"Long time ago, (at 2004 precisely) my birthday was approaching and I had the luck to contact Craig Bartlett via snail mail and sent to him a "Party Wagon drawing", so as a wonderful person he is, he contacted me via email replying that he liked the drawing and also thanking me for it, so I replied that receiving his mail had been the best birthday present ever. Days later, he sent another mail saying that he was going to send me some "Hey Arnold cells" as a Birthday present. And here they are. Nowadays I treasure them as you can see."
I could probably post this now since Kinako received it already! It was intended as a surprise for her. I was sending out a very late package for the beautiful doujinshi she gave me. When Craig received it he loved it so much, and then I told him:
yo I’m sending out a huge package to Kinako, wanna send her something? Wink wink!
And his response: sure! I should send her a cel!
then it was mentioned that she’d probably not even expect it and would be a great gift!
Craig loves to freak out his fans just as much as I love to freak out my friends. He’s always for it. For instance: “hey, you should do this for so and so, they’d totally freak out!!!” and in turn he’s like “YEAH YEAH!!! Lets do it!”
Craig is such an awesome person. What a guy!!
By Charles Garcia
Hey all! I’m so glad you’re enjoying this blog, but - pretty tragically - I am almost at the end of my personal collection of Hey Arnold! concept art! This is where you come in! If you have anything related to behind-the-scenes HA! action this comm would LOVE to have it. Particularly any magazine scans or pictures of HA! cels or the art taken from any of the HA! kids books! Anything original and not quite easy to obtain would be wonderful!
Rack your brains and your files for delicious HA! concept art! Let’s keep this blog going. And hopefully will get some more interesting leaks of older works from animators as time goes on.