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JORGE: It’s my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger, John Novak. He’s our amazing, talented friend and the Colorist of Giants Beware and Dragons Beware. You can see more of his work here.


Hi Everyone

Have you ever wanted to “freeze” someone in amber? First, what is amber? It is:

“fossilized tree resin (not sap),” usually a deep gold color. Now the fun part – how to trap someone in amber!

Step 1: Blast them with your magic staff

Just kidding! It is not as exciting, but I want to tell you about how I colored some of Dragons Beware!

For example, take this panel on p. 65 – this is what Rafael sent me. The kids come across Zubair who’s been magically encased in amber.


I start with the background – a nice sky blue.


Then I fill in the amber.


Fill the speech bubbles with white. 


Color the characters.


Now I feel like the amber needs some detail so it doesn’t just look like some irregular, yellow surfboard, so I add some shading (darker color) and highlights (lighter color) to the amber.


Leo and the kids don’t look separate enough from the amber and Zubair. They appear to be right up next to it, so I darken them to add contrast.


Finally, I really want to give the reader the feeling that Zubair is encased deep in the amber. I replace the black of the outlines with red and gold.


And voila! There you go – you’ve trapped someone in amber.


For more info on the amazing Novak check out his website.

Who Should “Beware” in Book 3? And fan art!

Rafael and I are working on book 3. We can’t say too much about it, but this weekend I was at Word Book Store in Jersey City, and some talented kids tried to help me think of who Claudette should face off against in Book 3.

Katie thought Book3 should be “Vampires Beware!”










Sofia thought Book 3 should be “Ghosts Beware!” And Iris thought we should do “Witches Beware.”












Who do you think should “beware” in book 3? Let us know at helloclaudette at gmail.com

And here’s some fan art sent to us recently from Beth. She drew Gaston, Claudette, and Marie Manga style. Very cool!Giants Beware

5 Questions – Week 5 (The Last Week!)

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This is the last week of some great interviews with great creators. This has been an amazing blog tour. Thanks to everyone who let us ask them questions, and all the bloggers who posted our interviews.Thanks!  — Jorge & Rafael

A good night’s sleep, Caldecott & trusting the story – 5 Questions for Dan Santat @ School Library Journal 

Owly, writing a silent comic,  and 5 Questions with Andy Runton @Bloglovin’

Tex-Mex, hamsters & the funny, talented woman who named us – Colleen AF Venable @ Graphic Policy

Science comics, bees & GO BUCKS! 5 Questions for Jay Hosler @ My Bookish Ways 

Illustrations vs. comics, Toon Books, changing styles- 5 Questions with Eleanor Davis @ Love Is Not a Triangle

Zita, Comics vs picture books and LOUD MUSIC – 5 Questions with Ben Hatke  at Ya Bibliophile





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5 Questions – Week 4

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And yessss! Another fantastic week of asking some super talented people, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews that Rafael and I did with them!

Questions for the amazing Sara Varon @ Sharp Read

David Rubin talks Aurora West, Spanish artists & collaborations @ Teen Lit Rocks

Visual literacy, sweaters in VT Summer, and 5 Questions for the Adventures in Cartooning Crew @ Word Spelunking

Cleopatra in Space, Columbus Pizza and obsession with 3 – 5 questions for Mike Maihack @ Bookish

College buddy collaborators, teenaged boats, and hippos. 5 Questions with John Patrick Green at Haunted Orchid

Claudette’s soundttrack, animation discipline & Kirby, Kirby, Kirby! I get to interview my partner and friend Rafael Rosado at Shae has left the Room.

Drawing cars, animation, and Nameless City — 5 Questions with Faith Erin Hicks at Good Books and Good Wine over  

Coming up next week: Dan Santat, Andy Runton, Colleen AF Venable, Jay Hosler, Eleanor Davis, and Ben Hatke



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5 Questions – Week 3

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Wowza – another great week of asking some really talented folks, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews that Rafael and I did with them:

Day jobs, energy buckets & Superman! 5 Questions for Gene Luen Yang @ Finding Wonderland

Research babies,hazards of history, audiobooks! 5 Questions with Nathan Hale @ Kid Lit Frenzy

John Allison Talks webcomics, software, Husker Du and Bad Machinery @ Supernatural Snark 

The challenges of cartooning for science! 5 Questions for Maris Wicks @ Roar Robots

Jenni & Matt Holm on Babymouse, sibling shorthand & long distance storytelling @ The Busy Librarian

Craig Thompson talks Space Dumplins the All-American road trip and bedtime reading @ The Book Rat

Sketching, art school advice and influences with Chris Schweizer

Coming up next week: Sara Varon, David Rubin, Adventures in Cartooning, Mike Maihack, John Patrick,Rafael Rosado (interviewed me me!), and Faith Erin Hicks!!!




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Five Questions — WEEK 2

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Another great week of asking some very talented folk, 5 Questions! Check out the interviews:

5 Questions with Jeffrey Brown @ Ghost in the Machine

5 Questions with Cecil Castellucci @ Winter Haven Books

5 Question with Frank Cammuso @ Reading ABC

Work process, music, and ice cream: 5 Questions with Hope Larson @ the Book Wars

Threatening Tower of books and more! 5 Questions with Eric Orchard @ Alice Marvels

5 Questions with Jellaby author Kean Soo @ Genuine Cupcakes

Nick Magazine, space, milkshakes, kids’ comics 5 Questions with Dave Roman @ the Frog Queen!

Coming up this week: Gene Luen Yang, Nathan Hale, John Allison, Maris Wicks,
Jenni and Matt Holm, Craig Thompson, and Chris Schweizer!













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ICYMI: Dragon Bewares Videos!

VIDEO 1: Claudette is back!

VIDEO 2: What’s Your Favorite Thing About Dragons?

VIDEO 3: What Should be Claudette’s Battle Cry?

VIDEO 4: What’s do you like about dragons?

VIDEO 5: How would you fight a dragon?

Five Questions — WEEK 1

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Whadda week! Rafael and I got to ask a lot of great, talented people 5 Questions!  Check out the interviews…

 5 Questions with Cece Bell at Sturdy for Common Things






5 Questions with Kazu Kibuishi @ Geek Dad

5 Questions with Joey Weiser @ The Brain Lair





5 Questions with James Kochalka @ Bumbles and Fairy-Tales





5 Questions with Mariko Tamaki @ A Book and a Latte






And Rafael interviewed this guy I know….

5 Questions with Jorge Aguirre at the Windy Pages





5 Questions with Luke Pearson at Mr. Schu Reads






Coming up this week: Jeffrey Brown, Cecil Castellucci, Frank Cammuso, Hope Larson, Eric Orchard, Kean Soo, and Dave Roman!!!













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May is National Mobility Awareness Month!

May is National Mobility Awareness Month.  You can learn more HERE.

And here’s Augustine the Blacksmith – GOING MOBILE!

Augustine in Action




Five Questions with Kids Comics Authors

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It’s not every day that you get to do a Q&A with some of the best creators of kids content out there. In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Rafael and I were thrilled to get to pose 5 questions to some folks who are working at the top of their game and doing some amazing work. It’s the blog tour of all blog tours.

So check out the tour dates and postings throughout April and May. Right HERE

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