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61651. Jim Henson’s “Wizard of Id” Pilot Uncovered

Who knew that Jim Henson created a TV pilot in 1969 based on Johnny Hart and Brant Parker’s Wizard of Id? Watch rare excerpts above and then read more background about the project on the superbly curated Henson Company blog.

The company is posting other rare historical materials on their YouTube account as well, such as this Aurora toilet paper ad from the mid-Sixties with a delightful pantomime hand by Frank Oz:

(via Mike Lynch Cartoons)

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61652. Posting

Is anyone else having trouble attaching images to your post? I have been having this problem. The image that I attach is not showing up & I'm not sure why.

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61653. Illustration Friday: Toy

There's something about rubber duckies that makes me smile!
Even the fish are attracted to it. Or perhaps they're trying to figure out what he's doing in the ocean. Don't lose your duck down the bathtub drain!!
(After I painted this I noticed the word "atoll" above the duck. What a coincidence!) 

Have  "ducky" weekend everyone! 

acrylic paint, Prismacolor pencils on patterned paper

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61654. Mythic

Chinese Dragon
by Isaac

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61655. March

I suppose all my friends not based in London have seen on the news that yesterday there was a protest march against government cuts across the city.

More than 250,000 people marched, the vast majority of the event was peaceful. You'll probably see a lot of footage of a bunch of black-clad twonks taking the opportunity to throw stuff - maybe also of crying, confused people being kettled by angry police.
Whatever you see in the media, this is what it was about. Peaceful protest of the unions, and the people.

The National Union of Firemen on the march. Photo by Alison Sampson
There was also a massive Trojan Horse traveling from near my home across town, and a bunch of people taking over luxury food store Fortnum and Mason - not stealing the very expensive honey, amazingly, but apparently reading poetry. I could just about agree to call that lot anarchists, if they claim to be (I don't know if they do).
The guys in the balaclavas with the bricks are just idiots, plain and simple.
I'm impressed and glad that a protest of this scale could happen in this city, and peacefully so, for the most part.

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61656. fan mail

I had a delightful surprise arrive in the mail a couple of days ago. Fan mail! Ashley, a 3rd grader, from Mrs. Besecker's class wrote me the most darling letter, telling me how much she liked my designs and she also included a drawing of hers, that she did as a re-creation of my bunny face card. So sweet, don't you think?

I'm going to return the fan mail and send Ashley a special surprise, too. But, in case she reads my blog, I won't give away the secret, yet. I never thought in a million years that I would ever receive fan mail, so thanks, Ashley!

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Spring Forward

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Robin & Lucienne Day:
Design and the Modern Interior

We popped over to the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester yesterday to see this great exhibition.
Entry is 2 for 1 with the April issue of Elle Decoration. The Gallery also has a lovely courtyard cafe-well worth a visit!

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61659. “Expanding Anyway” by Phantasmic

NY-based duo Phantasmic (aka Tripp and Jenna Watt) created this playful and nutty multimedia trip for the band Morning Teleportation:

Created with a vast array of materials, found objects, and crayola marker drawings, this pile of nonsense mixes stop motion, live action, motion graphics, and a little bit of 3D all within one gypsy invention of a carnival ride.

The ‘making of’ gives a nice view of their craft-oriented approach to the piece:

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61660. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I just finished reading UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand and must say I LOVED it! I rarely write actual reviews, but here's what I said on GoodReads: The relationships were wonderfully honest, clever, and refreshingly new. I loved the characters. I loved the way the mysteries unfolded. Of all the angel books out there that I've read, this is by far my fave. A great read for even those who don't read angel books! And while completely satisfying - there was room for a sequel which I will be anxiously awaiting. (I seldom read two books by the same author - there are so many books I want/need to read, it takes a lot to read a second.) Bravo Cynthia! Here's the trailer...

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61661. Lady Gaga, steampunk vampires, and fair weather painters

Last week, National Public Radio reported that the FBI has been reassessing its investigative methods after failing to anticipate the unrest in the Arab world. Instead of using just covert tools, they’re now turning to Google Trends, checking, for example, when Egyptians started searching the word “Tunis.”

Google Trends gives you a rough idea of what people are thinking about, based on how many times they search a topic. If you compare the graph of search volume for pop stars, it’s clear that “Lady Gaga” (orange line) has quickly risen far above either “Madonna” or “Eminem.”

All sorts of fantastic beings are hot right now, especially, “vampires.”
“Zombies” came back from the dead a few years ago, gobbling up “fairies.”

“Steampunk” is chugging steadily ahead. People run hot and cold on “plein air” painting, depending how nice the weather is outside in the Northern Hemisphere.
Google Trends
NPR report

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61662. super villain (part 2)

One of the slimiest, shiftiest villain to ever grace the silver screen was the despicable Hans Guber, as portrayed by Alan Rickman, in the original “Die Hard”.

Under the guise of a group of international terrorists, the cold and ruthless Hans and his cohorts merely wish to steal 640 million dollars in bearer bonds from the vault of the Nakatomi Building in Los Angeles. Their plans are eventually thwarted by visiting New York City cop, resourseful John McClane, the self-proclaimed “fly in the ointment; monkey in the wrench”.

“Die Hard” is actually based on the 1979 novel “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp. The book, itself a sequel to Thorp’s novel “The Detective” (filmed in 1968 with star Frank Sinatra), was adapted for the action film with several alterations, most notably the inclusion of the Hans Gruber character, who did not originally appear.

Josh Pincus is Crying has even more of my illustrations.

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61663. GO, POPPY, GO!

I just received word that my newest book, Dream Big, Little Pig!  By Kristi Yamaguchi, has debuted at number two on The New York Times Best Seller list.  I couldn’t be happier about such great news.  Way to go, Poppy!


I’m now represented by Rubin Pfeffer and the East/West Literary Agency.  I’ve known Rubin since my very first book was published in 1986.  He was a wise guiding voice then and continues to be a great influence in my children’s book journey.  I look forward to future projects with Rubin and Deborah Warrren at East/West.  I mention this as we celebrate our first collaboration, Dream Big, Little Pig!

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61664. SCBWI Regional Advisor Meeting

On March 17th I flew to Miami to meet with the other SCBWI Regional Advisors from around the country and globe to share ideas on what members want and how we could improve and offer more venues.

I thought you might like to see some of the grueling work that took place.

Friday morning we boarded the Norwegian Sky for our weekend meeting.

All Aboard

Music, Dancing, and Song Welcomed Us

This is the lobby in the ship.

Is Your RA in this picture?

Here are the lovely ladies at the pool.  Do you recognize your RA?

A little book inspiration.  Do you recognize this RA, illustrator and author?  She has published some very cute picture books.

Setting sail Friday evening.

Dinner on Board. Maybe your RA is in this photo.

A little towel art to greet us at the end of the day.

Port at Nassau Saturday

Christ Church  Cathedral Courtyard – Nassau
Inside Christ Church Cathedr

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61665. There Are No Cats In This Post

I think a good review of a book by Henry is when he has me read a book over and over again and then, later that day, he reads it to me. This is one of those books. There Are No Cats In This Book is beautifully illustrated and a joy to read aloud. The writer/illustrator is one of my very favorites ever. It's a wonderful book.

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61666. This is one of my fascinations. I always want to know what the...

This is one of my fascinations. I always want to know what the onomatopoeia for animal sounds are in different countries. Here is a great illustration showing cats. I wish there was a phonetic pronunciation guide with it. Also it leaves out China which is 貓 (māo) and is also the word for cat. I think cats are the one animal where most of the world agrees on the basic sound.  

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61667. Andreas Deja Interview

Marc Loos of the French pop culture site Cloneweb posted this brief recent interview with Andreas Deja in which he reveals his thoughts on his career, doing CG versus hand drawn, and what might come next from the Disney studio.

(Thanks, Kevin Rucker)

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61668. YOK YOK Le lapin, illustrated by Etienne Delessert (via the...

YOK YOK Le lapin, illustrated by Etienne Delessert

(via the TRIPPY HIPPY Kids’ Books from the 60s and 70s Flickr group)

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61669. Doing Daily Paintings

Tomato Sundae, Blk & Wht + Red series; 8x8" oil on canvas panel

I have renewed respect for the daily painters, some of whom have been churning out a finished 5-6" painting every day for years. Maybe I'm getting a little faster; but unlike many of them, I do not whip these out in an hour and then move on to larger paintings for the rest of the day. Speed has never been my strong suit. If I manage to set up and complete one of these in a day, then plan and start the next one, that's about it for me! I don't know if I'll ever work any faster.

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61670. Seven Impossible Things Interview

If you are a lover of "all things children's books", then you probably know about this blog (and if you don't know you should so run right over and check it out). I am honored and delighted to be featured on it today.

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61671. Bay Area Maker Faire!

Yay... I GOT IN!

I kind of applied as a last minute decision & didn't realize what a big deal it was until Friday, the day of acceptance notification. I went to the maker faire website and read the tag line: 'world's largest DIY festival.' Oh brother!!

I always get so stressed out on notification days, obsessively checking my email & searching twitter for tweets about the fair & its vendors. Friday night, I went out to meet with my childhood friend. I hadn't seen her since middle school and it was wonderful. It was as if no time had passed :). Ugh, but in the back of my head was the constant question... DID I GET IN!? Buzz kill. Kevin was even checking Maker Faire's twitter every 15 minutes and texting me updates and reassuring words to stay calm & optimistic. Ohhhh brother.

It was 11pm and I said adieu to my friend. I decided to look at my phone one last time then walla... I GOT IN! Yeaaaahhhh! I'm absolutely thrilled and honored to be one of the 80 vendors. I'm especially excited about this festival because it's so much more than handmade crafts. It's about makers and technology, engineering, handmade goodies and everything in between. A community of tinkerers! :D

Here are a couple videos to give you a good idea of what is to come!

So yay! Buy your tickets & stop on by! I'd love to see you :)

Maker Faire Bay Area

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61672. Post Standard Story

Post Standard Features Children's Book Illustrator Jonas Sickler and His Indestructible Books



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61673. new art

More art for new Dino Book... Red Robin Books - coming this fall.

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Bookshelf #2

This is one of three pieces I'm getting ready for the Betty Ray McCain Gallery in Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

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61675. Luna

I've been away from Antinomia due to total immersion in a big project. Luna's Sea is a feature length puppet and dance show I'm creating for Cornerstone Theater and the Mystic Aquarium. Luckily, I have some really talented and generous friends helping out, because with this one I'm in way over my head. As in, at the bottom of the ocean! It's great.

Luna has her own blog over here, and a facebook page here.

A photo from rehearsal, with Luna resting after a long session of being tossed by waves.

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