Friday, May 29, 2015

Can Humphree be saved?

Hi everyone! I've got an all-new chapter in Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two for you today!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 16 - Hey, Need a Ride?

When we left off, my best bud Humphree had been turned into Humphree the Horrible by Crostini's evil energy monster gizmo -- and he was pummeling the whats out of me!

Oh no! Evil-energy monster Humphree is beating up Cosmoe!

But I wasn't going to give up on my best friend. Time for some quick thinking and major action! Can I get the evil gizmo thing off Humphree and un-mutate him? And even if I do, then what? We're surrounded by a gazillion clown bots! Find out what happens in Chapter 16: Hey! Need a Ride?!

Have a great weekend you guys! Princess Dagger, Humphree, and me are cruising along in space, trying to decide where to go next. So many planets, so little time...

Stay awesome,

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dark-hearted Humphree?! Nooooooo!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book 2 - Chapter 15 - Dark Hearted Humphree
Hey everyone! I hope your long weekend was awesomesauce! Monday was just a normal day for us hot-dog slinging types here in outer space, but we did make a buttload of spaceos on Ooglan 2. It's this ridonkulously cool planet that looks a little like the Grand Canyon, except all over the whole planet! Great rock climbing, that's for sure. And the aliens dig our hot dogs!

But what's a little creepy is that Ooglan 2 reminds me of the rocky arena from Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two. That's the place where I had to battle the horrible, dark-hearted, mutated version of Humphree!

Dark-hearted evil Humphree?!

Our next chapter in the book is high-level bonkers. Like I can't even describe the bonkers-level. Can I get through to my buddy and make him remember me, his best friend? Or is the real Humphree--gulp--gone forever? Find out what goes down in Chapter 15: Dark-Hearted Humphree.

I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Later gators,

Friday, May 22, 2015

Smudge! Things are NOT looking good...

Hey you guys! Today I've got a crazy amazing, all-new chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two for you. And you're not going to believe what happens...

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 14 - Angry Revenge Moldy Pizza

At the end of Chapter 13, things were looking pretty grim. The Wrangler just messed with Princess Dagger's space suit and sent her floating away into space...

Princess Dagger is in trouble!

...and I am steaming MAD about it! So I try to do something big, something crazy, something vengeful to get back at that Wrangler... and it's a big fat flop! Things get really fuzzed up -- and then the unimaginable happens. Seriously, you're not going to believe it. Read Chapter 14: Angry Revenge Moldy Pizza and see for yourself!

I know it's Memorial Day weekend back on Earth and everyone's like YES! SUMMER! FINALLY!

The crew of Galactic Hot Dogs love summer!

So have a wicked fantastic long weekend and say thanks to a veteran for me, okay? Sometimes I feel like I'm a pretty brave space kid, but those guys and women who protect the good old USA are the bravest of them all!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get to know Max, Rachel, and Nichole, 'cause they rock!

Hey you guys! So I might have mentioned once or twice that Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway is now in bookstores everywhere. Obviously I'm super psyched about it. But you know who is way, WAY excited? The author and illustrators of the book!

Here's Max finding me and my book at his local Barnes & Noble:

Max Brallier and his book, Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway
Hey look! It's me at Barnes & Noble!
Oh, and Max Brallier, too.
 And here is Rachel at a different Barnes & Noble. With me, of course.

Rachel Maguire - Galactic Hot Dogs illustrator
Rock on, Rachel!
When she visited another bookstore, Rachel drew a pic of me in a book for a fan!

Rachel Maguire draws Cosmoe from Galactic Hot Dogs!
Hey dudes! It's me!
Max, Rachel, and the other illustrator, Nichole, are ridonkulously awesome humans. Did you miss it when I interviewed them? Check out my convos with Max here and here, and with Rachel and Nichole too. You'll find out cool stuff like why they do what they do, their fave hot dog toppings, what pets they have, and other rad junk!

See you back here on Friday when we get into the next chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two. It's called "Angry Revenge Moldy Pizza." Yes, really. You're gonna love it!

Later gators,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Princess Dagger's mom really is the worst!

Hey there, you guys! Today we're making our way to the Mutant Worm Wrestling Federation Arena. Get this: The MWWF is having this ceremony to honor me for beating the Boss Worm way back when! I knew it was a big deal when I beat the thing, but considering we were kind of in a hurry to eradicate the Ultimate Evil from the galaxy, I didn't really have time to give a victor's speech, you know?

So off we go to the MWWF so I can greet my adoring fans and sell lots of hot dogs! Oh, fine. I don't have adoring fans. Princess Dagger is leaning over my shoulder and watching me type, and she insists I tell you that I don't have adoring fans. Maybe I do, Princess. We'll just see about that at the MWWF Arena, won't we???

Okay, time for our all-new chapter in Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book 2 - Chapter 13 - A Little Bit Space Brained

Aw, man! At the end of Chapter 12 we found out Princess Dagger's mom, the Evil Queen, is totally involved in an evil scheme to create an army of monsters with Crostini and the Wrangler. So Dags and I are there, hanging out in space and eavesdropping on their conversation -- and then all sorts of smudgetastic stuff happens! Find out what goes down in Chapter 13: A Little Bit Space Brained...

All right, I have to go work on my acceptance speech for the MWWF. I wonder if they'll give me a new trophy since I smashed up the old one? Maybe I'll get a medal? I wonder if it'll be like the end of Star Wars when Leia gave Han and Luke their medals!

Cosmoe's getting a major award and he's hoping it's just like Star Wars!

Yeaaaaaah, that looks about right.

Have an awesome day, you guys!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hanging out with Jeff Kinney at his new bookstore!

Hey everyone! This week the Neon Wiener made its way back to Earth for a little pit stop. We needed to stock up on supplies, but the mega-cool reason we really came back was to visit a friend of mine at his new bookstore. Maybe you've heard of him -- Jeff Kinney?

Jeff Kinney and Cosmoe from Galactic Hot Dogs hang out at Jeff's new store, An Unlikely Story!
Helloooooo from Plainville, Massachusetts!
You probably know that Jeff is the author of the super-mega popular series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Plus he's the creator of Poptropica. And now he's a independent book seller, too! His new store is called An Unlikely Story and it's in Plainville, Massachusetts.

The place opens really soon, so Jeff asked me if I wanted to take a tour of it when I could make it back to Earth. And I was like, "Do hogtarians fly?!" And Jeff was like "Huh?" because of course he's never seen a hogtarian, which my tiny little Cosmoe brain forgot. So I said, "Um, YEAH I do!!!" And then a couple days later, me and Jeff were hanging out in his new store!

Cosmoe from Galactic Hot Dogs and Jeff Kinney hang out at Jeff's new store, An Unlikely Story!
Chillin' like ice cream fillin' at An Unlikely Story with Jeff!
And of course, An Unlikely Story has my new book, Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway is available at An Unlikely Story in Plainville, Massachusetts
Check out this wicked cool letterpress table.
(Does "letterpress" mean "way original and awesome"?)
If you live anywhere near An Unlikely Story, you need to get your butt over there when it opens. You know, even if you don't live nearby, you should make a trip out there. I did, and it sure was worth it!

Okay, now for our next chapter in Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 12 - An Army?

When we last left off, Princess Dagger was NOT happy about her fat space suit! I totally won that little argument. But things go from funny to super serious, super fast. We make a discovery that is completely, totally WAY bad news. And then another one. And another one! Read Chapter 12: An Army? to find out what's going on!

Time for me, Princess Dagger, and Humphree to decide where we're going to go next. We're all stocked up with hot dogs, so we have to get selling!

Have a rockin' weekend,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wow, these rad kids can draw!

Hey you guys! How's it going? Today I'm featuring some way-cool kids from Elk Grove Village, Illinois, here on the blog!

I have to tell you, one of my favorite things in the galaxy is seeing kids get psyched about Galactic Hot Dogs. I mean, I'm still kind of freaking out that I now have a real, hold-in-your-hands, actual book out there for people to buy. But then I see kids all crazy-excited about it...

And my tiny little Earth brain gets so happy, I can barely handle it.

My buddy, Max Brallier -- you know, the author of my book -- visited Rupley Elementary School a few days ago, and the kids gave him a galactically awesome welcome! Check out those amazing signs they made above, and this one of me and Princess Dagger!

Wow, those kids can draw! Max had a big crowd listening to him talk about Galactic Hot Dogs...

And then he met with kids in their classrooms to say hi and sign their books.

Max said he had such a great time and the kids were mega fun.

If you haven't bought your copy of Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway, what are you waiting for?! Find out where you can one and then get reading!

See ya later,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Princess Dagger isn't a fan of fat suits

Hey you guys. Get this: We have to fly by the Lost Triangle today. Ugh. That place gives me the mega-creeps. I mean, the last time I was there, I almost became a zombie space pirate's snack -- remember???

Yeah. The Lost Triangle is NOT my favorite space place. Hoping for an uneventful fly-by!

Okay, onto things that don't involve me becoming a Cosmoe kabob for zombies: the next all-new chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two!

After my terrifying run-in with the lyanux monster, Humphree, Princess Dagger, and I decide we are getting ourselves out of this space circus catastrophe ASAP. Well, the next day. Space kids need their shut-eye. But then me and Dags are woken up out of a sound sleep by something creepy -- maybe we shouldn't wait to scram. But then there's the issue of that fat suit... Find out what happens in Chapter 11: Stop Evil Energy Monsters!

Okay, closing in on the Lost Triangle. Gulp. Wish me luck!

Hoping I don't have any zombie run-ins,

PS -- Did you hear about my new book? NO?! How is that possible??? Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway is in stores everywhere and online, too! Get your copy today!

Friday, May 8, 2015

When a toilet saves the day (and it's not what you're thinking)

Uggggh! What's that stench? Oh, right. The Neon Wiener is flying by GD9, General Krax's junk planet. Seriously, we are like millions of miles away and the stink is permeating our space craft. I guess that's what you get when you create a planet from trash. NASTY.

Speaking of disgusting odors, let's get into today's chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two! Wait, what? Well, take a look at the cover and you'll get what I mean...

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 10 - The Toilet It Is

When we left off, it was a total destructified damage disaster!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - a lyanux monster on the loose!

Princess Dagger had blasted me with her ice ray gun by mistake as I was trying to defend the younglies tent full of kid aliens. I get freed from my frozen prison, and Humphree, Dags, and I end up running for our lives! How do we not get lanced by the lyanux? Well, it involves Goober, a toilet, and a tumble... Find out in Chapter 10: The Toilet It Is!

Oh, and just in case you hadn't heard for some reason, this week my print book, Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway debuted! To celebrate, I've got a whole bunch of cool GHD activities for you -- a word search, a maze, coloring sheets, and more. Just go to my website and click "fun stuff" at the top!

Have a great weekend, you guys!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Now in bookstores everywhere...

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway

Hot smudge! Today's the day! It's finally here!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway is now for sale in bookstores everywhere and online, too! Me, Humphree, and Princess Dagger are having a shindig on the Neon Wiener to celebrate. CAKE FOR EVERYONE!

Cosmoe, Humphree, and Princess Dagger celebrate the launch of Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway!

Trust me, it totally does. Especially when downed with some Slurpo Soda!!!

The way-cool book people who are in charge of Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway told me that people everywhere are loving the book. How awesome is that?

Check out what Tomasz, age 9, has to say about it:

"This book is awesome. I would read it over and over again. If you like ‘Captain Underpants’ and comic strip books, you will probably love this!

I read this book over a couple of days as I couldn't put it down. This is one of the best books I have read this year. It's awesome! ... I am reading it again as it was so good ... This was space adventure at its very best and I can't wait for book number 2!"

And Cara, age 10:

"Galactic Hot Dogs is a very good book! It is very exciting ... I definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if you like comics -- it isn't a comic but it's a bit like one."

Thanks, Tomasz and Cara! I'm super psyched you liked it!

Okay, gotta run. Princess Dagger is pumping up the tunes, and we're having a little dance party. This is the best. I'm so happy, I could burst! Though that would be completely un-party like, so I won't. I'll just dance like the goofy space kid I am.

Later dudes,

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tuesday is THE day!

Galactic Hot Dogs Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway book cover
Happy Monday everyone! Yes, I said "happy" Monday. Normally I'm not a major Monday enthusiast. I dread Mondays like most humans. But today is an awesome day because tomorrow is Tuesday and...

on Tuesday, Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway is in bookstores everywhere!!!

Yep, my first print book will finally be in a bookstore near you! You're gonna love it, I know it, because people everywhere are totally digging it! Check this out:

"Fabulous book, full of fun and excitement ... I liked it because it was very easy to read, it had lots of pictures and cartoons and lots of action, and you didn't know what was coming next."  -Emily, age 9

"If you are a big fan of comic strips, then you will love this book, because virtually every page is full of amazing illustrations! ... I'm going to recommend we get a copy of this story in our school library and I can imagine there will be a long waiting list for it when word gets out about how much fun it is to read." -Ross, age 11

"Crazy, wacky, frantic, hilarious, and fun! This is going to be a great new series." -Melissa

So get your butts over to your local bookstores on Tuesday and grab your copy of Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway! Yahoooooo!

Now let's get to our new chapter of Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 9 - Too Close for Comfort

So I thought I had this whole lyanux-taming thing under control. We were buds! Putting on an awesome show! But then the gizmo on the lyanux's head made her turn into a big freaking scary monster, and it's not just me who's in trouble -- it's everyone who's attending the circus. What's going to happen with a monster lyanux on the loose? Find out in Chapter 9: Too Close for Comfort!

Gotta go -- me and the GHD crew are getting ready for a big event tomorrow: We're having a party to celebrate the launch of Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway! Time to get stuff ready to rock!

Stay awesome,

Friday, May 1, 2015

Yikes! How will I tame the lyanux?!

Hey you guys! Today I've got a new chapter from Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two for you!

Galactic Hot Dogs: Book Two - Chapter 8 - Big and Frapping Ferocious.png

When we last left off, I was in the middle of freaking out. I'm supposed to be able to tame the lyanux? The queen of the lunar jungles?! Smudge! In Chapter 8: Big and Frapping Ferocious, there's all sorts of way-cool action. I mean, first the action is all in my confuzzled head as the lyanux tries to devour me, but then things really get crazy in a whole lot of ways! Check it out!

I can't jet before letting you know that in FOUR DAYS you can get your copy of Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway at a bookstore near you! The reviews are rolling in and kids love it. I know you will too!

Have a rockin' weekend you guys,