Friday, September 28, 2012

Elephant in Ninja wear

I'm headed out to the Baltimore Books Festival today! Come and say hi, it's a free festival--I'll be drawing and signing books all day Saturday and speaking at 3:30 on the kid's main stage. I didn't have time for fresh content, I had to dig something out of my work file.

Here it is: an elephant all kitted out like a ninja, sneaking through what must be a massive house.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hazrdous Tales Interview

I was interviewed by School Library Journal's Good Comics for Kids blog this week. My answers were so long they had to make it a two-parter.

Here is part 1 and here is part 2.

There's some top secret Hazardous Tales behind-the-scenes info in there. Check it out. Drop some comments on those interviews. And don't forget to post your reviews of ONE DEAD SPY and BIG BAD IRONCLAD to your favorite online review locations!

Thank you to the folks at GCFK for the fantastic Hazardous Tales coverage.

This Post is an Advertisement!

So this is exciting; these are banner ads for Frankenstein! I've never had a book with advertising before! You may see these pop up during your perusal of various children's book-centrique sites. Here's the big one:

Pretty cool, huh? I like how they fit the branches of the trees on the cover to the illustration in the background.

Frankenstein is prepped and ready for world domination in October!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

The 1828 Election Throwdown Showdown part 3

Next Monday, winners and losers, the final episode of the Throwdown Showdown.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In Store Signing Event! Finally!

I'm prying myself out of the studio at last! I've got a few in-store author signings appearing in the near future.

At the Orem, Utah Barnes and Noble this Saturday (the 22nd) from 4-8, I'll be signing at the AUTHORPALOOZA!

And the week after that, on the 29th, I'll be at the Baltimore Book Festival! I'm giving a presentation at 3:30 on the kid's main stage. Otherwise, I'll be out drawing free drawings--just look for the guy with the giant General Washington hat with a Hazardous Tales pin in it.

More dates coming!

Four Hoses

Hey look guys, it's the four hoses of the apocalypse.

It's okay to have these pretentious titles as long as you make a bad pun about them every once in a while.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

The A Balloon

It's an "A" shaped balloon boat.

And this week's color is pea-soup green!

I'm killing two birds with today's post. My Hazardous Tales publisher, Amulet, an Abrams imprint, is putting together a collection of found A's. I don't go out enough to find A's, so I made one up. You can see the Abrams A's here.

The 1828 Election Throwdown Showdown part 2

Here we go, part 2!

WOOPS! [Quick edit--if you saw this before 9am, you saw a TYPO! I had 1804 instead of 1824 in the top line. Good grief!]

Also, this is my 900th post! 900! I wish I had a dollar per post, then I'd have, like, $900!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

LINCOLN movie trailer--see anyone from BIG BAD IRONCLAD?

So there's a big Abraham Lincoln movie coming out this November (no, it's not the one where he fights vampires) it's called "LINCOLN" and it's from a guy named Steven Spielberg. Here's the trailer. Watch closely and see if you can see anyone from BIG BAD IRONCLAD (besides Lincoln himself.)


Pretty epic, huh? Looks like it could be pretty good, right? Here's what I think I spotted:

0:30--Could that be the burning of the Norfolk shipyard? I see big buildings, near water, on fire. Could the Merrimack be burning in there? See pages 22-23

1:17--Dead center, full screen, if that isn't our hero, Gideon Welles a.k.a. Father Neptune, I'll eat my hat. I actually went to imdb, and sure enough, Gideon Welles is listed in the cast of characters.

1:37--Now this is a long, long shot, but could this young soldier be Will Cushing? Probably not (I didn't see Cushing on the imdb cast list) but there ARE some cast members who's roles are blank--and some who are listed as "Union Soldier." Maybe, just maybe it's Cushing.

I didn't see any naval action scenes, but wow, did those battle scenes look intense!

How cool would it be if they showed the Monitor vs. Merrimack battle? If I see either ironclad in the movie I'll jump up a cheer like a maniac.


I invite you to shout as well.

And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to get a copy of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: BIG BAD IRONCLAD. If you don't have it you are totally missing out!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pig Machine

Blue is the color this week.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The 1828 Election THROWDOWN SHOWDOWN part 1

So, it looks like Mondays are going to be HAZARDOUS TALES days here on the Space Station. That still leaves Tuesday through Friday for general nonsense and fun (this week, more weird landscapes.) But on Mondays, sorry, you'll have to learn some U.S. history.

This one will be a multi-parter. Probably 4 pages. Here we go:

Who do you think will win?

No Googling the answer!

Head over to the Hazardous Tales specific blog for anything you've missed.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Red Pillars

Hey everyone, welcome to the second week of full-time posting! I'm feeling pretty good. Back in the saddle and all.

I don't usually link to things here on the blog, I like to provide my own original content. But I couldn't pass this up. This is some gorgeous short animation from France. I think it fits very well with these landscape drawings. Click it up to full screen and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day Origins

Here's a new feature from the Hazardous Tales blog: Hale's Hazardous Holidays, where we will take a look at the origin stories of various American Holidays. Labor Day isn't exclusively American--it's also celebrated in Canada.

Oh, and as a side note, if you draw comics for a living, you still work twelve hours a day, six days a week. Okay, I'm kidding, it's seven days a week.

Happy Labor Day!