Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Here's What Cooks

(two pages from Around the World dry in the late day sun)

Well, my next graphic novel Around the World is in the supremely capable hands of the design geniuses at Candlewick and it looks all set for its fall release date (actual date forthcoming). It will also coincide with the publication of the paperback edition of The Storm in the Barn which I've just learned will in fact be in color. Yay! I'll be out and about promoting Around the World this spring (TLA in Austin, BookExpo in NYC) and fall (bookstores, book festivals, and whoever will have me).

In March, keep an eye out for my latest picture book, I'll Be There by the wonderful Ann Stott. This one is a companion to Always and posed some very interesting challenges. More on that book soon.

At the moment, I'm hard at work writing the script for my third graphic novel. Again, I'll post more on that project as it progresses but I will say that it deals with summer days, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton. It has been a blast to research. So far, the writing hasn't been too torturous either. Here's the big board in the studio with the current project taking up a lot of space:

I'm also planning a new sketch project for this little ol' sometimes neglected blog. More on that soonest.


Michelle Henninger said...

You have definitely been busy! So, so awesome! I can't wait to see your new stuff, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about how "I'll be there" was a challenge!
If your out doing any conferences/signings in Denver Metro let me know!

Lauren Castillo said...

WOW, you have been busy busy! I am looking forward to all of these new books. Good luck with the graphic novel writing, Matt!

Ben Hatke said...

Those pages look lovely, dude! And I really sort of envy your big pinboard method of working/writing.

Hopefully I'll finally bump into you in NY in april?

Olivia said...

Oh! The pages from Around the World look so sweet and delicate.
Congratulations on everything else as well! :)
Kind regards

matt said...

Thanks, everybody!

Michelle, I'll let you know if I ever get to Denver. Maybe at a SCBWI thing?

Ben, I love the big bulletin board. It creates the illusion of order and if I position my chair correctly, it makes my staring into space seem like deep focus. Are you going to be at BookExpo in NY (it's in May)? If so, we definitely have to arrange a meet-up!

Lauren, I hope to see you in May, too!

Gracias, Olivia!