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Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The banners for the Philadelphia Book Festival are up around Center City Philadelphia. Designed by Kelly Beh, they use a part of the poster illustration and really stand out in today’s bright sunlight. These were taken on Market at 8th, Arch at 16th, and in front of the library. They are also on Broad at Spruce and Walnut at 19th.
The festival is May 17 & 18 so if you’re around, come by the library and say hi.

Philly Book Festival banners

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Finally! I got two large boxes today full of the play-set, puzzle, and stationery I designed and illustrated for Mudpuppy last year.

Thursday, November 29th, 2007


A new book about children’s books was just published and I’m interviewed in it. Written by Martin Salisbury, it involves showing some work and interviewing many of my favorite artists inclucing Alexis Deacon, Shaun Tan, and Sara Fanelli. It’s mostly European and Asian in direction. The only two Americans, in fact, are J. Otto and myself. Go get it. I’m in some fantastic company and I’m just really pleased. (For the record, the quote regarding Lane Smith was misinterpreted. I was going to play accordion at one Lane Smith signing, but it never actually happened. Lane’s cool with it…)

me again

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything about this cool thing that I illustrated for Cranium this last Spring. Actually, there are two of them. One is set in an colorful jungle full of exotic wildlife, and the other is set in a funny ocean teeming with friendly whales and piranhas. Here are two larger views (click on them):

Talk 'n Tracks

Each of the puzzles has a battery-operated vehicle, a monkey in a banana for the jungle, and a seal for the ocean one. As the monkey/seal passes by the various animals and scenes, sound effects are triggered. The pieces can be rearranged in a multitude of ways creating hours and hours of endless amusement. Cranium hasn’t bothered to put it on their site (!!), but it’s available at Amazon dot com and Target.
I drew all the illustrations, which was interesting as I had to carefully follow the template path that had already been engineered.

Cranium Layout ssketch_s.jpg

It was a real challenge getting everything lined up just right.
At a recent open studio here it was a real hit with the kids…

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

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Following close on the heels of the aforementioned camping book, and this little book about a boy wizard and a magical boarding school comes Garth Nix’s One Beastly Beast (Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales). Published by Harper Collins, this is a collection of four stories. I made the cover design and all the interior illustrations. It was fun to get to draw pirate rats, slimy aliens, mouse pilots, robot monsters, sea serpents, penguin girls, and a princess based on my very own daughter. And the stories are a lot of fun to read, as well.
Grown-ups will like it too, as the photo shows.

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Camp Out!

Two years ago, when I bought a ton of camping stuff and decided that I was going to teach the kids how to fight bears and survive in the wild with only a rubber band, gum, and a box of toothpicks, I went to the book store to find a good book about camping with kids. Surely there was one, right? Wrong. They were all poorly written, were ugly, or the recipes were dull.
So imagine my enthusiasm when a year later I get a call that Workman Publishing was making the very book that I wanted, and they wanted me to draw the funny pictures. I spent most of March and April working on this book called Camp Out!. I’m responsible for the cover and for the seventy-six “funny” illustrations throughout the book (as opposed to the “technical” illustrations that someone else did and that actually show you how to tie the knots and fight the bears and build the tent…).

So, today the kids and Sacha and I were looking for stuff to buy at the local B&N and look what we found in the kids’ section.

You should all run out and buy one (except mom and dad, who get a copy). It is a good book. Even if you don’t camp or have kids. And it’s got funny pictures.

Friday, July 6th, 2007

iPhone home page
iPhone biz page

I was shopping at the Apple Store the other day and wanted to see how my site looks on the new iPhone (which I vehemently deny any interest in). Apparently the thing has problems with certain kinds of image tags and doesn’t know what to do with Flash and Javascript either. Absurd! Note that only one bird appears on the main home page image. Ludicrous! I’ll be waiting til v2.0. At least!

Monday, March 19th, 2007

A few weeks ago I answered some questions put forth by Kelly Erb of tinytreasury dot com. It was for a series she thunk up called “Friday Fifteen” in which up-and-coming kid’s book types pretend to be famous for a minute or two. Mine went up on March 2. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Me and my Munchkins

We found our Munchkins! Driving up Old York Rd to Doylestown today, we saw the posters hanging in a window of the 7th Dunkin we passed. I turned the car around (safely) and went back. We bought a box and took plenty of pictures.
Go out and get yours now!

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Just got an email from Sacha. She took this pic at a Dunkin Donuts in Center City Philadelphia. Apparently the Munchkin boxes are coming on Monday. ” I always believe that Mondays are good days for donuts. Stay tuned!