Browse Entries:
All Posts

KENNY Podcast now Online

October 3, 2008

Display riser for KENNY & THE DRAGON

From the Book Talk website: Stephen Usery talks to children’s book author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi (that’s me) about his chapter book Kenny & the Dragon. Good times, good times…

KENNY San Fran Tour Dates Postponed

October 2, 2008

Due to personal reasons, I’ve had to cut the California leg of my tour short and reschedule my San Francisco/Bay Area events. No one is more disappointed in this than me, and I promise I’ll get new dates set up as soon as possible.

Thanks for your support,


Friday Fan Art!

September 27, 2008

“Kenny Rabbit” by Leigh

Leigh has been a fan here on the blog for some time now, and it was great to get a chance to meet her and her sis, Ysabel, in person last month at the Decatur Book Festival.

Leigh sent us these awesome first fan-art drawings of Kenny and Grahame from my new book, Kenny and the Dragon!

“Kenny and Grahame” by Leigh

…and Ysabel sent us her rendition of on of my favorite dragons, Smaug.

“Smaug” by Ysabel

Thanks for these sketches ladies, keep on drawin!

Hypnotic Effects Ambien
U S A Online Xanax
Ambien Cr Golf Swing Ability Agree
Tramadol 120
Systhesis Of Tramadol
Recovering Addicts And Ambien
Ambien Amnesia
Xanax Us Pharmacy Online Consultation
Clonazepam Vs Xanax
Interactions Ambien And Zoloft
Purchase Ambien Prescription
Ambien Sleep Sex
Picture Of Xanax Pill
Valium No Precription
Zocor And Avoid And Ambien
Valium Diazepam Information Valium
Buy Xanax Online Pharmacy
Ambien No Prescription Needed
Ambien Settlement Janet Makinen
Cheapest Tramadol Free Shipping
Best Tramadol Prices
Tramadol Drug Guide
Can I Take Valium While Pregnant
Metabolism Pharmacokinetics Pharmacology Study Xanax Xr
Ambien Drug Prices Ambien
Xanax Cheap Mexico Brazil
Find Buy Valium At Ebay
Xanax In Stock
Online Order No Prior Prescription Tramadol
Ambien Ask Cod Jeeves
Overnight Xanax Without Prescription
Valium Mexico
Tramadol Abuse Snort
Derek Valium My Space
Phenoxybenzamine And Valium
Does Xanax Give A High Feeling
Topamax Ambien
Facts About Xanax Bars
Xanax Overnight Delivery Uk
Online Tramadol From Dreampharmaceuticals
Tramadol Lead Investigator
Tramadol Twinkling Online
Online Pharamacy By Us Mail Xanax
Effects Of The Drug Xanax
Pcitures Of Xanax Bar
Xanax Bars Picture
Ambien Drugstore Pharmacy Online
Does Valium Cause Halucinations
Autism Xanax
Is Tramadol A Norcotic
Overnight Tramadol
Tramadol Prescription Drug
Dog Doses Of Valium
Tramadol For Withdrawal
Drug Interaction Ambien Prozac
Valium Prescription No
Tramadol Can You Take Tylenol
Xanax Onliner
Valium Used For Back Pain
Xanax Used For Antimetic
Prescribing Information Valium
Tramadol Hydrochloride Dose
Valium For Stuttering In Interview
Tramadol No Prescription No Consultation
Valium U S A Pharmacy
Ambien Cr One-half Pill
Uk Xanax
Xanax For Alcohol Withdrawal
What Does Xanax Do When Railed
Does Tramadol Show On Drug Test
Xanax Overnight Fedex
Tramadol Acetaminophen Hcl
Ambien Vs Ambien Cr
Valium Overnight Delivery
Combining Valium With Ecstasy
Ambien Prescriptions Online
Ativan Xanax Info
Drug Rashes Protonix Aspirin Xanax Diovan
Xanax Bars Pictures Lots Of Pictures
Tramadol From Mexico Bring Back
Valium No Rx Overnite Delivery
Ambien Cr Review
Half Life Tramadol
Ambien Not Working
Compare Ambien To Halcion
Ambien Ativan Maximum Dosage
Insomnia Tramadol
Risks Of Xanax
Taking Tramadol Paroxetine Together
Nextday Tramadol Cod
Tramadol Acetaminophen Pill Identification 537
Buy Ambien Fedex
Sertraline Xanax
Valium Dentst
Ambien Sleeptalking
Ambien In Pregnant Women
Xanax Taper Down Detox
Buy Xanax U S Doctor
Cheap Prices On Xanax
Tramadol Hcl Sude Effects
Overnight Delivery Of Xanax Ups
Buspar And Xanax
Xanax Caused Birth Defects
Coming Off Xanax
Delivery Tramadol
Ambien Questions
Experts On Ambien
Xanax Online Pharmacy
Ambien Cold Turkey
Dose Of Ambien
Xanax No Membership
Side Effects Of Ambien Cr
Grapefruit Xanax
Tramadol Dog Pain
Montvale N J Lunesta And Ambien
Ambien Zolpidem 10m No Prescription
Valium Without A Rx
Tramadol And Pregnancy
Xanax W O A Prescription
No Rx Tramadol
Diazepam Valium Cheap
Valium Knock Out Doseage
Ambien Canadian Drug
Order Cheap Tramadol
Generic Ambien
Bar Money Only Order Xanax
No Prescition Valium
What Does Ultram Tramadol Consist Of
Valium Search Engines
Xanax Without A Prescription Overnight Delivery
Heroin Mix Xanax Bars
Valium Pharmaceutical Company
Valium Onset Peak Duration
Tramadol Hcl Ultram
Xanax 2 Day Shipping
Tramadol Fda Approved Online
Ambien 10mg Facts
Tramadol And Chronic Pain
Buy Ambien
Dominican Republic Ambien Sleeping Pill
Buy Ambien Without Prescription Overnight
Valium Autoinjector Manufacturer
Online Prescription Valium Without
Xanax Snort Hight
Xanax From Online Pharmacy
Prasco Generic For Ambien
Cocaine And Xanax Mix
Ambien Xanax Interaction
Ambien And Tremors Of The Extremities
Gooners On Valium
Ambien Legal
Cheap Delivery Membership No Overnight Xanax
Ambien Cr Drug Interactions
Sideeffects Of Tramadol For Dogs
Change Ambien To Lunesta
Ambien Max Dosages
Does Xanax Show Up On Dru
Compare Xanax To Valium
Xanax And 5htp
Buy Xanax C O D
Mp 717 Tramadol Virsus Percoset
Buy Delivery Overnight Xanax
Tramadol Apap 37.5mg 325mg Tabs
Ambien Buy Discount
Tramadol Detox Side Effects
Addiction To Xanax
Buy Cheap Tramadol 120 Cod
Ambien During Breastfeeding
Buying Xanax In China
Tramadol Discounts Available
Xanax Exercise Equipment
Can Chiropractors Wright Prescriptions For Xanax
High Off Valium
Do People Snort Xanax
Ambien And Breast Milk
Dosages Of Xanax
Gg 258 Xanax
Opiate Tramadol
Ambien Zolpidem Titrate
Valium And Generic
Xanax For Sale
Picture Of Xanax Bars
Tramadol Best Buy
Ambien Use In Pregnancy
Cash Delivery Xanax
Valuim And Xanax
Valium Dosage For Felines
Opensolaris Forums Alprazolam Demerol Valium Carisoprodol
Sonata And Ambien Comparison
Valium Street Names
Xanax Anonamous
Fda Announces Warning For Ambien
Employment Urine Tests Ambien
Addicted To Ambien
Ultram Tramadol Abrupt Cessation Bu
Buy Ambien No Prescription
Order Xanax No Prescripti
Fear Of Flying And Xanax
Ambien Side Effects Gastric Ulcer
Ambien Dosage Lethal
Off Shore Valium
Taking Lexapro And Xanax
Tramadol Sun Exposure
Injectable Valium Online Purchase
Psoriasis Tramadol
Cheap Online Genric Ambien
Ambien Free Shipping
Ambien Court
Xanax Lincoln Logs
Tramadol Short Term Memory Loss
Xanax .05 Mg
Effects From Xanax
Purchase 100mg Tramadol Online
Tramadol Without Perscription
Dosage Recommended Valium
On-line Prescription Authorization Ambien Cr
Drinking On Ambien
Doctor Shopping For Ambien
Compare Valium Cocaine Effexor Chemically
Ambien Used To Rape
Tramadol Without Presciption
Ambien And Beer
Valium And Aliquant
Valium Lawsuit
Ambien Online Overnight Shipping Fed Ex
Ambien Works
S Lja Valium
Tramadol Cause Postive For Opiates
What Is Zoloft And Xanax
Valium 48 11
Nline Valium Overnight
Xanax And Acne
Signs Of Xanax Addiction
Valium Long Term Effects
Drug Simular To Ambien
Interaction Tramadol Warfarin
Nextday Tramadol
Mental Problems Caused By Ambien
Tramadol 50mg Dosage
Deaths Due To Xanax Withdrawal
Drug Withdrawal Valium
Buy Xanax With Prescription
Tramadol Therapeutic Dose
Overnight Xanax Alprazolam Delivery
Xanax Fedex Shipping
Imuran And Xanax
Ultram Sniffing Tramadol
Xanax Forum
Police Videos Field Sobriety Tests Ambien
Buy Ambien In The Uk
Similar Drugs To Valium
Xanax Withdrawal Headache
Jail Sentene For Xanax
Ambien Alternatives
Controversies With Xanax
Same As Valium
Valium For Sleep
Ambien Urine Clearance
125 Ambien Cr
Corner Pharmacy Tramadol
Ambien Water Solubility
Xanax Pill Identification
Xanax Overdose Symptom
Side Effects Of Too Much Valium
Tramadol Habit Forming
Difference Between Valium And Clonazepam
Ambien Successes
Side Effects Valium Accuretic
Ambien Cr Zolpidem Stilnox
Ambien Rxlist
Tramadol Germany Manufacture
Xanax Addiction Treatment
Cymbalta With Ambien
Long Term Ambien Use Side Effects
Valium Online Pharmacy No Prescription
Buy 2mg Xanax
Xanax And Drug Tests
Xanax Withdrawal Confusion
Tramadol Sales Online Pharmacies No Prescription
Tramadol Test Positive As An Opiate
Can Valium Kill
Mixing Cocaine And Xanax
Buy Xanax Online Canadian Pharmacies
Xanax While Pregnant
No Membership Xanax
Xanax Usual Dosage
Valium Phenergan
Tramadol Delivery Saturday
Clonopin And Xanax Different
Buy Xanax Online Mo Prescription
Effects Of Valium Addiction
Xanax 5 Milligram
Tramadol Overnight Delivery Cod Delivery
Generic Valium 3926
Ambien And Equivalent Dose Of Lunesta
Ambien Alcohol Interaction
Xanax 2mg 90 Tabs 200.00
Ambien Side Affect
Tramadol Chlorhydrate Dog Cat
Ambien Sleep Disorders

Friday Fan Art- Manga Madness

September 19, 2008

This week we received quite a treat: this amazing Spiderwick manga by our old friend Annie!

We try to feature young artists only once, (so that everyone gets a chance), but this was just so cool, such a labor of love, that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves!


It would be great to post all 70 pages, but I’d never get time to respond to all the fantastic fan mail that’s been arriving, so here’s just a sample from chapter four:


Keep drawing Annie! Keep your eyes peeled, we are going to send you something VERY special for this fabulous piece of fan work!

Special Event in Los Angeles Added to KENNY & THE DRAGON Tour

September 17, 2008

Display riser for KENNY & THE DRAGON

Storyopolis has added an event to the second leg of my Kenny and the Dragon tour in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 4th at the Geffen playhouse. This will be a morning event, part of their “Saturday Scene” program, and will feature a live band as well as yours truly.

Tickets are available at Storyopolis, or you can call 310-208-5454. I hope I see you there!

New Spiderwick Book!

September 15, 2008


The latest installment of Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, A Giant Problem, is due out in stores tomorrow. You can find it in a store near you, or you can try Amazon (where you can buy this AND Kenny and the Dragon at a reduced price) or Barnes & Noble.

For our New York and New Jersey friends, Holly and I will be doing an event tomorrow night (Sept. 16th) at 6PM:

Essex Mall, 895 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Bring your books, we’ll sign them all! Seeya there!

Detritus (part 3)

September 12, 2008

My dive into my grade school years concludes with some bits-n-pieces of stuff from high school…

Tony D’s business card, 1986

Exhibit H: I really did have a business card in high school. And I really did want to be an illustrator. But I wasn’t one. Hey, a kid can dream…you never know what might happen.

Tony D’s high school ID

Exhibit I: my senior school ID. I went without glasses for a couple of years so I could “blend in”. I also practiced a crooked smile in the mirror ala Harrison Ford and Bruce Willis. It didn’t make me any cooler.

STUART NEWS Newspaper article with a teenaged, mula-winning Tony D

Exhibit J: By my senior year, I was entering all sorts of art competitions. Sometimes I’d place, sometimes I’d get overlooked and get nothing. This portrait of Pat Benatar won me some scholarship money. I loved drawing portraits of the rock-n-rollers back then as music was an integral part of my teenage life…and still is today.

This antique is called a record

Exhibit K: Speaking of Rock-n-Roll, I’ve spoken about the impact of beautifully designed and packaged albums before. And, though this was over 10 years old by the time I graduated in high school, this tri-fold presentation of Elton John’s 1974 classic, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, was just awesome. You had typeset lyrics matched with hand-rendered imagery.

Look! Its like a 12″ book of rock!

With my record player and headphones, I was lost in Elt’s falsetto harmonies and Ian Beck’s and David Larkham’s cool illustrations. Both of artists, of course, went on to illustrate popular children’s books.

authentic Mixed tape, 1988

Exhibit L: This time period in my life would not be complete without showing this – the liner card to a mixed-tape from my high school girlfriend. Though I haven’t talked her in years and years, people like her that came in and out of my life certainly help mold and prepare me for the next chapter in my story.

Old Tony with Polaroid of teen-age Tony

Like the art contests that I didn’t win, my failed relationships (I feel) toughened my skin and strengthened my resolve on that winding journey to success and happiness.

Friday Fan Art!

September 12, 2008

I’ve been traveling for the past few weeks hence the lack of FFA, but now that I am back in the studio, there is much to share!

Thimbletack by Andrea

Angela received this cool note from our new favorite felt-master, Andrea Graham:

I enjoyed reading the Spiderwick Chronicles aloud to my three boys and looked forward to the illustrations as we turned each page. I am an artist as well, a feltmaker. While all my work is original, I was moved to create a likeness of Thimbletack. I have attached 2 images of the piece. He is entirely sculpted from wool, no sewing, no painting. I hope you enjoy seeing him.

We totally do Andrea! He is really neat! Thanks for sending him along (remember, he likes just a bit of milk at night – otherwise he gets…moody). Keep up the fantastic fiber art.

Thimbletack and Lemondrop by Andrea

Detritus (part 2)

September 9, 2008

Middle School glasses

My excavation of my past continues in this virtual display culled from a box full of artifacts collected during my middle school years.

Merit badge sash

Exhibit E: Merit badges from my years as a Boy Scout. I think I was more interested in collecting the badges based on how cool they looked moreso that what they represented. Hence, the awesome snake head for my first, the “Rattlesnake Milking” merit badge. I also see a variety of other favorites such as: “FBI Skills”, “Lyre-playing” and “Electrical Tower Ascension”…oh yeah, and “Art”.

PS – I came close to becoming an Eagle Scout, but lost interest and moved onto other hobbies. Nonetheless, I’ll always have the fondest of memories from my years as a scout.

Picasso in Miami!

Exhibit F: I really did see Picasso in Miami. My middle-school art teacher, Tom Prestopnik (aka Mr. P), took a busload of kids. I don’t remember much of the exhibit except someone in our class grabbing one of Picasso’s original sculptures on display so that he could examine it closer. Mr. P had to talk very calmly to him as he instructed him to put it back. You know, its like the way someone speaks to their indoor cat when it runs out the front door and freezes, just seconds from bolting, in the front yard.

Muppets by Tony D., circa 1981ish

Exhibit G: One of my favorite Christmas prezzies from this time was a View-Master projector that Santa had gotten for us DiTerlizzi kids. The reels that came with it were all of The Muppet Show, the best variety show in the universe. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I could trace the projected images onto a piece of paper taped to the wall, where I would then meticulously color each one in watercolors…and I wonder where my stamina for my book projects comes from…

Next time: High School Junk!

Article in Latest Issue of HOME COMPANION

September 9, 2008

Mary Engelbreit’s HOME COMPANION Oct/Nov ‘08

The latest issue (Oct/Nov. 08) of Mary Engelbreit’s HOME COMPANION magazine has a really nice 3-page article on yours truly. There is even a excerpt of it on their site. WOW!

Detritus (part 1)

September 7, 2008

“My Book About Me” by Dr. Seuss

We’ve been staying in Florida for a spell so I can catch my breath from the first leg of the tour – which was AWESOME btw, thanks to all who came out!

While here, I promised myself I would begin a project that has sat in the back of my mind for years – and that was to empty out a storage unit that I have had for over 20 years(!)

You read that right. You see, I created so much art in high school and college that I just couldn’t take it around with me as I moved from place to place. What I should have done was weed it and throw most of it out along the way. But, being the pack-rat that I am, I simply put it in my parent’s storage space…which then became my own storage space, which then became a holding bin for my old art and also A LOT of toys (I binged out on collecting Star Wars toys when they re-launched them in the late 90’s).

So I started clearing out some of my stuff, and found two gems: boxes full of my past life in grade school. You know the box – it has report cards in it, embarrassing school photos, perhaps a ribbon you won in some contest. What was interesting is what I’d chosen to hold onto all these years…and how perhaps these bits of detritus have set me on the course that I now travel on.

“Doodum Bird” by Dr. S and Tony D

Exhibit A: Dr. S’s My Book about Me. According to the entries, I’ve surmised I was in 2nd grade when I filled this out (about 7 years old). On page 23, I wrote I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up, however my favorite subject in school was “art”, as you can see by this rendition of the “Doodum Bird”. Where did my inspiration for G is for One Gzonk come from?

“Rabbit” by (a young) Tony D

Exhibit B: Speaking of art, I am often asked about books I loved as a kid. If this drawing in the front of my dilapidated copy of Winnie-the-Pooh doesn’t show the love, I don’t know what will. Interesting that I drew Rabbit of all the characters – I wonder if I associated with him the most? Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE Pooh, but as a kid, I always thought he was a little lazy.

Old books

Exhibit C: Here is that copy of Winnie-the-Pooh, along with The Great Brain, and a couple of other long-forgotten favorites. I’d like to think that How to Master the Video Games has done me good in life. If you can stay cool enough to zap the head of a fast-speeding centipede as it descends towards your shooter, you can handle any ridiculous deadline as it barrels closer.

“Godzilla” by (a young) Tony D

Exhibit D: The final bit of artifact from my elementary school years would be this poem, Godzilla, done in Mrs. Folsom’s 3rd grade class. Thank God she had the foresight to laminate it, keeping it perfectly preserved in groovy 1976 goodness. I am not sure why the mastodont’s face is pink – I think it was embarrassed.

Next time: Middle school junk!

Diversion #2 (A Darker Diversion)

September 1, 2008

My artistic summer diversions continue with a nod towards the classics, Puffin Classics to be exact.

Peter Pan

I was very familiar with these books, having read many of these stories as a kid. The publisher has re-launched the series with a whole new look, and I was absolutely thrilled when I was asked if I could write a forward to Peter Pan (with a cover by one of my favorite living British illustrators, Chris Riddell!)

My old Spiderwick cohort, Holly, was also asked to write an introduction. She will be adding her thoughts to the Bram Stoker classic, Dracula. I was then doubly thrilled when asked if I could render the cover image for this rendition. All those years of illustrating for White Wolf Games is paying off – Woo!

I really like the strong design of the series relaunch, and couldn’t wait to explore within the boundaries they set for the line. Most seemed to be iconic, simple, images rendered in 2 or 3 colors…so what do I draw for the fiendish Count Dracula?

Immediately, I thought of artists I would have loved to have seen illustrate this story: Aubrey Beardsley, Kay Nielsen, and Harry Clarke – those wonderful, wistful, (and oft-times) wicked draftsmen of old. So I began looking at some of their work for inspiration.

Vlad the Impaler

I also did a little research into the physical look of Dracula as well. Though Stoker never confirmed it, many believe his inspiration came from a real person, a Romanian prince named Vlad Dracula, or “Vlad the Impaler” for his notoriously cruel punishments during his reign.

I took the image of Vlad and started playing around with it. If I were to be illustrating the entire book, I would have spent a lot time designing the character, but given its limited use, I instead focused on variations of a theme – which were (hopefully) enticing portraits of Count D.

“Dracula” sketch 1

This first sketch is literally mimicking what the publisher had done thus far. It certainly got the point across, and (as the art director indicated) would be the safest route to go. You’ll note the large pointed front teeth as well as the elongated canines. As I researched vampire bats, I realized their biting teeth are in the front as well as the fangs we often imagine when thinking of Dracula…man, if only Arthur Spiderwick had recorded a vampire in his guide…

“Dracula” sketch 2

Sketch 2 shows Count D with a victim. I wanted to indicate the tell-tale signs of the vampire bite, and have Dracula slipping off into the shadows. I was jazzed about the contrast of his dark lines with the woman’s thin outline. In fact, this sketch is actually the result of several incarnations where the placement of the victim was explored and the heaviness of the shadow tweaked.

“Dracula” sketch 3

The third sketch was a narrative showing the connection between Count D and Mina. I didn’t think the publisher would go for it, but I was intrigued by the idea of a romantic image (however dark) nonetheless.

“Dracula” sketch 4

For the instantly recognizable reaction we wanted for this cover. I returned to the first sketch and pulled out a but showing more formal profile of Dracula. I think I was just so inspired by the old portrait of Vlad…so I gently played with some Art Noveau-ish lines and really tried to use the second color of red in an interesting way.

“Dracula” sketch 4 variation

In fact, I even tried a red sky, just to see how it would look – but it was a little too much red for my taste.

Below is the final inked image. All the sketches were simply done in pencil, then scanned into Photoshop, where the solid colors were added. Here, for the final, I inked it in my usual tools (black FW ink, Hunts 102 nib on Strathmore plate bristol) and completed the final in the computer.

“Dracula” final ink

…and here’s the final jacket from the publisher.

Puffin Classics: “Dracula”

Carle Honors Butterfly Auction

August 30, 2008

“Morning Flight”

In conjunction with The Carle Honors, a fundraising effort to benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, I (along with 20-plus amazing illustrators) have done an original butterfly-themed image, which will be sold at auction. You can view this auction, and see all the amazing one-of-a-kind pieces, here. Happy bidding!

Decatur Book Festival Schedule

August 23, 2008

DBF logo

For my Georgia fans attending the Decatur Book Festival next weekend, I’ll be doing my presentation on Saturday (8/30) at the Target Children’s stage at 5:00pm. The day should be quite exciting with many wonderful children’s book creators also presenting like Chris Rashka, Robert Sabuda, Doreen Cronin and Adam Rex to name a few. You can check out the full schedule here.

Bring your books to get signed and I’ll seeya there!

September KENNY Tour Dates added

August 15, 2008

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
4199 Campus Drive, Suite A
Irvine, CA 92612

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

Sunday, October 5
12:30 pm
1030 Bonita Ave.
La Verne, CA 91750

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

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

Monday, October 5
7:00 pm
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

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

Wednesday, October 9
6:00 pm
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
2774 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133

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

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

Wednesday, August 27
202 Banner Hall
4465 I55 North
Jackson, MS 39206

Thursday, August 28
503 Octavia St
New Orleans, LA 70115

August 29-31
Decatur, Georgia

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

Friday Fan Art – Hobgoblin Field Guide

August 15, 2008

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’!





Diversion #1 (A Flight of Fancy)

August 11, 2008

“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…

Friday Fan Art

August 8, 2008

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!




Kenny and the Dragon NOW AVAILABLE!

August 6, 2008

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!


Design Your Dragon! Contest WINNERS!

August 1, 2008

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.

DESIGN YOUR DRAGON Contest – Last Day!

July 31, 2008

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!

Friday Fan Art

July 25, 2008

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!


Design Your Dragon! Contest Reminder…

July 24, 2008

We’ve received some AMAZING entires to the “Design Your Dragon” contest so far…so keep them coming! With only a week left to go, if you have not yet entered then you better get scribbling.

Design Your Dragon!

You can enter from any part of the world, any age, and any medium. And of course, you can enter as many times as you’d like.

Here are the contest details once again:

I am terribly excited to share with you all my upcoming chapter book, Kenny and the Dragon. Though it is not due in stores until August 5th, I will be giving away three signed (first edition) copies here on the site…each, with a very special drawing in them.

All you have to do is design your very own dragon!

Like Grahame, the dragon who dubs himself a “Renaissance guy” in my book, I want you to come up with a drake of your own, who has its own personality. Here is what I am looking for:

1. A full color image of your dragon (any medium), along with his/her/its name.
2. A quick (4-5 lines) description of his/her/its personality. What does it like to eat? Does it play an instrument? Is it moody? Enjoy long walks in the park? Etc…

…you tell me what makes your dragon so darn special.

I will be judging on originality, creativity, and pure imagination. It doesn’t matter if you are a good drawer or not. It doesn’t matter if you are a two-year old kid, or an eighty two-year old kid…all entries will be accepted.

And those entries have to be in front of my bespectacled eyes by July 31, 2008.

You can send ‘em to me at:

Tony DiTerlizzi
“Design Your Dragon” Contest
P.O. Box #442
Amherst, MA 01004

Or email’em to Angela at:
*Please title your email “Design Your Dragon”.

Winners will be chosen by myself, my loverly wife Angela, and my trusty assistant Will. We will announce the winners here on the site August 1, 2008, and I will then award winners with a signed copy of Kenny and the Dragon, along with a drawing in the book of Grahame (my dragon) shaking claws and congratulating YOUR DRAGON!

…sound cool? Then get drawin’ – and good luck!

Spiderwick Event in New Jersey

July 21, 2008


Holly and I will be doing a special event on September 16th, for the release of the next Beyond the Spiderwick book, A Giant Problem. Below are the details, I hope we see you there!

Special SPIDERWICK EVENT with Holly Black!
Tuesday, September 16th
6:00 PM
Essex Mall
895 Bloomfield Avenue
West Caldwell, NJ 07006

Friday Fan Art!

July 18, 2008

Jesse’s turnaround

Jesse’s 3d model

Jesse Lopez did a take on my rabbit wizard which was part of the inspiration involved with Kenny and the Dragon. Nice mood in the cave piece Jesse!

Rabbit Wizard by Jesse

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.