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1. More Exclusive Cast Interviews from ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’!

Huffington Post and Hollywood Life have recently published two cast interviews with Matt Lewis, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung following A Celebration of Harry Potter.

Rupert Grint thinks Hermione and Ron would be separated (if not divorced), none of them would overlook a role in Star Wars, and Rupert thinks Cursed Child made a huge mistake.

First up is Huff Post, and their representative really got the cast talking, giving a great introduction about the importance of breaking out of viewing these great actors as their characters:

“What I enjoy as I sit down to speak with the group is how much these adults are unlike their characters (except for maybe Lynch, who is still delightfully Luna Lovegood-esque). It seems obvious, but we’ve such a tendency to want to lock actors into their iconic roles. It is challenge breaking out of that, especially when you’re remembered as being a cute, or awkward, or weird, or chubby kid on screen. Yet each has grown up, and gone on to other acting gigs and new pursuits.”

This interview gave a broad sweep of the actor’s opinions on Fantastic Beasts, their characters, further roles in big franchises and more!

On giving advice to Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child cast members: 

Matt Lewis: I don’t know how much advice I could ever give anyone. The people who have been cast, as far as I’m aware of, are very, very experienced. They don’t need any advice from me. But I guess just enjoy it. It has been a hell of an experience for me, and everything associated with it: the people, the fans, the environment. It was a good gig to be on! Just enjoy it because there’s nothing else like it, literally in the world. It is unique.

Rupert Grint: I think it’s going to be a very different film, I think. I don’t know much about it, but as Matthew said, just enjoy it. Go with the flow.

Evanna Lynch: I’d say trust David Yates, as well. He always knows better on the film. Sometimes I would go, “Oh, I’m doing terrible, I’m messing up.” He would come along and suggest something tiny, and it would change everything. He is very clever. And he is the one who has transitioned from one to the other. He has the whole picture.

On involving themselves in any large-scale productions again:

Q: This was very much your childhood, and your job growing up. If you had the opportunity now to enter another franchise that would consume multiple years – like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars – would you be reluctant to join that production?

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Lynch: No. I loved it. I love the family feel, and the idea you can get deeper into your character over a year. I have been on films that were just three or five weeks, and sometimes I’ve been like, damn, I’d only just started to get into it. It was nice to have something you could develop it, and learn and grow alongside your character. And I just loved the family thing. I got very comfortable there.

Lewis: Hey, if Star Wars come knocking on the door tomorrow, I’m not going to go, “Um no, guys, I’m sorry, I don’t want to do four films, it’s fine.” No, of course not. I’d think about it, and I love Star Wars, etc. But there would definitely be a bit of trepidation in joining a big franchise again for that amount of time. Just simply because I’m really enjoying the diversity of the roles I’ve been given recently. Playing a character is great, but I love the process of finding someone, finding a character, creating and drawing it up. And trying to figure out what makes that person tick. When you do something for however many years, it can start to become – I don’t want to say mundane because it was never boring on the films. But you kind of lose that spark a little bit you get in that first day of school, or on a new job. It is exciting. And I’ve gotten that so often in the last couple years, I’d be reluctant to give that up.

Leung: I kind of agree with Matt. If it goes on for any longer than a certain period of time, you do get really comfortable and feel very safe. Having done all the projects after Potter, it has been a few weeks, a few months for a project. You do really get to know a character, and it is wonderful knowing that, once you stop filming or being on stage and being that character, it essentially dies. So I quite like that. Of course, it depends who the character is you’re going to be playing. But yeah, if it’s Star Wars …

Lewis: Star Wars is welcomed.

Grint: I don’t know. I don’t think it’s put me off. There’s pros and cons. Harry Potter could be at times quite suffocating. It did take up our whole lives. So yeah, I suppose there would be tiny bit of reluctance. Now that I’m out of it, I can see beyond it and it’s nice to have a real life, and do things you want. There’s a lot of freedom in that. But yeah, I think it all depends on the material.

Who knows – maybe a role as another Resistance pilot, or as a key character to unveiling Rey’s mysterious past will come up. Make it happen, Disney!

The Huff Post representative also asked where they’d like to think their Potter characters will be in the future.

As we know, Ron and Hermione were married with two children (Rose and Hugo) at Nineteen Years Later, all of whom attended the 427th Quidditch World Cup in 2014. Ron and Hermione’s relationship seems to be going well – that is, unless you take Rupert Grint’s word for it:

Grint: [laughs] I would expect Ron has probably divorced Hermione already. I don’t think that relationship would have done very well.

Lynch: What?!

Like living in his own, low-rent bachelor pad?

Grint: Yeah. Exactly. He’s living on his own, in a little one-bedroom apartment. He hasn’t got a job.

Lynch: Don’t say divorced. Say they’ve split up. They can reconcile.

Grint: Yeah, they’re briefly separated.

Ron is on Tinder doing horribly…

Grint: Yeah!

Lewis: Living in a one-bedroom studio apartment all alone, doing nothing. He lives in Kings Cross, right in that area.

Evanna took a more career-related view for Luna, and we can definitely see this happening:

Lynch: I think Luna would have an adventure documentary series. She becomes a naturalist, and I think she’d travel the world and have a show. I could be a wildlife narrator.

Like a David Attenborough of the wizard world?

Lynch: Yeah, and she would prove all her creatures exist. Everyone is so dubious of her, and I’d like her to show they’re real.

Anybody else want this to become a mini-series?!

Katie Leung had aspirations for her character – we love her no-nonsense view of Cho:

Katie Leung: I reckon Cho would probably have become a really successful entrepreneur, and really cold and ruthless.

Lynch: Oh my god! [laughs]

[Interviewer] I like this. 

Leung: Yeah, she’s cried all the tears she could cry, and now she’s become real cold and heartless.

Lewis: This is dark! I love this!

[Interviewer] What kind of entrepreneur? She runs a tech company? Or a developer who tears down bachelor pads like Ron’s?

Leung: Yeah, yeah, that! Exactly.

Lynch: Oh…

Matthew Lewis bases his on information he received from J.K. Rowling herself, and even works Rupert’s view of Ron into his vision:

Lewis: Oh god. Neville works at the school, right? So he’s a professor, just enjoying that. Maybe he’s trying to get Ron a job, man. And he keeps throwing it back in his face, like, “I don’t need your help, Neville; Jesus, just leave it.” And I’m like, “Come on, it’s fine, we’ll sort it out, just trying to get you back into the fold.” Yeah, him and Hermione don’t see eye to eye because I’ve taken Ron’s side in the relationship, obviously. They’ve got everyone split off, friends wise. I don’t know who you guys chose? Did you choose Hermione?

Lynch: Ron!

Leung: No, Ron.

Lewis: Are you Ron as well? Jeez, Hermione is thin on the ground with friends!

Leung: Well, I’ll go with Hermione, then.

Lynch: I think Ron would need more help. Hermione would handle herself better.

Grint: Yeah, he’s in a bad way.

[Interviewer] But Ron could have a job as a replacement for Mr. Filch

Grint: Yeah!

Lewis: Yeah, I’ll get you in as the caretaker of the school, man. We’ll sort it out. Don’t worry about it.

Grint: Just get me out there. Just get me out of the house.

Lynch: And we’ll get you back together.

Read the full interview here!

Hollywood Life‘s interview focussed on J.K. Rowling’s newest endeavour: Cursed Child. Rupert Grint thinks they’ve made a huge mistake!:

“Um yeah, I think they made a huge mistake in not casting me,” 

He reportedly said, but of course he was joking – we’re all sure Paul Thornley is going to do an amazing job!

 “No, no. I think it’s going to amazing, that it’s going on, and I can’t wait to see it.”

In a similar vein to his interview with MTV, Matthew Lewis spoke about feeling like his role as Neville was complete:

“I feel like the story arch that Jo wrote and that we tried our best to put on screen was a complete one,”

“I took that journey and finished it the way I wanted to. He will always hold a fun place in my heart, but I don’t feel like there is more that I can do with Neville. I’m happy to leave him.”

Evanna Lynch, however, has something to say about not being cast!:

“I don’t feel that way at all …  As happy as I am that they are exploring the universe and that there are new stories in the universe, I’m so angry I’m not a part of it…100% I’d go back and do more.”

Read the full Hollywood Life interview here

So there you have it – Evanna will soon be portraying a Resistance Pilot, the Wizarding World’s very own David Attenborough, and a West End star (kidding, unfortunately). 

You can read more about cast interviews from A Celebration of Harry Potter here and here!

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2. Spiderwick Chronicles Art Exhibit on View at the Jean Cocteau Cinema

The Spiderwick Chronicles (GalleyCat)The Jean Cocteau Cinema will host an art exhibit on The Spiderwick Chronicles series. It will showcase illustration pieces by Tony DiTerlizzi.

The artwork will be on display throughout the month of February. In addition to this exhibit, the cinema will also host screenings of the 2008 film adaptation.

On March 1, DiTerlizzi will appear and sit down for a conversation with George R.R. Martin. Martin, the author behind the the A Song of Ice and Fire series, is actually the owner of this Santa Fe-based movie theater.

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3. WTHR Interview

Thanks go out to the Children's Museum and WTHR for having me on the news this morning to talk a little bit about creating the artwork for the Museum's "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit!  If you weren't up bright and early to catch the segment live, you can view the video here on WTHR's website.  My family visited the exhibit over the weekend, and had so much fun!  I hope everyone in the Indianapolis area is able to come and experience this storybook world, which features iconic movie props, a castle and a pirate ship to explore, an interactive dragon-fighting video game and dress-up pretend stations for the kids!

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4. Literary Events This Week: Diane Vallere and Alexander Chee

Teen Author Reading Night Logo (GalleyCat)Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Five writers will take part in the Teen Author Reading Night panel at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library. Join in on Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting 6 p.m. (New York, NY)

Diane Vallere will celebrate the launch of her mystery novel A Disguise to Die For at Ozzie Dots Vintage & Costume. Meet her on Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting 7 p.m. (Los Angeles, CA)

Alexander Chee will discuss his forthcoming novel The Queen of the Night at the next session of the Macaulay Author Series. Check it out on Thursday, Feb. 4 at Macaulay Honors College starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Book’d in Burbank will launch the 2016 season with a night of mystery, romance, and young adult story readings. See how it all goes down on Thursday, Jan. 28 at The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre starting 8 p.m. (North Hollywood, Calif.)

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5. Leaky Fans on the Ground at the HP Celebration- Part 1: Chelsea

Unfortunately, this last weekend, Leaky wasn’t able to attend the Harry Potter Celebration in Orlando. However, we do have marvelous Harry Potter fans who follow our site, and we invited them to share their experiences of the celebration.

Chelsea Kleven, a Senior Production Editor for a Central Florida newspaper, was the first to share her experience with us. The following review of the Harry Potter celebration is written by Chelsea Kleven. (Click to enlarge photos)

 

I had no expectations for the Harry Potter Celebration weekend. My friend Amy and I had heard about the Harry Potter Celebrations before, but had never been to one. We live an hour from Universal Studios and both have annual passes to the park, and this year, we decided to see what it was all about. We figured it would be over-crowded and impossible to do anything all day, but since we have been to the park and experienced this many times before, we didn’t mind.

Amy and I both work for a daily Central Florida newspaper. I’m a designer, and she has a design background but now works on special projects and social media. We are both HUGE newspaper nerds, which inspires our love for the Daily Prophet (even though it seems Daily Prophet is written by many crooked journalists in the books.)
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We headed straight for Hogsmeade Village when we got to the park, though we normally go to Diagon Alley first (that way you can ride the train from King’s Cross to Hogwarts like you would at the start of a school year. We’ve given this a lot of thought.)
When we looked up the schedule for the Celebration events, we discovered there was a graphic design panel happening in about 45 minutes in Hogsmeade. Perfect! We had just enough time for a ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and run over to the panel. 
For as big of a Harry Potter fan and design nerd as I am, I had absolutely no prior knowledge of Minalima, the graphic design duo behind the Harry Potter films. Their talk was short and sweet, but still awesome. I had no idea what being a graphic designer for a film was like.
They began with a short video showing clips of their work as seen in the films. They discussed how many people don’t realize how every paper, poster, package … everything!…has to be created by a graphic designer. 
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Minalima spent a large amount of time creating a realistic world for these characters to interact in, but often, their work is rarely seen in the final film. For example, they said they spent 7 months working on all of the elements for Fred and George’s shop, when it was only seen in the film for about a minute and 30 seconds.
They weren’t bitter about this at all though. They seemed thrilled to have been a part of the films, and lucky to help bring authenticity to the magical world. Another example of their hard work was how they designed all of Hermione’s books for Deathly Hallows. However, the books, too, were never even seen in the film. All they got was a sound of the books falling over in Hermione’s beaded bag. 
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They discussed how the parks were such a dream for them, because they were now able to show their work in a place where people were able to really stop and look at it. Park-goers could pick up boxes, look at advertisements on the walls of Diagon Alley, and really absorb the detail that went into everything.
The duo also discussed their favorite pieces to create, which were the Daily Prophet and The Marauders Map. The Daily Prophet is my absolute obsession, so I was busy snapping hundreds of pictures of all of the close-up images of the Daily Prophet and didn’t absorb much of what was said about it.
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As far as the Marauders Map, they really reiterated how they wanted to pump the personality of the characters who created the map into their design. It wasn’t about their personal design aesthetic, it was about bringing authenticity to the object. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs were crafty and intelligent, and they wanted the map to be a reflection of those qualities.
The map was drawn BY HAND based off of architectural maps that had been created for the set. The hand drawings were scanned in and developed into what you see on film. When the map was  first created, there was a small mistake on it. They had included the Room of Requirement. Someone on the team realized that the room was not supposed to appear on the map, and went back through the whole process to take the room out.
After the graphic design panel, Amy and I headed over to the other park where the Harry Potter Expo was located. After chatting with some people at the design panel, we learned there was a wall covered in Daily Prophets at the expo and we had to check it out. We went first to Diagon Alley and had lunch at the Leaky Cauldron, complete with a Dragon Scale beer, and (it is our tradition on every visit) we sat on the stoop of the Daily Prophet office and took a photo.
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We didn’t have to wait very long to get into the expo, though it was pretty crowded. We caught a glimpse of people being sorted into houses by the sorting hat on the way in. 
The expo wasn’t quite as large as we were expecting. There was a large stuffed Fluffy you could take photos with, and a large Fawkes perched from the ceiling. A giant Lego replica of Hogwarts and some other movie props were on display. A wall blank wall was available for fans to write “What Harry Potter means to you.”
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There was a booth handing out posters of the cover of the illustrated Sorcerer’s Stone, and a place to take a Quidditch themed photo. At the Pottermore booth, there was a large map of the new wizarding schools around the world. [Click to enlarge photo]
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Minalima had a booth set up as well, which was where the Daily Prophet wall was. Amy and I took about 394 photos in front of it. Mira Mina and Eduardo Lima were there signing prints they had for sale. They also had a spread of some of the movie props they had designed, such as a copy of Advanced Potion Making, a stack of Qibblers, and pamphlets on “When Muggles Attack.”
There was a cool display of school letters hanging from the ceiling and trailing on the floor, that was previously featured in their gallery exhibit last month. The graphic designer in me was overjoyed.
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There was a studio tour at the expo as well, but the line was incredibly long so Amy and I decided to skip it. And it was lucky we did, because when we left we realized the cast Q&A panel had just begun nearby. We stood towards the back of the crowd, but we still could not believe we were actually seeing the cast answer questions. We had no expectations going into the day of even catching a glimpse of them, so it was an awesome surprise.
Overall the day was amazing. There had been a lot more to do and see over the whole weekend, but we were completely happy with the little bit we got to experience. Maybe next time we’ll try and see more of the events – I highly recommend making a visit!
Chelsea took video of the Q&A that took place in the early afternoon. This cast Q&A was not live streamed, exclusive for those at the celebration. A similar cast Q&A that night was made available on live stream. In this clip the actors talk about their fears and if they have conquered them. The topic of spiders led to asking Rupert to rap, but Matt came to Rupert’s rescue with his own spider story. Apparently Matt is more afraid of spiders than Rupert, and no he definitely has not overcome that fear.

 

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6. “Bringing the Films to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Q&A with the Universal Orlando Creative Team

The final live stream from Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter was broadcast today. The live Q&A featured a panel of members from Universal Orlando’s creative team, who were there to talk about bringing the magic and wonder of the films to life in the theme park. The live stream itself was quite short, and can be watched below.

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YqGozLMBWlKv

Today’s Q&A related to yesterday’s prop discussion in that many of the props used in the films were recreated for the theme park. A few fascinating tidbits were revealed, including that there are 106,000 props in the theme park version of Diagon Alley, and 29-30,000 in Hogsmeade. Universal Orlando’s official Twitter account also posted a few interesting pieces of information during and after the live stream:

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This panel discussion marked the final official event of A Celebration of Harry Potter, but if you’d like to relive some of the glorious details from this magical weekend, take a peek at Pottermore’s highlights.

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7. On The Scene: Our Comics,Ourselves Illuminates The History of Comics Diversity

20160121_204212Interference Archive's Our Comics, Ourselves ongoing art exhibit is a powerful reminder of how comics have always been an expression of personal issues from many viewpoints.

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8. Pirates and Princess Exhibit preview

What an exciting day!  The Children's Museum of Indianapolis invited me to be part of a news segment to promote the new Pirates and Princesses exhibit opening this weekend.  It was amazing to see the exhibit.  Here is a clip from the newscast, as well as some photos from the exhibit. 



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9. Literary Events This Week: Anna Sale and the How I Learned Series

symphonyHere are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Anna Sale, the host of the Death, Sex & Money podcast, will headline the next session of the Selected Shorts reading series. Join in on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Symphony Space starting 7:30 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)

The organizers behind the How I Learned event series will host a 7-year anniversary celebration. Check it out on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Union Hall starting 8 p.m. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Book’d in Burbank will launch the 2016 season with a night of mystery, romance, and young adult story readings. See how it all goes down on Thursday, Jan. 28 at The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre starting 8 p.m. (North Hollywood, Calif.)

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10. Bruce Bickford, David OReilly, and Don Hertzfeldt to Headline Toyko’s Georama Festival

The mind-expanding Georama returns to Tokyo next month for a new edition with some major American guests.

The post Bruce Bickford, David OReilly, and Don Hertzfeldt to Headline Toyko’s Georama Festival appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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11. To do Feb 9: Marc Tyler Nobleman talks about Bill Finger

We recently noted that writer Marc Tyler Nobleman was on the hunt for a video of a particular panel from WonderCon about Bill Finger. He writes to tell us that he has a Finger-related event coming up in NYC on February 9th: As you know, 9/18 was the day DC Comics announced that (after 76 […]

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12. Literary Events This Week: Marie Kondo and Michael Ian Black

Spark Joy Cover (GalleyCat)Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Marie Kondo, the author behind Spark Joy, will give a talk on how to “Konmari Your Life.” Hear her on Thursday, Jan. 21 at The Japan Society starting 6:30 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)

Comedian Michael Ian Black and journalist Julia Turner come together to discuss Black’s new book Navel Gazing. Join in on Thursday, Jan. 21 at The Strand starting at 7 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)

Two authors, Anica Mrose Rissi and Micol Ostow, will headline a Circus-Parade Storytime Extravaganza at McNally Jackson. Meet them on Saturday, Jan. 23 starting 11:30 a.m. (New York, N.Y.)

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13. Pirates and Princesses

 These past few months, I have had the opportunity to create the artwork for the Children's Museum of Indianapolis's upcoming "Pirates and Princesses" exhibit, which will be opening next week on January 30th!  This exhibit will be a walk through famous stories of royals and rebels.  Children can play in a castle, a pirate ship, dress up in costume, experience an interactive digital piece, and more!  I hope you can join us on opening day!

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14. Be A Friend Launch Party Recap

Over the weekend, the RNSL team was a part of a very special book event. About 8 months ago Salina Yoon, the extremely talented and prolific author/illustrator of books like Penguin and Pinecone, Penguin in Love and Stormy Night, asked if we and some of our friends would help her plan the launch party for her 2016 picture book release BE A FRIEND. As huge fans of Salina and her work, we of course said yes. We had worked with Salina previously, but this party was going to be different. Be A Friend was very special to Salina and, as such, she wanted to celebrate in a big way. (You can read more about Salina and her feeling on the book here.)  So we gathered some of our bookish and imaginative friends (you know who you are) and got to work.  Below is just a brief recap of the event. All pics are by our amazing friend and photographer Katie Ferguson.

Guests were asked to sign in at the guest table when arriving, where they received a felt heart pin and a raffle ticket. They were then welcome to help themselves to some snacks and drinks as the sounds of French music serenaded them. 

There was a full dessert table as well as a candy bar. The amazing treats above were created by Maskipops by Adri. They were beautiful and delicious!

We also had 2 delicious signature cocktails created by the amazing and adorably attired Jen. 

Once the guests settled in, it was time to start the presentation. First up was a performance by the talented singer/songwriter Emily Arrow, who creates literature inspired music for children. Her song required some audience participation, and everyone was happy to oblige. 

Salina was up next and she thanked everyone and then read Be A Friend, with a little help. There were two wonderful theater students who helped Salina with her reading.

After a brief Q&A, it was time to start the signing line. Guests were called up in groups so they didn't spend all of their time in line and could partake of the food, drink and other fun activities while they waited. One of my favorite features of the event was the photobooth. Thanks to Eric for manning it and for the awesome volunteers for creating and procuring the props.

It was just a fantastic night filled with friend, food, and books (and one adorable corgi). Huge congrats to Salina on the publication of Be A Friend. Thanks for letting us be a part of it. Huge, huge thanks to all of our friends and volunteers who helped make this event happen. :) 

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Photo album for the Be A Friend Launch Party
Photo album for the Be A Friend Photobooth

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15. Multicultural Children's Book Day

Why not buy a multicultural book on January 27, 2016 (or any other day) for your library?

http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

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16. Todo: promote #1lib1ref project on Wikipedia

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I am excited about the #1lib1ref project on Wikipedia. The goal is to get every librarian in the world (or a reasonable subsection) to add a citation to a Wikipedia article, just one. This helps make Wikipedia better in the process. I added my cite today to the Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow article. I’m not even trying to be sassy, that is just the page that was handed to me by this great tool that lets you know which articles need citations. I did some Googling, found a Google Book that had some supporting detail for the fact in question, used a book citation tool to turn it into Wikistyle and there you go. I might do two, just in case someone doesn’t have time to add a citation to Wikipedia this week. We have a facebook page and a lot of people using the #1lib1ref hashtag on Twitter. Join us!

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17. Zen Pencils Exhibit on View at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery

Zen Pencils (GalleyCat)The Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Australia will host an exhibit on Zen Pencils. This program will showcase pieces from a popular web comic series by Gavin Aung Than.

With this project, Than aims to highlight “cartoon quotes from inspiration folks.” Thus far, he has published two Zen Pencils comics collections with Andrews McMeel Publishing.

According to Than’s blog post, the opening date has been scheduled for Jan. 15 and the closing date for has been scheduled on Feb. 28. The artist will make an appearance at the museum on Jan. 16 to give a talk on creativity.

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18. European Producers Prove That Mature Animated Features Are Possible At Cartoon Movie

Animation is growing up at the prestigious Cartoon Movie forum in France.

The post European Producers Prove That Mature Animated Features Are Possible At Cartoon Movie appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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19. CAM Artist in Residence program continues with Rachel Dukes at FLAX, San Francisco

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has closed its former location, but its traditions continue, including their monthly Cartoonist-in-Residence program that spotlights various creators. January’s event takes place with Rachel Dukes at the art supply shop FLAX at their new locations at 2 Marina Blvd in Fort Mason. The event takes place Saturday, January […]

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20. Literary Events This Week: Marieke Nijkamp and Short Fiction

This is Where it Ends Cover (GalleyCat)Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

To get your event posted on our calendar, visit our Facebook Your Literary Event page. Please post your event at least one week prior to its date.

Books of Wonder will host a launch party for Marieke Nijkamp’s This is Where it Ends. Join in on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)

A panel of Nightboat Books authors will perform readings at McNally Jackson. Hear them on Thursday, Jan. 7 starting 7 p.m. (New York, N.Y.)

The first session of the Franklin Park Reading Series in 2016 will feature a roster of five writers. See them on Monday, Jan. 11 starting 7 p.m. (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

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21. HOW TO FIND GOLD - It's out!!!!

Finally!!
Anna and Crocodile have arrived! HOW TO FIND GOLD is in UK bookshops today, published by Walker Books.


Well, here you go. I wrote and illustrated an new book. It doesn't have flaps or speech bubbles this time. It has a quest, and it's very educational. I put in EVERYTHING I know about finding gold. Finding gold, as Crocodile could tell you, takes a lot of preparation, plus someone like Anna.

I'm really fond of these two - it took a long time to work out their story through many scribbly notebooks, letters, and sketchbooks, and by the end I felt like they'd somehow written it themselves. I hope they'll have many more adventures. Actually I am sure they will, I just hope I get to catch some more of them and put them into picture books.

I'll be posting scenes and drawings that happened on the way to the book here over the month, along with some treats... Watch this space!

On the 26th we'll have an official book launch in London, at Daunt Books (Holland Park Avenue). If you're a friend of my books, you're invited. Here you go:

Let's celebrate!

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22. Devon Murray and Paula DuPré Penmen to attend ‘Loveland Fire and Ice Festival’ next month

The Loveland Fire and Ice Festival will be held in Colorado in just over a month, and in attendance are two guests from the Harry Potter series!

Paula DuPré Pesmen – associate producer for the first three Harry Potter films –  will be attending the event, and also holding a meet-and-greet. Profits from the panel will go to There With Care – a non-profit organisation based on the Colorado Front Range and created by DuPré Pesmen after her husband was diagnosed with cancer.

Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan, will also hold a Q&A session, and a Ford Anglia — exactly like Mr Weasley’s, minus the flying! — will be at the event’s car show.

Reporter Herald  gives details:

The event will feature an ice sculpting contest, light displays, fireworks, live music, horse drawn carriage rides, a car show and metal sculpting throughout the downtown area. The overall event is free, though there are charges for some portions including food and a new ticketed carousel.

The event also will raise money for three charities — Hearts and Horses, Veterans Plaza and There With Care. Specifics for the fundraisers for the Loveland based therapeutic riding program and the Fort Collins Veterans Plaza are still being ironed out.

The festival takes place February 12th-14th 2016 in Loveland, Colorado. Find out how to attend here!

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23. ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016′ approaches, new exhibits to feature!

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 is approaching fast!

The event will be held at Universal Studios Orlando from January 29th – 31st 2016, and is not only set to feature an amazing guest line-up, but various familiar exhibits and features will also be there, including:

  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition: An exhibit of props and pieces of worldwide Potter-mania
  • MinaLima: Prints and reproductions of 10 years’ worth of Harry Potter art, created for the films
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter: An interactive mini-tour experience of the world famous London-based tour that gives guests the chance to see the behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the Harry Potter films

Even more excitingly, some new features will also be available at the event, as reported by Orlando Informer:

  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A – Enjoy a fascinating and interactive question and answer session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter™ films. Discover what it was like to work on one of the most successful film franchises in history.

     

  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.

     

  • Harry Potter Props Showcase with acclaimed prop maker Pierre Bohanna – Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series? Warner Bros. Pierre Bohanna will answer these questions and many more. Remember to bring along your wand as there may be a masked visitor or two during the showcase.

     

     

  • Dance Like a Beauxbatons & Battle Like a Durmstrang – If your younger Harry Potter fans are entranced by the dances performed by Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students in the Harry Potter films, they’ll love this demonstration. A Universal Orlando choreographer, working with Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students who perform here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will explain the movements and techniques behind the mesmerizing dance routines.

 

  • Harry Potter Film Trivia – How well do your children (or you) know the Harry Potter films? Test your knowledge during this fun audience-interaction game inviting younger fans to shout out the answers to film-specific questions. Perhaps a Harry Potter film marathon is in order before trying your luck?

Check out more information about the event here! No need to worry if you can’t make it – there are loads of other events set for this year, so take a look at our 2016 Harry Potter events calendar. 

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24. Literary Events This Week: Lindsey Stirling and Eric Litwin

The Only Pirate at the Party Cover (GalleyCat)Here are some literary events to pencil in your calendar this week.

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Lindsey Stirling, a YouTube star, will celebrate the launch of her book, The Only Pirate at the Party, at Barnes & Noble (Union Square branch). Meet her on Tuesday, Jan. 12 starting 7 p.m. (New York, NY)

Nelsie Spencer, a teacher at the Gotham Writers Workshop, will host a free humor writing workshop at the Housing Works Bookstore Café. Join in on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (New York, NY)

Eric Litwin will read from his picture book, The Nuts: Sing and Dance In Your Polka Dot Pants, at the Lincoln Center Atrium. Hear him on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (New York, NY)

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25. Valentines Dinner in the Great Hall!

What better way to spend an evening with someone you love than a dinner for two in the Great Hall at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London?

This Valentines Day (February 13th-14th 2016), you can do just that!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour’s website states:

‘You are invited to attend a bewitching banquet this February for ‘Valentine’s Dinner in the Great Hall’. You’ll be greeted on arrival with welcome drinks and canapés (including a special Love Potion cocktail), before taking your seats on the authentic Great Hall set.’

Tables for two will be set out (decorated with flowers and candles), and a three-course meal will be served.

On top of this, you’ll be given after-hours access to the Tour. Drinks will be available at Platform 9 3/4, as well as a tankard of Butterbeer from the backlot cafe!

After you’ve navigated the amazing props, sets, costumes and more on offer, you will arrive at the huge Hogwarts castle model – for after-dinner tea, coffee and chocolates!

Best of all, the saddest part of the tour (the end!) will make sure you leave with a smile, as you collect ‘your chosen wand’ from the lobby!

Shuttle buses will be available to and from Watford station.

Tickets are £247.50 each, and also available to purchase in pairs for £495 from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th January. More information, including FAQs, are available on the official event page, here.

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