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Off to Athens

   Having a bit of a slowdown after Xmas. I'm hoping it's because all the wonderful art directors, editors and publisher I know are gathering steam to get going on the new year and I will soon be inundated with new jobs.
   My agent is working on a possible book deal with Chronicle so I will keep my fingers crossed for that.
   Biggest news right now is that I'll be taking off to Athens for a couple of months.  I was a bit nervous to book this because things are so rough over in Greece but, at the very least, I can spend a bit of money there and help things out. 
   Reading about Athens makes it sound pretty awful but I realize news outlets aren't going to write a story and say how calm Athens is.  Thank goodness for blogs and real accounts.  If nothing else this trip could be a bit more real than my usual getaways.
    Hope everybody's 2013 is full of joy and success and discovery.

Posted on 07 Jan 2013 09:52 -  Category: update
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Nov.2/12

I'm putting the date because this is some kind of record for me - second entry in less than a month!  Now I better think of something to talk about. 
I got my cartoons out today as well so it's been a pretty productive morning. By the way if you're reading this and want to get some cartoons in your emailbox every once in awhile just write and I'll put you on the list. I manage to get them out every couple of months so you certainly don't need to worry about being inundated with them.
Halloween has come and gone and with it some prospects on books I thought might happen.  Some still in the works, some I'll have to move on to another publisher. If you're excited enough about a project it keeps you motivated. 
I could write a whole chapter on motivation - as a freelancer you're always up against that when you're between jobs.  You have to have a pretty big store of it yourself and, almost as helpful, you can rely on other writer and artist friends to keep you on track - either through optimistic thoughts or just plain griping about how tough things are.  And on that cheery note, back to work drawing a series of maps (doing a very cool job about native settlements in B.C.)

Posted on 02 Nov 2012 03:15 -  Category: update
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Back from Berlin

Well once again I'm amazed how long it's been since I last wrote. But I guess that's a pattern.  Back home after an amazing 3 months in Berlin. The city is incredible and I hit it at just the right time.  I spent time with two people I love so that was perfect.  Tons of bike riding around the city. It's so great because it's set up for cyclists with separated bike lanes (more bike lanes in Vancouver!) Guess it helps that the city is flat too so it's pretty easy riding.
I happened to be there for Berlin Art Week which was incredible - tons of spaces opened up all around town with the whole range of art to see (from crappiest to brilliant - and that's what makes it fun.)
A book I had finished before going came out - Over at the Rink. Looks like it's doing quite well. I also just found out that my book Follow that Map is now out in Polish and was recently sold to China so I'm looking forward to that translation.
Guess that's it for now. Summer is carrying on here and it's beautiful outside so off I go for a bike ride.

Posted on 07 Oct 2012 02:12 -  Category: update
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Sock Monkey Out

My very first Sock Monkey book is coming out soon. Check out http://tinyurl.com/cqzof2l to seeHave to love the Sock Monkeys.

Posted on 27 May 2012 01:48 -  Category: update
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Sock Monkeys and Bologna

I guess I've been busy, can't believe how long it's been since I last wrote here. An enormous project (a book called 'How' with OwlKids) took up most of last year. It was quite an undertaking (over 95 spreads) so I'm looking forward to the release of that.
Right now I'm working on a book on Sock Monkeys, which impresses some people no end. It's great to be working with Adams Media again. I have to say it's a lot of fun. Who knew everybody loved Sock Monkeys so much. I've started doing a cartoon with Daily Commercial News (http://tinyurl.com/7qawd5l). After they did a review of 'Look at that Building' it seemed like a natural progression to do a cartoon for them.
Sure wish I was going to Bologna this year but at least I have some artwork on display thanks to the great people at SCBWI - you can go here to see everyone's illustrations: http://tinyurl.com/7fprfx9 I plan to make it again next year for sure. Hope everyone who goes has a great time. 

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 03:05 -  Category: update
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