I can finally announce the big project I’ve been working on for months! Last year I was invited by Christopher Tupa to participate in a children’s anthology he was putting together. 8 artists, including myself, each wrote and illustrated an 8 page short story for the book. The range of styles and subjects make this a perfect book for kids of all ages. Here are the other incredible artists:
The book is currently being printed at Ka-Blam and should be ready for purchase through Indy Planet in November! For those of you who will be heading to the UP! Fair in November, Mark Harmon will have copies of the book available for purchase as well.
This process has been an incredibly fun learning experience. I don’t know how often collaborations like this actually go to print but we feel strongly about this project and about self-publishing as a way for illustrators to get their work out to the public. If you would like to follow our collaborative critique process, you can visit the forums over at Illopond created by Ben Powis. There you can follow most of our communication throughout the process and you can join the forums to find artists and start your own collaborations.
My story is titled The Panda in the Pantry and there are a few sneak peeks sprinkled around the blog if you look hard enough. Stay tuned for updates on the book and where you can find it. You can also follow Anthology8 for updates as the release gets closer.