Received notification of a couple of Junior Library Guild awards for a pair of books I did for MacMillan a couple years ago. Congrats to Erik Slader and Ben Thompson and the good folks down at MacMillan Children’s Publishing who put together such a nice looking package. My name spelled wrong, but, well, I’m sure my brother appreciates the publicity.
Now awaiting the go-ahead on 4 book projects, and in sort of a holding pattern, circling the runway. In the meantime, with a lot of time on my hands, I decided to start work on a book project of my own. While we were on our hiking trip last summer, conversation frequently came around the idea that we should write a graphic novel chronicling our misadventures. The working title is “How Not to Hike the John Muir Trail (or How to Not Hike the John Muir Trail)”. Above is one of the first two page spreads that will likely open the book. Once I get a chapter or two completed, I may begin shopping it around to various publishers. Stay tuned for more as this dry spell continues.
For the past few days I’ve been working on an idea for a new coloring book. I’ve worked up a few sample images in order to present it to the publisher.
Working this week on generating some new projects. I proposed a coloring book idea to one of the publishers I’ve worked for in the past, and am working on a few test samples to give an idea of where I’m going with it. I’ll likely do another like this tomorrow and perhaps color one of them. In the past I’ve worked in a ‘scratchboard/woodcut’ style for my coloring book projects, but I’m going to try something a little bit different this time.
One of the interesting side effects of working on these “Who Was” books for Penguin, is the fact that they are also published in various ‘foreign editions’ (which they very nicely send me copies of from time to time). While this is not the first time my work has appeared in other countries (I’ve previously done work for magazines in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany and Holland, among others), I believe this is my first experience with foreign editions of books I have appeared in.
For the record, the cover illustrations are not by me, I mostly do the interior illustrations (except for one title, ‘What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?’, which I did back in 2014)