Tag Archive: Books

Oct
02
2012

The Formal Inventiveness of Kids’ Picture Books

Last week I got involved in Twitter back-and-forth with a few folks (Alan Haverholm, Eric Orchard, and whomever operates the Hooded Utilitarian’s Twitter account–Noah Berlatsky, maybe?) about the differences–or lack thereof, argues Noah–between cartooning and illustration and it got me thinking about children’s books. I don’t have some big, overall point here vis-a-vis the formal …

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Oct
01
2012

T is for the Time Traveler

My only other contender for “T” was Tom Bombadil–and I guess I could have done him since I could technically have claimed that my earlier drawing of Gimli was from The Lord of the Rings and Bombadil was from The Adventures of Tom Bombadil… but that’s kinda cheating. So instead, I did this guy: T …

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Sep
24
2012

S is for Serafina Pekkala

Selecting an “S” subject for this week was tough. My other two candidates were Sydney Hen from Charles Portis’s Masters of Atlantis and Sukie Rougemont from The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike. Ultimately, though… S is for Serafina Pekkala — from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman As you can see, I mixed things …

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Sep
20
2012

R is for Robert “Bobby” Shaftoe

Well, here’s my very late “R” AlphaBooks entry. This isn’t one of my faves, but after an initial delay from being at SPX, followed by a failed attempt to draw Rick Deckard from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, I figured I needed to go ahead and get something posted. So… R is for Robert …

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Sep
13
2012

My Review of Mastering Comics

I wrote a review of Jessica Abel and Matt Madden’s new comics how-to/textbook Mastering Comics in the current Publishers Weekly Comics Week. Check it out here.

Sep
10
2012

Q is for Quasimodo

“Q” is already a pretty challenging letter, but if I was going to stick with my self-imposed AlphaBooks parameters of using only characters from books I’ve read, using the first letter of the character’s full name (rather than the last name as with “Don Quixote”), and using only one character from any given book, I …

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Sep
03
2012

P is for The Pirate Captain

My other contenders for this week’s “P” drawing were pretty easy to eliminate since I’ve already drawn characters from both of the books they’re from: Pilon from Tortilla Flat and Portunus from Lud-in-the-Mist. That left just this fella: P is for The Pirate Captain — From Pirates! In Adventure With Scientists by Gideon Defoe Before …

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Aug
27
2012

O is for Octavia

OK… Octavia is a pretty minor character in The Hunger Games, but she was just about the only “O” character I could think of from a book that I’d read and not drawn someone from already. O is for Octavia — From The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Octavia is part of the protagonist, Katness’s, …

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Aug
20
2012

N is for Nathaniel Chanticleer

O.K., I’ll fess up: this isn’t one of my favorite AlphaBooks illustrations. It’s based on a sketch I did on Thursday night that I’d normally have just pitched and considered a first attempt, but I was out of town this past weekend and had to go with what I had. It’s not a bad drawing, …

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Aug
13
2012

M is for Mattie Ross

I had a number of good possible choices for this week’s “M” AlphaBooks entry. The others on my “possibles” list for this week were Magwitch from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter series, The Misfit from Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find, and The Monster from Mary …

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