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Announcement: Emily Carroll joins in the fun!

Hi everyone, just a brief note from Meg here– this summer’s been topsy-turvy for many of our contributors so please forgive our posting! We’re very happy to announce another contributor to ‘tag-team’ in and keep the flow of storytelling going– please welcome Emily Carroll!

Emily contributed to our Short Reports series with a lovely scene from Brave New World, and will be continuing that story with a post later today. If we run into snags where contributors are having trouble keeping to the schedule, I’d like to open this up to another additional contributor or two, so our roster may change over the coming weeks. And of course, more Short Reports are coming– if you are interested in being a contributor or adding to the Short Reports, please feel free to email me.

Thanks for sticking with us and please enjoy the work of our lovely new contributor!

September 9, 2010 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Kali Ciesemier v. Sabriel

illustrated by Kali Ciesemier

  • Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Kali Ciesemier, and I am pleased to be part of the Baltimorean group making an appearance in this project! I graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art in ’08, and now I’m lucky enough to be working as a freelance illustrator and teaching part time at MICA. Vintage posters and art deco design are enormously inspiring to me, and as a result I tend to work a lot with flat color and line. I’ve always been a big sci-fi/fantasy reader and I’m excited to indulge some of my nerdier tendencies for this project!

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

Sabriel is a young adult fantasy story, which is an entire genre I never get a chance to work with in my editorial assignments. There isn’t a whole lot of art that has been created for the book series, besides the lovely covers by Leo and Diane Dillon, so I’m looking forward to working without much preconceived imagery. It’s got a strong heroine, secret places, undead creatures, mysterious/scary happenings, and half the world is in a vaguely 1930-ish era while the other half is medieval-ish but with MAGIC. I first read “Sabriel” when I was younger, but I keep returning to it because the world is so unique, interesting, and rich.


So doesn’t this look like it’s a book already on the shelves? Kali is thoroughly inspiring and she’s a real gem to be participating! Her first illustration for Sabriel will be up on February 26, but if you can’t wait til then you can always check out her stunning portfolio and her blog as well.

Whew! What a week, right? Just you wait to see what we’ve got cooked up for you next week. Have a lovely weekend and stay tuned on Monday for a couple of posts from me and my first Alice illustration!

February 5, 2010 at 10:13 am 7 comments

Phil McAndrew v. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

illustrated by Phil McAndrew

  • Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Phil McAndrew and I’m an illustrator and cartoonist from Syracuse, NY. I’ve created illustrations for magazines, newspapers, animated television spots, theatre scenery, t-shirts, posters, album covers, gallery exhibits, websites and fun. My mini comics have been praised by the American Mustache Institute and on USA Today’s Pop Candy blog. I’ve also contributed comics to a number of anthology books and websites, including Top Shelf 2.0 and all three volumes of the You Ain’t No Dancer books from New Reliable Press. I’m a founding member of Found Hat Press, a collective of talented young illustrators and cartoonists. I love pizza.

  • Why did you pick the book you chose?

I read the book once when I was ten years old and loved it, somehow totally forgot about it, and then rediscovered it in college. It’s for children really, but I’ve probably read it a five or six times now as an adult. It’s about two kids, a brother and sister, running away from home and hiding out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The story is fun, the humor is subtle and sharp at the same time. The characters are as fascinating and complex as the museum they run away to. I’d absolutely include it on my list of favorite books. I think it’ll be a fun challenge, creating illustrations for this story.


The energy in Phil’s illustrations and comics floors me– I love his attention to imperfect characters and his crazy linework! It’ll be quite fun to see the first of these illustrations on February 25, don’t you agree? But why not check out his blog and portfolio?

The last amazing contibutor is up next! Oh, what will the story be? Wait and see in five minutes!

February 5, 2010 at 10:05 am 10 comments

Laura Park v. Geek Love

Last day of intro posts, but get ready to see some exciting additions. I updated Daniel’s post with his bookplate too, check it out! And remember, we kick off the illustrations on Monday (with a little bit of Alice embarking upon her journey! So far it looks crazy!) so please keep your eyes peeled!

First up, the lovely Laura Park.

illustrated by Laura Park

  • Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a cartoonist and illustrator living in Chicago with a sleepy cat and a cranky pigeon.  In a box I have a load of documents that say I’m ‘Laura Park’ but sometimes my shoes don’t fit and I find strange trinkets shoved in my pockets.  Once I found the initials “SJ” stiched in green near the collars of my pajamas.  But that was a long time ago.  Currently I’m fond of collecting colorful inks and hoarding Lady Falcon pen nibs.  One day I hope to be less lousy and own an observation bee hive.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love is an old favorite.  When I first read it I filled many a sketchbook with doodles of Oly and the rest of the Binewski troupe.  In general carnivals and the further varieties of human anatomy are of interest to me.  To me the most singular thing about Geek Love is how all the more grotesque elements soften and become dim compared to the depictions of burning devotion and family dissolution.  I am excited and a bit nervous to try doing it justice with ink and paint.


Laura’s comics, illustration and lettering make me so happy, it’s hard to explain. Every time I see something new from her, my first thought is “All right!” But as Geek Love is another favorite of mine I can’t tell you how excited I was to find out that was her choice. When she shares her first illustration on February 24 , I’ll be prepared for that awesomeness. Maybe. In the meantime you can see lots more on her Flickr photostream.

Next up, the wonderful Phil McAndrew!

February 5, 2010 at 10:00 am 3 comments

Jeremy Sorese v. A Wrinkle in Time

illustrated by Jeremy Sorese

  • Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, my name is Jeremy Sorese and I am a student graduating this June from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in comics/sequential art/funny books. I’ve started to tell everyone that I am a “cartoonist” because I think that’s a job title I would be proud to tell my Grandma. “Illustrator” sounds to proud and moldy to me and a “Sequential Artist” just sounds weird.

  • Why did you pick the book you chose?

2.) When Meg emailed me asking if I wanted to take part in this, I chose A Wrinkle in Time
on a total whim. I had just bought a copy that afternoon from a Goodwill and had barely cracked the spine before responding to her email. I stayed up late that night reading the whole thing, cover to cover and was blown away, thankfully.


Unsurprisingly, Jeremy makes me drop my jaw on an all too constant rate. I’ve already seen a bit of his stuff for this and it does not disappoint- but you’ll have to wait until February 23. (I know it’s tough!) In the meantime, get better acquainted with him on Flickr, and on his Livejournal.

Check back tomorrow for our final (but no less stunning) pair-ups!

February 4, 2010 at 10:10 am 4 comments

Israel Sanchez v. Where the Red Fern Grows

illustrated by Israel Sanchez

  • Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Israel Sanchez and I am an illustrator living in La Habra, California. I like to paint fighting monsters, growing trees, and old man heroes. My medium of choice is gouache because of the great color that’s possible with it. I am influenced by the outdoors, childhood obsessions, and of course, other artists. My favorite thing to do is to illustrate stories so I’m very excited to be a part of this project.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

I chose Where the Red Fern Grows because of the impact it had on me when I was a youngster. It’s the story of a boy who found that the thing he loved doing best took him places he never thought he would go and introduced him to people he never would have met any other way, for good and bad. It’s the first book I ever read multiple times and I still read my original copy today.


I love Israel’s work so much, you have no idea. It makes me giddy, but at the same time I wish I could apprentice with him to learn paint like he does. I can dream, but at least on February 22 we will see a lovely illustration from him.  In the meantime, check out his portfolio, won’t you?

In half a moment, we’ll see some gorgeous work from Jeremy Sorese. Stay tuned!

February 4, 2010 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

PMurphy v. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

illustrated by PMurphy

  • Who are you and what do you do?

PMurphy.  I live in Connecticut and currently make a living by taking on various art-related tasks for the advertising department of a New England-based furniture store.  If I’m not working there, I am fine tuning my cartooning techniques, illustration skills, making music, or sitting around thinking about these things. Yay!

  • Why did you pick the book you chose?

The book I chose is One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I read this book in high school and it was the only one that didn’t turn me off to reading at that time.  When Meg asked me to be a part of this project, that stood out in my mind.  I had kept my copy from high school and read it again.  There are aspects of this book that fascinate me on the social, historic level and even on a personal level.  I hope that the pictures I create will inspire others read it as well!


PMurphy is one of my favorite people on the planet, and his many explorations into art, music, animation and comics continually inspire! So I am really excited to see him stretch his wings and tackle such a book. His first illustration for the blog debuts February 19, but you can peek at his portfolio in the meantime.

Next up a lovely addition from Israel Sanchez!

February 4, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Daniel Krall v. Robin Hood

illustrated by Daniel Krall
  • Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Daniel Krall, and I’m an freelance Illustrator and part-time professor at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. I attended college here in Baltimore and sort of stuck around, but I grew up on a small farm in Fontana, Pennsylvania (which is still inhabited by one Mom and one large and dangerously affectionate dog). I enjoy drawing and writing, the odd adventure here and there, and being habitually puckish. I’m lucky to be surrounded by lovely and talented friends who are kind enough to buy me drinks and tolerate my nonsense.
My personal work is nearly all tied to narrative. A good story is far and away my most favorite of things.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

When Meg asked me if I’d like to participate in this project I had a pretty serious list of candidates. As I started filtering through them, Robin Hood came to the surface as the best fit. I had a really idyllic childhood as far as location and potential for out of doors play. I was also fairly isolated and into pretending that sticks were swords. I spent a good amount of my time alone in the woods around our farm fighting off imaginary villains and pretending to be either one of the Knights of the Round Table, or Robin of Sherwood Forest. Also, I’d have to say that the illustrated Howard Pyle editions of both were one of my earliest inspirations and really steered me towards illustration as a career. Robin Hood is the grandfather of so many great fictional heroes, and I’ve always loved the mixture of melancholy, high adventure, and humor associated with him. There isn’t really one definitive version of the Robin Hood story (as it was originally passed by word of mouth and altered to fit the times), and I’ve read and watched a number of very disparate takes on it. I’m going to attempt a hodgepodge of my favorites. Hopefully the mixture will lead to the best version of Robin that I can muster.


I’ve known Daniel for a while now and am really excited to see him pull off Robin Hood. In fact, I can already almost see the illustrations in my head, it’s that perfect of a match! But that’s because I’m well-acquainted with his wonderful illustrations. Are you? You should check out his portfolio while you wait for his first piece February 18!

That’s it for today, but check back tomorrow for three new introductions and three old favorites!

February 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm 1 comment

S.britt v. The Bremen Town Musicians

illustrated by S.britt

  • Who are you and what do you do?

Stephan Britt, a former railroad model and model prisoner is widely known throughout the world for his wildly successful “Potato Ladkas for the Soul” self-help books which have been translated from the original gibberish into 67 languages in over 3 states and climbing. He first developed his zeal for drawing in childhood, in the course of a particularly extended bout of nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), which lasted close to 17 years. During this time, S.britt passed his days by drawing anything and on everything that wasn’t dripping wet. After graduating high school with full dishonors at the age of 26, he then entered the military and subsequently exited 4 years later with a purple heart and a prosthetic head. Meanwhile, he recorded a Top 20 hit single chronicling his time during the war, entitled “Nothin’ But Neck.” Later, settling in rural Conetoe, North Carolina, S.britt married his teenage bride and third cousin (whose teeth were twice removed), Ida O’Gratin, where together they raised anywhere from 5 to 11 children (citation needed). He continued to draw, despite his physical limitations and his artistic shortcomings, until he was discovered by a high powered publisher, whose birdbath he had gravely desecrated. After seeing his eccentric etchings, S.britt was immediately signed to a 50 book contract and ordered to repair the damage he had done to the azaleas and the family horse. Now 87 and in failing health, Mr. Britt continues to release a new book each and every week (except on leap years) and greatly looks forward to one day achieving the honorable distinction of being found not guilty by reason of insanity.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

There weren’t any big words that I couldn’t sound out myself! That and I’ve always loved lyrical livestock.


Well, if that bio didn’t hook you into Picture Book Report, I’m afraid nothing will. Check back on February 17 to see Stephan’s first illustration for The Bremen Town Musicians! And of course,  explore his beautifully fun portfolio, take a spin in his shop, and if you’re still needing more his Flickr is chock-full of interesting things.

Our last intro for the day is from the esteemed Daniel Krall. What’s he got in store for you? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

February 3, 2010 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Lizzy Stewart v. Ella Minnow Pea

illustrated by Lizzy Stewart

  • Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a freelance illustrator living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I spend most of my time drawing and dreaming of sunnier climes and the rest of the time aimlessly wandering the beautiful city I live in in the hope of stumbling across a good idea for a children’s book! I am also one half of Sing Statistics, an independent publishing project responsible for ‘We Are The Friction’.

  • Why did you pick the story you chose?

I chose Ella Minnow Peamainly because its one of those books that has been with me for years. I read it first when I when I was still at school. I lent it to everyone, not because its one of the great works of contemporary fiction but because its just so damn sweet. Its such a nice little world and such an endearing concept and so cleverly written that you can’t help but be charmed by it!


Lizzy is a talented and sweet person, and graciously agreed to contribute even though I asked her somewhat last-minute! I’m charmed to have her on board; you’ll be charmed when you see her first illustration on February 16! In the meantime, please check out her portfolio and take a gander at Sing Statistics. (It’s projects like that one that helped inspire Picture Book Report to be developed!)

Soon to come, that rascal S.britt shares a well known yarn!

February 3, 2010 at 10:00 am 1 comment

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