Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cartoons and Cartoons and Books and Books

I'm just back from a whirl-wind trip to DC for the Knuffle Bunny Musical.

More on that later.

Until then, here's a quick report on my recent visit to Center for Cartoon Studies and Dartmouth by the fine folks at the CCS (keep in mind I was talking to grown ups about craft, this is not really for the kiddies).

I had a great time hanging out the with students, pontificating on the sins of pontification, and finally meeting Jame Sturm.

I left with lots of cool student work and scored a copy of his great new illustrated novel, Market Day, which was very nice.

Here are some images of James at the schools incredibly fun library filled with all of my favorite comics:

This weekend was the ASIFA-East awards, celebrating east coast animation as voted by real east coast animators. I'm thrilled to say that two animated efforts were recognized:

Knuffle Bunny Too, animated by Karen Villarreal won best sponsored film over 2 minutes


Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, animated by Pete List, won for writing/humor.

I love the fest and was sorry to have missed the fun. Here are the complete list of winners. And here is ASIFA-East President Dave Levy's perspective on the evening.

Karen and Pete are busy working on new films with me as we speak. More on that later, as well.

Speaking of cool stuff that's voted on by cool people. The NY State Reading Association just announced the winners of their Charlotte awards, awards voted on by real kids across the state!

Elephant and Piggie's There is a Bird on Your Head! won in the Primary division, which is a big thrill. Pal Suzanne Collins won as well, but she's been on a streak taking home a Children's Choice Award two nights ago in New York. The Children's Choice awards are like the Charlotte's, only they're voted on by kids from across the nation.

More pals, like neighbor jjk, took home awards which was fun to see (you can check out the list full list here) and the fine folks at First Book were awarded for their great work.

The night was great fun for me because I got to host/roast everyone including presenters Rebecca Stead, Judi Barrett, Jackie Woodson, Libba Bray, Jerry Pinkney, Ambassador Katherine Patterson, and Judy Blume all of whom took my ribbing with great grace.

Another winner, of the heretofore nonexistent 63 annual Goblet of Awesome was Jon Scieszka, who's speech was soooooo long I had to physically remove him from the stage. A scuffle ensued:

Add in hanging out with pals like Gordon Korman, Jeff Kinney, and Suzanne and randomly running into Sheep in the Big City's voice actor James Godwin at a tavern after the even and you've got one crazy night.


Happy Book Week!

Now back to work....