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Norma Fleck Award Nominee

July 19 2010 - 10:43:54

Having gotten used to toiling away in the dark mines of children's illustration for so long it took me awhile to realize this is probably the kind of thing that should be posted here. I've recently found out that a book I illustrated and wrote has been nominated for a national award for non fiction kids books. It's called the Norma Fleck Award and it's quite an honour. If you want to check it out visit: The book is Follow that Map, published by my good friends at Kids Can Press. I'm also getting a good reaction to the cartoons I'm emailing out. If anybody wants to be on my mailing list just write. It's once a month and hopefully provides a smile or two.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 12:17 -  Category: news
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New Books

June 11 2010 - 13:54:19

Summer is struggling to get started here in Vancouver but I know it's just around the corner! It looks like I'll be busy with a couple of books with two of my favourite publishers - Kids Can Press and Owl. These are both sort of follow up projects to books we did before. Exciting news about 'Why?" (Maple Tree Press) as it is soon to be the 10th Anniversary. This book just keeps on selling. The latest count is 6 translations including an upcoming Arabic edition. I'm looking forward to a great project with Gumbook books where I'll be doing a book just for ipodipadmp3 players. In the meantime keeping my fingers crossed for another follow up project that I hope goes ahead... will keep you posted.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 12:16 -  Category: news
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SCBWI presentation

May 10 2010 - 9:16:58

Well the talk went very well. We got a good turnout and the people seemed to enjoy it - even though I did rattle on for about 2.5 hours and wondered if people might be getting tired of the sound of my voice. That's gotta be some kind of record for me in terms of non stop talking. But in terms of making a presentation and being in front of people it was a big learning curve and I'm looking forward to other events. I have to say one of the highlights was meeting the people who came, some professional illustrators and some just starting out - the full range. Interesting looking at their portfolios and, in a way, seeing myself as I started so many years ago. I wanted to thank Ken Kilback at SCBWI for inviting me along to speak.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 12:16 -  Category: news
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My First Illustrator\'s Workshop SCBWI

April 17 2010 - 8:34:54

Just clued in this is the kind of thing I should be writing about. I'll be part of a workshop being given on May 8 at the Holiday Inn Express, Metrotown (Sheraton Square) put on by SCBWI. There will be 8 other talented and interesting people presenting (publishers, authors, editors etc.) from 9 to 6 pm. If you're a writer or illustrator of kids books you should check it out. I'll be talking about being an illustrator, how I got started, how I work, inside news on publishers and best tips. Here's the lowdown on my workshop: The Illustrators Workshop is a concurrent event at the conference, and the fee structure is different than for the main conference itself. There are two workshop sessions, one for the morning, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., and one for the afternoon, 1:00 to 3:15 pm. Both workshops are the same. Each session allows a maximum of 12 participants. *If not enough people sign up for the afternoon session by April 30 2010, then the workshop will be a Morning Only event. Please bring your portfolio to the workshop. To get all the info on pricing etc. go here: This has been interesting getting ready for this. After 20 years in the business it's really the first time I've pulled together all my work and experiences to give a talk. So it's quite a discovery for me to see it all laid out there. If you have any questions please get in touch with me here. Other than that work continues quite well. I really think things are turning around. More projects seem to be appearing. Scot

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 12:16 -  Category: news
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Back Home

     Well lots to catch up on now that I'm back home. Athens was amazing - it's the kind of place most people race through on their way to the islands but it definitely has a lot to offer. I was saying it doesn't reveal it's charms easily - which is a poetic way of saying some of the city isn't too attractive - but when you do find a square or outdoor taverna it's well worth it.  The closer it got to leaving the more I dug in my heels.  I'd go back for sure.
     The Bologna book fair was great too - first time I've visited without having a long list of appointments so I was able to enjoy it and run into people I have come to know over the years. Great hanging out with some good friends from Canadian publishing and of course wonderful to see cafes and restaurants in Bologna.
     Spring is in full bloom in Vancouver and I'm looking forward to a full summer here.
     A couple of books are underway now and I'm looking forward to those.
     Another project with the Sts'Ailes people of Harrison River area is coming to a close.  Look for signs posted along a trail in that area that I designed.  It was great fun to do, not only because I got to work with my talented nephew but I learned so much about history in that area.

Posted on 29 May 2013 10:24 -  Category: update
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