Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you … Continue reading

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GOAL: LIVE DRAWING

Yesterday I announced a fun weekend challenge that ends tonight!  Can We Do It? If we hit a total of $4ooo or 200 backers for my new spooky comic book on Kickstarter, then I will give you live video access to my computer screen for a full hour, where you can watch my draw my … Continue reading

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WATCH ME DRAW MY NEW BOOK–LIVE!

This is your chance to invade my studio and watch me draw comics for a full hour! If we hit $4000 or 200 backers in the next 2 days, then I will give you video access to my computer screen, where you can watch me work on Spooky Sleepover live. Use images on the Kickstarter … Continue reading

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MAKE COMICS THIS SUMMER!

MAKING COMICS | JUNE 9-13 Have children ages 12-18 that want to make comics? I’ll be teaching a five-day comics workshop at Higher Ground Learning in Salt Lake City, June 9-13, covering everything from generating and filtering story ideas, developing characters and story arcs, laying out comics pages and speech bubbles, making rough drafts, and publishing opportunities for comics-makers. I … Continue reading

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ADAM REX MAKES A PICTURE BOOK

I recently came across this great post from Adam Rex on his process for illustrating the picture book Chu’s Day, written by Neil Gaiman, and thought I’d pass it along. The post is a brief overview of the roughly 6-month process that Adam put into creating Chu’s Day. (Adam mentions in the comments that “I can work on … Continue reading

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GIANT MOON PRINT

Since 2006 Pittsburgh-based husband and wife Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth have run the Tugboat Printshop, a traditional printmaking studio where everything is made by hand, starting with the giant slabs of wood into which each of their images are carved. The Moon is their largest hand-carved relief print ever coming in at 36″ x 32″ (91 x … Continue reading

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JOHN STEINBECK’S “GRAPES OF WRATH” DIARY

Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s diary while writing The Grapes of Wrath (via Austin Kleon) In 1938, John Steinbeck began writing what he hoped would be a great novel, and to keep track of his writing progress, he started a daily diary. “Here is the diary of a book…it will be interesting to see how it … Continue reading

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SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM KRAMPUS

Check out the making of the cutest lil’ Krampus I’ve ever seen here!

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TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE ART WORLD

Your Dreams My Nightmares is a podcast hosted by artist Sam Weber featuring conversations with artists, illustrators and designers. I’ve listened to episodes covering topics as varied as the business of illustration, the pros and cons of art school, children’s book illustration, the New York Times, being precious about your creations, Canadians and New Yorkers, animation, … Continue reading

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