7-Inch-Kara

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Hey guys!   I’m sure most of you know this already from Twitter, but I’m going to be sharing a table with Emily Kluwin at SPX this year.  I have a lot of exciting things this year, including chapters 1 and 2 of my watercolor comic, 7" Kara (and I’m working on Ch 3 for those of you who were left on the cliffhanger, and I’ll TOTALLY show you if you ask:3), TEN BRAND NEW, SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL InkIt charms, new button designs, and I’ll be taking commissions of the sketch and watercolor variety.  If you leave your table number below, I’ll add it to my ‘visit and spend money’ map and come say hi!

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First three pages of chapter 4, mostly done (save for the panel borders, scanning, tweaking, and lettering of course). I used a new blue tape for stretching the paper, and unfortunately, it failed in it’s job. The thicker paper didn’t buckle as badly as Chapter 1’s, but there’s still warping that may make scanning difficult later on. As you can see, I had to use blue tape (Blu) to tape down the newer tape (IPG, from DickBlick.com), and it still managed to tear the paper upon removal.

Since this chapter is dialogue heavy, I may end up posting more WIP pages, especially since I won’t be doing as much sketching.

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Here’s a compilation of some of the ALA stuff I’ve been sharing here lately.  I have a small but growing library of books I’ve been published in, several of which will be for sale next weekend, including copies of Travel and Once Upon a Time.  Of course, I’ll have copies of the first volume of my K-6th grade watercolor comic, 7" Kara.  7" Kara will be three volumes total, the first of which introduces 7 inch tall, 11 year old Kara, her family, and her first human friend, Naomi.  I’ve spent weeks working on some promotional mini watercolors for librarians and educators who purchase 5 copies at ALA this year.  Individuals buying a single copy get their choice of one of two wooden Kara charms, and I’m offering my entire range of wooden charms as well.  The librarians I’ve had the pleasure of knowing have been sassy, self assured individuals, so I also introduced some book lover sassy buttons.  Full of glitter and decked out with rhinestones and cute cabochons, my sassy librarian buttons include:

Glitternerd
My Heart Belongs to YA
I <3 Comics
Reader of Banned Books
Book Hoarder

I’m also going to be something incredibly unusual for me, and I’ll be offering some of my full size watercolor originals, many of which were used in Volume 1.  Most of these average 11"x14" (although a few are larger), and range from $25-$80.

I’m also promoting Gizmo Grandma: A Twisty Tale, a children’s novel I’m currently illustrating, so feel free to grab a postcard and ask to see the portfolio.  I’ll have several portfolios with me (Kara, Gizmo Grandma, and my anthology work), but as they’re so large, they’ll be behind the table.  If you’d like to see one, just ask!  They’re full of watercolor work from the past year and a half.

I’m going to be in the artist alley at table 141 from Friday afternoon until Monday, and I have a piece up for auction, so if you can, swing by, maybe buy a $5 sketch, flip through my books, and pepper me with questions!