All Good Things Must Come to an End.

February 1, 2011 at 11:27 am 12 comments

Hi everyone,

Meg here, with an important message. Today marks our one-year anniversary of the project. It’s really hard to do this, but I think Picture Book Report is going to retire.
 
In the year that we’ve done this, a lot has happened. People have moved, mourned losses, found amazing projects stemming from this one, and just managed to knock out beautiful art on a pretty consistent basis. I’m ridiculously proud. But at the same time, the reasons for starting Picture Book Report were simple: make good work, get people excited about illustration, and get talented people good work. All those nails have been hit. For me, it led to a few projects but it also has led to me at the current day questioning what is my next step as an illustrator. I have a lot of work to do to find that out, but I hope one day it does mean more books and illustration. I know for me, Alice will be completed– I’d like to eventually put it into some kind of published form. I will continue to post it on my own portfolio/blogs/etc so please keep checking in with me!
 
I am proud to have started something that hadn’t really been done before– it led to interesting avenues, wonderful storytelling, and charming takes on classics and new books alike. It seems to have resounded well, with many fans staying along and enjoying the work, and creating their own in response. Incredible. In its current incarnation though, it needed to be stronger to survive. The up-side of this is that our contributors have been busy with real work, which you’ll see in the future and love like I will. Regardless, the biggest thing I have taken away from the project is this: be bold; take risks and do things that you will love, and the world will love it too.
 
To our Short Reports contributors- thank you so much. I still have entries I haven’t posted so what I will do next week is post them to share. Unfortunately running the blog was harder than I expected, so I thank you for your patience– but I’ll share the ones I have next week and end with a roundup of our contributing illustrators and what to look forward to from them next Friday, Feb 11.
 
To our readers– thank you, thank you, thank you. We have loved the support and the responses and the cheering on. The next things you see from these illustrators will be astounding, I promise you.

Best,
-meg

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  • 1. Mark Grambau  |  February 1, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Cheers, Meg! Well done. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following PBR over the last year, waiting with great anticipation for each new post. I’m looking forward to future work from you and the rest of the contributors.

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  • 2. Alan Defibaugh  |  February 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Meg, thanks very much for your hard work and the wonderful site. Take a well deserved breather, and I (and I’m sure a lot more people) look forward to your future steps and next project!

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  • 3. Dane Krams  |  February 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    ‘Tis sad news indeed, nonetheless ’tis news understood. Was great to come see these illustrations and artists in one place while it was here, so thanks for that Meg!

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  • 4. Marcel  |  February 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already! If that’s what it was like for a reader, it must have flown by for you.

    Thanks so much to you and everyone who put so much effort! It’s been nothing short of an inspiration to see all your work, the passion has really shone through.

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  • 5. M. S. Corley  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Great work all around, sad to see it go but completely understand and figured it would happen with the slow decline over the past months. I know what its like to be too busy to put your all into extra work.

    Best of luck to everyone in their future endeavors.

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  • 6. pete bangs  |  February 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I hope all goes well for you and everyone else who’s contributed to this wonderful site. My Google Reader came close to overload as i added the blogs and websites of contributors. Thanks again for introducing me to a whole new world f fantastic illustrators and here’s to everything that comes from this.

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  • 7. Seb Mesnard  |  February 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    It was a beautiful past year but today is a sad day :’(

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  • 8. Thomas Lee  |  February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I really enjoyed the blog for last 2 months that I had subscribed. The artists are talented and intelligent people that I respect.

    Thank you for sharing all your works.

    Good bye, Picture Book Report.

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  • 9. Silvia  |  February 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    oh, sorry to read this. You have done a great work during this year! Good luck!!! :)

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  • 10. Hsieh  |  February 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I read about this site … somewhere on the Internet, almost right after it opened. I’ve been very privileged to read PBR day after day, week after week (yep, I read reruns, haha), and month after month I’ve been glad to see such talent blossoming on this site. Thanks for all you’ve done and good skills to you in the future. You don’t need luck :)

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  • 11. Simon J Fletcher  |  March 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Please don’t give up now, I’ve just learned about this site. (In fact if it was to continue I’d love to contribute.)

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  • 12. tanaudel  |  May 4, 2011 at 6:03 am

    There’s been some astonishing work – thank you so much for having existed!

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