Brother, are you bored with being so proper?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Illustration Friday, Illustrations | 2 Comments

Mr. Hulk Goes Wild

Brother, are you bored with being so proper?
Do you, brother, want to have more fun?
Mr. Hulk knows exactly how you feel, brother. So what he’s gonna do is go wild with you!

Do to Peter Brown’s wildly successful picture book, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, other spin off picture books are soon to follow. The one I am hoping gets produced next is a pro-wrestling version staring Hulk Hogan.

Mr. Hulk is a very proper person who finds himself suffocated by social mores and, one Monday night, decides to go wild. Whatcha ya gonna do brother, when the 24″ pythons and Hulkamania run wild on you!?

Hulk Mustache

Marketing doesn’t have to be sleazy if we care about people and other brief thought

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in Brief Thoughts | No Comments

Marketing doesn’t have to be sleazy if we care—about what we do, how we do it, and who we do it for.

What if game developers wrote picture books?

Who know one my drawings could move like this? Or like this?

Moleskine developed a text messaging system that works a lot faster than anything you do on your phone.

The best celebrate children’s book EVER seen … and Sendak likes it … so it most be good!

Where is Nature in Children’s books today?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Brief Thoughts | No Comments

As reported in the USA Today, a group of researchers have reviewed Caldecott Medal winners and honorees from 1938 to 2008 and found that nature is not being illustrated as much in children’s books today as in the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s.

Two painting split in half. On one side a gorialla is in a forest and on the other side a couple of kids are playing at the kitchen table.The big concern is that children will not love nature if they are not exposed to it.

That statement is true, but older books like Where the Wild Things Are and The Wind in the Willows are still being read and enjoyed just as much as when they where created. A classic children story’s shelf life is very long.

Having said that, I’m happy someone is pointing this out.

Maybe Anthropomorhism and other animal character will come back into style. I enjoy reading and illustrating picture books where animals act human. These characters have a great opportunity to show the human experience in an universal way. Every family can relate to the characters without having unneeded stereotypes.

Also nature is a very big part of the world we live in (even if we don’t see it in our daily lives). And children’s books are how kids start understanding life. The industry has to do its part to build an appreciation for the world we belong to.

 Other articles about this topic can be found at:
www.theglobeandmail.com
parenting.blogs.nytimes.com
www.scpr.org