Stick a fork in it.


The book is done.

What started off as vision of an antique store helmed by a talking bulldog clerk that wandered into my head during a midnight ramble ended up a 32-page adventure through lands marked by fiery rebellions, sea-sunk civilizations, stone giants, and dark nights of the soul. Oh, and there's also two scenes in a sushi bar for some reason.

All it took to get from that quaint flight of fancy to a real deal book was a pinch of imagination, a little luck, and an unhealthy amount of work. It was like giving birth, only it took 11 months and I was in labor the entire time.

Copies will be showing up on bookshelves this fall. I know it's a ways off, but I'll remind you when the time comes, and often. And I'll share more images from the book in the run-up to its publication.

In the meantime, enjoy this little watercolor of the bulldog himself, inspecting a famous animated ball (painted for a friend who was kind enough to give me a tour of Pixar last summer).


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Room with a view

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In preparation for my trip to Bologna Book Fair, I spent the last few weeks getting my portfolio into gear. This included a 20-day tenancy in the museum exhibition space above. Forty different exhibits on display there, not counting the canine. Took forever not only to think up interesting curios to show, but also to organize them on the walls and shelves. It was all worth it, though, because now my children's book boasts both a human skull and a shining red butt. You're welcome, parents.

Alright, I'm off! Wish me luck!


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Getting Creative

Some keen-eyed readers may have noticed a buried lead in the recent profile of me on the amazing Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog. Amidst the goat illustrations and Marmite gags was news that I've been working with the Creative Company to get my first picture book out the door. At the time, I had been collaborating with Creative's editor and art director, pruning the superfluous elements and focusing some of the details of my proposal in an effort to tighten it up. I did not, however, have a contract for the book itself.

That all changed last week. After spending a lifetime drawing and dreaming of one day getting my own book into print, I'm inexpressibly happy to say I'm now officially under contract with Creative to have my first children's picture book published in 2014!

Having a story I both wrote and illustrated living free range out in the world is going to be phenomenal enough. But it is an exceptional honor to have it published by the Creative Company. Few publishers in the world produce books as beautiful and poignant as those released by Creative. To give you a sense of what I mean, let me show you some of the other illustrators they've already worked with:

Michael Sowa


Gary Kelley


Roberto Innocenti


Etienne Delessert


André François


Fabian Negrin


Breathtaking, no?

I'll keep you updated to the progress of the book throughout the coming months. There's still lots of work left to do, but knowing it'll all add up to a finished book will spur me forward like a manic racehorse. Well, the congratulatory artisanal chocolate will help, too.

You have sent some congratulatory artisanal chocolate, haven't you? HMMM?


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