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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Twitch, The Monster of Frustration

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Heartwarming and unique the award winning WorryWoos are a line that everyone falls in love with. Who hasn't felt lonely, confused... or downright frustrated! Each Woo embodies a difficult emotion and walks readers through not only how to deal with that feeling but shows that everything turns out just fine in the end. Twitch, The Monster of Frustration, is the newest Woo in the line and you can see the EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK here at Plastic and Plush.

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A little about Twitch:

“Why me?” and “It’s not fair!” are favorite phrases used by Twitch, The Monster of Frustration. Though Twitch tries very hard to get everything right, he quickly gets upset when things don’t go his way. If you’ve ever had a day when everything seems to go wrong, this adventure will tickle your funny bone and put life’s little setbacks in a proper perspective. Once again, Andi Green has created a memorable character that will appeal to kids of all ages.

Remember there are 5 other characters and each book has a corresponding plush and in the case of Wince the Worrybug... YOU CAN GET AN ACTUAL WORRYBUG!

Twitch The Very Frustrated Monster

REVIEW: The WorryBug

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Background

Andi Green has released the second plush from her book – Wince, Don't Feed The WorryBug. The WorryBug is the sixth plush delivered from the pages from Green's Worry Woo Monsters series of books (which currently sits at five books).

The WorryBug loves to make you worry. Why? Because worries are its favorite treat. And the more you worry… the more it will eat! It loves to push your worry button, hoping that one worry will lead to another. So to all of you worriers: DON’T FEED THE WORRYBUG or your worries will grow!

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The Facts



The WorryBug
Series: Worry Woo Monsters
Manufacturer: Monsters In My Head
Artist: Andi Green
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 10” tall (7” tall when seated)
Pricing: $12.99

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Tag

The WorryBug has two tags. The first is the basic tag featuring The Worry Woos logo. The second tag actually doubles as a bookmark (it's thicker than a normal tag). It has a photo of the plush on the front, with an illustrated WorryBug and short bio on the back.

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Our Opinion

Even though you might not be able to tell, The WorryBug is in scale with his pal Wince. You can see him with Wince in the book image below, and they're very similar in plush form. This smaller size might also attribute to why The WorryBug runs $12.99 (other WorryWoos run $21.50).

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The softball-sized WorryBug plush has big eyes, although they're probably not as large as the illustrated version - those dominate his face. The arms have been made of long pieces of yellow rope, which is a nice change in material. Other features include a stinger and wings on the back side and ears and antennae on his head. (Oh...and there's The WorryBug's single tooth)

In my opinion, The WorryBug is the cutest of the plush Worry Woo Monsters. Some of the other characters might have a leg up as illustrations, but I think the smaller size lends itself well to this specific Woo.

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And I think that kids will also love The Worry Bug plush. Even though it's a collectible, the real audience of Andi Green's Wince, Don't Feed The WorryBug and the accompanying plush toys will be the little ones. And not only will they be read a great story at bedtime, but now they can play with the characters from the book.

You can purchase one at the following:

WorryWoos.com: $12.99

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The WorryBug Pre-Order

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Andi Green has announced that the next WorryWoo Monster - The WorryBug - is now available for pre-order. The WorryBug character was first seen in Andi's book - Don't Feed The WorryBug. You can pre-order the plush here for $12.99.

Twitch The Monster of Frustration

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Andi Green (Worry Woo Monsters) has given us a sneak peek at Twitch The Monster of Frustration. Twitch will be released alongside The Very Frustrated Monster storybook. Look for these to be released in October 2012.

Worry Woo Monsters – The WorryBug

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Andi Green has revealed the one of her upcoming Worry Woo Monsters - The WorryBug.

The WorryBug loves to make you worry. Why? Because worries are its favorite treat. And the more you worry… the more it will eat! It loves to push your worry button, hoping that one worry will lead to another. So to all of you worriers: DON’T FEED THE WORRYBUG or your worries will grow!

Look for the 8" tall plush to retail for $12.99.

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Twenty Questions: Andi Green (WorryWoos)

Andi Green is the artist and illustrator behind the WorryWoos series of books and plush toys. To date, she has released books and the accompanying plush toys for five characters: Nola, Rue, Fuddle, Squeek, and Wince.

She can be followed on Twitter at @WorryWooMonster

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P&P: What's the genesis behind the WorryWoo Monsters line?

AG: The WorryWoos started back when I was in high school. I would sketch out these monster characters everywhere but never really knew why. It wasn’t until after college that I realized I was sketching out characters based on the emotions I was feeling. I decided one day while drawing that I wanted to create light boxes for these ideas and write stories that explained who they were.  While writing out their background stories I decided to take it one step further and Xerox transfer the stories to the front of the  24" x 36” light boxes I had built. It was an amazing process for me as it was the first time I combined my love for illustrating with my love for typography and design.  

Side note -- Some people don’t know what the Xerox Transfer process is -- it is the process when you take words or images and photocopy them backwards then use a solution to transfer the image off the paper and onto a surface.  For me this hands on ability to cut each letter out of the story and play with the type on top of the character was truly exhilarating. I just love how playful type can add to an image. And as tedious as it sounds, it made the stories and final product that much more personal for me, I was able to express the feeling of each letter through this process.

At that point the WorryWoos made their first appearance as The Monsters In My Head in a group exhibition in NYC. The response was really astonishing, so many teachers and parents wanted my characters that after the show I started to break down the stories and create storyboards for books. And so began my journey into the world of The WorryWoos.  

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P&P: Do you have a set process for creating a WorryWoo? Does the story come first, or do you first design the character?

AG: The characters always come first. I love to sketch out my ideas before anything else. Even in the final books I like to tell the story both visually and verbally. The process is kind of backwards and can definitely create some road blocks as I have a bunch of illustrations that as much as I try I just can’t write to them but it works for me and allows me to really tap into my drawing world which is my favorite place to be.

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P&P: Since you have control final over what the illustrated versions of your characters look like, what are some of challenges getting them into plush form?

AG: It is really hard to get the dimensions you have in a drawing to match that in a plush. A lot of my characters have exaggerated features, super skinny necks, over-sized eyes etc. For a plush these mechanics just don’t work. A small neck with a large head causes a monster with it’s head on the ground. It becomes a push and pull and a lot of back to the drawing board. But once I see a shape and look that works, I feel extremely satisfied...then onto the characteristics...ha.

P&P: Have you ever thought about releasing a vinyl or resin series of toys based on the WorryWoos?

AG: Absolutely! I think the characters would look so cool as vinyl. I just have to figure out how. I am very attached to the look of my characters and vinyl is such an art I would have to work with the right people to make sure the vinyl encompassed the characters essence.

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P&P: At conventions and other events, do you see more customers who are toy collectors or parents and kids?

AG: I get a mix of both. This year the first day of Comic Con I had so many repeat customers from the previous year because they were either collecting the WorryWoo or their kiddies loved them. It was fantastic!

P&P: What would give you more satisfaction: seeing a child reading a WorryWoo book or seeing a child with a WorryWoo plush?

AG: Seeing a child reading a WorryWoo book is so rewarding for me. To see how engaged they are with the story and to hear them discuss what they think is happening in the stories is just too awesome for words. 

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P&P: So far, you have addressed Loneliness, Insecurity, Confusion, Innocence and Worry in your stories. What types of topics will we see discussed in upcoming WorryWoo tales?

AG: There are so many emotions I am just now starting to make a list of the next topics. I get a lot of emails asking if I will make a book about a certain emotion or situation. I hope to one day address a lot of these requests. 

P&P: I see that Twitch is the next WorryWoo to be released, can you give us a preview of what his/her story might be about?

AG: Twitch’s book is all about frustration. There are so many different ways to feel frustration that I am hoping to tap into a bunch of them through Twitch’s daily experience. My goal is to show how letting frustration get the best of us can turn pretty ugly. Sometimes we have to step back and stop focusing on the negative and enjoy the positive.

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P&P: If you had to choose one WorryWoo character that best represents Andi Green...which would it be?

AG: WOW! I don’t know! They are all me!! Probably Fuddle, I can never make up my mind... it is amazing I am even able to finish a book.. Confusion can really stop me in my tracks... but now I say to myself what would Mr. Worm and Fuddle tell me!!

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P&P: We've seen books, plush toys and artwork based on the WorryWoos. What can we expect next?

AG: A Woosical and an animated I-Pad Appl!! I am currently working with an amazing group of people who are producing a WorryWoo musical for Fall 2012. They are so talented and the music they have created is unbelievable. I am beyond excited! As well the I-Pad App will be released next year and the goal is to maintain the WorryWoo look and feel even in the digital world.. and the group who is working on it is doing an incredible job.

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P&P: Where do you see the WorryWoos line five years from now?

AG: I hope in five years to see a lot more people embracing their inner Woo! The goal is to evolve the characters into a full Woo World where there are more WorryWoos and Wooland has really been mapped out. Pipe-dream is to see them as large puppets in Woo Land!

P&P: Are you currently working on any projects outside of WorryWoos?

AG: I am, but I am not ready to talk about them yet. I am staying focused on Twitch. 

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P&P: If you could choose one artist to collaborate with, who would it be?

AG: I would love to collaborate with the team from the Jim Henson group. There are so many talented artists there and I just know we could do some amazing work together. 

P&P: Since the line is a favorite of plush collectors, is there anything that you are passionate about collecting?

AG: I love old cameras and love to buy the really old ones when I see them at flea markets. Even if they don’t work, they intrigue me. 

P&P: What words of advice would you give to aspiring artists or authors?

AG: It may sound hard but it is always important to find the positive in every negative!  When things go wrong, don’t give up instead, learn and move on. Mistakes can be the greatest stepping stone and if you learn from them they will make you that much stronger. 

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And Five Random Questions:

P&P: What was your favorite childhood cartoon?

AG: That is a tough one.. I was a cartoon fanatic. If it was on I watched it! I had every ScoobyDoo cartoon memorized (this will give you a clue to my answer to another question) but I also never missed SpiderMan and His Amazing Friends.. I loved Firestar.. she had the coolest hair! And I can’t leave out The Last Unicorn...that movie was a huge inspiration to me and I still watch it and am enthralled.

P&P: If you were stuck in an elevator for 2 hours, what song would you rather hear nonstop: Walking On Sunshine or We Built This City?

AG: I am going to have to go with We Built This City. 

P&P: What's the last movie you watched?

AG: I just watched 180 Degrees South. Very inspiring. I hope to one day to be able to follow in their path.

P&P: What toppings do you like on a pizza?

AG: Spinach, mushrooms and olives.

P&P: Are you a cat person or a dog person?

AG: I am definitely more of a dog person BUT I have to whisper this because my cat is right here on my lap and she would be devastated to find this out! I love running with my dogs and this has created a very deep bond between us.

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WorryWoos Break It Down

If you didn't get out to New York Comic Con last week, then it's quite possible that you missed out on some of the festivities like what's shown above. Yep...that's Squeek and Wince from the WorryWoos, and they are apparently ready to get down.

WorryWoo Workshop at NYCC

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WorryWoo creator Andi Green will be hosting a WorryWoo Workshop on Kid's Day at the New York Comic Con. Join Andi on Sunday October 16th 2011 at 2:30PM on the Hasbro Stage as she talks about creating a WorryWoo Monster and reads her latest book 'Don't Feed The WorryBug'.

After the reading, Green will conduct a "Color-a-Woo" workshop. This will be accompanied by a "LIVE" guest appearance of Wince, The Monster of Worry, and his best pal Squeek, The Monster of Innocence.

If you can't make it out for Sunday, stop by The WorryWoo Monster Booth - #3017.

A WorryWoo Celebration

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Andi Green will be celebrating the official release of her newest WorryWoo Monster. The official launch of Wince and his storybook "Don't Feed The WorryBug" event will take place on October 1st 2011 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at the W Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ. RSVP by sending an email to events@worrywoos.com or on the Facebook events page.

The Release of WorryWoo Wince

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Andi Green has released her newest WorryWoo Monster plush and storybook. Wince - the Monster of Worry - and his book, entitled Don't Feed the Worrybug, can currently be purchased for $36.00 for the set.

Don't Feed The WorryBug takes you on a whimsical journey as Wince discovers the secret to keeping his worries from getting monstrous.