Thursday, October 28, 2010

BABYMOUSE: THE MUSICAL ... As a Real Musical!

Back in April, Jenni and I had the privilege of going to New York City to see a shake-down performance of a brand-new musical:

Yes, that's our very own BABYMOUSE on the left! Our book BABYMOUSE: THE MUSICAL is one of the mini-musicals included in Theatreworks USA's brand-new show, Duck for President/Fancy Nancy & Other Story Books (the show tours under both names). The production is now traveling the country, starting in the Northeast. Click on the links above to see when it's coming to a town near you!

You can also follow the company (the cast is different than the crew pictured above) on tour via Ethan Angelica's blog, Fancy Ducks. Ethan plays Leonardo the Terrible Monster, and this is his FIFTH tour with Theatreworks!

While I am admittedly biased, I think the show is hilarious. The basic premise is that a young boy doesn't want to read, and the books come to life in protest. The cast does about a zillion costume changes, as each member has to play a different character in each of the six mini-musicals: FANCY NANCY, DUCK FOR PRESIDENT, BABYMOUSE: THE MUSICAL, I HAVE TO GO!, LEONARDO, THE TERRIBLE MONSTER, and PIRATES DON'T CHANGE DIAPERS. Each one is loaded with laughs, and great fun for both kids and grown-ups. (In fact, my mother-in-law recently saw the show in Pittsburgh with one of her girlfriends--no kids in tow at all--and had a blast.)

Don't miss it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON Reviewed by Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Amy Phelps of The Parkersburg (West Va.) News and Sentinel wrote a nice review of BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON:

Kids’ books focus on reading, mystery

The popular mouse is back in another black and white (and pink!) graphic novel, "Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon" by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.

Babymouse lets her imagination run wild as she goes about her school day. There's Indiana Jones-like adventures in the library and dreams of a lordship and cupcakes in the cafeteria. When one of Babymouse's daydreams causes a school flood, Babymouse and the whole school must hold a fundraiser to replace the lost books. While previous fundraisers have been boring, this one is right up Babymouse's alley - cupcakes! And even better, there is a special prize for the person who sells the most cupcakes. But Babymouse finds it is hard to sell to neighbors when everyone else in the community is too. And her nemesis, Felicia, seems like she is going to be the winner. Will Babymouse come up with a winning idea or will Felicia sell the most?

A cute story that kids will relate to (it seems like there's always a school fundraiser somewhere) it's easy to see why Babymouse is so popular, with her sassy wit, great imagination and her relatability.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New comic strip collection out from BABYMOUSE author Matthew Holm

Some exciting news, folks. Thanks to the wonders of the modern e-book age, I have finally been able to collect and publish my comic strip series, MARTY GRAY, as an e-book!

It's already available for Kindle from Amazon, and hopefully the iTunes iBookstore will follow suit shortly (within the month, to judge by my last experience with them).

What is it? Well, in 1997, my creative partner Jon Follett and I were running an online humor magazine called Strange Voices. MARTY GRAY was the daily comic strip feature I drew. (I didn't even know there was a thing called "webcomics" back then. Perhaps there wasn't, yet.) It's the story of an alien chef who gets stranded on Earth, and has to find his way in the world.

Marty Gray # 1

A word of warning: It's not for kids. This is not Babymouse. It wasn't drawn with kids in mind as an audience, and there are some gags that, while they would fit in fine on prime time TV sitcoms, are out-of-bounds for daily newspaper comics pages.

Marty Gray #063

Check it out! It's funny! It's cheap! ($1.99 on Kindle, $0.99 on iTunes, once they work it through their system. I would have made it $0.99 on Kindle, too, but $1.99 is Amazon's lowest price point.)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BABYMOUSE creator Matthew Holm at Vancouver, WA Barnes & Noble Oct. 12

Attention teachers and librarians:

Hi! And Thanks!

You can expect to hear a lot of things along those lines at Educator Appreciation Night at the Vancouver, Wash., Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, October 12:

Tuesday October 12, 2010 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Barnes & Noble
Vancouver Plaza
7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662
ph/ 360-253-9007

What's in store? Live cartooning, Q&A, signings of BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON, and more:

We celebrate all pre-K through fifth grade educators with goodie bags, treats, prizes, Babymouse author Matt Holm and graphic artist/publisher Darren Davis! Homeschoolers are also invited.

I hope to see you there! I'd appreciate it! (Okay. Bad jokes. Ignore that one.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON reviewed at Comic Book Bin

A nice review of BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON over at the Comic Book Bin:

...THE LOWDOWN: Jennifer’s energetic, spry storytelling and Matthew’s cartoony comic book art make Babymouse one of the best children’s comic books being published today. It’s like an early elementary school version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Of the three I’ve read, Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon is the best in terms of problem solving and lesson learning. The narrator spars with Babymouse, who is constantly getting her comeuppance, and seeing the lead character getting her just desserts can be funny, as it certainly is here. This well-crafted kids’ graphic novel series keeps rolling, and this time it is as good as a cupcake.

Interview with BABYMOUSE creators Jenni and Matt Holm at SUVUDU.com!

Jenni and I recently spoke with SUVUDU.com.




Listen in as we talk about working on BABYMOUSE and what fun things are coming up in the future! (HINT: It's slimy and green.)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Babymouse Creator Matthew Holm at Portland's 2010 WORDSTOCK Festival



This coming Saturday, October 9, 2010, I'll be appearing at the Wordstock Festival right here in Portland, Ore. I go on from 1:00PM - 2:00PM at the Target Children's Stage (inside the Oregon Convention Center), along with fellow children's-book creators Tad Hills and Brie Spangler. I'll do some drawing, talk about BABYMOUSE, and sign copies of my latest book, BABYMOUSE: CUPCAKE TYCOON!

See you there!