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What’s cookin’ for 2020?

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What’s cookin’ for 2020?

Most of the products in the Calamityware store start as Kickstarter projects. Here are some things I’m working on that might become Kickstarter projects in the new year.

As always, my predictions are likely to be wildly inaccurate. The freedom to start new projects, procrastinate, change my priorities, and put work on the shelf are some of the reasons I love my self-inflicted projects.

BADbandana 6: Pizza Dragons. I’ve been working on a red bandana design decorated with pizza-loving dragons. I hope this can be a Kickstarter project in January 2020. A great way to get the new year off to a hot start. (Became an active Kickstarter project on January 5.)


Big TCBW Mug. Been working on a prototype of a really big version of the Things-Could-Be-Worse mug. Finally think the handle is right and all the production difficulties are solved. This could be an ideal project for people who prefer a BIG beverage. Also been investigating the notion of a porcelain travel mug.



New Jigsaw Puzzle.
 Now that all the original puzzles are gone, it might be time to create a new jigsaw puzzle design. My previous manufacturer closed down but I think we’ve finally found a good workshop to make them. So, I’ve been auditioning characters. 


Bug-Out Bag. Been sketching some ideas for a zippered tote bag for overnight get-aways or other escape plans.


Beastly Bowls.
 How about a set of porcelain bowls especially for your favorite pets—cats, dogs, bunnies, capybaras, pythons? Still a lot of work to do, but this could become a project before the year ends.



Letterpress print. I like the idea of doing another letterpress print to pep up someone’s art collection. Several different themes are competing for my attention right now—traffic, dinosaurs, space travelers, megaphones, robots, maps, and troglodytes. If one of them floats to the top, that could make a fun Kickstarter project in 2020.


Textiles? I’ve been exploring some new ideas for patterns that could make unusual scarves, ties, or other textiles. Might make some colorful additions to 2020.


Another book? I’ve noticed that bad guys don’t seem to be as good as they once were. So, to help, I’m working on an illustrated career guide for villains. It’s going very slowly because other projects keep eating up my time. Some good news? Readers will be delighted to know that this book will not include any poetry. Yeah!



Other potential projects include more tea cups, a blanket, cloak of invisibility, and anti-gravity boots. Watch for email updates as the year advances.

I’m still exploring the zone where products are beautiful, utilitarian, and funny. I hope you’ll find something I’m doing worthy of your support. But I plan to keep up the effort, whether anyone is behind me or not.

Don—Pittsburgh, December 27, 2019

Comments on this post (228)

  • Aug 08, 2020

    I’d buy a compost crock.. js

    — LNB

  • Aug 07, 2020

    Textiles to match the shower curtain is my suggestion. Prints for bathroom walls also would be great!

    — Adaline

  • Aug 04, 2020

    Thank you for great stuff! No time like now for recording calamitous history… and confirming that zombie-poodles are no hoax. Holiday shopping for great art with humor is definitely in my future.

    — Paula Giaquinto

  • Aug 03, 2020

    Would love a 2020 America Version . Corona Virus . Murder hornets , riots , masks , mystery seeds from China , you get the gist there’s plenty of material . Donkeys and elephants fighting . American blind justice . Fauci with a gag …

    — Laureen Gozaydin

  • Aug 02, 2020

    Print on cotton! We quilters would have a ball with some of these designs. If you have a large-scale motif in mind, contact me and I’ll show you some ideas …

    — Sally

  • Jul 31, 2020

    I love this design – Frogs and Flies. Can this be made as a plate or Mugs?

    — Fran Fine

  • Jul 30, 2020

    2020 would be the PERFECT year for you to release a Christmas ball ornament so that we can always remember the year of a catastrophic pandemic.

    — Susan Adams

  • Jul 28, 2020

    I, too, would love some masks! And may I point out, unlike dinosaurs, there are NO capybara butter dishes.

    — Christina

  • Jul 28, 2020

    I would love a tea set. Tea cups and saucers. You could make it extra fancy with a tea pot and sugar and cream holder.

    — Samantha

  • Jul 24, 2020

    I’m new to the world of Calamityware and love it. I really love your bug-out tote and see that a few will be available in September. Will you send out an email when they’re here or should I check regularly starting Sept 1? Also I’m wondering how we would find out about your kickstarter projects. Would love to support.

    Susan 🦖🦕🦧🐸

    — Susan

  • Jul 24, 2020

    I am very much interested in your beast bowl idea. Having ones with slightly sloping sides would work for all animals to prevent the stuck-in-a-crevice kibble crisis that often happens with straight sides & pushes the kibble to the middle, avoiding the calamity horror of a hole of empty kibble space.
    Love the idea of masks with your various designs. No better way to deal with this bug than to be wearing a TCBW mask or the frog & fly pattern mask.

    — C. Thomas

  • Jul 24, 2020

    I would be thrilled to buy masks!

    Also, I would LOVE a butter dish. We keep our butter on the counter in a white ceramic dish, and while you can find cows and birds, there are NO DINOSAUR BUTTER DISHES (and I have looked).

    — Gabi

  • Jul 24, 2020

    I would love face masks…your cat chasing the reaper, the skeleton bandana and the frog and fly when you finish designing it.

    Also, the frog and fly would make great table linens for Christmas with the red and green colors. I have your placemats, napkins, tea towels and hot pads in their current color. I like them, but for me I wish they were brighter! The frog and the fly pattern REALLY caught my eye!

    I just love your stuff!

    — Mary Kearney

  • Jul 22, 2020

    I’m obsessed with ALL of this! I cannot wait for what is coming next. So far everything I’ve bought I not only love, but friends are begging to know where I got it (Yes I’ve shared, even though that means I won’t be the only sporting these T Shirts)

    — Suzanne Asher

  • Jul 22, 2020

    How about creatures from the deep, dark ocean? Squid, sharks, diatoms, lantern fish and other toothy and scary fish and such…even giant clams and huge jellyfish.

    — Carol Armbrust

  • Jul 22, 2020

    How about creatures from the deep, dark ocean? Squid, sharks, diatoms, lantern fish and other toothy and scary fish and such…even giant clams and huge jellyfish.

    — Carol Armbrust

  • Jul 22, 2020

    How about creatures from the deep, dark ocean? Squid, sharks, diatoms, lantern fish and other toothy and scary fish and such…even giant clams and huge jellyfish.

    — Carol Armbrust

  • Jul 21, 2020

    I would buy a frog and fly scarf in an instant!

    — Rochelle Prather

  • Jul 17, 2020

    Yes!! Love the face mask idea. They will be around for quite a while I think, and a number of your designs would be perfect fits in this format.


    — Pam Hofmann

  • Jul 17, 2020

    To echo the deep, larger bowls, consider Ramen bowls!

    — kiki

  • Jul 16, 2020

    TCBW face masks, please!

    — Eric Seale

  • Jul 16, 2020

    I would love face masks in the black & white skeleton pattern. I have the bandanna, but a face mask would be even better. And great for gifts too!

    — Antoinette

  • Jul 04, 2020 about butter and cat bowls!!have your mugs and just ordered bandanas..yippee!!luv your stuff!!

    — Suzanne Reavis

  • Jul 04, 2020

    TCBW face masks would make the world a better place (& safer).

    — Christine

  • Jul 03, 2020

    I would LOVE to see deep bowls, for soup etc, bowls that are say 6 in. high and 6 or 7 in across.
    The present bowls are nice and I have some, but not great for cereal or soup, too shallow.
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Between them and your beautiful 20 oz mugs it would complete my set!
    LOVE your dishes and fabrics! Keep up the wonderful work! I smile every day when I use them!

    — Jill Carlsen

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