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Monday, April 7, 2014

MoCCA Fest 2014 Report

MoCCA Fest 2014 was a great one, almost twice as many people came this year, and the Society of Illustrators went all out to make this the best show in a long time!

Just entering the space and seeing the enormous Charlie Brown balloon, on loan from Macy's, you could feel something was different this year.

Saturday was packed, and even Sunday was still very well visited. So many old friends and colleagues came by, and new friends were made. This festival is definitely a big social event for me, as I can catch up with people I haven't seen in a while, or meet others in person for the first time.

The admission was a lot cheaper this year, which probably made a good difference, but I think it's also due to the Society's promotional efforts, in getting the word out. I talked to plenty visitors that were there for the very first time, which is a great sign.

Sales-wise, I made about the same amount as last year (which was the Society's first time of running it). I sold less prints, but many more mini-comics, (which evens it out that way) and all in all I sold more individual items than I have ever sold at a MoCCA Fest.

One of my favorite innovations was the terrific after-hour on Saturday, hosted at the actual Society of Illustrators, where they fed us with delicious food, treated us to complimentary drinks and gave out awards to the best self-published comics. It was great to mingle and chat with the other creators and an overall fine and classy event. We really felt taken care of.

So thanks again to the Society of Illustrators and all the volunteers, all the attendees for making this a success, to all who visited and said Hi, to Dingding Hu for helping me set up, and to Scott C. for being my MoCCA buddy!

See you next year!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

MoCCA Fest 2014

MoCCA Fest 2014 is almost here, and I'll have a table again as well as many other artists that will be selling comics, prints and other awesome things. Now that the Society of Illustrators is running it, the fest has been revitalized with fresh energy and is definitely a lot of fun.

I'll have a new maxi-comic out, Tales To Behold 5, continuing my gonzo superheroes series, this time with a 2-color risograph cover!

Also for the first time, my image "Cellphone Girl" will be available as print. Of course I'll also have some of my other prints, my children's books and the graphic novel PEANUT with me, so there will be plenty to choose from! Hope to see you there!

April 5th & 6th, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Table C32

The 69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue
between E. 25th & E. 26th Street
New York, NY 10010

Admission to the 2014 MoCCA Arts Festival is $5 per day. 
Tickets are available at the door. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tales To Behold Book 5 Is Here!

MoCCA Fest 2014 is almost here, and so is Tales To Behold 5!

For those of you unfamiliar with my gonzo-superheroes series, this continues the mis-adventures of the very odd super-team that includes a living skeleton, a griffin, and an immortal knight.

Our heroes are recovering from the earth-shattering developments that happened in Tales To Behold 4 and Journey Into Misery 5. But they don’t have much time for a breather, as their precious off-time gets rudely interrupted by some drug dealers with strange powers. And upon their return to the Big Apple, they get attacked by – their own shadows!
5.25″ x 8.25″, 40 pages. $6
2-color Risograph wraparound cover with b&w interior on cream paper
Debuting at MoCCA Fest this weekend, and some of the great comic stores in NYC such as Desert Island, Forbidden Planet, Bergen Street Comics and Mysterious Island will have it soon after.
Or pre-order it right away online from BirdCageBottom Books!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WWUSA Washington for Highlights for Children

I received copies of my latest book for Highlights for Children: It's my fifth book from the Which Way USA series– Washington State.

This series travels virtually through the United States, solving puzzles along the way. For this series I had to learn how to do Hidden Pictures, mazes, What's Wrong© pictures and other visual puzzles that can make your head spin as an illustrator.
WWUSA works like a book club, you can order them directly from Highlights.

Thanks to Highlights and my art director, Michele Weisman for the great continuing collaboration!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

STARRED Review for Last-But-Not-Least LOLA!

The School Library Journal gave a very nice, starred review of our first Last-But-Not-Least LOLA book. Below is the full review, or you can find it on the SLJ website. Thanks so much to SLJ and reviewer Sada Mozer, it means a lot to us! 

 redstar Book Review: Preschool to Grade 4 Fiction | December 2013PAKKALA , Christine. Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green. illus. by Paul Hoppe. 192p. Boyds Mills. 2013. RTE $15.95. ISBN 9781590789353. LC 2013938848.
Gr 2-4 –In school, when your surname begins with “Z,” it means being last at everything. Last to be called on. Last to go to lunch. Last to leave at the end of the day. But Lola Zuckerman’s desire to go to the head of her class is the focus of this winning, environmentally themed book. Competing to win the coveted “green” vest by coming up with the best recycling project, the second grader anxiously watches as her classmates nab all the best ideas. The vest was previously won by her older brother, so Lola really feels the pressure. She is also competing against her former best friend, Amanda. The characters are fully developed, each with their own delightful quirks. For example, her teacher, Mrs. Denedebetti, loving refers to her students in candy terms such as “Jujubes” and “Gummy Bears.” However, when they cause a food fight in the cafeteria, they’re just “class.” Children will root for Lola as she tries to mend fences, save the planet, and come out on top. The lessons of recycling are creatively explored, showing readers big and small ways to help our planet. Those who have enjoyed “Clementine” will welcome this contemporary tale as it tackles family, competition, friendship, and the environment. The pencil drawings are energetic, and the list of Lola’s classmates gives a real sense of what the child is up against. A great choice for early chapter-book readers.–Sada Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library

Monday, February 10, 2014

#artwork– A New Publication From Berlin

A brand-new online magazine about art and art education called #artwork just debuted with a feature about New York, and I'm thrilled that they invited me for a little interview about living and working here. They were also kind enough to include some of my images.

Here is a link to the first issue, you can find my interview at the end of the page.

Many thanks to editors Ada Bieber and Anette Holl for this great feature and good luck with the magazine!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

WWUSA North Dakota for Highlights for Children

I just wrapped up sketches for another book from the Which Way USA series, here are two of my favorite images from North Dakota.

This one is a "What's Wrong©" Picture,
plenty plenty things that are wrong in this one…

And this takes place at the Høstfest, a Scandinavian Festival in ND
While waiting on feedback, I'll be working on the second LOLA book for Boyd Mills, and some other fun things. Then later this month, I will return to North Dakota and start working on the finishes.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Your Dreams My Nightmares - Podcast

I've had the pleasure of being on the latest episode of my friend and colleague Sam Weber's illustration podcast Your Dreams My Nightmares. Check it out to hear us chat about art, angst and our careers thus far. Thanks again for having me Sam!