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The SCBWI summer conference

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 5, 2008, 2:14 AM

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So, I was winding down after the gigantic schmoozefest that was Comic-Con, when I realized that the SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) summer conference was starting on Friday.  Two consecutive weekends of professional conferences/conventions... oh boy!  I girded my loins, gathered my remaining samples, and bolted off to the Hyatt Regency in Century City, ready to remind the children's publishing world of my existence.

Generally, I think I did a pretty good job of that, and a number of people provided some really good leads for me.  I met a few new friends, and renewed my friendship with several folks (including the amazing Bruce Coville, who, during the big "Red" masquerade party, high five'd me when I told him about the "Honey Cake" cover for Random House).… In a way, I guess I've sort of arrived on the publishing scene already, though it's hard to remember that sometimes while I'm slaving away over my desk or opening bills.  Today I met Adam Rex (illustrator of "The Dirty Cowboy" and "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich") looked at my portfolio, and told me I was on my way.  We talked shop for the most part.  (i.e. "Hey, what about Wizards of the Coast?" or, "Man, that contract was strange.")  I'm sure such a conversation would be pretty boring to anyone who's not an illustrator, but I thought it was very cool.   

What was especially cool that when he autographed "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich," he happily drew Cthulu when I asked him to.  I was buying it for my roomie B., who is a ginormous Lovecraft fan.  After he drew the tentacles, A. added the bat wings, saying that he needed to make it appropriately "non-Euclidean."  When he finished, he eyed it appreciatively and said it was his best Cthulu ever.


I so need to get a Cthulu plushie now.

  • Listening to: "Mycroft"- Mocean Worker
  • Drinking: a screwdriver
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
*chuckles* Productive MONTH for you, it seems! ;)

Thanks for sharing!
HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay unspeakable horror!
guitarkitty Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Wow! That sounds pretty awesome- I hope you get published big time soon, because it'd be cool to buy one of your books at a store for one of my cousins- to-be. XD Good luck!
cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, there are things that only illustrators and comic artists can understand and appreciate while talking to each other. I wish you good luck with your future projects. Here the road toward publication is still long, but one day I hope I'll raise my voice too.
Oh, and let us know how Chris reacted to his portrait... ;)
ElenaTria Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
w00t!!!! :w00t:
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