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Cheesy Encouragement

November is “Picture Book Idea Month” – Participants attempt to come up with 30 ideas/concepts for a picture book (1 a day). For fun, I started to think up some creative encouragement for creators who were taking the challenge. This block of cheese was born… offering a bit of amiable affirmation. CAUTION: These lines may cause […]

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StarWarsish

Getting geared up for May 4th aka (Unofficial Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you). I designed these “Unofficial Star Wars-ish” finger puppets that you can print, color, cut & assemble! Let me know if you put them together – I’d love to see how they come out! The NEW designs inspired by […]

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What to doodle – Museum

When I was a kid, one of the things I loved doodling were stick figure scenes. I’d draw out a location and then populate it (usually with a friend) with stick figures! I had created one with my own kids and we had a blast! I thought I’d share a “Scene Starter” that we used. […]

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Merry Christmas Eve!

I LOVE this time of year! I’ve been taking some much needed relaxation time with the family these last few days (making cookies, eating cookies, housing gingerbread… check it out, I’m pretty proud of my gumdrop tree: It occurred to me that I’ve written not one, but TWO stories that take place TODAY! On Christmas […]

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Cavities in Kids

According to recent studies, Dentists are reporting a rise in cavities among preschoolers. While there are various suspected causes – I would lean toward the theory that not enough kids have read “Baxter Beaver’s Bad Breath” For iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch toting parents – this little story encourages the activity of “brushing your teeth” and is available […]

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Win Zeke Meeks Books!

That’s right! I’m giving away a set of “Zeke Meeks” books (hardcover!) and it’s easy! Details on how to win on here on my facebook page! 

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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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