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Puppets at the “Patch”

What a great weekend! A special thanks to the great folks at “The Briar Patch” bookstore for hosting a great event celebrating the release of ZEKE MEEKS! And a HUGE “Thanks” for those of you that came to hang out! When I woke up to snow on Saturday morning, I wasn’t sure how many people […]

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Coming to The Briar Patch

That’s right! If you find yourself in the Bangor, Maine area on Saturday, March 3 – stop by The Briar Patch and say hi! I’ll be there from 11-noon celebrating the release of the first four Zeke Meeks books! We’ll be hanging out making “Putrid Puppet Pals” for fun, so tell your friends and bring […]

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An approach to illustrating chapter books

I’m wrapping up the rough sketches for one of the next Zeke Meeks books, and I’ve started to think about how I approach illustrating chapter books. The saying “show, don’t tell” is a popular one among writers. It’s the idea of hinting at something to allow the reader to fill the gaps that results in […]

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Animated Gabby & Gator!

Check this out!   James Burks has been on my list of “favorite artists/creators who inspire” for years now (for those that may be familiar, I first came across his work when he was posting an online comic titled “Martin’s Misdirection”). He’s an illustrator/animator who has created fun comic-esque picture books like “Beep and Bah” […]

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Shut Up! The Comic Strip

One of the fun parts of creating characters, is finding a home for them! Baxter Beaver, the title character from “Baxter Beaver’s Bad Breath”, originated in a wordless, short comic book story (I’ll have to try and track that one down). He then found his way into a comic strip idea before landing in his […]

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Zeke Meeks in Bangor!

THEY’RE HERE! Word is, “Zeke Meeks” is hitting the shelves! If you’re in the Bangor, Maine area – here’s a shot from THE BRIAR PATCH bookstore. ALSO – it’s official, I’ve signed on to illustrate another FOUR books. So you can look forward to MORE Zeke fun coming next year!

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Baxter Beaver is here!

My newest interactive books is now available!!!! I wrapped everything up for “Baxter Beaver’s Bad Breath” last week and it is now live in the Interactive Touch Books store! Follow Baxter as he begins his day – but forgets to do something very important! (I bet you can guess what it was!) The book features […]

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Creating Interactive Books Part 2: Setting the Stage

(Read part 1 here) As with most things, when preparing to create an interactive book – one of the most crucial steps in the process… is the preparation. (When you fail to plan you plan to fail, right?). Ideally, you have your page roughed out and know what elements you’ll want to be interactive and […]

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Creating Interactive Books Part 1: Tools

Welcome to part one of my series on “Interactive Books” – the plan is to share some of my processes (both in thought and execution) in creating them. First, let me start off by saying that I think that all books are “interactive”. In particular, picture books. You have the lovely interaction between words and […]

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Tuff Fluff – Fan Art

If you were to ask my 7-year old who her favorite illustrator is – she’d quickly reply “SCOTT NASH!”. That’s right. Not her dad . One of the items in her Christmas stocking this year was “Tuff Fluff: The Case of Duckie’s Missing Brain” – a book Scott wrote and illustrated (“He WROTE it too!” […]

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