Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sounds of the Season show. It's the Soldiers Tower at Hart House. I made the first sketch during Remembrance Day ceremonies there. The deal is - donate $100 or more to the food bank, and this is my thank you to you. This year's show is a little later than usual - December 15th.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
I had a great visit to a great place today - the Children's Book Bank here in Toronto. Just look at how warm and inviting the space is! It's like the library of your warm and fuzzy dreams.
The amazing staff take gently used books and hand them out to readers who can't afford to buy their own.
I talked about Neil Flambe to a group of grade 6ers who actually like the obnoxious ginger chef. This is me giving them a quick cartooning lesson.
And there's a great student-run trivia night fundraiser coming up in TO on November 21st. Emceed by the great Robert Paul Weston.
Click here for more details!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
So.... we did a Dr. Who themed porch yesterday (pictures will be posted later)... BUT the coolest thing was that there was a young man dressed as NEIL FLAMBE!
Look at the hair!
He didn't even know that I lived in the hood... so it was a totally unexpected and COOL!
I am very touched.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
So I'm up for the Silver Birch Award again! Multiple times, as it turns out.... which is completely mind-blowing.
Neil Flambe #2 is up for fiction. Neil #1 won the award this year (thus the picture). And as with last year, great co-nominees. It is honestly an amazing honour to be included with all these amazing writers.
Canadians are so lucky to have such a great kid-oriented literary culture and we authors are so lucky to have such amazing librarians and educators... and readers too!
Game Day is nominated in the non-fiction category as is Cathy Rondina's Don't Touch that Toad! which I was honoured to illustrate.
See everyone in May!
Friday, October 14, 2011
I'm giving a talk on non-fiction tomorrow at the Young Writer's Festival... at the North York Central Library.
It is definitely a different challenge than writing fiction.... and is often more rewarding.
I loved giving the people in Game Day a chance to shine. The book is a series of stories about all the people behind the scenes in sports.
They inspire me. They have to do their jobs just as well as pro athletes... or else the athletes are not going to be able to do anything.
Do they get the recognition? The money? No.
Are they happy? Yes.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Interesting to see booksellers on amazon put up first editions of Neil Flambe for $200 (must be a joke?).
Here's the REAL first edition. JJ Lee and I handed out this handmade version of the old radio play back in 2007. If you were lucky enough to be at the Harry Potter 7 release party in Vancouver you may have one. How much are those worth? Hmmm... millions?
And I'm just finishing the edits on Neil Flambe and the Tokyo Treasure before handing it in... then getting the pics finished.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This is why you should ALWAYS wear a helmet when you are on your bike.
People who know me know that I never go anywhere on my bike without my helmet - except for last night when I biked to the end of my alleyway, hit a speedbump, lost control and smashed my face into the asphalt.
I have gotten into discussions with helmetless cyclists who say the helmet won't protect them from collisions. Yes, but the real reason to wear a helmet is to protect your head from minor cockups like mine last night.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I had an amazing weekend in Lakefield for the literary festival there. It's a town obsessed with books (Margaret Laurence, Susanna Moodie and her sis all lived there). They treat authors like royalty. Here's the display in the local Hardware store for Splinters! WOW
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
I've been working away on Neil Flambe #3 (The Crusader's Curse) and here's a preview of Isabella's new haircut.
You may remember from Neil #2 that she lost her normally long curly locks... now it's more of a bob.
I always like drawing Isabella. She's confident, nice... but always seems to be looking back at me with wry disapproval.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I was absolutely blown away this week. My book Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders was the winner of the Silver Birch award for Fiction. This award is an author's favourite - because it's voted on by students in grades 4-6 all across Ontario. The finalists are always amazing, and the list this year was great.
This is me at the ceremony on a windy day at Harbourfront.
(That's Eric Walters to my left wondering why I'm dressed like a goof... I mean chef).
Friday, May 6, 2011
Boy has it been a long time since I posted. OOPS. I've just wrapped up an amazing week in Quebec touring as part of the TD Bookweek! Something like 18 school visits over 5 days. I'll be at Pages in St. Leonard tomorrow. I hope to have some pics up soon. In the meantime, here are some pics from my recent research trip to Paris. I drew little Neil Flambe pics on all the placemats... did the staff throw them out? burn them? keep them? Dunno....