Happy Birthday Octicorn

Tomorrow, the debut picture book I did with Kevin Diller and HarperCollins imprint Balzer&Bray, will turn six months old. Over the last few months, I’ve received some wonderful pictures of Octicorn’s new fans. It’s been super meaningful. The book’s about a half octopus, half unicorn’s longing for friends, and I’m happy to say that Octi has made some great ones.

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“Hello, My Name Is Octicorn” reading at Powell’s.

Hello, My Name Is Octicorn is now at Costco

“At once funny and heartfelt, this highly original, important book helps kids to think about their own place among others and encourages acceptance of others, especially those who feel left out.” – The Times Herald

“This book should be on every coffee table in America.” – Instagram comment

“Self-love is a concept that both children and adults can benefit from embracing. This book is an easy read that everyone can appreciate. Crisp white pages with thin all-caps text are flanked by simple Sharpie-like drawings. The child-like style is sure to inspire budding artists.” –        Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Hello, My Name Is Octicorn is now available at Costco! I know this, because my Uncle Steve has been checking the one out in Hillsboro, OR pretty regularly and he just sent me a text that they’ve finally got 20 copies. So if you’re starting your Christmas shopping early and need a unique gift, get to a Costco before my Uncle Steve does.

(Huge thanks to all the friends who have supported this character and project over the years, as well as thanks to all the new friends Octi has been making.)

Justin

www.octicorn.com

My Work

 

Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)

Role: director.

Agency: tbd 

We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.

Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)

Role: writer, director

Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.

Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)

Role: writer, director

This video recently crossed 100,000 views on YouTube without any advertising.

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Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app.

Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)

Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)

Client: Laika

The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)

Role: Director, Editor, and DP (concept by Mike Merrill, animation by E*Rock)

Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD. 

Nike ID – Patty Cake :15 

Role: Director, co-star

Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

(producer: Jeff Selis, CD: Mike Byrne)

Go out in the world, with your fears on mute.

Sometimes I get in a “poor me” mood. Maybe I have a hard day or week. Maybe I have a hard time letting it go.

Sometimes we’re hurting. Sometimes we feel bad. Sometimes there are real legitimate reasons to feel sorry for ourselves.

Other times, we wish it wasn’t so cold outside, or feel frustrated about the the way our shoes look. We can be fickle and moody creatures, as this Bjork song nails rather perfectly.

If you’re having a rough day, and there’s a piece of music or a band you love. Put their music on. I also find it helpful to connect with the world, since we can feel disconnected sometimes. And I don’t mean online. Look out the window. A burst of sunlight broke through the clouds as I was typing this post. How many moments like this are we missing? Try to remember that life has your back, even sometimes you may forget that, or disbelieve it. Go out in the world, with your fears on mute, and reconnect to what matters. In no time, that Poor Me voice will quiet down, and you’ll be feeling grateful again.