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Michigan Event with Brian Froud and Charles Vess

April 6, 2011

Dr. Ari Berk, author extraordinaire, professor of mythology and folklore at Central Michigan University (and all around funny guy), has organized a conference at the university campus which is open to both students and the general public.

Imagining the Fantastic will take place on April 15th & 16th and will include presentations, conversations and book-signings by all guests including Brian & Wendy Froud, Charles Vess and yours truly (among others great talents).

The event is FREE to attend. You can check out the schedule on the University’s site. I’ll be presenting the origins and creation process that went into The Search for WondLa as well as participating in a panel discussing breaking into children’s book publishing. Afterwards I’ll be signing any and everything you bring. I’ll seeya next week!

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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.