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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.


Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft!

Providence is getting pretty pumped for this week's celebration of H.P. Lovecraft, NecronomiCon! It's going to be an event of truly cosmic proportions, with lectures, film screenings, art shows, a masquerade, and even a bazaar where yours truly will be selling autographed copies of The Antarctic Express, all to celebrate the "Old Man of Providence!"

The Antarctic Express Book Sale/Signing at NecronomiCon
: Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m. until sold out
Place: The L'Apogee at the Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI
Fee: Admission is free to all Necronomicon passholders.

For those of you who can't make it to this exciting conference, I'm holding an advance sale of The Antarctic Express - online until 8/24 - to celebrate Lovecraft's 123rd birthday! Order using Paypal below to get your autographed and inscribed copy ahead of the fans. This price includes tax and shipping, but only for buyers in the U.S.

The Antarctic Express


Illustration Friday: Beneath

The Antarctic Express illustration by Christina Rodriguez.

TGIF, everybody!  This week’s submission for Illustration Friday comes from the Lovecraft-inspired children's book The Antarctic Express.  In this scene, Professor Dyer and young Danforth discover ancient wall carvings on the walls of the Old Ones’ city, hidden deep beneath the ice of the Antarctic.  This scene is a pastiche of the scene of Santa holding up the sleigh bell from The Polar Express, which The Antarctic Express lovingly parodies, and features my nephew Emmet as Danforth.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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