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The Burp Box
There's been two new belchy releases in the George Brown, Class Clown world recently!
First out is the noisy Burp Box! It's the first George Brown box set containing books one to four. Plus there's a button on the box that unleashes a super burp sound effect to help with your reading.
Help! I'm Stuck in a Giant Nostril! Cover
Next out is book six in the series- Help! I'm Stuck in a Giant Nostril! It's my favorite cover so far and it was lots of fun drawing up moldy toes and dripping noses. The book bio-
Despite George's best efforts to rid himself of the curse of the burps, those magical and pesky belches are still following him everywhere he goes - even on his class trip to the science museum. If circulating through a human heart or sliding down the nostril of a giant nose sound wild, just wait until the burps attack!
Warning! Beware! Danger! Caution!
The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless- the new book series I'm illustrating is out on evil shelves now! I'm so thrilled to be working on this fun and funny series written by Allan Woodrow
and published by Harper Collins
Zachary Ruthless is a ten year old boy determined to become the next big super villain. Along with his henchman, Newt, they set out to turn Plentyville's mayor into a zombie and make him do their evil bidding. They hope to be inducted into S.O.U.R.B.A.L.L.S.- the evil society of super villains, led by Mr. Maniacal.
Learn more about Zachary Ruthless, tremble at the Rogues Gallery, and browse the shop at Evilbadguystuff.com
(the number one evil gadget web site on the planet, and probably the universe). There's a super villain posted very month
so keep checking the site. This month- Knock Knock (The Joker's third cousin, once removed)!
You can buy the book at these places-AmazonBarnes & NobleBordersIndie Bound
The next book - The Stench of Goodness
is out later this year.
Cover for Book 1 Zombie Laser
What's Black and White and Stinks All Over?
Book four of the George Brown, Class Clown
book series for Penguin I'm illustrating is out now! George and the gang head to the park for outdoor class scavenger hunt and run into a stinky skunk.
Check out the George Brown Website
for more book and purchase info. You can also send a Super Burp to your friends.
Sample spreads from What's Black and White and Stinks All Over...
There were two things I hated while growing up - math and baseball. So I couldn't pass up an opportunity to face my demons and design dozens of baseball players for a project that would meld the two together. Glad I did it because it was fun going back to look for characterful players from my youth- especially the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers. The project was to create several players for each position for a series of baseball cards that would come in a workbook for classrooms to help teach students about math and statistics.
Above are some of the front action shots and below are the character's profile mug shots.
I'll leave you with this-
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.
The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan, the graphic novel I illustrated last year has won a few awards!
Paul Bunyan has been selected for 3x3's Children's Illustration Show in the Book Cover division. 3x3 is a magazine showcasing the best of contemporary illustration around the world. Big honor to be a part of it. It's appearing in their Illustration Annual No. 7 now. Order it here.
Paul Bunyan also won a gold at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Best Children's Graphic Novel of 2010. "The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and life-long reading." What awesome news- thank you!
You can buy Paul Bunyan at Amazon US, Amazon UK or a buncha other places!
Paul Bunyan, written by Martin Powell, is the third graphic novel I've done in the Graphic Spin series for Stone Arch Books. First two were the The Three Little Pigs and The Ugly Duckling.
I also did an interview with Literary Asylum back during the Halloween season and forgot to post about it. Read about my process, inspiration and other nonsense HERE.
Matt from Literary Asylum has also interviewed the authors I collaborate with - Kevin Bolger (Zombiekins) and Allan Woodrow (The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless).
OK- that's enough of that. I'll post some artwork soon! Promise.
Zombiekins has made an appearance in last Sunday's New York Times. Thanks to 10 year old Marvin for reading it (and liking zombies)!
Here's the link on their website.
Ol' Bunyan is so big I could barely fit him on the cover! T-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-MBER!
The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan, a new graphic novel I've illustrated has lumbered to the shelves! It's a classic American Tall Tale
hilariously retold by Martin Powell
In this story we discover the Paul and his blue ox, Babe are the cause of the Grand Canyon, Lake Superior, the Smokey Mountains and many more American landmarks. The giant twosome also have epic battle royales with Bee-skeeters, Giant Saber-Toothed Beavers and Old Man Winter himself!
This is the third graphic novel I've done in the Graphic Spin
series for Stone Arch Books
. First two were the The Three Little Pigs
and The Ugly Duckling
. But this story was especially close to me because I grew up in Paul Bunyan country and have heard his legend told around campfires and have spied him looming over diners and rest stops
throughout the highways of Wisconsin.
Paul Bunyan was designed by the super talented Bob Lentz- an art director at Stone Arch. Here's the Olde Timey Northwoods Shoppe (and character page) in the front of the book...
The climatic ending with Ol' Man Winter...
Other "Big Men" Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill and John Henry round out the Graphic Spin Tall Tale series. Have a look at
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Original Sketch of The Big Bad WolfAshbooks
, a book review and community website has named The Three Little Pigs Graphic Novel
one of the fifteen best illustrated children's books of 2009. Wow!
Read more HERE
Happy Elfin' Holidays Blogcha Readers!
Here's the Blecha card for
Hope you all are filled with the holiday spirit (vodka)!
My work is now featured on the excellent Illustration Pages- a site dedicated to showcasing artist's Facebook pages. Check out the rest of their inspirational posts.
Illustration Pages on Facebook
Unbelievable, Uncontrollable, Undead... FUN!
I'm thrilled to announce that a new book for Penguin
I've illustrated, Zombiekins, has shambled to the bookshelves! It's been over year in the works and I'm very happy how it turned out. The zombie book for kids is hilariously written by Kevin Bolger, whom I worked with previously on Sir Fartsalot vs The Dragon
You can check out book excerpt, news and more at at www.zombiekins.com.
The synopsis-The little town of Dementedyville is as boring as they come--but a mysterious stuffed animal is about to liven things up . . . Stanley Nudelman buys Zombiekins at the yard sale of his neighbor, the Widow Imavitch. It looks cuddly and creepy-cute--but expose the TEDDY OF TERROR to moonlight, and strange things happen. . . . When Zombiekins gets loose at his school, Stanley finds himself in GRAVE danger. Because if his teacher Mr. Baldengrumpy discovers he turned the whole school into zombies, Stanley will be in detention till he's, like, 80! Can Stanley and his best friend Miranda save their schoolmates from eternal zombiefication? If not, will Mr. Baldengrumpy even notice?
A few early reviews for Zombiekins-
“A contemporary riff on Dahl, but perhaps even funnier”- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A very lively zombie tale that will no doubt be gobbled up by readers”- Quill and Quire
You can buy Zombiekins at-
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Introducing George Brown, Class Clown
- the new book series I'm illustrating for Grossett Dunlap
(a division of Penguin
)! The books center around George trying to fit into a new school and to behave himself despite his past reputation as a troublemaker and class clown. But he is victim to the Super Burp- a humongous belch that makes him do weird and crazy stuff at the worst possible times. The first two books Super Burp
and Trouble Magnet
are out now. The third book in the series, World's Worst Wedgie
will be in bookshops next month. Check 'em out in all of their belchy (and Blecha) glory!
Email a Classic, Long, Frog, Ripper, or Super Burp to a special someone at the George Brown, Class Clown website.
The book covers-
Synopsis-The first day at a new school is always the hardest, right? No, not always as George finds out the hard way. On the second day at . . . Sugarman Elementary School, he is suddenly seized by uncontrollable burps, burps so loud they practically break the sound barrier, burps that make him do wild and crazy stuff and land him in trouble with a capital T. One thing is for sure: these are not normal burps, they are magic burps – and they must be stopped! But how?
Sample spreads from Book 2 of George getting in various forms of trouble, courtesy of his Super Burp!
Lunch Lady trouble...