Friday, April 27, 2012

10 Year Art-niversary! 700th blog post! "Will & Whit" dummy!

So tomorrow makes it exactly 10 years ago that I stated my very first sketchbook, seriously making art for myself for the first time.
Then it was 5 years ago that I moved to New York thanks to an amazing opportunity from Jamie Bernstein, who just happened to give me my first graphic novel.

And now here I am posting my 700th blog post
(that's a lot of art over the years!) as I'm making a second book for Abrams and prepping my table for MoCCA Fest?! The serendipity of it all isn't lost on me. I am beyond grateful, so I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the support over the years!!

Okay, enough gushing. So I've finished the dummy (drawn draft) for WILL & WHIT! Yay!
Here's a sneak peek at some of the very roughly sketched out pages. 
They're very. Roughly. Drawn.

There's mattress rafting!
 There's a love triangle and an arts carnival!
 There's a hurricane called Whitney that brings on a blackout!
There's flashlight tag, complete with a look-I'm-timely-timely Hunger Games reference!
 There's even dancing by a graveyard, oh-la-la!
 I can't wait to share more of this book as it develops over the next 8 months. Stay tuned! 

And this weekend I'll be at MoCCA fest, so please stop by my table for free block print tattoos!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Next weekend: MoCCA Fest

I have a table at next weekend's
April 28-29th Saturday & Sunday
11:00am-6:00pm @ Lexington Avenue Armory
$15 day/ $24 weekend

I'll be selling books, prints, original art, and offering FREE BLOCK PRINTS on people. (Like what I did a couple years ago at Figment) Please stop by!!
In other news...

 Page by Paige has been nominated for YALSA's Top Ten Teen Reads!  
This is special because it is voted for by teens, and I'm the only graphic novel nominated. 
What an honor!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Eisner Award nomination!

I'm nominated for an 
EISNER AWARD for Best Lettering!

This is such a huge honor!!! Especially considering "Page by Paige" is my first book. And also considering how few women were nominated. (Just 8ish% by my guesstimate)  And considering there are only 4 other books from Abrams that got nods. I find it funny how I'm nominated for lettering of all things, because for me lettering the book was the fastest easiest part. Who knew! Anyway, the award ceremony is at San Diego Comic Con in July, but I wasn't planning on going. Unless someone else wants to help pay my way??  (Read the Washington Post article here.)