I had a blast at yesterday's special Earth Day reading of Tunnel-Ball. The duo dry erase/chalkboard easel (typically used in the animation workshop) was a nice touch that I plan to keep using in the future. It was great to get to utilize my silly book about a baseball team from Earth for a greater good. Afterwards, I got to do some request drawings for the young ones while they made their own seed paper, courtesy of Cincinnati artist-crafter Annie Roth. Thank you to pal Tara at Robot Inside for putting this one and for their week-long Earth Day festivities.
I will be doing a special reading of "Tunnel-Ball" on Earth Day (April 22) in a few weeks to kick off all of the Earth Day activities at Robot Inside. It's going to be fun!
If you ever happen to find yourself anywhere close to the Midwest, it would be in your best interest to stop by Boxcar Books in Bloomington, Indiana. You will be hard-pressed to find another bookstore like it in the country who does what they do. Poke around their site for a sampling of that, including their Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project. It was, undoubtedly, one of the first bookstores I reached out to when "Tunnel-Ball" was published.
I can't wait to see the newly renovated space the next time I am there ...
T-B and Shel Silverstein, united at last.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Tunnel-Ball reading and release party at Robot Inside in Cincinnati yesterday. It was truly a blast despite the dreary, rainy weather for mid-May. We even made it through the "song" performance of the reading with the old 70s toy turntable staying in one piece! I will make another post later explaining what that "song" was, exactly, for those who couldn't make it. And the coloring pages, "create your own baseball card", photo booths and cookies seemed to be a hit. Special thanks, again, to my good friend Jacob (who drummed during the performance, as well as revealed that he is a season ticket holder of the Neptune Newts) and Tara of Robot Inside for hosting the thing.
I will be doing a book reading/signing at Robot Inside in Cincinnati on Saturday, May 14th. This will be a special, "release party" kind of event. I hope to see you there!
It's going to be a lot of fun, and guaranteed to be much different than your average book reading (for example ... there will be a drummer accompanying me, and plenty of audience interaction). There will also be activities to follow the reading such as "create your own baseball card" and T-B coloring pages. Books will be for sale, of course, with felt pennants being included with every purchase (p.s. -- this also means that more "bases-clearing double bundles" have been stocked in the online store).
And finally, there will be the life-size T-B card photo booths (see below).
Here is the link w/ more event info.
(niece posing as Centipede Cedrick for maximum cuteness)
I have mentioned the work of the husband-wife duo John and Faith Hubley on the blog a couple of times before, from their bread and butter (animation) to vintage jazz magazine covers by John.
I recently came in possession of an anti-war children's book of theirs, The Hat, which was first an animated short from '63. The book is dedicated to jazz musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore, who also happen to play the two soldier protagonists of the story (and who actually voiced the characters in the film). I had not been aware that a couple of the Hubley shorts had been translated to children's books by the couple them-self, this one and 73's Dig! A Journey under the Earth's Crust.
What is so interesting about the books is that they seem to capture the same artistic value of the animated shorts in print form, because they apply a similar animation aesthetic rather than following the typical picture book design standard. For example, some of the pages are formatted as if it were a film storyboard ... a bunch of thumbnail squares across the page with text underneath, rather than those being expanded for a full page illustration or spread. The same artistic techniques are also used on the book, such as the unique crayon/watercolor silhouettes of the characters.
Here are a few scans of some of my favorite pages ...
It's certainly the most "unique" location for a "Story Time with Saxby" event thus far ... taking place at a pharmacy (Harrison is located on the west side of Cincinnati, right near the Indiana border). Why just drop off your prescriptions when you can listen to a zany story about a portly squirrel? It should be a lot of fun ... cookies, balloons, and Saxby coloring pages will all of course be present in addition to the book reading and signing!
Harrison Pharmacy & Wellness
620 Ring Rd
Harrison, OH 45030