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1. Chicken Note Cards! Store Opening!

I’ve opened up a store, and am selling  note cards (1 sided, like a postcard) of my chicken breed images! I hope to be adding many more things to the store, but here we go!

Here are the images:dominique maran rir sussex wyandottebuff


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2. oh my gosh.

I am so incredibly flattered. Artist Idaika Iglesias has created some sweet, sweet sculptures based on my work. She’s been able to completely capture 3 dimensionally, what I try and get across in 2.  I just love these- it’s so fun to see my skinny legged girls standing up and not toppling over! Here’s one- click over to her blog to check out the rest!bebe1


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3. Silver Laced Polish

Seriously. Seriously.  I so wish i could have one of these adorable girls in my flock. I would get nothing done. I would just watch it walking around, bumping into things, being adorable…. I would live a blissful, stress-free life….ahhhh. However. I have some serious meanies in my flock, who would take great joy in plucking her bald. So, she’s not for me, but…. i can dream.polish


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4. Buff Orpington

I currently have a Buff in my  teeny flock, and i would definitely consider getting another one. She’s a great layer, will patiently sit on my lap and let me hug her, and fat and pretty. The only thing I don’t like about Buffy, is that she’s wormed her way to the top of the pecking order and can be a bit of a bully to my favorite, Polly. buff


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5. Rhode Island Red

So lovely, so velvetty, such good egg layers… definitely a contender!rir


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6. Black Copper Marans

I just love these! and check out the chocolately brown eggs! I think she would be a nice addition to our flock.maran


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7. Speckled Sussex!

sussexHere’s contender #2.


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8. choosing a new chicken!

Next spring, we’ll be adding a couple of new cuties to our micro-flock. i’ve started the research… mostly using My Pet Chicken (it’s where we bought our first girls, so we’ll be going here again.) The different breeds are all so pretty, I’ve decided to illustrate all the top contenders. Here’s Lady # 1.wyandotte


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9. teeny teeny tiny baby elephant.

I had a dream last night, in which my brother found a teeny tiny baby elephant, and i somehow (i caused some sort of ruckus) ended up losing it. it wandered off into the woods and got lost in the leaf clutter. i spent the rest of my dreams, trying to find it, but no luck. If anyone finds a teeny tiny baby elephant wandering through the leaves, please let me know!babyelephant


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10. light + tunnel

I’ve been so lucky to have been kept incredibly busy over the last 7 months. Between illustrating a number of books for publishers that I’ve always wanted to work with, and   doing book store appearances and accompanying food drives for local food pantries, and attending book shows and DIY book and comic shows like MOCCA and TCAF— I haven’t really had time for much else. Happily, because we homeschool, our kids were able to go with us to all of our events, either selling their own books at shows, or just getting to know a new city. And I won’t complain- I swear, we had a blast. The last book store we visited was the way way cool Librarie Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal, and we had an awesome turn out. Here are some pics from the event.

But now we put our suitcases away and  things will get quiet. We’ll get reacquainted with friends, chickens and weed the already unruly garden.  And soon start working on some new books, inspired by all the beautiful work we’ve seen, people we’ve met and places we’ve seen!tunnel


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11. and another chicken!

Because drawing these is making my brain really, really happy.girl and chicken 2


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12. ahhhh, chickens

I needed to take a short break from the books that I’m  illustrating. Andgirl and chicken inspired by seeing some illustrations by of one of my favorite artists, Garth Williams, at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum thought it would be fun to practice my penwork.  Aaaand of course, my mind wanders to chickens.


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13. Waking up to good reviews…

is always a nice way to start the day!
punks-cover-2012From
Nerdy With Children:
Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story

Who says that punks have to be human? Beats me. In the world of New Flip City, home to the care-free, talented, fun-loving, and creatively exciting group of punks known as the Happy Punks, they redefine this oh-so-conventional rule.

Spending their nights and days attending shows and making a ruckus, the Happy Punks are always partying hardy with a group of their best friends who just so happen to be snowmen, zombies, robots, animals, and so many other types who comprise the majority of residents who live in New Flip City. And since they all love to dance and make merry through the eclectic rage and beat-rific peppiness of punk rock, slam dancing is always in abundance.

From authors Jana Christy and John Seven comes Happy Punk 1 2 3: A Counting Story that tells the tales of these 12 awesome punks as they punk it up with other ilk-minded rebels, explore the confines and weird alleyways of their city, meet new friends, and mosh the night away as they teach toddlers how to count to 12 in the most punk rock ways possible.

As an alternative to boring, mainstream counting books, Happy Punks is a brand-new revised take on an old-school lesson that every child eventually has to learn. And as a parent who loves punk as much as any other hardcore enthusiast of this genre, sitting down with your kids to count to 12 in the same way that The Ramones would count to four is an imaginative teaching technique that will teach kids the importance of learning stuff. “To call Happy Punks 1 2 3 ‘adorable’ would be an understatement. It tells us ‘Welcome to Planet Earth!’ and ‘Here’s some cool stuff you could do in life!’”—Teresa Taylor, B*tthole Surfers. That pretty much says it all.

ALSO! This totally sweet review of A Year with Friends! from

Feed A Reader:

To say this book is adorable would be an understatement. The fantastic duo have done it again. As CJLO Magazine said, “John writes, Jana illustrates and magic happens.”

A Year with Friends is a month by month compilation of a friendship. From January’s snowy sled day to December’s hot cocoa by the fire, you’ll be mesmerized by each glimpse of a girl and her sweet companion.

The illustrations by Jana Christy are so precious and delightful it could put any reader in a good mood at once. Her characters have sweet faces, the colors are vibrant, and the movement in each piece really takes this book to a new level.

It’s not too late to start the year off right with A Year with Friends.
Good seasons start with good beginnings. -Sparky Anderson


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14. new releases!!

This is a very exciting week for me! Four books that I illustrated in 2012 are being released!

The first! A Year With Us written by my husband/ creative partner, John Seven and Published by Abrams Appleseed! This is what Kirkus had to say about it: ”While lots of books about seasons are available, this one is as fresh and crisp as a cool fall breeze…The charm is in the narrative’s simplicity and the breezy, soft-edged artwork that captures the special wonder of each month…This expressive childhood tribute to the joys of nature throughout the year warmly conveys the message that anytime is best when shared with a friend.” -Kirkus Reviews

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The 2nd- my first Little Golden Book!!! Yippeeeee!

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The 3rd and  4th! The first 2 books in the Never Girls, Disney Fairy series are out! WIth more to come later this year! disney 1jpeg

 

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Whew! I’ve been busy! Time for some tea!


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15. Prints!

I’m happy to announce the opening of my store!  I’m currently set up to sell some select prints, but soon hope to add some small handmade books and cards.  Please let me know if you’ve seen something of mine and would like  a print of, I will print to order. I’m using really lovely, 65 lb. archival fine art, lightly textured paper and archival pigment inks.


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16. Chickens in the Snow

 

The first snowflakes fell tonight in New England and I went out to hang with the girls in their coop. It’s starting to get pretty cold. I can’t help but worry about them, in my kind of lame, new-chicken-owner way. I worry they get too cold, even though i selected winter hardy breeds. I sat on their hay bale and one by one tucked them into my wool coat and warmed them up. Tatty fell asleep, Buffy looked comfy, Polly escaped and flew on top of my head. Luna wanted none of it and flew away. I came to terms with the fact that they’re not my farm animals- not only do i not have a farm, I only have four. I worry about them like I worry about any other creature I’m besotted with. They’re my outside pets. And if my neighbors looked out their window, they would’ve seen my sitting inside my lit chicken coop, with one girl on my head, another two sticking out of my coat and would’ve heard me singing to them.  So be it. I’m the crazy chicken lady.


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17. vote.


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18. Well, this is cool.

A Rule Is to Break: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy

John Seven and Jana Christy. Manic D (Consortium, dist.), $14.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-933149-25-7
Many children’s books encourage self-expression and free thought; few take those ideas as far as this collaboration from Seven and Christy, the duo behind The Ocean Story (2011). “The oppositeof rules is anarchy!” opens the book as a blue-haired girl leaps naked across the page. Various ways to insert a little anarchy into one’s life follow. “Don’t look like everybody else! Be you,” Seven writes as the girl sews a devil costume for herself. Anticommercial sentiments run through several scenes (“Paint pictures on your TV! Forget about grocery stores and get dirty in your garden!”), and even adult readers taken aback by lines like “When someone says ‘Work!’, you say Why?” and “No baths ever again!” will be able to get behind suggestions to “Educate yourself. Use your brain” and “Listen to the tiniest voice.” This is the softer side of anarchy, with an emphasis on fun and independence, but also community and kindness. Seven and Christy’s heroine wouldn’t look out of place in a Peter H. Reynolds story, and their message isn’t far from his work either—it’s just been cranked up to 11. Ages 4–up. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 11/05/2012 Publishers Weekly

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19. Chummy

I want to  do a comic about my favorite character on Call the Midwife, Chummy. I love her.


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20. Chummy, 2


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21. Chummy 3


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22. bands I love.

I listen to music pretty much all the time while i work. occasionally, the music bleeds in to the art.  this time, i wanted to just give in to the music and draw the creator of the songs i listen to the most.  i love Australian/ British band Allo Darlin‘– Elizabeth Morris’s voice and words always conjure up lovely  images in my head. Here she is with her ukulele. 


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23. the jauntily illustrated A Year With Friends

We just got our first review for A Year With Friends!  It’s from Kirkus…

“While lots of books about seasons are available, this one is as fresh and crisp as a cool fall breeze.

Each month is jauntily illustrated with a two-page spread of panels and one pertinent line: “January is time for rolling down hills”; “February is time for snuggling.” A boy and a girl alternate in the scenes from January through July up to August, when they meet at the beach, build a sand castle and become friends for the remaining months. “April is time to get messy” is depicted with the boy in a yellow slicker and red boots jumping in a puddle. In July, the girl carries popcorn and a blanket as she and her dog walk to a grassy spot to watch fireworks. The narrative ends: “A new year is time for fun with new friends!” The charm is in the narrative’s simplicity and the breezy, soft-edged artwork that captures the special wonder of each month. There are lots of ideas for displays and monthly themes for story times.

This expressive childhood tribute to the joys of nature throughout the year warmly conveys the message that anytime is best when shared with a friend.”

April is time to get messy!


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24. Give away stuff for free!

From: A Child’s Guide to Anarchy!

Which we found out recently, will be available at a lovely round up of prestigious art museums! Including:

NY MoMA
Mass MoCA
Chicago MoCA
Boston MFA
SF MoMA
SF Cartoon Art Museum
Hammer Museum (Los Angeles)
Portland Art Museum (Oregon)
Berkeley Art Museum (California)
Menil Collection Musem (Houston)
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)

YAYS! And of course, check out your local indie bookstores (or via the interwebs)


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25. A Child’s Guide to Ennui, part 1


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