One of my illustrations for Sonntagsblatt THEMA, a magazin published by the christian-lutheran newspaper Sonntagsblatt, ended up being on the cover (the upper left section)! If you can read German, you can order your copy here. I hope to get some tearsheets soon so I can display it a bit bigger! Thanks again to AD Susanne Petersen.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I have just finished all the artwork for HAT, my very first self-authored children's book, which will be published by Bloomsbury USA in Winter 08/09. Creating this book was a great challenge but also immensely satisfying. I hope that everybody will enjoy how it turned out!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Yay, Metal Man has received a Starred Review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books! The Issue will be out in July / August.
"Makin' junk out of junk" may not be Mama's idea of a proper job, but it's endlessly fascinating to young Devon, who spends his free time hanging out in the workshop of sculptor Mitch, whom he dubs Metal Man. [...]
Hoppe's mixed-media illustrations supply the heat and burly muscle the text demands. A controlled hodgepodge of broad brushstrokes and squiggly pencil lines, detailed representations of Mitch at work, and subtle backdrops of simplified forms and diminished colors all invite close, lingering inspection. [...]
Mitch is variously portrayed as a mystery man, a sometimes giant, larger-than-life idol, or an accessible friend, just as Devon views him. He looms over Devon in their initial conversation, abates in size when they work side by side at the table saw, and fills a full two pages as a grinder-wielding titan, bringing out he shine in the metal (and, metaphorically, the boy) that was under there all the time. [...]
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The 2008 Communication Arts Illustration Annual has just arrived, and this is how my selected piece (the cityscape) turned out. The other illustrators on the spread are Heather Horton, Hugh D'Andrade (whose cat illo was also on the cover) and Vincent Altamore.
Friday, June 20, 2008
I have an Illustration on today's New York Times' Letter Page. It is published along with letters that discuss the future of American energy policies, a heated debate driven by the rising cost of fossil fuel.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
My children's book METAL MAN received a wonderful review from the San Bernardino Sun:
"...Welded firmly together are the text by Aaron Reynolds and the illustrations by Paul Hoppe. The book brings to the reader the process of creating something special from what many feel is little more than junk metal. [...]
The paintings used are as strong as any heavy gauge metal in their telling of this story. The sparks from the welding portion of the pictures are particularly inventive and accurately portray the action. The angles of vision that are used on the pages of this book give the reader a feeling of strength that is equal to the metal that is being depicted. [...]
Across America, metal shops are fewer in number than they once were, so this also allows a grandparent or great-uncle to take a young reader on a historic trip to our nation's not-too-distant past..."
You can read the entire review here.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The second volume of Casual Comics and my location/reportage comic Walking Through Red Hook are now available at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan. Also available: Casual Comics 1, and of course all Rabid Rabbits including the brand-new White Issue!
Monday, June 9, 2008
One event is over, the next one already in sight: This Thursday is the release party for Rabid Rabbit's Infamous White Issue! Come join us together with many of our artists, friends and colleagues to celebrate the release of Rabid Rabbit's most ambitious and beautifully received book, inspired by the Beatles' White Album!
Me and my colleagues of Rabid Rabbit had a blast at this year's MoCCA. We presented the White Issue of Rabid Rabbit to the world, and the world liked it. We met new friends and encountered great new books.
I myself launched my book METAL MAN which good a warm reception from everybody, and I look forward to continuing promoting it as the official release date, July 1st, comes closer! If you'd like to arrange a school visit or an event at a library near you please drop me a line anytime!
Thanks to everybody who came to MoCCA. Please check out the Rabid Rabbit website for some photos and more coverage of this great event.
Friday, June 6, 2008
For the the Bavarian Newspaper Sonntagsblatt, I illustrated two hymns.
Since part of the assignment was to include the lyrics and the sheet music, I had fun playing around with the typography as image, and used illustration only as a framing device.
Monday, June 2, 2008
It's finally done and ready for sale at the MoCCA Art Festival: Casual Comics #2! It includes a couple all-new comic stories, and some translated comics that I did for German publications and that haven't been published in the US yet! So I hope you'll enjoy it. At MoCCA, I'll be offering Casual 1 +2 for the special discount price of $5! It's a steal!