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Monday, May 12th, 2008


This Saturday and Sunday is the Philadelphia Book Festival at the Main Library. I’ll apparently be an “event” at the festival itself on Saturday and I hope you can make it over to see whatever it is I’m doing. I’ll be on the “Target Children’s Stage” at 3:00pm.

Rumor has it that there will be a Q & A session. So come up with the question that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to. (My favorite color is “rainbow” so don’t ask that one.) And then I’ll be signing books. They’ve ordered lots and lots of early copies of the new Roscoe Riley books that will be in stores later this month, as well as all the other stuff.

In addition, sometime on Sunday, not sure when, I’ll be signing Shredderman books with Wendelin Van Draanen. This is our very first signing together and I’m pretty excited. We will be at the Children’s Book World booth, so check in there and find out what time it’s to take place. Then, if you happen to see me, let me know too.

This is all good news, yes. But the other shoe has to drop, right? Well yes indeed. At the same exact moment that I’ll be acting all famous and whatever on Saturday, the slightly more talented and much better looking Adam Rex will be doing the same in the Children’s Story Hour Room, also at 3pm. So you must decide between us, and we’re both taking names…

Here’s the link for the festival.
And the link for my little event on Saturday.

We’re praying for decent weather, so please come in any case.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008


These three books, written by Katherine Applegate and published by HarperCollins, are coming out on May 27. They are the first three of a series of six and possibly more chapter books, for which I am illustrating the covers and interior illustrations. Roscoe is a nice kid who keeps getting into trouble. The stories are really cute and perfect for kids just learning to read. I spoke to someone at Children’s Book World in Haverford yesterday who told me that they expect these to sell like gangbusters.
You don’t have to wait for May 27, however. If you come to the Philadelphia Book Festival on Saturday May 17, you can get your copy then. I’ll be there signing and talking at 3pm.

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I finished this illustration last week for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Book Festival coming up in May. It will be posted all over and they’re running ads in the papers and hanging banners on Market Street.
Look close and find all the various odd book-lovers. I’d love to have used actual literary characters but I probably could not have cleared copyrights, and it would have added weeks to the amount of time I’d need.
I’ve got details of the poster uploaded on Flickr as well.

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I’m part of a beer club that meets once a month down the street in the basement of an Episcopal church. Typically we organize the meetings around tasting and discussing (and tasting) beer within a theme. For instance, Pilsners, or California micro-brews, or local ales, etc. We decided to brew our own back in December and show those who have never homebrewed the entire process. At a meeting in December we brewed a batch of IPA and one of a really dark Mexican-style lager (supposedly like a Negro Modelo) that I found in a beer cook-book.
WHen one brews, one always needs a name for said brew, and typically it’s nice to have a name for the brewery as well. Wilson and I have “Affe Haus” for what we make at home, which translates into (surprise!) Monkey House. We chose Church Basement Brewery for the church-brewed beer. And for the lager itself, celebrating both the holiday around which we brewed it and the three of us who did the brunt of the work (Chris, Kirk, and me) we went with Tres Hombres Sobrios, which means Three Wise Men, and which for anyone who really knows us, is funny.
For this occasion, I made labels. Thanks to Sacha for taking the picture.

Tres Hombres on the bottles
Tres Hombres Sobrios

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Ladytron @ The Fillmore

This is a three-color poster I designed this week for Ladytron at The Fillmore in San Francisco. It’s being printed today (13 Oct).
The project started out as a robot, but that got shot down. In the end this is not a bad thing, as I plan to use the robots for other things anyway.
Additionally, while I love the robots more than this particular image, I think this is more appropriate for the band.