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Nov 05 2011

Teen Read Week (better late than never)

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Wow, I’ve been so busy, I think I forget to advertise that I was the featured artist for YALSA’s Teen Read Week materials this year. I did a painting for them which is on the official Teen Read Week poster (pictured), bookmarks, and other swag (available in their store). They also interviewed me here.

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Sep 29 2011

Literary Lights

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Last Sunday I was honored with the Boston Public Library’s Literary Lights for Children award. It was pretty amazing, especially since my fellow honorees were Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo, National Book award winner MT Anderson, and Pam Munoz Ryan, who has also won a boatload of awards. I was definitely the dark horse in that bunch, and was very grateful to be included. Plus they had each author introduced by a Boston school student, and my intro, courtesy of Annabell Asare, was brilliant (and by far the best, if I may say so).

The whole thing was super-gratifying, I met lots of great folks, and I hope they post some official video soon, so I can show you more.

Meanwhile, here are a few shots that Alison took, including some of the awesome Grail murals in the Abbey Room, where the signing was held.

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Aug 22 2011

First star for my newest book

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Gifts From the Gods, my soon-to-be-released mythology picture book with Lise Lunge Larsen, just received a starred review in today’s issue of Publisher’s Weekly. Sweet!

Hinds incorporates graphic novel–style elements into his dynamic illustrations, including dialogue balloons and filmic perspectives. A treat for myth lovers and language lovers alike…

(I wonder if “filmic” is a real word.)

You should be able to pre-order the book now from Amazon or (preferably) your favorite independent bookseller. It will not be in comic shops, as it is more like a picture book than a graphic novel.

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Jul 11 2011

Beautiful description of The Odyssey

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I won’t exactly call this a review, because it’s something else. But it’s truly lovely, thoughtful, and extremely gratifying in its specific praise of sequences from the book.

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Mar 18 2011

Feeling the Love

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Holy cow! Not only did The Odyssey win the first round and advance in the Battle of the Books, but this is definitely one of the most beautiful reviews I have ever received. Thank you, Karen Hesse!

I attribute my win to the good wishes of many wonderful fans — especially Mike Lewis’ class at Deer Hill School. I recorded a tiny video message for their Read Your Heart Out Day celebration, and they came back with this. Mike and his kids totally rock.

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Feb 15 2011

More props for The Odyssey

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The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books has given The Odyssey a starred review, bringing the total stars to four.  Four!

Also, The Odyssey has been selected for SLJ’s Battle of the Books. Wacky and awesome!

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Nov 17 2010

Odyssey makes Kirkus’ 2010 Best Books for Teens list

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Nov 09 2010


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The reviews are in from from pretty much all the major all the major review publications, and The Odyssey has been praised across the board — three starred reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, and The Horn Book), as well as an unexpected mention in The Wall Street Journal. You can see them all on my reviews page, along with recent interviews by Publishers Weekly and Graphic Novel Reporter.


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Jan 20 2010

Interview in School Library Journal

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Aug 11 2009

Odyssey is Delivered! Time for a treat.

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Yesterday I finally delivered The Odyssey, in all it’s glory — the files fill 3 DVDs! (and the stack of artwork I already delivered was about 4 inches high). For those who are curious, it was basically on time. I actually had the discs burned on Friday, but Candlewick closes early on Fridays all summer (nice!), so they told me to bring them Monday. Anyway, the contract actually said Sunday (not sure whose idea that was), so Monday counts as on time. Not bad for a 16-month, 250-page project, if I do say so myself.

Here’s something I’ve been chipping away at during the process of The Odyssey, and the first installment is ready. This video shows my process for digital layout of the Odyssey pages. Each week I’ll put up another video. There are six in all, and they’ll show pencilling, painting, and digital word balloons & panel borders. This is my first effort at screencasting/podcasting, and it’s entirely homebrew, so I apologize if the production quality is a bit amateur; but I hope you enjoy this glimpse into the making of an epic graphic novel!


*A word of caution about this method: This is an unconventional way of using InDesign — a way for which it was not really intended. In the case of a long book (like, say, The Odyssey), filling up page after page with vector art can result in extremely large file sizes and degraded system performance. If you try this and your file starts getting above 500MB or your computer starts freaking out, try exporting to Interchange format (.inx) and then reimporting. Usually this makes the file smaller and happier. If it gets really broken, you can export the art to a static format such as TIF or JPG, delete the vector art and place the static art back in — but at that point you lose the ease of editing. As always, save often and keep multiple versions.

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