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Imps and Monsters February Newsletter

Newsletter: Kickstarter ending Thursday, Imp Lands Issue 4 is out, and Emerald City Comicon Approaches!

Hi everyone,

I will no longer be using Constant Contact to send out newsletters  but will instead be regularly updating my blog – so if you want to receive updates in your inbox just enter your email address in the “Subscribe to Blog via Email” field here on the right side.

Other than that, just a few updates (see below) – because this week is BUSY!

Thanks for all the support,
Justin Hillgrove

“By Order Of The Queen” Boardgame

Ends Thursday March 2nd @ 9pm PST

Just a few days left if you want to get in on the Kickstarter for our new game “By Order Of The Queen.” We have been working like mad on all the finishing touches, last minute stretch goals, and getting files ready to send to press. CLICK HERE to learn more about the game. Remember the Kickstarter copies come with extras not included in the retail version as well as being offered at a lower price than the MSRP. Thanks for all the support and sharing that has made the campaign so successful!

Also, Analog Games interviewed me about working on board games. CLICK HERE to read the interview on their blog.

Imp Lands 4

Imp Lands Comic Book 4Imp Lands issue #4 is hot off the press! I’ll have some with me at Emerald City Comicon and they are available HERE on the website as well.

Emerald City Comicon

And speaking of Comicon, I will be at booth #412 near Steam Crow and The Oatmeal, so if you are attending be sure and drop by. I think tickets may already be sold out so be sure and check before coming down.

Emerald City Comicon – Seattle, WA

March 2 – 5, 2017
Washington State Convention Center


Miyazaki Totems

A Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki-themed group show opened at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco on February 2nd. My contributions to the show are two 8″ x 24″ original acrylic paintings on canvas (sold as a set). The “Miyazaki Totems” were a lot of fun to work on – It was an opportunity to re-visit my favorite Miyazaki films and put my spin on many of his beloved characters.

Prints can be ordered HERE on

Spoke-Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 796-3774 *


“By Order Of The Queen” Board Game is on Kickstarter

After a full year in the works, our  2-4 player cooperative fantasy board game is finally on Kickstarter! There is a reward level that includes my original inked drawings but those are limited so grab one quick if you are interested. You can find out more about the project by clicking the link below. And if you want to support the project but aren’t able to back it, please share via social media!


Free nativity sketch download

A bunch of people asked me for a print of this little nativity doodle I had posted via social media. Here’s a link to a high-res file you can download and print for free on your end:



Open Studio 11/25 – 11/26

UPDATE: Big thanks to everyone who came out to see me. It was fun to have so many come by and tour the studio. I’ll definitely be doing this again next year. Thanks again, Justin.



Black Friday Studio Sale
November 25 – 26, 2016
10am-5pm Friday and Saturday
7110 184th Street SE, Snohomish, WA 98296
My studio will be open and available to visit Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm and I’ll have prints, books, toys and more for sale with some great deals and swag for those who can make it out.

Board Game Launch Delayed


Okay, okay – I know what you are thinking. I keep saying that we are launching soon and we keep postponing.

We are working and polishing this gem and will finally be launching this January 2017. Though that is still a bit off and the Kickstarter campaign will be running several months later than expected, the good news is that the later campaign won’t actually delay the production of the game. Had we launched earlier as we had hoped to, we still would have been working on getting the files ready for press well into February 2017. Anyways, thanks for your patience!

Some general info about “By Order Of The Queen”:

“By Order of the Queen” is a 2-4 player family-friendly cooperative fantasy board game where each player plays a party of adventurers. Go on quests, visit the town, fight monsters and follow the Queen’s orders to bring stability and order back to the kingdom.

Plush Toys & Key Caps 40 – 50% OFF

plush-salePlush Toys & Key Caps 40 – 50% OFF


My friends at The Coop (the company that produces my plush toys and key caps) are clearancing some merch to make room in their warehouse. That means all my plush toys and key caps are available from my site for drastically reduced prices until they sell out. So if you are looking to expand your collection or pick up some gifts, check it out on the “SHOP” page.

Daily Sketches Are Starting Up Again! Drawing 1 – 3.

Sketch-A-Day #1

Sketch-A-Day #1

Sketch-A-Day #2

Sketch-A-Day #2

Sketch-A-Day #3

Sketch-A-Day #3

Not-Quite-Daily Sketches Are Starting Up Again

It’s been awhile since I ended my sketch-a-day but I’ve been wanting to start it up again and it is finally happening now! I may post some of my new Daily Sketch feed here in the blog, but the best way to follow them is to follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I’ll most likely be posting 3-5 sketches a week but I’ll try to keep it up.

instagram @impsandmonsters

facebook @impsandmonsterspage

Goldilocks “Just Right” Timelapse Video

Here’s another acrylic painting time-lapse video with voice over – I hope you like it.

YouTube video URL:

The Doomicorn

The Doomicorn

The Doomicorn

The Doomicorn is here!

FREE Coloring Page Download – CLICK HERE

Giclée Print available here

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