Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Covering over my past...

My starving artist days of the early 90's were slightly less starving thanks to a friend who was the graphic designer for a small publishing house dealing in technical books about mental problems (really).

As a favor, as opposed to my limited photographic abilities, he allowed me to run around and take pictures for the covers of his books.

Here’s one featuring my performance partner in The Normals, a sketch duo that bounced around the clubs and art-halls from 1988-90, and another cover featuring the guy who ran a small theater on Ludlow Street where we performed on occasion.

Are the books’ titles related to the photograph’s subjects? Pure coincidence.

(I did a few others, including one featuring my then girlfriend which was unflattering enough to adversely effect our relationship. I used the fee to buy a good dinner and all was well…)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

This Week (and more)…

Knuffle Bunny Too reappears on the New York Times Bestseller list (at #10 for its 15th week).

I’ll be speaking and signing in Athens, GA.

On the weekend (March 1 +2), the New York International Children’s Film Festival will screen the animated version of Knuffle Bunny (in the Shorts for Tots section) and Sheep in the Big City’s Miss Pretty Hair Doll spot (in the My Body and Me(dia) section).

If you want more kids cartoons, drop on by the Brooklyn Academy of Music on March 8 + 9, Leonardo the Terrible Monster will screen with other cartoons.

And don’t forget that the musical, theatrical production of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! is touring the US right now.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I love this drawing...



I'm sure I'll love yours.

Drop a note to:

Mo Willems fan mail
c/o Christian Trimmer
Hyperion Books for Children
114 5th Ave, 14th fl.
New York, NY 10011

Please be patient as it takes a while to get the mail forwarded.

Oh, and you've got 2 weeks left to guess what the Pigeon wants.

Competition is stiff:

Monday, February 18, 2008

Sesame Street Cartoon Fest!

As some of you already know, I spent most of the 1990's slogging away making little films for the folks over at Sesame Street. Now, thanks to the internet and obtuse programming, you can see some of those films in high-quality digitalnessness merely by jumping through some weird hoops.

They don’t have all of my work up (like the stop-motion short about the life-story of a bowl thrown by my father), but there’s enough.

Just click HERE, then input the following bold phrases and my films should be the first things that come up.

Suzie Kabloozie


(I wish they’d posted Suzie singing “Somebody Come and Play”, but they do have two shorts-one about outer space and the other about trading roles-that I’d completely forgotten making. How’s that for old age?)

Walk!

(This is one of the Big Letter films we shot around Brooklyn one weekend with a gaggle of my actor pals. We also made a stop-motion TAXI! short, but it’s not up)

Jump!


Geography Guy


(These are early hand painted xerography efforts mixed with cel-animated by Sheep in the Big City director Sue Perrotto. Georgraphy Guy started as a performance art character by Bradley Glenn, who I’d done stand-up with in the 80’s. I made 4 of these, 2 are available)

The Happy Portrait

(Weird, weird, weird, but I love it)

Beach


(more Big Letter shorts)

There ya go. It’s as easy as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26…..


For those of you unwilling to type, here are some others….





Sunday, February 17, 2008

Frown...


Plus:

A review.

A gossip-y mention (scroll down).

A list.

(For those of you attending Toy Fair at the Javitz, I'll be at the Yottoy Booth signing this Tuesday at 1pm.)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Helluva Town(s)…



Special thanks to the Chicago Public Library whose 2008 list of the Best of the Best included Knuffle Bunny Too, My Friend is Sad!, and Today I Will Fly!



(Little known Mo-trivia: while New Orleans is my hometown, I was actually born in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines)



Brooklyn-wise, I spent last evening at the “State of the Borough Address”, where Knuffle Bunny Too and I were ‘recognized’. I gotta say, the State of the Borough totally out-rocks the State of the Union—this thing had double dutch jumpers, Streb dancers, Gov. Eliot Spitzer, child/punk Park Slope band Care Bears on Fire, and Brooklyn’s biggest performer Borough President Marty Markowitz.

A surreal time was had by all.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Few Knotes on Knuffles…

Thanks to you Knuffle Bunny Too remains on the NY Times Bestseller list, clocking in at #6 for its 13th week.

Long time pal (and producer for the Off-Beats and Sheep in the Big City) Kris Greengrove sends in this shot of her new puppy's new best friend, a (terrified) Knuffle Bunny.



Oh, and yesterday during Mardi Gras in New Orleans a mom who had met Trixie asked if I’d every read “that book Knuffle Bunny?”

I replied that I had once or twice…