A sincere "thank you" to everyone who came out to the "Story time with Saxby" book reading/event on Saturday. Although I have various Saxby readings lined up this winter, this one was special because a lot of close family/friends got to be there, and it was at one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. It was a blast! I'm glad a lot of the (amazing) cookies were eaten and most of the Saxby coloring pages were colored. Best of all, all of the Saxby books that were in stock at Broadhope sold out, and a lot of folks natrually ended up buying some of other stuff from the plethora of great local artists at the shop to give back. I'll be bringing more books in soon!
Some pics below ...
Amazing Saxby cookies!
Just a reminder that the Story Time with Saxby event in Cincinnati will be tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10:30am. There will be a traditional (though interactive) book reading and signing, followed by enjoying some Saxby-themed cookies and a coloring activity. It should be a lot of fun, hope to see you there!
(location details in the flyer)
There is a street near my new place called "Wardall" and every time I drive by I think of Ward Kimball.
One of my fears when I made this site blog-centric (by making the blog the default homepage) was falling into the trap of just wanting to promote stuff I like. Not that I think there's anything wrong with that, but most of all this is intended to be about updates and an archival way to store my own work (mostly in the form of project updates, sketchbook scans, etc). I think a healthy combination of the two is pretty ideal.
Lately though is one of those times when there hasn't been much OG stuff posted ... for two reasons. Things have been busy with getting a few Saxby promotional events/readings lined up prepared, and then a lot of work is being done on some other stuff that is beginning to progress past the original, bare bone stages. Saxby has actually been "done" for about a year and a half or so ... at least my end of it (the finalized illustrations and story/manuscript). The rest of that time was spent on researching the best publishing routes, raising the necessary funds to do so (a lot of emphasis on this one), and finally working with a partner/digital whiz on the final composting/design/color schemes for the book, concluding in the final back end of production stuff that goes into working with the publisher to get the manuscript and all necessary matters officially print-ready.
All that will change soon, just giving a little update about the slow pace as of late. And we're officially just a week away from this! Some very fun stuff is planned, and my weekend will mostly be spent getting stuff like Saxby coloring pages printed and balloons ready. All are welcome to stop on by!
A weird/cool thing to discover on a Saturday morning ... I was looking at some pictures of some original Richard Scarry book artwork and paintings online, and stumbled upon some photos of this street art on the side of a building in Philadelphia. Regardless of context (of which I couldn't find any anywhere), I couldn't help but share it as a huge Scarry fan. The Busytown gang is all here!
(credit to "streetsdepts.com" for the photo ... I cropped it down so you didn't have to see the whole side of the building and the Santa Claus with graffiti over him).