Monthly Archives: April 2010

Cheaper Show Blog Interview

the-cheaper-showI did a short interview with Jessica Delorme, Assistant curator for the Cheaper Show 9. Read it on their Blog here!

Also a little thanks here to my good friend Rebecca Dolen from the Regional Assembly of Text who was nice enough to take a couple of photos for me in my studio and who also as it turns out is my table tennis nemesis! Well, well, well, what do you know! IMG_5848

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Illustrated Story in Chirp Magazine

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A while ago I was asked by Chirp Magazine if I would be interested in doing their illustrated story feature in an upcoming issue on trains. Of course I was, and now the Chirp May issue on trains is finally out!  Just got my copies in the mail. Yey! Here after many edits is the end-result. Pretty nice. I really quite like the whole idea of doing short illustrated stories. Would be fun to do more of this sort of thing…a good way to experiment….

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Here are some close ups. Maybe you can read a bit of the story that way if you’re interested… it’s about a girls first time taking the train and what it’s like to ride on one.

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Georgia Straight Ad

Just flipped through the Georgia Straight and saw another ECUAD ad with my illustration. Here it is, what do you know. IMG_5867IMG_5869Also you can see my super-awesome-amazing solar power-wind up radio that I am in love with in this photo. … Ohh super-awesome-amazing solar power-wind up radio how I love you….

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Blog about Children’s Book illustration

I have finally launched my new blog devoted mainly to Children’s picture book illustration! Been wanting to do this for a long time now. Good. Check it out here if you’re interested in illustration, especially children’s book illustration. Hurray!

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Another independent bookstore is gone

I have been meaning to post this for a while now. Duthie books, one of Vancouvers best and oldest book stores has officially closed down. The store was located in kitsilano a very well populated and frequented area and it’s closing is a real blow to independent bookstores everywhere. The following is the message to their customers posted on their website. Just another reason to think twice before you order all your books for cheaper on amazon, or go to chapters.  Go to the local, independent stores first because other wise soon, very very soon, there won’t be any local independent book stores left! I really can’t say this enough. Sure, I buy books on amazon every once in a while, BUT, I also make sure that I shop whenever I can at a real bookstore. Having worked at one for years, it really rubs me the wrong way when people come in, write down the books they want to buy, peruse them at their own leisure with coffee in hand etc,, and then actually tell ME the person working there that they’ll probably buy it at chapters, or online, because it’s cheaper there… well, soon you won’t be able to look at the books at all anymore because all they give you for sample pages online are the index and about 2 more if you’re lucky and that’s about it. And sure, you can look at books at chapters too, but how much nicer is it to look at a book in a store where they have a cat running around for example? Where there already has been a selection made for you, where someone has so to say curated a constant show of books…  … much nicer!!!

Anyhow, sorry, …rant… here are some photos I took of Duthie Books just as they were clearing out. Good bye…

Also, I remember a friend of mine once telling me that they had one of my books featured in their window display, … now I really wish I would have a photo of it. Too late. Sad.

Here is most of what Duthie books posted on their site regarding the closure, or read the whole thing here.:

We are sad to tell you that Duthie Books 4th ave is closing.

After 53 years, the last Duthies bookstore is closing. Goodbye to all that!

The Duthie family: Cathy Legate, Celia Duthie and David Duthie, wish to thank all the customers, readers, staff, authors, and publishers who have been part of Duthie Books over the years, particularly our customers who have remained steadfast over these past 10 years at 4th Ave.

We have had 53 (mostly) happy years of bookselling in Vancouver. We have offered friendly recommendations, and stocked good books. For 53 years Duthies has provided a good book service to the city, championed BC and Canadian books, encouraged the public to read local writers, and helped to create a knowledgeable reading public. The book culture of Vancouver and BC has grown up and flourished around Duthies from publisher’s reps to publishing houses , authors, illustrators, designers, printers, literary festivals, and university writing and publishing programs have emerged in the Duthies milieu and many Duthies alumni work in all parts of the book trade.

Thank you and Good bye

Everybody knows that Independent bookstores have been under pressure from the ‘big box’ operations for many years now and it is clear that it is not going to get any better; the likes of Chapters, and Amazon are ruthless in their drive for market share and we cannot compete on price anymore. The book itself is in the throes of a technological transformation and book readers undergoing a major demographic shift.

We are closing now while we can do so in an orderly fashion and not under any pressure from banks or suppliers. Duthies went through a radical restructuring 10 years ago and frankly, we do not want to go through that again.

After 53 years, the last Duthies bookstore is closing. Goodbye to all that!

The Duthie family: Cathy Legate, Celia Duthie and David Duthie, wish to thank all the customers, readers, staff, authors, and publishers who have been part of Duthie Books over the years, particularly our customers who have remained steadfast over these past 10 years at 4th Ave.

We have had 53 (mostly) happy years of bookselling in Vancouver. We have offered friendly recommendations, and stocked good books. For 53 years Duthies has provided a good book service to the city, championed BC and Canadian books, encouraged the public to read local writers, and helped to create a knowledgeable reading public. The book culture of Vancouver and BC has grown up and flourished around Duthies from publisher’s reps to publishing houses , authors, illustrators, designers, printers, literary festivals, and university writing and publishing programs have emerged in the Duthies milieu and many Duthies alumni work in all parts of the book trade.

Thank you and Good bye

Everybody knows that Independent bookstores have been under pressure from the ‘big box’ operations for many years now and it is clear that it is not going to get any better; the likes of Chapters, and Amazon are ruthless in their drive for market share and we cannot compete on price anymore. The book itself is in the throes of a technological transformation and book readers undergoing a major demographic shift.

We are closing now while we can do so in an orderly fashion and not under any pressure from banks or suppliers. Duthies went through a radical restructuring 10 years ago and frankly, we do not want to go through that again.

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The Cheapter Show

the-cheaper-showJust checked their website and found out that I will be part of ‘The Cheaper Show’ this summer! This is awesome because the line up for this time around looks AMAZING! Lots of local talent in it too! Very cool! I really appreciate what these guys are doing for the Vancouver art community! You should check out the line up! I was especially excited to see that both Heidi Johansen and Charlie Roberts are in the show. I went to school with them and really like their work. I wonder if they are planning on coming down to Vancouver for the show. Would be cool.

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Teaching job at Emily Carr University

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So it’s official now! I will be teaching a continuing studies class at the Emily Carr University this summer. The class I will be teaching is Children’s Picture Book illustration. Very appropriate, no? I am pretty excited for it and if all goes according to plan it will be the coolest class you’ve ever taken so if you’re reading this and you feel like signing up, go for it! I just looked in the course catalogue (go to p.21) and it’s actually very affordable! Only 195$ for a seven week course! I wish some of the courses I’ve been taking lately would be that cheap!

Also speaking of the course catalogue, you might have noticed that it has an image from my book Paulina P. (for Petersen) on the cover which is great, and what’s even cooler is that the University also choose some of my illustration to go on the advertising bus billboards they’ve created for this summer’s Continuing Studies courses. It’s always kinda nice to see your work in the public environment for me!

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Happy Easter YEY!

Happy Easter bunny day! A little ‘Osterhase’ (easter bunny in German) drawing for the occasion. Also I just remembered one of the many amazing easter egg/candy hunts of mine when I was little in my Mom and Grandma’s apartment, where I once literally sat down on top of a giant chocolate easter bunny while searching for it. Good times! … Somehow, miraculously it did not break. Ohhh…I remember why… it’s because it wasn’t hollow! It was totally 100 percent chocolate man! Those German people aren’t kidding around when it comes to making delicious chocolate delights. Ahhh… my childhood… only a mouth full of cavities to remind me now and then…

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