SCBWI Bookstop

The Genie LoopholeThe Genie Loophole written by Paul Maguire and illustrated by Karen B. Jones (me) is now up on the SCBWI Bookstop!  Check it out or browse other great SCBWI titles.

It’s a chapter book with one black and white image per chapter.  Go to my portfolio for a peek at the illustrations.

It’s currently available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.  It would make a great Christmas gift!

Synopsis:

It’s something that has crossed every kid’s mind…  If you were given three wishes, what would they be?  For Teddy Rogers, who one summer discovers a magic bottle on the beach and releases the genie inside, the answer is simple: Wish for a billion more wishes!

What follows is a series of unexpected situations, each crazier than the one before.  Teddy soon learns that unlimited wishes can easily spin out of control… and sometimes into dangerous territory!

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The Genie Loophole

The Genie LoopholeHey, I haven’t plugged The Genie Loophole lately. This is a book by Paul Maguire that I illustrated earlier this year and it’s available in paperback through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.

It’s about a boy named Teddy who finds a genie’s bottle washed up on the beach one summer day. As you can guess, this causes all sorts of trouble for him.

It’s a middle-grade chapter book with one black and white illustration per chapter. (You can view the images in my portfolio here.) It was tremendous fun to work on. The character design is based on the author’s son, Finn.

Go buy a copy! It’s a fun story for a kid around 9 years old. It would make a great Christmas gift.

Shutterstock and Trump Caricatures

So, I finally got some information I needed yesterday about shutterstock’s rules for stock image submissions.

I have several celebrity caricature and political cartoons that I want to sell for stock images, but they can only be sold for editorial use because they’re images of real people rather than fictional characters and I don’t have a model release. Istock won’t allow illustrations to be sold as editorial stock, but shutterstock allows this, which is just what I needed.

I had a few cartoons and caricatures of Donald Trump, one of which was clearly offensive and kept getting rejected when I submitted it. I suspected it was being rejected due to being offensive, but they never said that. They kept saying they didn’t like my description or the keywords. I gave up on it for awhile, but I tried again a few days ago and I finally got a response that it was rejected due to being an offensive subject.

Which is fair.

It’s also what I needed to know.

I was thinking of doing a series of Trump caricatures that might be useful as stock for people writing political commentaries and such. I needed to know how offensive I could get before it would be rejected. No point in my spending time making a stock image that’ll just get rejected when I submit it.

So, now I know that these are acceptable by shutterstock.

Trump Winning
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You're Fired
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But that this is too offensive.

Trump Hugging Flag

I just recently created a couple more Trump caricatures.

One was very offensive, drawing Trump as a Nazi. It’s far enough over the line that I’m probably not going to post it anywhere at all. I mostly drew it for personal catharsis, not for sharing. Still, had shutterstock allowed it, I might have put it up as stock because I know there are people who would buy it. On the other hand, I might not have. It’s pretty offensive. I’d have to think about it.

Anyway, I won’t post that image here, but if you want to see it, contact me and I’ll send you a sample.

Or, if you’re interesting in buying the Nazi Trump or the Flag Humping Trump images for stock, I’d be happy to sell either one. Just contact me and we can set it up.

My other new Trump caricature (below) is very neutral. It’s not quite complementary, but it isn’t offensive at all. I figure this one should easily pass shutterstock’s censors and, based on my sales of my other Trump images, it should sell reasonably well also.

Trump Golfing

[Edit: Trump Golfing is now available on shutterstock.]

Demon Schoolgirls

I was thinking about the Monster High idea. This is Monster Middle School, I think. A private school, by the looks of those plaid skirts. I tried to draw them with goat legs and cloven hooves, but I was having trouble making them look cute that way, so they got standard human legs instead. The saddleshoes were fun to draw.

Demon Schoolgirls

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