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Monday
Sep092013

NecronomiCon-Providence Recap

Photo of Big Nazo puppets by Asylum House Images.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending, volunteering, and vending at NecronomiCon, a fantastic convention honoring the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft. I met a ton of friendly people, watched some great panel discussions, and enjoyed one of the most unique events Providence has ever seen (can you say "Cthulhu-themed Waterfire?")!

The reception of The Antarctic Express, a Lovecraftian children's book I illustrated, was beyond anything I was anticipating. I completely sold out after only a few hours! There was a constant stream of folks coming up to my table, grinning wildly about the concept. Fearless parents bought copies for their kids; subversive aunties and uncles bought copies to scare wee nieces and nephews (I can relate to that!). Others were on a mission to own everything ever made by author Ken Hite. This is a book that confounds most mainstream kidlit folks, but at NecronomiCon it was at home.

Without a doubt, this was one of the best conferences I've ever attended. I look forward to the 2015 NecronomiCon with much excitement - and armed with more books! In the meantime, I recommend everyone check out fabulous NecronomiCon photos over on the Asylum House Images Facebook page.

Monday
May062013

NESCBWI 2013 Conference Recap

I presented a workshop at the NESCBWI Regional Conference this past Saturday, moderating a panel of art directors during an anonymous illustrator's critique. The following gifs serve both as my recap and commentary of my Conference experience.

When I met my amazing panel of art directors:

Finishing my workshop with only a few snags and having no one come at me with pitchforks and torches afterwards:

When I got to the Conference bookstore:

When I saw so many illustrator friends at the Portfolio Showcase:

This year my longtime friend Matthew Althof joined me for his first conference ever. By the end of the day we were both like this:

See you at the hotel bar!

Thursday
Dec202012

Help Fund NecronomiCon-Providence!

Calling all fans of the cosmic and the weird! Your help is needed to support New England's premier festival celebrating the work of Howard Phillips LovecraftNecronomicon-Providence!

This convention will be unlike any The Creative Capital has hosted before. There is a great line-up of renowned scholars, writers, filmmakers, & artists set to speak, as well as lots of interesting panels, film screenings, walking tours, and other activities. The super-friendly guys at NecronomiCon have secured one of Providence's most beautiful venues for this event, Lovecraft's own favorite, The Biltmore Hotel. There is going to be so much in store I'm sure Lovecraft himself would approve! Help is now needed to pay for the associated costs that are due well in advance of the event, so a Kickstarter campaign has been set up with tons of great rewards:

Please contribute! With any luck, I'll be in their bazaar selling and signing copies of The Antarctic Express, a children's book retelling of At the Mountains of Madness, so I really want this to happen! I've missed the boat on several great Kickstarter projects before and I'm not going to let this one slip away.

Visit the NecronomiCon Kickstarter page to donate and head to http://necronomicon-providence.com/ for future updates. Thanks!

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