Okay, the time has finally come to announce the book launch party for ‘Blueberry Girl’, the new picture book from HarperCollins written by Neil Gaiman and with illustrations by myself. It will be held at Books of Wonder in NYC on Saturday, March 7th, probably in the early afternoon but those details still have to be worked out. All of the original art will be on display and for sale, Neil will be there to read the text (and , one can only assume , other written delights) and I will be presenting a slide show discussing the visual evolution of his 18 line poem into a 32 page picture book. A percentage of sales from the actual book, my art and Neil’s ticketed reading will all go in support of the Tori Amos RAINN foundation. It was for the singer/songwriter’s then, as yet, unborn daughter that the lovely and evocative poem was originally written. Keep checking the stores website for details:
I’m especially excited about this because long, long ago in my early years as an artist/illustrator (the late 1970’s) I wandered into a small bookstore in the west village of Manhattan and saw some lovely art hanging on its walls. I struck up a conversation with its owner, Peter Glassman, who eventually offered to place some of my own work up on those same walls too. It wasn’t long though that he was offering me a bit of friendly advice: “Charles, what you really need to do is stop drawing comic books and concentrate on just illustration.” So, almost 30 years later that’s indeed what I’ve been doing…
And, of course, that store, Books of Wonder has grown into a major force in children’s literature, both as a retailer of new and antiquarian books as well as a publisher of fine editions of the classics in the field.
For those of you who can’t make the event, the book itself officially goes on sale March 10 and can be had at all fine bookstores anywhere or ordered through Amazon.com:
I really look forward to seeing everyone there and to having a bit of fun playing in my old stomping grounds.