Friday, August 21, 2009

Fuse Reviews

There's a thorough, thoughtful review of The Storm in the Barn over at Fuse #8. She doesn't really write reviews that aren't thorough and thoughtful, so check out the review archive once you're there.

In other review news, Storm has now round up three starred reviews: Booklist ("Phelan turns every panel of this little masterpiece into a spare and melancholy window into another era..."), Kirkus ("This is not to be missed."), and School Library Journal ("A complex but accessible and fascinating book.").

Three more weeks until publication!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Booklist Review of the Day!

I just found out that Booklist's starred review for Storm in the Barn is the Review of the Day on their site!

You can read it (for free) HERE!

Quick Ape Sketch and Links!

Boys like gorillas. Boys like reading. And here are two great sites that think boys might also like The Storm In The Barn (spoiler warning: there are no gorillas in the book):



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Swimmin' circa 1908

I'm gearing up for another jam-packed year of drawing (a picture book, the final Lucky novel, and a second graphic novel, among other projects). To loosen up, I've been trying to do some sketches and paintings using materials that I haven't used before or haven't used for awhile. This was very loosely drawn on Fabriano hot press paper with a pencil then finished with ink (Hunt 102 nib and Liquid Acrylic ink) with an ink wash and some watercolor.