My answer was something along the lines of, "Right now, we're at a book festival, and there are one hundred thousand people here..." I wasn't trying to go for the easy applause, but everyone clapped at that point (which, I admit, was nice).
But it's true. Spending the weekend at a book festival attended by over 100,000 people, watching enthusiastic readers walking around with armloads of signed books, definitely made me feel pretty good about making books- especially picture books.
Now I'm back in my studio, working on my next picture book. Maybe some people will end up reading this on a kindle fire, or a nook, or who knows what the next thing will be. But as I work on it, I'm still looking at it as a physical work of art that people will hold in their hands.
Anyway... here are a few pictures from the Tucson Book Festival:
|The University of Arizona. Not sure how much work I would have gotten done if I'd gone to college here!|
|The campus looked a bit different than the east coast schools I'm used to.|
|My first event of the weekend was a book signing, and about 200 feet from where I was signing, there was, literally, A CIRCUS! I assumed nobody would come to my signing, but thankfully, plenty of people did.|
|The tablecloth at my first signing had 25 years worth of drawings and signatures from all the authors and illustrators who had signed there. Pretty amazing stuff. I particularly loved this one by the brilliant David Wiesner.|
|I drew this picture of Ted Williams on the tablecloth.|
|It's right next to one by pop-up master Robert Sabuda!|
|It got REALLY crowded!|
|I was part of a panel called "Bats, Balls, and Gloves: Great Sports Heroes" with my friends Phil Bildner and Kadir Nelson|
|Then I presented with Kadir Nelson and Doreen Rappaport, on a panel called "She Writes, We Draw: A Story of One Author and Two Illustrators". (For a sneak peek at my next book, look under Kadir's hands.)|
|reading There Goes Ted Williams at the Story Blanket|
|me doing a drawing demonstration at the Story Blanket|
Now, back to work.