Sunday, March 09, 2014

BLUFFTON at the Muskegon Museum of Art!


On March 6, I had the immense pleasure of attending the opening night of Buster Keaton's Bluffton: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan, a new exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

The experience of seeing my paintings framed and hanging on a museum gallery's walls was amazing and more than a bit surreal. It took me a few minutes of standing in the gallery to really get my head around the whole thing.

The exhibit features paintings, sketches, and preliminary work as well as Bluffton memorabilia (including a porkpie hat made by Keaton's wife Eleanor and a bar stool from Pascoe's).

The museum is also featuring a range of special events around the exhibit and encouraging local schools to bring their classes. 

On opening night, I signed books and gave a talk about the making of the book. I met many people who either currently live in Bluffton or had relatives who lived there during the vaudeville era. 

One gentleman gave me a photo of his father as a boy sitting outside of Pascoe's. Needless to say I was overwhelmed with the warm reception the book is receiving from the people of Bluffton.

The exhibit runs through May 25, 2014.


           





Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Messing About



I went to the New York Comic Con on Sunday. It was my first con and it was a bit overwhelming at first (and at last, come to think of it). After much searching, I did find the section that actually had comics and also original art to check out. That section also had a display booth for Holbein paints and I had a great chat with Tim Hopper about all of their products. Couldn't resist picking up some things and yesterday I messed about with Acryla Gouache and pencil for a bit.


Note to self: must draw for fun more often.










Saturday, September 28, 2013

Comic Book Resources Interview


Here's an interview I did with Alex Dueben at Comic Book Resources.

And here's a gorilla scribble on a scrap of paper because this IS supposed to be a sketch blog...



Saturday, September 14, 2013

Black Prairie Performs The Storm in the Barn



Here's the fantastic band Black Prairie performing their gorgeous score for the Storm in the Barn play. This music couldn't be more perfect for my book and I'm am deeply indebted to these fine musicians.

They are currently on tour. Go see them because they are amazing and you'll love them. I just know it.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fall Book Tour!


I'll be out on the road quite a bit this fall to promote both Bluffton and Xander's Panda Party. Maybe I'll see you at one of these fine occasions?

Saturday 9/7: Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA, 11:00 am Details

Friday 9/13: Politics & Prose Washington, DC 10:30. Xander signing with Linda Sue Park! Details

Update! Sunday 9/15:  6 pm Bluffton signing AND screening of THE GENERAL at the Old Town Theater in Alexandria!!!! courtesy of Hooray for Books! Details

Monday 9/16: Politics & Prose, Washington, DC. 7 pm. Art & Style of Graphic Novels panel! Details

Saturday 9/21: Princeton Children's Book Festival. Princeton, NJ. Details

Saturday 9/28: Opening night reception at Allentown Art Museum. New gallery show with Eric Wight, Raina Telgemeier, and Dave Roman! Details 

Tuesday 10/1: Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI. Details

Update! Wednesday 10/2: Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI 6:30 Details

Friday & Saturday 10/4 & 10/5: Muskegon, MI (!) for the Annual Buster Keaton Convention! Event details soon.

Sunday 10/13: NY Comic Con. Raising a Reader Panel. 2:30

Saturday, 10/19: Greenlight Books, Brooklyn, NY. Xander signing with Linda Sue Park! Details

Sunday, 10/20: Children's Book World, Haverford, PA. Xander signing with Linda Sue Park (and David Wiesner, too)! Details

Sunday, 11/3: Allentown Art Museum. Event with Eric Wight. Details soon.

Saturday, 11/9: Lititz Book Festival, Lititz, PA. Workshops, too. Details

Saturday, 11/16: Rochester Book Festival, Rochester, NY. Details

Saturday & Sunday, 11/23-24: NCTE, Boston, MA. Details soon

Saturday, 12/7: Allentown Art Museum. Event with Eric Wight. Details soon.

Whew! I'll remind people closer to the events on my Facebook Page (you don't need to be on Facebook to see it).


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BLUFFTON in the Blogosphere

Today is pub day for Bluffton! Support your local indies if you can!

Review copies have been floating around for weeks now and a lot of nice reviews have popped up on the Internets. Here's a round-up:

BLOGS

Bookends (Booklist):
http://bookends.booklistonline.com/2013/07/22/bluffton-by-matt-phelan/

Green Bean Teen Queen:
http://www.greenbeanteenqueen.com/2013/07/bluffton-my-summer-with-buster-keaton.html

Guys Lit Wire:
http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/07/bluffton-by-matt-phelan.html

Out of the Past:
http://www.outofthepastblog.com/2013/07/bluffton-matt-phelan.html

Filmoria:
http://www.filmoria.co.uk/2013/07/bluffton-book-review/

International House of Geek:
http://ihogeek.com/2013/07/20/summerbookreview/

Outside of a Dog:
http://outsideofadog7.blogspot.com/2013/07/review-bluffton.html

Lemon-Squash Book Club:
http://lemonsquashbookclub.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/bluffton/


TRADE REVIEWS

Kirkus (star):
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/matt-phelan/bluffton/

School Library Journal (star):
http://www.slj.com/2013/07/books-media/reviews/graphic-novel-reviews/book-review-graphic-novels-july-2013/

Shelf Awareness (star):
http://www.shelf-awareness.com/readers-issue.html?issue=216#m3994

Newsday:
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/books/new-picture-books-for-kids-summer-reading-1.5717219

Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323993804578612404053537498.html

AND I was honored to be a guest blogger at the Nerdy Book Club. I wrote about research and luck:

http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/research-gold-by-matt-phelan/

BONUS POINTS: You can enter to WIN a copy of BLUFFTON on the Nerdy Book Club site!

Whew! A heartfelt thank you to all who took the time to write about my book!