Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Video Review of Babymouse: The Musical at OC Family

OC Family/Inland Empire Family is hosting a quick video review of Babymouse: The Musical. Check it out!

IRC 2009 notes ... stay tuned!

Sorry, IRCers, I haven't been able to update the notes from my presentation just yet. I'll try to get to it this week.

But to tide you over (and answer a question asked at the conference):

Will Eisner's A Contract with God was published in 1978. Here's Eisner's quote on (almost but not quite) coining the term "graphic novel:"

I called the president of Bantam Books in New York, who I knew had seen my work with The Spirit. Now, this was a very busy guy who didn't have much time to speak to you. So I called him and said, 'There's something I want to show you, something I think is very interesting.'

He said, 'Yeah, well, what is it?'

A little man in my head popped up and said, 'For Christ's sake, stupid, don't tell him it's a comic. He'll hang up on you.' So, I said, 'It's a graphic novel.'

He said, 'Wow! That sounds interesting. Come on up.'

"Well, I did bring it up and he looked at it and looked at me through his reading glasses and said, 'This is a comic book, bring it to a smaller publisher,' which I did. . . . At the time, I thought I had invented the term, but I discovered later that some guy thought about it a few years before I used the term.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ich bin ein Springfield Swap Meet patron!

Will the Simpsons jokes ever end? No. No they won't. Sorry, Springfield.

I'm going to Springfield, Ill., today to attend the 2009 Illinois Reading Council Conference.

Come tomorrow to see me, and Jenni! We'll both be doing solo presentations (she at 8AM, I at 1:45PM), autographing books (3PM), and then going to the banquet (6PM), where we'll be doing a little song-and-dance. Quite probably literally.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oregon Children's Authors and Illustrators at Clackamas Barnes & Noble @ 5pm on 3/13

Tomorrow evening, March 13, SCBWI Oregon will be gathering authors, illustrators, and fans of children's books to the Barnes & Noble at Clackamas Town Center.

Here's the lowdown from fellow kid-litter Lisa Nowak:

Date: Friday, March 13, 2009
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Street: Clackamas Town Center

Please come to our first gala for published authors and illustrators from the SCBWI Oregon! Everyone is invited to attend, whether published or not, and refreshments will be provided along with lots of books to buy.

The only books for sale will be sold by B&N, but everyone is welcome to bring a book to show, business cards, sketch books, or anything else you want to share with your peers and guests. B&N has been letting local educators and other book buyers know about this exciting event and we are delighted to have almost two dozen authors/illlustrators featured for our first gala!

See you at 5pm!

Friday, March 6, 2009


Via blog@newsarama:

Pretty good. I wished they had played it totally straight (so close, up until the part about Jon's powers). Is there a Watchmen animated series within the Watchmen movie? Since Adrian Veidt licenses Ozymandias action figures, etc., I thought there might be. Guess I'll have to wait until tonight to find out.

Artist, Shmartist

Even though I make my living from drawing, I have a tough time calling myself an "artist." "Cartoonist" is fine. But my friend, Sadie, is an artist:

Wax Paper with Ribbon - Sadie Jernigan Valeri

Silver Globe Pitcher - Sadie Jernigan Valeri

See what she did there? Went all Vermeer/Rockwell on us.

Check out her blog.