Craft Corps Giveaway Day 11: Travis Nichol’s Books!


Kathy Kitt

Please e-mail your snail mail address to: contests@vickiehowell.com within the next week to receive your prize. Congratulations!

Name: Travis Nichols

Gig(s): Cartnoonist & Novelist

Excerpt from Craft Corps (Chapter 21):

VH: How have you been treated within the craft community because of your gender, and also because being a cartoonist sometimes falls into a different category? I suppose you’re in a different position than some other men in the industry becayse you lived in Austin, where it’s not all that peculiar for a guy to make a living crafting. Out in the big world though, it would be.

TN: As far as the crafting community goes, I felt immediately welcomed by it. Being able to share booths with the Craft Mafia was fun. Although maybe you just invited me because you wanted someone with upper body strength, in which case you were barking up the wrong tree. Seriously though, I felt like I had an advantage, as if white males need another advantage in society. I remember several years ago, I posted a tutorial on Craftster for Care Bear costume I made, and I still get e-mails about it at least once a month. That was years ago. I think it benefited me to be one of maybe 10 guys posting on the boards.

VH: It was a bit of a novelty then, but that seems to be changing now, due in large par to community. There are boards, groups, Internet hubs, and things that nurture genderless crafting. Do you find that you’re coming across more male counterparts now?

TN: It’s more normal now. I actually have to make good stuff now, instead of just being able to get by because I’m a guy.

Today’s Giveaway: Signed Copy of Punk Rock Etiquette & Finish the Monster Doodle Book


Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-To Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and

Underground Bands – An original blend of nonfiction how-to and insider

humor, PUNK ROCK ETIQUETTE includes everything from guidelines for

choosing your bandmates and name, to detailed instructions for

screenprinting your own merch, to the only known complete record of the
immutable laws of stage etiquette.

How to Win:

POST A COMMENT HERE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS (BY 8AM ON TOMORROW). Poster’s will be chosen via drawing at random.


Please be sure to include your real name (not just your screen name) on your post. Winners will be posted on this blog every few days with instructions on getting me your mailing address. Prizes unclaimed will be put up for grabs at the end of the Craft Corps Give-Away-A-Day in May.

Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time hits shelves May 4th. Be one of the 1st to get a copy by ordering today from BN.com!

Don’t forget to share your story on the Craft Corps website and become a Craft Corps fan on Facebook--fans will be eligible for additional prizes!

Psst! Come back tomorrow for a giveaway from Stencil1’s, Ed Roth!

38 Responses to “Craft Corps Giveaway Day 11: Travis Nichol’s Books!”

  1. HippieKender

    These books look very interesting!
    I didn’t know there was a Facebook fan page, I just joined.
    -Stephanie Keever

  2. Anonymous

    I too just love all the contests you are having
    Anne Sampson

  3. lauren

    Vickie you are so awesome! I love your site and the give aways are a treat. My daughter loves Travis’ cartoons too πŸ™‚
    – Lauren

  4. Danielle

    those look really fun. Especially the monster book! I love how monsters are becoming more popular!

  5. Judy

    cool I’d love it. lost about how I find out if I win though?? will someone contact me on facebook?

  6. Sarah Hardy

    This would be awesome to add to my craft book collection. Hope I will win, to try some punk rock crafts!
    Sarah Hardy

  7. Grace Hernandez

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Travis before! Even if I don’t win this one, these books have to join my crafty bookshelf.
    -Grace Hernandez

  8. Jenn

    I’m lovin’ the ideas for both of these books, love to have them on my shelf.
    Jennifer Lewis

  9. Turtle

    Lol, the etiquette book i so want to read! Having been involved with bands for the past 20-25 years it would be a fun read! (lol, is there a chapter on i want to quit singing but no one will let me!!???)

  10. Anonymous

    Punk Rock Etiquette is a great idea for a book. I want the book and would love to win it but I will buy it if I don’t win.

    Kathy Kitt