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Entries in imbored (27)

Friday
Feb242012

Michael Ian Black and I'M BORED

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I've updated the I'M BORED Scrapbook with a post about author Michael Ian Black. As I've mentioned before, I've been interviewing the author, editor and art director for this book and posting about the process on the Scrapbook.

Most recently, I asked MIB about his writing process - what inspired him to write I'M BORED and how the process went.

Here's what he replied. (Warning: he says some embarrassingly nice things about ME.)

Tuesday
Feb142012

I'M BORED Scrapbook Blog Launched: how a picture book was created

****Update February 14, 2013: Please note that the Scrapbook and other bonus material have been moved to the I'M BORED Bonus Page.

I recently launched the I'M BORED Scrapbook, a place where I'll be pulling in everything I've been posting related to I'M BORED. Until the picture book launches this September, I'm mainly going to be focusing on a series of blog posts about how this picture book was creating, from start to finish.

Editor Justin Chanda, art director Laurent Linn and author Michael Ian Black have all been kind enough to answer some questions about the process for me.

The most recent post gave me a chance to ask Justin questions I've been wondering about, like whether he attended that 2010 SCBWI-LA conference with the goal of finding an illustrator for Michael's book, what exactly appealed to him about my portfolio, and what Michael's reaction was to my art.

Next up on the Scrapbook: Michael shares what inspired him to write I'M BORED.

 

Friday
Jan132012

THE F&Gs FOR "I'M BORED" JUST ARRIVED!!!!

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MY F&Gs for I'M BORED JUST ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Apologies for all the exclamation marks BUT I CAN'T HELP IT!!!!!

Good thing the delivery guy had walked away by the time I ripped open the package, else he would have heard me screaming (or seen me jumping up and down).

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Laurent added embossing and some special lamination effects to the cover and IT LOOKS JUST FRIGGIN' AWESOME.

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THIS BOOK IS ON THE SHELVES! AAAAAAaaaAAAAAAAaaAAAA!!!

The note from Justin says that this is where it starts getting -really- exciting. Whaaa....? Dear lord. If it gets any more exciting, my brain is going to explode. I'm serious.

I'll be posting a new I'M BORED comic as well as making other posts soon, so please do follow/Like the I'M BORED Facebook Page for updates.

Going back to fondle my F&Gs now...

Wednesday
Jan112012

Picture Book Creation Process: I'M BORED Sneak Peek

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Just posted a step-by-step photo essay on Pixel Shavings about how I created the "little girl as rampaging monster" image for I'M BORED, a new picture book by Michael Ian Black (coming out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers this September).

Tuesday
Nov222011

Color proofs for I'M BORED arrived today!

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Yay! The color proofs for I'M BORED arrived today, woohoo!!!

Also included in the package: the welcome sign that was in the front lobby of Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers when I first visited them. I've taped up the sign beside my office door. :-)

If you're on Facebook, please do "Like" our I'M BORED page:

https://www.facebook.com/boredbook

I'll be posting more spreads, sketches and journal entries about the whole process, leading up to the official launch in September 2012.

September.

2012.

MY HEAD IS GOING TO EXPLODE WITH ANTICIPATION BEFORE THEN, I SWEAR.

Wednesday
Nov022011

Oh wow. I have my VERY OWN PAGE on the Simon & Schuster website!

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HOW COOL IS THIS?!??????????

I'm sure you jaded published authors/illustrators out there are rolling your eyes, but give me this moment of SQUEE. :-D

http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Debbie-Ridpath-Ohi/79970104

I am SO determined to get more titles listed under "Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Books"...
Tuesday
Nov012011

Yay! I'm allowed to post the cover for I'M BORED!

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Cover design: the amazingly talented Laurent Linn (my art director at Simon & Schuster BFYR). Author and illustrator credits will be on the back cover. I LOVE the cover design! So clean and simple, and (fingers crossed) bound to catch the attention of bookstore browsers.

I'll be gradually posting some more art, sketches and photos from my whole I'M BORED adventure, plus info for kidlit writers and illustrators based on what I've learned from the whole experience.

If you're on Facebook, please do "Like" our I'M BORED page....thanks!

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