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This appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” gives new meaning to the question, “Scooby-Doo, where are you?”
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Listen in to my conversation with magnificent author Shannon Hale on today's Book Report with JJK! Airs at 5:40ET/2:40PT on Kids Place Live, channel 78 on SiriusXM! Tune in to learn about Shannon's Rapunzel's Revenge and Princess Academy!
Founded is a Newcastle-based studio specializing in branding, packaging and environmental projects among other things. To me, their strong suit are their branding and identity projects. They do a great job of making subtle references and effectively using restrained typography while still managing to be witty — all within a very clean, minimal style.
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this new packaging on luxury chocolates and sweets from marks & spencer caught my eye last week. featuring lovely highly detailed illustrations of birds and flowers im pleased to see high street stores using original artwork in this way.Display Comments Add a Comment
i have featured victoria johnson's lovely work on print & pattern before so it was really great to see some fabulous new pieces come through. victoria is an english designer based in rome, although she worked in new york for 12 years, eventually owning a design studio specialising in womenswear and stationery products. victoria is now producing her own collection and these designs are for saleDisplay Comments Add a Comment
Meditations and other tools to download, and fun stuff for under $20.00. Can’t afford a class right now? Then buy a meditation to practice and play with. Head on over to check it out and go shopping. Ooooooooh.
JILL CORCORAN is a children’s book agent with Herman Agency.
Her current interests include: high concept Young Adult and Middle Grade Thrillers, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Comedies, and Adventure manuscripts.
With an English degree from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago, Jill has marketed everything from sneakers to cereal at Leo Burnett Advertising, LA Gear, Mattel, and at her own consulting company, LAUNCH! New Product Marketing.
That marketing background seems to have helped her become a successful agent, because the books and amount of books she has sold is quite impressive. Here is the link to take a look. http://jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/p/recent-deals.html
What Jill is looking for New Adult authors/manuscripts.
Please email your query plus the first 10 pages of your ms pasted into your email to email@example.com
Jill reps Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Crossover Young Adult (New Adult)
Here is a complete description of what Jill is looking for as of Feb 2013
Please read because Jill is being very strict to my vision of what type of books she will be agenting.
To put it bluntly, I want books, actually characters, that have legs. If you haven’t heard the term “has legs” that is marketing shorthand to mean the characters can live outside the confines of your book. They can spark a series, be transformed to the big or small screen (Herman Agency is based in NYC but I live in LA and have close ties to the Film and TV industry.), possibly go outside the library/bookstore market to gift stores, grocery stores, etc, become a genre leader rather than just another book competing in a market where discoverability is becoming the most challenging obstacle to sales and sadly some of the best writing is not rising to the top of readers’ buy lists.
All books must have excellent commercial plus literary writing. What I mean by this is an utter command of the language that is accessible to most readers–not just the brainy kids. The concept must be fresh, organic, break-through. Just another one is not going to cut it. Yes, lots of copycat books make the hit list, but I am an agent, a talent scout. I am not looking to sell copycats. I am looking to discover the next big thing.
I want complexity of character, multi-level plot and theme, believability even in the fantastic, and pacing that blinds me to time and space. I am a fan of the underdog, but the underdog doesn’t always need to be the nerd, the foster kid, the kid from the broken home. It is irritating when the popular kids are bad and the outcasts are heros. I think most kids are average. Some are more popular than others but being popular often takes a lot of work and that work spurs a host of insecurity. Many kids define popular in different ways. Some cherish their inner and outer geek. I want “normal” teens in extraordinary circumstances (I leave the definition of normal to you:) ).
Regarding romance, I want authentic vulnerability and innocence as well as hot, steamy yearning, and in some cases, more than yearning. I want to love your characters so I understand why your characters love each other. I want to be so enmeshed with your character that when his/her heart breaks, so does mine. When your characters are kissing, or doing more than kissing, I want to feel that pull in my body too.
Please send queries to firstname.lastname@example.org All emails sent to my Herman Agency email will be deleted.
I would typically be working on a digital piece for Illustration Friday by right about now. But sometimes, Life takes over. However, I did manage to eek out a little sketch in Paper on my iPad. The IF topic is "wool."
|How bees look in Bear's morbid imagination.|
Honestly, today’s honoree needs no introduction. We’re already fans of the beloved Ashley Bryan, aren’t we? Known for his extraordinary range and depth of talent, Bryan uses paint, poetry, music, and collage to tell his popular stories.
Born in Harlem, New York, and raised in the Bronx, Bryan describes his childhood as “an idyllic time, full of art and music.” Times that provided a solid foundation for a long and successful career in the arts.
As a child Bryan spent his days working hard and drawing pictures, and he finished high school at the age of sixteen. But getting accepted into an art institution would not prove so easy. He was was rejected on the basis of race. On the advice of his teachers, he applied to New York’s prestigious Cooper Union Art School who administered a blind art test for admission into the school. “You put your work in a tray, sculpture, drawing, painting, and it was judged.” Bryan says. “They never saw you. If you met the requirements, tuition was free, . . .” Bryan passed the test with flying colors.
After serving his country in World War II, and continuing his education at Columbia University, Bryan set his eyes on the prize of becoming a children’s book illustrator. For years he worked passionately to achieve that goal, and he faced many obstacles and rejections. His perseverance paid off in 1962 when he became the first African American children’s book author and illustrator to be published. “I never gave up.” Bryan says. “Many were more gifted than I but they gave up. They dropped out. What they faced out there in the world–they gave up.”
Ashley Bryan has gone on to win many awards for his books — often culled from African folk tales — including nine Coretta Scott King awards and honors, a Golden Kite Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, others.
The following is Bryan Ashley in his own words:
I grew up in the Bronx, New York. As we learned the alphabet, my teacher asked us to draw a picture for each letter. After Z, we sewed the pages together. The teacher said: “You have just published an Alphabet Book. You are the author, illustrator, binder. Take it home, you are the distributor as well.” I got rave reviews from family and friends for that book. All of the ones that followed are built on that foundation.
I am inspired by my studies in the history of art and by the folk art of all cultures.
I am grateful that I do not have to work deals.
My new book, WHO BUILT THE STABLE, Atheneum, 2012 came out to starred reviews.
Kirkus says: ”Bryan’s Christmas offering combines a poignant poem about a shepherd boy who builds his own stable with exuberant paintings in a masterful melding of rhythmic text and dazzling art.”
Publisher’s Weekly says: ”Bryan wields tempera and acrylic in strong strokes to evoke Bethlehem, (“A rich and verdant land”) with saturated shades of primary and secondary colors, lively expressions on human and animal faces, and sweeping lines to create the impression of movement. ”
The state of the industry
The United States means people from all over the world. Representation of these diverse cultures in books for young people allows readers to identify and understand the peoples of the world.
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Here is a great interview on YOUTUBE with cartoonist, Eldon Dedini. You'll recognize his style. A recurring theme I see in all of these famous cartoonist interviews is that of "being yourself"... it's an old adage but it is always appropriate.
I'll warn you, some of the cartoons are a little bawdy.
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I love how social media makes little stories at night, but by morning, they've slipped unnoticeably the Twitter stream. Anyway, it's a good excuse to post a quick drawing:
And here's how it came about: lovely Alex T Smith, making cookies and drawing a goat.
Goat sketch by Alex T Smith You can follow him on Twitter as @Alex_T_Smith.
Other news, just saw in The Bookseller that Raina Telgemeier has signed to do another graphic novel with Scholastic Inc, called Sisters. Cool! Now if only we could convince Scholastic UK to publish graphic novels... *smiles wistfully*
One more thing, it's school half-term and London's Imagine Festival is still going full-steam ahead. Don't miss David O'Connell's sure-to-be-fab comics workshop this Friday! Ages 7-11, details on his website. (He's @DavidOConnell on Twitter, keep an eye out for future workshops.)
And just in case you missed it on the Fleece Station blog, here's a goat video that had us in absolute stitches: