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September KENNY Tour Dates added

More events for the Kenny and the Dragon tour. I was originally going to travel all the way up the west coast to Vancouver, but we just could not get all the dates in there, so I’ll be touring through California. Of course, all tour dates have been added ABOUT section of my site, so be sure to check them out. I hope to see you there!

Friday, October 3
4:00 PM
WHALE OF A TALE
4199 Campus Drive, Suite A
Irvine, CA 92612

Saturday, October 4
2:00 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
7881 Edinger Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Sunday, October 5
12:30 pm
MRS. NELSON’S BOOKS
1030 Bonita Ave.
La Verne, CA 91750

Sunday, October 5
4:00 pm
VROMAN’S
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Monday, October 6
12:30 pm
STORYTELLER
23 Lafayette Street
Lafayette, CA 94549

Monday, October 5
7:00 pm
COPPERFIELD’S BOOKS
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Tuesday, October 7
6:30 pm
BOOKS INC.
Laurel Village
3515 California Street

Wednesday, October 9
6:00 pm
KEPLERS BOOKS
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

…and, in case you missed it, here is a reminder for the first leg of the tour (starting next week!):

Sunday, August 24
2:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
2774 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133

Monday, August 25
4:00 PM
DAVIS-KIDD BOOKSELLERS
387 Perkins Rd. Extended
Memphis, TN 38117

Tuesday, August 26
5:00 PM
SQUARE BOOKS
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

Wednesday, August 27
3:00PM
LEMURIA BOOKS
202 Banner Hall
4465 I55 North
Jackson, MS 39206

Thursday, August 28
4:30PM
OCTAVIA BOOKS
503 Octavia St
New Orleans, LA 70115

August 29-31
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
Decatur, Georgia

Sunday, August 31
2:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
7660 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

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Friday Fan Art - Hobgoblin Field Guide

Our friend Margaret is working on a nifty field guide to Hobgoblins, which not only describes the various subspecies, but also details their living habits and even emotions- here are just a few of our favorite images. I hope it inspires you as much as it did me!

Keep on drawin’!

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Diversion #1 (A Flight of Fancy)

“The Sophia Marie”

I’ve had a little time off of my book schedule this past month to enjoy the summer weather. This has been great for several reasons:

1. I get to spend some fun time with Ang and Sophia.
2. I get the time to properly upgrade from my old ’03 G5 Mac to the latest PowerPC.
3. I get to recharge my creative energy for the coming projects.

Part of that creative recharging (for me) involves taking on small, one-off, odd jobs to act as diversions where I can explore ideas I may not otherwise do in the books that I create. Of course, I am a firm believer that everything we act upon and experience effects our lives and what we do, and so I feel these exercises are good for me creatively as I continue forward on my artistic journey.

“Diversion #1″ was an interview and article for PrivatAir magazine. This mag is for (you guessed it) pilots and owners of private aircraft, but they have a great little section, called “Sketchpad”, where they ask an artist to render their idea of a dream jet – Growing up with a dad who works for Pratt & Whitney aircraft (which involved going to air shows and making all sorts of model jets and fighter planes as a kid), well…how could I refuse?

 

“The Sophia Marie” dorsal view

So, I thought of a couple of things: If I were a person in the income bracket who could afford a private plane, well I would probably have a few fancy cars as well. In particular, antique, hard-to-get, beautifully crafted cars – you know, the kind you see on television where the gazillionaire has a fleet of these automobiles in his/her giant garage.

 

Rolls-Royce New Phantom - Saweet!

So, I looked at old Rolls-Royces from the 1920′s and 30′s – in particular the “New Phantom” series. The lines and the dual-color paintjob got me all giddy, so off I went to design my dream jet with all sorts of Rolls-Royce fanciness. Heck, it even has a skylight!

 

“The Sophia Marie” lateral view

BTW, the latest issue of PrivateAir (Aug/Sept. ‘08), with my jet design, “The Sophia Marie”, is available now in newsstands…more summer diversions to follow…

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Friday Fan Art

This week we thought we’d share these three great Spiderwick inspired creatures, a “Rain Forest Sprite” by Cassidy, a “Sea Nymph” (with beta fish) by Mark, and a great yellow Goblin by Kendall! Keep on drawin’ everybody!

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Kenny and the Dragon NOW AVAILABLE!

T with Kenny

My chapter book debut as an author and illustrator, Kenny and the Dragon, is now available in stores. You can use the Booksense/Indiebound site to find a store near you, or try Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Design Your Dragon! Contest WINNERS!

Wow! All I can say to you all is WOW! Everyone really did a phenomenal job for this contest!

All of us here at DiTerlizzi studio tonight were BLOWN AWAY by the menagerie of dragons that danced upon my computer screen and on the flat files and floor. We received entries from all over the world, in all age groups, and in all sorts of mediums.

Judging was tough. We discussed all of the entrant’s work at length – looking for that great combination of story, character and design. I even invited John Lind, a designer buddy of mine (and his loverly wife), to come and help Angela, Will and I with the decision-making – it was that tough for us.

Everyone agreed there should be more than three winners – so we doubled it and chose six.

But, before you read on, check out Joe Sutphin’s amazing entry. Joe sent me a note saying he just enjoyed being a part of the contest, and wanted someone else to take the prize. Nonetheless, I thought you all would enjoy his “Stilted Atlantic Wyvern” or “Crab Hawk”.

“Stilted Atlantic Wyvern” by Joe Sutphin

Thanks for being a part of this Joe, I just know you’ll go on to influence others with your imaginative art… Now, onto our WINNERS!

“Western Dook Dragon” by Ben


8-year old Ben from Bishop, California sent us this fun drawing of “The Western Dook Dragon”.
“…Who loves flying everywhere. It eats mushrooms, potatoes and other things. It swims in duck ponds and plays with ducks.”

Next, the judges couldn’t agree whose piece they liked more from brother and sister artistic duo, Gracie and Isaac – so we decided to award a prize signed to both of them.

“Tutu” by Gracie

Gracie’s (age 7) dragon is named “Tutu the Dancing Dragon”.
“She likes to dance. She likes to boogie. She wears this outfit all the time. She dances for the king of TwinkleLand. Tutu dazzles with her dancing tricks.”

“Pistachio” by Isaac

While Isaac’s dragon is called “Pistachio”.
“He throws the parties at home in his castle, and everyone is invited. He likes cotton candy, and he enjoys both giving and getting presents.”

“Xarpho” by Nancy

Meanwhile, we were all blown away by 15-year old Nancy’s depiction of “Xarpho”.
“…who has been known to snack on trolls and stray vagabonds every now and then. Nowadays she lives a solitary life in high mountains, collecting four-leaf clovers, maple keys, and things alike.”

“Horace” by Sara

From Wilton, New Hampshire came “Horace”, a Greater Mangrove Drake, colorfully rendered by Sara.
“He’s a semi-aquatic dragon with a fondness for terrapin soup and mint tea. He loves poetry but unfortunately prefers to have it read to him, as the pages get soggy underwater.”

“Mr Big Cyan” from Qing

Next, from HangZhou, near ShangHai China, comes “Big Cyan” a self-portrait by Qing.
“He loves watching movies and playing basketball. He is a pacifist. He hates environment pollution, especially automobiles polluting the air over the street. So he likes to wear a mask when he riding a bike on the street.”

..and last (but certainly not least) is our GRAND PRIZE WINNER Adam! Everyone just loved the originality and magic in this illustration and description:
“This is my dragon Furwyrm. In this picture you can find him on his usual early evening activity, hunting Glowdoves. A tasty morsel indeed, providing not only nurishment, but the special life essence called Esporia. The Furwyrm’s huge eyes allow them to spot these mystic creatures from miles away. Usually keeping to the misty rocky cliffs near the Outer Lakes, Furwyrms have been also known to have an affection for waterfalls. They will use it as a giant shower and an easy way to keep their long bodies clean.”

“Furwyrm” by Adam

For your extra cool image Adam, I will send you the signed/drawn book AND a copy of the Kenny and the Dragon audio book read by Alan Cumming!

Dear readers, I hope you were as inspired by these majestic drawings as much as we were. Thank you all so much for participating (especially those who had also entered the Spiderwick drawing contest), I was truly touched by the amount and quality of work that came in – you all have inspired me.

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DESIGN YOUR DRAGON Contest - Last Day!

Happy Thursday!

Design Your Dragon!

Today is the last day that we’ll accept entries for our latest contest to “Design Your Dragon”, so if you work well under pressure, you have until midnight tonight. We have received some phenomenal entries so far – you really rocked it out this time – wow!

My loverly wife Angela, my assistant Will, and yours truly, will judge and announce the winners tomorrow for a special edition of “Friday Fan Art”. Stay tuned!

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Friday Fan Art

Our friend Christopher sent us these great creatures called Skullers, they remind me of something from one of the classic monster movies like Dracula or The Creature from The Black Lagoon…or even a Sleestak. Either way, its very cool.

Thanks for this Christopher! Keep on drawin’ everyone!

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