Thursday, January 15, 2009

My First Graphic Novels-Stone Arch Books

I was feeling like I had nothing interesting to blog about lately and then this package came yesterday.
I worked on these two graphic novels for kids last year- T-Ball Trouble and Lily's lucky Leotard, written by Carl Meister, published by Stone Arch Books, both are available now. The designer did an amazing job with the cover....I love the look of them.
I've dabbled in comic books personally on my own but doing this job gives me a whole new appreciation for graphic novel artists out there. Each panel is a piece of art in itself...thats a whole lot of work.
There has been a trend of comic style/graphic novel format in children's publishing. Its alot of fun to see and I hope it sticks around for a while.

30 comments:

Meg said...

Nice job!
I can't draw what-so-ever so I have deep respect for you and that project! I remember having to do "creative" book reports in school that always entailed having to do a ton of drawing, I hated it.

Rob Green said...

That’s good stuff.

It seems like it would be an interesting, but challenging, change of pace.

roz said...

Looks terrific! Looks like there was a LOT of work involved. You're such a pro.

lil kim said...

yes looks like heaps of work! hats off to you !

miremari said...

ahhhh! fab!!! go on!!!

Gina Perry said...

woo-hoo! They look great - really nicely done covers. I love what Stone Arch has been doing with graphic novels for kids - I've picked up a few of Andy J Smith's for my nephew and he really likes them. I'll definitely have to get the leotard book for my niece - she's such a girly-girl and could use a push with reading. Congratulations!!!!

Candace Trew Camling said...

I love these! The concept of the "first graphic novel" is so fresh! your illustrations are wonderful for it!

Spadazzle said...

Looks Fun! My son loves comics- I think he read them for probably 4 hours a day! These will be perfect for younger readers:) the pictures make them fun and want to read more!

Danielle McDonald said...

This format really suits your style! It must have been a massive workload! Nice stuff.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Such awesome stuff! Everything is wonderful! I love the new stuff for your portfolio. It's fun and clean and filled with lots of action. Your new books are just fabulous. Are they available for sale or only through the schools?

Chickengirl said...

Thank you so very much, everyone.

Vanessa: these books should be available in stores!

life without novacaine said...

Congratulations! These are fabulous! They sure do look like a lot of work but the end result is so worth it! Nice job my friend!

Alicia Padrón said...

This is sooo very cool Jannie! Congratulations, it looks awesomw! and a lot of work too!

Edrian Thomidis said...

Congratulations! These are great! You must feel proud of yourself. This is a great tool for kids too! I'm very happy for you!
BTW- I came back from my conference and posted about it on my blog.

being nadia said...

Good job chickengirl.

Patti said...

I was so excited to see your comment before I had a chance to let you know that I was awarding you with Lemonade. I love looking at your work. Such fun! I am one of those wanna be illustrators. I had an idea years and years ago of illustrating "The Little Red Hen" with a re-written ending, but I didn't know how to draw chickens. I'm afraid if I attempted it now, my hen would too closely resemble your work because I'm watching your chickens all the time. Thanks for the inspiration. Peace.

sketched out said...

Wow, what fun! A graphic novel. Great job!

kim said...

This is such a cute project. I need to go look for these. My son is going to be in t-ball and he would love to see this book.

Zari said...

looks like it was a lot of work...but you did a wonderful job! congratulations!

Liz the ChatRabbit said...

You are one busy girl! These look wonderful- perfect for those first readers!

Natura said...

Wow, contratulations! Looks, so, so good!

KristinS said...

What a great way to introduce sequential storytelling to kids! Looks great and I love the overall design.

Kay Aker said...

Terrific and fascinating format! Bravo!

princesstomato said...

Jannie! These are a real treat! Congrats!!! I'm so proud of you...

Sounds like you are having an exciting year! :)


Teri

Kathy Weller said...

Wow!! Beautiful work!!

Jill said...

congrats to you! I'll have to keep an eye out for these.

Mark McDonnell said...

Awesome!!!! What a great accomplishment, congrats!

Best,

MAC

Pickledog said...

Oooh yes! I hope this trend stays around as well. They look absolutely funtastic! Congratulations!

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