★ On Giving Thanks: A MrJayMyers Holiday Special

Hello All,

coloringbookIt’s Friday in a pretty special week ’round here, days of reflection and giving out of it, thanks-giving.

tjcolorcoverI’m all in—except for when I get stuck in my ruts, in mind-sets that don’t give and only take. Daily, I become more convinced of the staying power of encouragement and forging forward with community. This is why I am thankful for you all, my friends, and family.

To celebrate, I’ve got three announcements!

1) I’m doing another giveaway—and your chances of winning are good. This time I’ve got a copy of the first chapter of my western fairytale comic Adventures of Tomy and Jon book and a MrJayMyers Color Me coloring book coming for three subscribers to this blog. (Current subscribers are already in the bowl.)

Thank you for being here. I’m sincerely thankful for you. Sign up here if you haven’t yet.

2) You can also DOUBLE your chances by subscribing over at TomynJon.com because I am giving away three more of each to three others there.

These are nearly the last of these I have in stock, I literally have two copies of the comic left after this, so if you wanted to grab one of those, the window is closing.

3) Last but not least, I’ve got a whole new page of my fairytale up for you all on my webcomic page NOW at tomynjon.com , a holiday special during my current hiatus.  I hope you like it. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without all your support, so thank you immensely.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

Recent Art:

Here’s part of my process for the new Tomy and Jon Thanksgiving page:

Initial Sketch
Closeup of rough sketch
Inks halfway done

To see the final and read it, visit TomynJon.com.


a1rzr-plyql-_sl1500_Derwent Watercolor Colored Pencils (Amazon link)

“Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils offer intense color combined with a translucent effect for bold, expressive drawings; round 8mm barrel; wide 4mm core

You can use them dry, but mix them with water and the color turns into vibrant ink; once dry, the color wash is permanent and can be embellished with wet or dry media

Highly blendable texture in a range of jewel-like colors; blue barrel with color end tab for easy identification; durable metal tin includes 36 pencils, each of an exciting color range.”

Just got these two days ago, so far …..








Even with my limited experience with them I rate them very favorable. I did this while playing cards last night.



I’m still reading: Bandersnatch, by Diana Pavlac Glyer– also available on, Audible


I know I mentioned this last week, but I’m still reading it and it’s entirely worth a second mention.

From back cover:

An inspiring look at the Inklings and their creative process
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other members of the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other’s work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example?
Featuring full-page illustrations by James A. Owen, Bandersnatch offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford, and a seat at their table at the Eagle and Child pub. It shows how encouragement and criticism made all the difference in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and dozens of other books written by the members of their circle. You’ll learn what made these writers tick, and more: inspired by their example, you’ll discover how collaboration can help your own creative process and lead to genius breakthroughs in whatever work you do.

Here’s a quote:

“…Evidence of creative breakthrough is found in unlikely places: a quick note, an offhand remark, a journal entry, or a formal letter. We gather the scraps, and we piece them together the best we can. The fact is, creativity itself is a messy business. We want to think of it as linear and efficient, but in actuality, it is full of false starts, dead ends, long hours, setbacks, discouragement, and frustrations. Knowing that it works this way can help us be more patient with our own untidy processes.” —Diana Pavlac Glyer

One of the things I am seriously thankful for is what Diana Pavlac Glyer calls “resonators”. One more quote from Bandersnatch; “What is a ‘resonator’? The term describes anyone who acts as a friendly, interested, supportive audience. Resonators fill many roles: they show interest, give feedback, express praise, offer encouragement, contribute practical help, and promote the work of others.” For me this is you—thank you.

Do you have resonators in your life? How can you be one for someone else today? We all need help getting out of our own creative ruts or non-creative ruts, mind-sets that don’t give to us or anyone else. Forging ahead with you.

Have a great weekend. Create, be happy, keep creating,


Don’t forget to subscribe to get in on the giveaway and get a free one page PDF as well: Thirteen Commitments for Artists to Cultivate Inspiration. Winners announced next week!

Jay Myers: Curtesy of Raynna Myers

Please share this with anyone else you think may be interested in these kind of updates. Thanks!

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Check out my free western fairytale webcomic: The Adventures of Tomy and JonOr buy your own copy here.


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