Halloween is almost here and the bad books like to dress-up with other book covers. Those dust jackets are easy to hide behind.

Beware if any popular books you didn’t know you had and hadn’t checked out from your local library show up on your doorstep.




eBook adventures.


I recently finished and submitted an original ebook to the Apple iBookstore (which I will talk more about once the book is available). It was a great exercise – having to consider a book from start to finish where I didn’t have editors and designers and marketing people helping. From cover to marketing copy to price – I had to figure it out. I had several good friends who reviewed the work and helped edit the copy and advised on the art direction. Their help was very much appreciated. I learned plenty about my limitations.

The Thing with No Head is darker than your average picture book, but it’s not inappropriate for any age. It was inspired by the Edward Gorey work I read as a kid and was influenced by Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman’s work. And yet – of course – it isn’t exactly like their work either.

This project is a hobby. I try and write several picture book manuscripts each year and sometimes I have ideas that don’t fit into any traditional category. Not comics, not graphic novels, not picture books. I was wondering if these stranger, slightly odder projects could find a place on digital shelves. But I had a lot to learn and I realize now how difficult it is to present a project that does not fit easily into a genre or historical market. What is the demographic? Who will want to read this? How can I find those people? Those are questions that too often authors and illustrators don’t consider at all.

I don’t develop ideas based on a demographic. But I’d be dishonest if I said that I don’t have questions about demographics and appropriateness of ideas floating around in my head when I start a project.  I don’t think you should limit yourself too quickly when an idea jumps out at you by thinking it’s ‘not right’… Yet, success (if we define success as having others want to buy, read and look at your work) comes about because your work finds an audience. And as a commercial artist we do need to consider our audience.

The Thing with No Head will be out on Apple’s iBookstore soon. I’ll write more about it before then. Oh yes I will…



Samples from ebooks!

Here are some samples from The Boy Who Was Swallowed by a Tiger and The Thing with No Head ebooks which will be out on Apple’s iBookstore in October. They feature a more straight ahead ‘cartoony’ style and give me an opportunity to indulge in drawing crosshatched lines.  One is told in verse, in fact I’m still editing it…the other a simple prose style with a folktale flavor. Click on them to see them larger.



Tommy is there!


Tim Federle’s first picture book, Tommy Can’t Stop, which I illustrated is now available for preorder on Amazon. I’m sure you can order it from any fine bookstore and I’ll give you a few minutes to rush off and do that. Maybe order a second copy for the neighbors. OK. You’re back. Unfortunately you can’t actually the book until April 2015. So I won’t be saying too much more about this until next year. Tommy, hold on just a little longer!


Earthling! as pixels!

Earthling! is a my graphic novel and for those who have an iPad it’s never been easier to get the ebook.
Download Earthling! on the iBookstore for the iPad and the new giant iPhones for a great price!


But of course you can order it in good ol’ dead tree format too. Just click here for that goodness.

tgte23Just another page from The Great Thanksgiving Escape.

It’s self explanatory.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Teachers are so very important for all of our futures.

Look how one teacher’s kindness and example made such a difference for a young man who went on to become a Nobel Laureate.

The Note Albert Camus Sent to his Teacher

A heartwarming example of kindness and its powerful effects!

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