Yep, I sat on these for a long while. I was very winded from our visit to APE last October. My daughter had just learned how to run and rather than get to view all the artists’ tables I was stuck chasing her down the aisles and outside to the dock’s edge trying to keep her from jumping into the bay. We learned at this event we can’t take her with us when we go to cons. Unlike our oldest who enjoys them almost as much as we do.
We did have a moment when she shut her eyes while one of us was carrying her. During that moment we were able to meet Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera. It was wonderful to meet them and talk monsters. We compared a few notes about what monster shows we watch and my son got one of Bobby’s monster flip books. They also were kind enough to add to our Octo-Puss in Boots book.
Our baby woke and a new crowd came to see Bobby and Kei. However, we got wise started visiting tables separately so, we could enjoy the art. My son loves BumperBoy so, he and his Dad visited Debbie Huey. They were able to convince her to draw us an Octo-Puss in Boots too.
Our visit was sadly brief. We tried to pause at a few more tables but, were completely exhausted from the effort. We might try to go back this year, I’m debating about getting a table. APE 2015 is in new hands. It will be back in San Jose. At my current pace of making work, I think I may have stick with only Designer Con. Maybe next year I can be involved in more shows.
Thank you for contributing to our Octo-Puss in Boots Book! We loves your additions.
MeCAF is such a nice convention. It was low key and pleasant and offered great meet-up opportunities for all the creatives involved. A huge thank you to Rick Lowell for all that he did and for bringing together such a fabulous show! And big thank you to my table mate Michael Rapa! It was good sharing space with you.
Rock on for Casablanca Comics!
Here are the Octo-Pus in Boots collected throughout the day, and one from MICE.
(actually done at MICE! but I hadn’t started taking pictures yet)
It has also happened again, I got a submission from Dave Roman as well but, no picture! I will have to find him at another convention.
It was a great weekend and it continues as we read through the haul we brought home:
I want to give a shout out to Elenore Toczynski loving her books!
Sorry for my delay in writing up what happened at MoCCA. I have just been so busy reading all of the comics I got while there!
I had a great time at MoCCA. My table mates Ellen T. Crenshaw, Shanon Weltman and Ray Jones, were phenomenal and we made great friends with our neighbor Jonathan Baylis.
The list of incredible artists we made connections with is mind boggling. MoCCAFest and Drink and Draw Like a Lady created wonderful atmospheres for us to be able to share and chat about our art and get it in front of our fans. A couple of folks that I didn’t get Octo-Pus in Boots from this year but, was very happy to see again were Laura Lee, Jannie Ho, Doreen Marts, Becky Munich, Gareth Hinds, Stephanie Yue, Colleen AF Venable and Emma SanCartier.
And then the artists that I chatted with featured with their contributions of Octo-Pus in Boots!
Ellen T. Crenshaw
Braden D. Lamb
Joel Christian Gill
Thank you all of contributing! I love every entry.
This weekend at NESCBWI Conference ’12 was incredible. I had a wonderful time visiting with everyone. Reconnecting with old friends and getting to meet a few folks face to face for the first time after being long time twitter friends.
Some of these wonderful people kindly gave me their interpretations of Octo-Pus in Boots check out the contributions received at this conference!
Andy J. Smith
Jane Yolen decided she needed to show the illustrators how it’s done. She broke in with a poem about Octo-Pus in Boots.
Jennifer E. Morris
Thank you everyone who drew and Octo-Pus in Boots for me! I love them all. You rock!
Next time I will be sure to bring a better camera than my phone.
The community of kid lit illustrators in New England has always impressed me and warmed my heart. Everyone is so helpful to each other with fantastic support.
This past weekend I was very happy to be able to help with The River’s Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash! near Northampton.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the main force behind bringing in Children’s Book folks for the Meltdown 2012. This year he called in illustrators to help the event through a Sketch-a-Thon. For each sketch, a donation was given to a local library in need.
Here is me working on a caricature of a family.
I took the hot seat after Eric Wight, whom I requested an Octo-Pus in Boots from:
And what a treat Lisa Yee was in town! I grabbed one of her cards because it is just so cool to have a photo of Peep!
In between bands, authors and illustrators took the stage to read their books, including, Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, John Bemelmans Marciano and everyone above mentioned! It was the perfect event for families. We had a great day at the Meltdown.
Also just a little over 1 day more of my sale going on at Fab.com Get them while the sale lasts!