Anyone around this week, or are you all at ALA? I’m so jealous of you ALA-go’ers, though not jealous in a stabby kind of way, which should go without saying, my dear readers: I shall never wield a dagger anywhere near you. ‘Cause I am smitten with you all. I’m jealous in a you-better-be-living-it-up-wish-I-could-be-there kind of way. And, as usual, I digress. Anyway.
So, I hope some folks are around, because I’m happy to feature writer, producer, and artist Peter Hannan this morning. And I generally love catching up with and featuring the cartoon-style author/illustrators new (or new-ish) to the field. See that image above from one of Peter’s forthcoming titles? I hope your breakfast this morning isn’t as messy (or alien-filled), but doesn’t it look fun anyway? Peter has a certain firecracker mania to his work that will WAKE YOU RIGHT UP, if you don’t already have your strong coffee in hand. It is strong, correct? Only way to drink it, my friends. This image below captures Peter’s…well, Peter-ness. It’s a little bit of something from several of Peter’s many projects:
Peter is the creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon animated series, CatDog, “overseeing all aspects (writing, storyboarding, character design, art direction, post-production) of a hundred and twenty-something 11-minute episodes and holiday specials,” he told me. He also produced Fetch, the CatDog theatrical short, and a ninety-minute TV movie called CatDog and the Great Parent Mystery. He wrote and sang the CatDog theme song, and he says he will sing for you even if you don’t technically ask him to. Score! We’ll have to hold him to that, won’t we?
Peter is currently working on a variety of film, TV, game, and book projects, including a series of six middle-grade illustrated novels for HarperCollins, called Super Goofballs, starring—as Peter describes it—”a dysfunctional group of avenging lunatics.”
After that will be a picture book, also from HarperCollins, called The Greatest Snowman in the World, starring Charles Chinchilla.
Then comes another series of four middle-grade illustrated novels, called Freddy, King of Flurb. The image opening this post, in fact, comes from that series.
Peter is also working on two illustrated novels for older kids for Scholastic, the first of which is titled 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed. (Pictured below is the rough cover.)
Peter also wrote and illustrated The Sillyville Saga: Sillyville or Bust, Escape from Camp Wannabarf, School After Dark: Lessons in Lunacy, and The Battle of Sillyville: Live Silly or Die! He contributed stories to the anthologies Speak! Children’s Illustrators Brag About Their Dogs and Purr! Children’s Illustrators Brag About Their Cats. He has done lots of illustrations for newspapers, magazines, books, and advertising; he has exhibited his paintings, illustrations, and cartoons; and his work has been transformed into everything from toys to tee shirts to cheese crackers.
Peter says he grew up on the Erie Canal in upstate New York, where he had “a three-legged dog, named Tipper, who once got his front paw caught in his collar and ran home using two legs on the same side of his body.” He now lives in sunny California with “his perfect wife and kids.”
Here, to close us out, are some paintings and a peek into Peter’s sketchbook. (Sorry about all the white space.) I thank him for stopping by, and I’m looking forward to seeing these forthcoming titles he’s sharing with us today…
All art work and sketches copyright © 2010 by Peter Hannan. All rights reserved.
As a reminder, 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on 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. New folks are always welcome.
Well, everyone, I hate to disappoint without seven separate kicks, but I’ve just been trying to keep up this week — with work, blogging, writing. Hands down, my best kick this week is that I’m reading some good books with my girls, particularly Peter Pan. We’re having an extra-special hoot, reading that one.
from Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie)
Oh, and this by HP Newquist, which showed up unsolicited as a review copy at my doorstep. I believe it is to be released by Houghton Mifflin in August. My rising first-grader, who adores reading about mythological creatures, thinks this book is fabulous in about seven different directions. And she’d be right. We’re enjoying it:
(That poor dude on the right. At least he’s well-dressed as he faces his demise.)
…as well as these two below. Oops. I don’t mean to turn this post into my reading list or, I dunno, recommended titles—when I’m supposed to be kicking, that is—but that has been My Best Kick this week, reading with my wee resident nonfiction lover:
YOU GUYS, these almanacs are the best. To see my six-year-old sit around with her head in this book for hours is somehow thrilling to me.
Now, I never saw the book that preceded this one. But when this one from Seven Footer Press showed (also unsolicited on my doorstep)…well, holy wow, these are fun. Yeah, all those animals or animal parts are life-sized. Kind of like this wonderful book on crack — and with gorgeous full-color photographs and eye-popping pull-out spreads and such.
I’m glad Peter stopped by (both Pan and Hannan); I’m glad so many of you blogging peeps are out having a great time at ALA (did I mention I wish I could be there?); and oh! I’m thankful for this and this. Thanks to Katie and Kate for thinking of me, especially since these days I feel like a Very Scattered Blogger, Barely Keeping Up.
I guess I do have one more kick: Muddy Waters (pictured here).
Perhaps I could have listed seven after all.
What are YOUR kicks this week? Who’s around?
WAIT, FOLKS! How could I forget? Heavens, I had way more kicks than I thought:
First, I got to see a good friend this week, in town for a while. Here we are:
I’m really leaving now. Goodbye.