Showing posts with label first second books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label first second books. Show all posts

Monday, April 09, 2012

Nursery Rhyme Comics: Little Boy Blue

I received great news from Chris Duffy the other day that Nursery Rhyme Comics has been nominated for Eisner Awards in two categories: Best Publication for Kids (age 7 and under) and Best Anthology. Wow! This is surely exciting news for everyone at First Second Books, and all of the 50 cartoonists whose comics are featured in the book.

A lot of you in the comics community should be eligible to vote. And congratulations to all of the nominees this year!

You may recall an earlier post from last fall, but this announcement reminded me that I never shared my full comic online. As mentioned, editor Chris Duffy assigned me the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue". Here is my initial pencil rough. (click both images to view much larger)

Chris always gives fantastic notes, and encouraged me to open the title panel and add a third image to the sleep sequence showing the little blue bird tucking the boy in to sleep.

I broke away from my typical color palette to try something a little more storybook comics vintage. It was definitely a fun assignment and an enormous honor to be invited into this book. My parents (being the BEST parents), purchased several copies to give out to the children they take care of as Christmas gifts. They were a huge hit—some of the kids still insist on having them read each night before they go to bed (several months later!). And one of the parents, a first grade teacher, said that a lot of her students aren't familiar with nursery rhymes. So, what a great way to introduce these stories to children for the first time.

It's fun to finally share my comic, and if for some reason you still haven't gotten your hands on this treasure of a book, you can find copies online and at your local book store.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nursery Rhyme Comics ... For Adults!

The folks from First Second Books recently asked me and a few other cartoonists featured in Nursery Rhyme Comics (see earlier post) if we would take on the task of illustrating some not-so-nursery rhymes. It seemed like a fun assignment! Editor, Chris Duffy, pointed me to this pleasant piece of poetry:
Round about, round about,
Maggotty pie,
My father loves good ale,
And so do I.
So that's what I illustrated—right? You can view this and the other cartoons by Aaron Renier and Vanessa Davis over at Not to mention the fun rhymes that go along with them.

I inked and colored this in Flash—here's my pencil sketch:

...and a few variations (I always prefered the first one, though).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nursery Rhyme Comics

Those close to me have already seen one of the few copies I have, but in case you haven't heard, First Second Books has put together a spectacular collection of comics created by 50 cartoonists called Nursery Rhyme Comics. Due to land in book stores on October 11th!

Edited by the one and only Chris Duffy (of Nickelodeon Magazine and most recently, SpongeBob Comics fame), the book features 50 timeless nursery rhymes! That adorable cover art you see above: by Vera Brogsol; book design: by Colleen AF Venable. We owe a great deal of thanks to Calista Brill and Gina Gagliano from First Second, as well.

So, who's in it? Well, I am! In addition to what is a truly astounding line-up of cartoonists:

Nick Abadzis; Andrew Arnold; Kate Beaton; Vera Brosgol; Nick Bruel; Scott Campbell; Lilli Carre; Roz Chast; JP Coovert; Jordan Crane; Rebecca Dart; Eleanor Davis; Vanessa Davis; Theo Ellsworth; Matt Forsythe; Jules Feiffer; Alexis Frederick-Frost; Ben Hatke; Gilbert Hernandez; Jaime Hernandez; Lucy Knisley; David Macaulay; Mark Martin; Patrick McDonnell; Mike Mignola; Tony Millionaire; Tao Nyeu; George O’Connor; Mo Oh; Eric Orchard; Laura Park; Cyril Pedrosa; Lark Pien; Aaron Renier; Dave Roman; Marc Rosenthal; Stan Sakai; Richard Sala; Mark Siegel; James Sturm; Raina Telgemeier; Craig Thompson; Richard Thompson; Sara Varon; Jen Wang; Drew Weing; Gahan Wilson; Gene Luen Yang; and Stephanie Yue—with an introduction by Leonard S. Marcus!

No joke, right?

We were all given a nursery rhyme. I got "Little Boy Blue" —the first panel of which you can see below.

In review, this book should be arriving at your local bookstore any week now. Nursery Rhyme Comics is of course available online (for pre-order, even, right now!). It's the kind of book that will be sure to please the littlest of kids, and the biggest of comics fans. (I know my niece likes it!)

Boston folk: I'm scheduled at some point in October to make an appearance at the Boston Public Library to help promote the book. More to come on that!