While I’m telling you every day that I have a new book, my friends in the publishing world are knocking it out of the park, and this fall especially seems like an explosion of activity. The links are to Amazon for quick reference, but keep an eye out for these in stores and anywhere you like to get books. To have a new book in fall 2016 feels like I’m on a championship team. So I want to tell you what is up!
Cat Rackham is the beloved creation of a much loved cartoonist, and I’m over the moon that this book is coming out. Steve is a shining star of talent and his stories are full of feeling and humour and I can’t say enough good things about them. Basically everyone I know is pumped that a Cat Rackham book is finally here. Of course Koyama Press is publishing this book, because they publish the best.
To be a fan of Vera’s work is inevitable, all you have to do is look at something she made and you wish you made it yourself, then you follow everything she makes like a lost puppy. This book is so bright and funny and sassy and perfect, just perfect. And we all need some alone time, I feel that grandma. I still need alone time and I work from my house.
I love this book. A little boy with a big imagination and a story taking on the joy of that imagination along with the sadness of life, while the reader figures out what is really on his mind, where Burt is trying to get to. It is a beautiful book.
Sarah is one of my girls, of ole Pizza Island, famed Brooklyn studio that I miss terribly. I used to watch her work and listen to her talk about it, and her dedication to telling very human stories while always concerning herself about how to tell them right, for what purpose should she tell them, how to do it best, etc - I’ve always been impressed. She frames people’s voices beautifully in a journalistic sense, while using her own to guide you through the narrative with warmth, humour, empathy.
This book needs maybe the least introduction as Jon is the current picture book king even though he would hate that I said that. The “hat” books were always going to be a trilogy, so here is the final instalment at last. I’ve seen the way Jon works on picture books and I have never seen anyone apply so much theory, of image and text and idea, into it, so no wonder his books are such gems. He’s like, “I think this book is about the nature of human relationships” and I’m like “my book is about a farting horse.”
When I met Carson Ellis, I had been such a fan for such a long time that I tried to play it cool but I sincerely doubt it read that way in person, because I was probably sweaty-palming that handshake with a dose of nervous cackling and stammering. She’s the greatest. At Book Expo America where all the fall books were previewed last spring, I sent my friend Seth to go look at this book and he made a dotted line to her table and then a dotted line back to me and said I LOVE THIS BOOK in one fluid motion. You will love it too.
Not a fall release but a continuing one, this is, in my opinion, which is the correct opinion, the greatest comic series out there right now. I am ravenously reading every Octopus Pie update as the web series draws to a close and Meredith delivers her master strokes of storytelling, which floor me consistently. But the books are there to love forever! Another Pizza Islander being the greatest.
I’ve been such a huge fan of tarysande’s work, and couldn’t help but draw the last scene from her newest chapter. Her poor Grace Shepard has been put through the ringer, so it was lovely to read a sweet scene like this in the midst of some tough (incredibly well written) times.
Also, I just really like drawing Shepard’s fish tank.
OKAY SO IN A LIVE STREAM, MARK SAID SOMETHING ABOUT TUMBLR TO TYLER AND HE WAS ALL "I DON'T HAVE TUMBLR MY DUDE, ALL I HAVE IS TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM, " AND MARK WAS ALL "NO WAY DUDE WTF," AND AMY WAS LIKE "YEAH, YOU SHOULD GET IN TUMBLR BC THEY FUCKIN LOVE YOU, LIKE WE'RE CONSTANTLY SHOWING YOU SHIT LIKE 'TYLER, THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR ARMS AGAIN,'" AND I LOST MY SHIT BUT I FORGOT ABOUT IT UNTIL YESTERDAY AND I'M MAD BC I CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE BUT YOU SHOULD KNOW IT HAPPENED