All posts filed under: Interviews

A Pen & Oink interview with the great Sara Varon!

Interviews / Process / Tools of the Trade

Above: Endpapers from Sweaterweather Author/illustrator Sara Varon is one of my all time favorites! From her color palette and quiet humor, her touching characters and story lines, her books welcome us into her world which is a pretty great place to be. I’m so happy she agreed to be my first face-to-face interview. One chilly night we met for snacks in Brooklyn. Here is what we talked about:

Behind the Scenes of What Makes A Baby: A Kickstarter Children’s Book

Featured Books / Inspiration / Interviews

Last October, Liz introduced me to a great book called What Makes a Baby, written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth. (I talked about it in my post on picture books and doing it.) Cory’s book, which approaches the reproductive process from a more inclusive perspective, was a Kickstarter smash hit: $65,516 pledged of a $9,500 goal. The first, self-published printing of What Makes a Baby sold out and it is now in its second print run […]

Behind the Scenes: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Interviews / Process

Above: David’s final “tater tot” mama squirrel character from Ol’ Mama Squirrel. (Inspired by The Scream) David Ezra Stein spoke about overcoming creative blocks at the scbwi winter conference this past January and his talk was one of my favorites. During his presentation, he told us the story behind his latest picture book Ol’ Mama Squirrel. David completed all the final artwork, delivered it to Penguin, and then decided it wasn’t right and asked if he could […]

Studio Visit with Jessie Hartland: Meteorites, Museums, and Stolen Masterpieces

Interviews / Process / Studio Visit

I’ve known and loved Jessie Hartland’s work ever since I worked with her on assignments for Martha Stewart Kids magazine. She was one of our go-to illustrators because she always nailed it. Jessie is the author and illustrator of several fantastic non-fiction picture books. She has also illustrated travelogues for Travel & Leisure Family magazine, designed window displays for Barneys and Bloomingdales, and created illustrations for Fishs Eddy dishes and Swatch watches. Today we bring you an […]

A Pen & Oink Interview: Holy Cow! It’s Giselle Potter!

Animation / Interviews

Years ago, when I returned home from living abroad, a friend handed me a copy of author/illustrator Giselle Potter’s The Year I Didn’t Go to School, and I have been a massive fan of her work ever since.  Cecil the Pet Glacier written by Matthea Harvey and Illustrated by Giselle Potter is a recent favorite of mine. I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book (it’s out now!): Want to Be in a […]

Studio Visit: Brian Floca, Sergio Ruzzier, Sophie Blackall, Edward Hemingway, and John Bemelmans Marciano

Interviews / Studio Visit

Liz and I recently got to spend a few hours at the shared studio space of children’s book author/illustrators Sophie Blackall, Brian Floca, Edward Hemingway (“Eddie”),  John Bemelmans Marciano (“Johnny”), and Sergio Ruzzier. These guys have been sharing a studio for over two years—with the exception of Eddie who moved in a few months ago—and we can tell that they all genuinely enjoy sharing the space together. I’ve already hit them up for future individual interviews so […]