Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Peanut Evening at BookCourt

Many thanks to everyone who made it out to BookCourt last Sunday, Ayun Halliday and I had a great time.

 At first, author Ayun Halliday did a reading with panels from the book, a really fun way to present a comic for the audience.

Then I gave a "Making-Of" presentation, showing how the book evolved from sketches to finished product.

Afterwards we had a fun Q&A session with the both of us. Thanks again to everybody who came out, and to BookCourt for hosting!

Friday, February 22, 2013

PEANUT event at BookCourt Brooklyn

The first event to celebrate to release of my graphic novel PEANUT is happening this weekend at Brooklyn's BookCourt.
The author, Ayun Halliday, is doing a reading with projections, while I will give a little making-of presentation, showing sketches and process work.
It should be a lot of fun, so come out to celebrate with us!

Sunday, February 24th 2013
163 Court Street,
Brooklyn, NY

(For the Facebook Event page, click here)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Illustration Now! Calendar 2013

Taschen created a calendar from selected pieces from the latest Illustration Now! Volume, and they were kind enough to include my Rabid Rabbits Over Brooklyn piece.

Originally, this was done for a show of original art from the Rabid Rabbit Comic Anthology, and was also included in the 53rd Annual Show at the Society of Illustrators.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Spring Arts Cover for Washington City Paper

The Washington City Papers does an annual Spring Arts Preview, and this time around it'll feature a section cover of yours truly. (Click to enlarge)

As you see to the left, there was very little change from sketch to finish. Just the type took us a while to figure out. Many thanks to Art Director JD Rothstein!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Peanut review in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland loves Peanut, reviewer Michael Sangiacomo wrote a very kind and thoughtful article about our book, you can read the full review on The Plain Dealer's website.

Here is the second half of the text, which has some very nice things to say about the art as well:

"[…] Halliday, the self-described "chief primatologist" of the popular New York zine "The East Village Inky" writes a simple yet compelling story that offers lessons without being preachy. She found a perfect partner to illustrate the work in Paul Hoppe, who previously wrote and drew a children's book of childhood fears, "The Woods."

Hoppe's style is gentle and engaging. His depictions of the characters are perfect, and, in an unusual touch, he gives Sadie alone a splash of color in the otherwise black-and-white drawings. It sounds so simple, but that slight dash of red on her clothing sets her apart from the other characters in much the same way her fake allergy does.

Most impressive is the lack of stereotypes or overwritten characters. Everyone's actions are normal, plausible, believable. It's a slice of high school life in which a 14- or 15-year-old girl tries desperately to find an identity.

Along the way, Sadie learns about the difficulties of allergies and how constantly vigilant truly allergic people must be. She learns of a girl who was sickened because she kissed a boy who had eaten peanuts. She also learns how tough it is to lie to her mother and the school nurse.
Sadie selects her condition with little thought, reeling from the divorce of her parents and the abandonment by her best friend from the old school.

In some ways, "Peanut" is a universal story about people who are just trying to fit in. Isn't that everyone?"
– Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 31st 2013