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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 (188)

  • May 27, 2020

    Please please please make the guide for villains. I have a super smart teenager whose nickname has been supervillain since kindergarten. This would be the perfect graduation present next year.

    — stephanie

  • May 24, 2020

    I love everything you make and my family does too!! Love the dinnerware !! Have been giving some for gifts. Coolest. We use your bowls and plates every day. More Bigfoot anything.

    — Tara Coco

  • May 24, 2020

    Beastly Bowls please and thank you

    — Rebecca Dixon

  • May 23, 2020

    I love your art! Yes to the bicycling whatever-those-ares, yes to the pet bowls, yes to the froggy textile, and please do more Sasquatch items (if you do more scarves, maybe you could tweak the lengths). And most of all, PLEASE do masks! I want a mask just like the skeleton BADbandana. You would go down in history as the best Covid mask designer in the universe.

    — Ingrid Bock

  • May 22, 2020

    Creatures on cycles looks perfect to me. Also, not just pets! I have a grandchild and wouldn’t want a bowl that obviously looks like a dog dish.

    — Kathlyn Deak

  • May 20, 2020

    I would love a TCBW face mask. Also, I need a new jigsaw puzzle. We love all your stuff and have given many as gifts. Never truer than now!

    — Freddie Levin

  • May 19, 2020

    We NEED chargers! They could just be giant versions of the ant or fly plates. Also, a coffee pot to go with the tea set.

    — jp

  • May 17, 2020

    I’m a recent convert to the TCBW genre and love everything I’ve seen thus far. Re: ideas for future – Face masks won’t be going away for quite a while – several years minimum if ever. TCBW face masks would be wonderful since they encompass the entire Covid 19 “experience”. Since you do fabrics, what about an apron – even if only the pocket has the TCBW design it’d be great.
    Love the idea of the travel bag but some sort of well-made daily tote bag would be more frequently used. I’d also love to see a complete set of mini-plates with all the designs of the big plates. My fav has got to be Sasquatch and he’s just not on a mini plate (yet?). Love the Bigger mug idea and will definately be buying when available. I have no words to express how much I LOVE the Pet Bowl design… another definate purchase when it comes out.

    — Elizabeth Loporchio

  • May 11, 2020

    I LOVE the monster and alien art!! Window curtains and bed linens would be amazing. And how about a beer stein? A monster stein! I would buy it all ;)

    — Kelsey

  • May 11, 2020

    I would love to see some of your complex images done as T-shirts with an all-over design, where the entire shirt contains the print, not just the chest. From a distance it looks like the shirt has an indistinct fabric pattern, but when up close the delights are revealed.

    — Holly

  • May 11, 2020

    Everything is amazing! If given a choice, I’d like to see more serve ware; platters and big bowls; I think some color would blend nicely too, like the jigsaw puzzle pattern in a large platter or shallow serving bowl.

    — Carolyn Butler

  • May 09, 2020

    Would love a critter mask! Travel mug; large mugs all great.

    — Katharine Heed

  • May 08, 2020

    Burgess Shale animals!

    — Al Giraldi

  • May 08, 2020

    2.5” men’s ties. 3” is for wall street and old men. Wallpaper/Shower curtains. Perhaps allowing a one-time license fee to produce wallpaper from those firms on the web that do custom wallpaper. Allow personalized color combos and image scaling to match home decor. Cookie molds. Coasters. Bumper stickers. Flags. Socks. Hawaiian style shirts. Pint glasses. Stickers. Emoji. Table cloth. PANDEMIC MASKS!

    — James

  • May 04, 2020

    Corona virus 🦠 Murder Hornets 🐝 and face Masks.
    Please new designs

    — Janette

  • May 01, 2020

    We need Calamity masks, please! :)

    stay safe!

    — Julia Ten Eyck

  • Apr 26, 2020

    Can’t begin to tell you how many hours I’ve spent searching (over several years!!) for 20oz mugs with straight sides – and to discover that you have (or will soon) porcelain ones that are Fun and Funny is beyond great.
    I was checking to see if you had lids for your mugs (ideally also could also be a coaster when not on the mug) but I didn’t find them. I now see that you’ve had several requests for a lid (for the 20oz size – could one lid fit both 12oz & 20oz mugs?), so I’ll add my support to those earlier comments.
    Just discovered your line today thx to a URL forwarded by a friend. Make that a good friend.
    Best wishes, Cynthia

    — cd

  • Apr 26, 2020

    Bigfoot needs a mask for corona virus! 😆

    — Melissa Work

  • Apr 26, 2020

    I too am waiting for the larger TCBW mugs. A t-shirt of that would be sweet. And you should of course do a corona design. Too soon?? Nah.

    — Sheri Sharkey

  • Apr 26, 2020

    I too am waiting for the larger TCBW mugs. A t-shirt of that would be sweet. And you should of course do a corona design. Too soon?? Nah.

    — Sheri Sharkey

  • Apr 23, 2020

    I LOVE the dinosaurs on bikes design!!! And I would definitely be interested in a ceramic travel mug! I’ve been searching for a good one, that doesn’t leak and isn’t too hot on the hands, for a while now. I love all your stuff, really!

    — Michelle Arsenault

  • Apr 18, 2020

    Tarot cards and fabric by the yard – for face masks! I don’t really want to sacrifice one of my robot bandanas if I don’t have to. And dragons! Yea dragons, that’s the way of the future 😃

    — Snow

  • Apr 17, 2020

    NEW PRODUCT IDEA: Always looking for porcelain lids for mugs to keep my tea warm. They never seem to be sold separately, only with a mug. And they crash to the ground and break more than mugs. I have the mugs – just need the lids. A variation on your porcelain ornaments that were made to be mug lids would be cool. Useable with your mugs or people’s own mugs.

    — Violet McCrady

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Fabric by the yard would be awesome…so many sewing projects these days! (Hello, masks :-)
    And the cross-stitch idea would be fabulous as well. Would be fun as a SAL (stitch-a-long) that gets released each month!

    — Jen G

  • Apr 14, 2020

    Yes!! Count me in for 4 large mugs! I ordered 4 of the smaller cups and mailed them away as quarantine Easter gifts when I saw that you were coming out with a larger size! Please, dont leave me empty ‘handled’
    Also, we ordered a shower curtain and it has sure provided a pleasant esthetic diverse to our holed-up young adult kids! Thanks for bringing the smiles, Creative One!!

    — Loretta Sachsel

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