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An interview in Publisher’s Weekly

September 15th, 2011

There’s a really swell piece in Publisher’s Weekly about Everything Goes. Since I don’t have a nice graphic to use for the piece, I’ll post this great cutaway of an RV that is part of the collection of reference material I found on the Google Images as the interview mentions.

Here’s the link to the PW article.

everything goes today!

September 13th, 2011

Today is the official publication date of Everything Goes: On Land. I’ve been anticipating September 13, 2011 for several years now and I was kind of hoping The Today Show and a bunch of news vans would have been at my studio door when I arrived this morning.
The book should be available at an awesome book store near you today, and if not, I know you can get it on Amazon dot com.

There will be a publication and signing party at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA on September 24 at 1pm. If you live in the Philadelphia area I hope you can come out to this and say hi.
I’ll also be making an appearance on the 21st at the North American Independent Bookseller’s Association conference in Atlantic City on Sept 24.
Publisher’s Weekly will be publishing a little interview with me in a couple of days, so check back for that.

In the meantime, here are some photos of people happily enjoying Everything Goes. If you like the book, snap a picture like this and send it along.

By the way, one of these people actually appears in the book (albeit with a slightly different appearance). First one to find her or him and puts it in a comment gets a prize.

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Society of Illustrators

August 9th, 2011

I just got the news that I got two book into the annual Society of Illustrators’ Original Art children’s book show for 2011. Brownie & Pearl Take a Dip is one, and Everything Goes is the other. This is my first time in the SI so I’m sort of ridiculously pleased. Thanks to my editors at Beach Lane and Balzer+Bray, as well as the Society and the judges. Now time to partay.

Here’s some more information about this competition.

name dropping

August 1st, 2011

Another review of Everything Goes popped up last night. This one at Publisher’s Weekly. I’m a little more than thrilled to see Scarry, Handford, and Crumb all thrown out in one small paragraph. What a good start to a Monday.

Illustrator Biggs’s first solo outing launches a transportation-based series with a cartooned survey of vehicles that populate the roads and rails. Using the framing device of Henry and his father driving to pick up Henry’s mother at the train station, Biggs (the Brownie & Pearl series) creates a series of bustling landscapes full of vehicles, real and whimsical, which provide conversation fodder for father and son. Every few pages, Henry’s questions prompt Biggs to break from the journey and zero in on a specific vehicle’s components and capabilities, providing just enough detail to satisfy budding gearheads (“When you turn the key in the ignition, the battery sends a jolt of electricity to the motor that starts the car”). While it’s too early to declare Biggs the next Richard Scarry or Martin Handford, this series has plenty of potential: Biggs has a cheery cartooning style that’s reminiscent of R. Crumb and ideal for populating his oversized pages with a multitude of players and detail. With running visual jokes and mini-narratives adding to the fun, Biggs gives readers lots to take in and enjoy.

Here’s a link to the review on PW’s website.

Just a few more weeks til the book is out…

a glory ride, indeed

July 29th, 2011

I got a nice note last night that Kirkus has given Everything Goes: On Land a terrific review. This is the first real review that I know of and it’s a good start…

In a visual feast for fans of wheeled vehicles large and small, Biggs presents a series of high-density street scenes done in an amiably rumpled cartoon style.

Driving in from the ‘burbs to a generic metropolis, a lad and his dad gloss each big, double-page spread-” ‘Do trucks work the same way as cars?’ /
‘Many of them do. Trucks also have jobs, like cars’ “-as they glide through heavy traffic, past a construction site and under an elevated highway. They wait for fleets of bikes and motorcycles to pass and park at last near a train station to pick up Mom. Along with sparely labeled close-up or cutaway views of a car, a bicycle, a big truck, a subway station, an RV and other specimens, the author sets up the family reunion at the end with a giant double-gatefold aerial view of an entire neighborhood packed with traffic, pedestrians, local businesses and signs, each one individually distinct.

Jokey side conversations (one firefighter tells another, “There’s no fire. It’s just a cat”; his companion asks, “Should we get some milk?”) play off more serious and informative dialogue. A diagram of a car is accompanied by a disquisition on the relationship between a car battery and the motor, as well as the fact that “[a]n electric car uses batteries and electric motor. No gas!”

A glory ride for young car, truck, train, bus and trolley devotees.

You can see it here if you’re a Kirkus subscriber. If you’re not, they only give you a snippet.

a page of its own

July 19th, 2011

Everything Goes On Land cover

It occurred to me with the flurry of Everything Goes announcements last week that I didn’t even have a page in my Book section for Everything Goes. Well that’s been rectified. This page is a central depository for all things Everything Goes and it will be updated, likely quite often, as news and reviews and images appear once the book is out. At some point I may create a mini-site for the series, but for now this page will do.

some nice words about Everything Goes…

July 15th, 2011

We received a few nice blurbs the other day from some book sellers who saw advance copies of Everything Goes: On Land. After a year-plus of sitting in a studio by myself cranking this thing out, it’s sure swell to poke my head out of the hole and read this kind of thing.

Everything Goes: On Land is the story of a boy taking a car trip to the city with his father and all the modes of transportation they encounter there. Each two-page spread introduces us to a different class of vehicle, which is then followed by a see-inside spread allowing us to learn more about the different vehicles’ parts and how they work. The pages are so busy and colorful that a child will spend hours poring over them and discovering new details. At the same time, color-coded speech bubbles allow the parent to read the story’s conversation between father and son.

For booksellers, this delightful book offers the best of both worlds — a book for a non-reader to enjoy alone, and one to be shared between adult and child. This would be a perfect recommendation for a grandfather to read to his grandson.

Everything Goes: On Land is informational, educational, and just downright fun – you’re not going to find a better combination anywhere! This is Where’s Waldo?, Richard Scarry’s Busytown, and See-Inside for a new generation! Bravo Brian Biggs!”
Mary Brown, Books, Bytes, and Beyond

“I love this book. I can’t wait to read it to Ian, my 2-1/2 year old nephew who is really into vehicles. It is very Richard Scarry (a favorite of mine). I love the bright colors and detailed illustrations. This is a book that you look at over and over again and still find new things. I love the comments of the people in the street scene. There is so much to look at! It’s a really great interactive picture book, which will be great to hand sell. This book just makes me smile.”
Jennifer Brenninger, The Doylestown Bookshop

“This picture book comes with a money-back guarantee for endless hours of enjoyment for kids as well as moms and dads. Everything that has wheels and goes gets the funny-interactive treatment with great little stories and illustrations by Brian Biggs. Richard Scarry has met his match!”
Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshop

Everything Goes, the fun little video trailer

July 12th, 2011

HarperCollins posted a fun little movie trailer for Everything Goes on Youtube yesterday.

Everything Goes is coming…

July 11th, 2011

Everything Goes: By Land

I came in to work this nice Monday morning and was fairly immediately greeted by the UPS truck outside. He gave me a package that I’ve been anxiously awaiting for several years now.
Everything Goes is now a book. Bound, with a cover and endpapers and a UPC symbol and an ISBN number and it’s got my name on it. I’m pretty glad to see this. Of course my plan today was to work hard on book two, but that got preempted since I had to take pictures…

Everything Goes! back cover

Everything Goes! (yes, it's now finally an actual book)

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Everything Goes! Interior detail

Publication date is September 13.

Everything Goes on Amazon

July 8th, 2011

Just noticed today that Everything Goes is up for order on Amazon dot com. There’s something that feels “official” about that, now, with the cover image and everything. Official publication date is 13 September. Getting closer every day.

Click the image to go to there.

(I really like that it lists its “Best Value” partner book as The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man. I’ve never heard of this book, but I love Michael Chabon. I’d order both and get that 5% off if I were you.)