Jules: Meet “Batgirl.” This is a commissioned piece by artist Zachary Baldus. Eisha and I are pleased to be featuring Zachary this week, who first came to my attention with his captivating cover for the new YA novel, The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher, which I reviewed here, complete with Zachary’s illustration (with and without the cover text). Zachary has done a slew of other book covers — see here (Scholastic), here (Puffin Books), here (Putnam Books), and here (Random House) for some examples. When I saw his web site, I knew I’d want to ask him to stop by here one Sunday. Fortunately for us, he said yes.
Zachary gave us free reign to choose our favorite images from his site. This proved difficult for me and Eisha. I mean, there’s this, this, this, and this. And then we also liked some of his weirder (that’s a compliment), darker stuff, such as this and this. And then there’s the eye-popping art work he’s done for comics, such as this and this (don’t click on the latter if you don’t wanna get freaked. right. out).
So, that’s one too many “this”es, but my point is that it was hard to pick a favorite. Nevertheless, we’re going to share some below, the first one being one that Zachary sent us that is not featured on his site, a panel from a page he did for an upcoming issue of American Splendor.
As a reminder, our weekly 7 Kicks list is the meeting ground for listing Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week — whether book-related or not — that happened to you (as well as featuring artists like Zachary). New people are more than welcome to leave their lists. We hope you’ll share your kick-worthy moments from the week.
Many thanks to Zachary for visiting and sharing some art work this week. Here are just a few more images from him:
2* I accidentally made a friend at work laugh so hard she spewed coffee all over her keyboard.
3* I went out for coffee and cocoa with the same friend and her nearly-five daughter, who kept cracking us up with her version of knock-knock jokes:
me: “Who’s there?”
her: (looks around coffee shop)”Um… napkin.”
me: “Napkin who?”
her: (in gleeful singsong) “Napkin Knock-Knock! Napkin Knock-Knock!” (raucous giggling ensues)
Repeat ad infinitum.
4* There were a couple of fake-out early spring days this week, with sunshine and warmth. It was enough to melt most of the ice on the river I walk next to coming home from work, turning the waterfalls into really serious, loud, rushing torrents. And now it’s snowing again.
5* I got very very very cute pictures of another friend’s three-month-old baby. Note the restraint I’m showing here. I’m just telling you about them, and not forcing you to look at a baby you don’t even know.
6* But I also discovered this; which, okay, is a baby I don’t even know, but who cares? I am a Beatles fan from birth, too, so this makes me incredibly happy:
7* I’m writing up my kicks early (Fri.) because I’ll be in NYC this weekend to see the latest show my husband designed. Woo!
As I told Adrienne, my husband is DYING to show Star Wars to my oldest and hasn’t been sure if he should at age almost-four (will she get it? he wonders), but this might have sealed the deal for him. Thanks for the video, Adrienne. We all might just pass out from overwhelming cuteness this morning, huh?
(Oh, and speaking of knock-knock jokes, Eisha, Brooke of The Brookeshelf has a new family blog. To be honest, I won’t be frequenting it, as much as I love her writing, ’cause I can barely keep up with my lit blogs. But anyway, I did see this, a post on the art of the knock-knock joke with children, which you captured so well with the napkin version).
1). We got a big-for-middle-Tennessee snowfall yesterday, and my girls finally got to build a snowman. Small, but he exists. They wanted to build a dinosaur snowman, but there was not quite enough snow for that.
2). I volunteer-taught a program at my local library. People showed up, and I think it went well.
3). Getting more snail-mail from Adrienne. I love pen pal-ship. Real letters in your mailbox. Not credit card applications. And from Adrienne!
4). “A-Punk” from Vampire Weekend:
6). My oldest will be four on Wednesday, and I can’t stinkin’ wait! (I’m not so sure yet why this hasn’t been declared a national holiday, but I’m sure every mother feels like that). Since we’re doing our second reading of Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, I not only got her Robert Sabuda’s gorgeous pop-up of the book, but — since she loves acting out the story with her little sister — I got her some ruby slippers (and, in case any diehard Baum fans try to send me corrective emails, I know Dorothy’s shoes are silver in the book. Still, ruby ones are more fun). And, hell, I went ahead and got a pair for both of ’em. I can’t wait to see their faces.
Plus, Piper (the one about to party down) has been wearing every day, for about the past YEAR, cowgirl boots her Granddad gave her. Refuses to don any other footwear. Maybe these ruby slippers will break that streak.
That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it. Eisha, have fun in NYC! What are everyone else’s kicks this week? And how about that oozing-with-talent Zachary Baldus?