I enjoyed an awesome visit to schools in the Santa Fe Springs School District in Southern California. Earthling! was the Author Month book so many kids got a copy of Earthling! and did projects based on the book. The events were made possible in part by the City of Santa Fe Springs. Everyone I met from city employees, to school librarians, principals and teachers were generous with their time and were doing their best to create great learning opportunities and environments. It was inspiring for me and I hope it was inspiring for all the great kids I met and signed books for.
I visited Lakeview, Jersey Avenue and Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary schools.
I was overwhelmed with great questions about the book. For example: What exactly was the liquid in the tanks that Bud was put into? Do I think there really are aliens? Do I think Bud did the right things once he was at Cosmos Academy? How long did it take to draw Earthling? Do I think most school buses could fly into outer space? And did this happen to me when I was a kid and — might I be an ALIEN!? I’m still looking through all the great drawings and letters. Thanks to all the students for their enthusiasm!
I’ll be hearing some pictures from the visit and my presentation.
Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School. Mrs. Snow’s Fourth Grade class made dioramas of their favorite part of the book!
It was a full house at Lakeview Elementary!
I got to meet the kids who did the wonderful art on this poster!
And Jersey School had even more great questions for me!
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The Little Lake City School District, the Los Nietos School District and the library in the City of Santa Fe Springs are awesome! How awesome? Well, awesome enough to invite me down to talk about Earthling! and visit 4 schools as part of a visiting author program.
So Earthling!, and I, will be back in California.
I’ll be at Lakeview Elementary, Jersey Avenue Elementary, Rancho Santa Gertrude’s Elementary and St. Pius X Parish School where I will be talking and drawing about Earthling!
I’ll be presenting my How To Make A Graphic Novel talk and letting kids see all the steps involved in the process as well as some of the mistakes I made and learned from.
As usual I will stress that every book, movie or TV show starts with an idea and a pencil. Everything starts at the ‘Scribbles and script’ stage. That’s where ideas sprout from to become tangible works. You don’t need special equipment or years of technical training to start work. Jump in and start drawing and writing – and revising – today!
I’m looking forward to the visit!
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I wanted to remind blog readers that I have a much more detailed How To Make a Graphic Novel over at my website. Here’s a link.
I posted a How To on this blog a year or so ago and it stills gets lots of traffic and generates a lot of questions from readers, especially students. But the new How To on my website is more complete and the art examples are integrated and can be enlarged. Maybe 80% less spelling mistakes too.
Here’s a link to it again.
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I joined Adobe’s new Pay Monthly scheme. I had a ‘deal’ that ran out in 2013, it saved me like 20 bucks a month. I’ve put it off for a year and finally decided to try it. I’ll let you know how I like it.
If you’re not familiar with what I am talking about let me tell you about Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Adobe now sells access to ALL their apps for $50.00 a month or $30.00 (for one year) if you had a previous Production Bundle. So you pay a monthly fee for access to ALL of their apps. Which they claim they even update (debug) more often now. It also includes a lot of apps I will never open.
But it’s not a horrible deal, unless of course you get to a point where you don’t want to pay a monthly fee (or can’t afford to), but all your files are in the Adobe formats, then if you don’t keep paying I guess you are out of luck.
On the other hand, if you were buying the production bundle every two years, that was $1,500 or more.
All in all if Adobe actually spends time updating their apps instead of building new installs, I’d be happy I guess. But Adobe has really been nothing but disappointment for the past 15 years or so. Buggy apps, unsupported formats, they were late to support OSX with Photoshop, and generally it’s a company that seems to offer very little to its customers. Now I have no choice but to use Adobe products. I know them, I’ve used them for many, many years. I generally like them. Yet, I have no positive feeling for the company. And I use their software EVERY DAY to do my work. All my books are drawn and painted in Photoshop and sometimes Illustrator. I animate in After Effects. I edit sound in Audition and before that SoundBooth and I use InDesign for all my layout and ebook designs. So what went wrong?
Maybe it was how little effort they seemed to put into upgrades. Maybe it was how Adobe tried to force Flash on everyone, everywhere. Maybe it was how they reacted when Steve Jobs very clearly pointed out the shortcomings of Flash on mobile. Or maybe just how buggy much of what they shipped was.
But here I am shipping some dollars to them every month. I guess they win. You don’t need to like ‘em. Just pay ‘em.
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Every January first for the past 14 years, from 12:00-12:00, Comicraft offers a sale on all their fonts at the dollar conversion of the year. So this being 2014, that means any font set sells for $20.14.
It’s a GREAT deal from the makers of some of the best digital fonts for comics and such.
The Comicraft sale starts tonight at midnight.
Go see what great stuff they have!
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