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So, major news. What all my friends and family have known, but you guys haven’t, is that for the past two years I’ve been working on an incredible new project. It’s my very first authored and illustrated middle grade novel,¬†The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)!
Guys. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about this!
The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)¬†is the kind of book I always wanted to read as a kid and¬†always wanted to make as an adult. The book is a crazy hybrid of fictional novel and guidebook combined with comics and illustrations that teaches kids how to get one over on everybody (including teachers and students) to survive middle school in the easiest way possible. And, like a video game, you, the reader, are actually experiencing the events of the book itself as you’re led around by self-proclaimed middle school expert and student savior Max Corrigan, who’s got a plan for everything‚ÄĒincluding his quest to get you in with all the major social groups at any cost. And I mean¬†any cost. It’s an awesome, hilarious, and unique¬†read unlike any other book that I can think of. I’ve poured every bit of myself into it and am so thrilled to be able to share it with you.
The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)¬†will be published by Abrams Amulet on September 1st, 2015‚ÄĒjust in time for school! And there’s a follow up book scheduled for a year later, so the fun and¬†laughs¬†will keep coming! If you have kids going into middle school, are in middle school, or just want a wickedly entertaining read about middle school, this is the book for you.
A kick-butt website is in the works which will show you a lot more about Max Corrigan and the novel. In the meantime, the book is available¬†right now¬†for pre-order from a bunch of places (additional ones to come as¬†the book¬†gets listed).¬†I’m so pumped for this book and can’t wait to share more of it (and more news about it) in the coming weeks and months! If you’re a teacher, librarian, bookseller, journalist, or fan who wants to know more, don’t hesitate to¬†get in touch!
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I’ll be doing a talk for AIGA NY’s Breakfast Club Series on March 24th at 8am! It will be about crossing and combining the disciplines of illustration and design. From the AIGA NY website:
Are you an art director who commissions illustrations? Are you a designer who also illustrates? Although the two disciplines have much in common, each requires its own business savvy. Most designers could stand to learn a thing or two about working with illustrators. And designers who branch into illustration themselves often feel overwhelmed by the new territory‚ÄĒworking with reps, applying for copyrights, and establishing a distinctive style. Multi-tasker¬†Neil Swaab, who frequently finds himself on both sides of the equation, will share some of the most important things designers ought to know about illustration.
For more info and to register, check out AIGA NY.
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Here’s a new cover I created for Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers for Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson! It’s a cool story set during the Gold Rush about a teenager with the magical ability to sense gold. From Goodreads:
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home‚ÄĒuntil everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?
Walk on Earth a Stranger comes out September 22, 2015!
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Here’s a new cover I illustrated for HarperCollins for the book Connect the Stars! We looked at doing a similar treatment to Marisa de los Santos and David Teague’s other novel, Saving Lucas Biggs, which I also illustrated. Connect the Stars comes out in September.