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Stan Lee launches new digital kids imprint – Kid’s Universe

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“Comic book legend Stan Lee proved once again that even at his venerable age of 90, he’s at the forefront of digital culture. On Saturday, he launched his new imprint, Kid’s Universe, which wants to be digital-oriented as the current times require — other than traditional books, it will offer ebooks, and apps. ” For rest of article follow link.

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Stan Lee is the creator that brought the world Marvel comics and heroes like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. It looks like he is spreading his wings into the e-book market and has overseen the creation of a line of digital children’s books.

We are happiest to announce that the first book released from Stan’s imprint is by Dani Jones. A prolific illustrator who shares a great deal of information and resources for other illustrators on her blog and live webcasts. The first title is called Monsters vs. Kittens!

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You can buy it here and check out Stan reading it to a group of kids below!

Guest Post-Will Terry-New Ways to Market Your Illustration

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In this informative and insightful post, Will Terry delves into the current state of the industry. He deals with the changes he’s seen it go through in the duration of his career as well as the steps he’s taken to be able to continue to survive within it.
Whether you agree with his opinion or not you have to agree that things are changing. Our industry is in a constant state of flux and as artists it may simply no longer be good enough to be good or great artists.

Check out the video and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree or disagree? Can you think of others within our industry who are examples of Will’s ideology and are making their own paths and finding success? Let us know!

2013 ALA List of Youth Media Award winners Part 2

We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s winners of the following prestigious awards; Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Printz, Schneider Family, Alex, Andrew Carnegie, Laura Ingalls and Pura Belpré awards. For a complete list of these and other award winners this year visit the ALA site here.

Part 1 of our list is here.

This week we will cover the Coretta Scott King and Printz Awards and move on to Schneider Family, and Alex Awards next week.

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Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

Coretta Scott  King Author Honor Books.

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Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller” by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

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I, Too, Am America,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books.

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H. O. R. S. E.,” illustrated and written by Christopher Myers, and published by Egmont USA; “Ellen’s Broom,” illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.” illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

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Watch the Full Disney Animated Short Paperman

Before the Academy Awards on February 24th be sure to check out this, oscar-nominated, animated short by Disney animation Studios. This short was directed by first-time Director John Kahrs and played before Wreck-It Ralph. When I first saw this short I was really impressed and all I wanted to do was watch it again. So I went home and try to find it on the Internet. Sadly, all I could find was a hand recorded bad version of it. Now before the Academy Awards Disney has released the full short for your viewing pleasure. Read the full Disney YouTube channel description after the break.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar®-nominated short, “Paperman.” Using a minimalist black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

Lynne Chapman on Breaking into Children’s Books and her process-Part 3

This is a very inspiring series of videos from Lynne Chapman where she goes through her Creation Process and how she got into doing Children’s Books. With the economy being what it is we all need as much hope and inspiration as we can find. Lynne supplies that in spades!

Previous Posts with Lynne. First post.
Second post.

Check back next Wednesday for another. Also check out here website and blog!!

Becoming an illustrator from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Stephen Silver-Say NO to FREE!

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We ran across this great little video from Stephen Silver, cartoonist, illustrator, character designer, caricaturist and instructor. Stephen drops some wisdom in regards to just saying NO to clients asking you to do work for free. I cosign this in a BIG way!

I even ran across a “contest” recently that required all people submitting to give up ALL rights to their work. This meant that even if you didn’t win, your artwork became their property and they could use it in whatever way they chose. If you won the contest, your prize was that they used your artwork in their online comic and your name got good exposure. No they didn’t pay you if you won either and yes they still owned your artwork and could sell it or do whatever they chose with it without being obligated to pay you anything. So big win for them and big waste of time and energy for everybody who submitted artwork to them.

So please be careful out there folks. As artists it’s important to know what you are signing up for and what you are giving away. There will always be someone trying to take advantage. Be as informed as you can not only about your craft but also about your business and your rights as a professional. Enjoy the vid.

Tutorials-Toe Jamz!!

The artist Majnouna has a wealth of tutorials on her deviantart page that delve into various aspects of humanity from race, to expression to the human figure. Today we let you take a gander at her tutorial on feet!

Be sure to check out her page to see her other tutorials as well as order them in a published format for your personal library! Well worth it!

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2013 ALA List of Youth Media Award winners Part 1

We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s winners of the following prestigious awards; Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery, Printz, Schneider Family, Alex, Andrew Carnegie, Laura Ingalls and Pura Belpré awards. For a complete list of these and other award winners this year visit the ALA site here.

This week we will cover the Caldecott and Newbery Awards and move on to Coretta Scott King and Printz next week.

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John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

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“The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner.
The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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Newbery Honor Books

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“Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz and published by Candlewick Press

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“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” by Steve Sheinkin and published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.

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“Three Times Lucky” by Sheila Turnage and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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“This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner.
The book is published by Candlewick Press.

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Caldecott Honor Books

 

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“Creepy Carrots!” illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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“Extra Yarn,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of
HarperCollins Publishers.

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“Green,” illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.

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“One Cool Friend,” illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.

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“Sleep Like a Tiger,” illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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