Not Your Average Greeting Cards: Hashtag The Planet Offers A Fresh Approach To Saying Hello

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Brooklyn based artist, Ann Merritt creates fun and sassy greeting cards from her studio in Williamsburg. Her drawings speak of love, heartbreak, encouragement and inspiration. Her card designs are inspired by her webcomic Hashtag The Planet http://www.hashtagtheplanet.com

The Brightside of A Bad Breakup

I draw when my head wants to explode. Maybe something is so cute I can't stand it, or so sad I want to crumble. That's when I draw. That's where this all comes from.

Ann Merritt started drawing Hashtag The Planet three years ago after enduring a difficult breakup with her then boyfriend. She recently launched a greeting card store featuring these designs which has been met with great popularity.

"I draw when my head wants to explode. Maybe something is so cute I can't stand it, or so sad I want to crumble. That's when I get out my paper. That's where this all comes from", Merritt tells us over coffee in her tiny, but jaunty, studio apartment in Brooklyn's Williamsburg.

Merritt wanted an outlet where she could express her feelings without having to explicitly chronicle the details. Her story revolves around her main character, The Girl, and now covers many facets of life. In addition to heartbreaking images, The Girl also gives us loving expressions, inspirational sentiments and random acts of cuteness.

Merritt's recent success at New York's Comic Conference in April of 2011 launched her into the Hipster greeting card market, where she sells many of her designs to people all over the country. "I was so humbled and thankful for the reception I had at this year's Comic Con. Meeting fans and hearing that the work resonated with them was really heartwarming. It reminded me that even when we feel sad and alone, we never really are."

Ann Merritt's work can be found at http://www.hashtagtheplanet.com or you can follow her on Twitter at @HTTPlanet.

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