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Stardust premier

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

I wish that this could be a much longer post but I’m up against an extremely tight deadline for the ‘Blueberry Girl’ book. It seems that if I don’t turn in all the finished paintings by the 15th of this month then the release date will be moved to Spring of 2010. Yikes! That bit of information has added glowing wings to my hands and untold hours at the drawing board.

Anyway I wanted to thank everyone who came by my booth at the recent San Diego Comic Con and helped to make it such a successful event for me.


And very soon I’ll need to ask your help in saving my ‘Fairy Princess’ sculpture, but more on that later.

The Thursday night screening of Stardust ended in a standing ovation and then the premier in LA on Sunday night was a surreal event (at least for me). Here’s a shot of Neil and I. At the last moment I discovered that I didn’t have any button studs for my tux shirt or we would both be dressed to the nines.

Two days after arriving back home I hosted four additional screenings of the movie at the local Abingdon Cinemall. This event was produced through the good graces of the folks at Paramount, Steve Weston, who own the independent cinema and three very important regional, non-profit organizations: Appalachian Sustainable Development, The Washington County Library and the William King Regional Art Center. A good time was had by all.

I also want to encourage everyone to go and see the Stardust film, this Friday if you can. Take your friends and your friend’s friends. The more bodies that pack the theaters the better for all concerned. Its a really fun ride with lovely acting, a smart script that features equal elements of humor, romance, horror and adventure and some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen.

Come on down…

Monday, July 16th, 2007


Come on down for a very fun evening next Friday, when I will be signing books at the Barnes & Nobles store in Johnson City Tn. during the extended Harry Potter costume party which will, of course, preceed the midnight release of J. K. Rowlings’ “Deathly Hallows”. There should be a high incidence of clamor and chatter amongst young and old, veterans and newcomers and I look forward to the event. All this week I’ll have about 20 framed prints of my art on display. They’ve ordered lots of the new “Stardust” (both hardcover and soft) as well as many, many of my other books for your signing pleasure. Come on down!

Friday, July 20, 7-11 pm
Barnes & Nobles
3030 Franklin Terrace Drive
Johnson City TN
423-952-5577, 7-11 pm.

On the following Monday I’m off to the San Diego Comic-Con where my Green Man Press will have a two booth (#4821) set up almost directly under the big ‘Fantasy Illustrators’ sign. Its always almost impossibly hectic at this event but still somehow enjoyable AND you never know who will drop by your table. Several years ago Mr. Ray Bradbury himself attempted to purchase a copy of my ‘Circle of Cats’ book. It quickly became a gift to a writer whose work I will always treasure deeply. What a thrill!


With the movie adaptation about to be released (August 10) this year will have a heavy emphasis on all things Stardust. An advance screening of the film will be held on the Thursday night (with, among other delights, a very interesting goodie bag for 50 lucky supporters of the CBDLF) and my booth will be burgeoning with all manner of original art, books, prints and sculptures. I look forward to meeting you there.

I’ll be at my booth every day (except possibly Sunday, see below) signing, chatting, showing off my brand new Blueberry Girl art and generally trying to make things a little more pleasant amidst the crush of people: Wednesday 6 – 9 pm and Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 6pm.

The World Premiere of the film is on that Sunday evening (July 30) in LA so Karen and I will be heading out early to make the trek up the coast. Karen keeps mentioning that I need to somehow find the time to get fitted out in a tux… I have no idea what I might say to the bright and glittering crowd that’s sure to be in attendance but it will is sure to be a hoot never the less.
Upon my return to south western Virginia there will be an advance screening of Stardust on Thursday (August 2) at our local Abingdon Cinemall. Four screenings in four small theatres. This event is being sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development, the Washington County Library and the studio program at the William King Regional Art Center as well as Paramount and Steve Weston who owns the theatre. Thanks guys!! I’ll be talking before and after each showing. It should be fun and there might still be some tickets available…


This is just a rough mock up of the ticket so the correct phone number to call if you’re interested is: 276 492 2010.

Also I’ve just added another local signing. This time at Abingdpn’s own coffee house and bookstore, Zazzy’Z.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 1-3 pm
Zazzy’Z Bookstore & Coffeehouse
380 E. Main Street
Abingdon VA 24210

276 698 3333

That will be the day after the films general release so I’m sure to be exhausted but come on down and sit a spell…