Kentucky Librarian Conference

Last fall, I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Kentucky Librarian Conference in Louisville.  While authors usually speak at the year-end business brunch, President Tara Arnold Griffith thought it would interesting to have me share my experiences as an illustrator.  Many of the librarians work in elementary schools, so it was great to hear that kids are still enjoying the Warriors Manga series.

I really enjoyed my time in Louisville and was honored to be made a real Kentucky Colonel!  Thanks to Tara and all the school librarians who instill a love of reading in their students.

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I had a great time at the MangaNEXT Convention at the Sheraton Meadowlands in New Jersey this past weekend. There were so many talented artists at the event as well as some amazing cosplay by attendees!

"Everyday I'm shuffling..."

I hosted a couple workshops where I shared design tips and the process for creating a comic. I also did a Warriors drawing demo and gave away those sketches.\

At my table in Artists Alley

This was the first con where I’ve had a table in Artists Alley and I took commissions for pet portraits. I had so much fun drawing pets, signing books and meeting fans of the Warriors manga. Thanks to Bryan and Ezra at MangaNEXT as well as to all the guests who stopped by my table!

Below are photos of guests with their commissions as well as some of the portraits I drew.

Teen Book Festival

Last week, I was invited to Rochester, NY for the Teen Book Festival. What an awesome event!

Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

Bob's Big Blue Bus, our ride to TBF!

The festival was held on the campus of Nazareth college and we were driven into the school on a 1949 Flexible Clipper Bus.

Authors at the Rochester Teen Book Festival

There were a lot of authors and several illustrators at the festival. I look forward to reading books by many of the amazing authors at TBF, including Charles Benoit, Heather Brewer and Kathleen Duey.

After the opening ceremony,  each author had their own “break-out” session. We gave  3 presentations during the day so the teens could attend several different programs. There 20-30 kids in each of my sessions and I really enjoyed meeting fans of the Warriors manga.

TBF Volunteers

TBF Volunteers

My teen volunteers were very helpful. Thanks to them and librarian, Amy Holiday!

Artisan Works Museum.

The authors, librarians and volunteers were treated to dinner at Artisan Works. What a cool place! If you’re ever in Rochester check it out.

We also stayed at the Woodcliff Hotel. It had an awesome hiking trail and I enjoyed my time outdoors. Living in NYC, I don’t get outside like this too often. Took lots of photos for reference.

Thanks to all the volunteers, librarians, and especially Stephanie A. Squicciarini for putting together such a great event.