Book Recommendation

A couple weeks ago I attended the SCBWI’s event, Graphic Novel Day.  One of the presenters there was Ben Hatke who gave two very nice lectures and signed a copy of Space Girl for my daughter Katie.  (Who was thrilled to get it!)  I like him because he’s a total geek that plays D&D and Munchkin and does archery and told a hilarious story about getting arrested during a D&D game with his friends.  (Plus he’s a talented illustrator.)

I was disappointed that one of his books that he talked about wasn’t in the little mini-bookstore that day.  So I ordered it.  It came awhile ago and I was not disappointed.  Nobody Likes a Goblin is a terrific little picture book about a little goblin who has to go off and save his friend Skeleton from the adventurers that invaded and looted his dungeon.  In this story, the goblin is the hero and the adventurers are the home invaders and thieves.  (As they should be depicted!)  Anyway, I highly recommend Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke.

(I find it hilarious that the princess was piled in with the loot on the adventurer’s cart.  So much for “rescuing” the princess, huh?)

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Houston Public Library

John P. McGovern Foundation
Summer Reading Program

This was a tremendously fun project to do.  The theme, Explore the Unknown, was meant to refer to all sorts of fun cryptozoological, mythical, and sci-fi subjects.  Included in this piece is a UFO with Roswell-style aliens, a unicorn, a big foot, the Loch Ness Monster, a kraken, and a mermaid.  The font is Black Pearl by JoannaVu.

The Underground Railroad

Here’s a new illustration commissioned by United Methodist Publishing House.  I think it’s going in a kid’s history textbook.  It’s supposed to show black slaves hiding and sneaking, and sometimes being smuggled north out of slavery before the civil war.  I was given very specific elements that I needed to include in the picture, and it was quite a task to fit it all in.  I’m rather proud I managed it.

The Underground Railroad