Kissing Story Sample

Here’s a new sample.  This is page 1 of a comic book I’ve written that my art rep will be sending out later this summer.  Hopefully we’ll get someone interested in it.  There was some interest in this character from a previous sample featuring her, so we’re hoping it will sell.

This sample reuses the first four panels from that previous sample.  (I reformatted it for rectangular panels and changed the shading style.)  The last two panels are new.

The working title is Kissing Story, but I don’t really care for that.  Hopefully we’ll come up with a better one.  It’s an age-appropriate story about sexual harassment and consent.

I may actually need to change the panel with mom and dad kissing to have them not also hugging because my rep says that may be too much physical contact for the age range.  So, I may post a revision  with that changed.  We’ll see.

Kissing Story Sample Page 1

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My Entry for the Tomie dePaola Award

Here is my entry for the Tomie dePaola Illustration Award given by the SCBWI. The prize is a trip to New York to attend the SCBWI winter conference, lunch with Tomie dePaola (he’s been an illustrator for over 40 years and illustrated nearly 250 books), and some sort of little award presentation. Getting Ready in the Morning The prompt was:

Visual sequence is key to conveying feeling, action, storyline, interest and character, especially in children’s book illustration. One of the hardest things to do is to know your character so well—what he, she, or it looks like, how they move, how they project emotion, and at the same time to make the character immediately recognizable and consistent —all without resorting to a generic depiction, but making sure your character has charm, individuality and special qualities that make young readers fall in love with them. All of this is the same whether your character is human, animal, and yes, even vegetable! (Maybe inanimate as well) The task is to create a six-panel sequence that has a beginning, middle and an end that is obvious, featuring a character of your own invention. It can be funny, sad, dramatic or ordinary, but interesting and with lots of invention and finesse.

So, this piece was designed to be a bit of a sampler. It has close views and distant views, a variety of expressions, a couple of challenging poses, a consistently drawn character (I hope!), and a bit of humor in an otherwise ordinary daily routine.

The girl is biracial because biracial children are under-represented in children’s literature and it allowed me to have her really fighting with her hair in panel 3. Two birds, one stone.

The monster is there because I had some empty space in the panels and it added humor and complexity. And I was a little bored.  Hopefully, though the series has a clear conclusion, you’re still left wondering, just a little, what’s the deal with the monster?

This is merely round 1 of a two-part contest. The second part won’t be announced until the 10 finalists are chosen. Wish me luck!

Update:
I didn’t get into the semi-finals, which is disappointing.  They showed the semi-final entries, and I think most of them were better than most of the ones for last year’s prompt.  So, congrats to everyone who entered and made it into the second round!

For future reference:
I think this competition is looking for illustrations targeting the preschool age range and he likes humorous, whimsical illustrations.  I think I should have entered a reformatted version of this or a colored, more finished version of this and I might have done better.