Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Festival of Friends!




It was super fun to be at the L.A. Times Festival of Books signing books and meeting fans, but it was also great to hang out with good friends . Here are some highlights:

It's always great to spend time with Author/Illustrator, Kid's Lit Rock Star, Jarrett J. Krosoczka. He is the man responsible for wonderful things like the picture book, Punk Farm and the graphic novel series, Lunch Lady.
He's also one of the nicest and funniest guys I know.


And I finally got meet his equally nice and funny wife, Gina. Apparently their secret to staying young and energetic is a strict diet of Cotton Candy and Churros!


As if hanging out with Jarrett and Gina wasn't enough, we got to stroll around the festival together with YA Lit Super Star Author and Scholastic Editor David Levithan. He wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, co-wrote the hit book Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green, and is the editor of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (who used to write scripts for Wubbzy). He also has great taste in t-shirts!



We were yukking it up in front of the YA stage when I spotted Animation creator/Author/Illustrator, Tom Warburton. Mr. Warburton is responsible for Codename: Kids Next Door and the book 1000 Times No.


But wait! There's more!

We also got to chat with our good friends Stephen Silver and his lovely wife, Heidi. As usual, Stephen had an amazing booth set up with all of his amazing books and prints.

My super awesome niece, Viviana, is attending UCLA and since the Festival was held on their campus, I was able to visit with her and her crew of friends.

My friend and Wubbzy Post Production Supervisor, Yvette Espinosa (on the right) stopped by with her family. I was busy signing so I didn't get to spend any time with her but my wife Teri (on the left) was lucky enough to hang out with her for a bit.


And Angela and Ned Gilman stopped by with the kids.


Books are cool, but people are even cooler!

Festival Fun!





















The L.A. Times Festival Of Books was a blast!


I was signing and drawing non-stop at the CM School Supply and Bookstore Booth and we sold out of books in one hour! The second we hung up our Wubbzy poster, kids and parents swamped the booth. It didn't hurt that I was wearing a silly Wubbzy hat too! Anything to sell a book, right?

































Many thanks to Lori Vaillancourt at CM School Supply and Bookstore for putting this together!


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

L.A Times Festival of Books



If you're headed to the L.A.Times Festival of Books, come by and say hi!
I'll be there on Saturday between 2-3 PM signing books at the CM School Supply and Bookstore booth (#839).
It's right across from the Target Stage. So once you get bored with me, you can go see my uber-talented pal, and author of Lunch Lady, Jarrett Krosoczka. He hits the stage at 2:20PM.

So, put down your iPads and come check out some real books!
All the info is here. http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Oliver and Friends




I got to meet the amazing Oliver Jeffers today!
"Oliver who?" you ask. Oliver Jeffers! One of the most super amazing artist/authors in the world!
Plus, he has an awesome moustache! I think it has magical powers.

Seriously, check out his brilliance here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnPk8gmwPuQ

He was appearing at Mrs. Nelson's Books where he gave a wonderful presentation that included him redrawing his books as his friend read them and a paper airplane flying competition!




I carpooled out to the event with my amazing artist pals James Burks and Dan Santat. And while we were there, we got to hang out with a couple of cool new pals, Alethea Allarey, Alyson Beecher, and Candace Ryan.

I'd try to give a better description of the event but Alethea does a great job on her blog- http://www.readnowsleeplater.com/2010/04/makeover-by-oliver-jeffers.html




I was lucky enough to snag a couple of Oliver's drawings and get him to sign a few books.

Needless to say, it was an awesome and inspiring afternoon! Now, pardon me as I go try to grow a magical moustache!



Sunday, April 4, 2010

Wubbzy Goes To Washington!




BREAKING NEWS!

Wubbzy has been chosen as one of the characters to be present at the White
House Easter Egg Roll
on Monday, April 5, 2010!

The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that has spanned more than
130 years and numerous Presidents. The event is held on the South Lawn of
the White House.

Thousands of children and their families are expected to travel to
Washington, D.C. to participate.


More on this breaking story as it develops!