More Conni stuff by Haba


Oh yes, we are going to spam you with Conni stuff this year.

Just fresh out on the market, Haba produced some beautiful plates, glasses and other tableware with my drawings! I’m so excited and hope we’ll get to see them up close very soon.

Conni tableware by Haba
Conni tableware by Haba

And even though we don’t have much to do with these, they are too cool not to show. Haba also made some Conni figures for their Little Friends line:
Conni Little Friends

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New Conni books for 2018


Happy new year!

We already posted this on our Facebook page a while back, but here’s what’s next in the Conniverse for 2018!

In spring, we’ll have 3 new books coming out: “Conni goes to school”, “Conni makes pancakes” and a “school friends” book (kind of like a poetry album where your friends can write and draw stuff about themselves) similar to the “kindergarten friends” that came out last year.

'My school friends' and 'Conni goes to school'
'Conni makes pancakes'

Also, but this is already for 2019, there will be 2 calendars coming out by Lappan, a family calendar with columns for up to 5 family members and a calender which the kids can color themselves!

Conni calendars for 2019.

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Here be dragons… (Haba)


Haba Drachen!

Yesterday a big package containing the latest games I did for Haba came in! I worked on 2 projects for them this year, on the one hand a new card game featuring Dragon Thunder Tooth and a set of three puzzles much like the ones I did for Princess Mina, but with a boy and his dragon.

Let’s start with the puzzles.

You might recognize the main illustration for that from our portfolio – it’s a painting I made back in 2013. The people at Haba liked it so much that they wanted to use these characters for the puzzle set. The main image could be used just the way it was with a few more details added in.
It was really cool for me to draw those two characters again.

A little side note on the third puzzle: I was told to draw the knight / boy “rescuing” a princess from her tower or something like that, but instead of just having a passive princess I decided to have a bolder, braver girl who managed to escape from the guards all by herself, she just needed a ride to get off the tower. In my first sketch I actually had her standing on top of the two guards whom she knocked out by herself, but the editors thought that was a little too brutal for the target audience, even though they liked the idea.
So – you might not be able to tell the whole story just from that single picture, but there it is.

Let’s see those puzzles now!

The cover for the puzzles.

Puzzle nº 1, which was my original image.

Puzzle nº 2.

Puzzle nº 3.

As for the second game, it’s a Happy Families game (it’s called “Dragon Rapid Fire Quartets” in English – I’m a bit confused about the name change here, but whatever) featuring the same dragons we already knew from the Dragon Thunder Tooth board game, plus 4 new dragons. I’m a little sad that I had to change Fire Tails’ color from the original orange to brown, but it was to avoid confusion in the game.
But I do love to draw these little fellas and I’m happy I could create new ones as well! I love dragons.

Dragon Rapid Fire Quartets

All the cards from the Dragon Rapid Fire Quartets

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The first Conni-books are out! (Carlsen Verlag)


The 4 new Conni books that just came out.
The first 4 books of “our” little Conni are out!

As announced in our previous post, we worked together on these titles: I took care of the general layout, the characters and the final coloring, Marc sketched the backgrounds. We’re very happy with how these turned out!
Let’s take a look, shall we?

These are the 2 big picture books, “Conni goes to kindergarten” and “Conni is angry”:

The 2 picture books.

Here are a few sample pages from “Kindergarten” (no text because we don’t have the rights to that):

Sample page from 'Conni goes to kindergarten'.
Sample page from 'Conni goes to kindergarten'.

And here are a couple of pages from “Conni is angry”:

Sample page from 'Conni is angry'.
Sample page from 'Conni is angry'.

The picture books are gorgeous and in hardcover, each one comes with a poster to hang on the wall.

The other two books are smaller and come in glossy softcover. These are from the product line which is called “Lesemaus”. The “Lesemaus” books are not limited to Conni, but there are hundreds of different and varied picture books for children in a very affordable edition.

These are the small 'Lesemaus' books.

Here are sample pages from “Conni goes to the dentist”:

Sample page from 'Conni goes to the dentist'.
Sample page from 'Conni goes to the dentist'.

And here are few from “Conni goes potty”:

Sample page from 'Conni goes potty'.
Sample page from 'Conni goes potty'.

We are really, really happy wit how they turned out, the publishers did a terrific job on these. We can’t wait to see how the readers react to this new take on their beloved character.


  • “Conni kommt in den Kindergarten”
    Published by Carlsen Verlag, 2017
    Story by Liane Schneider. Drawings by Janina Görrissen in collaboration with Marc Rueda.
    ISBN 978-3-551-51825-5
  • “Conni ist wütend”
    Published by Carlsen Verlag, 2017
    Story by Liane Schneider. Drawings by Janina Görrissen in collaboration with Marc Rueda.
    ISBN 978-3-551-51827-9
  • “Conni geht zur Zahnärztin”
    Published by Carlsen Verlag, 2017
    Story by Liane Schneider. Drawings by Janina Görrissen in collaboration with Marc Rueda.
    ISBN 978-3-551-08700-3
  • “Conni geht aufs Töpfchen”
    Published by Carlsen Verlag, 2017
    Story by Liane Schneider. Drawings by Janina Görrissen in collaboration with Marc Rueda.
    ISBN 978-3-551-08688-4
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My friend Conni (Carlsen Verlag)


So here’s some biiiig news we’ve been wanting to share for months now, and it’s finally official: Marc and I are illustrating the new picture books of “Meine Freundin Conni” (“My friend Conni”) by the German publisher Carlsen, which will come out this year in September!

In case you don’t live in Germany or you simply don’t have children within the age range to know Conni, here’s why this is such great news: Conni is one of the most famous German children’s book characters around at the time, created by Liane Schneider and Eva Wenzel-Bürger. The first book featuring her came out 25 years ago and since then it has expanded into a massive universe with picture books for very small children, to children’s books, to novels for teens. Children can follow Conni on her everyday adventures and basically grow up with her. Apart from the books, there’s also a musical (with a second one debuting this year), a TV show and two movies. As you can see, it’s quite a big deal among children.

What we’re doing is the picture books for children from ages (approximately) 3 to 6 years old. Up until now, those books were still mostly done by Eva Wenzel-Bürger, but the publishers decided that it was time for a fresh makeover.

These are the titles that will be coming out in September: “Conni kommt in den Kindergarten” (“Conni goes to kindergarten”), “Conni ist wütend” (“Conni is angry”), “Conni geht zum Zahnarzt” (“Conni goes to the dentist”) and “Conni geht aufs Töpfchen” (“Conni goes potty”).
Two of them are new versions of beloved, already existing books (“Kindergarten” and “Dentist”), the other two are completely new stories by the original author, Liane Schneider.

So anyway, we’re really super excited! It’s so much fun to draw this character and her world, so we hope we’ll be able to make much more of them! And of course, we hope the readers like the new style.

As I said, Marc and I work on this together – even though the title only has my name on it (but Marc’s will be featured in the books’ imprint). While I decide the layout of the pages and draw the characters, Marc draws the backgrounds and gives tham that quirky, slightly organic feel. Then the pages go back to me for coloring.

We’ll surely show you more once the books come out, but for now, here’s what you get to see in the publisher’s new product catalogue (you can download the complete catalogue from the publisher’s website:

25 years of Conni!
There will be posters! And tattoos!
Here's the preview for 'Conni is angry'.
There will also be a friendship book to accompany 'Conni goes to kindergarten'.
'Conni goes to the dentist' and 'Conni goes potty'.
And because it was so small before, here's a closeup of the sample page from 'Conni is angry'.

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