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26701. 2012 Asian Festival of Children’s Content Press Events

The 2012 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (of which PaperTigers  is a proud sponsor!) will take place May 26 – 29 in Singapore. Programme Director Dr. Myra Garces-Bacsal has just announced that “For the first time, the AFCC is launching a Regional Focus during the conference, a tradition that we hope will continue throughout the coming years. I am very happy to share that the Country of Focus this year is the Philippines.”

This week there are two exciting press events happening for the 2012 AFCC. One in Manila….

And one in Singapore…

For more details on these events and to learn more about what is being planned for the 2012 AFCC, head on over to Myra’s blog Gathering Books and read her latest post “Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore: Bigger, Bolder, and Brighter.”

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26702. Spaces

I was looking around the internet tonight for some stars...and I ran into a post by an organization called The Illinois Coatlition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting. The image on the site is of an incredibly starry night. I thought, "wow, that must be what it is supposed to look like- that's behind the haze"....How amazing would that be to look up and see that many stars?? It related to something I was reading earlier about how humpback whales' songs are sung at a 20 gigahertz band width and that their songs can travel hundreds of km to other whales unless..there are other things cargo ships, navel vessels, motors of all sorts polluting the tranquil ocean with a bunch of haze...imagine what their world was like before people starting mucking up the joint.

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26703. Remembering John Halas

If you are unfamiliar with the life and work of John Halas (1912-1995), or simply know his name from his feature length Animal Farm (1954) – or TV cartoons like Do-Do The Kid From Outer Space (1964) – you owe it to yourself to watch this 12 minute tribute. Released online today in celebration of her father’s 100th birthday, Viviene Halas produced this short documentary about her dad (one of the founding fathers of ASIFA, co-director/co-producer of numerous animated shorts and commercial films, and author of several important books on animation) containing some rare footage and reminiscences by studio survivors.

(Thanks, Jamie K. Bolio)


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26704. Conference Volunteering

The article below was written by Donna Taylor and was printed in 2011 Winter Issue of Sprouts Magazine.  I thought everyone would like to read what she wrote. 

It’s February. I receive my first email announcing registration for the annual NJ SCBWI Conference held in June. I get that familiar twinge of anticipation. Over the next months, then weeks, then days, conference emails arrive with goodies: updates on conference and faculty, forms for workshop/critique choices, and requests for raffle donations. The email addressing volunteer tasks gives only an “end flap” glimpse of the work behind organizing a conference of this magnitude.

For years I opted against volunteering due to obstacles: distant proximity to the event, health issues, financial restrictions and, like most people, an overflowing to-do list. As an attendee, each year I’d watch smiling volunteers hustling about, wistful to be one of them—to help and be involved.

This year circumstances enabled me to finally say “Yes!” Having done so, I am now a NJ SCBWI volunteer for life! Obstacles? What obstacles? I am hooked and I am not alone! Having surveyed a group of volunteers, from newbies to vets, the common threads make evident what a positive experience it can be.

An overall sense of pride in our New Jersey Chapter trumpets loudly, along with the desire to be helpful to attendees, but especially our fearless leaders, Kathy Temean and Laurie Wallmark, who work hard to benefit our members year-round.

Unlike experiences I’ve had volunteering in other venues, in which ego and power trips reign, this kindred kingdom is one of cooperation and a common sense of purpose. The result is a well-organized, successful and pleasant experience for all.

Being involved in any Chapter event throughout the year expands opportunity to know other members and industry professionals on a more personal level; more relationship “seeds” are likely to be planted. In reference to the nervousness that can accompany meeting editors and agents, Sheri Oshins pointed out becoming more comfortable speaking with them, having realized “they are people too, even though to us, they feel like rock stars!” Volunteering can sometimes get you a “backstage pass.”

As a volunteer, you leave gratified and fulfilled having participated. Kelly Calabrese stated that it “makes you a part of the conference fabric, woven into both the learning and social functions.” In agreement, Janet Hammond “felt like more a part of the conference rather than just a spectator.” Along with others, Beth Ann Bogert acknowledged that “life is much richer when you become involved, richer friendships and community.”

There’s a euphoric essence that permeates a conference which focuses on writing and illustrating for children. Perhaps because, at its heart, the very nature of the industry is to teach, guide and entertain youth. Attending the NJ SCBWI Annual Conference is like visiting Oz; lending a hand lets you behind the curtain. I came away richer, with a treasure chest of new friends, purpose and possibilities. And I second Diana Patton in professing I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the email-of-thanks from “The Appreciation Fairy” (a.k.a. Ame Dyckman)!

Volunteering for our New Jersey Chapter has become a priority on my to-do list.

If you attending the June conference, please look for an e-mail from Donna this week giving you the list of tasks where we need help.  Right now I am adding jobs to the list.  Even if you told me earlier in the year that you wanted to help this year, please make sure you respond.  This has been a crazy year for me and you could have slipped through the cracks very easily.

If you aren’t attending the conference and probably never

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26705. Stanchfield’s “Mid Century Modern” DVD

For those of you still recovering from the overdose of eye-candy contained in TCM’s UPA: Jolly Frolics Collection here’s a additional blast of 50s design goodness you simply gotta-have. Animation archaeologist Steve Stanchfield has just released his latest DVD compilation: Mid Century Modern Animation. It’s an incredibly cool set of theatrical cartoons, industrial films and vintage commercials that embraced the modernism movement of the era. Disney fans: this set features the largest collection of those 50s Disney “Alice in Wonderland” Jello promos, stylized Tinkerbell Peter Pan Peanut Butter commercials, and the Nash and Rambler automobile spots featuring Tom Oreb’s redesigned Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket.

Other highlights on the disc include a rare reel of the Soundac TV Weatherman shorts and a Shamus Culhane commercial sample reel. I hate to admit it, but Steve located a much better copy of UPA’s Magic Fluke than the one that appears on the Jolly Frolics set (it’s from a rare 35mm Technicolor print but contains a few splices). UPA’s industrial Big Tim, from a beautiful 35mm IB tech nitrate print, and John Sutherland’s Oreb/Haboush design masterpiece Destination Earth, transferred from a mint 16mm IB, are here. There’s much much more – shorts and oddities, like Grantray Lawrence’s lost pilot Planet Patrol, a rare workprint of a Paramount Popeye cartoon, and Zagreb’s The Cow On The Moon (1959).

The quality of this material is superb, the presentation is perfect and the DVD is labeled “Vol. 1″ – indicating that Steve has more goodies up his sleeve. Check out these frame grabs below – if this is your cup of tea, I highly recommend you pick up his Mid Century Modern Animation as soon as you possibly can.





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26706. Vote 4 Me!


With the general election this fall, it won't be long before political signs liter the sideways of every highway and byway from here to California. Not wanting to miss out on the action, I'm getting a jump on creating my political Critter signs. Vote 4 Me!!

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26707. Comics: Philosophy & Practice - May 18-20, 2012 // University of Chicago

Comics: Philosophy & Practice - May 18-20, 2012 // University of Chicago

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26708. Alice.

My friend Nicolas Keramidas asked me to do a piece based on his new graphic novel "Alice in The Land of Monkeys" (Alice au Pays Des Singes). This will be part of an upcoming exhibition in France and also be printed in the special edition publication of his book at the end of the year.


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26709. SURTEX - tammy smith

tammy smith will be debuting her designs this year at surtex in booth 368 next month as a first timer. tammy used to work at hallmark with bren talavera who i featured last week. they both decided to do surtex this year, and although tammy has had many years experience in the paper industry, with giftwrap and partyware she is now aiming to expand her look into the home furnishings and other

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26710. D is for...

Doe (a deer, a female deer) and dirndl.

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26711. LIGHTING - the shady lady

i had an email tip of from lucynda taylor at online store the wise house about the shady lady, aka charlotte gale who has just launched a range of quirky and stylish lightshades, all in her own designs and handiwork (inspired by her devonshire rural surroundings). she currently has two ranges victoriana and shown here her spring collection.

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26712. Hilarious NSFW animation inspired by Barbapapa. Made by Ineke...



Hilarious NSFW animation inspired by Barbapapa. Made by Ineke Goes.



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26713. SURTEX - jillian phillips

this beautiful surtex flyer is from jillian phillips who will be showing new work on the lilla rogers stand in booth #309.

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26714. And The Winners Are!!!

Georgia Beaverson

Dylan Edwards

Tence1

Steve "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

Lady3Jane

and

Kurt Mitchell

Congratulations all! It took me a bit to do the draw because I got a lot more entries than I had anticipated.

I've decided to change things a bit, since most people on this list already bought the book from you ALL get a free sketch of your favorite character as well as a free comic, if you don't already have him.

I used the names given in the comments, so please email me to collect your prizes!

Thanks so much to everyone!


You can buy Marrowbones #1 right here:




After you make the purchase follow the link "go back to ericorchard blogspot etc." and it will actually take you to the download site.

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26715. SURTEX - karen harris

booth #659 at surtex next month is where you will find architect and interior designer karen harris. she will be showcasing her new collections derived from freehand ink drawings under her studio name -ize on design.

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26716. Chris Lutes writes: Bill Sanchez is a legendary drawing and...



Chris Lutes writes:

Bill Sanchez is a legendary drawing and illustration instructor from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He studied and taught with famed illustrator Barbara Bradley and worked as a commercial illustrator and storyboard artist all through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Since most of his output was storyboards not much of it saw the light of day so he has remained relatively unknown outside of the classroom. A book of his art is in the works but until then he has a Tumblr so people outside the Academy get to see some of his beautiful drawings and rough color studies.



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26717. SURTEX - josephine kimberling

also showing a surtex next month is the super talented josephine kimberling and these are a selection of her lovely surtex postcards. this is josephine's 2nd year, and she will be exhibiting in booth #325, with some fabulous new work. her story also shows the value of the surtex show to the designers, as since her first time exhibiting at Surtex, josephine has signed 5 contracts and her artwork

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26718. Voice of the Wilderness applications due this Friday

This Friday, April 20, is the postmark deadline for applicants who want to be part of this summer's "Voice of the Wilderness" program.


The artist residency invites artists to visit one of seven locations in in the far north: Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, Misty Fjords National Monument, Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck Wilderness, Nellie Juan-College Fjord Wilderness Study Area in Prince William Sound, South Baranof Wilderness, West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness and the Western Arctic National Parklands.
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26719. Music Monday - Henri and his Ennui....

Although the music may not be the primary attraction of this video, it totally sets the correct mood.  If you are a cat person at all, you will enjoy the disapproval of Henri.... :-)

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26720. Machine Drawing Drawing Machines (by Pablo Garcia) See the...



Machine Drawing Drawing Machines (by Pablo Garcia)

See the drawings at the project’s website.



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26721. B is for belgium is for books

Whenever I go to Brussels, I always go nuts over the French-language picture books and comics. This trip was no exception!



My parents, Stuart and I stayed with our friends Mags and Manoëlle, and the first morning, I volunteered for breakfast duty. Which means going down to the local beautiful patisserie and buying pastries for everyone, then nipping across the road to buy a copy of the weekly comics magazine, Spirou.



It was my parents' first time to Brussels, so we showed them around the Grand Place (pronounced 'grahn plass'), which fortunately is very close to my favourite bookshop! It's Tropismes, and you can find it in the gorgeous Galerie des Princes. And I was very pleased to see one of Alex T. Smith's books on display! His 'Claude' turns out to be a 'Léon' in French. The new name suits him well! (Here's Claude on Twitter).




And here's what I found this time! I'll give you a peek into a few of them.



My studio mate Gary Northfield first introduced me to the Poncho & Semelle books by Hugo Piette. They're outrageously funny, completely madcap, but the drawing and colours are almost painfully beautiful. Real eye candy. (Does anyone know if any of the books are translated into English? If they aren't, they really ought to be.)



And more eye candy, Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant's Ariol books. They have a lovely gentle atmosphere, with a humourous, well-observed sense of what kids are like when they're playing. I first met Marc Boutavant at the SCBWI Bologna conference in 2008, and Emmanuel Guibert very briefly at the French Institute the same year.



Ariol's now a cartoon on television and you can see lots of clips on YouTube. Here's one with English subtitles:



I'd never heard of L'ours Barnabé (Barnaby the Bear) by Philippe Coudray before, but the little wordless comics made me laugh.



You'd think that, being so central, the Galerie des Princes would be hopelessly touristy, but Mags and Manoëlle knew of a brasserie just across the corridor, Mokafe, and we had an excellent lunch.



We were walking along one of the main roads near the Grand Place and saw a little archway entry we'd never noticed before

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26722. with a sleeping role

Another from my new travel journal. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It's not quite as all singing all dancing as some of the other spreads in the sketchbook but sometimes I think you need the quieter moments. I see these kind of drawings as the commas in a sentence. A moment to pause for a second.

The handwriting's pretty rubbish to be honest, but corrugated cardboard is a new texture on me. Oh well back to the drawing board.

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26723. Masako Kubo

Masako Kubo is an illustrator based in Japan and the UK. I love the simple shapes, concepts and palette. See more at Masako’s site here (don’t miss the maps!) and blog here.

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26724. Illustration For Children Spring ’12 Promo Postcard!

Hey everybody! Illustration For Kids has put out a new spring mailer (below)!

Illustration For Kids is a group of 7 illustrator gal-pals (one of them being me : ) who together promote and encourage each other in the illustration biz.

Our theme was “Spring Rain”. Each of us went to work creating our own interpretation of this theme. An enlarged version of my spot is below.

It really took me a good while to create this final piece. It went through many variations, but even before that, I had tried multiple ideas. Some of those ideas are below. It gave me an opportunity to play with my looser, painterly style, and figure out what character I wanted to use, whether a human or animal.

And then…I thought I got to my final piece (below). I worked on various editions of this girl walking her dog in the rain, and it was all ready to go.

Then a number of days later, I decided to try another idea. And that led to the NEW final piece. Some samples of the progression of the final art is below.

In the end, the little girl ended up with a red rain outfit, and the rainbow got switched to a different position at the last minute. Sometimes it takes a lot of time and all kinds of different ideas to get the FINAL final, right? Right!

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26725. Conference Volunteering

The article below was written by Donna Taylor and was printed in 2011 Winter Issue of Sprouts Magazine.  I thought everyone would like to read what she wrote. 

It’s February. I receive my first email announcing registration for the annual NJ SCBWI Conference held in June. I get that familiar twinge of anticipation. Over the next months, then weeks, then days, conference emails arrive with goodies: updates on conference and faculty, forms for workshop/critique choices, and requests for raffle donations. The email addressing volunteer tasks gives only an “end flap” glimpse of the work behind organizing a conference of this magnitude.

For years I opted against volunteering due to obstacles: distant proximity to the event, health issues, financial restrictions and, like most people, an overflowing to-do list. As an attendee, each year I’d watch smiling volunteers hustling about, wistful to be one of them—to help and be involved.

This year circumstances enabled me to finally say “Yes!” Having done so, I am now a NJ SCBWI volunteer for life! Obstacles? What obstacles? I am hooked and I am not alone! Having surveyed a group of volunteers, from newbies to vets, the common threads make evident what a positive experience it can be.

An overall sense of pride in our New Jersey Chapter trumpets loudly, along with the desire to be helpful to attendees, but especially our fearless leaders, Kathy Temean and Laurie Wallmark, who work hard to benefit our members year-round.

Unlike experiences I’ve had volunteering in other venues, in which ego and power trips reign, this kindred kingdom is one of cooperation and a common sense of purpose. The result is a well-organized, successful and pleasant experience for all.

Being involved in any Chapter event throughout the year expands opportunity to know other members and industry professionals on a more personal level; more relationship “seeds” are likely to be planted. In reference to the nervousness that can accompany meeting editors and agents, Sheri Oshins pointed out becoming more comfortable speaking with them, having realized “they are people too, even though to us, they feel like rock stars!” Volunteering can sometimes get you a “backstage pass.”

As a volunteer, you leave gratified and fulfilled having participated. Kelly Calabrese stated that it “makes you a part of the conference fabric, woven into both the learning and social functions.” In agreement, Janet Hammond “felt like more a part of the conference rather than just a spectator.” Along with others, Beth Ann Bogert acknowledged that “life is much richer when you become involved, richer friendships and community.”

There’s a euphoric essence that permeates a conference which focuses on writing and illustrating for children. Perhaps because, at its heart, the very nature of the industry is to teach, guide and entertain youth. Attending the NJ SCBWI Annual Conference is like visiting Oz; lending a hand lets you behind the curtain. I came away richer, with a treasure chest of new friends, purpose and possibilities. And I second Diana Patton in professing I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the email-of-thanks from “The Appreciation Fairy” (a.k.a. Ame Dyckman)!

Volunteering for our New Jersey Chapter has become a priority on my to-do list.

If you attending the June conference, please look for an e-mail from Donna this week giving you the list of tasks where we need help.  Right now I am adding jobs to the list.  Even if you told me earlier in the year that you wanted to help this year, please make sure you respond.  This has been a crazy year for me and you could have slipped through the cracks very easily.

If you aren’t attending the conference and probably never

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