some cool stuff coming your way on this here blog, so stay tuned!

Later gators,

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meet Nichole, illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs!

Nichole Kelley - illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs
Cool illustration of Nichole by Rachel,
the other GHD illustrator!
Hey you guys! Today I’m interviewing Nichole Kelley. She’s one of the illustrators of my books, and she’s super awesome. She’s even designed video games! How cool is that?! Let’s see what Nicole’s all about…

ME: So, Nichole. Why did you want to be an illustrator, and is that what you always wanted to be when you grew up?

NICHOLE: When I was a kid I wanted to be a Disney animator. I loved cartoons and I wanted to be part of that magic. But luckily, as I grew up, I learned that I didn’t have to work for Disney to be part of animation and cartoon magic. I am now happy making all kinds of whimsical art suited for kids. So, I guess I wanted to grow up to be a big kid, instead of a little kid! Oh, and I wanted to be an astronaut, too. Doesn't every kid want to be an astronaut? I was very jealous of space camp.

ME: Space really is the coolest. You should visit sometime!

NICHOLE: I will definitely look into that.

ME: So you never became an animator?

NICHOLE: Well, I realized that I didn’t want to do only animation. Have you ever tried it? It has an amazing payoff, but it takes a LOT of time and effort to get there. But I did use my animation expertise when I worked in the gaming industry.

ME: You designed video games?! Awesome!

NICHOLE: Yeah, it is awesome! I really liked it because there was just enough animation to have fun, but not so much to get bored. It's like an amazing blend of illustration and animation, And you get to play with your art in the end!

ME: So cool. Okay, back to space stuff. If you had your own spaceship, what would you name it and what cool features would it have?

Poor FRED from Galactic Hot Dogs got blasted by evil Queen Dagger!
One of Nichole's favorite illustrations
that she did - poor F.R.E.D.!
NICHOLE: Oh, Cosmoe, I am terrible at naming things. I would quickly turn to my trusty space sidekicks for help! As for cool features… I like that feature of the U.S.S. Enterprise where the ship cleans itself — and replicators! Imagine having any food you want with no preparation? Seems too good to be true. 

ME: Aw, man, I need that self-cleaning ship feature. And replicators rock! Speaking of food, what are your favorite hot dog toppings?

NICHOLE: Oh, I love tomatoes, cheese, and ketchup on my hot dogs!

ME: Yeah, I stick with human-food toppings, too. Some of the stuff Humphree and the Princess eat on their dogs make me want to hurl! Okay, last question for today: What’s your best advice for a Galactic Hots Dogs fan — you know, an Earth kid like me?

NICHOLE: Don't grow up, and be true to yourself — don’t let other kids tell you what you can and can't do. (But don't hurt yourself or do anything dangerous, of course!)

Good stuff, Nichole! Thanks!

Be sure to come back on Thursday for part two of the interview. You’ll find out what Nichole’s favorite movies are, all about her pet who passes way too much gas, and more!

Stay awesome,

Monday, March 23, 2015

An explosive ending!

Galactic Hot Dogs Chapter 25 - The Heart
Hellooooo from intergalactic space! Humphree, Princess Dagger, and I are having some down time on the ship as we make our way to Waalio. Yep, going surfing beat out rock climbing in the end. Which is good, because rock climbing would remind me a little too much of my Cosmoe cliffhanger on The Ultimate Evil’s planet-egg thing. I’m not ready to relive that!

Speaking of Evil, today we’re reading the second-last chapter in our reading marathon, where we were literally inside The Ultimate Evil. 

When we left off, Humphree had hurled his hot hot sauce into The Ultimate Evil’s big, slimy heart — but nothing happened! I had to figure out how to detonate the barrel of sauce and keep that creep Krax off my back. Read Chapter 25: The Heart to see how it all turns out!

And now for our…

Today I’ve got my last Galactic Hot Dogs poster for you: It’s the Neon Wiener!

Galactic Hot Dogs poster - The Neon Wiener

I love this ship. Seriously, it’s the absolute bomb. And guess what? When my print book comes out on May 5, you’ll get to see the inside of the ship and all the awesome junk it has! I wish I could show you now, but the book people say it’s totally top secret.

I’ll see you guys tomorrow. This week I’m interviewing Nichole Kelley, the other illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs. She’s awesome!

Later dudes,

Friday, March 20, 2015

My crazy plan to defeat The Ultimate Evil!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Chapter 24 - Entering the Ultimate Evil...
Hey all! Today’s our last day camping on Xtar 9. We’ve made a boatload of spaceos (that’s intergalactic space money) from selling hot dogs, and now we’re going to blast off and cruise around the galaxy for a while.

We’ve been saving up to go on an adventure and now we have to pick: Learn to surf on Waalio, which has amazing waves, or go rock climbing on Ooglan 2, which is a lot like Earth’s Grand Canyon. Decisions, decisions…

Now for our latest reading marathon chapter: Entering the Ultimate Evil… and I’m not kidding. My crazy plan is to destroy the monster from the inside! Can we keep that goober Krax from blasting us to bits, and if so, will my plan work? What are you waiting for — go find out!

And now it’s time to check out…

Since we’re all into The Ultimate Evil right now (like, actually INTO the creature), I thought these sketches would be cool to show you:

Galactic Hot Dogs: early Ultimate Evil monster sketches
Two versions of the monster's face...

Galactic Hot Dogs: Early Ultimate Evil monster sketch
The final product. Yikes!

I think the GHD illustrators really nailed the scariness of the monster. I mean, it’s not like I had time to take any pictures of the thing while we were fighting for our lives, so the artists were just working off of me and the crew’s descriptions. Pretty awesome, huh?

Oh, one more thing: I can’t believe it, but our book one reading marathon is almost over — and soon we’ll be starting BOOK TWO! Chapter 1 of my next book debuts online on Monday 4/6. Stay tuned for some sneak peeks into what’s coming. Book two is beyond way cool!

Later gators,


Thursday, March 19, 2015

More rad Galactic Hot Dogs fan art!

Hey everyone! I found some more awesome Galactic Hot Dogs fan art on the Intergalactic Internet (check out the first stuff I found here). I think it's way cool that Earth kids are drawing pictures of the GHD crew -- and even our evil nemesises. Wait. Nemeses? Nemes -- oh, you know what I mean. The bad guys.

These two amazing pictures were created by CruellaDeVil84:

Galactic Hot Dogs fan art of Evil Queen Dagger by CruellaDeVil84Galactic Hot Dogs fan art of Princess Dagger by CruellaDeVil84
These next two cool drawings of Humphree were created by kids at the Eliot School in Boston, Mass.:

Galactic Hot Dogs fan art of Humphree

And this last fun one of DJ Zee Zee Jak was created by Kelsey, age 6:

Galactic Hot Dogs fan art of DJ Zee Zee Jak

Fan art totally rocks! Keep creating, you guys!

See you later,

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What does hot hot sauce have to do with The Ultimate Evil?

Hey everyone. I'm gonna be brief today because oh man, I think I ate too many s'mores yesterday. Today I am one sick space dude. My stomach is revolting like that time I tried raw arakzid legs doused with Humphree's hot hot sauce. Not good, people. Not. Good.

Speaking of Humphree's hot hot sauce, it's going to be a key player in how we defeat The Ultimate Evil. How are we going to do it? And why is that lame-o Krax shooting at us when we're trying to save the galaxy? Check out Chapter 23: Epic Space Battle Hour to find out how the heck we're going to get rid of this:

The Ultimate Evil from Galactic Hot Dogs

And now let's get into...

This is our last DJ Zee Zee Jak scene, and it would have appeared in the book right about now:

DJ ZeeZee Jak from Galactic Hot Dogs 4

That DJ dude isn't always my favorite but at least he gave me props for being right about The Ultimate Evil!

Since this art was never finalized, it's not 100% perfect -- and I see an oops. Do you see the missing word? What word would you fill in?

Okay you guys. It's back to bed to me. Cosmoe the Earth-Boy signing off until next time, when hopefully my stomach will be back to full strength!

Stay awesome,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Make your own Neon Wiener spaceship!

Galactic Hot Dogs paper craft
Hi you guys! How's it going? We’re still hanging on Xtar 9, selling hot dogs and camping out. I’m blogging while stuffing my face with s’mores. I have a secret stash of graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate that Humps and Dagger didn’t know about. I was saving them as a surprise for when we finally got around to going camping.

Humphree thinks they’re pretty good, but the Princess? She’s never had Earth chocolate and holy smudge — I thought she passed out from the sheer awesomeness of it! She can’t get enough of the s’mores but especially the chocolate. And that means I’m keeping my secret stash SECRET or else she’ll eat all the chocolate in a nano second. I’m not worried, though. I’ve got all sorts of sneaktastic hiding spots around the ship!

Speaking of the Neon Wiener, today I’ve got something way cool for you: You can make your own Neon Wiener! Here’s a ship that someone in the Philippines put together — and it crash landed on a coconut!

The Neon Wiener from Galactic Hot Dogs crash landed on a coconut!
Ahhhh! We crash landed on a coconut!

It’s easy to make your own. Just print out this PDF of the Neon Wiener paper craft onto some sturdy paper. Then cut, fold, paste, and blammo! Your own spaceship!

Gotta go. I need to grab another s’more before Dags chows them all.

Later gators,

Monday, March 16, 2015

How do I get out of a real cliffhanger?!

Galatic Hot Dogs - Chapter 22 - Crack!
Hey everyone! I’m writing to you from our camping tent on Xtar 9. It’s a warm planet that’s covered with forests. The trees are ginormous — like those redwood trees in California. The tree trunks are bigger than our ship!

The Princess has never been camping and she is totally digging the whole experience. Oh, and you know how lots of Earth people are scared of bugs? Well, Dags sure isn't an Earthling because she's the total opposite of scared. She’s wondering which ones could make good hot dog toppings. Barf! But Humphree agrees, ‘cause aliens like that stuff. I’ll stick to ketchup and mustard, thanks.

Anyway, today’s reading marathon chapter is mega action-packed. How could it not be, when the last chapter ended with a real cliffhanger?! Obviously I got out of that situation, since I’m here writing to you… but who rescued me? And what did The Ultimate Evil actually turn out to be? Go find out now in Chapter 22: Crack!

And now for…

Here’s a new DJ Zee Zee Jak scene!

DJ Zee Zee Jak from Galactic Hot Dogs.

When I saw this I was like, what the fuzz, dude? Earthlings do not “cry, cry, cry” about everything. And obviously I’m the type of Earth kid who marches forward and fights space jerks in all their many forms. That’s my thing! And anyway, I’d like to see that bearded, multi-armed Zee Zee Jak take on The Ultimate Evil like this space kid and his crew did. Never gonna happen, I’ll tell you that!

See you back here tomorrow — I’ve got something fun for you on the blog!

Stay awesome,

Friday, March 13, 2015

Confronting the Daggers—and The Ultimate Evil!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Chapter 21: Descent
Aw, smudge, you guys. I totally wiped out while I was ice boarding on Moorg’s mountains yesterday. I twisted up my ankle real good. The aliens on Moorg have a great hospital and super amazing technology, so they were able to pretty much zap away the sprain. But they couldn't zap away how dumb I felt after my boarding blow up. I think I’ll just chill out with my hot cocoa on the ship today while Dags and Humps go ice fishing. Sigh.

Let’s get into one of my all-time favorite chapters: Chapter 21: Descent! I was burning mad when we touched down on the big, empty, evil planet. I was ready to give those crummy Daggers a piece of my mind — but I wasn’t ready for what happened next! Check out the chapter and see the mess I end up in!

And of course, here’s today’s…

Here’s the next DJ Zee Zee Jak scene that got cut from the book:

DJ Zee Zee Jak from Galactic Hot Dogs

Cool, huh? I have to admit, I wasn’t too bummed out that Kaff Fiend got taken out by a space shark. That dude was bad news and totally had it in for me!

All right, you guys, have an awesome weekend. We’ll be leaving Moorg soon for a nice, warm planet called Xtar 9. Lots of trees. Reminds me of Endor, the Ewoks’ forest moon in Star Wars. We’re going camping — can’t wait for the Princess to experience tent living!

Later gators,

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Part two of my Rachel Maguire interview!

An illustration of Rachel, by Rachel!
Hi everyone! Today I’ve got part two of my interview (read part one here) with Rachel, the main illustrator of my book, Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway! As you probably know, on May 5, the very cool print version will be out in bookstores. Rachel did a bunch of extra art for the print book — I can’t wait to see it!

Last time, Rachel told us about her childhood wish to be a unicorn-mermaid, her unplanned nose job, what she digs on her veggie dog, and more. What else has she got for us? Let’s find out…

ME: So we all know that you’re the main illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs. What did you do before that?

RACHEL: I worked in animation for a while, and before working on GHD, I did the colors for KaBOOM! Studio's comic book, Ice Age: Where There's Thunder.

ME: Cool! Okay, my next question is super important: You just got your own spaceship — what would you name it and what cool features would it have?

RACHEL: Oooooh, good question, and since I knew this was coming, I have a good answer for it! My ship’s name would be GUS, and it would look like a giant space turtle time machine. Anyone who is familiar with Doctor Who and Terry Prachett can tell this mash up is of the TARDIS with Great A'tuin. It would be the perfect vehicle to pilot into the unfolding infinity of space and time.

The reason my ship would be named Gus? Well, I once met a 90 year old turtle named Gus at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and he made quite the impression. Gus knew which direction the sea was and he was determined to scratch his way through his plastic tub even if it would take 40+ years. That focus and drive is something a spacecraft needs. The science-y acronym combinations for GUS are boundless too: Geosynchronous Undockable Spacecraft, Galaxy Uncertainty Spectrum, Geothermal Universe Supergiant…

ME: Giant Universe Scavenger, Galactic Ultracool Spaceship…

RACHEL: Yes! Those are good, too.

ME: I’m going to be thinking of acronyms for GUS all day long! Okay, next question is from the Princess: Do you have a pet?

RACHEL: Ah, yes. There is a tortoiseshell-colored house beast named Becky that is always lurking around. One of her front legs is bad, so she makes a peg leg sound when she walks around. She doesn't have the ninja stealth skills that all cats are born with, but she gets to be a pirate instead.
Rachel Maguire's cat - awwww.
Rachel's pirate cat

ME: Humphree now wants a pirate cat.

RACHEL: Of course he does.

ME: Speaking of Humphree, he wants to know all your favorites: movie, TV show, food, dessert…?

RACHEL: Movie: It’s a tie between Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle from Studio Ghibli. They each have a special place in my heart. Spirited Away is all about growing up, and Howl's Moving Castle is based on the Dianne Wynne Jones book.

TV shows? I devour any TV show that has a hint of magic or monsters in it. Sushi is my favorite food, and for dessert, I really love mochi ice cream — it’s a Japanese treat.

ME: I love all ice cream, so I definitely have to try it! This has been a way cool interview, Rachel. Any last stuff you want to tell us?

RACHEL: When I’m not working on all things Galactic Hot Dogs, I like to study Japanese or take a nap! And I also teach comics drawing to kids at the Eliot School in Boston.

Thanks Rachel! That was a totally sweet interview!

See you guys tomorrow,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

From betrayed to mad to spooked!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Chapter 20
Hello from ice Planet Moorg! What a super cool place this is. Everything is covered in fresh snow that tastes like candy! The aliens who live here are used to it, but Humps, Dags, and I can't stop eating the sweet stuff. And yesterday we got to go ice boarding. It's like snowboarding, but on ice-covered mountains, and your board just barely skims the surface while you kind of control it with a remote in each hand. It's way cool!

Okay, reading marathon time! In the last chapter, the GHD crew was having a pretty rough time. I was feeling big-time betrayed by the Princess, Humphree was trying to rally me, and poor F.R.E.D. got fried. Things were looking bleak, dudes. Really bleak. Can I pull it together? Will F.R.E.D. recover? And what does The Ultimate Evil have in store for us? Find out in Chapter 20: Destination Ultimate Evil!

And now let's get into...

I had to get special permission from the book people to show you today's awesomeness. This is one of the pieces of art that got cut from the print book. Even though it's totally rad, they couldn't fit every single thing into the book. Just not enough room, you know? But now I get to show it to you! Meet DJ Zee Zee Jak:

DJ Zee Zee Jak is the most popular DJ in the galaxy. Aliens totally love him, but I think he's annoying. I mean, the dude totally amplified my broadcast mess-up about "the map to the most amazing treasure of all time" to the entire galaxy! What a fuzz head. Anyway, the art is super cool, and I have three more DJ Zee Zee Jak thingies coming your way in the next week or so!

Okay, people, I gotta run. The hot dogs are ready to serve up to all the goofy, hungry aliens waiting in line. Tomorrow I'll have part two of my Rachel interview! You can check out part one here if you missed it.

See you then,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet Rachel, illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs!

Hi you guys! Today I’ve a new, super-awesome interview for you. Meet Rachel Maguire, the main illustrator of my book! She's way cool and really digs illustration. Plus she has a rad fake nose. No, really, she does. Find out why in our interview!

Rachel Maguire, illustrator of Galactic Hot Dogs
Rachel's illustration of herself!
ME: Okay, first thing's first: Why did you become an illustrator?

RACHEL: Illustrators get paid to draw pictures. This is what everyone dreams of isn't it?!

ME: Well, I dream of being a professional gamer, but being an illustrator would be way cool, too! Did you always want to be an illustrator, or did you want to be something else when you were a kid?

RACHEL: When I was very, very young I wanted to be unicorn-mermaid or a geneticist. Those seemed to be very magical things to be.

ME: Yes. Yes, they do. Okay, so tell me this: What's something funny or unique that not a lot of people know about you?

RACHEL: So, I'm 8 years old and my older brother is teaching me about centripetal force. If you spin a bucket filled with water around in circles, the water doesn't fall out. I wanted a turn to break the rules of gravity, and so I made a bee-line for that ill-fated bucket. My brother saw me coming with just enough time to slow down and have the bucket be in direct line with my face.

Once a year my brother still proudly jokes that he saved me from having the Maguire nose by breaking it to itty-bitty pieces. The fake nose I have now is very nice; it came from a doctor’s binder labeled as the 'perky one.' And while I missed camp that summer, I got to be the youngest kid in my elementary school to have rhinoplasty.

ME: Rhino-whaty?

RACHEL: Fancy word for nose job.

ME: Right. Duh. Next question: What are your favorite hot dog toppings?

RACHEL: Veggie-dog with everything non-meat-based that's available at time of consumption. Food is tasty, so it is best not to limit oneself.

ME: Truth! I'm not sure you'd like some of Galactic Hot Dogs' non-meat options though.

RACHEL: They might be a little out there for me. 

ME: Me too. Lime moon cheese? No thanks. Last question for today: What’s the best advice you have for an Earth kid who thinks they might want to be an illustrator?

RACHEL: Don't be afraid to draw hands. Yes, they are hard to draw. Draw 100 of them and stop hiding them in your character's pockets and behind your characters.

Thanks for the rockin' interview, Rachel! 

Be sure to come back on Thursday for part two of our interview. You’ll find out what Rachel's favorite movies are, what type of "house beast" is lurking around her home, and more!

See you later,

Monday, March 9, 2015

Time for the chapter I don't like talking about...

Galactic Hot Dogs: Chapter 19
Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! You’re not going to believe this, but we had a come-from-behind winner in the first official Neon Wiener Videogame Tournament: Humphree! How the fuzz did he beat me?!

Dags came in third place by just a tiny bit. To be honest, I was pretty annoyed that I lost. I mean, I'm the kid who won Videogame Apocalypse! I guess you can't win them all. Smudge.

Okay, back to our way-cool reading marathon. Today's chapter is a tough one for me. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that it’s filled with lots of action and friendship stuff, and I’ve got a big decision to make. So go read Chapter 19: Say What?! to see what happens.

And now let's check out

Guess what's coming your way? A 2016 Galactic Hot Dogs calendar! Here's a sneak peek of some of the images from the calendar:

2016 Galactic Hot Dogs calendar
My calendar cover!
How cool is it to see this scene in color?!
The calendar is loaded with full-color illustrations from the book. So. Awesome. You're going to love it!

See you guys here tomorrow — I’ll post the first part of my interview with the main illustrator of my book, Rachel Maguire! You’ll gonna love her!

Smell ya later,

Friday, March 6, 2015

Game over! Awesome! Or… maybe not.

Galactic Hot Dogs: Chapter 18 cover
Ohhh, you guys. I totally kicked butt at Hyperspace Heroes, so I'm not losing the Neon Wiener Videogame Tournament anymore! But, well, I'm not winning, either. Because the Princess also kicked butt at the game. And so did Humphree.

Now Dags and me are tied and Humphree is just a little behind. Who's going to win? The champion will be decided today over a long game of Space Warrior Escape. Humphree is playing Dags right now, and you could cut the tension in this ship with a giant space pirate zombie knife. It's crazy! So I got the heck out of the gaming area to chow on some hot dogs and blog in peace.

Today's reading marathon chapter is a big one. Like, really, really BIG. Videogame Apocalypse ends, the map-o-sphere gets put together… and then Evil Queen Dagger fuzzes things up. Argh! You have to read Chapter 18: Game Over to see what happens!

And now let's check out

Today I've got this awesome Galactic Hot Dogs poster for you!

Free Galactic Hot Dogs poster for computer wallpaper

The GHD artists made this (and this one, too) to hang on the walls of my ship! If you want, you can make it your computer’s wallpaper  it’s so much better than the standard lames-ville options that come with your computer.

Okay, I gotta go. I hear Humphree hollering that it’s my turn to play him in Space Warrior Escape. Getting my game face on. I’m completely going to videogame that dude, as the Princess would say. Ha.

See you Monday,

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quiz: How well do you know Princess Dagger?

Oh, smudge, you guys. I got my butt kicked by the Princess when we were playing Space Race Cars II yesterday. Apparently she had space bumper cars in her evil palace and is an expert driver. Who knew? Now I’m losing the Neon Wiener Videogame Tournament! BONES! I have to do better at our next game. It’s Hyperspace Heroes, which I’ve heard of, but never played. Wish me mega-tons of luck. I need it.

Speaking of the purple princess who is kicking my butt, I’ve got a fun little quiz about her today. Let’s see how much you know about your favorite sort-of evil space princess!

Princess Dagger from Galactic Hot Dogs

1. What cool weapons does Princess Dagger carry?

     A. Twin daggers
     B. Fire and ice flash pistols
     C. Two mini-versions of her evil mom’s energy staff
     D. A pen and a pencil that both shoot blasts of white-hot energy

2. How old is Dags?

     A. 12
     B. 13
     C. 14
     D. 15

3. When Princess Dagger first stole away on our ship, she was wearing a cape. What did she ditch the cape for in chapter 6?

     A. A sparkly necklace
     B. PJs
     C. A space suit
     D. An apron

4. Tricky two-part question: Does Dags have ears and what side is her hair swirl on?

     A. Yes, and her right side
     B. No, and her left side
     C. No, and her right side
     D. Yes, and her left side

How do you think you did? You can find the answers here. Then take this poll and let me know if you've got impressive Dagger knowledge or not!

How many did you get right?

Tomorrow we're back to our awesome reading marathon and we'll pick up with Chapter 18: Game Over! If you haven't been reading along with us, no worries. You can easily start from the beginning here!

Later gators,

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Battling to the digital death!

Hey everyone! Guess who’s winning the first official Neon Wiener Videogame Tournament? That’s right, yours truly!

Yesterday I demolished Humphree and the Princess at Super Moon Ninja Death Jab. It’s wasn’t even close. But I’m holding off on my victory dance (which I have to say, is pretty freaking awesome) because today we’re playing a new game that F.R.E.D. downloaded for us: Space Race Cars II. I can’t wait!

Today’s reading marathon chapter is all about that time I was gaming at Videogame Apocalypse. I had to win because the trophy had the last slice of the map-o-sphere. And my gamer honor was totally at stake! Right away, a dude named HW-86 blasted me and things didn’t look good. How was I going to survive, let alone win?! Find out in Chapter 17: Black Hole Joystick Battle Heroes!

And now get psyched for…

Today we’re gonna get evil, folks. Here is some never-seen artwork of Evil Queen Dagger!

These are sketches of her that Rachel, my book’s illustrator, did when she was trying to figure out exactly how to draw the queen of mean:

Sketches of Evil Queen Dagger from Galactic Hot Dogs

And this is how she turned out:

Evil Queen Dagger from Galactic Hot Dogs

Yuck. Queen Dagger is the ultimate space jerk. She’s got pure evil pumping through those alien veins. Man, she gives me the creeps. Wherever she goes, we stay far away.

Okay, I’m off to master Space Race Cars II. See you tomorrow — I’ve got a fun Princess Dagger quiz for you!

Stay awesome,