Summer’s coming to an end. All the flowers in my garden are dying. And the school buses are about to roll again. I just got the proofs for Tommy Can’t Stop, the picture book I illustrated for Hyperion written by Tim Federle (He of Better Nate Than Never fame!). They look great. The designers at Hyperion did an awesome job with it.
I am also finishing the scripts for the animated shorts I’m working on (more on that when I have art to show). And I’m continueing to work on a new picture book that I will deliver by the end of the year.
But…I’m planning some macabre ebook fun for Halloween this year! I will be releasing two eBooks on the iBooks Store (Well, that’s the plan anyway. Just technical issues left so I should make that deadline).
You will be able to buy and read them on a Mac or an iPad. Why release them on Halloween? Well, other than it being one of my favorite holidays, both books are a little – creepy, scary, unsettling…but all in a good, kid friendly way! Below are the covers. Striking, no?
And two sample pages.
The Thing with No Head is based on the animated short I made that ran on Nicktoons (On Halloween) but this is an expanded story. It’s in verse which is why I have been editing it for 5 years. I’m not kidding. And I know…verse is a no-no. But this story, it just doesn’t work any other way.
The Boy Who Was Swallowed by A Tiger is a short story that I have been playing with for a year or two.
I write a lot of material that is not the right page count for a traditional picture book and is perhaps not the kind of content a major publisher would want to take a chance on. Or they suck and I’m the only one who likes them…it’s a possibility. They also give me a chance to draw in different styles, using more of a pen-and-ink look which I love. Anyway, I expect to release an additional ebook each quarter in 2015.
The first two books will be available for $1.99 on the iBooks Store around Halloween. If you want to write about them on your blog, or talk about them to your friends drop me an email. I believe I can send out codes for a free download once they are posted. By posting this I really do have to get them ready now. On to beta testing!