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Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

December 18, 2017

If you’ve been following me on social media for the past year, you know that in November I celebrated the opening of a retrospective exhibition at The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. To say that the experience was surreal would be an understatement. Having grown up copying Rockwell’s iconic images, it is an amazing …

Happy New Year!

January 13, 2017

I know the site looks like a ghost town. I haven’t updated it in almost a year. Fear not, I am in the process of a new design for the site which I am planning on relaunching very soon. In the meantime, I do have some newsy bits I’d love to share: 2016 marked the …

Comic Con 2014 Schedule

July 15, 2014

For those attending next week’s Comic Con International in lovely San Diego, California, here is my schedule of events:

WondLa May 2014 Tour Dates

March 10, 2014

I’ve finally received my May tour dates to support the fantastic finale to the WondLa trilogy.

Entertainment Weekly Exclusive: “The Battle for WondLa” Cover Revealed

October 17, 2013

If you’ve been following this blog for the past couple of months, you know I have been sharing much of my process for the upcoming cover to the third and final book in the Wondla trilogy,  The Battle for WondLa.

The Search for a WondLaful Cover (IV)

September 20, 2013

The final stages of creating the artwork for The Battle for WondLa dust-jacket required me to set down my pencils, pens and paper and grab a mouse, Wacom stylus and keyboard.

The Battle for WondLa: Third Draft Completed

August 27, 2013

71,000 words later, the final chapter of Eva Nine’s story is off to my editor at Simon & Schuster for final tweaks and copy-editing.

The Search for a WondLaFul Cover (Part III)

August 2, 2013

After many concept sketches, refined drawings, and color studies, I was finally able to begin the execution of the final artwork for The Battle for WondLa.

The Search for a WondLaful Cover (Part II)

July 12, 2013

Invigorated with feedback from my readers, and my sketch approved by the team at Simon & Schuster, it was time to develop the mood of my cover concept sketch through use of color.

The Search for a WondLaful Cover (Part I)

June 29, 2013

While my first draft of The Battle for WondLa was read by my editor and trusted beta-readers, I switched my focus from writing to drawing. In particular, drawing the perfect cover image to depict the climatic conclusion of the WondLa trilogy.

The Battle for WondLa: First Draft Completed

June 3, 2013

Fellow Orbonians, the first draft of The Battle for WondLa is completed and with my editor. While he reads it over (along with my beta-readers), I am beginning to design the third and final cover.

The Battle for WondLa

February 21, 2013

For my loyal readers following the adventures of Eva Nine and company, I can finally reveal the title of the third and final book in the WondLa trilogy.

(A Trick-or-Treat) Friday Fan Art

November 2, 2012

I do hope this Friday finds many of you still enjoying Wednesday’s haul of Halloween booty. For our friends in the Tri-state area, I hope you are safe and recovering from that dreadful storm.

(A Rocket) Friday Fan Art

October 19, 2012

From A Hero for WondLa: At the park entrance a beeping gondola landed, and the bubble doors opened to reveal two other teenage girls. Both looked nearly identical to Gen… …”So,” Gen said, locking arms with the other girls. “These are my two darlings–Gen and Gen.” “We are known as the three Gens!” they said …

New Interview for Girl Scouts

October 8, 2012

I recently did a brief interview for the Girl Scouts of America with a focus on the creation of WondLa.

A Hero for WondLa Sketchbook

September 4, 2012

Just as was done with The Search for WondLa back in 2010, Simon & Schuster has printed a limited edition sketchbook featuring some of the designs that went into the illustrations for A Hero for WondLa.

Friday Fan Art

July 20, 2012

This week we received some Wondlaful drawings inspired by the WondLa trilogy from magnificent Maine.  Neil is an aspiring writer and artist who gains much inspiration from reading books and looking at other artist’s illustrations (I definitely know what he means by that). Check out this awesome profile series Neil has created featuring some of …

Comic Con 2012 Schedule

July 5, 2012

For those attending next week’s Comic Con International in lovely San Diego, California, here is my schedule of events:

TIME for KIDS Interview

June 19, 2012

Saniya Soni and I talked at length about the WondLa trilogy at Hicklebee’s during last month’s tour.

io9 Has Seen the Future

June 7, 2012

I can’t tell you what a thrill it is when a media blog that I adore (like the Hero Complex and Geekdad) posts about something I’ve created. Especially when the post has nice things to say.

Friday Fan Art

June 1, 2012

This week’s Friday Fan Art is from Paige, an artist whom I met on tour that found creative inspiration from the WondLa series. 

Another WONDLAful Tour!

May 26, 2012

This year marked a decade of touring for my books (the first tour being for The Spider & the Fly back in the fall of 2002). And, though the travel hasn’t become less stressful, I still love coming to a bookstore, school or library and talking books. I can’t thank you all enough for making …

LA Times Interview

May 11, 2012

Geoff Boucher, of the LA Times, asked me a few key questions on the challenges of writing the second book in a trilogy. See what I had to say over at the Hero Complex.

GeekDad Interview

May 11, 2012

Jonathan Liu, of Wired magazine, has posted an in-depth interview where we talk WondLa, reading, and being all around geeky dads. Take a look.

“Hero” Featured on CNN

May 7, 2012

Saturday (May 5th) I flew up to Atlanta and had the opportunity to talk all things WondLa with CNN’s Randi Kaye.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.