Studio JKD is basically just me, Jill, and I enjoy creating things. To date, my favorite creation is Happy the Hodag and Buddy the Bulldog.

I'm an Art Director, Designer, Illustrator and Writer who was born and raised (and still pays 
taxes and plays) in hodag country.
As an Art Director I spend my days strategizing and creating visual experiences for the big world of business while my evenings and weekends are spent studying, photographing and drawing all things small. I also create stories and characters for picture books and then subsequently apply those characters and pieces of that artwork to fabrics, paper and products. I call this extension of visual narrative StoryStyle™.

You can see what I'm currently up to over on my BLOG where I post a whole lot of randomness.

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Book : Tales From The Trees

Tales From the Trees
Tales From the Trees
by Jill Kuczmarski
A rhyming read-to-me picture book for kids about the elusive Hodag, a cute and lovable twist to the infamous lumberjack lore of the Northwoods starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound.
$6.95 + FREE Shipping

Book : A Monster Misunderstanding

Tales From the Trees
A Monster Misunderstanding
by Jill Kuczmarski
A rhyming read-to-me picture book for kids about the elusive Hodag starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. A prequel to Tales From the Trees, this fast paced adventure is about how a hodag and bulldog came to be the best of friends. 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound.
$6.95 + FREE Shipping

Book Set : Tales From the Trees + A Monster Misunderstanding

Tales From the Trees
Tales From the Trees + A Monster Misunderstanding
by Jill Kuczmarski
Rhyming read-to-me picture books for kids about the elusive Hodag, a cute and lovable twist to the infamous lumberjack lore of the Northwoods starring Happy the Hodag & Buddy the Bulldog. Two 6" x 6", soft cover, perfect bound books.
$10.00 + FREE Shipping  Save $3.90!

Plush Toy : Happy the Hodag

Tales From the Trees
Happy the Hodag Plush Toy

12" Tall, Plush Toy, Self Standing
$24.99 + FREE Shipping

Plush Toy : Buddy the Bulldog

Tales From the Trees
Buddy the Bulldog Plush Toy

6" Tall, 8" Long, Plush Toy, Self Standing
$24.99 + FREE Shipping

Plush Toy Set : Happy the Hodag + Buddy the Bulldog

Tales From the Trees
Happy the Hodag + Buddy the Bulldog Plushies

Happy: 12" Tall, Plush Toy, Self Standing
Buddy: 6" Tall, 8" Long, Plush Toy, Self Standing
$40.00 + FREE Shipping


iBooks
Full color, full screen colorful illustrations:
iTunes Store 

iPad App's
iPad App's are full color, full screen illustrations with a page-by-page
read-to-me option:
Goodnight Ranger and Tales From The Trees

Fabric : Happy the Hodag + More!

Choose the print, select the fabric, decide on a size and bam, order your fabric!
http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/studio_jkd

Happy the Hodag

Happy has his own page, it's this way...

Who is Happy the Hodag?
There are many different depictions of hodags in my hometown of Rhinelander, WI and when I was growing up all of these hodags were shown to be mean and scary. I decided to add a new kind of hodag to the landscape and in 2006 I created Happy the Hodag to be a friendly hodag. Is he the most lovable hodag known to man? I like to thinks so ;)

Crafted to exhibit traditional hodag characteristics but in a more accessible style for children, Happy the Hodag stars in my first children's book Tales From The Trees which is an introduction to the hodag legend for children. I published a second Happy the Hodag book in 2007, a prequel called A Monster Misunderstanding, further expanding on and diffusing the legend of this green beast for little readers and Hodag enthusiasts.

Keep up with Happy the Hodag at: facebook.com/happythehodag.

What in the world is a Hodag? 
The hodag is a fictional monster said to be lumberjack lore from the near turn of the century in Northern Wisconsin. The hodag was made 'famous' by a lumber scout in the late 1800's named Gene Shepard.

Gene Shepard was a major booster of my hometown of Rhinelander, WI as it was becoming established and he was known for his sense of humor. Gene pulled a magnificent hodag centered prank on the locals and is the reason the official Rhinelander, WI mascot is in fact, a hodag.

Most folks outside of Wisconsin don't know what a hodag is and that's why I created thehodag.com, to help hodag novices become acquainted with not only the history but also its many meanings within the Northwoods culture.

Books

In addition to my Happy the Hodag series I also have a couple of other book projects in the works:


COMING SOON!!!

Park After Dark by Jill Kuczmarski

When the sun goes down in the forest, do the animals go wild? 
Sing and dance your little one to sleep with this silly bed time book.
A rhyming read-to-me book filled with vibrant and fun illustrations.


COMING SOON!!!

Eleven Odd Mushrooms by Jill Kuczmarski

Join some fun-guy's on an adventure to find the answer to one big question... what is that sound!?
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If mushrooms could walk where would they go?
Up a mountain, down a vale, into town to catch a show?
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I know of such mushrooms, Eleven of them, it’s true.
Friendly little fellows who stick together like glue.
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Won’t you join them on their journey of discovery and good fun?
They love making new friends, you could be the next one!

Contact

Jill Kuczmarski | Studio JKD
jill@kuczmarskidesigns.com

If inquiring about an order, please include your first and last name and the date of the order.

Did you hear the rumor that I also do freelance design? I do occasionally take on some side projects and even have a fancy-pants professional page with an overview of my experience available upon request. Feel free to email me your inquiry and we'll chat.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Shipping
If you are ordering outside of the United States or Canada please email your order to info@kuczmarskidesigns.com if you are ordering from outside the U.S. or Canada. We will use PayPal to bill you for the order so please use your email associated with that account for the order.
Delivery
In most cases, an order ships the business day after it is received. We will notify you via email of anticipated delivery date (based on your selections on checkout) and if we anticipate any delays. Orders shipping to Canada and abroad will take longer.

HAPPY THE HODAG RETAILERS:

Best Embroidery: Your Hodag Connection (Tees, Plush and Books!)
22 W. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Book World (Rhinelander Location, Books Only)
58 N. Brown Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
p: 715-369-2627

Fun Factory Sweet Shoppe (Books, Plush, Candy + Chocolates)
229 N Brown St, Rhinelander, WI 54501
715.369.3451
funfactorysweets.com

Imaginuity
21 S. Brown Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
p: 715-362-7778 

Pioneer Park Historical Complex (Rhinelander Logging Museum)
In Pioneer Park off of Business US 8 (Oneida Ave.), Rhinelander, WI 54501
Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
450 West Kemp Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501
p: 1.800.236.4FUN 
info@rhinelanderchamber.com