One of the real fun things about my last year in Paris was being able to share sketches, gags, and photos from the trip on uclick as a comic strip called PARIS DOODLES.
In fact, it was so fun, I've decided to keep sharing drawings and ideas on uclick with a new strip called FROM THE MO WILLEMS SKETCHBOOK.
I'll be sharing drawings from my sketchbook, dining room dinner doodles, abstractions, photo-gags, and mo' most every weekday. I hope you'll visit the strip often and that it will provide the occasional smile or giggle.
September marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE.
Thanks to you and my editor and art director at the time, the story of Knuffle Bunny has gone from an amusing anecdote that I told pals to a book that led to a trilogy that have been turned into 3 animated films (starring my daughters voice) a musical (that has been turned into an album) spawned actual, real Knuffle Bunnies, and more. All of these things were well past my limited imagination when I working on the book 12 years ago.
Each Knuffle book was an adventure in the making, both as a writer and digital-photo-cartoon-collage-er-er.
I'm heartened that the book is still being read by and to young kids in 11 different languages in countries all over the world, including recently Azerbaijan.
Many, many thanks to you from myself, mom, and the 'real' Trixie.
If you're near Northampton, MA, please drop by the R. Michelson Galleries on Main Street where, from September 1 - 30, 2014, they will be exhibiting PARIS, a selection of the watercolors that I made over the last year during my break in Paris, France.
I will be attending a gallery reception on September 12 at 6-8 pm and talking about the year and the work in the show.
R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, Northampton, MA
It should be a fun night. At the very least, it's always fun to visit R. Michelson's wonderful collection of Children's Book Illustration.
Here is an interview by local radio super dude Monte Belmonte with all of the Willemses discussing Paris, the year, and Paris, the exhibit.
The Michelson Galleries have produced a 18" x 24" poster image for the PARIS exhibit that is available for purchase at the gallery or via their website. Proceeds will benefit The Survival Center, Northampton's local pantry serving the needs of many folks in town. I hope you enjoy this departure from some of my other work.
If you're looking for a poster starring some of my characters (and books authored by my neighbors in the Pioneer Valley), I've just recently signed a slew of posters benefiting the Forbes Library, my local amazing library that was recently attacked by an arsonist. They are available on line at this site.
Speaking of Knuffle Bunny's 10 year anniversary, this month you'll have 2 opportunities to see the Knuffle Bunny Musical in 2 different parts of the world.
The Players Theatre in SINGAPORE is mounting a production of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL from August 23 - September 7th, 2014.
It's the first time all of the action, drama, and laundry has been mounted East of Bahrain. Don't miss it!
The details are here!
If you'd like to see the KNUFFLE BUNNY MUSICAL closer to my hometown, then visit the Slidell Little Theater in Slidell, LA.
Their production of the show will run from September 13 - 21.
Details are here!
Back in Asia, The Gardner & Wife Theatre in Kuala Lumpor, Maylasia will host the UK based musical version of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! from September 30-October 19th.
Details are here!
Thanks to you, THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! had a great summer, keeping company with Elephant and Piggie's latest adventure, MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN! on the New York Times Bestseller list. Thanks, you.
THAT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! has been nominated for a 2014 Missouri Building Block award. If you're a kid and you're in Missouri, you can vote for it or any of the other great books on this year's list.
You can see clips and videos about my books and my work at www.PigeonPresents.com and www.GoMo.net, but thanks to the new IT* department at Knuffle Studios, there is now a Mo Willems YouTube Channel that is collecting all of the book promos, thank you videos, and other stuff in one place. I hope that this will be a fun resource for teachers, students, and anyone who wants to look at how my hair has changed over the years...
(*IT of course stands for "It's Trixie")
I've spent the last month re-booting (and de-booting) the studio. Although I was away, a bunch of things went on without me. Among the mountains of mail were fun things that had been published in the last year, including:
New Books that came out in America...
Reformatted/revised board books that came out in America...
Foreign editions in languages I can read...
Foreign editions in languages I cannot read...
And a short animated film and biography for kids..!
As regular visitors to the blog know, the first thing we did when moving to Knuffle Manor was to paint the dining room walls with chalkboard paint so that we could draw on the walls during dinner. Subsequently, we found ourselves doodling on large sheets of paper on the dining room table as well.
After a year away, the dining room walls were waiting for us, but we had no idea what to do with them. Fortunately, my daughter came up with an idea to copy one of our favorite artists, Sol Lewitt, who's conceptual work is always fun (go visit Mass Moca for a huge set of galleries of his work--amazing stuff).
In a nutshell, Mr. Lewitt would come up with rules for others to follow. The results are surprising and exciting.
Trixie came up with the first exercise. She drew a wiggly line and my wife and I followed trying to copy it underneath one after the other. The result is cool.
My wife's exercise was to make an odd shape and for everyone to copy it from the inside to the outside.
Mine was to make an odd, angular shape and have everyone copy it from the outside to the inside.
It was great fun to make these and now it is great fun to look at them!
Why don't you give it a try with family or pals? If you don't have a chalkboard wall, just grab a piece of paper...
I'm excited about this classroom/lego contest where kids are encouraged to create their own Pigeon stories in LEGO. The winners will receive a 2 foot tall Pigeon made of LEGO (& a video from me) or exclusive limited edition LEGO MINI-PIGEONS! (yikes!)
FULL DETAILS HERE.
Entries are due by October 31, 2014.
Meanwhile, I'm sure The Pigeon will keep tweeting...