Let's say you're a sooper villain. And you call yourself, I dunno, something like,
Because, you know... You HATE picture books. Especially people who MAKE them! (like Jarrett J. Krosoczka... Grrrrrrrr!)
So what should your latest evil plan be?
How's about gathering your evil henchman and heading out to Northampton, MA to attack the opening night party for the Children's Illustration Exhibit at the R. Michelson Gallery?!
GREAT IDEA, right?!
Except that you missed it.
Me? I was totally there. It just so happened to fall on the weekend I was visiting Mr. Willems.
And what a night it was! Mr. Michelson's Gallery, in the heart of Northampton, is stunning. Built in an old bank building with ultra high ceilings and lots of nooks and crannies, it is THE go-to place to see the work of local artists that have reached a worldwide audience. And it specializes in picture book artists! I'm talkin' folks like:
Eric Carle Kadir Nelson Tony DiTerlizzi Barry Moser Rebecca Guay Scott Fischer Mo Willems (who's work showed in the old bank vault)
and honored guest of the evening:
A lot of those people were on-hand that evening, too. In fact, here's a picture of all the folks who were there that have a published picture book:
I always liked this show when it was running on WB. Great designs. Awesome action. And funny, too.
So I was excited to meet Christy Hui, the creator of the show. We were introduced by our mutual voice director (the mighty Collette "Sunderwoman" Sunderman) and met in Santa Monica for some Japanese food and animation talk.
Joined by her fiance, we talked about our respective shows... the networks they were on... the artists we worked with... our top secret future projects... and why some people like uni and other don't.
And then the sketchbook came out. Christy protested fiercely, claiming to be a writer and not an artist.
So I told her to write something.
And look what I got:
Not an artist, eh? I think it's pretty rockin'.
Anyway... we had an AWESOME evening and hopefully we'll do it again some time! In the meantime, keep an eye out for her latest project that's in the pipeline.