When I draw our daily scripts I do the lettering first and the art second. But it's the other way around for our Sunday Book Club strips. And sometimes I underestimate the sheer square footage required for the plot summary and dialog. Witness this Sunday's strip for Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained, where the artwork is heavily obscured by the seemingly endless description of the book. And that was the edited down version. Because I'm particularly proud of the full drawing I thought I'd show you the original (click to zoom):
By the way, coming up with a new book every week means we need to read a lot. After all, not every book we read is good enough to recommend, and not every book want to recommend lends itself to this format. So usually we split the reading responsibilities. Which means that at least half the time I'm illustrating a book I haven't read. But we both read both of these. So it comes from the hearts.
The notion of using movies to introduce people to books is not a new one. But this week's sponsor, the library marketing department of HarperCollins Publishing, took it one step farther. They created a Book and Film Festival Kit with everything you need to get the most out of showing book-tie-in movies in your library or school. There's a "now showing" poster, a list of suggested books/movies with themes, useful information about fees, copyright, and community involvement, and more. It's absolutely free, just tell them where to send it!
October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)
November 15, 2018 Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Library System (Gene)
November 16, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Southeast Florida Library Information Network (Gene)
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC Booth #726) (Gene)
March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Library District (Gene)
April 15 - 17, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Library COMIC booth, Monday night event) (Gene)
June 21 - 24, 2019 Washington, DC
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
Check out our Full Schedule