Friday, August 12, 2011

Visits, Doodles, News...

Lots of news and bits this week.  Let's start with some dinner doodles and chalkboard wall drawings from a few recent guests.

Old pals David Wain and Ken Marino stopped by Knuffle Manor for some R and R while putting finishing touches on an upcoming film they wrote (David is directing).  I've known (and in David's case worked with) these guys since 1987 and had dropped by the set when on tour for Knuffle Bunny Free, so it was fun to catch up as we doodled during dinner.

Here are some of the results:

David's rival to the Pigeon, Sheep Chicken.

Not only is David's wife Zandy a great actress, she can DRAW!

David's self-portrait
Ken's portrait of David.
Then it was time to draw on the Chalkboard walls.  Trixie went first:

But the night belonged to David's 3 year old kid, who tore it up with classic doodles based on characters we suggested!

A "Smiffy-plip"

A "Zango", "Blup", and "Dangy-wangy"

A "10-legged Schmiffle"
Huzzah! A great time was had by all.

Why not get together with some pals and have a big old group draw sometime soon? It's fun.

In reviewing news, the SacBee has a nice mini review of Elephant and Piggie's SHOULD I SHARE MY ICE CREAM? where they say:

Mo Willems' genius for capturing young readers pivots on his uncanny talent to pack emotional complexity into a short drama that's easy to read.
 Thanks, SacBee.

And thanks to you, SHOULD I SHARE MY ICE CREAM? returns to the NYTimes Bestseller list next week at #8!

Thanks, you!

The folks over at Real Simple Magazine take time in their current issue call CITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG among the "soon-to-be classic" saying:

"As you may know from his droll Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Willems is unfailingly hilarious. But in this heartfelt tale of a canine-amphibian bond, he shows depth as a writer. Muth’s soft watercolors set the mood for a tearjerker about friendship and change—with a finale that’s far more sweet than bitter."

Wow.  Thanks, Real Simple

I'm also happy that HOORAY FOR AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR! will be included in this fall's Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in NYC.  This is always a great exhibit and I'm thrilled to see so many familiar names and pals on the roster including Silver Medalists Lane Smith and Kadir Nelson.  The exhibit opens in late October and runs through the end of the year.  If you're in NYC, check it out!