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FIRST SECOND BOOKS – SPRING CATALOG – including DRAGONS BEWARE!

Our great publishers, FIRST SECOND BOOKS just announced their Spring offerings, including our second book, DRAGONS BEWARE.  This May!

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We Love Zita!

In honor of Zita last epic adventure, Rafael drew this Claudette-Zita crossover…

A little Claudette=Zita crossover!

BLRG! As Ben Hatke brings the adventures of our favorite spacegirl, Zita to an end, we’d like to remember her greatest moments. For me, I can never get this image out of my head. It’s from early in the first book, when Zita, an ordinary earth girl, gets miraculously transported to a planet far away with many strange creatures.  One of the first creatures this girl encounters is a giant slimy snail who proceeds to run her over. What’s the girl’s reaction? “BLRG!” There are a million ways to react to being slimed but for some reason, “BLRG!” Seems perfect to me. BLRG sort of means, ‘that was pretty disgusting, but I can take it.’ BLRG is what tells you this ordinary earth girl is about to have an extraordinary journey through space and slime. BLRG! Go Zita!

page  from Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

page from Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Signed, Sealed, and Almost Delivered….

 

 

 

 

 

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Sick boy with moose cap next to me. Using him as desk for pages

When we last checked in… Rafael was finishing the art (which looks beautiful) This week it was my turn. I had to do a pass at all the lettering and do my last pass at rewriting before turning it into First Second. The catch? I have a sick son at home today (virus + strep throat = poor guy). And so as he napped (with a bucket for vomit nearby and chicken and rice soup cooking in the kitchen) I finished my last pass at the words of CLAUDETTE BOOK 2 with the printed out pages on top of my boy, the computer on my lap, and poised to grab the vomit bucket at any stirring. *

Okay, the words are done. The picture are done. And now it’s time for the world’s greatest colorist to take his turn. John Novak. It’s your turn.

* Funny enough, there was no vomit. The kid just looked like he was going to. He looks better now.

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